Folk art to see, learn, and buy

THE SECOND annual festival of folklore entitled Dances Brought to Life (Oživené tance) will take place in Bratislava on April 11 and 12. The festival showcases folk bands and dance groups from various Slovak regions performing on stage, and gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn the steps of individual dances from professional performers.

The first show to watch starts at 19:00 on April 11 in the Zrkadlový háj House of Culture (Rovniankova 3, Petržalka). It is put together by the best performers of traditional music from Central Slovakia. The gala programme on April 12 at 18:00 in the Istropolis cultural centre (Trnavské mýto 1) will feature both modern and folk dances as well as a drum show.

The interactive part of the programme consists of dance courses for children (Istropolis, Ballet Hall, April 12 at 10:00) and for adults (same venue and date, at 15:00 and 20:30). The corridors and foyer of the Istropolis centre will host handicraft workshops offering handmade products for sale. Visitors will also be given the chance to try their skills in some of the traditional crafts.

Tickets for the event cost Sk100 to 300. For more information visit www.3art.sk or call 02/4341-3145.

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