Reader feedback: Celebrate Rusyn culture

Re: Eastern capital of culture, Greetings from... Prešov,August 18 - 24, Vol 9, No 31

Prešov is the centre for Rusyn [Ruthenian] culture in Slovakia, and has been for a long time.

Unfortunately, the Rusyns have only really been able to function as the distinct nationality that they are since the Velvet Revolution.

In April 2003, the Rusyns celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Rusyn national awakener, Alexsander Duchnovič.

In July, the 7th World Congress of Rusyns was held in Prešov at the Duchnovič Theatre, with scholarly seminars held at Prešov University. There are other numerous examples, too many to be listed here, that could have been covered in more detail by the media.

I also saw the article, "Ethnic Hungarians on Stage" (TSS Vol 9, No 31). Different Rusyn organizations hold many events of this nature throughout the year. I think that it would be an excellent idea if The Slovak Spectator wrote articles about Rusyn events in addition to those of other nationalities represented in the Slovakia.

Dean Poloka,
Pittsburgh, USA

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