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Slovakia is ready in New York

SLOVAKIA Is Ready is the title of a project aimed at introducing Slovakia as a multicultural country that is ready, active, appealing, and communicative on the world level. The event runs in New York City from November 15 to 19.
Featuring an exclusive concert of Slovak opera soloists at one of the most famous concert halls in the world - Carnegie Hall - the project opened with the exhibition Roma Photographers, which runs at the Lenox Hill Senior Center at St Peter's Church until the event ends.
According to the non-governmental Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), which prepared the project in cooperation with the Slovak Embassy in Washington, the exhibition is the first of its kind.


TEN Roma photographers speak for themselves.
photo: Courtesy of ACEC

SLOVAKIA Is Ready is the title of a project aimed at introducing Slovakia as a multicultural country that is ready, active, appealing, and communicative on the world level. The event runs in New York City from November 15 to 19.

Featuring an exclusive concert of Slovak opera soloists at one of the most famous concert halls in the world - Carnegie Hall - the project opened with the exhibition Roma Photographers, which runs at the Lenox Hill Senior Center at St Peter's Church until the event ends.

According to the non-governmental Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), which prepared the project in cooperation with the Slovak Embassy in Washington, the exhibition is the first of its kind.

"The Roma in Slovakia and elsewhere have been depicted by many local as well as foreign photographers. Never before, however, have we had the chance to see pictures of Roma settlements taken by the deprived Roma themselves," reads the association's statement.

The pictures on display were taken by ten Slovak Roma who underwent a course on photography. With digital cameras, they photographed life in six Roma settlements, capturing moments of their lives that are often hidden from strangers' eyes.

"These are moments that they wish to share with the people of the world. Their images bring us closer to their joy and sorrow and, most importantly, to their humanity," the statement continues. To improve the life of its sizeable Roma minority, and to integrate this community into Slovak society is one of the biggest challenges this country faces on its way towards a democratic and open society.


photo: Courtesy of ACEC

The exclusive concert of the Slovak opera soloists will take place on November 18 at 20:00 at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. One of Europe's leading coloratura soprano singers, Ľubica Vargicová, will sing with baritone singer Vladimír Chmelo, accompanied by pianist Daniel Buranovský.

The Slovak Roma quartet Anyalai Gypsy Band, performing classical melodies mixed with passionate Roma folklore, will open the opera concert, which, according to its organisers, is considered to be the debut of Slovak classical music in Carnegie Hall.



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