Culture Shorts

Europe talks art in Žilina

THE CULTURE centre Stanica Žilina-Záriečie will hold an international conference within the Art for Social Change programme from May 12 to 15. Twenty-five representatives from 18 arts organizations from around Europe will meet in the north central Slovak town to discuss new opportunities for cooperation within the European Youth programme.

The activists will talk about cultural exchanges for youth. They will also work on creating a European platform for mobilizing young people in the arts sphere. Young people up to the age of 25 will have a chance to spend up to one year in a foreign country.

The discussion will run in English. The general public will have a chance to talk to arts organizations' representatives on May 13 at 20:00 and ask about possibilities for young people to take part in arts projects.

Dance for me, Argentina

THE EUROPEAN champion and World Cup winner in Argentinean tango, Peter Horáček, teaches the popular South American dance style to the Bratislava public. The first lesson took place on May 3 and the course continues at 19:00 every Tuesday at DanceArt on Magnetová 11.

DanceArt is a new Bratislava dance studio. It aims to promote dance among the public at large. For more information visit

Cultural diversity at Large

CZECH Centres around the world are circulating the film Large, a movie comprised of eight short pictures: the work of 25 talented students and graduates of film schools from 24 European countries.

The creators formed mixed-national teams, each working on a short film based on three main themes - station, mobile phone and message. The main inspiration for the project, supported by the European Commission, was last year's EU expansion. The project was an attempt to bring together different cultures and the specific perspectives of old and new member nations.

The Czech Centre in Bratislava showed the movie on April 27.

V4 party after one year in EU

HUNGARY, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia put together a cultural programme to celebrate the first anniversary of European entry and the 60th anniversary of World War II. The celebration is taking place from May 8 to May 12 in Bratislava.

Historians and political scientists from Central Europe were scheduled to open the happening on May 8 with a discussion on the 60 years since the end of the war.

The three foreign centres in Bratislava will open the exhibition WWII in Documents and Posters on May 10. The first part of the exhibition will be unveiled at the

Hungarian Institute at 16:00, followed by the Polish Institute at 17:00 and the Czech Centre at 18:00.

May 11 will see recently made Slovak and Czech documentaries at the Mladosť cinema and a concert by a Czech-Slovak-Hungarian female dulcimer trio on Hviezdoslavovo Square at 19:00. One day later there will be a screening of Hungarian and Polish films at the Mladosť cinema and a jazz concert featuring the Hungarian Bolla Quartet and Polish Jerzy Małek Septet at 19:00 and 20:00 respectively.

Culture ministers negotiate funding

MINISTERS of culture from the Visegrad 4 countries (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Russia, Ukraine, Slovenia and Austria recently discussed business in Banská Bystrica. The officials negotiated funding for movie projects and publications for the Visegrad Library.

The officials also opened the local State Science Library during their stay. The library is complete with a gallery, education centre and theatre. The first exhibition in the newly opened Gallery in Basement is Prayer in Art, which shows artworks created by 32 artists from all four Visegrad countries.

Henkel Arts Prize grows

HENKEL Central Eastern Europe, which has its headquarters in Vienna, calls on artists to enter the Henkel Arts Prize 2005 competition.

This year the modern art prize turns to the category of drawing (the prize alternates between drawing, photography and design), and the winner will receive €5,000. The number of countries invited to participate has climbed from 17 to 28 countries from Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The organizers say they want to enhance cultural exchanges between the countries as well as support a better understanding of the European and Asian regions through art. The winner will be announced at the beginning of November in Vienna and an exhibition of finalists' works will be held for one month.

Stoka fights for survival

STOKA, Bratislava's alternative theatre on Pribinova Street, has been asked to collect its belongings and go. The theatre's contract with the city has run out and it will not be extended. Plans have been drawn up to tear down the theatre to make way for a new construction project.

Stoka's troupe of actors, who have fought tooth and nail to keep the theatre open, did not go voluntarily.

Theatre director Blaho Uhlár said that leaving the building could sound the death knell for the company. He wants to continue the legal battle to save the theatre.

According to the SITA news agency, the municipal authorities are willing to help Stoka if it is interested.

Prepared by Spectator staff from press releases

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