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SWITZERLAND - FROM SCULPTURE TO CHEESE, ALPINE COUNTRY PRESENTS ITS HIGHLIGHTS

Switzerland celebrates namesake in Bratislava

THIS MONTH is Swiss month in Bratislava. To celebrate, various Swiss institutions, including the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Embassy, teamed up with local Swiss businesses to give Slovaks a small taste of Switzerland.

DANIEL Spoerri's famous cup at the International Art Fair.
photo: Zuzana Habšudová

THIS MONTH is Swiss month in Bratislava. To celebrate, various Swiss institutions, including the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Embassy, teamed up with local Swiss businesses to give Slovaks a small taste of Switzerland.

Although the programme is nearly over, there is still time to catch one or two events. The June 29 opening of a sculpture exhibition at Zichy's Palace on Ventúrska Street, for example, will be featuring works by four Swiss sculptors: Paul Wiedmer, Christoph Rihs, Pavel Schmidt and Daniel Spoerri.

If art is not your idea of fun, head over to the Radisson SAS Carlton Hotel. During the entire month of June, the hotel has more than 10 Swiss culinary specialties on offer. After you eat your fill, check out the photography exhibit (June 20 - 27) on Switzerland's most famous humanitarian organization, the Red Cross.

Swiss Month in Bratislava kicked off in early June with an International Art Fair. In addition to presenting sculptors Wiedmer, Rihs, Schmidt and Spoerri, fair organizers introduced Alfonso Hüppi, Res Ingold and Schang Hutter to Slovak art lovers. Swiss sounds were heard in the capital, too. Flautist Brigitte Buxtorf accompanied Slovak pianist Viera Bartošová on June 12, while Swiss rock band The Young Gods and DJ Dave The Hustler rocked city's clubs. Movie buffs had a chance to see seven Swiss movies representing a decade in Swiss film.

Swiss representatives hosted a business workshop on trade and cooperation between Switzerland and Slovakia. During June, the Swiss tourism industry was touted as well. For seven days starting on June 13, representatives from the Canton of Valais presented Slovaks with special wines and cheeses from the region, as well as educated them on the tourism opportunities there.


Compiled by
Marta Ďurianová

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