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Living the reality of the street

THE ALL-seeing TV camera will turn its attention to the homeless community. A candidate will get the opportunity to spend 72 hours on the street as a "real" homeless person.

THE ALL-seeing TV camera will turn its attention to the homeless community. A candidate will get the opportunity to spend 72 hours on the street as a "real" homeless person.

"We want to point out that people from a "normal" environment would behave similarly in situations that homeless people face," said Jana Čavojská, editor-in-chief of Nota bene street magazine.

The publication helps people without a roof, or those in a difficulty, to survive and find a place in society. The civic organization Proti prúdu (Against Stream), which publishes the magazine, is behind this first homeless reality show.

As a start, the participant will be given three copies of Nota bene magazine and assigned a spot of the sidewalk as a selling point. This is the standard procedure for first-time sellers of the magazine.

"The aim is to survive three days on the street with no means other than the money from the issues sold," Čavojská explained.

One regular Nota bene salesperson will help to orientate the newcomer. He may invite the candidate to stay overnight with him: in his caravan or a sewer.

The candidate will be homeless from October 7 to 9. His experiences will be screened in honour of Nota Bene's fourth anniversary on October 13 and 14 at A4 - Nultý priestor (A4 - Zero Space) in Bratislava. The participant will be present at the screening as well.

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