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London ball to strengthen ties

THE SLOVAK Centre in London is organising the second Slovak-British Ball. The fundraising event, which should contribute to the deepening of Slovak-British relations, will take place in London on February 22, the centre informed The Slovak Spectator.

THE SLOVAK Centre in London is organising the second Slovak-British Ball. The fundraising event, which should contribute to the deepening of Slovak-British relations, will take place in London on February 22, the centre informed The Slovak Spectator.

The first year of the ball was extremely successful. Slovaks living in Great Britain welcomed the chance to present Slovak culture and to contribute to closer contacts between the British and Slovak community. Last year 150 people attended the event and organisers hope that this year the event will attract an even higher number of people.

All the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Suscipio Foundation, which will be launched at the ball. The aim of the foundation, whose founders think that art is one of the best ways to promote a country, is to support emerging Slovak artists, who find it difficult to get a foot in the door of the complex and competitive UK market.

The event takes place under the auspices of the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Dušan Čaplovič. Among the prominent guests will be the British Ambassador to Slovakia Michael Roberts, his Slovak counterpart Juraj Zervan and European Commissioner Ján Figeľ.

As in the premiere year, delicacies of traditional Slovak cuisine will be served. Furthermore, live Slovak folk music and an English music band will contribute to the atmosphere of the ball.

Apart from the Slovak Centre, the Slovak Embassy in London, the British Council, the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad and many others have helped organise the ball.

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