Nitra’s annual summer of culture this year will include a new festival of wine, gastronomy and culture called WinGastFest. The festival will showcase the best and the newest attractions from Slovakia’s regions as well as from across Europe with the aim to promote the exceptional character of Slovak wines as well as the country’s gastronomic and cultural heritage, the SITA newswire reported.
Mária Záturová from Nitra’s cultural centre said the festival is meant for all connoisseurs of wine – both casual amateurs and experts. It will be held at the Výstavisko Agrokomplex (Agricultural Fairgrounds) between August 20 and 23 and large-scale wineries, traditional family vineyards and newer winemakers will all have the opportunity to present their finest offerings.
“During the four days of the festival, there will be numerous accompanying cultural events, wine tasting, seminars and gastronomic dinners dedicated to Slovak delicacies and wines,” Záturová said. A ticket for the festival will serve as a passport to these events and is also worth €10 towards the purchase of exhibitors’ wines.
Other events in Nitra’s summer of culture will include the traditional Cyril-Methodian festivities held between July 3 and 5, viewing of films at the Bažant Kinematograf festival and the well-known Klokočina market. Nitrava is the name of an interesting event to take place under the Nitra Castle on both July 18 and August 15 in which a historical guild-town will magically appear for visitors to taste historical cuisine, try archery and fencing, listen to ancient music, and dance. Music and songs from African culture will also be offered on July 12 in the town park by the group Thierry and Friends.
“The presentation of Indian culture will be similar; it will join the traditional music of the Satyam group with examples of clothing, dance performances, meditations and a programme for children,” Záturová said. The event called India – Roots of Humankind? will be held in the town park on August 9.
Another feature of cultural summer is the children’s talent show Eurotalent which will include an endeavour to set a world record in the number of students from Nitra elementary schools singing at one time, to be attempted on June 25 in the Nitra amphitheatre. Cultural summer in Nitra will come to an end with the European meeting of bagpipe players and cymbalists called On Strings and Pipes which will be held in September as part of the Days of European Cultural Heritage.
10. Jun 2009 at 0:22 | Compiled by Spectator staff