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Fairy-tale village in Donovaly

FAIRY-TALE village called Habakuky was opened for the public in the Donovaly resort in Banská Bystrica district on June 13. The village offers visitors fairy tales from the traditional Slovak tales-collector, Pavol Dobšinský, as well as ensemble performances for children, concerts, social events, and more during the whole summer season and into winter.

View of DonovalyView of Donovaly (Source: SITA)

FAIRY-TALE village called Habakuky was opened for the public in the Donovaly resort in Banská Bystrica district on June 13. The village offers visitors fairy tales from the traditional Slovak tales-collector, Pavol Dobšinský, as well as ensemble performances for children, concerts, social events, and more during the whole summer season and into winter.

The Habakuky fairy-tale world consists of 15 architecturally interesting, atypical buildings which required about 300 cubic metres of wood to build. The village also includes an amphitheatre with 150 seats, a dining room, and a playroom for children. The whole complex is the work of designer, artist, theatre performer and musician Paľo Hadač, who used only natural materials for construction.

“Habakuky is like the fairy-tale world of Dobšinský and in its first season it will introduce ten specific tales. Each building represents one fairy tale and is adapted to it. But next season, it will be possible to change them for other fairy tales,” Jakub Nvota, author of the script and director of the project, told the TASR newswire, adding that at weekends, six or more teams of actors will take turns in Habakuky. The performances will be 10- to 15-minute extracts from Dobšinský’s tales. Nvota cooperates with about 70 professional actors and performing arts students. Next year, different Dobšinský tales will be presented. They will be narrated in historical Slovak, just as they were written, including dialects.

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