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THE DAYS of Slovak Culture event held in České Budějovice in the Czech Republic celebrated its 12th year with almost 25 programmes dedicated to Slovak culture and art within a 10 day period beginning in mid February. In addition to the historical closeness between Czechs and Slovaks, this city of 100,000 residents has a large Slovak minority, making up 2.4 percent of the population.

THE DAYS of Slovak Culture event held in České Budějovice in the Czech Republic celebrated its 12th year with almost 25 programmes dedicated to Slovak culture and art within a 10 day period beginning in mid February. In addition to the historical closeness between Czechs and Slovaks, this city of 100,000 residents has a large Slovak minority, making up 2.4 percent of the population.

Beginning on February 18, a series of art exhibitions such as illustrations by A. Švolíková, photos by B. Németh and J. Csáderová, oil paintings by K. Alexyová and sculptures by M. Lukáč were on show. Additionally, a puppet performance was offered as well as modern dance and a Czecho-Slovak fairy tale for children. Popular singer Peter Nagy and his band called Indigo, blues singer Zuzana Suchánková, Vitali Virtúzi from Liptov, and legendary musician Marián Varga were part of the musical notes during the Days of Slovak Culture. Folk cimbalom music drew huge crowds. Since food is an inseparable part of national culture, hotels offered Days of Slovak Cuisine, cinemas screened Slovak movies, and representatives of universities and writers held joint meetings, the ČTK newswire wrote.

The culmination was the Town Hall Ball on February 26 with Slovak performances and a concert one day later with Czech and Slovak chansons.


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