Capalest festival has begun, in and around Banská Štiavnica

THE INTERNATIONAL festival of francophone, multiculturalism and poetry - Capalest has become a regular part of the cultural summer in Banská Štiavnica and its vicinity.

Old Castle in Banská ŠtiavnicaOld Castle in Banská Štiavnica (Source: Sme)

The 2015 edition began already on August 11, with a performance of The Story of a Soldier – a joint work by Igor Stravinsky and poet Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz in the St Catharine’s Chruch in the town of Kremnica.

The rest of the festival takes place in Banská Štiavnica, Zvolen and Dudince spa between August 12 and 15. The leitmotif of this year’s edition is Slavonic Solidarity, from Prague to Vladivostok, and also Minority Cultures Living in Slovakia, the TASR newswire wrote.

In the initial work – performed also in Zvolen on August 12, in Banská Štiavnica’s Old Castle on August 13 and in Dudince on  August 14 – French artists (Yorrick Troman, Yann Dubost, Benoit Poly, Daniel Troman and Michel de Maulne) perform.

“This year’s Capalest again opens the doors to minorities – only wider apart than in the previous years,” the festival’s founder Michel de Maulne told TASR. “The globalised world will be multicultural and multilingual, with the focus of ethics of the future being the respect for otherness.”  

The festival includes philosophical lectures, debates, theatre performances, concerts, opening of the photo exhibition of František Kolář and also poetry readings by authors from several European countries, within the Babylon of Languages programme. The festival, officially called Cap á ďEst, will offer authors from 15 European countries. 

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