Culture Minister Awards for 2022
On Tuesday, 19 September, the Culture Minister handed over the annual awards for exceptional achievements for the past year to 5 individuals as well as to 4 institutions. The awardees include film director Tereza Nvotova whose film The Nightsiren became the best film at the 2022 Locarno International Film Festival, comic books writer and programming director of the drama ensemble of the Slovak National Theatre Daniel Majling as well as curator Garbriela Garlatyova whose long-term work resulted in exhibitions by Kosice based sculptress Maria Bartuszova in the prestigious Tate Modern gallery in London and Museum der Moderne in Salzburg. The list of awardees also includes the translator and promoter of Slovak literature abroad Julia Sherwood and the set designer/architect highly recognised also abroad Boris Kudlicka. The institutions awarded the annual Culture Minster Award are the Slovak National Gallery, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Central Slovak Museum and Slovak Central Observatory.
Slovak puppeteer nominated for Czech annual prize
Slovak puppeteer Ľubomír Piktor was selected as a runner-up for the Thalia Award 2023, the Czech Republic’s highest accolade for outstanding achievements in theatre. The Slovak actor and director has been nominated in the “outstanding performance” category. The Czech Actors' Association included him in the selection for his role of Janosik in the project “The Registered Society of Slovak and Czech Puppeteers presents”, a joint production by Bratislava Puppet Theatre and the Drak Theatre from the Czech town of Hradec Kralove. For his work, Piktor has so far been recognised with international awards in Italy, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Croatia as well as in Slovakia. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, 30 September.
140 years of Slovak maiolica
The 140 year long history of the production of tin-glazed pottery is presented at an exhibition that was open in September in the Slovak Ceramic Sculpture Museum in Modra, western Slovakia. Modra workshops belonged to the largest producers of pottery in Hungary. The production of painted pottery is linked to the establishment of the Ceramic apprenticeship in 1883. The school was supposed to train ceramic producers. The typical white-and-blue maiolica with green and yellow floral motives became gradually popular in the territory of the whole Austro-Hungarian monarchy. In the times of the Czechoslovak Republic, the production was supported by renowned visual artists who secured its international success. Up until today, Modra maiolica has been one of the most popular souvenirs representing the Slovak Republic abroad. It is possible to follow the story of the Modra maiolica in the local museum until the end of October, 2023.
Amplifier amplifies understanding
Over the upcoming weekend, performers from 7 European countries will present their art in the streets of the central Slovak town of Banska Stiavnica, a UNESCO cultural heritage site. The festival of new forms of cabaret theatre entitled Amplión, aka Amplifier, puts stress on mutual sensibility.
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