Culture News Week 3

Culture News Week 3

How next, RTVS?

The director of public broadcaster RTVS Ľuboš Machaj is working on a new draft budget, in which he will no longer propose the cancellation of two TV channels, but will try to save money elsewhere. He said this in a discussion How to proceed, RTVS?. The RTVS Council will discuss the new budget on Thursday, 18 January, as it rejected Machaj's proposal by a vote of 7:0. The RTVS Council approves the budget of the public broadcaster. Should the council fail to approve the draft budget three times in a row, it can initiate a motion in parliament to dismiss the general director of the public broadcaster. On Wednesday, Machaj will also hold talks with the Culture Ministry. The first special discussion How next, RTVS? was a reaction to the Fico government's efforts to change the functioning of the public service media.

Bringing Scandinavian films to Slovakia

The SCANDI presentation of Scandinavian films starts on 24 January. Its key focus is on films that have been successful at festivals or have resonated with local audiences and film critics. The show is organised by the film distribution company Film Europe, from the selection of films to discussions with guests. The selection includes feature films diverse in genre and stimulating debates on pressing social issues. The show runs in cinemas across Slovakia.

Night in theatre

The Night in Theatre is an event that the Slovak National Theatre offers to its audience. On 26 January, its team will take you through the stage and orchestra pit, the make-up room and dressing room. Visitors will have the chance to take a look at the rehearsal stage, and during the theatre workshops  they can experience a choir rehearsals and ballet warm-up. All of this for adults aged 21+. To be picked for the pre-paid experience, it is important to send a completed application forms by today, Thursday, 18 January.

Paris puts on display Slovak visual art

The Slovak Institute in Paris managed to present Slovak art at the Salon d'Automne, an international contemporary art exhibition with more than a century of history. Andrea Pézman, Patrik Ševčík and Filip Jurkovič will be part of a worldwide selection of artworks at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris from 18 to 21 January. The curatorial selection of the Slovak collection has been prepared by established curator Nina Vrbanová. The Salon d'Automne will celebrate its 120th anniversary this year. More than 1,200 works of all media from forty different nationalities will be presented.

Slovak folk music in Budapest

The Michal Noga band will perform in Budapest on Sunday, 21 January, in the House of Music Hungary. The band is engaged in reconstructing and reviving old playing styles of Slovak folk music. For their debut album Stopy the band won the Radio_Head Award for Record of the Year in the Genre World Music / Folk category and also scored points in major international world music. Traces contains a legacy from the past. The album was also positively reviewed in the prestigious British magazine Songlines, and previews have been featured on BBC radio and other international media.
And one more invitation to Budapest. On Friday, 19 January, the Slovak institute will feature Viktória Herencsár, the president of the Cimbalom World Association in a New Year’s cimbalom concert along with Polish and Hungarian musicians as well as Slovak based singer Zulfizar Zazriva.

Martina Šimkovičová, Photo: SND, Scandi, Noga Band

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