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SLOVAKIA: “A LITTLE BIG COUNTRY IN THE HEART OF EUROPE” By Joy Gladstone

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Another unique selling point for this area of Slovakia is the collection of unrepeatable wooden churches and belfries (“simplicity and truth”) dotted around the rural villages, on a recognised well-signed car trail. These Carpathian wooden pearls, as the guidebook puts it, a complex of 27 churches, are a National Cultural Monument, with plans to nominate them for UNESCO World Heritage Status […]
 
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Slovakia’s Tourism by Teresa Kewell

Ruthenian Folk Festival at Svidnik Open Air Museum

I really got the impression that the folk dancing culture is alive and well in Slovakia and that it doesn’t need to entice tourists as its main priority is its own posterity. […]
 
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Erin Farley Slovakia Report

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In direct contrast to the futuristic nature of Warhol’s art, the next item on Saturday’s agenda was a recreation of traditional customs and crafts at Svidnik Ethnographic Museum, an event which formed part of the Ruthenian Folk Festival. Using the vernacular buildings of the museum as their setting, a group of people dressed in traditional costume performed a year’s worth of seasonal traditions, including religious ceremonies, interspersed with demonstrations of crafts such as spinning and plenty of traditional music. This culminated in an Easter ceremony in one of Slovakia’s famous wooden churches (traditionally made without nails, in honour of Jesus’ crucifixion.) It was striking how much this felt like an ‘actual’ religious ceremony, despite being conducted at a different time of year. The event was utterly unlike anything I have ever encountered in Scotland, and was immediately engaging and very enjoyable. […]
 
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Study tour of Slovakia

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It was an exceptional week, well organised, packed full of diverse experiences, humour, colour, thought-provoking ideas that will stimulate professional practice for years to come, humbling ignorance of the lives of others, optimism for the future and gratitude – gratitude to Archnetwork for organising the week, Miro for his patience and to Joy Gladstone, Erin Farley and Theresa Kewell for their good humoured companionship, their insights and knowledge as we made our way around Eastern Slovakia and for the prospect, in part already realised, of future networking with them and their organisations to the advantage of promoting Scotland’s culture and heritage. […]
 
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Slovakia, Ruthenian Folk Festival, River Rafting and Heritage Interpretation

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Eastern Slovakia 11th – 18th June 2012

A week long exchange hosted by Krajina, a small company specialising in cultural and natural tourism. The exchange is an opportunity to discover this amazing country’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage and to learn about the history, skills and traditions that are still very much a part […]
 
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