Festival of Slovak and Czech Children's Books

Piešťany – Zvolen – Prague
(October 11 to November 10, 2017)

Piešťany City Library, Regional Library of Ľudovít Štúr in Zvolen and civic association BONA FIDE in Prague are hosting another Festival of Slovak and Czech Children's Books. It will take place for the third time in Piešťany, Zvolen and Prague from October 11 to November 10, 2017. The festival will feature both Czech and Slovak children's literature, while children will have a chance to attend numerous artist-led workshops, a puppet theatre performance as well as exhibitions of book illustrations.

The festival will guide the youngest generation through the topic of familiarity and interconnectedness of Czechs and Slovaks, and of the closeness between the two languages and nations interwoven through common history, culture and traditions. The festival received support from various Czech and Slovak cultural personalities, among which are writer Jiří Stránsky, actresses Ivana Chýlková and Zuzana Kronerová or director Ján Sebechlebský.

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Piešťany (October 11-13, 2017)
Zvolen (October 16-20, 2017)
Prague (November 6-10, 2017)

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Event locations:

The National Museum of Prague
Slovak Institute in Prague
The House of National Minorities in Prague
Karlin Children's Centre

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The event is under the auspices of:

Slovak Minister of Culture Marek Maďarič
Czech Minister of Culture Daniel Herman
and Slovak ambassador in Czech Republic Peter Weiss

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Festival program (Prague)

November 6, 2017 at 10am
Literature and art workshops with Slovak illustrators Martina Matlovičová, Vladimír Král, Ľuboslav Paľo and Miloš Kopták, including a presentation of illustrated books.
Location: Karlin Children's Centre

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November 6, 2017 at 2pm
Klára and the Bogeymen (orig. Klára a bubáci)
A book presentation by Slovak writer Petra Nagyová Džerengová accompanied by a dramatized reading in Slovak and Czech.
Excerpts will be read by the author herself as well as actors from various theaters in Prague.
Location: Slovak Institute in Prague, Hybernská 2

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November 6, 2017 at 5:30pm
Four Nuts for Prague
Opening of an exhibition by Slovak illustrators Martina Matlovičová, Ľuboslav Paľo, Miloš Kopták and Vladimír Král in the Slovak Institute in Prague.
Location: Slovak Institute in Prague, Hybernská 2

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November 7, 2017 at 10am
Christmas throughout the World
Literature workshop and roundtable discussion with the writer Karolina Medková accompanied by an exhibition of illustrations by Mária Nerádová
Location: The National Museum of Prague

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November 7, 2017 at 2pm
Ján Uličiansky / Vladimír Král: Analphabette the Illiterate (orig. Analfabeta Negramotná)
Theatre performance by the KBT Theatre in Bratislava
Location: Slovak Institute in Prague, Hybernská 2

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November 7, 2017 at 6pm
Winter Frolicking
Opening of an exhibition by Slovak illustrator Mária Nerádová; illustrations from the book written by Czech author Karolina Medková titled Christmas throughout the World.
Location: The National Museum of Prague

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November 8, 2017 at 10am
Slovakia reads to Czech children
Slovak ambassador in Czech Republic Peter Weiss, writers Petra Nagyová Džerengová and Roman Brat, illustrator Martina Matlovičová and actors Barbora Krajč Zamišková and Richard Trsťan read to Czech children.
Location: Slovak Institute in Prague, Hybernská 2

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November 8, 2017 at 2pm
Mária Rázusová Martáková, Jaroslava Blažková / Vladimír Král: Baby Goats

Theatre performance by the KBT Theatre.
Location: Slovak Institute in Prague, Hybernská 2

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November 9, 2017 at 10am
Miriam Pešková: Little Belly, Who Is It That Lives Inside of You? (orig. Bruško bruško kto v tebe býva?)
Author Miriam Pešková carefully introduces children to each developmental stage of the human fetus. Funny little poems can enhance the pleasant expectations of the miracle, when a new little human arrives into the world. The CD is aimed at children aged 3 and higher, but it will certainly make the parents happy, too. It is a great tool that can help them explain to their curious children, when a baby's hair starts to sprout or when its hearing or sense of touch starts to develop...
The contents of this CD were consulted with experts in the field of gynecology and obstetrics, so that each chapter accurately reflects the given stage of the baby's development.

The presentation of the bilingual CD will involve the creators and authors of the project.
Location: Slovak Institute in Prague, Hybernská 2

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November 9, 2017 at 2pm
DON ŠAJN
Inspired by the plays of folk puppeteers, written by Juraj Hamar and revised by Ivan Gontko. The puppets will be brought to life by Ivan Gontko and Ivana Gontková from the TYJÁTR theatre.
Location: The House of National Minorities, Vocelova 3, Prague

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November 9, 2017 at 5pm
Czech and Slovak Puppetry

A roundtable about the traditions and meaning of Czech and Slovak puppetry, which has been inscribed into the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The roundtable discussion will host prominent personalities of Czech and Slovak puppetry.
Location: The House of National Minorities, Vocelova 3, Prague

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November 10, 2017 at 10am
DON ŠAJN
Inspired by the plays of folk puppeteers, written by Juraj Hamar and revised by Ivan Gontko. The puppets will be brought to life by Ivan Gontko and Ivana Gontková from the TYJÁTR theatre.
Location: The House of National Minorities, Vocelova 3, Prague

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More info:

Piešťany City Library

Regional Library of Ľudovít Štúr in Zvolen

Civic association BONA FIDE Prague

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You can download the poster for this event right here.

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