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This was the 34-year of Presov's musical fall and I learned about this day from my friend and the deputy director of the Presov's house of culture and also director of one of the BEST AND GREATEST Slovak folklore ensembles Sarisan, 

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Laci Kiselak. The program was named The Bridges of Friendship-Evening of nations and nationalities. Six nationalities were presented during this evening: Slovak, Rusyn-Ukrainian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Gypsies, and Romanian. Performing were Sarisan from Presov, Puls also from Presov and Budapest from Budapest. The secret motto of this program was "What politicians can't agree upon, the folklore and culture puts together." In 34 years of the Presov's Musical Fall, there was never ever international participation like this. I really enjoyed this evening. It started with excellent performance of Sarisan followed by Puls 

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and then after intermission came the Hungarians. What a performance. They were dancing and singing in Romanian village where Hungarians, Gypsies, and Romanians live together. They had musicians on the stage and stared with a solo song. Their singer was unbelievable, dressed in a suit and his voice was just fantastic. The dances were performed with real feeling and ease, just fantastic. I am really happy that I was able to attend this performance.

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 7, No. 4, Winter 1999
Copyright Vladimir Linder 1999 
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