karicka discoverslThe teaching period at the Catholic University in Ružomberok has just started and the students from abroad, mainly Erasmus+ students, have a chance to attend a new course named Discover Slovakia. During the summer semester teachers from the Faculty of Arts and Letters and Faculty of Education will give their talks on various topics such as the contemporary Slovak art, history of Slovakia in the 20th century, unique natural sights of Slovakia, Slovak folk tales or its stand-up comedy. Moreover, students are offered to visit Ludovit Fulla Gallery, the National Council of the Slovak Republic and to take part in a field trip covering natural sights in the Liptov region.

 

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The introductory talk by Jozef Zentko focused on the selected aspects of the Slovak folk culture. He introduced the differences between material culture and intangible cultural heritage and in both cases he used examples from UNESCO lists (Vlkolinec, traditional cloth dyeing by indigo, fujara, multipart singing of Horehronie etc.). At the end of the class students could see the folk costumes from the Liptov region and to dance traditional karicka dance.