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Levočske babie leto (literally , 'Indian Summer in Levoča')......
is a major international festival of music and the arts set in the historic east Slovakian town of Levoča, since June 2009 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its surroundings in the ancient county of Spiš. Restoring the region's centuries-old tradition as a crossroads of arts and culture, it is already establishing itself as one of the leading annual cultural celebrations of central Europe.
Why Levoča? With one of the most beautifully preserved historic town centres in Europe, Levoča is the perfect setting for an international arts festival. At its centre is the 14th-century St. James's Church, containing a magnificent landmark of the Central European Renaissance, the superb carved altar created by Master Pavol (c. 1510). Close by in the Town Square, ringed by town houses dating back to the 13th century, are the romantic Old Town Hall and a beautiful 18th-century theatre. A short distance from the town can be found, among many other places of interest, the Chateau of Markušovce and its Belvedere, now a museum of historic keyboard instruments, the ruins of the mighty Spiš Castle, (also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the historic town of Kežmarok. Nearby natural beauties include the High Tatra mountain range and the Slovensky Raj ('Slovak Paradise') National Park. Easily accessed from Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Kosice by air and railway, and with the establishment of quality accommodation and cuisine, this unique region has at last become easily accessible to the outside world. Its reputation for mild and welcoming Indian summers at the start of October suggests the perfect timing for the festival.
The Sixth 'Levočske babie leto' Festival maintains our tradition of bringing to audiences great music and music unfairly neglected, played by leading musicians from all over Europe. We welcome both those who will be appearing at Levoča for the first time, including the viola player and BBC New Generation award winner Maxim Rysanov, and the fascinating Kapralova Quartet, and those returning after highly-praised performances in previous Festivals including the soprano Klára Kolonits, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the cellist Jozef Lupták and his colleagues, and the pianists Tomasz Kamieniak and Jonathan Powell. We can be certain that between them they will create an unforgettable musical experience in one of the most beautiful, historic and undiscovered corners of Europe.