Torches and candles lit during the event The night of castles and ruins

On Saturday 16th August, during the event "The night of castles and ruins", in which several other Slovak castles and monuments were involved, torches, candles and kerosene lamps were lit at Katarinka. Our programme attracted 300 visitors despite the colder weather.

The evening was opened by a concert of chamber music performed by the guitarist and composer Ondrej Veselý and the sopranist Eva Šušková. The church ruins with their ambience and genius loci represented  a wonderful symbiosis of the natural environment and some kind of "concert hall".

Apart from the compositions by J. S. Bach, C. Domeniconi and N. Boulanger, works of renowned living Slovak composers were played as well - besides the ethereal psalm  "Nad Rzekami Babilońskiemi" (By the Rivers of Babylon) by Ondrej Veselý, there were also compositions by Viera Janárčeková and Vladimír Bokes, who also attended the concert premiere of his Psalms in person.

After a short rain break, the silhouette of Katarinka was vested in an impressive rainbow and made the visitors stay to attend the following programme - a solemn mass celebrated by Ľudovít "Lemuel" Kubán.

In the dark, we managed to offer the visitors some unusual meals - bread and grease and lots of home-made cookies.

At last, our interest in history was nourished as well - there were night-time guided tours lit by torches and kerosene lamps, which were interlarded with theatre performances dealing with the monastery's history in the church and the largest room of the monastery. We believe that the most persistent visitors leaving Katarinka before midnight were full of positive impressions and experiences associated with this unusual night.

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