Newcastles of the World Digital Arts Exhibition

The Newcastles of the World digital art exhibition in Nové Zámky, our Newcastle in Slovakia, features 18 different artists from 13 “Newcastles” The exhibition of film, video and photography will open online on December 17th via Facebook page Vzdušné ZÁMKY 2020 (https://www.facebook.com/vzdusnezamky2020/) at 17.00 CET (UTC+1) and runs until 31 January. We thank curator Magdalena Klobučníková for her work in creating this exhibition, in difficult circumstances caused by Covid-19. The Facebook page also contains information about other events that form part of Nové Zámky’s year as Slovakia’s City of Culture. Also http://www.vzdusnezamky.sk/

Newcastles of the World – Digital Art Exhibition in Nové Zámky

It has been necessary to make some changes to the brief for the exhibition of work by artists from our partner “Newcastles” in the Newcastles of the World alliance.

This will now be an exclusively digital art exhibition – that is only art that uses digital technology for the creative or presentation process, also variously known as computer art, new media or multimedia art. So, for example they could be in digital photography, digital film/video, animation, digital graphics and poster art, pixel art, electronic/computer music, digital installation and conceptual art, digital/computer-generated painting, even digital poetry. Film/video and other time-related submissions should run for no longer than 15 minutes please. Sorry but it’s not possible to include original paintings, drawings, prints, or reproductions of them, in the exhibition.

Entries by 30 September, please – send a link to your submission to newcastlesoftheworld@gmail.com

Please click here for the full brief –

He cooked for Presidents!

He’s cooked for Presidents Clinton and Obama, for singers like Gloria Estefan, for athletes and other celebrities. Now Chef Miroslav Dušek of Nové Hrady, our “Newcastle” in the Czech Republic, has a book to tell his stories.

The book of his recipes and life stories was due to be launched at the Gastro Festival in the South Bohemian capital České Budějovice this Spring, but this was cancelled because of Covid-19. So it was published first electronically as an e-book. For more information contact chefmiroslav@gmail.com, and see his Facebook page @restauraceumiry

Part of the proceeds from the book will go to the Štastná Hvězda (“Happy Star”) Foundation, to support children with cerebral palsy. The Foundation is currently helping families and children with this financial and emotional burden. Miroslav himself overcame polio at the age of three.

Miroslav’s book has been well received in the Czech gastronomic world – Miroslav Kubec, President of the Association of Chefs and Confectioners of the Czech Republic, said: “Chef Miroslav Dušek, who cooked for both ordinary people and mobsters or celebrities, and even two American presidents, describes his more than forty-year stay abroad with humour and foresight. Above all, however, his words and sentences radiate enthusiasm for a beautiful field – gastronomy.”

Chef Miroslav was one of the host team for the Newcastles of the World conference in Nové Hrady in 2014 and formerly had a restaurant inside the conference venue, the 200 year-old Chateau Buquoy – the “new castle” of the town. Now, with his partner Marcela he has the excellent Restaurace U Míry on the town’s main square.

Miroslav left what was then Czechoslovakia at the age of 17, for the first two years in Zurich, Switzerland where he began working as an assistant to a fashion photographer. But he wanted see the world. “When I left for New York, I had an armful of letters of recommendation, but to succeed in New York as a photographer is not easy, so I went back to what I knew best from my father. I had worked with dad in restaurants and cafeterias – he loved cooking and taught me many things. So I started looking for work in kitchens”.

“I later went to Florida – I was a culinary adventurer. For ten years I worked in the best catering company in Miami, which had an excellent reputation. We cooked for US presidents Clinton and Obama, famous basketball players, also for singer Gloria Estefan. I learned to cook dishes from many different countries”

What brought him back to the Czech Republic? “I was in retirement in America. I did not think there would be more work – I was going to pick mushrooms and fish. But now I have a new family and the temptation to have my own restaurant was too strong!”

Make sure you visit beautiful South Bohemia one day, and head for Nové Hrady and Bistro Míry. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the food that Miroslav will prepare for you – and his stories too!