Cultural Directory of Slovakia - Bratislava

Established in December 2003, Media Desk Slovakia aims to promote EU programmes relating to the audiovisual arts, specifically the Media Plus and Media Training programmes (see ). It offers information on tenders, deadlines and news, and provides assistance to Slovak film makers by helping them to apply for financial support relating to project and production house development, film and video distribution and promotion, film festivals and training.
Hosted annually by the FOTOFO Foundation at the Central European House of Photography, the Month of Photography Bratislava festival spans over 40 exhibitions and includes work by photographers from Central and Eastern Europe (Slovakia, Poland, the Baltic Republics, Austria, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Hungary).
The ÚĽUV Craft School offers courses for adults and children, as well as sample work from craftsmen in its craft workshops throughout the whole year. Its facilities include a wood carving workshop equipped with both contemporary tools and heritage tools; a weaving workshop with loom and tools for fine textile techniques; a basket making workshop for working with wicker, straw and cornhusk; and a pottery workshop equipped for the production of all ceramic products, including hand turning on potter's wheel, decoration and firing in an electric kiln.
One of Bratislava’s most important cultural buildings, the Reduta was originally built in 1773 as a granary. It was purchased by the city in 1901 to be turned into a ‘palace of culture’. The original design called for an imitation of the Vienna Reduta, but an alternative plan was developed, and construction finally began in 1911. From 1913-1919 its facade was renovated to replicate a mixture of neo-Baroque, Rococo, and Art Nouveau styles, in an apparent attempt to evoke the period of Empress Maria Theresa.
Established in 2000, Atrakt Art is an association for contemporary arts and culture based in Bratislava. It publishes 3/4 magazine, organises the Next music festival, co-organises the Digitopia music sessions and Multiplace new media culture festival and administers a range of other projects dealing with art, technology, creativity, urban environment, etc. Atrakt Art was a co-founder of the cultural centre A4 - zero space, Bratislava.
The Graphic Arts School Bratislava is a secondary specialised graphic arts school which offers a number of courses of a printing and graphic orientation for both post-secondary and postgraduate study, as well as a variety of other services.
The Bratislava office of Matica slovenská, located in a a two-storey cultural monument, a Neo Rococo palace built in 1889 by the Bratislava architect J Hubert for pharmacist F Pistori.
The Education, Youth and Sports Directorate is responsible for the provision of education, youth and sports services in the municipality. It aims to provide effective learning for children and young people at pre-school, primary and secondary levels and offers a wide range of youth and sports services through a network of schools, youth and community centres, parks, clubs, sport centres and open spaces throughout the municipality.
Since the autumn of 1967, every odd year in Bratislava is connected with the world-famous international juried exhibition of originals of illustrations made for children's and juvenile books.
The Slovak section of IBBY is a national section of International Board on Books for Young People – IBBY.
Konto Orange is a non-profit organisation that implements projects supporting groups of people or communities. Established in 2002, its major objective is to implement such philanthropic activities that will help to solve the problems of different groups in society. The activities of Konto Orange cover many areas, from support for substitute families and adoptions to education and leisure activities for young people and helping abandoned people in difficulty. Konto Orange's philanthropic activities focus on problematic or in some way deficient areas of society.
Opened in May 2008, is a retail outlet managed by the Slovak Film Institute (SFÚ). It offers a wide range of Slovak and foreign film literature including books and magazines, plus DVDs of Slovak and foreign films.
An international festival of animation films for children - Biennial of Animation Bratislava (BAB) is an event that already has tradition. From its very beginnings, it was formed as an accompanying event to another major cultural event – Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB).