Cultural Directory of Slovakia - Other

The AMFO national competition of amateur photography is the oldest and largest national competition of its kind in Slovakia. Its main mission is to create opportunities for confrontation and evaluation of results of contemporary amateur photographers in Slovakia.
Held every two years, Youth Sings is a two-level (regional and national rounds) competitive national advancement festival of children’s and youth choirs. The mission of the competition is to cultivate song as one of significant attributes of modern man culture, teaching appreciation of the beauty of music through singing and thus not only bringing about continuity in singing expression but also creating prerequisites for extending the listeners' base for classical music and orientation to higher cultural and spiritual values.
Why am I Happy to Be in the World is a national anti-drug visual art project with international participation.
Lutheran pastor and polymath Matej Bel (Hungarian Bél Mátyás) was born 22 March 1684 in Očová and died on 29 August 1749 in Pressburg (Bratislava) where he is buried. He described himself as 'by language a Slav, by nation a Hungarian, by erudition a German'.Bel was an outstanding scholar, active in the fields of pedagogy, philosophy, philology, history, and theoretical theology; he was the founder of Hungarian geographic science and a pioneer in the fields of descriptive ethnography and economy.
Anton Bernolák (born 3 October 1762 in Slanica, died 15 January 1813 in Nové Zámky) was a Catholic priest and founder of standard Slovak. He studied in Pressburg (present-day Bratislava), Trnava and Vienna, and in 1787 was consecrated as a priest.
Priest and national revivalist Ján Hollý (b Borský Mikulas 1785–d Dobra Voda 1849) was a poet and translator who wrote in Bernolákovcina, Anton Bernolak's codified Slovak. He was one of the greatest Slovak and Slavic poets and a key representative of classicism in Slovak literature.Hollý created a substantial body of his works in the village of Madunice, where he liked to write poems in the Mlíč woods under an old oak tree.
Ľudovít Štúr (1815-1856) was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century and the author of the Slovak language standard which gave rise to the contemporary Slovak literary language.
The Rusyn Revival in Slovakia is active in meeting the cultural needs of the Ruthenian national minority. It organises cultural events such as the Figliarska nôta Festival and provides methodological and technical assistance in the development of cultural activities, including both live and written culture, for example, by issuing recordings of the most successful performances of the first two years of the Figliarska nôta Festival.
The Szőttes Folkloric Ensemble is the representative ensemble of the Hungarian folk culture in Slovakia. Its members are amateur dancers who are interested in Hungarian folk culture and are willing to spend most of their free-time preparing and performing their shows.
Founded in 1951, the Ilosvai Selymes Péter Folk Ensemble seeks to preserve and present the authentic folk dance of the Hungarian nationality in Slovakia. In addition to Hungarian folk dances from Slovakia the ensemble also presents dances from Hungary and Transylvania. Its repertoire includes dances from Magyarbőd, Imreg, Gömör, Parchovany, Mátyusföld, Szatmár, Kartal, Szék, Ördöngősfüzes, Mezőkölpény, Moldva, Zobor, Kamienka, and Szászcsávás.
The Office of the Government of the SR is a central state administration body of the Slovak Republic, responsible for supervising the fulfilment of state administration duties and for the management of funds allocated for their fulfilment as well as for the administration and handling of petitions, announcements and proposals.
Piano virtuoso, composer and teacher Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) was born in Pressburg (present-day Bratislava). He received his earliest musical training from his father, and later studied under Mozart and the foremost Viennese musicians of the time. As a child he made a grand concert tour of Europe which lasted for almost five years.
Small Stage is a student theatre space which presents a regular programme of theatre productions by students of the VŠMU Faculty of Theatre.
Established in 2004, aktivnagruppa is a free gathering of young dramatists, performers, musicians and artists that purposefully alter their production to suit their current environment (festival Hodokvas 2004-Kinderreich, Powerplant Poprad, Synagog Levice, Cement Mill in Banská Bystrica...). In June 2004 (and again in September of the same year) they organised an unofficial opening of a former cement mill together with the International Centre for Community Art, turning the place into a kulturfabrik.
Launched in 2008, STV Three is a dedicated sports channel which was established primarily to strengthen sports journalism in Slovakia.
The 'Golden Violin' is a small professional group of excellent musicians which accompanies the Lúčnica Slovak National Folklore Ballet as well as offering independent concerts all around the world with a broad repertoire consisting of a variety of musical styles. The orchestra consists of eight members with brilliant skills and experience from abroad. The virtuosity of Golden Violin can be seen in some parts of the dance programme, where typical Slovak traditional music instruments dominate the music composition.
The Slovak National Uprising (SNP) is an important chapter in the modern history of Banská Bystrica. The armed revolt of the Slovak nation against the Fascist regime broke out on 29 August 1944 in Banská Bystrica. After a brief success the uprising was forcibly crushed. The insurgents retired to the mountains and from there continued their guerrilla warfare.
Situated in the loft area of the State Scientific Library in Banská Bystrica, the Home of the Muses exhibition comprises several rooms which document the musical history of the town of Banská Bystrica, the outstanding musicians, composers and writers of the town and region and the activities of the puppet theatre in Banská Bystrica. Suitable for all ages, the exhibition is popular with school and community groups. Video films can be shown upon request.
The Playing for you Festival is an annual festival organised by Bibiana with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. It takes the form of a survey of alternative and puppet theatres for children with international participation. Shows are organised in the courtyard of the Bibiana building every Sunday during the Summer holiday period.
The Slovak Research and Development Agency (SRDA) is a non-profit making organisation of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic of the SR.
Situated amid the Štiavnické vrchy Mountains, Štiavnické Bane is spread like an amphitheatre along both sides of the road from Banská Štiavnica to Levice. Today´s municipality was formed in the latter half of the 20th century through consolidation of the independent mining settlements of Piarg (made up of Siglisberg and Vindšachta) and Horná Roveň. Sigelsberg (Siglisberg) is mentioned as early as the mid 14th century as a possession of the town Banská Štiavnica when it was forcibly occupied by the castellan of Šášov Castle. The origin of Vindšachta probably dates back to the 16th century.
Čičmany is a distinctive village of scenic beauty surrounded by the peaks of the Strážov Hills and the Malá Fatra Mountains in the southern part of Rajec Valley, south west of Rajec municipality. The oldest surviving reference to the village dates from the 13th century. Inhabitants of the village, also famous for its characteristic folk embroidery, were originally involved in sheep raising and selling sheep cheese, with supplementary trade in coarse cloth slippers and shoes.
The international folklore festival Jánošík Days is traditionally held in the village of Terchová with participation of leading artists from abroad (Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Poland, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, Portugal, Austria and others) as well as from Slovakia who take into consideration new trends in the folk music genre.
Hont Region Parade is a folklore festival held in Hrušov that presents old-time farming skills applied in the Hrušov fields as well skills of craftsmen from all over Slovakia and folkloric performances by Slovak and foreign performers.
Although Bratislava has a rich musical tradition, it was only permitted to develop along particular lines during the communist era. Contemporary music from America and Europe was disparaged, as was Slovak music influenced by western trends, so that performances were severely restricted. The concept of organising an international festival of contemporary music occupied the minds of younger composers and musicologists as early as the late 1960s. At that time, the idea faced opposition from both politicians and the Union of Composers.
Új Szó Daily is the only daily newspaper in the Slovak Republic issued in a minority language whose target group is represented by citizens of Hungarian nationality. As it has been issued since 1948, it is also one of the longest-issued dailies in Slovakia, now published six times a week. The structure of the newspaper comprises current affairs and culture, education and sport sections, but it is primarily aimed at the culture and lifestyle of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia. Its territorial scope is predominantly the southern regions of Slovakia.