Cultural Directory of Slovakia

The Tourism and Culture Directorate of Bratislava Regional Government comprises Departments of Tourism and Culture.
Iuventa is a contributory organisation of the Ministry of Education of the SR and its activity is oriented towards work with children and youth and education by means of informal methods.
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.
Košice, the metropolis of eastern Slovakia, is situated on the crossroads of ancient trade roads on the Hornád River in the Košická kotlina Valley. The territory has been settled since the Palaeolithic Age. The first written references to settlement date back to the 13th century. The settlement mentioned in 1230 was on the site of the present-day Slovenská street. After the Tartar invasion of 1241 and 1242 German guests settled in its neighbourhood and soon acquired the first privileges.
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 National Institute of Slovak Language and Literature is a central interdisciplinary scientific, professional, organisational-methodological and documentational-presentational department of Matica Slovenská (MS), which takes care of general social practice activities in the field of national language and Slovak literature. Its establishing document and rules of organisation are issued, after approval by the MS Committee and the MS Chairman. The Managing Director is appointed and withdrawn by the Chairman of MS following the results of a competition or tender act.
The Košice Music Spring Festival was established in 1956 and is one of the oldest music festivals in Slovakia. From very modest early days the Košice Music Spring has grown into an international cultural event that is the peak of every year's concert season in Košice.
The Ivan Sokol International Organ Festival is the oldest festival of organ music held in Slovakia. Its founder and dramaturgist was Ivan Sokol, a soloist with the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice.
The J K Mertz International Guitar Festival offers appearances of world renowned performers, master classes and seminars. As usual, along with the traditional guitar recitals the festival also organises concerts of ancient music and jazz, where you can listen to the music of the best artists from around the globe. Asides from these performances the participants can also attend seminars and masterclasses hosted by renowned professionals.
Established in 1994, the Evenings of New Music International Festival presents current happening in the area of new music. It is a small festival but since its inception its organisers have managed to add Bratislava to the list of European cities which keep up to date with current trends in musical art.
The annual International Music Festival SPACE presents the music of the 20th century, including contemporary music.
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.
Established in 2004, Viva Musica! is the biggest open air summer festival of classical and jazz music in Slovakia. Its main ambition is to bring the highest level of artistry out into the streets and thus present this style of music to the largest possible audience.
CentEast is a network of key feature film festivals in Central and Eastern Europe, which includes one festival per country.The purpose of CentEast is to promote European cinema, with special attention paid to the cinema from Central and Eastern Europe, helping films from the region to find a place on the international market, and encouraging collaboration between member festivals.
The Envirofilm international film festival is the largest educational and promotional event of its kind in Slovakia. The objective is to present and award new films and TV programmes that by their content and artistic level help to disseminate information about nature and ideas related to environmental protection.
‘One World’ is a film festival which presents documentary films from different parts of the world tdealing with human rights violations issues, revealing the background of conflicts and helping to get an insight into the lives of refugees, women or people living in undemocratic regimes.
The Press Council of the Slovak Republic was established with the aim of promoting and protecting the rights of the public to true, verified and professionally-grounded information. It monitors compliance with the principles of ethics in the work of journalists in the periodicals published in Slovakia, considers complaints relating to contraventions of these principles and supervises observance of the right to freedom of press and free access to information sources.
After more than four decades the Regional Summer Festival of Song and Dance, which took place in a small amphitheater of Slovan Hotel in Piešťany on the 3rd of June 1956, started to be regarded as the 1st annual Folklore Festival.
Originally established in 1979 as the Music and Dance School, the Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory was the first state school in Slovakia to teach professional dancers.Graduates of the Conservatory are given the highest academic education in classical, modern and folk dance. The Conservatory co-operates closely with the Slovak National Theatre - Ballet and the Slovak Folk Art Ensemble (SĽUK), as well as with other musical theatre companies, and is also a participant in many international shows and events.
This annual festival of Ruthenian-Ukrainian citizens living in Slovakia presents their folklore and folk tradition
Held every year in mid-June, this festival celebrates the lives and diversity of cultural expression of Ruthenian and Ukrainian people living in Slovakia. The festivities are a source of the unlimited cultural wealth passed on from previous generations.
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.
RUD - Crafts, Art, Design magazine has been issued since 2000. It systematically addresses the issues of traditional and contemporary craft, design and applied art. Simultaneously, it offers current profiles of artists, news reports from exhibitions, contributions and information from current happenings in the field of design, crafts and folk art production. It is published as a quarterly magazine with 56 pages, including an English summary, and is intended for professional artists and craftsmen, fine arts students as well as for the general public.
The Institute of Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences was originally founded in 1965 and revived in 1990 after 15 years of existence under the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences. The aim of the Institute is to investigate current problems in Slovak society and to address theoretical and methodological problems in the field of sociology.
The Institute of Philosophy was founded in 1946 as a part of Slovak Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1953 it became a part of Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS). In 1975 the Institute was merged with the Institute of Sociology under the title Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of Slovak Academy of Sciences.
The Institute of Musicology SAS Library provides library-information and bibliographical services, creates related databases, studies, systematically acquisires and processes professional literature and scientific information, provides inter-library and international loan services, organises international exchange of publications, provides lending services, builds catalogues, and makes its funds a
The Education and Culture Directorate of Banská Bystrica Regional Government supervises effective learning of children and young people at pre-school, primary and secondary levels and is also responsible for the field of culture in the self-governing region.
The idea to establish a festival in Košice, which would introduce contemporary music to visitors within one comprehensive series of concerts, was born in 2000. The initiators of this event were professors of music-theoretical department and former students of composition of Košice conservatory.
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.
First staged in 1955, this annual Summer festival of music features concerts, workshops and other activities held both indoors and outdoors in and around Piešťany.
The Publishing House of the Slovak Writers’ Society publishes 30 book publications per year, including original Slovak works and translations of works by foreign authors.
Activities of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic in the field of media, audiovision and copyright are provided by the Directorate General of Media, Audiovision and Copyright in accordance with the fields of interest of the Ministry, generally binding legal regulations and international agreements.
The Directorate of Religious Affairs of the Slovak Ministry of Culture provides the implementation of state administration in accordance with the Competence Act in the section of churches and religious groups.
Works of art eligible for the award need to be published throughout the previous calendar year, in first edition.
An award for translation from a foreign language into the Slovak language is given annually in the following categories:
Research Centre of Academy of Fine Arts and Design (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Research Centre’) was founded in 2001 and focuses on development of arts and sciences in order to improve the educational process. Its activities range from the application of new technologies and innovative processes into the educational and research process to their own scientific-research work.
Abov Cultural Centre (hereinafter referred to as ‘KCA’) is an establishment that carries out cultural-educational, professional-counselling and cultural activities within the territorial field of application of Košice-okolie (namely, the territory of five micro-regions Olšava, Slanské, Kecerovce, Hornad and Torysa). This subsidised cultural institution of Košice Self-Governing Region was established on 1 January 2009. KCA, having its offices in Bidovce, seeks to interconnect and intensify regional and local culture in 64 municipalities of the region.
The Cultural Centre of Bodva Valley and Rudohorie is a contributory organisation which is linked to the budget of Košice Self-Governing Region by a contribution. The Cultural Centre was established on 1 January 2009 with the Resolution of the Representation for Košice Self-Governing Region No 523/2008 dated 27 October 2008 for an indefinite period.
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.
Šport Daily is a daily newspaper with national circulation which is primarily aimed at the field of sport. This daily offers readers a comprehensive news service from the world of sports, bringing current sporting events from Slovakia and abroad.
Published since 1992, the Economic Newspaper Daily (Hospodárske noviny) is thematically oriented on economics, economy and finance. Five times a week it brings current news from the global and domestic economy, but also from politics, analysing social development trends. Current news in the structure of the newspaper is supplemented by comments, interviews and reflections. An integral part of the content is up-to-date information about events on the world stock markets, and exchange listings of the world's currencies and commodities.
BIBIANA library is a part of the international house of arts for children. It is a special library, which focuses on the area of arts and literature for children and youth.
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).
The competition further develops the tradition started in 1965, which, since its establishment, has tried to improve design level and quality of polygraphic production of books. The main organiser of the competition is BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children.
The website of the Co-ordination Centre of Traditional Folk Culture, the creation of which is a result of the international community’s interest as well as of the interest of competent authorities of the Slovak Republic to comprehensively care for the development and promotion of traditional Slovak folk culture.
TRANSLATE Úrad pre Slovákov žijúcich v zahraničí je orgánom štátnej správy so sídlom v Bratislave. Úrad je rozpočtovou organizáciou, ktorá je napojená na rozpočet Úradu vlády SR. Na čele úradu je predseda, ktorého vymenúva a odvoláva vláda. Funkčné obdobie predsedu úradu je päť rokov. Predseda je zároveň vedúcim služobného úradu. Predseda úradu nesmie byť členom politickej strany alebo politického hnutia, nesmie vystupovať v ich mene alebo pôsobiť v ich prospech.Úrad pre Slovákov žijúcich v zahraničí:
According to Act No. 575/2001 Coll. on the Organisation of the Government Activity and the Organization of Central State Administration as amended, the Ministry is the central authority of public administration for: