Cultural Directory of Slovakia

Established in 1993, the Information and Documentation Centre of the Council of Europe aims to disseminate information on the activities of the Council of Europe.
Since 1954 SIBMAS has been the forum for colleagues from all over the world promoting research, practical and theoretical, in the documentation of the performing arts. Besides the organisation of biennial international congresses, SIBMAS members are involved in three permanent projects: a directory of theatre museums and libraries accessible online since 2002, the International Bibliography of Theatre (IBT), published by the Theatre Research Data Centre at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and the World Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Theatre (6 volumes, 1994-2000).
The International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) is a worldwide network of organisations that document and promote the music of our time.IAMIC currently supports the work of 43 member organisations in 38 countries (2006). Each of these 'Music Information Centres' promotes and documents the music of its own country of region over a variety of musical genres including contemporary classical music, world music, jazz and popular.
Founded in Edinburgh on 30 September 1927 during the International Congress of Libraries (the 50th Anniversary Conference of the British Library Association), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) was established initially as a small association of mainly national library associations and academic libraries. The Federation was one of the first international non-profit, non-governmental organisations aiming to further the cause of librarianship.
Established in 1948, the International Council on Archives (ICA) is a decentralised organisation governed by a General Assembly and administered by an Executive Committee. Its branches provide archivists with a regional forum in all parts of the world (except North America), its sections bring together archivists and archival institutions interested in particular areas of professional interest, and its committees and working groups are engaged in the deployment of experts to solve specific problems.
The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) is an independent umbrella association of national library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe. Its secretariat is hosted by the Netherlands Public Library Association in The Hague.
The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents.
EURBICA operates under the Constitution of the European Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives adopted at its inaugural conference in Florence in 2001. For the time being the presidency of EURBICA is located at the Direction des Archives de France. EURBICA was established to further the aims of ICA and to strengthen co-operation within Europe. EURBICA is responsible for carrying out the policy and programmes of ICA in this region, where these are relevant to EURBICA members.
Established in 1990, the Society of Slovak Archivists is a national voluntary interest organisation which brings together professional archival staff from all sectors and all areas of the Slovak Republic. It organises an annual Archive Day which is held in a different location every year.
After more than 60 years of experience in the field of the moving image heritage preservation, FIAF has grown up to become the most important network of leading specialised archive institutions around the world.
The Slovak Syndicate of Journalists (SSN) is a professional trade union organisation of journalists which brings together the majority of the journalists working in press, radio, television, and press agencies in Slovakia. Freelance journalists and publicists are also its members.
Part of the Slovak Syndicate of Journalists (SSJ), the Film Journalists Club co-ordinates film activities and publishes them in a monthly bulletin called Information. The most important activity of the Film Journalists Club is the announcement the Slovak Film Critics Awards.
The objectives of ITI are: (i) to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in the domain of the performing arts; (ii) to stimulate creation and increase co-operation among theatre people; (iii) to increase public awareness of the need to take artistic creation into consideration in the domain of development; (iv) to deepen mutual understanding and contribute to the consolidation of peace and friendship between peoples; (v) to join in the defence of the ideals and aims of UNESCO; and (vi) to combat all forms of racism or social and political discrimination.
Founded in 1993 and based at the Theatre Institute, the Slovak Centre of the ITI provides information and helps foreign guests to make contact with Slovak theatre institutions such as theatres, schools, festivals and associations. It offers general information on Slovak theatre, especially on history, current repertory, festivals, and programming. The Centre can be also helpful in contacting theatres which offer tickets at reduced prizes.
During the period 1929-1992 there was a Czechoslovak Centre of UNIMA, but following the rise of an independent Slovak Republic in 1993 a separate Slovak Centre of UNIMA was established. Since 1996 it has operated as a legal entity, administered by an elected Board. Its Chairperson is currently Ida Hledíková-Polívková, a member of the UNIMA European Commission.
Relaunched in 1999, JMI Slovakia aims to help young musicians develop their musical and artistic lives. It has renewed its chamber orchestra activities and is preparing symphonic orchestra activities. Chamber orchestra benefit concerts with Slovak and foreign soloists and conductors are organised regularly. JMI Slovakia continues to organise concerts in elementary music schools in Slovakia with the Slovak Philharmonic.
The Slovak Music Society is an independent association of citizens working in the field of music, music education, training, musicology, interpretation and editing.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application.
The European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) was founded in 1992 to ensure that cultural associations, operators and artists have a voice in Europe. EFAH's members represent over 5,000 organisations across 25 EU Member States and beyond, active in all cultural domains, ranging from orchestras to writers' associations, academic institutions to heritage conservation organisations, national theatres to international cultural networks, conservatoires to choirs and festivals to foundations. They are the driving force of the organisation.
The FOTOFO Foundation is the parent body of the Central European House of Photography, which promotes contemporary photography from Central and Eastern Europe.
The Slovak PEN Centre finds its origins in Czechoslovak PEN, which was established in Prague in 1925, with Karel Čapek as its first President. The Slovak Section of Czechoslovak PEN was founded in 1932 in Bratislava.
Launched in 1977 by the Faculty of Theatre of the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (VŠMU), Project Istropolitana is a biennial international festival of theatre schools which has attracted support from many Slovak and international institutions and has gained a huge international reputation.
The programme attempts to develop the educational capacity of the museums of art and galleries in Slovakia as well as to justify the existence of education departments as part of their structure. The starting point of the programme is the actual situation of the galleries and museums in Slovakia, where educational activities are perceived to be marginal, or no educational activities whatsoever are offered to visitors.
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) was founded in 1926 and is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Its headquarters are in Paris, with regional offices in Budapest, Buenos Aires and Singapore. It works towards increased recognition and protection of creators' rights.In June 2006 CISAC numbered 217 authors' societies from 114 countries and indirectly represented more than 2.5 million creators within all the artistic repertoires: music, drama, literature, audio-visual works, graphic and visual arts.
Established in 1993, the LITA Society of Authors has since operated as a civil association registered with the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic of the Slovak Republic and on the basis of Agreements on Representation.
Established in 1998, the Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (SOZA) is a legal entity, a not-for-profit civic association founded pursuant to Act No 83/1990 Coll. It represents a common interest based self-government of authors and publishers of musical works who as property right holders administer and pursue the property interests of the society as a whole via their elected bodies.
Established in 1929, BIEM is the international organisation which represents mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works). Their members are composers, authors and publishers and their clients are record companies and other users of recorded music. They also license mechanical aspects of the downloading of music via the Internet.
Established in December 1990 in the form of an EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping), GESAC groups 34 of the largest authors' societies in the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. As such, it represents nearly 500.000 authors or their successors in title in the area of music, graphic and plastic arts, literary and dramatic works, and audiovisual as well as music publishers.
Founded by Ondrej Francisci in 1953, the Slovak Radio Children's Choir has been active for more than 50 years. The choir has recorded more than 500 songs and radio cycles and several CDs since its inception. The choir regularly performs, records and presents the works of Slovak and international composers.
The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra was established in 1929 as the first professional musical ensemble serving the needs of radio broadcasting.
This city-centre gallery hosts changing exhibitions by SAS members focusing on contemporary architecture.
The Faculty of Philosophy is one of the oldest faculties at Comenius University. Currently, it provides Bachelors and Masters degree study programmes for successful candidates. The three-year Bachelors degree programme is exclusively a single subject study programme.
The Cabinet of the Minister is responsible for (i) preparing the Minister´s plan of work; (ii) co-ordinating the Minister´s contact with the Office of the President, the National Council and its bodies, the Government and its advisory bodies and other central state administration bodies; (iii) preparing the programmes for visits by domestic and foreign ministers; (iv) preparing the Minister´s timetable; (v) organising visits by the Minister; (vi) handling the personal correspondence of the Minister; and (vii) organising cultural and social events for the Minister,
The Directorate General of Arts and Language is involved in the creation of conditions for the development and presentation of culture in all its manifestations.
The Section of Cultural Heritage of Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic, within the scope of its activity, provides for the protection, renovation, restoration, use and presentation of cultural heritage, especially within the following fields: heritage protection; museum and gallery collections; library collections; traditional folk culture; and observatories.
The Secretariat General of the Ministry (i) provides for the processing of conceptual materials relating to the application of state employment regulations; (ii) ensures the co-ordination of contact between the Ministry and other branches of the Government and its advisory bodies, the National Council and its committees and other central state administration bodies; (iii) organises the conference programme under the Ministry´s management; and (iv) ensures the internal functioning of the Ministry.
The Directorate General of Economics is responsible for arranging central public procedures in relation to culture, and for arranging central public acquisition of contracts for the delivery of goods, services and works for the realisation of projects financed from EU structural funds.
The Directorate General of International Co-operation in accordance with competences of the Ministry is responsible for performing tasks in the field of bilateral and multilateral co-operation and European affairs as well as for presenting culture abroad.The Directorate General performs systematic and co-ordination activities in relation to substantive sections of the Ministry by overseeing the implementation of state cultural policy in relation to foreign countries and by presenting Slovak culture abroad.
Slovak Central Observatory in Hurbanovo is a national methodological center of Slovak Republic to observatories and planetariums, which is governed by statute issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Slovak Republic. The Slovak Central Observatory performs specialized professional, observational, cultural, educational, scientific, research, informational, documentary and editorial work in the astronomical field.
TThe Slovak Sinfionetta Žilina is one of the best known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe and holds a very important position in Slovak musical culture. It was founded in 1974 as the only "Classical period" chamber orchestra in Slovakia. Since then the orchestra has attained a prominent position in both Slovak and Czech Republics, as well as developing a considerable international reputation.
The main responsibilities of the Directorate General of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Disadvantaged Population Groups of the Department of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic include:- preparing main goals and principles of state policies in the field of intangible cultural heritage, traditional folk culture, cultural and educational activities; as well as analytical, conceptual and information materials of a national-scale-importance in the field of intangible cultural heritage, traditional folk culture and cultural-educational activities,
ENCATC is the European network of institutions and professionals involved in training and education in the broad field of cultural management. Founded in 1992 in Poland, this independent and unique network gathers 127 members (85 full members, 39 associate members and three individual members) and operates through 38 countries.
Banská Bystrica Music Days was established in 1994 with the aim of making the State Opera in Banská Bystrica known as a central institution of Central Slovak music life. Originally the festival was conceived as an opera festival (Banská Bystrica Opera Days), however after the third year it was altered into Banská Bystrica Music Days. The opening event of the festival is usually a premiere of an opera work. In addition to musical-dramatic works it also presents a wide range of music genres and music groups. The festival is held annually in October.
The current home of the State Theatre of Košice dates from 1899. The work of architect Adolf Lang, the Neo-Baroque main building (Historická budova) ranks as one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. The interior of theatre is richly decorated with plaster ornaments and the stage is lyre-shaped.
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.
The city of Trnava has a long and rich theatrical tradition; already at the beginning of the 17th century it was one of the most important centres of Jesuit theatre in the Kingdom of Hungary. The building itself was constructed in the 1840s and over the years has launched various professional and amateur Slovak ensembles.
Established in 1959, Puppet Theatre Košice was the fourth professional puppet company in Slovakia. Originally accommodated on Roosevelt street, it was relocated in 2000 to its own building on Alžbetina street.Since its inception the company has produced more than 170 stage plays and today it is still the only professional puppet theatre in eastern Slovakia. Over the decades its audience has grown to more than one and half million, some of whom are now grandparents who attend with their grandchildren.
The home of Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre, Zvolen was opened in 1994 and features full disabled access and facilities. The stage is modern and the hall itself has a capacity of up to 334 seats. The Theatre has also a smaller 90-seat studio designed for chamber plays and smaller projects.
Attractive Theatre Days is four-day annual international festival of theatre, which also showcases other forms of alternative art.
The Bystrica Puppeteers' Festival is an international festival which aims mainly to present contemporary forms of puppet theatre, including different puppetry techniques (mask theatre, natural object puppet theatre, shadow puppet theatre, etc) in Slovakia, the V4 and other countries, comparing the actual level of puppet theatre production of domestic and foreign companies (stage productions of the two recent years) and contributing to the development of this theatre genre.
This annual theatre festival of the V4 countries was founded in 1999 by Nitra Old Theatre and focuses particularly on puppet and alternative theatre.
The Association of Slovak Theatre Critics and Theoreticians was founded as an independent civic organisation within the Slovak Syndicate of Journalists. The key objectives of the association, which has 50 members, is organising professional seminars, sending its members to theatre festivals, premieres and performances, and undertaking publishing activities.
The Association of Slovak Theatre Professionals is the largest professional association in the field of stagecraft in Slovakia. The Association protects the professional, creative and social interests of its members and the entire theatre community and to this end is involved in the creation of legislative and economic conditions for their work. It also organises cultural events, international festivals, workshops, information exchanges and co-operative projects with foreign organisations.
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 Contemporary Opera Association was founded in 2000 to address the lack of an agency which could manage contemporary opera. In 2000-2001 the association introduced four Slovak opera premieres - Smrť v kuchyni by Ľubomír Burgr, Údel by Burlas Martin, John King by Daniel Mathias and Posledný Let by Mark Piacek. These premieres enjoyed great success.
The Contemporary Theatre Association is a professional association involving theatre practitioners, theorist and critics. The association is led by actor Richard Stanke.
The Jozef Kroner Awards have been bestowed annually since 2001 by the Jozef Kroner Foundation in conjunction with the National Centre of Culture and the Kysuce Culture Foundation. Since 2006 they have also been presented in co-operation with Enel Slovenské Elektrárne. The awards are presented in two categories: for lasting contribution to the world of theatre (lifelong work) and for the most remarkable achievement in the area of theatre, film, television, radio or the art of dubbing.
Launched in 2004 by the Theatre Institute, the Rázcestie Civic Association and UNIMA Slovakia, the Hašterica Award is bestowed annually at the Bystrica Puppeteers' Festival for creativity in the field of Slovak puppet theatre. The award may be conferred upon an individual or upon a group of creators for a play or play script, original drama text, dramaturgy, or stage direction and management, or for best male/female performance, stage setting, costume design, puppet design, stage music or choreography.
Divadlo v medzičase (Theatre in Midtime) is a quarterly review of current Slovak and world theatre. The ambition of the team is to capture all major manifestations of Slovak theatrical life, with particular emphasis on the international context. Divadlo v medzičase has a network of foreign reporters, so that readers can also learn about about Czech, Hungarian and Austrian theatre.
Founded in 2003 by Contemporary Opera Association, Contemporary Dance Association, Bratislava, Atrakt Art - Association for Contemporary Art and Culture, Bratislava and the former Media Lab burundi, A4 - zero space (A4 - nultý priestor) is a multifu
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Malacky Tourist Information Office provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
The Small Carpathian Tourist Information Office, Modra provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Modra Municipal Information Centre aims to provide the most appealing information about the tourist attractions that the town and its region have to offer.It provides a range of free information services on the region and its tourist possibilities, including cultural events, sport and leisure, and sells maps, publications about the region and about Slovakia, souvenirs, gifts and postcards.
The primary objective of Pezinok Municipal Information Centre is to offer a comprehensive and up-to-date range of tourist services for Pezinok and the Little Carpathian region and to satisfy the requirements of domestic and international tourists and business travellers.
The primary objectives of Senec Tourism Administration Office are: (i) modernisation and development of tourism services in the wider territorial area; (ii) provision of both free and chargeable services under authority of the Tourism Administration Statute; and (iii) administration and development of the Senec Sunny Lakes recreational premises.
Information Centre of Banská Bystrica was established as the Cultural and Information Centre /KIS/ as soon as in 1985, as a department by the Culture and Entertainment Park- a municipal allowance organisation. They have provided the services of a tourist information office since 1992. It is a founding member of the Association of Information Centres of Slovakia (AICES) with the headquarters in Liptovský Mikuláš and a member of Bystriciensis - the association for tourism located in Banská Bystrica.The activities of the Information Centre include:
Banská Štiavnica Tourist Information Centre provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Brezno Municipal Tourist Information Centre was founded in 1995. Since 1 January 2005 it has been part of the Municipal Cultural Centre.The primary objectives of Brezno Municipal Tourist Information Centre are: (i) searching for and attracting potential visitors to the Horehronie region; (ii) receiving tourists and providing them with the necessary information; and (iii) promoting and presenting the Horehronie region.
Info Donovaly provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Kremnica Municipal Information Centre provides information on the natural and cultural rarities of the town for tourist purposes and promotes these rarities in various ways.Information Centre serves as the first stop for tourists where they are provided, both in winter and summer, with the information about the expositions, events of every kind and sports and tourist possibilities. Information Centre tends to be visited also by local inhabitants with the aim to obtain information of all kind, copying or faxing.
Lučenec Municipal Information Centre provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Nová Baňa Municipal Information Centre provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Rimavská Sobota Tourist Information Centre offers a comprehensive range of high-quality touristic and information services for the town and the wider region with the aim of improving the utilisation of existing tourism facilities and increasing the number of tourists visiting the town, facilitating access to tourist activities and attractions, cultural and sports facilities and less accessible locations in the town and the region in order to make them known both throughout Slovakia and abroad.
Pod Panským Dielom Microregion Tourist Information Centre, Slovenská Ľupča is the municipal office responsible for the promotion of tourism in the Pod Panským Dielom Microregion.
The main objective of the Zvolen Municipal Information Centre is collecting, updating and providing information to visitors, tourists and inhabitants free of charge.
Košice City Information Centre is a municipal centre which provides information about tourism attractions, cultural and sporting activities and local business and local government services. It administers the sale and advance sale of admission tickets and the booking of accommodation and tours, runs an Internet club and sells maps, books, souvenirs, videotapes, dictionaries, globes, flags, gifts, Modra ceramics, paintings and bobbin laces.
Run by PANGEA s r o, Košice Tourist Information Centre (MiC Košice) comprises three outlets in Košice city - MiC Košice Autobusová stanica (Bus Station), MiC Košice OD Dargov (DARGOV Mall) and MiC Košice OD Tesco (Tesco)
Moldava nad Bodvou Information Centre offers a range of free and chargeable tourism services for city residents and visitors. It provides advance sale of tickets, books tours, accommodation and other goods and services and enables visitors to print information or send a fax.
Rožňava Tourist Information Centre aims to provide a range of tourism and information services focusing on natural and cultural-historical attractions, including accommodation and catering establishments, transport connections, local tourism and cultural services, forthcoming cultural and sporting events, institutions and businesses.
Spišská Nová Ves Tourist Information Centre provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Komárno Tourist Information Centre provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Dekampo Tourist Information Centre Levice provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
The primary objective of Levice Information Agency is the provision ofinformation for both local residents and tourists. It provides information about local culture, history and tourism as well as details of business operators in the region. It also sells information and promotional materials such as books, souvenirs and postcards and provides various services such as copying, telephone, fax and Internet use.
Nitra Information System (NISYS) Municipal Information Centre and Tourist Information Office offers a comprehensive range of information for visitors to Nitra and the wider region, including guided tours, tourism, cultural and sporting attractions, accommodation and a detailed database of business operators and other organisations operating in the city. It offers tour guiding, fax and copying services and pasting up of posters on the town’s information pillars. It also sells publications and promotional materials about Nitra and Slovakia as well as maps, postcards, CDs and gifts.
Bardejov Municipal Tourist Information Centre and Travel Agency provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
The Tourist Information Centre, Bardejovské Kúpele provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Levoča Municipal Information Centre provides a comprehensive range of tourist and information services to both visitors and locals. It offers information on tourist attractions, forthcoming events, transportation, accommodation and eating out, free of charge in person, by phone, by fax or by E-mail. It books accommodation, tours, car and bicycle rentals, guides and interpreters, provides information about business and local government services, and sells maps, books, postcards and souvenirs.
Medzilaborce Tourist Information Centre provides information on what’s on, what to see and where to stay, sells tickets for many major events, offers an accommodation and tour booking service and sells maps, books and a range of souvenirs.
Poprad Municipal Information Centre belongs under the administrative structure of Poprad Municipal Government, where it is incorporated into the Department of Regional Development, Tourism and Municipal Information Centre. The importance of the MIC for the city and the region lies in its ability to provide locals, tourists and business travellers with a complex and topical array of tourism services.