Culture & lifestyle

Ruthenian resistors

The Ruthenian minority lives in the east and northeast Slovakia; their origin is not quite clear but it is known that these people arrived in several waves of migration between the 14th and 17th centurie s.

2. Mar 2015, at 6:20
Valentine krne in Banská Štiavnica

Tradition of krne, krňačky, krnohe seems to return

SOME traditions, seemingly on decline, are now returning back in Slovakia – albeit in a modified way.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 27. Feb 2015, at 6:57
Illustrative stock photo

Lion cubs of Bojnice Zoo fare well

TWO lion cubs born recently in Bojnice Zoo are doing well. Zookeepers already found out they are a male and a female but they still have not received names.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 26. Feb 2015, at 10:42
Organ player János Pálúr

Countrywide events

Tips for cultural, sport and social events between February 27 and March 8

Zuzana Vilikovská, 25. Feb 2015, at 10:08
Dogs are widely used also by Slovak police.

Hundreds of Americans parted with police dog from Slovakia

A US POLICE dog named Sultan was shot dead when pursuing a criminal; he had an official burial attended by hundreds of people. 

25. Feb 2015, at 6:50
Open Day at STU, engineering competition

Students’ formula racing cars exhibited in Bratislava

THE OPEN Day at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak University of Technology marked the culmination of the national Engineering Olympics.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 24. Feb 2015, at 6:42
Soprano Edita Gruberová

Slovak opera singers are hits abroad

SLOVAKIA has several opera houses and a National Theatre which produces operas on two stages, but many local opera singers have also found international success. 

Zuzana Vilikovská, 23. Feb 2015, at 7:03
Walnut is a traditional tree - and crop - in Slovakia.

Much needed walnut to return as cash crop

IT SEEMS that walnut, a tree offering an ingredient frequently used in traditional Slovak cuisine, is returning to mass production.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 23. Feb 2015, at 6:32
Beltiar mansion

Betliar museum looks for Empress Sissi lookalike

THE SLOVAK National Museum’s (SNM’s) venue Betliar is searching for a lookalike of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth nicknamed Sissi, to perform in the accompanying events to the summer exhibition focused on this…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Feb 2015, at 15:40
Dakota Johnson (aka Anastasia Steel), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and director Sam Taylor-Johnson (L-R)

Fifty Shades of Grey had record visitors rate in Slovakia

THE VALENTINE weekend saw an interesting phenomenon - the film Fifty Shades of Grey was released for cinemas worldwide simultaneously, with the timing perfectly matching the occasion.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Feb 2015, at 12:22
Rudolf Fila

Painter, art teacher Rudolf Fila dies

FAMOUS Slovak painter Rudolf Fila whose works can be found not just in Slovak and Czech galleries, but also in art galleries and private collections abroad, died on February 11.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 19. Feb 2015, at 19:49
Chvatimech cableway

Chvatimech cableway, technical monument, celebrates anniversary

THE CABLEWAY in Chvatimech, a borough of the town of Podbrezová, celebrated its 60th anniversary since its launch in mid February.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 19. Feb 2015, at 16:14
Yann Tiersen

Countrywide events

Tips for cultural, sport and social events between February 20 and 27

Zuzana Vilikovská, 19. Feb 2015, at 10:59
Lionnesses play with snowmen.

Children made snowmen for animals in zoo

ZOO KOŠICE organised a competition in making snowmen for the children who had school vacations. Children were allowed to make the snow figures directly in animal pens.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 18. Feb 2015, at 14:56

Slovak lawyer invents phone-charging and heating handbag

A HANDBAG that works also as mobile and tablet charger and a heater is a world technology innovation and comes from Slovakia. Slovak lawyer Andrea Pisarčíková invented a trendy handbag that includes a built-in…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 16. Feb 2015, at 14:33

Picturesque corners of Bratislava

ITALIAN painter Heinz Piggera painted a series of picturesque views of the then Bratislava at the beginning the 20th century. He enjoyed depicting picturesque corners, many of which have ceased to exist in the…

16. Feb 2015, at 7:08
Boris Eifman

Elfman ballet back in Bratislava

The renowned Eifman ballet returns to Slovakia offering Up & Down on on February 14 and 15.

Zuzana Vilikovská, 13. Feb 2015, at 16:44
Seized contents of parcels by customs officers.

Customs officers find crocodile instead of handbag

CUSTOMS officers at the Žilina post office have found various curious contents of parcels. For example, instead of a declared handbag, a preserved Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) was packed in a parcel.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 13. Feb 2015, at 16:20
Konštantín Bauer - Odsúdená, 1927

SNG features Košice modernism

ART hailing from the eastern-Slovak city of Košice, and the unique cultural heritage that bred it, is on display at Bratislava’s National Gallery as part of the “Košice Modernism and Its Context” exhibition, which…

13. Feb 2015, at 6:30
A pilgrimage in Šaštín

Love couples will come to pilgrimage site again

FOR THE Valentine weekend (February 13-15), more than 300 young people from all over Slovakia will come to the pilgrimage town Šaštín Stráže for the 8th Pilgrimage of Those in Love. It is meant for all who are…

12. Feb 2015, at 11:32

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