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Musica Aeterna

Days of Early Music celebrate 20 years

THE ONLY continual international festival of its kind in Slovakia, Days of Early Music have turned 20 this year. In one week in June, it still finds apt works to be played, and eager musicians to perform them. 

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 30. May 2015, at 9:11
Myarmot in Tatra national Park (TANAP)

Marmots in Belianske Tatras are proliferating

THE NUMBER of Alpine marmots living in the Belianske Tatras mountain range – just to the east of the High Tatras – has increased after a number of years without positive developments.

29. May 2015, at 7:02
Ivan Akimov and Kesaj Tchave

Head of Roma folk group Akimov gets French state award

THE FRENCH Ambassador to Slovakia Didier Lopinot decorated Ivan Akimov, head of Roma folk group Kesaj Tchave, with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre national du Mérite state award (Knight of the National Order for Merit)…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. May 2015, at 22:36
The Lafranconi bridge

Italian count Lanfranconi tamed the Danube river in Bratislava

IT WAS Italian expert on waterworks, builder and inventor count Enea Grazioso Lanfranconi who designed the regulation of the Danube river not just to protect Bratislava from floods, but also to enable viable…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 28. May 2015, at 7:41
Jazz Night 2014

Countrywide events

Tips for events between May 29 and June 7, including a day of armed forces, classical music events, a Lara Fabian concert, a car race, and more. 

Zuzana Vilikovská, 27. May 2015, at 14:09

The attraction of “broken arms”

IN 1914, the First World War began, but for Bratislava the year was important for another reason: the south-German painter Karl Hugo Frech moved in and stayed here until his death in 1945.

25. May 2015, at 6:21
Romantic Bojnice Castle is one of Slovakia’s favourite tourist destinations.

The rise and fall of Slovak castles

NOWADAYS Slovakia is recognised as the world leader in car production per capita. What is less well known is that this country also has the highest number of castles per person.

Roman Cuprik, 25. May 2015, at 5:30

World Music from Slovakia project to introduce top ensembles

WORLD music may not be the most-mainstream genre in Slovakia but folklore has strong roots here and many top local musicians were either directly inspired by it, or have played with it, making a more modern fusion…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 24. May 2015, at 17:34
Crocos in Košice zoo

Košice Zoo won an award for crocodile breeding

THE ZOO from Košice succeeded in a competition of Czech and Slovak zoos, for the best breeding of 2014.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 24. May 2015, at 7:16
Drahovská kosa scything competition

Drahovská kosa opened the season of scything competitions

IN MID May, the season of competitions in a traditional but outdated skill, scything, was opened by the Drahovská kosa (Meaning Drahovce Scythe) event.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 22. May 2015, at 16:02
Manipulator modificaputis

Slovak scientist helps discover dinosaur era insect

IT resembles praying mantis but this insect was a cockroach. A creature imprisoned in amber which lived approximately 100 million years ago was recently discovered the daily Sme reported May 22. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. May 2015, at 6:40
Laureates, L-R: Ľubomír Feldek, Viliam Gruska, wife of Alex Mlynárčik and Stanislav Szomolányi

Culture minister awarded Slovak personalities

SLOVAKS to be credited with development of their country’s culture were awarded by Marek Maďarič on May 20 – they received the Slovak Culture Minister’s Prize for 2014.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. May 2015, at 13:45
Asian tourists in Bratislava

Bratislava tourists good for little more than a three hour tour

IN THE tourist season, the Slovak capital is frequently visited by tourists, including Austrians, Americans and tourists from Asia alike. But most stay just long enough for a brief guided tour, and coffee break…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 21. May 2015, at 7:08
Monk seal, to be seen in a movie at Ekotopfilm/Envirofilm festival in Bratislava and Banská Bystrica

Countrywide events

Tips for events between May 22 and 31, including a concert of top four world/ethno music Slovak bands, a festival of environmental movies, days of architecture, an opera premiere, a literary festival, two markets of…

Zuzana Vilikovská, 20. May 2015, at 12:06
Children's team (Director Jaro Vojtek third form right) in Beijing

Slovak films get awards abroad, represent at IFF Cannes

SLOVAK films which have proved successful especially in recent the period continue to garner awards, acknowledgements and support internationally.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. May 2015, at 7:02
La3no Cubano at the Fjúžn festival

Fjúžn marks 10 years

THE FINAL evening of the 2015 Fjúžn festival in Bratislava April 30 saw a pleasant day with the prospect of three day weekend following, and the ice hockey world championships about to be underway in the…

Zuzana Vilikovská, 19. May 2015, at 6:51
Underground space below Slavín memorial may hold WWII museum in the future.

Slavín proposed to hold WWII museum

THE DEFENCE Ministry is slated to create a working group along with Bratislava City Hall that will draw up a project of building a museum dedicated to the memories of WWII victims at Bratislava’s Slavín memorial and…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. May 2015, at 6:34
The year of Štúr is full of events, mostly for schools and young people - like this one at religious elementary school of R. Zaymus in Žilina.

UPDATED: Party to showcase Ľudovít Štúr

ĽUDOVÍT Štúr, the "national awakener", who managed to codify the first common language for all Slovaks, is celebrated throughout 2015, as this year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 18. May 2015, at 15:00
Winner Juraj Griglák with his trophy

Who has Esprit in Slovakia

JAZZ may not be the most mainstream genre in Slovakia but it still has many fans here, both among audiences and musicians – many of whom are appreciated also abroad and play with acclaimed foreign jazz musicians.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. May 2015, at 11:42
Levoča altar renovated

Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour

MASTER Pavol was a world-renowned sculptor and carver; his altar in Levoča, the tallest Gothic altar in the world, has been reconstructed after almost three years of work.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 17. May 2015, at 7:20

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