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Human body anomalies exhibition, Bojnice

Bojnice Castle exhibits human body anomalies

THE “OWL Man”, the One-eyed Man, the Armless Woman and the Mule-faced Woman – these are exhibits on display at the “Human Body Disasters” exhibition prepared and offered by the Bojnice Museum of the Slovak National…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 1. Aug 2015, at 7:28
Františka Šnágerová, famous lace-maker from Špania Dolina

Špania Dolina could be called “lacey”

TRADITIONAL bobbin lace from Špania Dolina belongs inseparably to this mountain village, just as mining traditions. The craft, although now made only by several, mostly elderly women, is admired by people in…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 31. Jul 2015, at 15:30
Opening of an earlier edition of Studia Academica Slovaca.

Summer language course for foreigners opens for 51st time

STUDIA Academica Slovaca (SAS), the summer Slovak language course will starts August 3 and offers three weeks of lessons, lectures, workshops, trips, sightseeing and more.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jul 2015, at 13:00
E=books are catching up on the market.

E-book sales on the rise in Slovak market

READING a book on  smartphone, tablet, or an e-book reader, is no longer limited to literature in English and every year, Slovak readers can pick from more and more locally published books in electronic format.

Peter Adamovsky, 30. Jul 2015, at 12:53
Pro Musica-Magnólia performing, illustrative stock photo

Pro Musica – Magnólia choir won a US competition

THE ZEMPLÍN-based choir Pro Musica – Magnólia won a nice victory in the USA – in early July, winning at the Serenade Choral Festival in Washington, D.C.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 30. Jul 2015, at 7:05
Illustrative stock photo

Slovak among languages featured in new Google tool

SLOVAK is among the 27 languages available for instant visual translation in a new Google Translate application.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jul 2015, at 6:43
Ister Felis cat show

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between July 31 and August 9, including international cat show, a lot of classical music and jazz, an organ festival, jeep rally, a summer film seminar, a beach-volleyball tournament, and…

Zuzana Vilikovská, 29. Jul 2015, at 13:32
Gypsy Fest 2014

The biggest Roma festival in Slovakia spills into Bratislava streets

THE GYPSY Fest, already a tradition in Slovakia (in its eight years) now falls under the World Roma Festival series. In Bratislava, it will bring a host of events between July 29 and 31.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 28. Jul 2015, at 6:51
Works at the Pustý Castle have been ongoing for seevral years.

14th century sword found at Pustý Castle

A PERFECTLY preserved 14th century single-edged sword with a wooden handle has been found in a medieval cistern during an archaeological dig at Pustý (meaning Deserted) Castle near Zvolen in Banská Bystrica region.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Jul 2015, at 13:53
Eva Kmentová: Ľudské vajce / Human Egg, 1968. SNG, Bratislava

Female sculptors have their say at SNG

SCULPTING is not a skill historically associated with women, but the current exhibition in the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) explores this phenomenon on the works, studies, life and careers of Slovak and Czech (and…

Zuzana Vilikovská, 27. Jul 2015, at 8:28
The architecture of the spa in Rajecké Teplice took its inspiration from ancient Greece.

Spa towns offer a healing experience

MUCH has been written about the difference between travellers and tourists. 

27. Jul 2015, at 5:30
Nová Baňa church made from Lego bricks.

Nova Baňa town hall built of 40,000 Lego bricks

AN EXHIBITION that presents replicas of Nová Baňa buildings made from legos can be seen in the local Pohronské (i.e. Hron-region) Museum. A replica of the town-hall required 40,000 legos.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 26. Jul 2015, at 7:29
Halušky Fest Turecká 2015

Halušky Fest 2015 lured people to Slovak delicacy once more

THE COMPETITION in cooking and eating – as fast as possible – the traditional Slovak meal, bryndzové halušky, has become already a tradition. There are several such competitions, but the one organised in the village…

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská, 24. Jul 2015, at 7:34

New record for average day temperature is set

HIGH temperatures recorded in Slovakia on July 22, set a new nationwide record in terms of average temperature, TASR reported.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Jul 2015, at 23:24
Nitra will host the World Esperanto Congress 2016

Slovaks take part in 100th World Congress of Esperanto

THE FRENCH city of Lille will host the 100th World Congress of Esperanto between July 25 and August 1. Slovaks are among the 2,400 fans of the Esperanto language form 82 countries expected to participate.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Jul 2015, at 6:51
World Roma Festival 2014

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between July 24 and August 2, including open-air music, dance, folklore and gastronomy festivals, workout in a city park, Roma and minorities' culture, jazz, classical music, and more. 

Zuzana Vilikovská, 22. Jul 2015, at 15:07

Košice museum will exhibit mummies until December

THE EASTERN Slovak Museum in Košice will exhibit a travelling exhibition by the Hungarian Natural History Museum entitled ‘Mysteries, Destinies, Mummies’, presenting a unique set of finds from the Hungarian town of…

Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Jul 2015, at 13:49

Foreigners from five countries pan for gold

THE RECREATION area Sigorod, near Prešov, hosted the gold panning championship of Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended by about 160 participants. 

Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Jul 2015, at 22:09
Hunters in front of a lodge

Slovak hunting history

A CONSIDERABLE part of the territory of today’s Slovakia belonged to the so-called Royal Forests, vast complexes meant primarily for hunting. These reserved hunting grounds were used mostly by the Hungarian emperor…

21. Jul 2015, at 6:41
Auction in SOGA, illustrative stock photo

Slovak auction house sold original bust by Bernini

THE INVALUABLE work by Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) the “Pope’s Bust”was sold for its appraised value, with everyone – except for the buyer – taking it for a copy.

Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Jul 2015, at 13:34

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