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Three Bratislava institutions close

THE BRATISLAVA Culture and Leisure Park (PKO), the Bratislava Information Service Centre (BIS), and the City Culture Centre (MKS) will cease to exist at the beginning of next year, reported the daily Pravda.
"Contributory organizations are obliged to care about their entrusted property; enlarge, sustain, protect, and valorise it.

THE BRATISLAVA Culture and Leisure Park (PKO), the Bratislava Information Service Centre (BIS), and the City Culture Centre (MKS) will cease to exist at the beginning of next year, reported the daily Pravda.

"Contributory organizations are obliged to care about their entrusted property; enlarge, sustain, protect, and valorise it. They didn't do that," claims the city council.

The council reproached the activities that the institutions engaged in, in order to gain finances. The MKS rented the Astorka theatre space to other institutions, and the BIS served more foreign tourists than Bratislava citizens. The PKO organised events that "did not correspond with [the mission of] this institution, in terms of quality".

"The running of these institutions is expensive and 'outmoded'," the council says. "It is necessary to create a modern successor contributing organisation that would be able to compete in the present market environment."

The new institution, the Bratislava Culture and Information Centre, will be donated by the city but will also have the opportunity to do business. The city plans to do more open-air activities, and also export culture abroad, which the former institutions did not do.

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