Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Culture Minister: Society is commercial and kitschy

RUDOLF Chmel, the Slovak Culture Minister, has proposed that the state triple its spending on the culture sector by 2010 from the current level of 0.6 percent of GDP. According to the minister, cultural activities in Slovakia are "in a state of emergency, if not at an historical low".

"Ignorance of culture is colossal; society is commercial, consumer-oriented and kitschy, and it seems this trend cannot be stopped," Chmel told the Slovak daily SME.

The Culture Ministry has also prepared a new cultural policy for Slovakia. According to the Hospodárske noviny daily, the new concept focuses on completing the decentralization of cultural infastructure, and creating a transparent system of cultural grants, as well as developing the culture industry and the artistic market.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).