THIS YEAR the city of Ružomberok is celebrating its City Days (Dni mesta Ružomberok) for a full two months. The celebration began at the beginning of May and ends in June after about 70 different events, Michaela Milá, the spokeswoman for the city, told the SITA newswire, noting that its City Days officially opened the summer season. Over the two-month period the city is sponsoring a host of sports, artistic, adventure and leisure events and activities for Ružomberok residents and visitors.
“Visitors can enjoy concerts, performances, workshops, tea parties, a fashion show and exhibitions,” Milá said. Traditional events include a fair, a vintage car show and parade called the Rose of Veterans (Ruža veteránov), an international dance contest and the Bambiriáda festival for children and youth as well as an open house at the local airport and an international festival of movies about motorcyclists. Other events include a chess tournament for disabled citizens, a street basketball tournament for children and a honey-makers festival in nearby Vlkolínec.
“New events are a symposium of fujara players and fujara makers [a traditional Slovak musical instrument], a fashion show presented by Lýdia Eckhardt and a music festival,” Milá added.
“The main idea is to deepen solidarity among citizens and show that we can manage more if we join forces. We prepared intensively for two months and since January we contacted many companies, civic associations, foundations and schools. We had splendid responses – almost 40 institutions are taking part in our City Days,” Milá stated, as quoted by SITA.