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Centre for Slovaks Abroad founded in Bratislava

The General Council of Slovaks Living Abroad (SZSZ) initiated the founding of the Centre for Slovaks Abroad (CSZ), in Bratislava.

The building in Laurinská 2 now houses the the Centre for Slovaks Abroad (CSZ).(Source: TASR)

SZSZ held its annual session on the sidelines of a conference called the Permanent Conference of the Slovak Republic and Slovaks Living Abroad, which took place in the Slovak capital on October 28-29, SZSZ chair Vladimír Skalský informed the TASR newswire on the second day.

The centre is designed to present the culture of 1.5 million Slovak expats, according to Skalský. It features a historical expo, premises for the performance of live music, theatre and the presentation of literature and art of Slovak speakers living abroad. “There will also be a restaurant offering specialities of Slovaks from individual countries, which is important for the self-financing scheme of the project,” he added.

The residence of CSZ is, so far, the Secretariat of Slovaks Living Abroad in Laurinská 2 in the downtown area of the capital. The association has established a committee which wants to acquire adequate rooms in the centre of Bratislava, either via purchase or long-term rental. “We have experience with similar projects as our member organisations operate Slovak houses or centres in a range of countries,” Skalský told the SITA newswire, adding that the capital has a lot of unused buildings. “This project is no utopia, and Bratislavans will undoubtedly appraise such an institution – just like expats who have been complaining in the long term about their insufficient presentation and acceptance in Slovakia,” SZSZ head summed up for TASR.

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