Slovaks living abroad will have a new centre in downtown Bratislava which will represent more than 1.5 million expats living outside Slovakia. The plan was approved by the executive committee of the World Association of Slovaks Living Abroad (SZSZ) in Bratislava, on April 25, the SITA newswire reported.
The SZSZ will soon submit an application to subsidise the project, to the government’s Committee for Expat Questions and the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad (ÚSŽZ), said the association’s head Vladimír Skalský.
The Centre for Slovak's Abroad will include an exhibition showing the history of expats as well as spaces to present living culture where visitors can see folklore, theatre, music, and the literature enjoyed by Slovaks abroad. It should also house a gallery where the exhibitions of expat artists will be held.
Moreover, there will be expat restaurants situated in the centre, serving specialties of Slovaks from the countries in which they live.
The centre will be located in the middle of Bratislava and will occupy 600 square metres. The SZSZ will specify more details only after the expected purchase of the building, which is scheduled for this autumn, SITA reported.
The executive committee of the SZSZ also expressed concern that though it was to receive €200,000 more from the grant programme of the ÚSŽZ, the sum has not been allocated yet, SITA wrote.