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Spectacular Slovakia Weekly

Roundup: Bratislava’s Old Market Hall hosts Christmas markets

If you have not watched the 'Dracula' miniseries, filmed in Slovakia last year, it is about time.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Nov 2020, at 10:27

Bratislava’s Old Market Hall will provide visitors with Christmas vibes in the coming four weeks. Each week, from Wednesday to Saturday, people can do a little bit of Christmas shopping at the venue.

Better times ahead for the Calvary in Bratislava

The last preserved station was restored this summer.Jana Liptáková, 26. Nov 2020, at 16:23

The last preserved station of the Stations of the Cross in Bratislava

Christmas mail is on. Children can write to Baby Jesus

Letters often arrive from abroad.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Nov 2020, at 12:17

People could help deaf children during the #GivingTuesday event.

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.Anna Fay, 24. Nov 2020, at 13:35

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.

Where to buy locally produced Christmas presents in Bratislava

The old market hall Stará Tržnica will host more than one hundred craft producers of food, design and more.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Nov 2020, at 13:25

Stará Tržnica will hold four four-day Christmas markets this year.
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Roundup: The world-famous Slovak opera diva has ended her career

Slovak theatres join the European Theatre Night at the weekend.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Nov 2020, at 12:02

Slovak opera singer Edita Gruberová decided to end her professional career in mid-November 2020.

Much-criticised wooden-metal construction under SNP Bridge to be removed

The new design for the space will result from an architectural competition.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Nov 2020, at 11:24

Dismantling of the criticised construction has begun.

Bumpy, twisted, but always beautiful. A tip for tree-lovers around Bratislava

Pollarding is a win-win solution for willows as well as farmers.Jana Liptáková, 19. Nov 2020, at 16:02

Pollarding was a traditional way of growing willows also in Slovakia.

People have forgotten what Nazism resulted in

I wonder why a film about the heroism of Wetzler and Vrba has not been made in the West, says director Peter Bebjak.Monika Moravčíková19. Nov 2020, at 12:22

Director Peter Bebjak during the filming of Správa (The Report) film.

Women’s club fundraising goes online

Over the years the IWCB has raised over €1.4 million.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Nov 2020, at 11:21

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Unlike Vienna, Bratislava has not turned its back on the Danube

Swiss Ambassador Alexander Hoffet on where he walks his dog, favourite spots, and the famous Bratislava rolls.Peter Dlhopolec, 16. Nov 2020, at 8:00

Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to the Slovak Republic Alexander Hoffet (left) after handing over the credentials to the President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska in Bratislava on September 11, 2018.

Dolly Kováčiková paid her dream of freedom with her life

About 50 runners commemorated the 42 people murdered while trying to flee the communist Czechoslovakia on November 17 last year.Jana Liptáková, 13. Nov 2020, at 18:14

The Kováčik family with Dolly, left and Bibiana, in the middle.
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Roundup: Slovakia’s selection for the Oscars, your Slavic name & Warhol’s Flowers

On November 14, the deferred 2020 Night of Museums and Galleries will go online.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Nov 2020, at 9:55

Actors Peter Ondrejička (Valér) and Noel Czuczor (Freddy) portray two main characters in 'The Report', Slovakia’s official selection for the Oscars.

One of the most controversial Slovak documentaries now online with English subtitles

The story unfolds around the unresolved case of a political murder in the 1990s.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Nov 2020, at 12:00

Róbert Remiáš 1970-1996
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Roundup: Matovič’s English has become a YouTube hit

On a more recent note, marked trails in the Tatras have been closed.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Nov 2020, at 13:01

Tourists walk to the top of Rysy (2,503 m) in the High Tatras on September 21, 2020.

Five tips for outings in Bratislava during the lockdown

The end of the world is just a few kilometres from Bratislava.Jana Liptáková, 5. Nov 2020, at 8:10

Buffet at the End of the World

Bratislava feels similar to what I’m used to here, says New York-based Slovak filmmaker

Adam Holoubek’s film LENS-MUSE explores the relationship between humans and technology.Anna Fay, 3. Nov 2020, at 12:51

Adam Holoubek (top left), Justin Rozanski - ROZI (top right), S. L. Feemster (bottom middle)

Climate change, migration stories, and Wuhan: One World to screen 50 films online

The One World festival to livestream discussions in English as well.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Nov 2020, at 17:46

The One Way Ticket documentary, following a path of two refugees from Africa to the USA, will be screened during the One World festival on November 11.