Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskPublication of 286 hand-painted maps belongs to Slovak recordsEach map takes months of painstaking detailed work.Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739270/publication-of-286-hand-painted-maps-belongs-to-slovak-records.htmlFilm featuring awarded Slovak actress screened with English subtitlesThe movie which brought the European Film Academy Award 2017 for Best Actress to Slovak Alexandra Borbély will be shown with English subtitles in Bratislava.Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:36:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20742459/film-featuring-awarded-slovak-actress-screened-with-english-subtitles.htmlThe biggest antiquarian bookshop from Leopoldov is stored in TrnavaThe new year could bring a new cultural centre in antiquarian bookshop.Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739258/the-biggest-antiquarian-bookshop-from-leopoldov-is-stored-in-trnava.htmlPrešov has a new attraction, a model of the historical cityThe model shows how the eastern Slovak city used to look in 1768.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:56:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740828/presov-has-a-new-attraction-a-model-of-the-historical-city.htmlUS director brings Russian bylina to BratislavaDaniel Kramer, a controversial US theatre director, will soon premiere a co-production with the Flemish Opera in the Slovak National Theatre.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740364/us-director-brings-russian-bylina-to-bratislava.htmlWalking your dog in BratislavaLarge Bratislava boroughs offer dog parks and plan to open more.Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:40:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739956/walking-your-dog-in-bratislava.htmlCrematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelationThose who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monographWed, 17 Jan 2018 18:26:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740349/crematorium-in-bratislava-is-architectural-revelation.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:05:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20737742/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlSlovakia marks European Cultural Heritage Year2018 as the European Cultural Heritage Year will be marked mostly by educational events stressing the value of cultural heritage and by efforts to manifest to the public that the cultural heritage in Europe is a common asset of all nations of the continent.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738216/slovakia-marks-european-cultural-heritage-year.htmlRussians win the Tatry Ice Master 2018Ice-sculptors worked with a massive 50 tonnes of ice on the weekend of January 12-14; their sculptures remain on display.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:42:19 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20739119/russians-win-the-tatry-ice-master-2018.htmlExhibition shows old maps of Europe and SlovakiaOne of the oldest maps of the Slovak National Library shows only Europe, part of Asia and the northern coast of Africa.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:57 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735787/exhibition-shows-old-maps-of-europe-and-slovakia.htmlHistorical theatre building needs urgent reconstructionThe state of disrepair of the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre has threatened operation.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738175/historical-theatre-building-needs-urgent-reconstruction.htmlReconstructed klopačka tower in Hodruša-Hámre features unusual faceThis klopačka tower is one of only five preserved in Slovakia.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:45:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738535/reconstructed-klopacka-tower-in-hodrusa-hamre-features-untypical-face.htmlVeľký Rozsutec is open, just don't forget your climbing ironsOne of the most photogenic mountains in the Malá Fatra range is open in the winter, too.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:58:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738128/velky-rozsutec-is-open-just-dont-forget-your-climbing-irons.htmlOpera Ball opens 2018 seasonThe popular Opera Ball continues its mission to help disabled children.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:24:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738046/opera-ball-opens-2018-season.htmlRoyal chocolate made by SlovakSome of the chocolate art pieces are decorated with gold or silver.Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735776/royal-chocolate-made-by-slovak.htmlWhat are the top 10 places in the Bratislava Region?A documentary series of 10 videos raises questions as to whether we can produce the same good wine as our ancestors, what the life of a foreigner who does not speak Slovak is like and why people move out of Bratislava to the countryside.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:07:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735909/what-are-the-top-10-places-in-the-bratislava-region.htmlWomen show skills in draught horse competitionOrganized by a woman, three showed up in the driver’s seat.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735763/women-show-skills-in-draught-horse-competition.htmlRestorers uncover underground secrets of Plaveč CastleThe castle continues its transformation.Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:49:24 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735459/restorers-uncover-underground-secrets-of-plavec-castle.htmlTatra ski resorts satisfied with visitors’ rateThe ski resorts in the High Tatras are happy with the visitors’ rate during the “high season” of the winter holidays; but the programme continues, with an ice-sculpting competition this weekend.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:30:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20734641/tatra-ski-resorts-satisfied-with-visitors-rate-plan-attraction-for-this-weekend.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 12 and January 21, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:31:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733768/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlMysterious Fiľakovo Castle underground lured more than thousand visitorsUnder this historical construction, attractive exhibition site will be created soon. Pod historickou stavbou čoskoro vznikne atraktívne výstavné miesto.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:14:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733919/mysterious-filakovo-castle-underground-lured-more-than-a-thousand-visitors.htmlSlovak astrophysicists return from Olympiad in Thailand with medalsEvery year the competition grows, getting tougher for Slovakia to maintain its good standing.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:52:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730986/slovak-astrophysicists-return-from-olympiad-in-thailand-with-medals.htmlSlovak drama offered to foreignersThe Slovak National Theatre continues its tradition of adding English subtitles to select drama pieces of the January programme for non-Slovak speakers.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733535/slovak-drama-offered-to-foreigners.htmlWarm weather wakes up spring flowers on sunny slopes of Devínska Kobyla hillApart from snowdrops and pansies, pheasant’s eye is also beginning to blossom.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:29:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733532/warm-weather-wakes-up-spring-flowers-on-sunny-slopes-of-devinska-kobyla-hill.htmlNativity scene made of snow lured hundreds of people to TatrasManager Peter Petras Sr. attracts hundreds of visitors to Rainer chalet with his snowy replica of Bethlehem.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:52:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733173/nativity-scene-made-of-snow-lured-hundreds-of-people-to-tatras.htmlFamous Slovak film and theatre actor Labuda diesOne of the most prominent actors of his generation, Marián Labuda, who starred in several iconic movies and plays, died at age 73.Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:29:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733101/famous-slovak-film-and-theatre-actor-labuda-dies.htmlLego passion becomes exhibitionA family shows their constructions at the exhibition Bricklandia.Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730998/lego-passion-becomes-exhibition.htmlDo you know where to ice skate in Bratislava?Outside ice rinks are located in the Old Town as well as near shopping centres.Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730928/do-you-know-where-to-ice-skate-in-bratislava.htmlAncient board game has no parallel in EuropeThe game was found in the tomb of a Germanic prince in Poprad.Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730977/ancient-board-game-has-no-parallel-in-europe.htmlEastern Slovakia offers several tourist gemsLook for Spiš Jerusalem, Ruská Bystrá or Slovakia’s Little Croatia.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:10:14 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730905/eastern-slovakia-offers-several-tourist-gems.htmlSpišská Nová Ves offers a tourist-guide mobile appThe application simplifying navigation in this eastern-Slovak city has been prepared both in Slovak and English.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:46:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20729923/spisska-nova-ves-offers-a-tourist-guide-mobile-app.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 29 and January 7, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:54:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727705/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlDo you know where to enjoy an offline holiday in Slovakia?You don’t need to travel far, Slovakia can also be a destination for an offline holiday or a trip to the middle of nowhere.Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727778/do-you-know-where-to-enjoy-an-offline-holiday-in-slovakia.htmlAre the Tatra mountain lakes disappearing?Tatra nature is slowly changing, both naturally and due to humans.Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:49:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727773/are-the-tatra-mountain-lakes-disappearing.htmlBratislava gearing up for New Year’s EveThis year the city has prepared a unique audiovisual show and traditional run over the Danube bridgesThu, 28 Dec 2017 18:23:45 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727696/bratislava-gearing-up-for-new-years-eve.html2017/2018 New Year’s celebrations around SlovakiaAlthough limited by generally binding regulations issued by city councils in 2016 and 2017, fireworks constitute the basis of New Year’s Eve programmes in regional cities and many smaller towns. In some, there is also a musical show and traditional runs, hiking trips or ascents to local hills - or non-traditional train rides.Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:21:08 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20727164/2017-2018-new-years-celebrations-around-slovakia.htmlSacral work from Slovakia goes to LuxembourgA young Slovak sculptor, living in Brussels and Banská Bystrica, donated her Holy Family work to a parish in Luxembourg.Thu, 28 Dec 2017 06:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20722817/sacral-work-from-slovakia-goes-to-luxembourg.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events around Slovakia in JanuaryThe selection of events not to miss in the various regions of Slovakia this month.Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:05:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719058/foreigners-top-10-events-around-slovakia-in-january.htmlThe best European actress comes from SlovakiaAlexandra Borbély, who won a “European Oscar”, left the country, which turned out to be the right decision.Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20722753/the-best-european-actress-comes-from-slovakia.html