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_emailskEU cycling support topped second halfApplicants drew more than half of the funds in the first programme round.Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:39:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565174/eu-cycling-support-topped-second-half.htmlWhat does a big fat Slovak wedding look like?Eating cock meat or noodles with human milk used to be a part of a Slovak wedding, but to most couples today, having a candy bar or professional photographer is more important than observing traditions.Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565908/what-does-a-big-fat-slovak-wedding-look-like.htmlSpectacular Slovakia: Anti-Turkish Bastion on filmŠtiavnické Bane was the centre of the technical, cultural and religious education of the Austria-Hungary monarchy beginning in the 15th century.Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563874/spectacular-slovakia-anti-turkish-bastion-on-film.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between June 23 and July 2, including historical fencing bouts at a castle, shows of traditional crafts, music in an open-air museum, gold-digging in a museum, and a lot of dance and music, including open-air events.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:36:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565667/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlThey earn thousands of euros – and are important even to politicians. Why are Youtubers so attractive?Youtubers are among the most influential people of the younger generation. Apart from funny videos, they also point to social issues.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:27:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565079/they-earn-thousands-of-euros-and-are-important-even-to-politicians-why-are-youtubers-so-attractive.htmlFamily singletrack will soon be opened close to BardejovThe project is expected to help increase the number of visitors to the upper Šariš region.Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:32:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20565073/family-singletrack-will-soon-be-opened-close-to-bardejov.htmlMagio Beach revisits the Danube embankment for its 11th seasonSand, concerts, films, sports, games, virtual reality and more until September 3Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563293/magio-beach-revisits-the-danube-embankment-for-its-11th-season.htmlForeigners: Events in BratislavaTips for performances and other events in the capital between June 23 and July 2, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, cycling, a picnic, exhibitions and more.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:09:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562496/foreigners-events-in-bratislava.htmlGreater BratislavaOne of the important milestones of our capital is connected with the year 1946. The post-World-War II cabinet came to the conclusion that Bratislava, as the residence of top political and state Slovak national bodies, needed an adequate base.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:03:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20563979/greater-bratislava.htmlFans of experimental archaeology will meet in Liptov this summerAn international summer school of experimental archaeology open to experts and amateurs will help build a thematic archeo-park to be opened next summer.Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:29:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562711/fans-of-experimental-archaeology-will-meet-in-liptov-this-summer.htmlBirdwatching in BratislavaThe capital offers birdwatching localities reachable by public transportMon, 19 Jun 2017 15:17:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562848/birdwatching-in-bratislava.htmlSlovak opera diva gets a bust in ViennaThe bust of Lucia Popp – one is already placed in Slovak National Theatre – will commemorate the globally renowned opera star in the city where she launched her international career.Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:44:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20562730/slovak-opera-diva-gets-a-bust-in-vienna.htmlThe best Slovak barman is from KošiceA barman from Košice will attend world championships.Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560457/the-best-slovak-barman-is-from-kosice.htmlSpectacular Slovakia: Benedictine monastery on filmFrom defending against the Ottoman Empire to collecting all the nuns during communism, find out more about the “Pearl of the Pohronie Region”.Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560423/spectacular-slovakia-benedictine-monastery-on-film.htmlDiscover Slovakia and get a chance to winSummer is here, and it is the greatest time to explore the beauty of Slovakia.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:23:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560984/travel-guide-slovakia.htmlBaby falcons return homeThis is the first confirmed case of the red-footed falcons returning to Slovakia.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:16:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560463/baby-falcons-return-home.htmlFirst time in Bratislava? This can help you find your wayThe city is easy to navigate for English-speakers, but knowing a few key phrases in Slovak will help.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557597/first-time-in-bratislava-this-can-help-you-find-your-way.htmlArt Film Fest celebrates a quarter of century, offers new releasesThe 25th year of the international film festival, Art Film Fest will take place, for the second time, in the eastern-Slovak city of Košice, again offering a host of movies, film-makers as guests, film theoreticians and accompanying events.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560080/art-film-fest-celebrates-a-quarter-of-century-offers-new-releases.htmlHistorical engines from the Peacemaker film roll againBratislava hosts the annual reunion of historical railway engines and vehicles.Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:50:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560141/historical-engines-from-the-peacemaker-film-roll-again.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between June 16 and 25, including an athletic tournament, a concert at a medieval castle, a medieval castle festival, a city art and design festival, a yoga day, an international film festival, an air show, and a lot of music and danceThu, 15 Jun 2017 18:52:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20560020/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlCelebrate Solstice on the DanubeA rich programme includes Danube Day, the towboat Šturec, swimming in the Danube and more.Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558965/solstice-on-the-danube-offers-rich-programme.htmlMlynická Dolina is one of Slovakia's favourite hiking destinationsThe hiking trail offers spectacular views of the High Tatra mountains.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:10:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20559022/mlynicka-dolina-is-one-of-slovakias-favourite-hiking-destinations.htmlHistorical towboat Šturec to disclose its secretsThe towboat survived US bombs at the cost of 15 metres of its length.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:21:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558659/historical-towboat-sturec-to-disclose-its-secrets.htmlForeigners: Events in BratislavaTips for performances and other events in the capital between June 16 and 25, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, markets, picnic, exhibitions and more.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:59:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556517/foreigners-events-in-bratislava.htmlComputer model shows Liptov Castle in its heydayThe Slovak region of Liptov has a unique feature: on Sestrč hill, almost a thousand metres above sea level, lies the castle with the highest altitude in Slovakia.Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:07:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558260/computer-model-shows-liptov-castle-in-its-heyday.htmlThe most accurate astronomical clock is in SlovakiaAstronomical data is designed specifically for the geographical location of Stará Bystrica.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:03:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20558007/the-most-accurate-astronomical-clock-is-in-slovakia.htmlEasy summer living in BratislavaSome things have changed but the core of the Bratislava Cultural Summer remains for 2017 – including a host of music, dance, folklore, historical re-enactment, crafts and other events, as well as more information in English, expansion to surrounding areas and tourist-friendly features.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:08:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557727/easy-summer-living-in-bratislava.htmlRestoration of UNESCO-World Heritage site in Banská Štiavnica nears completionRestoration of Upper Church will be the final big phase of restoration of the unique baroque Calvary.Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:08:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20557177/restoration-of-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-banska-stiavnica-nears-completion.htmlReturning to the rootsThere is a saying that as long as the deceased are present in the hearts of those living they have not really died. The core of the current exhibition in the Jewish Community Museum in Bratislava aims to fulfill that, and also to bring those living closer to their roots and to the history of their families.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556938/returning-to-the-roots.htmlTwo June “coronation” festivals compete in BratislavaThe 300th anniversary of famous Austro-Hungarian empress, Maria Theresa, is celebrated throughout 2017, with most of the events taking place in June.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:43:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20556838/two-june-coronation-festivals-compete-in-bratislava.htmlSpectacular Slovakia: Budatín castle on a filmLearn about both the past and present of Budatín castle in video.Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20553389/spectacular-slovakia-budatin-castle-on-a-film.htmlZoo Bojnice has new birdFrom south-east Asia, the species belongs to the European saving programme.Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20553386/zoo-bojnice-has-new-bird.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between June 9 and 18, including events for children (toddlers’ race), open gardens for visitors, a circus festival, a Western-style rodeo, exhibition of butterflies, and a lot of music – classical, jazz, folk, and more.Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:16:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20554264/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlHistorical trains meet UNESCO sitesSecond nostalgic train route offered to visit UNESCO sites in Košice Region.Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:01:11 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20553790/historical-trains-meet-unesco-sites.htmlUS designer evaluates Slovak brands: Who names chips "Slovakia“?Designer Debbie Millman worked for Pepsi and for Star Wars. During her visit to Slovakia – for a design conference – she commented on local designs and brands.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:47:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20553233/us-designer-evaluates-slovak-brands-who-names-chips-slovakia.htmlForeigners: Events in BratislavaTips for performances and other events in the capital between June 9 and 18, including concerts, parties, classical music, markets, shows, exhibitions and more.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:07:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20550850/foreigners-events-in-bratislava.htmlFamous sculptor Jankovič passes away at 79A scandal surrounding the destruction of one of his works may change construction laws.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:13:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552893/famous-sculptor-jankovic-passes-away-at-79.htmlSlovenský raj re-opens tourist attraction after decadesThe national park Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise) was visited by hundreds of thousands from all over the world in the 40 years in which its big attarction was closed.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:40:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552479/slovensky-raj-re-opens-tourist-attraction-after-decades.htmlEurokontext 2017 offers comparison in contemporary dramaFor foreigners, drama is a less accessible genre and thus the Eurokontext theatre festival, which brings a selection of Slovak and foreign productions with English subtitles to Bratislava every second year, represents a unique chance to gain insight.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:36:09 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20552336/eurokontext-2017-offers-comparison-in-contemporary-drama.htmlThe loss of small bookstoresHow are small, family bookstores dealing with competition of bookstore chains?Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20551538/the-loss-of-small-bookstores.html