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_emailskSummer entices everyone outdoors – even statuesThe 22nd edition of the Statue and Object festival presents sculptured artworks from Slovakia and other countries, not just in a dozen galleries but also in the garden of the presidential palace in the capital.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:43:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20612633/summer-entices-everyone-outdoors-even-statues.htmlCastle in Považská Bystrica reopenedAfter renovation, one of the prominent sites of the town of Považská Bystrica is again accessible to the public.Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:23:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611995/castle-in-povazska-bystrica-reopened.htmlCamping in a tree? Try it in BratislavaA creaking wooden floor and the wind swaying the branches of trees around you. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to spend a night in a tree house?Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:51:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611411/camping-in-a-tree-try-it-in-bratislava.htmlWould you like to sniff fresh Tatra air in your living-room?Slovak canning factory offers a can of Tatra air for €1.50Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:34:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20611030/would-you-like-to-sniff-fresh-tatra-air-in-your-living-room.htmlThe neighbours of ŽarnovicaThe history of the central-Slovak town of Žarnovica is closely connected with the nearby environment.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610849/the-neighbours-of-zarnovica.htmlPonds in Železná Studnička area of Bratislava are restoredThe revitalisation project lasted from October until April.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610499/ponds-in-zelezna-studnicka-area-of-bratislava-are-restored.htmlLúčnica leader Štefan Nosáľ diesŠtefan Nosáľ, long-time choreographer and artistic director of the Lúčnica folklore ensemble, died at the age of 90.Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:24:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20610543/lucnica-leader-stefan-nosal-dies.htmlSpectacular Slovakia: Executioner’s Bastion on filmThe museum and fortifications also house mediaeval weaponry.Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606417/spectacular-slovakia-executioners-bastion-on-film.htmlHarvest may kill harriersWithout the help of humans, baby harriers almost always die during harvest.Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606395/harvest-may-kill-harriers.htmlTwists in development of Vienna and BratislavaAt one point in the history Pressburg, now Bratislava, was bigger and more important town than Vienna.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607035/twists-in-development-of-vienna-and-bratislava.htmlStudents cooked monarchy foodThe aim of the project is to get students in touch with other cultures, teach them how to cook and serve their traditional dishes.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607097/students-cooked-monarchy-food.htmlUkrainian caught beauty of Nitra in videoThe city under Zobor is beautiful also from a bird’s perspective.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606391/ukrainian-caught-beauty-of-nitra-in-video.htmlOn skates and in masks around Bratislava’s PetržalkaIn-line skaters and cyclists can enjoy roads cleared of cars.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:48:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608304/on-skates-and-in-masks-around-bratislavas-petrzalka.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between July 21 and 30, including a castle festival, a parkour meeting, a hip-hop dance and music festival, a festival of minorities, a special run, rowing to harp music, a historical train ride, and a lot of open-air music or concerts at romantic, historical sites.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:22:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608371/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlLúčky folklorists will build a raft this weekendA three-day event beginning on July 21 will demonstrate the practices and skills of the village’s raftsmen - and rafts woman.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:10:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20608036/lucky-folklorists-will-build-a-raft-this-weekend.html12 places where you can see the works of one of the best medieval wood carversThe works of the renowned Master Paul are not limited just to Levoča.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:54:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607710/less-distinguished-eastern-slovak-churches-house-works-of-master-pavol-too.htmlLomnický Štít Observatory opens to publicVisitors can see modern solar exploration devices as well as a cosmic ray detector.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:03:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607418/lomnicky-stit-observatory-opens-to-public.htmlTwo travel bloggers showcase SlovakiaYoutubers give their viewers a sample of the mountains and streets of Slovakia.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:58:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607299/two-travel-bloggers-showcase-slovakia.htmlHistorical train will bring tourists to Dobšinská Ice CaveThe last Saturday of July will offer a treat for railway enthusiasts in Košice Region.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:18:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20607061/historical-train-will-bring-tourists-to-dobsinska-ice-cave.htmlForeigners: Events in BratislavaTips for performances and other events in the capital between July 21 and July 30, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, inline skating, exhibitions and more.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:11:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605598/foreigners-events-in-bratislava.htmlOld tram to be turned into centre of cultureIt will host concerts, discussions, screenings, the reading of books and more.Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:51:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606712/old-tram-turned-into-centre-of-culture.htmlBratislava Castle exhibition: Celts in Slovak territoryThe first ethnic group known by name which lived on Slovak territory may have ended differently than previously thought, shows an exhibition presenting many artefacts, interactive features and models.Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:16:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606597/bratislava-castle-exhibition-celts-in-slovak-territory.htmlConcert in a caveA string quartet performed in Stáržovské vrchy cave earlier this month.Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:52:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20606287/concert-in-a-cave.htmlGothic masterpiece – altar of record height in Levoča – marks 500th anniversaryThe altar is the most prominent work by wood-carver, Master PaulMon, 17 Jul 2017 21:48:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605581/gothic-masterpiece-altar-of-record-height-in-levoca-marks-500th-anniversary.htmlSlovak Peter Bebjak receives award from Karlovy Vary film festAmong the winners of the 52nd year of the International Film Festival (IFF) Karlovy Vary, there is one Slovak; his film was even praised by the Variety and Hollywood Reporter.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:09:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605697/slovak-peter-bebjak-receives-award-from-karlovy-vary-film-fest.htmlOstrý Grúň team wins halušky-eating competitionThe two-day festival celebrating the Slovak national dish is organised regularly in the central Slovakia village of Turecká.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:21:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605355/ostry-grun-team-wins-halusky-eating-competition.htmlBratislavans can again dine in the airThe Dinner in the Sky event returns to the Slovak capital after last year’s premiere.Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:07:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20605392/bratislavans-can-again-dine-in-the-air.htmlFalcons found home in SlovakiaRecord number of nesting red-footed falcons in last seven years.Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602080/falcons-found-home-in-slovakia.htmlSpectacular Slovakia: Mansion of Sereď on filmLearn about both the history and present day of Sereď mansion from a video.Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602066/spectacular-slovakia-mansion-of-sered-on-film.htmlSightseeing at a faster paceA guided running tour is an alternative to traditional sightseeing by bus or on foot in Bratislava.Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:21:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603453/sightseeing-at-a-faster-pace.htmlMorning at Spiš castleIvan Dovala from Žilina filmed a video of Spiš castle waking up.Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:15:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602054/morning-at-spis-castle.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between July 14 and 23, including a box gala, a pole dance international event, a commemorative ride on an aerial lift in the High Tatras, an international folklore festival, a violin cocnert in high mountains, and a host of music festivals and concerts – early music performances at a medieval castle, a guitar festival, a saxophone quartet touring Slovakia, and many others.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:10:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20603353/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlPlane spotters get observation holes in the fence around Bratislava airportThe holes help photographers to make better images of air craft.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:30:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602577/plane-spotters-get-observation-holes-in-the-fence-around-bratislava-airport.htmlWeekend rides on historical electric railway available for the whole seasonThe summer operation of the Trenčín Electrical Railway (TREŽ) began earlier this year and will continue until September 3.Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:22:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20602924/weekend-rides-on-historical-electric-railway-available-for-the-whole-season.htmlThe room of Maria Theresa is one of four in the Humenné manor-houseThe four painted rooms in the Drugeth manor-house in Humenné were all ordered by nobleman István XIV. Csáky. The one dedicated to Maria Theresa – whose 300th anniversary is celebrated this year – probably dates back to 1773.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:53:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20601661/the-room-of-maria-theresa-is-one-of-four-in-the-humenne-manor-house.htmlForeigners: Events in BratislavaTips for performances and other events in the capital between July 14 and July 23, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, inline skating, exhibitions and more.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:34:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579117/foreigners-events-in-bratislava.htmlPrievidza launched a mobile guide appThe new app offers necessary information about the town and its surrounding in Slovak and English.Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:20:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579629/prievidza-launched-a-mobile-guide-app.htmlTo hell for playing cardsThe goal of the Crusades in the Middle Ages was to regain holy sites for the Christians. It is known, however, that the Crusaders did not achieve great success in Asia, and though the campaigns were carried out in the name of higher ideals, they mostly degraded into low looting.Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:01:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20579152/to-hell-for-playing-cards.htmlReconstructed 17th century tower at Katarínka is open to the publicThe Dechtice church tower near the ruins and monastery of St Catherine, often called Katarínka, opened for the public on July 6.Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:05:46 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20578799/reconstructed-17th-century-tower-at-katarinka-is-open-to-the-public.htmlLast day of Pohoda taken by Alt-JPresident Andrej Kiska attended one of the discussions.Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:29:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20577929/last-day-of-pohoda-taken-by-alt-j.html