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_emailskArtworks made of snow grow in front of Rainer's challetThe challet's manager, Peter Petras, plans to have them built by Christmas.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:31:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718503/artworks-made-of-snow-grow-in-front-of-rainers-challet.htmlSlovakia produces the best music album in eastern EuropeBands such as Muzička, Banda and Pacora Trio, also solo singer Katarína Máliková scores well on the European world music scene.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717431/katarina-malikova-has-best-world-music-album-from-eastern-europe.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 15 and December 24, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:36:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716847/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlThe Guardian: Bratislava Christmas markets are better than the German onesIn its travel section, The Guardian recently compared several Christmas shopping opportunities and seasonal markets around Europe.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:12:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717093/the-guardian-bratislava-christmas-markets-are-better-than-the-german-ones.htmlSlovak film won the main prize of Silk Road IFF in ChinaThe Little Harbour, which was already shown at Berlinale where it received the Children’s Jury Award, continues its worldwide success.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:35:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716482/slovak-film-won-the-main-prize-of-silk-road-iff-in-china.htmlThe most beautiful photos of the Prešov regionNew perspectives of the Prešov region show the best of the area in a photo competition.Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713551/the-most-beautiful-photos-of-the-presov-region.htmlAttention! Snowmen fall from roofMuseum in Svätý Anton cheers its visitors.Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713530/attention-snowmen-fall-from-roof.htmlSlovak Christmas - traditional and newA chain around the table legs and waiting for a golden pig. Some old Christmas traditions survive to this day and others have disappeared.Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713638/slovak-christmas-traditional-and-new.htmlEcological settlement arises under the TatrasInhabitants will live in earthen houses and plant 100,000 trees and bushes.Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713522/ecological-settlement-arises-under-the-tatras.htmlMultipart singing of Horehronie inscribed on UNESCO listThe UNESCO committee adopted its decision on December 7.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:28:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713261/multipart-singing-of-horehronie-inscribed-on-unesco-list.htmlChristmas tram gets a brand new look this yearTram decorated as gingerbread houseThu, 07 Dec 2017 12:12:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712955/christmas-tram-gets-a-brand-new-look-this-year.htmlSledging run opens in the High TatrasThe sledge track will be 2.5 kilometres long, all the way from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:07:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712889/sledging-run-opens-in-the-high-tatras.htmlAustralian Umbilical Brothers re-visit BratislavaThe world tour of the Australian Umbilical Brothers duo with their English-language show makes a stop in Slovakia.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:25:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712448/australian-umbilical-brothers-re-visit-bratislava.htmlFranciscans renew the beauty of a forgotten Advent traditionThe Rorate masses celebrated in candlelight and with church music offer a calming down before ChristmasTue, 05 Dec 2017 18:12:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711557/franciscans-renew-the-beauty-of-a-forgotten-advent-tradition.htmlBojnice Castle will get a Christmas look and welcome St NicholasFrom St Nicholas’ day until Epiphany, Bojnice Castle will be covered in Christmas decorations, including handmade pictures by children.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:48:36 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711596/bojnice-castle-will-get-a-christmas-look-plus-st-nicholas-is-arriving.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 8 and December 17, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:16:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710947/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlSlovak films shown abroad, awarded at homeSlovak films, now successfully screened within the country, have also been shown at foreign festivals with much acclaim.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20709033/slovak-films-shown-abroad-awarded-at-home.htmlSkiing season opensThanks to hefty snowfall, lots of natural snow awaited skiers in many Slovak ski resorts during the opening weekend of December 1-3.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:19:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710587/skiing-season-opens-in-most-slovak-resorts.htmlSlovak made most viral video on FacebookMillions of people in the world watch videos by Michal Krivička, who also films for Hollywood.Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708095/slovak-made-most-viral-video-on-facebook.htmlRenewing the tradition of feather processingIn the past, people got together to process feathers, crack nuts, shell beans and gossip through the cold months.Sat, 02 Dec 2017 06:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708021/renewing-the-tradition-of-feather-processing.htmlThe Open Opera project presents alternative to traditional opera housesThe first work of the new project is the lesser known comical opera by Gioacchino Rossini in a chamber version with only three performances planned for now.Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:37:28 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20709014/the-open-opera-project-presents-alternative-to-traditional-opera-houses.htmlArchivist is officer and detective in oneBratislava City Archive is one of the best preserved city archives in central EuropeFri, 01 Dec 2017 08:47:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708412/archivist-is-officer-and-detective-in-one.htmlSnina has new wooden cathedral – with almost no nailsThe new cathedral is dedicated to the Great Moravian Prince Rastislav.Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708027/snina-has-new-wooden-cathedral-with-almost-no-nails.htmlPeace, joy and good cheer pack a punch in the streets of Bratislava and its regions. Wassail!As well as the city centre, individual boroughs are hosting Christmas markets this year; the nearby Schloss Hof is offering a Christmas programme too.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:53:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707327/bratislava-offers-rich-christmas-programme.htmlFamous painter Bazovský was also a photographerThe iconic Slovak painter Miloš Alexander Bazovský, whose many works revive the rural idylls or stylised portraits of Slovaks and Slovakia, also made numerous photographs on his travels around the country. What was once an appendix to his work has now become the core of current exhibition.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707659/famous-painter-bazovsky-was-also-a-photographer.htmlFujara teacher in the US: Americans are enchanted by the instrumentUnique Slovak musical instrument draws attention abroad, also thanks to Czechoslovak expatriate Bob Rychlik.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:47:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708113/fujara-teacher-in-the-us-americans-are-enchanted-by-the-instrument.htmlHow is traditional Christmas pasta made?“Hrtánky” were typical for families manufacturing mill sacks.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:49:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707801/how-is-traditional-christmas-pasta-made.htmlBlog: Poetry slam – one year onThe Clash of Languages invites Spoken Word artists from different countries, to compete in their languages as teams.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:25:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706490/blog-poetry-slam-one-year-on.htmlThe Trenčianska Teplá – Trenčianske Teplice tram closes successful tourist seasonThere will be a last special ride on a unique electric railway on December 2, concluding a good tourist season in which it transported 11,000 people.Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:56:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706708/the-trencianska-tepla-trencianske-teplice-tram-closes-successful-tourist-season.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 1 and December 10, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:29:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705612/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlTourists can find miniatures of chalets in the Tatras at HrebienokWithout having to hike big distances, visitors of the Hrebienok resort can find mini replicas of 10 Slovak and one Polish mountain chalet from the Tatra area.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:06:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705770/tourists-can-find-miniatures-of-chalets-in-the-tatras-at-hrebienok.htmlChildren perform a mini concert for a tram driver celebrating his birthdayThe driver is known for sharing his birthday celebrations with his passengersMon, 27 Nov 2017 22:08:17 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705357/children-perform-a-mini-concert-for-a-tram-driver-celebrating-his-birthday-today.htmlAlekšince has a communist museum, seven metres under the surfaceAn original, secret reserve command centre and underground bunker has been made into a unique museum.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:22:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705050/aleksince-has-a-communist-museum-seven-metres-under-the-surface.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events around Slovakia in DecemberThe selection of events not to miss in the various regions of Slovakia this month.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699001/foreigners-top-10-events-around-slovakia-in-december.htmlThe castle reveals a signature one of its ownersRobber knight brothers, one of who became a governor, left his mark.Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:04:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20704546/the-castle-reveals-a-signature-one-of-its-owners.htmlHikers confuse skull for stoneA hiker found a skull, attached to a skeleton, in archaeologically rich Kostolec.Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20703032/hikers-confuse-skull-for-stone.htmlOld Market Hall will host Christmas Bazaar on SundayOne of the events which presents diplomatic communities residing in Slovakia to the wider public is the traditional Christmas Bazaar, which focuses on gastronomy and charity.Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:01:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20703574/christmas-bazaar-returns-to-the-old-market-hall.htmlFestival gives voice to voicelessThe Error 2017 festival, unique in Europe, presents theatre of the homeless, disabled or socially disadvantaged people from all over Europe over two days .Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:42:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20703397/festival-gives-voice-to-voiceless.htmlMesserschmidt created most of his character heads in PressburgBratislava will name a square after the prominent artistFri, 24 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20703076/messerschmidt-created-most-of-his-character-heads-in-pressburg.htmlBlog: Slovak National Uprising in our live memoryAn important but haunting memorial can be found in the Low Tatra Mountains not far from Banská Bystrica, in former village Kalište.Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700144/blog-slovak-national-uprising-in-our-live-memory.html