Velvet Revolution

On November 17, Slovakia and the Czech Republic mark 30 years since the Velvet Revolution, a wave of demonstrations that toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1989.

Masár: Slovakia is a story of economic success

But the country has not utilised its good years to create reserves.Jana Liptáková, 12. Nov 2019, at 13:31

Vladimír Masár

Prague was supposed to be a quiet posting when I arrived in 1987

A Canadian diplomat thinks back to his time in Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution.Anna Fay, 11. Nov 2019, at 19:19

Guimond regularly attended demonstrations in Prague. This one took place in January 1989.

Slovaks live better now than before 1989, statistics show

But many people still yield to myths about the communist regime and nostalgia.Jana Liptáková, 11. Nov 2019, at 12:27

The range of products at shops during the previous regime was significantly smaller than it is today.

Paneláky are an irony of history

Many older Slovaks are nostalgic of the job security and the flats they got “from the state for free” before 1989.Anca Dragu, 11. Nov 2019, at 11:44

More than 100 events will commemorate the Velvet Revolution

Project creators renamed revolution as evolution.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Nov 2019, at 11:02

Exhibition in Bratislava

Slovakia has found the cure for the first populist power grab

When the people experience that they can win over anti-democratic forces on their own without help from outside, then it fortifies their immune reactions.Michaela Terenzani, 7. Nov 2019, at 8:00

One of the 1989 Velvet Revolution protest gatherings in Bratislava.

Slovaks more critical of the post-1989 world than Czechs

A third of Slovaks question the Velvet Revolution, a survey shows.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Nov 2019, at 21:43

A photo portrays the atmosphere during the Velvet Revolution on November 17, 1989

Mime Milan Sládek: People of my age die. Something must come last

Milan Sládek will premiere The Magic Four in Bratislava. It may be his last opus.Jana Alexová5. Nov 2019, at 8:15

The world's famous Slovak mime Milan Sládek has lived in Germany for decades as his art was not recognised and supported much in Slovakia

Velvet Revolution anniversary will be celebrated around Slovakia

The Government's Office will hold its own event. Gatherings on the squares will commemorate 30 years since the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Nov 2019, at 22:22

Glossary: Velvet Revolution fails to fire student interest

Spectator College provides readers of The Slovak Spectator who are trying to improve their English with glossaries of useful and frequently used words and expressions from stories published as part of the Spectator…Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Oct 2019, at 7:25

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Bringing World to the Classroom

Velvet Revolution fails to fire student interest

Teenagers struggle to imagine life without freedoms.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 25. Oct 2019, at 7:25

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Bringing World to the Classroom

Memories of the Velvet Revolution

Researcher Ľubica Lacinová recalls her life under communism and the events of 1989 in a podcast interview.Peter Dlhopolec, 25. Oct 2019, at 7:25

November 1989 in Bratislava
Bringing World to the Classroom

Comics tell the story of the Velvet Revolution for those who were not there

Each book is produced by a different duo of Slovak writers and illustrators.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 25. Oct 2019, at 7:25

Covers of comics

A. Pižurný on the 1989 Revolution: I did not want the world to be split

Anton Pižurný did not believe the communist regime could fall. Yet, he copied an illegal document that would help to bring about the revolution in his town.Dominika Borbélyová5. Oct 2019, at 6:17

“I began to understand the world was divided and that what was happening in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (ČSSR) was not exactly what I wanted,” Pižurný says.
The 1989 Velvet Revolution

J. Plulíková: We binned communism and went back to our own lives

Jana Plulíková did not understand communism as a child. At university, she and other like-minded students rigorously tried to bring it down. Successfully.Maja Harmaňošová6. Sep 2019, at 20:39

Jana Plulíková's story is one of many collected by the Post Bellum organisation

Will Bratislava become home to Velvet Revolution Square?

It is proposed that part of SNP Square, where mass rallies against the communist regime took place 30 years ago, should be named after the Velvet Revolution.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Jul 2019, at 21:04

Part of SNP Square in front of the Old Market Hall (Stará Tržnica).

Three years of courage and freedom

The shared love of freedom, and the shared courage to defend and nurture it, will continue to sustain the relationship between the US and Slovakia for generations to come, US ambassador writes.Adam Sterling4. Jul 2019, at 9:29

US Ambassador to Slovakia Adam Sterling

President Kiska: Candle Manifestation opened the door to big democratic change

Slovakia commemorates 31 years since the event, which heralded the upcoming revolution.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Mar 2019, at 22:28

The communist police cars among protesters at the Candle Protest in Bratislava, March 25, 1988.

Velvet Revolution: Few expected a smooth and non-violent transfer of power in the country

Images from the history of the Sme daily: The RevolutionAlexej Fulmek, 21. Mar 2019, at 10:29

SNP Square during the Velvet Revolution.

Political analyst Miroslav Kusý has died

He was one of the first signatories of Charter 77. After the revolution, he co-founded several organisations and served as rector of Comenius University.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Feb 2019, at 13:48

Miroslav Kusý