Slovakia / Slowakije

1. Cultural policy

Cultural policy profile

Cultural policy profile of Slovakia in 7 thematic chapters, including additional information and resources:


Ministry of Culture

2. Official representations

Representation of Slovakia in Belgium

Representation of Flanders in Slovakia

Diplomatic Representation of the Government of Flanders in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia
Dhr. Koen Haverbeke
Elisabethstrasse 16, Tür 11
1010 Vienna
Please note: there is no dedicated office in Bratislava

3. About funding, cooperation and information centers

– Funding and cooperation

  • Slovak Arts Council: a self-governing public institution guaranteeing support of art activities, culture and creative industry. The Council replaced the substantial part of the former grant system of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and is independent of central bodies of state administration. Its main mission is the support of “live“ arts and culture with a special focus on diversity. The Council provides grants especially for creation, production, distribution and presentation of works of art; support of international cooperation; educational programmes in the fields of art, culture and creative industry; grants for individuals who contribute to development of arts and culture in creative ways or by research. The Council is a National Member of IFACCA.

– Information

  • Information overview via On the Move: On the Move is the cultural mobility information network, providing information and knowledge for artists and cultural professionals active across borders. On this page, you can find all current calls related to the country as well as the latest version of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide – and more.
  • The National Centre of Public Education and Culture (NOCKA): a professional and methodological workplace for cultural and educational activities, a coordinating and executive workplace for theoretical, analytical, information, documentation and consulting activities in the field of cultural and educational activities. Among other projects, it runs the central portal of Slovak cultural heritage – Slovakiana.

4. Other information portals and platforms

– All disciplines

– Visual arts

  • Visual Arts Fund (FVU): a national-cultural and public institution, focused on the support, education and promotion of creative activities in the field of original art and architectural creation, restoration, applied arts, and fine arts. theory and criticism.
  • Foundation – Centre for Contemporary Art: Following the SCCA Bratislava, The Foundation – Center for Contemporary Art aims to provide a platform supporting the development of creative art and educational programs, as well as cooperation with institutions in the field of contemporary art and culture in order to raise the profile of contemporary art. It runs the Oskár Čepan Award.
  • The Slovak Center of Visual Arts (SCVU): The mission of SCVU and Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB) is to survey, document and mediate contemporary visual art to national and international audiences. They mediate and house visual art in Slovakia in cooperation with the in-house research and education center through exhibition projects, library, archive, website, magazine, and newsletter. The Kunsthalle runs ArtBase, the database of contemporary Slovak Visual Arts.
  • Association of Visual Artists: Since 1991, the Slovak Union of Visual Arts (Slovenská výtvarná únia, thereinafter SVU) has replaced the former Union of Visual Artists. It is a voluntary, apolitical, professional and protective civic institution associating artists, theoreticians and workers in the field of visual arts. It is a member of IAA / AIAP.
  • Creative Industries Košice (CIKE): since September 2015 this is the new name for the non-profit organisation, which has been established in 2009 by the city of Košice to manage the European Capital of Culture 2013. Since it has been established it aims to support creative industries (CCIs) in the city of Košice, the creative and cultural centre of Eastern Slovakia.
  • Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava: The International Office of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design coordinates the school’s activities and provides methodology in the area of international cooperation, provides institutional coordination of the Erasmus+ Programme and Bilateral Agreements.

– Performing arts

  • The Theatre Institute: a specialized institution with nationwide outreach, directly subjected to the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. It conducts comprehensive research, documentation, scholarly analyses and provision of information on theatre culture in Slovakia dating back to the establishment of the first professional scene in 1920. ITI Member.
  • ASSITEJ Slovakia: ASSITEJ unites theatres, organisations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. In Slovakia, its presence is coordinated by the Ludus Theater, dedicated to youth theater.
  • The Slovak Contemporary Dance Platform (PLaST): an independent organisation of 57 artist members and 16 organisations honorary members, created in 2016. It aims to address problems of the contemporary dance field in Slovakia, namely to increase its funding and inclusion in cultural strategies thus creating a sustainable infrastructure and institutions for contemporary dance.
  • Bratislava in Movement Dance Festival: established in 1997 and shaped by a community of dancers and teachers from the Contemporary Dance Association founded in 1996. The aim of the association was to organize activities for the dance community and encompassed three areas: education, presentation of contemporary dance and its reflection.

– Music

  • The Music Information Centre: The Music Centre Slovakia is a State-subsidised institution established by the Ministry of Culture to encourage Slovak music culture by concerts, bringing compositions to stages, publishing sheet music and music books, documenting music and promoting Slovak music culture abroad.

5. Regional organisations

  • The International Visegrad Fund: established by the Visegrad Group to implement priorities and support projects in all areas of interest of the V4 countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
  • The Central European Initiative (CEI): a regional intergovernmental forum which gathers 17 Member States in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. It supports a united Europe with shared values embracing all countries, regions, peoples and citizens; and fosters good governance, rule of law and sustainable economic development for stability, social cohesion, environmental sustainability, security and prosperity. CEI also supports cultural cooperation.
  • CEC ArtsLink: advocates and supports transnational cultural mobility and collaboration, empowering artists and arts leaders to engage communities in dialogue and creative projects for a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable world. In many of its funding programmes, it connects the USA with European and Asian countries.
  • Organisation internationale of la Francophonie (OIF): The Francophonie is also an institution, dedicated since 1970 to promoting the French language and political, educational, economic and cultural cooperation among the 88 member countries of the OIF, among which support for Cultural Diversity. Slovakia has an observer member status.
  • Easttopics: a non-profit initiative dedicated to the promotion of the Eastern European contemporary art field. This cross-border project takes form as an expanding on-line website and database focusing on the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • tranzit: Co-founded by ERSTE Stiftung in 2002, tranzit is a unique network of independent associations working in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia as well as across borders / peripheral zones of Europe. Each of the five tranzit initiatives works autonomously in the context of the local art scenes and the social and political framework conditions. They provide artists with a versatile space in which art can be produced. Check also other programmes of the ERSTE Stiftung for regional activities in (contemporary) arts.