Celebrating of the city
There is a load of periodical events labelled as festivals in Košice.
Košická hudobná jar (Košice spring music festival), Festival európskych menšín (Festival of European Minorities and Nations), Zlatý žobrák (Golden beggar), Festival nezávislých divadiel (Festival of Independent Theatres Slovakia), Dni mesta Košice (Days of Košice city), Free Summer, Pivné slávnosti (Beer fest), Visegrádske dni (Days of Visegrad), Medzinárodný jazzový festival (International Jazz festival) and many more like these present and offer music, theatre and traditions to the people. Some of them exist a few months, some are reoccuring for decades and some are part of the town's life from time immemorial. Among these there is a small group of events originally aimed to celebrate the city.
Košice, the center of Eastern Slovakia, offer innumerable amounts of themes and exotic places for the filmmakers not only from Slovakia but from all around the world. Nature untouched by industry, desolated villages, original characters, the Schengen border, all these represent the basic themes of documentaries. Even though the Slovakian film school and the television industry dwell in the distant capital city Bratislava, the absence of Documentary festival aimed at the Slovakian producers has been fulfilled in Košice.
Young filmmakers Martin Kováčik and Robert Rampáček prepared the first year of the festival called Doc.sk. The event happened at the end of april, introducing lots of films and discussions with their makers. Then, in the beginning of this summer, it's important afterpart called 3x3 took place. In early night hours, the people could enjoy good Slovakian documentaries as well as the architecture of the streets and squares of Košice, where the films were projected on the walls.
This festival celebrates the city already in its name. The Košice's inhabitants do not objectively use their city as it deserves and this festival is about to change this unhappy status. It employs the urban language, art and culture. Reverse and knitted graffiti, skateboarders, animated facades of historical buildings as well as live music performance in a tram and a dancing excavator.
The main man organising the festival is Christian Potiron. He pays attention to select the best places for the festival's events, it is moving towards the borders of the city centre and to the places rarely visited by average city users. After the confusing first year, this year's follow-up had a nice attendance and feedback from the local people.
The most beautiful festival with the most visible performances. The graffiti community is present in the city from the beginning of the 1990s. In the past few years it became quite well organised and open-minded to the needs of the city. Košice is still having a huge number of disgusting gray walls which deserve a gentle approach. On one hand the citizens choose the worst gay colours for their newly insulated blocks of flats probably to catch up with the decades of living in grizzly houses. On the other hand we have Viktor Fehér, the head of Street Art Communication, who searches for the areas and boroughs suffering the most, areas in need of a nicer face. Hardly achieved allowances and necessary papers from the local authorities are then transformed into a several-day graffiti jam, after which places like university dormitories, old school or hospital bridge turn into vari-coloured butterflies. August 16-22, this summer !
Contemporary arts festival will bring its fifth year on the turn of this summer/fall. The best club in town, Tabačka, pays interest on opening the club season in a magnificent manner. Modern dance, fine arts, concerts, screenings, films, theatres and party always get the desired attention and together they create a cultural monopoly in Košice. The people behind the festival (Tabačka main men) are Peter Radkoff and Lukáš Berberich. They succeed in raising the quality of the festival each year.
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