Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and its political, cultural, and economic centre, situated in the south-western part of the country.
It is the home of several universities, as well as many museums, theatres, galleries, and other cultural, political, and educational institutions. While the City of Bratislava acts as the official member of ICORN, the hosting of ICORN residents in the city is done in cooperation with two non-governmental organisations- the Milan Šimečka Foundation and the literarnyklub.sk.
The Milan Šimečka Foundation focuses on issues of human rights, democracy, and education, and is one of Slovakia’s oldest NGOs, established in 1991. The literarnyklub.sk is a civic assosication for indepedent writers on the Slovak literary scene, organising more then 150 events each year.
After many years of collaboration between the two NGOs and ICORN, the Milan Šimečka Foundation and literarnyklub.sk approached the City of Bratislava with the idea for the city to formally become an ICORN Member. Following approval by the City Council in June 2022, the Mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo and Helge Lunde, ICORN’s Executive Director signed the ICORN Membership Agreement on September 20th, 2022. To read the article on Bratislava joining ICORN, follow this link.