November 17 is a vital date in Slovak history, as on this day in 1989, the fall of communism started and the “long and winding road” to a democratic and free state began. The revolution that erupted on this day is dubbed “The Velvet Revolution” and is celebrated every year. It is also a national holiday, but this year, the 25th anniversary naturally creates a special occasion.
Of course, art, culture and social debates cannot be excluded from this opportunity and there will be a host of events organised around this day, both in and outside of Bratislava.
The Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) has been organising the Freedom Festival / Festival slobody for four years now, but in 2014, there will be a special edition, with the programme enhanced in contents and also expanding to the regions outside the capital.
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