Bratislava, city of honour


  • There is an endless number of reasons for being interested in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic, also known as Pressburg, Posonium, Pozsony or Prešporok under the Habsburg monarchy. This is where the composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born, as well as the city where famous musicians such as Mozart and Liszt gave concerts, where Béla Bartók, born to a Slovak mother, went to school and took his first steps as a pianist and composer before moving to Budapest and, later, to the USA. It was here that Rudolf von Laban, one of the greatest reformers of modern dance, was born and it was here (at the Arena theatre on the right bank of the Danube) that Max Reinhardt worked with his theatre company.

    Just a few kilometres from Bratislava, in Budmerice's Pálffy Castle – which in 1955 was transformed into a resort for Slovak writers – the French novelist and last muse of André Malraux, Louise de Vilmorin, lived for four years. And Bratislava is also the city of the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, and the city where, following the battle of Austerlitz, the peace treaty was signed in 1805, by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand on behalf of France.

    In March 2019 Bratislava is the Invited City , at LIVRE PARIS, the Paris Bookfair. This is a chance to present Slovak literature and show off our culture, our capital and our country from multiple points of view. LIVRE PARIS provides a tremendous opportunity to introduce the French public to our publishers, authors and literature. At the same time, the French book market can present itself to the most distinguished figures of Slovakia’s book world.

    We are deeply convinced that this exchange will prove to be a rewarding one for both sides.

    Miroslava Vallová
    Director of the Centre for Information on Literature, Bratislava
  • Bratislava's program at the Paris Book Fair

    Bratislava's program at the Paris Book Fair

    In March 2019 Bratislava is the Invited City , at LIVRE PARIS, the Paris Bookfair

    Discover the program

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