- At the invitation of the Mayor of Kosice, Mr. Jaroslav Polacek, the representatives of the City of Nis, participated in a joint meeting of partner twin cities organized in Kosice, from May 5-7.The occasion for this meeting was the celebration of the 650th anniversary of the awarding of the coat of arms to the city of Kosice, thus making the city the oldest one with the official coat of arms in Europe. The meeting was also the part off the jubilee celebration of the Day of the City of Kosice. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss with the hosts the future cooperation between the chambers of commerce of two cities, the national theaters and two planning departments, with an open possibility for other forms of cooperation that twin towns can accomplish, considering the possibilities, but above all, friendship for nearly two decades. The cities of Nis and Kosice signed the Twinning Agreement in 2001. Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia, the cultural and economic center of the eastern part of the state and the administrative center of the Kosice region. Kosice is known as the Slovak city with the largest old urban city core, and it the first European city to receive its coat of arms (1369). In 2013, the city was proclaimed the European Capital of Culture, and in 2019 it was the first city in Central and Eastern Europe to be declared the European capital of volunteering. In May, the City of Kosice will host the World Ice Hockey Championship.
- Since the signing of the twinning agreement, the City of Niš and the City of Košice have collaborated mostly in the field of culture through various presentations of fine arts, music and film. Since 2009, economic cooperation has been intensified, primarily through the organization of presentations of the economic and investment potentials of the City of Nis to Slovak businessmen and vice versa. This cooperation was supported and facilitated by the existence of the Honorary Consulate of Serbia in Kosice and the Honorary Consulate of Slovakia in Niš, as well as through the open support of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia and relevant, national institutions and ministries. Since the establishment of the cooperation, more than 1000 people have visited Kosice and participated in various forms of cooperation, as passengers of the BALKAN EXPRESS tour, which for 16 years, without exception, has been operating on the Nis-Kosice route each June during International TV Festival “The Golden Beggar” in Kosice. This festival is a unique event of its kind in Europe, dedicated to the screening of various TV works, from reportage, animation, investigative journalism to television documentaries. The festival was launched in 1995 and over the past 23 years, many local television and independent productions from Europe and other continents have participated in the event, among which the participation of TV companies and authors from Serbia and Nis has been particularly noticeable. In addition to the competition part of the festival, through the parallel festival activities, the City of Niš was presented.
- The exhibition of paintings by a Slovak author Milosav Dvorak, was opened at Synagogue Gallery in Nis. The exhibition was jointly organized by the National Museum of Nis, the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgrade and the Honorary Consulate of Slovak Republic in Nis. The opening ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Dagmar Repcekova, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Serbia, Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic and Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Nis Stela Jovanovic.
- The exhibition by Slovak artist Rade Van Ladomersky, recognizable for his portraiture of pop art and naive art, was opened in the Officers’ Mess Building in Nis. The opening was attended by Slovak Ambassador to Serbia Dagmar Repcekova and Niš Mayor Darko Bulatovic. The exhibition was organized with the assistance of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic and the Honorary Consulate of Slovakia in Niš.
- Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic opened the exhibition entitled The Caravan of Kovacica Naïve Painting at Nis Officers’ Mess Building. The exhibition includes more than 50 works of painters of naive art and for the first time, in one place, it gathered all the members of the Gallery of Naive Art of Kovacica, which is, on the world cultural map, known as the center of naïve painting. The characteristics of Naive Art from Kovacica are strong colors. Each of the painters from Kovacica brings something special to this style of painting; each of them has its own distinctive style. The motives of these artists are taken from living and working in rural areas.
- The presentation “Slovakia in Niš” was held at the EU Info Corner in Niš with the aim of presenting the plans of this country, which took over the six-month presidency of the EU Council from July 1. “The top priorities will be to strengthen the economy, expand and modernize the European market and a sustainable migrant and asylum policy.
- An ambulance specially equipped to provide medical assistance in the field, worth about six million dinars, was donated by the Government of the Slovak Republic in gratitude for the assistance provided to Slovak citizens injured in a road accident that occurred in June near Aleksinac.
- On the last day of October, a series of events marked the “Slovak Day in Nis”. Ambassador of Slovakia to the Republic of Serbia Dagmar Repcekova spoke about the history of Slovakia, transition processes and challenges, the path to the European Union and EU Council Presidency. The most famous Slovak illustrator Miroslav Regitko held the workshop with elementary school students, the students of secondary art school and NGO Young Ambassadors. From Constantine the Great airport regular air services were established on the route: Bratislava – Nis – Bratislava.
- Helena Mravikova, Economic Attaché of the Slovak Embassy participated in the Advanced Technology Forum organized by the City of Niš. The purpose of the Forum was to present the potential of the City of Nis in the field of advanced technologies.
- With the support of Eurimages (Council of Europe Cultural Support Fund), the European Film Festival in Nis was organized, which presented 32 films from different European cinemas. Each country was presented with 3 to 5 reference and representative films, which best reflect its culture and state of society. Prior to the film screenings, a public discussion was organized on specific cinematography with the participation of film professionals and representatives of European cultural centers and embassies. The presentation of the cinematography of Slovakia was opened by Stela Jovanovic, Honorary Consul of Slovakia in Niš, with the promotion of the values and culture of Slovakia, while Dejan Dabic, editor of the film programme editor at the Cultural Center in Niš spoke about Slovak cinema.
- A match between the women’s tennis national teams of the Republic of Slovakia and the Republic of Serbia was organized in Niš within the framework of the FED Tennis Cup.
- The Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia, with the assistance of the Slovak Development Assistance Fund, has furnished a working space, the “Slovak Room” in the Safe House in Niš.
- The Regional Development Agency South visited Kosice for an agreement with NGOs on the development of project ideas for applying for EU funds. On that occasion they also met with the project manager of the City of Kosice. The visit was organized in cooperation with Eva Dekanovski, Honorary Consul of Serbia in Slovakia and Stela Cvengrosov, the associate for protocol and international cooperation of the City of Kosice. The meeting was held with Mr. Zdenko Trebul, the head of the Kosice region, who used to be the Mayor of Kosice when Nis and Kosice were twinned.
- For the first time, the children from Slovakia, more specifically from Bratislava, participated in the International Children’s Animation Colony in Nis. In addition to the participants and mentors from Slovenia, Bulgaria, Belarus and Republika Srpska, Jaroslav Baran, a famous Slovak animator who worked for Disney’s studio took part in the work of the colony. The organizers of the Colony are Cartoon Studio 98 and Anima, sponsored by the City of Niš and GO Pantelej.
- The 6th INTERNATIONAL INVESTEXPO fair was held in Novi Sad. The City of Nis had the right to invite, as a participant, a guest from the country/city with which it cooperated, so the Slovak company Stavby s.r.o. was also represented at the fair.
- The delegation of the City of Nis visited the Kosice Region Office in Brussels and discussed establishing cooperation with the Office of the City of Nis in Brussels and formulating common goals.
- The traveling exhibition of 15 fine artists from Slovakia which is the top of the current Slovak art scene, is being exhibited in Nis at the Gallery Serbia. The exhibition was opened by Katarina Stehlikova, Consul of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Serbia. An exhibition of works by Slovak artists was organized on the occasion of the forthcoming opening of the office of the Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republic in Niš. The Slovak Art Association is the oldest art association in Slovakia, founded in 1921 in Bratislava. In its initial period it brought together the most prominent artists of Slovakia in order to build the confidence of the Slovak nation, its culture and history. Today’s activities of the Slovak Art Association are based on organizing different activities, organizing individual and group exhibitions of the members of the association, exhibitions dedicated to anniversaries, exhibitions separated by techniques or special groups. The exhibition aims to continue and intensify the cooperation of the City of Nis and this part of Serbia and the Republic of Slovakia in the field of culture.
- Niš City Mayor Milos Simonovic and his associates visited the City of Kosice in Slovakia, with which Niš was twinned in 2001. This is the first official visit of the city delegation to the second largest city in Slovakia. During his visit to Kosice Mayor Simonovic met with City of Kosice Mayor Frantisek Knapik to discuss the possibilities of cooperation between the two cities in several fields, primarily in the field of culture. The year 2013 is significant for both cities. Nis, as the hometown of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, is preparing to commemorate 1700 years since the adoption of the Edict of Milan, by which this emperor equated Christianity with other religions, while Kosice in 2013 will be the European capital of culture. Both mayors, in this area, see the possibility of concrete cooperation, in the form of applying to European Union funds for the implementation of joint projects, but also the exchange of experience between cultural institutions. The Mayor of Kosice informed the Mayor of Nis about the functioning of the local self-government there, using funds from Europe to solve infrastructure problems in the city, as well as about economic and economic activities in the City of Kosice. During their stay in Kosice, the Mayor and his associates also visited the Kosice Airport, where they were informed of their experience with the way the airport operated so far, which was privatized several years ago. The Nis delegation had the opportunity to visit the former barracks complex in the center of Kosice, which had been transformed into a kind of cultural park and which would in the coming period be used for various cultural programs.
- The Twinning Agreement between Nis and Kosice signed.
- Days of Slovak film were held in our town. This is the first step in the cooperation of the city with the Slovak Republic.