Slovnaft remains a partner of art and culture even in difficult times

Art and culture in Slovakia have found themselves in a difficult situation this year due to the pandemic. Theatres are without audiences, but they continue to work and are preparing to reopen. As a long-time patron of culture, Slovnaft has decided to at least symbolically express its support for the nine theatres and one gallery with which it has been collaborating. It has distributed EUR 30,000 between them.

The financial support will be given to the Bratislava Puppet Theatre, the Small Stage STU Theatre, the Jókai Theatre, the New Nitra Theatre, the Žilina Municipal Theatre, the Ľudovít Fulla Gallery in Ružomberok, the Thália Theatre, the Košice State Theatre, the Spiš Theatre and the Prešov National Theatre. Slovnaft has been collaborating with most of them for many years within the ‘Culture with Slovnaft’ project, which aims to bring art closer to children.

The anti-pandemic measures have also affected our ‘Culture with Slovnaft’ project. Nevertheless, we want to keep it going, albeit in a different form. We have decided to distribute the funds for this project for 2020 among the cultural institutions to help them overcome the difficult times,” said Oszkár Világi, Chairman of the Board and CEO of SLOVNAFT, a.s. 

Since 2012, Slovnaft has been implementing the ‘Culture with Slovnaft’ project, which was created in an effort to help primary schools make greater use of the cultural vouchers provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. In the 7 years of the programme’s existence, Slovnaft has reimbursed primary schools in smaller towns and villages for the cost of transporting pupils to culture in the amount of almost EUR 250,000, thanks to which more than 41,000 schoolchildren visited theatre performances and a gallery.

The theatres and gallery will use the funds to maintain their artistic activities or to cover part of their overhead costs.  For example, the Spiš Theatre will spend them on two productions, the Jókai Theatre on the staging and preparation of a play for children and young people, and the Thália Theatre on a professional recording of two plays so that they can also be presented online. The Small Stage STU Theatre will use the money to cover its operation during the rehearsal of a stage production, the Bratislava Puppet Theatre to create a new production, and the Prešov National Theatre to cover its operating costs and co-finance the preparation of two productions. The Ľudovít Fulla Gallery in Ružomberok will spend the money on developing and preparing new educational formats and activities for visitors, as well as on preparation of a new exhibition project planned for 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic has deprived not only artistic and cultural institutions of their audiences, but also athletes of their spectators. In spite of this, Slovnaft has remained a partner of all the competitions, clubs and individual athletes which it has supported. During the pandemic, it also intensified aid to the health care system by donating lung ventilators as well as disinfection so that health care facilities could effectively limit the spread of the infection.

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