In October, two young men were shot outside of bar Tepláreň, which has been a special safe place for queer people in Bratislava for years. The murder driven by hatred for otherness shocked us. Festival Pohoda initiated Slovenská Tepláreň – series of events of all genres happening across Slovakia as a sign of condolences to the families of the murdered Juraj and Matúš and as a sign of support for LGBTI+ people.
We joined the initiative with silent visual act of litting up the old railway bridge with the colours of the rainbow. It gained support of more than 200 subjects from Trenčín region. These were cultural and civic organizations, venues, festivals, artistic groups, companies and individuals who signed the joint memorandum.
You can read the memorandum here:
The murder of Juraj and Matúš affected us deeply. The realisation that Slovakia is a country where LGBTI+ people fear for their lives and have become a target for those who seek reasons for physical and verbal violence should shake our entire society. We consider this state of affairs unacceptable in a free democracy based on respect for everyone's fundamental human rights. We have decided to conclude the Slovenská Tepláreň initiative, organised by the Pohoda festival, with a silent visual act to express our condolences to the loved ones of Juraj and Matúš, our support for LGBTI+ people and our desire for safety, freedom and equality for all.
The main purpose not only of the European Capital of Culture, but also of culture in general, is to create an environment in which everyone is welcome, regardless of nationality, religion, health, socio-economic status or sexual orientation. All artistic genres have the power to reinforce the principles of equality, inclusion, democracy and cohesion.
But an open and accepting city is a task for all of us. We call for all spaces in Trenčín and the Trenčín region to be for everyone. Let us ask ourselves what we can do to make our business, organisation, school, office, café or public space where we meet safe for all? What can we do to make everyone feel accepted and feel that they belong here? The culture can help us to do this through its activities, but we have the power to act through our everyday acts of kindness, concern, acceptance and openness.
We have joined the Slovenská Tepláreň, initiative, organized by the Pohoda festival. It involved more than 600 entities – artists, venues, festivals, organisations and institutions, which organised more than 200 events of various genres across Slovakia, from concerts, discussions, film screenings, readings of literary works, theatre performances and visual arts.
List of signatories:
Mgr. Zuzana Mišáková DiS.art Mestské divadlo Trenčín
Bez ladu a skladu
Men at sound
Film Square Festival
Kultúrne centrum Aktivity, o.z.
Experimentálna inštitúcia wash-ed
PhDr Oľga Hodálová predsedníčka ŽNO TN
Synagóga Trenčín OZ
Rozhranie - acoustic sessions
Klub za rampami
World Wine Gallery
Trenčín na korze
Čierne na bielom
Neformálne združenie vonzoskrine
DASATO Academy (I AMbitious)
Terézia Mihalovič Lukáčová
Veronika Žák Sučanská