Direct professional international cooperation in the area of culture takes place in Slovakia on a wide scale and at various levels – from state institutions to regional and local institutions, professional associations, artistic and cultural groups and community centres. The state and the lower levels of the public administration (the self-governing regions – see chapter 1.2.3) support direct international cooperation, mainly through co-financing of partnerships and projects for international cooperation from the state budget and other public funds (the budgets of the self-governing regions, towns and villages). An emphasis on support of direct international cooperation is one of the priorities of Slovak cultural policy at the state and regional level.
The Ministry of Culture also contributes to support for direct professional cooperation by covering membership fees, in part or in full, for cultural organisations to join international professional or non-governmental organisations in the area of art and culture.
In Slovakia, important international cultural events and festivals are held regularly and have a long tradition in all areas of art and culture: the Bratislava Music Festival, the Bratislava Jazz Festival, the International Festival of Contemporary Music Melos Étos, SPACE – an international music festival, the Summer Music Festival TrenÄianske Teplice, the Biennial Exhibition of Illustration in Bratislava, the Days of European Cultural Heritage, the Bratislava International Film Festival, the International Festival Art Film TrenÄianske Teplice, the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, the Central European Festival of Puppet Theatre, Bábkárska Bystrica, the International Festival for Drama Schools Projekt Istropolitana, the Festival of Contemporary Dance “Bratislava in Movement”, the International Television Festival Prix Danube, the Month of Photography, the European Cultural Festival of the Nations and National Minorities FEMAN and many others.
The Ministry of Culture contributes to the financing of international cultural activities and events mainly through its grant system and its individual programmes. The basic principle for the organisation of such events is multi-source financing – in addition to public funds (the state budget, regional and local budgets) the project should be funded by the private sector (sponsors) and grants from international organisations and foreign partners.