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Bratislava event to explore the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the socialist dream

Bratislava, Slovakia – Drs Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova will be launching their book ‘Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ at what promises to be an exciting and insightful event about the country’s socialist legacy in Bratislava next week.

Created for foreigners seeking a better understanding of Slovakia, as well as for Slovaks who wish to reflect on their recent past, the dynamic workshop will be presented in a TedTalk format in English, using era videos and photography to the bring iconic era back to life. With the presence of a prominent godfather of the Velvet Revolution, it will be followed by a Q&A with the authors.

The event will take place at The Nook café (Mlynske Nivy 10) on 28 November at 19:00, and it’s free! Find out more on Facebook.

Raising awareness of Bratislava and Slovakia’s socialist legacy at home and abroad

Through their non-profit organization Global Slovakia, writers Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova combine their academic background with their passion for storytelling, and remain dedicated to their mission of ‘sharing Slovakia with the world’. Together, they have released three books, each mapping a different aspect of what they call the ‘Slovak experience’.

Founder Zuzana Palovic and co-director Dr Gabriela Bereghazyova recently embarked on a ‘Behind the Iron Curtain’ nation-wide school tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. After taking them to the far corners of the country, the tour will culminate with the November 28 workshop in Bratislava.

Drs Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova will be launching their book ‘Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ in Bratislava next week.

Their work is also aimed at encouraging business and tourist development and promoting reverse brain drain of Slovakia’s talented workforce.

As part of their greater goal of strengthening Slovakia’s social, cultural and economic ties with the international community, Global Slovakia has co-facilitated innovation and trade missions as well as knowledge exchanges between Slovakia and the U.K. It is currently expanding its operations into the U.S. and Canada where it will take part in an intercontinental roadshow with public and private events to be held in Bratislava, Brussels, London, Toronto, New York and DC. bratislava socialist

These events, conducted in collaboration with Slovak and foreign governments, NGOs and other stakeholders in the international Slovak community, aim to raise awareness of Slovakia’s legacy at home and abroad.

Sharing Slovakia with the world

Born behind the Iron Curtain, Zuzana Palovic’s family fled the communist regime as political refugees, before becoming naturalized citizens in Canada. Zuzana went on to study at top international institutions in the United States, the Netherlands and most recently in the United Kingdom, where she completed a PhD in Eastern European migration. Her work claims to delve deeper than that of most CEE experts as she argues that ‘mental revolution’ constitutes the ‘final frontier of transition’.

Gabriela Bereghazyova and Zuzana Palovic are both dedicated to their mission of ‘sharing Slovakia with the world’.

Gabriela Bereghazyova was born in communist Czechoslovakia, grew up in the transitional Slovakia of the 1990s and witnessed the accession of her country into the European Union during her university years. A scholar in corruption, her work captures the challenges, falls and successes of a metamorphosing Eastern Europe.

Zuzana and Gabriela met while working as part of a team engaged in lobbying across multiple levels of government, business and civil society, as part of the Bratislava city bid. It was here that they became aware of the need to raise the international profile of Slovakia, and that their fruitful cooperation was born.

Join them on 28 November in Bratislava to raise a glass of Slovak wine in honour of liberty and those who returned it to Slovakia 30 years ago!

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