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It is Saturday, 25th of April and with 28°C outside it seems the summer has definitely come to Bratislava, Slovakia. The sun is shining and people are cheerful, roaming through the streets of the capital. Just a great lazy Saturday, all the outside cafés and terraces are full, everybody seems to be in a good mood and the town centre, for once, seems to be full of life.
It is a perfect day to visit the open air market Dobry Trh (Good Market) at Jakubovo Namestie square. This event is hosted by the civic association Punkt in cooperation with Slow Food Pressburg.
Punkt is non-profit organization founded in 2007 in order to support and promote the fields of design, architecture and visual arts. Besides the community project Dobry Trh, this association organizes variety of events in Bratislava such as PechaKucha Night (dynamic presentations of visual artists, designers or architects) or design festival Dizajnvíkend.
The local producers, craftsmen and artisans displaying their products at Dobry Trh all fulfil the criteria of the international Slow Food movement by working with respect towards their surroundings – environment, country, animals and other people.
Dobry Trh was inspired by the outdoor markets of London’s Camden or Portobello Road, as well as similar markets of Holland or Belgium.
The aim of the organizers is not only to stimulate local community, but also to promote tourism. The first ever Bratislava’s “Good Market” was held in 2011 on Panenska Street and welcomed over 3000 people on the one day. This year, there are already three different locations associated with the market – after the 25th of April at Jakubovo Namestie it will be held on 15th of September at Panenska Street and on the 19th of December at Stara Trznica (The Old Market).
The Saturday’s Dobry Trh indeed proved to be more than just a market. The full programme involved outdoor live concerts of local bands, two multicultural zones, where you could enjoy live cooking show, face and body painting, K-pop dance performance, kimono show, calligraphy workshops, the tea ritual, presentations of different martial arts and traditional Chinese exercises for body and mind.
The multicultural zones were shielded by the [fjúžn] Festival – Slovak festival of the new minorities, which aims at promoting global education and inducing of integration migrants and foreigners into Slovak society.
Non-profit organizations stage led a discussion about the year of European development; Slovak Red Cross a first aid workshop, and present were also representatives of local pro green and environmental organizations.
Besides the children’s zone with a playground the there were also plenty of workshops and activities for the kids including children’s theatre.
However my personal favourite was the “Instant Poetry Corner,” where three strapping young lads behind typewriters would compose poems for you in exchange for a symbolic donation. If being portrayed is more like your cup of tea, you could also have your portrait done by local artists – this time for a fixed price of €10.
And of course there was plenty of nice food to taste (both exotic and traditional Slovak), great choice of wines and beer, cider or ales, and lots and lots of little artisan products to please everyone’s heart. So if you are around Bratislava in September – do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the next Dobry Trh at Panenska Street.
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