ECOC 2026 Partner Council

Big things need a lot of support. We thank all the partners who officially stood for the city of Trnava in the candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2026.

This exceptional project has shown the strength to connect the field of art with sports, educational institutions, the church and the private sector throughout the region already in its first phase. It is great that all three universities in the city and dozens of surrounding municipalities in the region expressed their official support to Trnava on the way to the title. It's a rare moment of connection. Here are the letters in which the partners officially sealed their participation.

Peter Bročka

Peter Bročka

Mayor of Trnava

For the sixth year, Peter Bročka has been leading the city of Trnava in a dynamic way. He is never afraid of new challenges.

"I perceive the candidacy of Trnava at the ECOC as a chance to move the culture in the city to a new level. We have a well-set project, a quality group of domestic and foreign consultants, a great team that, in addition to great ideas, did a lot of work. Without which this candidacy would not be possible. I am glad we are involved in the project and every day I'm more confident that we will put it together just fine. "

Support of the region and cities

Jozef Viskupič - Chairman of the Trnava self-governing region

Jozef Viskupič, has officially expressed his support for the mayor and the European Capital of Culture 2026 project.

The partnership with the county in the project is an important step, because it is the county that includes many important institutions that significantly create and shape culture in Trnava: the J. Palárik Theater, the J. Koniarek Gallery, the Juraj Fándly Library, the West Slovak Museum in Trnava and the Trnava Education Center.

Peter Jančovič - Mayor of Piešťany

The mayor of the spa town near Trnava wrote encouraging words in an official letter. Piešťany is a town where culture can be seen on every corner. From spring to autumn, the local amphitheater entertains both domestic and many foreign visitors. The annual Cinematik festival is also very popular. Summer festivals are an integral part of hot holidays. We are grateful for the support from such a strong player in the field of cultural development in Slovakia.

Peter Paška - Mayor of Galanta

The mayor of Galanta celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2020. The town of Galanta is growing under the leadership of Peter Paška and its inhabitants are enjoying newly started promising projects. The mayor of Galanta addressed Trnava with a lot of positive energy and support.

Personalities and organizations

Mária Čírová - singer

Slovak singer, talented pianist, skilful composer and mother of three children. In addition to the music world, she is intensively involved in charity and in 2011 became a UNICEF ambassador, thanks to which she traveled and helped in Cambodia.

Courtyard - a place of contemporary culture

A young cultural space in Trnava combining art, gastronomy and a quality multi-genre program is increasingly becoming a natural part of Trnava's life. In a beautiful architectural environment, you can find a very specific cultural zone of peace and unexpected encounters with friends. The Courtyard also includes modern coworking, a gallery, the Kubik community space and a student campus for talented university students.

Trnava Tourism

Tourism, excellent restaurants, monuments, or cultural events? With Trnava Tourism you will always find great tips right in Trnava and the surrounding area. The development of tourism is also one of the goals of the Trnava candidate project, so we perceive this partnership as very beneficial.

Church congregation of the Evangelical Church

Dear member of the ECOC 2026 Partner Council, Mgr. Radomir Vařák, who works as a church pastor in the Evangelical Church in Trnava.

Trnava Archdiocese

The Archbishopric of Trnava was founded in 1977. Since its first day, it has been helping the people around it. Today, the head of the Trnava archdiocese is Mons. Ján Orosh. This important function was given to him by Pope John Paul II himself.

Johns Manville

Johns Manville Slovakia is built on the more than 50-year tradition of its predecessor. From the very beginning, the company has been one of the largest employers in the region. The Trnava plant is one of the biggest plants of Johns Manville and employs about 1,000 people.

FC Spartak Trnava

Trnava's sports pride "Bíli Andeli" is an integral part of social life. No one will forget how Trnava was shaken in its very foundations in 2018 when FC Spartak Trnava became the Champion of Slovakia. FC Spartak Trnava is a strong shaping element for several generations, and its partnership participation in Trnava's candidacy is an important act.


The University of Trnava

One of the oldest universities in Slovakia and according to the international U-Multirank evaluation from 2020, currently the third best. Every year, it sends skillful students to the world who achieve great results on the labor market in the fields of pedagogy, law, philosophy, theology and healthcare.

University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava

The youngest university in the city, which is developing very dynamically and offers interesting study programs, modern laboratories and scientific and creative centers, whether for the study of mass media, natural and social sciences, philosophy, healthcare and management.

Faculty of Materials and Technology, STU

The 29 study fields of this prestigious faculty attract mainly the technically gifted student community. The Trnava Faculty is the place where the first university science park in Slovakia was established and is the most successful faculty in obtaining grant schemes.



The first inhabitants settled in the valley of the Jarčie stream already in the Bronze Age. They left behind some evidence. One of them is a slim ax, which they used at work. The first official mention of the village comes from the Zobor document from 1113. Today, Bojničky belongs to the cadastral territory of the town of Hlohovec. Sun-drenched vineyards annually welcome lovers of quality wine and good food. The regular sports tradition of Bojničky has been the Spring Run of the village for several years now.


Have you seen the Slovak Stonehenge? Visit Bučany and see for yourself. The Bučany roundel is an attractive monument that has confused the heads of archaeologists, historians and even paleo astrologists. In addition to a large circular building, "Venus of Bučany", a 6.5 cm tall statue of a woman was also found in place. Bučany is located not far from Trnava and every spring it is full of pickers of sweet strawberries, which are grown in large areas in the surrounding fields.


The village of Chtelnica lies a few kilometers from Trnava in the vicinity of the Little Carpathians. Visitors have the opportunity to choose interesting and little-known tourist destinations. History lovers will love to visit the local monuments. The Church of the Holy Trinity, the local manor house and the hunting lodge are often visited by foreign tourists.


It is 50 meters and 150 years old. Guess what it is? It grew up in the village of Cífer, in a local park and is the tallest protected tree in Slovakia. Mammoth sequoia has been an attraction of the village for several years. The village lies on the main route between Trnava and Bratislava. Thanks to the surrounding fields, it belongs to the villages with very developed agriculture. Cífer consists of two parts. The popular part of Pác will please especially enthusiasts of swimming pools, and the part of Jarná will delight farmers.

Dobrá Voda

The village of Dobrá Voda lies in the Dobrovodská basin surrounded by beech, oak and spruce. The mountains are full of caves with rare bats and several species of animals run on the meadows, from the smallest to the largest and more timid. The village lies in a tectonic line and has experienced earthquakes several times. Thanks to the ruins of caste Dobrá Voda, the village is a small tourist paradise. The increase in tourists every year is slightly higher than the previous year. The ruin is gradually reconstructed and gets its original castle lines. A pleasant walk up to the castle is suitable for all ages.

Dolné Orešany

Dolné Orešany is a reservation full of unique fauna and flora and belongs to areas with a high degree of protection. There is also a Celtic fortified settlement on Slepý vrch - hill, which is one of the oldest original settlements in the Danube region. There were various working tools, decorative buckles tools found. According to the evidence, settlement was forcibly devastated, but today it attracts tourists not only from the surroundings of Trnava.


The largest village in the Piešťany district is located on the right bank of the Váh river. The fields around the village are rich in crops. The village is connected with the nearby spa town of Piešťany by a road leading around Sĺňava, a popular water reservoir for athletes and fishermen alike. The surroundings of Drahoviec are full of lakes, which were created during the extraction of gravel. During the mining, archaeologists managed to find valuable historical discoveries. They found the tooth of the octopus Deinotheria and the tusk of a mammoth.


If history is your hobby, you should definitely visit the town located in the Danubian Lowland, the town of Sereď. There is a water castle and the remains of a manor house in the city park. Both of these monuments will hopefully be reconstructed in the near future and restored to their original charm and grandeur. The town of Sereď is also known for its sad history. During II. World War II, a labor camp was set up here, employing about 1,200 prisoners.


The village of Trstín got its name probably due to the fact that there used to be too much cane growing there. Today's Trstín is known mainly for its fresh bread and delicious chamomiles. In 1837, they had a pastor in the village, who tried to improve the morale of young girls, and so he invented a competition called "Pink Virgin". The winning girl had to have 4 qualities - hardworking, honest, proper and pretty. As a reward, she received 100 gold coins.


The village of Voderady is located by the Gidra stream. The region is one of the warmest and most agriculturally fertile areas in Slovakia. Research has confirmed that the oldest land was here before the arrival of the first farmers in the Stone Age. The oldest human footprints were found on the banks of the river Ronava. They are more than 7,000 years old. The most important landmark of Voderady is the park with a manor house, which, despite its not very attractive appearance, is a national culture monument.


The town of Vrbové belongs to the very old towns in our territory. Rich in fertile soils and vineyards, it was one of the important centers. The vast majority of locals were Jews. The city still has a well-preserved Jewish synagogue. A little further on, a tower grew, which, however, tilted due to weak foundations and heavy rains, and today it is 99 centimeters away from the ground plan. And do you know the most famous true gossip? The king of Madagascar, the traveler and adventurer Móric Beňovský was born in the town of Vrbové.


The village of Zeleneč is really very close to culture. Maybe it's because it's only 2.5 km from Trnava and maybe because Jozef Bednárik, famous theatre person, sat on the director's chair of a local theater group. Thanks to talented locals and a skilful director, the theater ensemble achieved one success after another, at home and abroad. Zeleneč is often visited because of its popular wine route and its legendary fair.

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