„Mestoláska“ (Citylove) is a series of public lectures prepared by Spolka in collaboration with cinema Kino Úsmev in Košice city. The talks thematize urban life and city planning through the topics of democracy, equality, transparency and conflict in a city.

The audience of the public lectures are primarily people, who are interested in the city, whether as professionals (architects, urbanists, developers, administration, politicians, students, economists, sociologists, activists, …) or simply as city-lovers. „Mestoláska“ aims to communicate important topics in a lightweight format, accessible to everyone.

September20: City X Planet

20.09.2020, 6pm, cinema Úsmev

Guest: sociologist Vojtěch Pecka
Debateurs: Carpathian Development Institute, Fridays for Future Košice
Moderator: Lýdia Grešáková

This event is part of an accompanying program to the exhibition: Košice ±40°C: Who, what and how will the extremes of climate affect the most?

June20: City X protection X recovery

22.06.2019, 7pm, cinema Úsmev

History breathes on us from every corner of the city.
Buildings, parks, paving. They are all part of our memory. But sometimes the history is hidden, forgotten and neglected - fallen plaster, the remains of an old facade, a statue hidden in overgrown bushes.

Recently, emotions about protecting the historical public park in front of cinema Úsmev, which has been using it, have been stirring up. Spolka's task is to create a common ground for constructive dialogue. Be part of it.

How can we find the right balance between revitalizing these spaces and protecting them?
When is the protection an obstacle and when an opportunity to develop a public space?
How can we encourage meaningful dialogue between public institutions and the citizens of the city?
How can we protect and revitalize our city together?

Lívia Gažová

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23.2.2020, 5pm, Valyo, város és a folyó (Budapest, Hungary)

Large developments vs UTOPIA in Kosice along Hornád river

In February, we brought you a discussion with a short film screening about the Never-never school, the river, the city and the relationship between them. How to create a better place for life and development in our city with respect? The discussion was open for all people interested in the city, whether simply as city-lovers or as professional architects, urbanists, developers, administration, politicians, students, economists, sociologists, activists, … 🌊

Never-never school, transdisciplinary international summer school on the topics of utopia, post-socialist contex and in-betweenness.
Filmmaker Poppy Illsley, whose work applies a fine art training, and narrative filmmaking techniques to create documentary and educational material, primarily covering scientific topics.
Gergely Kukucska, an architect and member of Valyo association, who loves to work with small scale interventions, activism and social connected topics.
..and Spolka+

The discussion and short film screening were followed by a book launch.

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Thanks to our partners: Visegrad Fund, Fond na podporu umenia, Spolka, Kino Úsmev, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Zahradnícká fakulta Mendelovy univerzity v Brně, Valyo - Város és Folyó Egyesület, Technická Univerzita v Košiciach, TU Berlin and Fachgebiet Städtebau und Siedlungswesen, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplannung TU Berlin

December19: City X history

15.12.2019, 7pm, cinema Úsmev


During the 20th century, urban planning was established as an important tool for spatial management of social development in Europe, but also on other continents. Urban planning has contributed to the emergence of a welfare state, strong economies and a balanced settlement structure. However, urban planning has also caused the suppression and destruction of some population groups, in addition to the destruction of natural and cultural resources. With the collapse of socialism in 1990 and the increasing importance of the EU, the 20th century ended with a multi-level approach to urban plans as regulatory and shaping tools.

During the Mestoláska in December, under the topic of history, we zoom in on UrbanHist - an interdisciplinary research and training program that seeks to develop a common understanding of the history of urban planning in the 20th century from a European perspective and overcome its national understanding. What topics does it bring for in relation to the city?

Professor Martin Pekár, historian, head of the Department of History at the FF UPJŠ and vice-rector of the University. He is the founder of the magazine Mesto a dejiny (City and history) and a member of major scientific societies in Slovakia and abroad. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Memory Institute. He leads the UrbanHist project, which was selected to support the Horizon 2020 scheme together with an international team of experts.

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October19: City X housing estates X fantasy

28.10.2019, 6 pm, cinema Úsmev

The topic of this lecture, focused on Czechoslovakia, is gloomy and hateful depictions of socialist collective housing in the so-called paper architecture around 1990. On drawings, magazine covers, and other paper documents, the housing estate is subjected to various forms of symbolic violence: blown up, turned into a wasteland, buried underground, exposed to inhuman monsters. Contrary to the argument that paper architecture represented a medium of emancipation against state socialism, this lecture argues that it was also a channel of upcoming neoliberal rationality — in architecture, housing policy and society as such.

Maroš Krivý

Local debateur:
Ivana Komanická

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NEVER-NEVER SCHOOL: Realities X Utopias

01.09.2019, 6 pm, cinema Úsmev

Still today, 30 years after the fall of the communist regime, we are living in a city that was imaged to materialize the socialist dream. As presented during the event, this never-finished utopia forms our daily life, and the present visions influenced by our new dreams – those of western neoliberal democratic society. What city do we imagine today and how do we shape it through telling stories, pictures, writing or publishing?

September’s “Citylove” brought into the discussion Romanian KAJET Journal and our local Ta Take Town from Prešov.

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Thanks to our partners: Visegrad Fund, Fond na podporu umenia, Spolka, Kino Úsmev, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Zahradnícká fakulta Mendelovy univerzity v Brně, Valyo - Város és Folyó Egyesület, Technická Univerzita v Košiciach, TU Berlin and Fachgebiet Städtebau und Siedlungswesen, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplannung TU Berlin

January19: City and war

28.01.2019, 7 pm, cinema Úsmev


Guest: Lynda Zein, an architect interested in collective memory and gentrification. She studied at the University of Edinburgh and the École Spéciale d’Architecture with the project “Homs: city of stories”. She teaches urbanism at the Archip school in Prague.

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November18: City and monument

03.11.2018, 6 pm, cinema Úsmev


This month's discussion focuses on memorials, monuments in the public space, their meaning, maintenance and political communication.

Guest: Anežka Bartlová, art critic and theorist, book editor > Manuál monumentu (2016).
Local debateur: Dorota Kenderová, director of the East Slovak Gallery in Košice.

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October18: City and control

07.10.2018, 6pm, cinema Úsmev

Mestoláska in October will have a closer look at different aspects of military urbanism. We will encounter topics such as control of public space, urban violence or the history of city as weapon.

Cities and towns all over the world are influenced considerably by military and security policy – they are the battleground of today’s urban world. Military infrastructure shaped and is still shaping our cities. Be it the militarization and surveillance of borders, the use of ‘security’ concerns to legitimize constant tracking, scanning and controlling of urban inhabitants with high-tech methods, the all-influencing discourse on ‘terrorism’ or heavily armored private security forces guarding gated communities – Military Urbanism permeates into the urban fabric and influences urban life around the world.

Guest: Andreas Brück, a researcher at Technical University of Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin) and visiting professor at FU Dessau.

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Mestoláska - summer edition18: Utopia and urbanism

05.08.2018, 6pm, KLUB

Reading session connected to the project of Never-never school.

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June18: Inclusive city X Segregated city

11.06.2018, 7 pm, cinema Úsmev


Guest: Martin Freund, poslanec Žít Brno (Brno, CZ)
Local debateur: Martin Jerguš, Útvar hlavného architekta mesta Košice
Moderator: Zuzana Reveszová,

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May18: Feminist city X Sexist city

13.05.2018, 7 pm, cinema Úsmev

Guest: Milota Sidorová, urbanist
Local debateur: Juliana Sokolová, poet and philosopher
Moderator: Lýdia Grešáková,

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April18: Industrial city X Creative city

09.04.2018, 7pm, cinema Úsmev

Guest: Ljubo Georgiev, architect, director of Sofproect (Sofia, BG)
Local debateur: Michal Hladký, Creative Industry Košice
Moderator: Zuzana Tabačková,

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March18: Democratic city X Totalitarian city

12.03.2018, 7pm, cinema Úsmev

Guest: Dominika Belanská, architect
Local debateur: Zuzana Tabačková,
Moderator: Zuzana Révészová,

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The project is supported by the Slovak Arts Council: a self-governing public institution guaranteeing support of art activities, culture and creative industry.