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Bratislava Hanus Days (BHD) is a unique academic city festival presenting a critical view at current Christian culture. It offers an intellectual experience to the public, especially younger generation.

The week-long festival was supposed to take place from 17. – 24. 2020, but given the current situation it has been postponed to September. Despite the demanding circumstances though, we do not want to neglect our mission of shaping, educating, discussing and spreading Christian culture. That is why we accepted this period as a challenge and we come up with a new format of BHD ONLINE.

What is BHD ONLINE?

A weekend full of discussions, lectures and other events, to attend which we do not need to cover distances. We are bringing the most appealing speakers, both Slovak and foreign ones, in an online format of good quality.

In crisis times, more than ever, the society is more perceptive to Gospel-inspired questions and answers that otherwise tend to be pushed aside. That is the reason why in this time we do not want to stop inspiring Christians to a more

open, profound and courageous way of living out their faith.

Photo of Ladislav Hanus

Who was Ladislav Hanus?

He was a Catholic priest trying to raise the faith and cultural life in Slovakia. He desired for the priests and believers not to live their religion just out of habit, mindlessly and comfortably, but to be able to shape the community life spiritually and ideologically.

“Man embraces his soundness fully when devoted to essence, laws, orders, attributes of existence as such and thus to philosophical thinking.” Ladislav Hanus

We cannot imagine our academic city festival bearing a name of anybody else. Ladislav Hanus was a Catholic philosopher, theologist, translator, literary pieces interpreter, sacral art expert and a founder of philosophy of culture in Slovakia.

It is our “Romano Guardini”.

Photo of SLH fellowship

Who is behind BHD ONLINE?

The festival is organised by Ladislav Hanus Fellowship (Spoločenstvo Ladislava Hanusa - SLH).

SLH´s vision is to be a creative community of competent and involved Christians, who know their faith well and who live it out. That enables them to bring Jesus Christ to Slovak public life – to politics, media, art and culture.

That is why we consider our mission to be the intellectual and spiritual formation of the young and their social involvement. The formation is carried out via academic programmes, this year is the 17th in Bratislava and the 5th in Košice. We also seek to engage publicly through the festival Bratislava Hanus Days, which takes place in both Bratislava and Košice again and this year exceptionally in an online version as well. The festival and the academic programmes are not the only activities we do, there are many more, such as numerous public discussions, lectures, publication activity, media outputs, petition organisation, public gatherings, pro-life citizen activities, initiatives as Zastavme hazard, Pamätaj, Za slušné Slovensko and others.

SLH gave rise to approximately 15 other projects and organisations involved in the field of Christian culture. They are for example Anton Neuwirth Collegium (Kolégium Antona Neuwirtha), Human Rights and Family Policy Institute, St. Egidio community and Zastolom.sk portal.