City Theatre




Theatre Divadlo z Pasáže is the first professional community theatre, which, as the first of its kind in Slovakia, started to work with intellectually disabled people. Moreover, at present, it is the first and only municipal theatre working with intellectually disabled actors in the Central and Eastern Europe. Through its activity, it interconnects the cultural, artistic and social field. During its existence, the theatre has won several awards, e.g. the European Citizen 2009 prize (as the first non-profit organization from Slovakia) awarded by the President of European Parliament, Hans Gert Pὄttering. The theatre was founded in Banská Bystrica in 1995 and in 2020, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

A spectator who is remembering with love ...

I must not be afraid, for I don’t believe in dragons.
I must not be afraid, yet still have the wings sprinkled with down… (Viera Dubačová – About Popolvár as you may not know him)
The theatre, Divadlo z Pasáže, an idea clothed in reality, walks up their hill and down dale. At its beginning, there was Popolvár, ready to fearlessly search for good and evil in people. His path was tiled with all the world’s stage, with the people creating this world and the dreams which were fulfilling him. Today, Popolvár is as grey as the feathers that sprinkle Mojmo’s wings and I have become a spectator who is remembering with love and hugging her actors in her mind.

Viera Dubačová – founder of the theatre

The Theatre with soul...

Art, culture, sports, nature… These are all small but essential fragments that make Banská Bystrica a whole. However, the most important are the people living in the town. Combining the right personalities can create something unique.
For example, the theatre Divadlo z Pasáže. It is an institution with heart and joy. Full of positive energy which does not remain only inside the theatre. It passes on to the audience and tries to find its own way. It spreads across the town and I am proud that it is particularly our town. If you have already been to the theatre, come again. If not, it is worth changing it.

Ján Nosko – mayor of Banská Bystrica