bratislava, 13. - 17. JUNE 2024

Experience the biggest Christian cultural-academic festival in the Central Europe

Immerse yourself into the vibrant intersection of philosophy, art, theology, social sciences, politics, and the most current social issues at Bratislava Hanus Days, the biggest Catholic festival in the Central Europe.

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about the festival

What is Hanus Days Festival?

Hanus Days is a unique urban cultural-academic festival in a beautiful city of Bratislava. Our aim is to combine faith with reason, to inspire the search for Truth, Goodness and Beauty, and also to show that Christianity "is not a memory of the past, but a very living and real reality." (Benedict XVI.) The festival is intended for both academics and a wider audience. You can look forward to several evenings of discussions and lectures in the fields of politics, theology, psychology or other social sciences. We have also prepared accompanying events (both spiritual and artistic).

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SPEAKERS

Meet the headliners of BHD 2024!

FEATURED EVENTS

What programme can you look forward to?

BHD Talks
14.6.2024
17:30

Democracy, Law and Human Person (How can democracy be saved?)

A lecture of the legendary professor of political and legal philosophy on how democracy can be saved in a polarised society.

Robert P. George

BHD Talks
14.6.2024
20:00

The Christian response to the secular state

A lecture by a prominent Dominican philosopher from Rome with the name of an Oratorian saint on the principles of Christian politics.

Philip-Neri Reese, O.P.

Politics
15.6.2024
17:30

Redefining marriage - Why not?

A lecture by a Princeton professor on the negative consequences of changing your understanding of marriage that will change everything you've ever thought about the subject.

Robert P. George

Society
15.6.2024
20:00

World-class Christian intellectuals on the future of Europe

Discussion of prominent Catholic intellectual figures on the dilemmas of today from the perspective of faith and reason.

Robert P. George, Philip-Neri Reese, O.P., David L. Dusenbury

Society
16.6.2024
17:30

On Christian education in a secular world

A lecture by a Spanish innovator on Christian education in a secularized society and the role of the school in it.

Alsonso Aguiló

Philosophy
16.6.2024
17:30

PLATO'S CAVE: With Robert P. George

In-depth Platonic dialogue with Professor George on his life's journey and search for wisdom

Robert P. George

Philosophy
16.6.2024
21:00

PLATO'S CAVE: With Philip-Neri Reese, O.P.

In-depth Platonic dialogue with the American Dominican philosopher on his life journey and search for God

Philip-Neri Reese, O.P.

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WHY ATTEND?

Good reasons to come to Hanus Days

Meet world-class speakers in a family-like atmosphere

Our aim is to bring you most prominent thinkers and the most pressing discussion into a gathering of friends, families and communities in a comfortable, intimate atmosphere.

Put your faith into practice

BHD offer a unique inspiration on how to live out one's faith actively and conscientiously in all spheres of life. Join us and discover how a Catholicism can enrich your professional, academic, and personal life.

Create new friendships in an inspiring company

The festival provides an exceptional opportunity to meet and get to know people with similar interests in understanding the world in depth. Connect with a community that shares an intellectual interest and passion for discussion.

Enrich your understanding of yourself and the world around you

Each lecture and discussion is your bridge to new perspectives on different aspects of human existence. Immerse yourself in a world of ideas where every conversation opens the door to a new understanding of self and one's place in the larger context of culture.

FESTIVAL THEME
portrét Ladislava Hanusa

On the occasion of the Year of Christian Culture in Slovakia, the theme of the festival is Christian culture. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Ladislav Hanus, who intellectually developed the concept of Christian culture in his philosophical works.

What is the meaning and importance of culture?

In that it helps us, or, in its absence, makes it difficult to become good people. The word culture, as it is known, comes from the Latin colere - to cultivate, to inhabit, to worship, and suggests that, as well as the soil, we need to care for the sphere of the human spirit and to create an environment of spirituality and values that is conducive to human growth (morality, education, culture).

What is the meaning and importance of Christian culture?

Christian culture adds a transcendent dimension to God's relationship with man and thus ennobles it. It preserves all that is good, true, and beautiful, while at the same time relating every value and goodness to the Creator. It enables man to see creation and life as a gift and thereby teaches him gratitude, generosity and responsibility for the stewardship of the world. At the same time, this does not prevent it from teaching us love of history, of tradition, of homeland, of language and culture. Aware of all the consequences of original sin, however, it also warns us against the illusiveness of hopes that politics cannot fulfil. In short, Christian culture protects us from current ideologies, prevents us from clinging too tightly and becoming too comfortable in this world, and reminds us of the deepest longings of our hearts that we forget: to seek something more than creation...God himself...

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portrét Ladislava Hanusa
FESTIVAL THEME

What is the theme of this year's festival?

On the occasion of the Year of Christian Culture in Slovakia, the theme of the festival is Christian culture. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Ladislav Hanus, who intellectually developed the concept of Christian culture in his philosophical works.

FESTIVAL THEME

What is the meaning and importance of culture?

In that it helps us, or, in its absence, makes it difficult to become good people. The word culture, as it is known, comes from the Latin colere - to cultivate, to inhabit, to worship, and suggests that, as well as the soil, we need to care for the sphere of the human spirit and to create an environment of spirituality and values that is conducive to human growth (morality, education, culture).

FESTIVAL THEME

What is the meaning and importance of Christian culture?

Christian culture adds a transcendent dimension to God's relationship with man and thus ennobles it. It preserves all that is good, true, and beautiful, while at the same time relating every value and goodness to the Creator. It enables man to see creation and life as a gift and thereby teaches him gratitude, generosity and responsibility for the stewardship of the world. At the same time, this does not prevent it from teaching us love of history, of tradition, of homeland, of language and culture. Aware of all the consequences of original sin, however, it also warns us against the illusiveness of hopes that politics cannot fulfil. In short, Christian culture protects us from current ideologies, prevents us from clinging too tightly and becoming too comfortable in this world, and reminds us of the deepest longings of our hearts that we forget: to seek something more than creation...God himself...

portrét Ladislava Hanusa
About the festival

Who was Ladislav Hanus?

"Man's rationality is most satisfied when one attends to the essence, laws, orders, attributes of being as such, that is, to philosophical thinking." Ladislav Hanus


Our Romano Guardini. We cannot imagine an urban academic festival bearing the name of anyone else. Ladislav Hanus was a Catholic philosopher, theologian, translator, interpreter of literary works, connoisseur of sacred art and founder of the philosophy of culture in Slovakia.

Ladislav Hanus was a Slovak Catholic priest who tried to raise the faith and cultural life of Slovaks. His desire was that priests and believers should not live their religion only in a habitual, thoughtless and comfortable way, but that spiritually and ideologically rooted they should be able to shape the life of the society.

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Pálffy palace

Zámocká 47
811 01 Bratislava
Slovakia

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Where will the festival be held?

We cordially invite you to the Bratislava Hanus Days festival, which will take place 13-17 June 2024 in the Pálffy Palace on Zámocká Street.

Pálffy palace is a national cultural monument from the middle of the 17th century. It will enchant you with its unmistakable atmosphere, fantastic acoustics and historical spaces, which are the remains of a part of the Pálffy family palace.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are the confirmed headliners for this year's BHD?

The headliners of this year's BHD will be Robert P. George, (McCormick professor of jurisprudence - Princeton University), Fr. Phillip-Neri Reese, O.P. (Pontifical University of St. Thomas - Angelicum), Dominik Duka (Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church)

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Do you provide discounts for students, disabled and seniors?

Yes, we offer a 30% discount to this group

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Will a recording of the lectures be available?

Yes, recordings of the event will be gradually published on our YouTube channel

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Who is organizing Hanus Days?

The organizer of the festival is the Ladislav Hanus Fellowship (SLH).

The vision of SLH is to be an inspiring community of competent and committed Christians who enrich culture, know and live their faith. Thanks to this, they are able to bring Christ into public life - politics, media, art and culture in Slovakia.That is why we consider our mission to be the intellectual and spiritual formation of young people and social engagement. We carry out this formation through formation and academic programs, which we have been implementing in Bratislava since 2002 and in Košice since 2015.

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