Košice is second biggest city in Slovakia located in eastern Slovakia. The city has around 240 000 inhabitants. In 2008, Košice awarded the title „European Capital of Culture 2013”.
During the last centuries, the whole region was influenced by many different kingdoms, countries and cultural groups and still you can feel this multicultural spirit in the city, not only because of the huge Hungarian and Roma minorities or because of the three universities.
During the socialistic time, Kosice became a centre of steel industry, the population tripled within 3o years. The influence of the former socialistic times, especially in architecture and working infrastructure, still exists. In the last years, Kosice, located at the Schengen border, starts a huge transformation process and will become a important cultural hub between east and west in social, political and artistic terms.