After arriving to town, it is important to safely park your car. We recommend to use the car parks outside the centre – the festival is close to them and there is no reason to waste time searching for a parking space in the historical centre. The number of parking spaces in the squares and streets is limited, and many of them are reserved for the locals.
Two of the car parks are paid (one at the New Castle and one at Akademická street), the car park at Mládežnícka street is free all-year long. In the streets, parking is only paid from Monday till Saturday, 7:00 - 17:00 everyday. You can also pay via SMS: send the text BS (space) A1 to A 16 (space) followed by your license plate number – send this message to the number 2200.
Example: BS A5 BA123XY
Breaking the parking rules is punished by the vigilant local police – usually with a fine or even an immobilizing "slipper". Arrival to Banská Štiavnica with public transportation is detailed here
There is no public transportation in Banská Štiavnica. To move around, your best option is using your own legs, as the distance between the festival scenes is not too big. For longer distances (i.e. to your accommodation), you can use NON-STOP taxis. There are plenty of them and their rates are rather low. More about transportation and parking here.
FOOD AND DRINK
Banská Štiavnica offers several ways of quenching thirst and hunger. During your stay, you will surely find an adequate locale where you will feel satisfied. During the festival, when there are more visitors, we advise you not to rush too much, so that you don't miss your chosen programme. The cafés and restaurants offer a wide variety of foods and delicacies at fair prices. Many of them are open even after 22:00 (such as the local Stará škola) and a delivery of tasty food can be arranged even late at night.
Festival visitors with valid tickets will receive a 20% discount for pizza and 10% of the rest of the bill in a restaurant BLACK M at St. Trinity Square 2.
CENTRAL TICKET SHOP
The most comfortable way to buy tickets for your chosen programme or concert is online via the Internet – on the website https://amplion.interticket.sk. This pre-sale can be also accessed from your mobile device wherever you are, before or during the festival. Due to the limited capacity of the scenes, buying a ticket beforehand will make sure that you will have no problem getting to your chosen performance. In the main hall of the Cultural centre and the Cinema Akademik, the seats are numbered, so that every viewer will have a guaranteed seat. At other scenes and stages, the seating is free. Your tickets will be checked upon entry with a scanner of your barcode or QR code – this means you will need to either print your ticket out, or show the code of your ticket on your mobile phone.
On Thursday, September 27th 2018 (15:00 – 21:00) and then during the entire duration of the festival, there will be an almost non-stop CENTRAL TICKET SALE point, located in Banská Štiavnica at the side entrance to the Cultural centre (Akademická st.). Here, you will be able to buy printed tickets for all of the productions you are interested in without any waiting or risk. There will be no tickets sold directly at the scenes. We believe that this modern system of pre-sale will make your stay at our festival more comfortable.
All active journalists wishing to see and reflect the state of the current cabaret or street theatre to their audience are welcome to the festival. To recieve a festival pass, you need to not only send an application form (with your full name, mobile phone number, name of the medium and the publisher), but also to give information about the exact OUTPUT – that is, what kind of article, report, review or other form of content will be released after the festival by the accreditation applicant. The festival pass for the requested productions will be given only to those applicants who meet the conditions.
SHOES AND CLOTHES
Banská Štiavnica has specific local conditions - anywhere you have to go, you have to go downhill or uphill. And because most of the streets are paved with cobblestone, we advise you to bring light sports footwear. High heels or thin soles are only suitable for interiors. Since Banská Štiavnica is surrounded by forests and mountains, even in sunny weather, the temperatures or the weather itself may change rapidly, especially in the evening. Therefore, you should be prepared for these changes – you are advised to take warm and water-resistant clothes and/or a blanket.
The Festival Club is a place of informal meetings and chats between acquaintances, friends, artists, and viewers. It is situated in the well-known ART-Café on Akademická street and will be available virtually non-stop. During the festival, several small-scale performances, as well as a public discussion and performances for children and daily live music will be available. Exterior or interior, you will find a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt and familiar atmosphere.
There is plenty to see and experience in Banská Štiavnica. For a complete tour, one weekend is not enough. At the AMPLIFIER festival, there will be so many cultural and social opportunities, that you will have to visit the rest of Banská Štiavnica again, later. And once you have grown to love it, you will visit this magical town more often. Information for tourists is available in the information centre, Námestie sv. Trojice (The Holy Trinity Square), every day from 9:00 till 17:00. Alternatively, you can visit banskastiavnica.travel. Here you will even find a mobile app for smartphones to guide you through the town and the nearby area. In the right panel, you can also subscribe for the regular newsletter with a monthly programme of local and regional events, which are plentiful in Banská Štiavnica.
We wish you a positive experience and a lot of enjoyment at the AMPLIFIER Festival in Banská Štiavnica!