Slovakia is seemingly not as culturally well known on the international scene as some of its neighbours, but it has a body of literature, cinema and music along with a wealth within architecture that is indeed worth exploring.
Irish writer Colum McCann wrote about a Slovakian gypsy in his novel Zoli and American Michael Genelin's main character in his novels is Jana Matinova–a Slovak police officer, who solves crimes not just in Slovakia, but also across the world. However, this country has also produced some of its own cultural figures such as the 19th century folklorist Pavol Dobsinsky as well as more contemporary writer Daniela Kapitanova.
Other more modern cultural personalities to hail from Slovakia is the talented filmmaker from Zilina, Martin Sulik and Academy Award-winning director Elmar Klos who won the prize in 1965 for his film The Shop on Main Street.
Slovakia has produced two excellent classical composers as well in the form of Jan Levoslav Bella and the neo-romantic Alexander Moyzes.