Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Currently being exhibited in the Typo & Ars Gallery in the Bratislava suburb of Vajnory are the works of naïve painters of Slovak origin from the Serbian town of Kovačica. Curator Ján Hrk is the former head of the Gallery of Naïve Art in Kovačica and he has taken the work of 11 contemporary painters as the basis for this show. Until May 25, their paintings can be seen in the gallery, at Roľníkca 349, in the afternoons, although the gallery recommends that visitors call in advance on 0903/477-074 or 02/4371-1988. More information is available at www.typoars.sk.

Bratislava
DISCO/CLUBBING:
Trafoparkotéka – The popular May 1 celebration brings as its headliner this year DJ B-complex, accompanied by games in the form of Trafo hry, DJs from the Tlis student radio station and the Elam nightclub, plus DJ Stroon. The afterparty will move to Elam, where the admission fee will be a symbolic €1.
Starts: April 30, 15:00; car park in front of the Elam nightclub, Mlynská dolina. Admission: free (€1 for the afterparty). Tel: 02/6542-6304; www.elam.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Bratislava Brass Day – The ‘zero’ year of this event tries to introduce different forms of brass music, proving that it can also work in a dance club. This time, Les Gros Tube (from France), plus the Hugo Čáves Orchestra and Funny Fellows (both from Slovakia), will bring music that is more typical of New Orleans than Bratislava.
Starts: May 1, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €9. Tel: -0948/855-449; 02/5293-3321; www.nuspirit.sk, www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Carl Palmer Band – Within the Rock v múzeu / Rock in the Museum series, legendary British drummer Carl Palmer – plus guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bass player Simon Fitzpatrick, aka the Carl Palmer Band – will present his music as part of his 2012 Europe Spring Tour. Palmer rose to fame as part of supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Starts: May 2, 19:30; Múzeum obchodu, Linzbothova 16 (Podunajské Biskupice). Admission: €28. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
No Comment - Novinárska cena / Journalism Prize 2011 – This exhibition brings a selection of more than one hundred Slovak and Czech journalistic photographs and cartoons from the competition of the same name.
Open: daily 12:00-20:00 until May 31; Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Admission: free. Tel: 0902/550-737; www.novinarskacena.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Dizajn ako repa / Design as Beetroot – This exhibition, whose title alludes to the Slovak proverb ‘Slovák ako repa’, presents ‘recycled’ Slovak designs by Juraj Výboh.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until May 20; Satelit, Information node of the Slovak Design Centre, Dobrovičova 3. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-248; www.sdc.sk.

Dolná Krupá
JAZZ MUSIC:
Chris Byars Quartet – This US jazz band, led by Chris Byars (alto saxophone) and including Zaid Nasser (tenor saxophone), Ari Rolands (double bass) and Keith Balla (drums), plays music from its own repertoire as well as local folk pieces.
Starts: May 2, 18:00; mansion in Dolná Krupá. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 033/2453-130, 02/2046-9142; www.snm.sk.

Nitra
CIRCUS:
Aquatico – This unusual circus performance, involving more than 50,000 litres of water, promises to enthral both youngsters and adults.
Starts: April 30, 18:00; Nitra-Klokočina, near Billa. Admission: €10-€15. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.


Central SLOVAKIA

Kežmarok
LITHOGRAPHY WORKS:
Dana Mezricky, an Austrian painter with Czechoslovak roots, presents her lithography works in the Galéria u anjela / At the Angel Gallery, Starý trh 53 in Kežmarok, until May 17. Her lithographs combine female nude portraits with motifs of nature, thus creating a unique poetic message, divided into four seasons. The fragile artworks can be seen Tuesdays to Fridays 12:00-18:00 and on Saturdays 10:00-13:00; for more information please call 052/4522-153, or visit www.galeriauanjela.sk.

Zvolen
FOLKLORE:
Lúčnica môj život – This show by one of Slovakia’s leading professional folklore ensembles celebrates the 85th birthday of its co-founder, choreographer and former head Štefan Nosáľ, offering a retrospective of his (and Lúčnica’s) performances.
Starts: May 6, 15:30 and 19:00; H. G. Tajovského Theatre, Divadelná 3. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.lucnica.sk.

Banská Bystrica
DOG SHOW:
Celoštátna výstava psov / Slovak National Dog Show – This nationwide event will see numerous dogs of all breeds, from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries, as well as presentations of agility and dog training.
Starts: May 6, 9:00; Lido in Štiavničky, Švermova 45. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: -0905/753-633; www.canisbb.sk.

Banská Štiavnica
FLORISTS’ FESTIVAL:
Flora Magica – Top florists from Slovakia and the Czech Republic will show their skills at arranging and tying flowers. The resulting floral creations will be available to buy.
Starts: May 5, 18:00; cultural centre, Kammerhofská 1. Admission: €8.50 (in advance, from the town information centre) and €10 (on the door). Tel: 045/6949-653; www.banskastiavnica.sk.


Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Košická hudobná jar / Košice Musical Spring – The 57th year of this festival of classical music will last from May 3 to May 31, and involve 11 events, 3 trips and 2 theatre performances. It will be opened by a concert featuring works by Iľja Zeljenka, Ravel, Fauré and Debussy, conducted by Petr Vronský and with Ozgur Aydin on piano.
Starts: May 3, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €8-€12. Tel: 055/2453-119; www.sfk.sk.

Humenné
EXHIBITION:
Dimenzie Jozefa Kornucika / The Dimensions of Jozef Kornucik – An exhibition that originated in cooperation with the Tatranská galleria in Poprad, this offers a selection from the lifelong work of an original, multi-dimensional artist.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-15:00 until May 15; Vihorlatské múzeum, Námestie slobody 1. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 057/7752-240; www.muzeumhumenne.sk.