CONCERT: KEBY všetky bandy sveta / If All the Bands in the World – This concert, part of a series of world and ethno music concerts in which the Bratislava-based group Banda invites guests to join in, presents Slovak Balkansambel, a “multiplex music formation that has decided to throw down the gauntlet of all the unequal rhythms and manners of Balkan folk music”. It takes place on May 30 at 19:00 in the Klub za Zrkadlom (Rovniankova 3) in Bratislava. Tickets cost €8; more information can be obtained at www.kzp.sk or by calling 02/6381-1328.
LIVE MUSIC: Theophilus London – The American “alternative rapper” makes something that could be called urban music, merging rap, hip-hop, soul, electronic music, post-punk and more. The Trinidad-born musician now lives in Brooklyn and the pieces he will play come mostly from his album Timez Are Weird These Days.
Starts: June 2, 21:00;
Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €18. Tel: 0948/ 855-449; 02/5293-3321; www. nuspirit.sk, www. ticketportal.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hudba a obrazy HO – This concert from a joint cycle by the Slovak Philharmonic and the Slovak National Gallery brings a lecture on Partitúry / Scores of Monogramist T.D. by curator Alexandra Tamásová, in Slovak followed by a concert by the Moyzes Quartet (S. Mucha, F. Török, A. Lakatoš, J. Slávik, V. Prokešová and P. Mucha), performing works by Dvořák and Brahms.
Starts: May 29, 19:00; Small Hall of the Reduta, Medená 3. Admission:
€7. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www. filharmonia.sk, www.sng.sk.
LECTURE: A series of lectures by participants in the intellectual exchange programme of the Japan Foundation 2011-2012 focuses on labour market performance in the CIS, the civic sector in Japan and Slovakia in the context of population shrinkage, and other issues. All the lectures are in English.
Starts: May 29, 10:00- 13:00; Small Congress Hall of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), Štefánikova 3. Admission: free. More info: 02/5980-0100; www.sk.emb-japan.go.jp/event_fellowship2012.html.
JAZZ MUSIC: E.ON Jazz Night Vol. 4 – This jazz evening brings nu-jazz, funky, groove and bossa nova, as performed by Lucia Lužinská and Boris Čellár, Mop Mop, and Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra, followed by DJane Lady Smiles.
Starts: June 1, 19:00; Design Factory, Bottova 2. Admission: €16 (in advance) -€22 (on the door). Tel: 02/ 5020-1717; www.designfactory.sk, (tickets www.eventim.sk).
MODERN DANCE: Večer moderného tanca / Evening of Modern Dance – the modern dance group Bralen (the oldest modern dance ensemble in Slovakia, active now for 37 years) presents its programme, together with guests TD Maximvs from Brno and the Bratislava Dance Conservatory of Eva Jacz.
Starts: June 3, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/6829- 9217; www.kzp.sk.
CONCERT:AFTER a successful start in Trnava last year, the Noc kostolov / Night of Churches event will open the doors of churches to people who do not visit them regularly, offering guided tours, discussions, lectures, concerts and more. This year’s event takes place in 12 churches in Trnava, 33 across Trnava Region, plus about 120 others throughout Slovakia. The event, coordinated by Archbishop of Trnava Róbert Bezák, takes place on June 1 from 18:00 till midnight. More information (in Slovak) is available at www.nockostolov.sk.
CHILDREN’S DAY: International Children’s Day – The programme on this special day includes a disco by DJ Bobot, the Isis Bellydance chil- dren’s Oriental dance group, African dances and drums, hard-rock band Broken Rain, displays by the Slovak Red Cross and Banská Bystrica Mountain Rescue Service, the Pretórium train, theatre pieces for children, and more.
Starts: June 1, 14:00; SNP Square and Town Hall courtyard (in case of bad weather, the programme will take place inside the Town Hall). Admission: free. More info: www.pkobb.sk.
CITY FEAST: VIII. Sta-romestské slávnosti / The 8th Old-Town Feast – Three days of city celebrations in Marián-ske Square and A. Hlinku Square include performances by folklore ensembles, Fats Jazz Band, Pressburger Klezmer Band, Pacora Trio, Slobodná Európa, Vidiek, Martin Bies & Flamenco Clan and Tublatanka, plus ecumenical prayers and performances by students of local musical and artistic schools.
Starts: May 31-June 2;
the two squares. Admission: free. More info: www. kamdomesta.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Vladimír Mišík & ETC… – The Czech rock musician has Czech-US mandolin player Radim Zenkl as a guest and, as well as tried-and-true pieces like Večernice (Evening Star), will perform tunes from his latest album, Ztracený podzim (Lost Autumn).
Starts: May 28, 19:00; Scala Cinema, Masarykova 7. Admission: €10. Tel: 051/7732- 294; www.pkopresov.sk.
MUSEUM: Leonardo da Vinci geniálny vynálezca / Leonardo da Vinci, Brilliant Inventor – This exhibition presents 66 inventions by the Renaissance genius – 44 of them functional – and aims to explain to visitors the full importance of this visionary.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00, Sun 12:00-17:00 until Oct 31; Slovak Technical Museum, Hlavná 88. Admission: €1.50-€3. Tel: 055/6224- 035; www.stm-ke.sk.