CONCERT:The Rock v múzeu / Rock in the Museum series brings US musicians Stevie Salas (guitar) and Bernard Fowler (vocals) playing heavy funk-rock together for a concert on June 4 at 19:30 in the Múzeum obchodu / Museum of Trade, Linzbotova 16 in Podunajské Biskupice, Bratislava. Tickets cost €22, and more information can be found at www.muzeumobchoduba.sk, or by calling 02/4524-3167.
JAZZ MUSIC: Harry Sokal proudly presents Depart – This band, consisting of Austrian Harry Sokal (saxophone), Swiss Heiri Känzig (bass) and Slovak Martin Valihora (drums), plays a mixture of Alpine folk, New York grooves and saxophone hymns.
Starts: July 4, 20:00; Music Gallery U Dežmára, Klariská 1. Admission: €5. Tel: 0949/762-505; www.musicgallery.sk.
OPERA GALA: Operný galavečer / Opera gala evening – Artists from Russia Marina Miran (soprano) and Xenia Bavikina (piano) present a selection of operatic arias.
Starts: July 6, 18:00; Centrum Hudby (Music Centre), Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 02/5443-0615; www.staremesto.sk.
JAZZ WORKSHOP: Jazzová dielňa – The summer jazz workshop 2012 organised by the Slovak Jazz Company and Bratislava Conservatory offers music lecturers and teachers David Dorúžka (Czech, on guitar), Gábor Winland (Hungary, vocals), Štefan Bugala (Slovak, drums), Milo Suchomel (Slovak, on sax), Artur Dutkiewicz (Poland, on piano), Josef Feco (Czech, on bass) to anybody who wants to try jazz music.
Starts: July 2-6; conservatory, Tolstého 1. Admission: €80. More info: email@example.com.
CHOIR FESTIVAL: Medzinárodný mládežnícky festival speváckych zborov / International Youth Festival of Choirs brings to the capital choirs and ensembles from many countries, including Moldova, Croatia, Spain, Belgium, Canada, South Africa and Australia.
Starts: July 6-9; the July 7 performance will take place outdoors, at the arbour in Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info: www.staremesto.sk, www.choral-music.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: The Wings of Dixie - The concert Eurovea Galleria brought by the US Embassy to Slovakia enhances the cultural summer in dixie music and popular hits like Bourbon Street Parade, South Rampart Street Parade, as well as blues piece - St. James Infirmary or Basin Street Blues. Trumpet: SrA Ken Jones; clarinet: MSgt Joshua Gates; banjo: SSgt Time Rogers; trombone: SSgt Saundra Sininger; vocals: SSgt Kevin Keenom; sousaphone: SSgt Meredith Healy; drums: SMSgt Clarence Carpenter.
Starts: July 2, 17:00; Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info: http://www.usembassy.sk/arc/calendar.
FOREGIN LANGUAGES/TALKS: The Language Café - Jazyková kaviareň - Every first Wednesday in a month, the Language Café offers discussions and talks in several foreign languages, initiated by foreign cultural centres and embassies.
Starts: July 4, 17:30-19:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 4. Admission: free. More info: www.kcdunaj.sk.
FESTIVAL OF STATUES: Socha a objekt XVII. / Sculpture and Object – The 17th year of this art festival offers many exhibitions in a host of galleries, churches, foreign cultural institutes, and the University Library, with big-format statues in Hviezdoslavovo Square and at Devín Castle.
Open: various times and venues, until August 24. Admission: varies. More info: www.bkis.sk, www.galeria-z.sk.
VISUAL ART PRIZE: Cena Oskára Čepana 2011 – The Oskár Čepan Prize is an annual competition of visual artists and, though founded in 1996 by Wendy W. Luers of the US Foundation for a Civil Society, has since 2001 borne the name of Slovak art theoretician Oskár Čepan. The 2011 laureate Tomáš Rafa exhibits his Respect Existence or Expect Resistance! selection from his recent New Nationalism project.
Open: Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00, Thu 12:00-20:00, until July 24; Slovak National Gallery, Water Barracks, Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Admission: €1.30-€3.50. More info: www.ncsu.sk, www.sng.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Piešťanský festival – The 57th year of the summer festival of classical music will bring many guests and events to this spa town. On July 4, the folklore ensemble SĽUK will present Tanec medzi črepinami and, on July 6, the Thai Symphony Orchestra will perform a series of classical masterpieces.
Starts: various dates until July 19; House of Art, Nábrežie Ivana Krasku 1. Admission: varies. Tel: 033/7625-273; www.pic.piestany.sk.
LIVE MUSIC IN MUSEUM: Gemini na hrade - Gemini at the Castle - The Trnava-based music band Gemini will play old Irish, Celtic and Native American melodies, as well as performing Spanish dances, in the Knights' Hall / Rytierska sála of the castle that lies over Častá, a municipality not far from the capital. Gemini play classical guitar, flutes, violin, piano and percussions.
Starts: July 7, 19:00; Knights' Hall / Rytierska sála of the Červený Kameň Castle. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 0903 750 031; www.hradcervenykamen.sk / www.snm.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Bažant Pohoda 2012 – Pohoda, one of Slovakia’s largest summer music festivals, this year brings together almost 200 musicians and musical ensembles including Elbow, Kasabian, Lou Reed, Public Enemy, JuJu, Zapaska, White Lies, and others, as well as a host of Czech and Slovak artists.
Starts: July 5-7, Trenčín Airport. Admission: €85-€99 (for 3 days). More info: www.pohodafestival.sk, www.ticketportal.sk.
FOLKLORE/TRADITIONS: Dni veselosti / The Days of Merriment – Within the Pohronie Region Folklore Feasts, local ensembles will offer folk music, singing, dance, exhibition, drama and a fashion show of Stredné pohorie folk costumes.
Starts: July 7 and 8; local amphitheatre. Admission: €2.50 for Sunday in amphitheatre. Tel: 0908/962-514; www.uprostred.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Festival Bachovej hudby - The Festival of Bach's Music - Starting on Monday and culminating on Saturday, the festival of music by Johann Sebastian Bach offers prevailingly his organ music, but also classical guitar and pieces for ensembles.
Starts: July 2-7 and 8; local churches. Admission: €1.50-€2 (for one concert); €9-€12 (for the whole festival). Tel: 0911 149 961; www.bachtribute.com.
EXHIBITION: Sovy - ryby - trávy / Owls - Fish - Grasses – Sculptor, medal-maker, painter and graphic artist Milan Lukáč will present an overview of his life’s work.
Open: Tue-Sun 8:30-12:00, 13:00-17:30 until July 29; Museum of Coins and Medals. Admission: €1.34-€2.69. Tel: 045/6742-696; www.muzeumkremnica.sk.
CONCERT:The spa town of Bardejov is organising its 58th International Musical Summer, bringing 11 performances featuring everything from classical, through pop to jazz music. On July 3, at 19:30, The Illusions Trio (Andrej Karlík on guitar, Jozef Cingeľ on bass, and Michal Fedor on drums) will play a fusion of jazz and rock music. Tickets cost €1.50 and can be bought on the door. More information can be found at www.kamdomesta.sk or by calling 054/4774-000.
JEWISH TOUR: Židovské Košice / Jewish Košice – The series of celebrated guided tours of eastern Slovakia’s biggest city gets a new route. This one will visit 3 former synagogues, including a tour of one, while also dropping by a Jewish school, a Jewish restaurant, the B’nai Brit lodge, and more.
Starts: July 7, 16:30 (English version); in front of Scientific Library (Vedecká knižnica), Hlavná 10. Admission: €1.50 (in advance, at MiC in Dargov shopping centre) or €2.99 (at the meeting point). Tel: 055/16-186; www.potulka.sk.
SUMMER FESTIVAL: Leto na terase / Summer on the Terrace – This summer outdoor festival presents different events, from outdoor cinema to workshops. This weekend Slackline rope walking will be subject of the lesson.
Starts: July 8, 15:00; Átrium klub, Zuzkin park. Admission: free. More info: www.kosicezapad.sk.
STREET ART: Street Art of the Club - Stickers Jam – This street-art event will put together selected artists from Humenné, Prešov, Medzilaborce and Žilina who will make stickers from wallpaper and coloured plastic wraps.
Starts: July 7, 14:00; The Club, Štefánikova 27. Admission: €1. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.