The Uprising Reggae Festival will – again – bring a concentrated selection of reggae to Bratislava on August 24 and 25. For fans and connoisseurs, organisers managed to secure performers like Anthony B, Asian Dub Foundation, Irie Revoltes, Max Romeo, Lee Scratch Perry, Delinquent Habits, Zion Train, Tarrus Riley, as well as Slovak musicians and bands like Polemic, Švihadlo, and many more. Tickets for the two-day festival cost €33 and can be obtained through www.ticketportal.sk, or through phone number 02/5293-3321. Photo: Courtesy of Uprising Reggae Festival
ROCK MUSIC: Rock v múzeu – The “Rock in the Museum” series brings, this time, the central-Slovakia based legend of blues, ZVA 12-28 Band (featuring Noro Červenák – guitar, vocals, Laco Červenák – bass, Stano Fakan – violin; and Peter Krško – drums).
Starts: Aug 20, 19:30; Múzeum obchodu / Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/4524-3167; 0905/337-326; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.
CLUBBING: Teleport na planétu 220 – The disco and music club is opening a new room – the Planet 220 – which will be dominated by black vinyl and music (nu sound, beat, electronica, hip-hop), offering DJs Mr. Guna (Vienna, Austria), and Slovaks Biomat, Karaoke Tundra, Siba, MtotheG, and more.
Starts: Aug 23, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €3. Tel: 0948/855-449; www.nuspirit.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Cuore Barocco – The stage performance of Coffee Cantata by Bach will be accompanied by servings of coffee.
Starts: Aug 23, 20:30; Centrum hudby (Music Centre), Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/5443-1681; www.staremesto.sk; (tickets www.ticketportal.sk).
LIVE MUSIC: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson – legendary UK band with famed Scottish singer, musician and composer will perform in the Slovak capital its latest album Thick As A Brick 2, as well as material from the first Thick As A Brick album. The band will consist of Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, guitar), John O’Hara (keyboard, accordion), David Goodier (double bass), Florian Opale (guitars) and Scott Hammond (drums, percussion).
Starts: Aug 25, 20:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €45. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
EXHIBITION: Mladý obal 2012 / Young Package 2012 – The international competition of young designers entered its 17th year, and the selection of best authors - who were supposed to design a package for tea – can be now seen in Bratislava.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Aug 26; Satelit, Dobrovičova 3. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-248; www.sdc.sk.
EXHIBITION: Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého – The Jindřich Chalupecký Prize – The prestigious artistic award was founded in 1990 as initiated by Václav Havel, poet and painter Jiří Kolář and painter Teodor Pištěk and is awarded to contemporary artists under the age of 35. Although the laureate will be picked only in autumn, the current exhibition in the Slovak National Gallery presents one of five finalists, Jiří Thýn.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until Aug 29; Letný pavilion, Summer Pavilion of the SNG, courtyard of the Water Barracks, Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Admission: free. More info: www.sng.sk.
EXHIBITION: Pripraviť sa, pozor, štart! / Ready, Set, Go! – The project, timed to coincide with the 30th Summer Olympics in London, represents a wide selection of works connected with this important global athletic event, and was curated by Omar Mirza, featuring authors from Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Guatemala.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until Sep 23; Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.50-1.50. Tel: 037/6579-641-3; www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.
MUSEUM: Pevní vo vernosti / Firm in Loyalty – This exhibition, co-organised by the St. Michael Archangel Foundation, Trenčín region, Trenčianske museum (Trenčín Museum) and the Military Historical Institute, has the subtitle History of the 71st “Tinker” Infantry Regiment.
Open: daily 9:00-16:00 until Aug 31; Trenčianske múzeum, Barbora Palace at the Trenčín Castle. Admission: €0.50-1. Tel: 032/7434-431; www.muzeumtn.sk.
FESTIVAL OF HUMOUR: Kremnické gagy – Kremnica gags is a renowned international comedy festival. This year, its 32nd, will feature the Zlatý gunár (Golden Gander) and Trafená hus (Struck Goose) competitions, offering local (Túlavé divadlo, Astorka, Divadlo Andreja Bagara, Radošinské naivné divadlo) as well as international (Marco Carolei- IT, Juicy Lucy – FR/IS, Hillary Chaplain – US) performers. The programme includes an exhibition of cartoons, literary shows, and more.
Starts: Aug 24 – 26; various venues in Kremnica. Admission: various, some events are for free. More info: www.gagy.sk.
FESTIVAL OF MUSICALS: The 5th year of the festival specialising in musicals will host, apart from a competition for young talents, an overview of current musical production in Slovakia, e.g. songs from Hesus Christ Superstar, Notre Dame, and other works.
Starts: Aug 24 – 25; terrace, Brusno Spa. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www.citylife.sk.
EXHIBITION: Richard Loskot – Druhý pohľad / Second Glance – The +- 0,0 gallery exhibits the site-specific installation by young Czech artist Richard Loskot who uses different, progressive techniques.
Open: Tue-Fri 15:00-18:00 until Sep 7; Plusmínus Gallery, Mydlárska 1. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/365-149; firstname.lastname@example.org.
FESTIVAL:The new film festival “Eastsider” in Prešov will offer movies – divided into four sections - symbolising the four cardinal directions: Poland for the north, Slovakia symbolising the west, and Hungary representing the south. The fourth section is focused on students’ works. The festival will take place between August 23 and 26 in various venues. The screenings will be combined with concerts and discos on Aug 24 and 25 in the Bizarre Club and the Wave Club, featuring bands and singers such as Plastic Swans, The Cubes, Chiki Liki Tu-a, Pjoni & Ink Midget, and Dj DeadJanitor. Some events are free. More information can be found at: www.vresk.sk. Photo: TASR
FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: 39. Gemerský folklórny festival Rejdová 2012 / 39th Gemer Folklore Festival Rejdová 2012 – The biggest and oldest folklore festival in the historical Gemer region offers folklore music, dances, traditional crafts, meals, agricultural activities, and more.
Starts: Aug 24 – 25, 10:00-22:00; amphitheatre and various sites in Rejdová. Admission: various. Tel: 058/7324-258; Gemerské osvetové stredisko, www.gos.sk.
ART FESTIVAL: Andy Warhol v uliciach Košíc – Andy Warhol in the Streets of Košice – World-famous king of pop-art, born on August 6, 1928 in the USA to parents from Miková (eastern Slovakia) will influence cultural and social activities in the city of Košice throughout the month of August, from big-sized high-heel shoes in Warhol-style, through fashion shows and various parties, to “Andy’s menu” to be offered by some restaurants.
Starts: throughout August; various sites. Admission: various. More info: www.visitkosice.eu/en.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: 10. Humenské organové dni Štefana Thomána – The 10th Humenné Organ Days of Štefan Thomán – The summer festival of organ music offers, this week, Italian master Massimo Nosetti. (Next week, US organ player David Di Fiore will play). Thomán was a piano virtuoso, a favourite student of Franz Liszt, and a Humenné native.
Starts: Aug 22 (Sep 9), 19:00; kostol Všechsvätých /All Saints Church, Brestovská 1. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.mskshe.sk.
Starý Smokovec/Tatranská Lomnica
VINTAGE CARS: Tatranská promenáda / Tatra Promenade – A parade of vintage cars as part of the 29th year of the international competition Oldtimer Rallye Tatry 2012 will focus on a number of these sophisticated vehicles. In early evening, the Funny Fellows band performing swing music and popular music from the 1920s-1940 will complete the period atmosphere.
Starts: Aug 25, 15:00-16:30 (car parade, parking lot in front of Grandhotel in Starý Smokovec); 18:30 (concert; bower in the park in Tatranská Lomnica). Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: Gero Jazz Quartet – The jazz grouping (Juraj Gergely – drums, Gyorgy Mészáros – guitar, Ladislav Mészáros - double bass, keyboard, vocals, and Aladár Birner – piano) will play works of Bart Howard, Joseph Kosma, and Miles Davis.
Starts: Aug 24, 19:30; spoločenská sála (lobby) of the Astória Hotel. Admission: €1.50. Tel: 054/4774-000; www.kamdomesta.sk.
Spišská Nová Ves
EXHIBITION: Oksana Arakčeva – Pozdrav z Minska – A Greeting from Minsk – The summer exhibition in the Education centre in Spišská Nová Ves presents the fragile, dreamy works of the Belorussian artist, portraits of famous personalities, and also her graphic works published in books.
Open: workdays 10:00-16:00; Spišské osvetové stredisko, Zimná 47. Admission: free. Tel: 053/4425-250; www.osvetasnv.sk.