FESTIVAL: FESTIVAL DEVÍN celebrates its 10th anniversary on the weekend of August 31, offering historical re-enactments, duels, fencing, historical and Oriental dance, period music, a flag show, a magician and more. Devín Castle, close to Bratislava, will host the two-day event, which starts at 9:30. Tickets cost €6-€8 for one day. More information can be found at www.festivaldevin.sk.
FOLKLORE/CRAFTS: The Dni Majstrov ÚĽUV / Craftsmen Days of ÚĽUV event promotes traditional Slovak crafts, folklore and music, and celebrates the merging of older traditions with modern culture. This year it will be enhanced with a parade of artisans, a designer zone, discussions with authors, a Master Craftsmen awards ceremony and events for children.
Starts: Aug 31 (20:00) - Sep 1 (10:00); Main Square, Hviezdoslavovo Square and other sites downtown. Admission: free. More info: www.uluv.sk.
OPERA: Natalia Ushakova, a Kazakhstan-born soprano now living in Austria, will perform arias by Donizetti, Verdi, Massenet and Meyerbeer, accompanied by Ferry Janoska Ensemble, in the picturesque amphitheatre.
Starts: Aug 29, 20:00; amphitheatre in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, Hauptstrasse 1a 2404, Petronell-Carnuntum. Admission: €44-€108. More info: www.eventim.sk.
Jazz: Vlado Vizár Jazz Quartet – The band consisting of Vizár (trombone), Janko Babič (drums), Andrej Šebo (double bass), Peter Jankech (piano) will offer a leisurely evening.
Starts: Aug 26, 20:00; Pub u Zeleného stromu, Obchodná 43. Admission: free. Tel: 0908/ 606-359; www.jazz.sk, www.uzelenehostromu.sk.
EXHIBITION/MUSEUM: Ako sa meral čas / How Time was Measured – This exhibition at the Slovak National Museum explores the phenomenon of time and how it was measured over the course of history, from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on present-day Slovakia.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 (9:00-17:00 outside high season); Historical Museum of the SNM at the Bratislava Castle. Admission: €2-€5, Tel: 02/2048-3110; www.snm.sk.
EXHIBITION: Faithful to Youth – The Centre Foundation for Contemporary Art supports young artists, this time Iva Durkáčová, Ján Skaličan and Ľuboš Kotlár, in an exhibition curated by Jana Hojstričová.
Open: daily 12:00-20:00 until Sep 8; Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Admission: free. Tel: 0902/550-737, 02/5441-3316; www.ncsu.sk.
HORSE RIDING/ CHARIOTEERING: FEI World Championship in Driving for Horse Pairs 2013 – This four-day event includes dressage, show jumping, a marathon and an awards ceremony. The renow-ned national stud-farm organises the World Championship, involving 76 riders and 228 horses from 23 countries.
Starts: Aug 28-Sep 1; race course Topoľčianky, Admission: €5 (one day) - €20 (all days). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.
EARLY MUSIC: Corna Musica – This unique project takes music spanning the 14th through the 17th centuries back to the castles and palaces from which it originated. Musicians, including organiser Juraj Korec, Nikolaj Nikitin, Nikola Ovčarovičová, Juraj Mitošinka and Ivan Čermák, will play period Slovak, Slavonic, religious and secular music on old instruments.
Starts: Aug 31, 18:00; Municipal Museum, M. R. Štefá-nika 8. More info: www. kamdomesta.sk, https://www.facebook.com/events/319640434838233/.
AIR FEST: SLOVAK International Air Fest – SIAF 2013 will be held on August 31 and September 1, featuring local and international air acrobats and unique planes, like the Russian Su-27 and Su-25, as well as the Spanish team Patrulla Águila, the Italian Pioneer team and more. The air show begins at 10:00 and lasts until 17:00 at the Sliač airport, which is accessible from Banská Bystrica and Zvolen via shuttle bus. Tickets cost €10 for one day. More info can be obtained at www.siaf.sk.
FESTIVAL OF HUMOUR: Kremnické gagy / Kremnica gags – This unique festival of humour attracts hundred of artists from across Europe to show their skills and compete for the Golden Gander award.
Starts: Aug 29–Sep 1; various sites in Kremnica. Admission: various, some for free (€13-€29 for one-day ticket). Tel: 045/6782-780; www. gagy.sk.
EXHIBITION: Medzi akadémiou a modernou / Bet-ween Academia and Modernism – This exhibition presents the work of 19th-century Slo-vak painters from the Bratislava-based Slovak National Gallery, now partially closed for reconstruction. It reflects the development of Slovak art between 1800 and 1918.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until Sep 29; Central-Slovak Gallery, Bethlen House, Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4701-615; www.ssgbb.sk.
Spišská Nová Ves
LIVE MUSIC: Desmod a Cigánski diabli – This intriguing combination of a popular rock band and a traditional Roma ensemble offers an innovative musical fusion in a romantic setting.
Starts: Aug 30, 20:00; Spiš Castle. Admission: €12 (in advance) – €15 (at the site). Tel: 0904/564-290; www. spisskyhrad.com.
RUN: Velvet Run – The non-competitive run for beginners and female runners of all ages takes place in Bratislava and Košice in September 2013, through 5-kilometre course.
Starts: Sep 1, 14:00; Lesopark Anička. Admission: €5 for runners, free for onlookers. More info: www. velvetrun.sk.
DANCE SHOW: Letná tanečná šou / Summer Dance Show – This event presents myriad styles of dance, including folklore, ballet, ballroom, Latin, contemporary, break dancing and hip-hop.
Starts: Sep 1, 16:00; Amphitheatre Rozhanovce. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Také je Slovensko objektívnom fotografov / This Is Slovakia through Photographers’ Lenses – Contemporary photographers Roman Benický, Šymon Kliman, Illah van Oijen, Martin Baláž. Boris Michalíček and Ján Kuchta exhibit their perception of this country, as curated by Roman Popelár.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 9:00-13:00 until Sep 15; Galéria Bašta, Hrnčiarska 7. Admission: €0.50. Tel: 055/6223-061; www.vsmuzeum.sk.
EXHIBITION: Prešov native Market Cina presents his graphic art and illustrations spanning several years for the first time in his hometown. The exhibition runs alongside a collection of icons and woodcarvings from the Šariš region, dating from the late Middle Ages through the mid 19th century.
Open: Tue-Fri, Sun 9:00-17:00 until Sep 15; Šariš Gallery, Hlavná 51. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 051/7725-423; www.sgpresov.sk.