Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
CONCERT:
GERMAN-JAPANESE cellist Danjulo Ishizaka will play in the Slovak capital. On January 30 and 31 at 19:00, the acclaimed musician (laureate of the Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award and winner of ARD international music competition in 2001) will perform the works of Edward Elgar, William Walton and Richard Strauss, accompanied by the Slovak Philharmonic and conducted by Rastislav Štúr. Tickets for the concert in the Reduta, at E. Suchoňa Square 1, Bratislava, cost €10-13 and can be purchased through 02/2047 -5233 or www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Lou Reed Tribute – This concert pays tribute to the legendary musician who died last October. The performers include the Czech Velvet Underground Revival Band, who accompanied Reed and other Velvet Underground members live in the Czech Republic and France; as well as Slovak bands Kosa z Nosa and Med.
Starts: Feb 1, 20:00; Randal Club (Majestic Music Club), Karpatská 2. Admission: €10. More info: www.majestic.sk.

Bratislava
ART/LECTURE:
The Art and Nature of Medieval Europe - The Slovak National Gallery’s (SNG) Thursday Art Talk series is dedicated to English speakers and this edition presents different medieval artpieces from Musée du Cluny in Paris, led by the curator, Dušan Buran.
Starts: Jan 30, 17:00; Bratislava Castle. Admission: €3. More information: 02/2047 -6270; www.sng.sk.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Classical Modernism – Modern Classics – Zádory – Topalovic is a noteworthy Austrian-based duo playing violin and cello, which brings new ideas and creativity into contemporary classical music. In Bratislava they will perform works by Bartók, Johanna Doderer, Bohuslav Martinú, Friedrich Cerha, Daniele Corsi, Erwin Schulhof and Astor Piazzola.
Starts: Jan 30, 18:00; Austrian Cultural Forum (RKF), Astoria Palace -
Hodžovo Square 1/A. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Hochspannung! – This edition of the series that explores clubbing trends concentrates on house & techno with a strong emphasis on ‘oldschool’, offering Leon Vynehall (UK) and Route 8 (HU) with resident VJ Oliq.
Starts: Jan 31, 22:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €7. Tel: 0904/ 330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.

Bratislava
IRISH DANCE:
Warriors of Ireland – This musical/dance performance of three troupes - Irish Rose (a music group), Eire Dance Academy (a Košice-based dance company with a branch in Bratislava) and Connemara (a dance ensemble from Banská Bystrica) - celebrates traditional Irish culture.
Starts: Feb 1, 19:00; Divad-lo pod Kostolom, Tomášikova 8. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 0903/967-097; www. divadlopodkostolom.sk.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Nu:Classic – This two-day event is dedicated to modern classical music, with the first evening focusing on German composer and musician, Nils Frahm, who combines traditional instruments with electronic and sampled urban sounds. The second evening introduces US composer Rafael Anton Irisarri, who plays piano, laptop and electric guitar.
Starts: Jan 31 (Nils Frahm concert is aleady sold outň, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €10 (Irisarri), €25 (both concerts). Tel: 02/2090-1900; www. atelierbabylon.sk.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
This concert, organised in cooperation with the International Holland Music Session, offers Sean Chen on piano, performing the works of Beethoven, Bartók and Alexander Skryabin; and Irmina Trynkos on violin with Sander Sittig on piano, performing the works of Mozart, Schumann, Ignatz Waghalter and Ravel.
Starts: Jan 28, 19:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €10-15. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Mám Rada Farbu / I Like Colour – Polish painter Bernadetta Stepien works primarily with pastel and oil paintings and focuses on rich colours.
Open: Mon-Thurs 10:00–17:00, Fri 9:00–15:00 until Feb 7; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. Admission: free. Tel: 02 /5443-2030; www.polinst.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Psia Obrazová Šaráda / Dog Picture Charade – This exhibition features the pop-art work of Vladimár Králik, depicting dogs of various breeds. The works are also available for purchase.
Open: weekdays 10:00-17:00 until Feb 28; Art & Design Studio Magis, Pribylinská 4. Admission: free. Tel: 0904 370 870; www.magis.sk.

Bratislava
NITRA:
Dorota Sadovská – This representative selection of the work of Sadovská, a Slovak artist who studied at art academies in Bratislava and Dijon, shows her to be one of the most outstanding and provocative artists on the contemporary art scene with her combination of various techniques and themes. Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until April 27; Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.50-1.50. Tel: 037 / 6579-641; www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.

Central SLOVAKIA

Žilina
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Music of the EU States – The Slovak Sinfonietta, conducted by Dutch Gerard Oskamp with Bibiana Bieniková on clarinet, will perform works by Mozart, Weber and Jean Sibelius.
Starts: Jan 30, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €6-€10. Tel: 041/ 2451-111; www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Bystrica
PHYSICAL THEATRE:
3xA – This non-verbal theatrical piece about how to express oneself through modern dan-ce and physical movement is choreographed by Jaroslav Viňarský to the music of Matej Sigur Štesko and performed by members of the Theatre from the Passage.
Starts: Jan 28, 19:00, Zá-hrada centre of independent culture; SNP Square 16 (Be-niczkého Passage). Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.zahradacnk.sk.

Banská Bystrica
CHAIR-RIDING RACE:
Grand Prix BCF S1 – The 2nd year of the Slovak Championship in office chair riding on a 30-metre-long course takes part within the BCF S1 series. Richard Vrablec will host the event and Janette Fáberová’s dance group will perform.
Starts: Jan 31, 15:00; Euro-pa Shopping Centre, Na Tros-kách 25. Admission: free. Mo-re info: www.podujatia.sk.

Martin
LIVE MUSIC:
SlipTheBear – The band, featuring Erik Dimitrov on keyboards, Daniel Urban on bass, Ján Slezák on saxophone and Katarína Ščevlíková on vocals, plays an innovative mix of jazz, funk, pop, soul and folk.
Starts: Feb 1, 19:00; Sommelier Vinotéka, Stavbárska 16. Tel: 0908/822-050; sml.sk/o-vinoteke.

Banská Bystrica
EXHIBITION:
Comics, Manga & Co. – This exhibition features posters representing the culture of comics in Germany.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-12:00, 12:30-17:00 until Feb 21; Galéria v podkroví, Štátna vedecká knižnica / State Scientific Library, Lazovná 9. Admission: free. Tel: www.svkbb.eu.

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice
FESTIVAL:
THE SECOND winter edition of the gourmet festival Zimný Festival Jedla / Winter Food Festival, takes place at several venues simultaneously, offering a range of top restaurants of Slovakia’s all eight regions, including a ‘High Tatras route’ and a host of restaurants within a ‘Košice route’ on February 1 in Košice (e.g. Allegro; Hotel Bristol; Camelot steak restaurant; Dália Restaurant, Hotel Maratón; Reštaurácia a penzión Baránok; Villa Regia restaurant & pen-zion). There are vouchers to be bought and the menu combinations to be ordered in advance. There will also be special Gurman buses, enabling people to visit several restaurants in one weekend. More information about the events in Košice can be found at www.visitkosice.eu, and more general information about the whole festival in Slovakia – which lasts until February 16 – can be found at www.zimnyfestivaljedla.sk. Photo: Jana Liptáková

Košice
EXHIBITION/SCRAP RECYCLING:
The unique metal zoo, a collection of animal figures made from scrap metal, is on display in the shopping cen-tre. There are also accompanying events, mostly workshops on how to create artwork from common waste or to make cardboard furniture – on Wed-nesdays to Saturdays between 17:00 and 19:00.
Open: daily 9:00-21:00 until Feb 9; Aupark Shopping Centre, Námestie Oslobodi-teľov. Admission: free. More info: kosice.aupark.sk.

Košice
GUIDED TOUR:
Kaviarne a pohostinstvá / Cafés and Pubs – This thematic guided tour visits numerous local historical sites, like Európa, Impe-riál, Schalkház, and others.
Starts: Feb 1, 17:00 (in English); State Library (Hlavná 10). Admission: €1.75 in adva-nce (MiC in the Dargov Shopping Centre or Carrefour SC) - €2.99 (at the meeting point). Tel: 055/16-186; www. potulka.sk.

Košice
LIVE MUSIC:
Autumnist – This Slovak quintet led by Vlado Ďurajka plays contemporary electronic music mixed with pop and music resembling film scores to create a hypnotic sound.
Starts: Jan 30, 21:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.tabacka.sk.

Prešov
MUSEUM/EVENT:
Silvester so Zvonom Jána Krstiteľa / New Year’s Eve with the Bell of St John the Baptist – This bell is symbolically rung as part of a long-standing New Year’s tradition at midnight on the last night of January.
Starts: Jan 31, 23:00-01:00; Slovak Technical Museum, branch Solivar, Zborovská 2/A. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 0918/965-698; http://www.stm-ke.sk/index.php/en.