CONCERT: SINGER and pianist Jamie Cullum, one of Britain’s best-selling jazz musicians, comes to Slovakia for the first time. On June 19 at 20:00 in Aegon Aréna NTC in Príkopova 4, Bratislava, he will play his own compositions as well as outstanding cover versions and a lot of improvisations. Tickets cost €32-€99 (VIP) and can be purchased via 02/5293-3321, or www.ticketportal.sk. This show also serves as the intro to Bratislava / Banská Štiavnica City Beats music festival, which will take place in two cities this year, offering prominent artists like German band Jazzanova (with US singer Paul Randolph), Fink (UK), Lulu James (UK), John Newman (UK), Sísí Ey (ICE), Tamir Grinberg Trio (ISR), the band James (UK), Déja-vu (Cuba) and Slovak performers. More information can be found (in Slovak) at www.bacitybeats.sk, tickets again in Ticketportal.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Koncert pre Bratislavu / Concert for Bratislava – The opening week of the Cultural Summer/Castle Festivities Bratislava will bring a concert of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra of Bohdan Warchal, with Chamber orchestra ZOE and choirs performing the works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Mozart, Telemann, Britten and Josef Suk’s Meditation on the early Czech hymn St Venceslaus, played for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
Starts: June 20, 19:30; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: free. More info: www. citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Billy Idol – British rock icon will play with guitarist and long-time musical partner Steve Stevens. Their collaborations yielded numerous hits in the 1980s.
Starts: June 20, 19:30,
Aegon Aréna NTC, Príko– pova 4. Admission: €34 -€139. Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Ubránili Sme Sa! – We Managed to Defend Ourselves! – The 205th anniversary of the siege that nearly saw Emperor Napoleon conquer Bratislava will be celebrated with a re-enactment, including a period-style camp, a military training and the battle itself (at 17:30), complete with cannons (at 21:30).
Starts: June 22, 10:00; Park of Janko Kráľ, Tyršovo Embankment of the Danube River. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
THEATRE FESTIVAL: Istropolitana Project 2014 – The biannual international festival of theatre academies brings theatre performances, workshops, lectures and debates revolving around the genre.
Starts: June 19-25, various sites. Admission: various. More info: www. istropolitanaproject.sk.
MUSICAL EVENT: Noc Hudby / The Night of Music – This event brings concerts for children, a “musical circus”, contemporary classical music, French classics, jazz, and opera, as well as debates, lectures, educational progra-mmes for children and more.
Starts: June 20, 9:00-midnight; various sites, including cities outside Bratislava. More info: www.citylife.sk.
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Coronation Festival 2014 – The festival of re-enactments of coronations that took place in Bratislava will this year offer the coronation of Joseph I, who became Hungarian king at the age of 9, but died at 32.
Starts: June 21, 11:00 (16:00 coronation parade); Bratislava Castle - Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www. coronation.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Andrej Šeban Band – This event combines a concert by a Slovak band, an exhibition of contemporary art and, for those who buy a VIP ticket, a wine tasting in the wine-park-museum.
Satrts: June 19, 20:00; Zoya Museum-Elesko Wine Park, Partizánska 2275. Admission: €20-€59 (VIP). Tel: 02/5293-332; www.ticketportal.sk.
MODERN DANCE: Dolcissime Siréne – The Debris Company, inspired by Ottavio Rinuccini’s Intermedi sa la Pelegrina, set to music by Renaissance music representative Count Giovanni De Bardi, explores the theatrical expressions of Platonic philosophical ideals.
Starts: June 16, 20:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 02/5292- 4470; www.a4.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Quasars Ensemble – This Slovak band which plays mostly contemporary classical music opens the cycle of Summer Evenings in the Bjornson Courtyard of the Reduta building with works by Bohuslav Martinů, Alexander Moyzes, Georges Auric, Alfredo Casella and Alexandre Tansman, as conducted by Ivan Buffa.
Starts: June 28, 19:00; Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.
THEATRE IN ENGLISH: Ku-kucheers – The Bridgin’ Drama team has produced “another Slovak classic performed in English”, this time re-making a short story by Martin Kukučín into a comedy.
Starts: June 23, 20:00; Malá scéna STU theatre, Dostojevs-kého Rad 7. Admission: €6. More info: www.ticketportal.sk; www.thebridge.sk.
JAZZ: Ruggero Robin Trio – This band, consisting of Robin, Nicola Sorato and Eric Cisbani, plays “smooth jazz with a tinge of blues”.
Starts: Juen 17, 20:00; Praotec Music Bar, Panenská 27. Tel: 0949/762-505; firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL HOLIDAY: Independence Day Celebration – The American Chamber of Commerce organises the annual celebration of its national holiday with a host of events for both children and adults.
Starts: June 28, 17:00; Divoká Voda white-water complex, Čunovo. More info: www.amcham.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Nôze – This French electronic house band is known for its eccentric stage shows.
Starts: June 21, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €9. Tel: 02/5293-332; www.ticketportal.sk; www.nuspirit.sk.
FOREIGN CULTURE: DaS Fest – The second year of the mini-festival of Slovak-German culture brings events for children, culinary tastings, a ride in an electro-mobile and concerts.
Starts: June 21, 14:00; Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
ETHNIC FESTIVAL: East Meets West – This evening of klezmer (the traditional music of central-European Jews) features the Pressburger Klezmer Band and Kaschauer Klezmer Band, as well as special guest Karien Sarkisian from Armenia and traditional Jewish food.
Starts: June 20, 18:00, V-Club, SNP Square. Admission: €4- €7. More info: www.nocka.sk.
HISTORICAL GAMES: Rytiersky Tábor – Rytierske Súboje na Koňoch / Knights’ Camp - Knights’ Mounted Tournaments – In addition to re-enactments of knight tournaments, this event offers historical fencing, period dances and crafts.
Starts: June 29, 10:00; Devín Castle. More info: www.citylife.sk, www.bkis.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Chrámový Koncert / Church Concert – This concert brings the St Matthew’s Lutheran Church Chancel Choir (US), conducted by Jolene Webster, singing sacral music.
Starts: June 27, 19:00; Jesuit Church of the Holiest Saviour, Františkánske Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
FILM FESTIVAL: Art Film Fest – The biggest festival of feature films in Slovakia returns to its original venue, offering foreign films, premieres of Slovak films, concerts, discussions and meetings with guests including Claudia Cardinale and Oscar-winning Hungarian director István Szabó. Filmmakers Ivan Trojan (Czech) and Ondrej Šulaj (Slovak) will also be awarded.
Satrts: June 21-27; various sites. Admission: various. More info: www.artfilmfest.sk.
FILM FESTIVAL: Fest Anča – The International Festival of Animated Films brings hundreds of works, both Slovak and foreign, including Michel Gondry’s Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky.
Starts: June 18-22; various sites. Admission: €18 (for the whole festival, in advance) - €24 (at the site). More info: www.festanca.sk.
FESTIVAL: THE USE THE City Festival of street art returns to Košice, facing a new challenge after last year’s stint as the Euro-pean Capital of Culture 2013. This year it will offer the city’s streets to musicians, actors and dancers, graffiti artists, designers, and architects. Throughout the weekend seven streets in the centre will turn into an open-air gallery, a theatre stage, a concert hall and an architectural studio, offering ball free-styling, guerrilla gardening, hip-hop workshop, and more. More information can be found at www.usethecity.sk.
EXHIBITION: Boží Bojovníci – Po stopách Tajomných Hra-dov – Lord’s Warriors - Following the Mysterious Castles - The exhibition shows the history of the Hussite movement in Great Hungary, particularly the Battle of Grünwald in 1410.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-17:00, until July 31; Východosloven-ské múzeum / Eastern-Slovak Museum, Námestie Maratónu mieru 2. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 055/6220-309; www. vsmuzeum.sk.