EXHIBITION: The centre for Folk Art Production, ÚĽUV, in its exhibition and shopping space in SNP Square 12 in downtown Bratislava, is featuring an exposition called ‘Spiš’. Spiš is an eastern-Slovak region, and the third to be presented by ÚĽUV (after Gemer and Liptov) for its folk clothing, handicrafts, local delicacies and more. All works of folk art stem from the ÚĽUV Museum’s collections. The exposition can be seen Mondays through Fridays between 10:30 and 18:00 until October 24. More information can be found at www.uluv.sk. Photo: Courtesy of ÚĽUV
LIVE MUSIC: Hugh Laurie, aka Dr House, will perform live in concert. Laurie, well known for his acting, has composed and recorded two albums, and has established himself as a full-fledged musician.
Starts: July 21, 20:00; Aegon Arena NTC, Príkopova 4. Admission: €39-€49. Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Medzinárodná Bratislava / International Bratislava – The series of concerts presenting foreign artists and performers this time brings the Berkshire Youth Orchestra from the UK, commemorating the start of the First World War, with works by British composer George Butterworth, who wrote during the war and died as young officer in the Battle of Somme. Other composers include Aram Khachaturian, Edward Elgar and Georges Bizet.
Starts: July 24, 19:00; concert studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free, but tickets must be procured via Ticketportal. Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: BeeFree – The 16th year of this dance festival will offer more than 150 DJs and three days of non-stop dance music and dancing.
Starts: July 25-27; Divoká Voda / Whitewater complex, Čunovo near Bratislava. Admission: free (including camping in tents, only parking is paid). More info: www.beefreee.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Koncerty na Nádvorí / Concerts in the Courtyard – Close Harmony Friends will sing a capella versions of rock, pop, jazz, swing and gospel songs in the courtyard of the Slovak Philharmonic.
Starts: July 26, 19:00; courtyard of Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Chrámové Koncerty / Church Concerts – On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Adoremus choir will perform with Hana Friedová (soprano) and Mária Budačová (organ), as conducted by Dušan Bill.
Starts: July 27, 19:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Hudba na Námestí / Music in the Square – On Friday, Miriam Kaiser and Band will perform electronic music with Schlossbärkueueler from Switzerland, and on Sunday, Austrian Donauwellenreiter will perform their brand of ethno and world music.
Starts: July 25, 27, 18:00; bower in the Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
BAZAAR: Bazár na Hrade / Bazaar at the Castle – An exchange of antiquities, artisan products and vintage designs will take place in an unusual venue, at the ancient Devín Castle. It will be organised only in good weather.
Starts: July 27, 10:00-16:00; Devín Castle. Admission: as for the tour of the castle, €4. More info: www.devin.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Joss Stone – For the first time, this British soul-jazz-r’n’b singer comes to Slovakia to perform her hits and compositions.
Starts: July 27, 20:00; Refinery Gallery, Vlčie Hrdlo 1. Admission: €39. Tel: 0918/666-633; www.refinerygallery.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Music Square Festival – The festival that brings classical music to the streets and churches of Bratislava this time offers the local chamber orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana, with guests: Emil Hasala on viola and Erik Hasala on bass, and students of the Bratislava Conservatory as well as winners of the Bohdan Warchal International Competition Talents for Europe 2013.
Starts: July 27, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
ROCK MUSIC: Dream Theater – The ‘Evening with Dream Theater’ will offer progressive rock with a live show under an open roof.
Starts: July 25, 19:00; Aegon Arena NTC, Príkopova 4. Admission: €45. Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
WORLD MUSIC: World Music pri Dóme / World Music at the Cathedral – The trio Fatal is a musical group of three women who play Argentinean tango.
Starts: July 22, 19:00; San Marten Bar and Restaurant, Panská 33. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cibula Fest – This festival of Czech and Slovak music, close to the border of these two countries, offers, apart from fun, competitions connected to its name (‘cibuľa’ means onion) and also alternative bands like Tři Sestry and Slobodná Európa, and mainstream artists like Inekafe, Chinaski, Polemic, No Name and more.
Starts: July 24-26; Holíč airport. Admission: €25 (for 3 days). Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
EXHIBITION: Slovensko – Krajina, v ktorej sa Dá Žiť/ Slovakia - A Country You Can Live In – This exhibition of two photographers, Olja Triaška-Stefanovič and Illah van Oijen, shows the stories of two artists who were born and partially raised in other countries (Stefanovič in Serbia, van Oijen in the Netherlands), but then decided to live in Slovakia.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until August 31; The Youth Gallery of the Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.35-€70. Tel: 037/6579-641-3; www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.
HIP-HOP: Outbreak Europe – This global hip-hop festival takes place in a single country outside the US, in Slovakia. Apart from the competitions, which bring for the fifth time dancers from more than 60 countries, performances of US MC legends, Lords of the Underground (at the after-party called The Legits Blast) and the Ukrainian ‘urban artist’ Mustang Wanted, are on offer.
Starts: July 25-27; various sites, (the after-party at Ministry of Fun) in Banská Bystrica. Admission: €17.27 for the after-party. More info: www.oubreakeurope.com; tickets at www.ticketportal.sk. Photo: Courtesy of Outbreak Europe
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Cisárska Vizitácia Baníctva / Imperial Visitation of Mining – The 250th anniversary of the visit to the city by sons of Empress Maria Theresa, King Joseph II and Prince Leopold has inspired a re-enactment of this historical event.
Starts: July 26, 18:00; SNP Square. Admission: free. More info:
JAZZ: Mikulášsky Jazzový Festival – The Mikuláš Jazz Festival offers, apart from Slovak performers Katarzia a Jej Frajeri, Jazzabel, Peter Lipa, Michal Motýľ Tentet (with CZ participation) and Oskar Rózsa Trio, also foreign and mixed groupings, like Chris Woods Groove & Stano Počaji (SK), Honest Talk (GER, PL, BG, LAT, TU), Sisa Fehér Quartet (SK, CZ, IT), Slawek Jaskulke Trio (PL) and Martin Chodúr Quintet (CZ).
Starst: July 25-27; 18:30 (on July 27, a free concert by Peter Lipa in Osloboditeľov Square starts at 16:30); courtyard of Čierny Orol, 1. Mája 28/196. Admission: €10 (one day) - €20 (all 3 days). Tel: 0903/197-350; www.mjf.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Les Rhinocéros, DJ Spanq in Stredávka – This US trio playing a merger of rock, world music, noise, ambient and jazz will be followed by DJ Spanq at an after-party.
Starts: July 23, 21:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €5. More info: www.tabacka.sk.
JAZZ: Within the Hevhetia music festival, Aga Derlak Trio (Agnieszka Derlak, piano; Tymon Trabczyński, bass; Bartosz Szablowski, drums) will perform Polish jazz, followed by Grzegorz Karnas (Grzegorz Karnas, vocals; Michał Tokaj, piano; Michał Jaros, double bass; Sebastian Frankiewicz, drums).
Starts: July 24, 20:00; Kasárne Kulturpark Barracks, Kukučínova 2. Admission: €8 (for both concerts). More info: www.hevhetia.sk; www.k13.sk.
MOTORCYCLE RACE/CAMP: Downhill & Enduro Bike Camp – The third year of Air DH and the second year of Enduro race, under the patronage of Slovak racer Filip Polc, is preceded by a Bike Camp, led also by Polc (on July 22-25).
Starts: July 26-27, 9:00; Ski Bachledova Dolina valley, 702 Ždiar. Admission: €29 (for the camp). More info: www.biker.sk.
ORIENTAL DANCE: Alimach – Fortis – The local Oriental dance ensemble Alimach presents this mysterious dance, as well as veil tricks and a fire show.
Starts: July 24, 20:00; St Egidius Square. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.