FESTIVAL: THE FIRST concert of the Katedrálny Organový festival / Cathedral Organ Festival presents the titular organist from the famous Notre Dame church in Paris, Olivier Latry; on July 31 he will play at 19:00 in St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava on the organ made by Gerald Woehl. Works of Nicolas de Grigny, Jehan Alain, Jean-Louis Florentz, Olivier Messiaen and his own improvisations are featured. (Later, he will perform in Trnava – on August 1, in St Nicolaus’ Basilica, and in Dolný Kubín – on August 3, in the Church of the Exaltation of Holy Cross.) The festival will then continue until September 11 (see more at www.citylife.sk). Tickets cost €10 and can be bought via www.ticketportal.sk, or 02 /5293-3321.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: The international Youth Music festival (part of the Bratislava Cultural Summer) winds up between July 28 and 29, with competitions for orchestras, and choirs and two final concerts. On July 31, the Komorná Opera / Chamber Opera Bratislava performs pieces from operas, operettas and musicals.
Starts: July 28-29 (festival), 10:00-18:30; various sites in Bratislava; July 31 (opera), 20:30; courtyard of the Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: free (festival), €5 (chamber opera). More info: www.citylife.sk; www.bkis.sk.
PHYSICAL TRAINING: Cvičenie pod stromami / Exercises under the Trees – Physical training can venture outdoors, too, with various trainers offering a taste of nature for newcomers. On July 31, Pikalayoga will be offered by Anna Repková at 10:00; on July 29, Ria Bakošová will lead the Qigong lessons at 17:00 and on July 31, she will teach Taichi (chen taiji quan) at 17:00.
Starts: July 29, 31; 10:00 and 17:00; Medical Garden, Špitálska. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Tony Levin’s Stick Men – The concert of progressive rock brings the trio of Tony Levin on bass, Pat Maselotto on drums and multi-instrumentalist Markus Reuter to the unusual environment of the Museum of Trade.
Starts: July 30, 19:30; Mú-zeum obchodu (Museum of Trade), Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02 /4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Koncerty na Nádvorí / Concerts in the Courtyard – Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, led by Ewald Danel, joins forces with baritone Tomáš Šelc to perform works of Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr, Dvořák and Jaroslav Ježek.
Starts: Aug 2, 19:00; courtyard of Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.
ECONOMY LECTURE: Friedman Day - This event will have Rahim Taghizadegan, head of the Institut für Wertewirtschaft from Vienna, explore the heritage of Milton Friedman with the English-language lecture Freedom of Bad Choice.
Starts: July 31, 17:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: free. More info: www.iness.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Music Square Festival – Within the series of open-air events, the Slovak Tango ensemble of young Slovak musicians offers a selection of popular local songs of mid 20th century.
Starts: Aug 3, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Trh – Piac – Markt – This event strives to bring back local farmers and their products to the traditional venue, the Old Market-Hall.
Starts: Aug 2, 10:00; Old Market-Hall, SNP Square. Admission: free. More info: www.staratrznica.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Walter Schnitzelsson – This Slovak rock band, growing in popularity, will perform pieces from its debut album, Fever. DJ Peter Bálik will be in charge of the after-party.
Starts: July 31, 21:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €3. Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Šanson.cz – Chanson.pl – Šansón.sk – The 8th year of international project brings three evenings of songsters and songstresses from three countries, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, including Igor Šebo, Elzbieta Okupska and Katarína Feldeková.
Starts: Aug 1-3, 20:00; Liszt Garden, Klariská 1 (in case of bad weather the Baroque Courtyard of the University Library. Admission: free, but tickets must be procured on July 28-30 between 13:00 and 18:00 in the exhibition hall in Michalská 1 or one hour before the performance. More info: www.ulib.sk/files/podujatia.
EXHIBITION: Strom Života – The Tree of Life – This conceptual exhibition in the GMB explores the phenomenon of tree as perceived by artists from gothic times until contemporary art, in contexts like Lignum Vitae, The Tree of recognising the Good and the Evil, or Axis Mundi – as curated by Zsofia Kiss-Szemán.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Aug 17; Mirbach Palace of the Bratislava City Gallery, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443- 1556(-8); www.gmb.sk.
EXHIBITION: THE ART OF THE ORIENT is an exhibition in Bojnice that collects 375 artefacts, items and exhibits from 15 Slovak museums, as curated by Katarína Malečková. It includes china, clothes, textiles, furniture and weapons dating back to 16th century. The items originate mostly in China, Japan, Turkey and India. The exhibition can be visited at Bojnice Castle until September 30, Tuesdays to Sundays between 9:00 and 17:00, for €5-€8 (including the castle tour). More information can be found at www.bojnicecastle.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Terchovský Budzogáň – The 12th edition of this rock festival brings Slovak and foreign rock bands (including the US’ Biohazard and Undivided) to the attractive environment of Terchová.
Starts: Aug 1-2, 16:00; Nad Bôrami amphitheatre. Admission: €20 (for both days). More info: www.terchovskybudzogan.sk.
RUN: Fa Donovaly Night Run – After five successful years in Bratislava and two at Štrbské Pleso, the “Night Run” has its premiere in the holiday resort Donovaly.
Starts: Aug 2, 20:00; big upper parking lot near the main road from Banská Bystrica and Ružomberok (the track is 6.3 km long). More info: www.bratislavamarathon.com/night_run_donovaly/night_run_donovaly/aktuality/index.html.
MUSEUM/RE-ENACTMENT: Nočné divadelné predstavenia na Starom zámku / Night Theatre Performances at the Old Castle – The local history of this mining town will be re-enacted in period costumes by the Družina Dobových Zvyklostí (Troupe of Period Habits) Tormenta.
Starts: August 2 (and 23), 20:30; Old Castle, Starozámocká 12. Admission: €3-€5 (it is better to buy tickets in advance at 045/6949-4723, email@example.com). More info: www.muzeumbs.sk.
ROCK MUSIC: Open Fest II Košice – Chris Norman – The main star of the second edition of the Open Fest event this year is former leader of the legendary band Smokie, who gives a unique concert within this part of Europe.
Starts: Aug 2, 16:00, Amphitheatre, Festivalové Square 2. Admission: €17. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk. Tickets can be returned (at the site where they were purchased) or kept, as an alternative later date is negotiated.
LIVE MUSIC: Two concerts take place at two venues in Košice on the same evening: The Blessed Beat (David Kollár-SK; Paolo Raineri-ITA; Simone Cavina-ITA) play a mix of jazz, electronic and improvised music in the Kasárne Kulturpark barracks; while Israeli duo Bill and Murray play “eclectic synth-pop” in Tabačka KulturFabrik.
Starts: July 31, 20:00 (Blessed Beat), 21:00 (Bill and Murray); Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukučínova 2 (Blessed Beat); Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gor-kého 2. Admission: €8 (Bles-sed Beat); €3 (Bill and Murray). More info: www.k13.sk; www.tabacka.sk.
FOR CHILDREN: Medvedie Dni 2014 / The Bear Days 2014 – The “bear” festival at Hrebienok brings, rather than live animals themselves, a lot of fun, competitions, mascots, theatre, fairy tales and a mini-disco.
Starts: July 31-Aug 3; Hrbeienok, High Tatras. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Ľubica Kremeňová & Jozef Feigl – Severnejšie ako na Severe – Nórsko / More Northerly than the North – Norway – The photo exhibition shows this Nordic country as seen through the lens of two Slovak photographers.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-16:00 until Aug 20; FotoGaléria Nova, Verejná knižnica J. Bocatia, Hlavná 48. Admission: free. More info: www.fotoklubnova.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Horská Krajina – Krajobraz górski / Mountain Landscape – The Šariš gallery presents a representative selection of the recent years of professional international photo competition organised by the cultural centre in Polish Nowy Targ, showing the natural beauty of mountain not just in central Europe, but also in Russia, Ireland, India, China, Argentina or Australia.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00; Sun 13:00-17:00 until Aug 29; Šariš Gallery, Hlavná 51. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 051/7725-423; www.sgpresov.sk.