ROMA EVENT/CHARITY: Mini-Bashavel – The feast called Cigánsky (Gipsy) Bashavel, simulating the traditional Roma feast, while also presenting the talents of Roma children trained in a summer workshop, will this year feature also a mini-version that offers a piano concert of Norbert Daniš and Anabela Patkolová, Roma theatre DIK from Čičava directed by Naďa Uherová, traditional cimbalom music led by Barborka Botošová, workshop of Gipsy dances by CreDance, Czech film about Roma “The Way Out”, several accompanying events, as well as a competition in beach volleyball, the proceeds of which (registration for teams of 2-6 costs €40) go for the education of young, talented Roma.
Starts: Aug 9, 15:00 (17:30 dance workshop, 21:00 the film); Magio beach at Tyršovo Nábrežie on the Petržalka side of the Danube. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.divemaky.sk; www.citylife.sk.
MINORITIES’ CULTURE: Menšinové Kultúrne Leto / Minorities’ Cultural Summer – Five days’ cultural events featuring minority, mostly folklore, ensembles will bring Ruthenia from Bratislava (Ruthenian minority) on August 5, Berkenye from Košúty (Hungarian) a day later, Marmón (Carpathian-German) from Chmelnica on the next day, Kokavakere Lavutára (Roma) from Kokava nad Rimavicou on August 8 and Muško Jačkarno Društvo Hrvatski Jandrof (Croatian) from Jarovce on August 10.
Starts: Aug 6-10 18:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC/CHARITY: East Sussex Youth Orchestra – This UK orchestra will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a concert in Bratislava, performing works of Josef Suk, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler as conducted by Colin Metters and accompanied by Sam Pearce on French horn. The proceeds collected will go to the publishing of works by Slovak writers (Martin Rázus, Božena Slančíková-Timrava) about the World War I.
Starts: Aug 4, 19:00; concert studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free (tickets must be, however, booked via www.ticketportal.sk or firstname.lastname@example.org, (0905/716-851).
WORLD MUSIC: Pressburger Klezmer Band – The Bratislava-based band playing klezmer, the musical style typical for central- and eastern-European Jewish communities, will give two open-air summer concerts for free, adding their own flair and mix of jazz, reggae, local (and Balkans’) folklore and Oriental music.
Starts: Aug 5, 19:00; San Marten Bar & Restaurant, Panská 33 (World Music pri Dóme / World Music at the Cathedral); Aug 9, 18:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Katedrálny Organový Festival / Cathedral Organ Festival – The next concert of the international festival brings Polish organist Piotr Rojek playing on the organ made by Gerald Woehl for the St Martin’s Cathedral.
Starts: Aug 7, 19:00, St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
HISTORICAL FENCING: Knights at Devín – The event organised by the Guild of Old Martial Arts and Crafts (Tostabur) at the Devín Castle includes historical duels, dances, mounted tournaments, games for children, workshops, fairy-tales and historical lectures.
Starts: Aug 10, 11:00; Devín Castle. Admission: €4-€6. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Ryan McGarvey – This young US blues-rock musician who has already garnered several awards comes to play in Bratislava.
Starts: Aug 8, 19:30; Múzeum obchodu (Museum of Trade), Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.
OPEN-AIR LIVE MUSIC/GASTRONOMY: Music Square Festival – Events in the capital’s Main Square consist of concerts (Polish Čači Vorba on August 5, and Matúš Jakabčic Big Band (CZ/SK) on August 10), as well as big Celebrations of St Lawrence, the patron-saint of confectioners, on August 9.
Starts Aug 5, 10, 19:00; Aug 9, 11:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Fetén Fetén – Spanish band gives a concert within the International Bratislava series, offering music inspiring to various dance styles, from traditional Spanish ones through the foxtrot to a waltz and more.
Starts: Aug 10, 19:00; Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
EXHIBITION: Také slovenské / So Slovak – The exhibition presents the traditional and the contemporary features in the art of tinkery. The Ferdinand Martinengo Society strives to revive the traditional Slovak craft, tinkery. At the exhibition’s opening, the society gave the work of Slovak tinkers called Pain in the Heart (Bolesť v srdci) to ambassadors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Serbia, countries stricken by damaging floods.
Open: weekdays, 10:00-16:00 until Aug 15; Justi’s Hall of the Primate’s Palace, Primaciálne Square 1. More info: www.bkis.sk.
EXHIBITION: “Tancovala by som, bosá som...” / “I would Love to Dance, But I Am Barefoot” is an exhibition of the centre for Folk Art Production, ÚĽUV, offering more than 250 exhibits of traditional shoes, slippers and boots from three different museums.
Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-14:00 Until Sep 13; ÚĽUV Gallery, Obchodná 64. Admission: free. More info: www.uluv.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ Festival (Organový festival) in Modra strives to raise money for restoration and salvation of rare organs made by the Rieger company for two of the local churches, the Roman Catholic Parish Church of St Stephan the King and Evangelical a.v. Church. The last concert brings Lithuanian organist Dalia Jatautaite playing the works of Bach.
Starts: Aug 9, 19:00; Church of St Stephan the King. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.modra.sk.
OPERA: Viva Verdi, Opera Open Air 2014 – The open-air opera festival enriches Slovak musical summer with a lesser-known work by Giuseppe Verdi, Joan of Arc (Giovanna d’Arco) as performed by foreign (Clara Polito, Evan Bowers, Sergio Bologna) and Slovak (Ondrej Mráz, Martin Gyimesi) soloists conducted by Marián Vach and directed by Michal Babiak. The first three performances take place in the City Amphitheatre in Trnava and the last one (on Aug 15) in the amphitheatre in Nitra.
Starts: Aug 6, 9, 12, 20:30; Trnava; Aug 15, 20:30, Nitra. Admission: €15-€35. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Marianske Hudobné Leto / Marianka Musical Summer 2014 – The festival of classical music lures visitors to the venues in the village of Marianka (local 4th of April Square and the Pilgrim’s House, cultural hall in Školská 32, local Basilika Minor) with Slovak (Dalibor Karvay, Petra Pogády, Petra Lechtová, Marcela Lechtová, and foreign (Daniel Overly, Nao Higano, Robert Wolf, Anna Gutowska, Karl-Heinz Schuetz, Miklós Albert) performers.
Starts: Aug 9-16; various sites in Marianka. Admission: mostly free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
FILM FESTIVAL: 4 živly / Four Elements – The “summer film seminar” focuses on the various forms of power – as connected to the year 2014, full of political elections in Slovakia. Feature, documentary and animated films will try to explore the phenomenon of the use and abuse of power as seen by filmmakers, reviewers, theoreticians and lecturers.
Starts: Aug 6-10; various sites in Banská Štiavnica. Admission: €18-€21 for the whole festival. More info: www.4zivly.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kubínsky organový festival / Kubín Organ Festival – On three consecutive Sundays, the Church of the Exaltation of Holy Cross will host organ concerts, with František Beer (SK) playing on August 10, Przemyslaw Kapitula (PL) on August 17 and David di Fiore (US) in August 24.
Starts: Aug 10, 17, 24, 20:00; Church of the Exaltation of Holy Cross. Admission: free. More info: www.kof.sk.
MULTI-GENRE FESTIVAL: Leto v Parku / Summer in the Park – This year, the multi-genre festival returns to the park surrounding the Kasárne Kulturpark barracks, with the first concert taking place on Saturday and presenting Slovak rap-rock band Lavagance with the Roma band Sendreiovci-Kokavakere Lavutara and dance ensemble Outbreak. On Sunday, children will be offered a theatre play, as well as workshops and readings, while adults can come in the evening to watch the theatre improvisation group 3T.
Starts: Aug 9-10; Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukučínova 2. Admission: free. More info: www.letovparku.
MOTOR SPORT: Tuning Zraz Svidník – The “Tuning Meeting” in Svidník attracts cars specially adapted for races and high speed, as well as the Miss Tuning Zraz contest.
Starts: Aug 8-10. More info: www.tuningzraz.sk.