TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: Dni Majstrov ÚĽUV / Craftsmen Days ÚĽUV – The Centre for Folk Art Production, ÚĽUV, has been organising a festival of traditional crafts and craftsmen in the Slovak capital for 24 years, and the event has gradually grown into the biggest city festival of its kind in all of Slovakia, offering gastronomy, artisan demonstrations, as well as folklore music and dance, all over two days. This year, the event will focus on weaving and events for children (including workshops).
Starts: Sep 6-7; various times; various sites in downtown Bratislava, like the Main Square and Hviezdoslavovo Square, the Primate’s Palace, the Church of the Holiest Saviour and more. Admission: free. More info: www.uluv.sk.
POLISH FOLKLORE: Zespól Taňca Ludowego – The 60-member strong Polish folklore troupe of the Academy of Physical Education in the city of Poznan has been performing to live folk music since 1982. Their repertoire covers 15 regions in Poland.
Starts: Sep 1, 18:00; Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC/MASS: Coronation Mass of W.A. Mozart – The festival of the holy mass celebrating the 451st anniversary of the emperors crowned in Bratislava, Maximilian II and his wife, Maria of Spain, by Mozart, will be performed by Spevácky zbor mesta Bratislavy / the Choir of the City of Bratislava.
Starts: Sep 7, 10:30; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Drum Cirkus – The fifth edition of an all-day percussion festival will feature Dubaabuka (African rhythms), Jamadan (African rhythms), Bakuruba (African rhythms), Dumstas (percussion quartett) and Melon Vibrations (drum quarteto) as well as Marek Bolf (kalimba solo) and Lucas Perny (drum solo) and a final joint drumming session.
Starts: Sep 6, 18:00; Jamaica Bar, Slovnaft side of the Danube embankment, Vlčie Hrdlo. Admission: free. Tel: 0902/133-565; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.citylife.sk.
PILLOW FIGHTING/FUN: Vankúšobranie / Pillow Harvest – The City Parliament of Youth has organised the “zero year” of this event, luring the public to a mass pillow fight, as well as to draw on pillows, watch martial art demonstrations, see the Unisex band live and more.
Starts: Sep 5, 16:00; Central Park terrace, Central shopping mall, Metodova 6. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Katedrálny Organový Festival / Cathedral Organ Festival - This concert brings Croatian organist Edmund Andler Borič performing the works of Bach, Franjo Parac, Alexandre Guilmant, Andelko Klobučar, J.P. Verpaux, Charles-Marie Widor and Ajvars Kalejs on a Gerald Woehl organ.
Starts: Sep 4, 19:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
WINES: Deň vo vinohradoch – Day in Vineyards – The wine-lovers can taste wines, visit wine-makers and viticulturists in the Small Carpathians, vineyards, a lavender garden, enjoy vistas, a concert, a carriage-ride, folk music, jazz, barbecue, goulash, Slovak traditional food, and more.
Starts: Sep 6, vineyards in Small Carpathians. Admission. €15 (wine-tasting worth €6 included). Tel: 0915 142 777; www.mvc.sk.
DANCE COMPETITION: Slovak Open Championship – This event marks the third year of the international dance festival, the Bratislava Open Championship, the 22nd year of the Alexander Dubček Prize, the 17th year of the Danube Cup (Dunajský Pohár), the 37th year of the Dance for Life charity and the ninth year of the Philosophers’ Cup (Kalich filozofov).
Starts: Sep 6-7, Aegon Arena NTC, Príkopova 4. Admission: €10-€20. More info: www.soch.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Shisha-Wars – This mini-festival of the hookah (water pipe) offers tastings, lectures and workshops, as well as music, competitions, a tea ceremony, a fire-show and more things connected to this phenomenon.
Starts: Sep 5, 13:00; summer reading space U Červeného Raka, Michalská 26. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Rímske hry 2014 / Roman Games 2014 – With its 16-year-old tradition, this event offers visitors insight into the history of ancient Rome, with gladiators, period gastronomy, fashion and a focus on technical achievements.
Starts: Sep 6, 14:00; Antická Gerulata site in Rusovce. More info: www.tostabur.sk, www.folklorfest.sk.
THEATRE BROADCAST: National theatre Live – Medea – The live broadcast from the National Theatre in London presents this classical ancient tragedy by Euripides, as directed by Carrie Cracknell, with stage design by Tom Scutt, light design by Lucy Carter, music by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp, choreography by Lucy Guerin and performances by Helen McCrory, Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani, Cath Whitefield, Lorna Brown, Simon Desborough, Adrian Grove and others.
Starts: Sep 4, 19:45; new Slovak National Theatre (SND), Pribinova 17. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.
SPORT: Triatlon pre všetkých / Triathlon for All – The last triathlon of this season to take place traditionally at the Štrkovec Lake invites runners to race at Olympic distances, as well as onlookers to watch.
Starts: Sep 6, 13:00; Radosť complex, Štrkovec. Admission: free for onlookers, up to €30 for participants. More info: www.trenujeme.sk.
ART FESTIVAL: Self-2014 – The festival focused on graphic design and visual communication (mainly in art magazines and websites) features over three days a host of lectures, presentations, workshops and debates revolving around self-publishing, for both professionals and the lay public.
Starts: Sep 6-7; Photoport Gallery, Grösslingova 21. Admission: various. Tel: 0949/637-568; www.photoportgallery.com.
GEO-CACHING: Slovak GeoAwards 2014 – The first big Slovak gathering of geo-caching fans invites visitors to a rich programme awarding the most sophisticated geo-caching, but also family events, paintball, rafting, a concert and disco, flash mobs, a cross-country run, a demonstration of rescue works, as well as a tour of the Čunovo power plant (with one at 9:30 on Sep 7, held in English).
Starts: Sep 5-7; Divoká voda complex in Čunovo. Admission: €5 (in advance, through the e-shop at www.geoawards.sk).
GASTRONOMY: Vegánske hody / Vegan Feast – This food festival without any meat will feature cuisine prepared by both professional and amateur chefs from various local restaurants, complete with lectures and screenings concerning the protection of animals and the environment.
Starts: Sep 6, 10:00; Grassalkovich/Presidential Garden. Admission: free (except for meals). More info: www.citylife.sk, www.veganskehody.sk.
EXHIBITION: Marek Jarotta – Somewhere to Somewhere – This is the first exhibition of works by Slovak artist Marek Jarotta in the SODA gallery. Jarotta’s work focuses on so-called ‘space’ and ‘non-places’ related to transport, commercialism and leisure activities which serve to accelerate the circulation of passengers and goods. Jarotta shows airport halls, waiting rooms, train and bus stations, subway corridors, i.e. interiors created for the masses which absorb individuality and identity.
Open: Tue-Sat 13:00-19:00 until Sep 18; SODA Gallery, Školská 8. Admission: free. Tel: 0907/853-562; www.sodagallery.sk.
POTTERY EVENT: Slávnosť hliny – Keramická Modra 2014 / Festivity of Clay – Ceramic Modra 2014 – The sixth year of the pottery and ceramics festival presents the town of Modra as the biggest Slovak centre for this craft, with a rich tradition and visually unique ceramic works, including a pottery market.
Starts: Sep 4-6; museums and sites in Modra. Admission: various, mostly free. More info. www.modra.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vivat Vox Organi! - The cycle of summer organ concerts presents domestic and foreign organ players, this time featuring American (and Slovakia-based) organist David di Fiore.
Starts: Sep 3, 19:30; St Francis of Xaver Church, SNP Square. More info: www.banskabystrica.sk.
BOX: 1. Slovenská Liga Boxu - The sixth tournament of the first Slovak Box League will be comprised of preliminary rounds, semi-finals and finals.
Starts: Sep 6-7; Koliba Klin, Klin. Tel: 0918/619-949; www.kolibaklin.sk.
THEATRE FESTIVAL: Festival Divadiel Strednej Európy – Festival of Theatres of Central Europe – The event, organised by local theatres and cultural organisations, offers dramas from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and for the first time also Italy, including musical theatre, dance performances, the launch of a theatrology book, creative workshops and an exhibition.
Starts: Sep 3-7; theatres in Košice. Admission: various, mostly free. Tel: 055/ 2452-244; www.kosicefest.eu.
GOLF TOURNAMENT: AmCham Tatry Golf Tournament – The tournament organised by the American Chamber of Commerce lures entire families to participate in a weekend event in the High Tatras.
Starts: Sep 5-6; Black Stork golf resort, Veľká Lomnica. More info: www.golftatry.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Food Fest Tatry 2014 – This gastronomy festival’s second year offers a programme for children and families, including a gastronomy competition, presenting cuisine to tourists of the High Tatras region.
Starts: Sep 5-7; various sites in Poprad. Admission: free. More info: www.tatry.sk.