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THE PHILHARMONIC Hradec Králové has taken a specific path by performing classical versions of the hits of British rock legends Queen, the Beatles and Pink Floyd, with an ensemble consisting of more than 50 musicians, including soloists. This Czech orchestra will perform their Symphonic Rock concert in Slovakia on May 17 at 19:00, at the Istropolis House of Unions on Trnavské Mýto 1 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €8-€38 and can be purchased via the box office of Teatro Wüstenrot (in Istropolis) or

Jazz in Arena – Slovak drummer Martin Valihora has set out on a tour with his schoolmates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, including Vardan Ovsepian (US, born in Armenia) on piano and Daniele Camarda (IT) on bass. Prior to the Bratislava show they will also play at Klub 77 at Horná 54 in Banská Bystrica on May 14.
Starts: May 15, 19:00; Aré-na Theatre, Viedenská Cesta 3. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/6720- 2550 or

Shakespearean Inspirations in the Work of P.I. Tchaikovsky – The Slovak Philharmonic, conducted by its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume with Peter Baran on cello, will play works of Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saens and two by Tchaikovsky.
Starts: May 15, 16, 19:00; Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €10, €13. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

WestWend & Pálenčáreň – This young US writing duo from Tennessee, Wendy Crowe and Jonathan Maness, will perform shows with an accompanying band. In Bratislava, they will play bluegrass and folk with Pálen-čáreň (featuring Richard Ci-ferský on banjo, guitar; Mi-chal Barok on mandolin; and Anton Naroda on bass).
Starts: May 15, 19:00; Klub Za zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €10. Tel: 02/6829- 9218;,

Scubacam 2014 – The 3rd year of the international festival of “submerged” photos and films is entitled “Under Water Surface Through the Eyes of Photographers and Directors”.
Starts: May 16-18, DK Ru-žinov House of Culture, Ruži-novská 28. Tel: 02/4333-0281;

Ian Ritchie – SOHO Project Tour – This British saxophone player has embarked on a tour with pianist Tomáš Jochmann, Czech dou-ble bass player Jan Greifoner and drummer Oliver Lipen-ský. Their music fuses jazz with hip hop, funk, reggae, swing and Latino styles.
Starts: May 17, 20:00; Ate-liér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €10. Tel: 02/2090- 1900;

Máj, Lásky Čas – May, the Love Time – Soloists of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in the Czech city of Ostrava, Jan Drahovzdal and Janka Drahovzdalová-Hoštáková, will sing love arias from famous operettas, backed by the Bratislava Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by Dušan Štefánek.
Starts: May 18, 17:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €12-€15. Tel: 02/5910-3107;

Rock in the Museum – As part of the project of live rock concerts at the Museum of Trade, Dutch blues rock legends Livin’Blues Xperience will play their old hits as well as songs from their new album, Alive and Kickin’.
Starts: May 15, 19:30; Múzeum obchodu (Museum of Trade), Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167;

22nd Spring Mare Prize of Radio Expres – The first traditional horse race of the season with international participation of horses and jockeys includes the programme of the Avalon Acade-my of Irish dance, children’s pony rides and gourmet food specialties.
Starts: May 18, 14:00; Petržalké Závodisko racecourse, Starohájska 29. Admission: €1-€2. More info:

Rozmanitosť Nutná – Diversity Required – This exhibition curated by Lucia G. Stachová, Viera Kleinová and Alexandra Tamásová maps the last five years and the wider history of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, which has turned 65.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 (Thurs 12:00-20:00) until June 1; Esterházy Palace of the Slovak National Gallery, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: free. More info:

Červený Kameň
Rotenstein 2014 – The historical festival at Červený Kameň Castle revives old times with knights, tournaments, fencing, period meals and an accompanying programme: “live chess”, a falconry demonstration, a historical bicycle and more.
Starts: May 17-18, 10:00; Červený Kameň. Admission: €9 (in advance) - €10 for one day, €13 (in advance) - €15. Tel: 0908/664-250; www.


Banská Bystrica
Festival New Europe – This festival presents winners of the choreographic competition for The Prize of Jarmila Jeřáb-ková, including a lecture by Nina Vangeli, a film screening on May 12 and the dance performances on May 13: Zelle (Markéta Maia Kuttnerová, Jesse Lisser), Mátka (Eszter Herold), In The Earth (Kut-tnerová) and White (Herold).
Starts: May 12, 13 19:00; Záhrada Centre of Independent Culture / centrum Nezávislej Kultúry, SNP Square (Beniczkého Passage). AdmissioN: voluntary. More info:

Banská Bystrica
S Nádychom Klasicizmu / With a Flair of Classicism – The Ladies’ chamber quartet will play the music of classicist composers Francois Devienne and Tobias Haslinger in period costumes.
Starts: May 14, 16:00; Musical Atrium of the State Scientific Library (ŠVK), Lazovná 9. Admission: free. Tel: 048 /4710-744;

Banská Bystrica
Grilliada Banská Bystrica – The only ga-stronomy festival in Slovakia specialising in barbecue and grilling will present various restaurants, a competition and a cultural programme.
Starts: May 16-17; Nám. Slobody Square. Admission: free, with purchase of cou-pons required for tasting. More info:


THE OLDEST operated narrow-gauge steam engine in Slovakia, Katka, celebrates its 130th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Slovak Technical Museum in Košice features an exhibition on this historical train, which is still used at special events. The exhibition documents the engine’s history from its production in Erfurt, Germany, in 1884, to its present function as a children’s railway, and offers a model of the engine and a drive simulator. It is open Tuesdays to Fridays between 9:00 and 17:00 and on weekends between 12:00 and 17:00 until June 27, in the STM main building at Hlavná 88.

L’Chaim! Na Zdravie / Toast! – The evening of Jewish gastronomy will be topped with Israeli wines.
Starts: May 15, 18:00; Olive Tree Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hlavná 1. Admission: €37. Tel: 0905/878-369;

59. Košická Hudobná Jar / The 59th Košice Musical Spring festival offers St George Strings from Belgrade playing Vivaldi, Zoran Erič, Astor Piazzolla and Tchaikovsky (on May 13) and the Košice State Philharmonic (ŠfK) conducted by Zbyněk Müller with Choir of Cardinal Mindszenty from Miskolc and soloists Antonina Chekhovskaya, Emma Parkinson, Michal Lehotský and Martin Gurbaľ performing Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.
Starts: May 13, 14, 19:00; ŠfK House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €10 (piano); €10 (May 13); €8-€12. Tel: 055/6220 -763;

Paul van Dyk – After several renowned DJs visited Košice, German legend Paul van Dyk will celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Steel Arena.
Starts: May 16, 20:00; Steel Arena, Nerudova 12. Admission: €9-€22. Tel: 02/5293 -3321;

Cyklochill Košice – The festive opening of the cycling season presents a new bike rack, grilling and a “Cyklopoint”, an emergency checkpoint for bicycles.
Starts: May 17, 15:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: free. More info:

Obrazy z Košíce / Images of Košice – This exhibition presents the city as seen through the eyes of 40 local artists over the last 100 years, reflecting artistic and historical changes and developments in 100 works of art.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00- 18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until June 7; Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 055/6223 -073;

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