FESTIVAL: CIRKUL’Art 2014 is a festival featuring top performers in the ‘new circus’ genre. Taking place between May 23 and 25 in the Medical Garden on Špitálska Street in Bratislava, the festival presents foreign circus artists for both children and adults, including Hilary Chaplain, 15ft6, Solfasirc, Karin & Gili Keren and David & Fofo. Some events are free, others cost €5-€20. More information can be found at www.cirkulart.sk.
OPERA: P.I. Tchaikovsky - Piková Dáma / The Queen of Spades – This famous Russian opera in three acts reflects the social ups and downs during tsarist era, as depicted by the great writer Pushkin. This opera at the Slovak National Theatre (SND) is directed by Marián Chudovský, conducted by Rastislav Štúr/Pavol Tužinský and a cast including Miroslav Dvorský, Sergej Tolstov, Pavol Remenár, Dalibor Jenis, Jitka Sapara-Fische-rová, Adriana Kohútková and others.
Starts: May 23-24, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€35. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.
MODERN DANCE: ProART Company – USPUD_emoticon – The conceptual work of this Czech company consists of two parts/two evenings and combines the music of Satie and Hodge & Kirmann with dance, and the past with the modern. Directed and choreographed by Martin Dvořák.
Starts: May 23, 20:00; Elledanse theatre, Miletičova 17/ B. Admission: €4-€7. Tel: 0905 /969-105; www.elledanse.sk.
JAZZ: Terence Blanchard – Within the ‘In Jazz We Trust’ cycle, legendary US trumpeter (and winner of five Grammies) will perform with his band.
Starts: May 19, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage, Štúrova 3. Tel: 0905/865-566; www.nuspirit.sk; www. ticketportal.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Slovak Food Festival – The 5th year of this well-established event will offer Czech chef Zdeněk Pohlreich and his stage show; an oyster shucking competition; ‘Food Revolution Day’, featuring representatives of celebrity UK chef Jamie Oliver, Janica Lacová and Aneta Orosiová; and a focus on green food, healthy living and more.
Starts: May 22-25; yard of the Bratislava Castle. Admission: free, vouchers for food must be bought. More info: www.slovakfoodfestival.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Bloom – This Slovak band plays an acoustic fusion of jazz, folk and R&B, this time onboard a boat on the Danube River.
Starts: May 25, 19:00; Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo embankment. Admission: €6. Tel: 0903/449- 650; www.adylod.sk.
WINE TASTING: Otvorené Pivnice na sv. Urbana / Open Cellars on St Urban – Malo-karpatská Vínna Cesta (Small-Carpathians Wine Route) opens the doors of 100 wine cellars in and around capital.
Starts: May 23-24, 14:00- 21:00; various cellars. Admission: €40 (bonuses for purcha-se of wine worth €20 inclu-ded). Tel: 033/6433-489; www. mvc.sk.
JAZZ: Vlado Vizár Jazz Quartet & Elly Wright – This Slovak jazz band featuring Vlado Vizár (trombone), Janko Babič (drums), Andrej Šebo (double bass) and Peter Jankech (piano) will join forces with Austrian jazz singer Wright; Austrian writers Petra Schmoeg-ner and Peter Vukics will read from their work.
Starts: May 22, 18:00; Austrian Cultural Forum (RKF), Astoria Palace, Hodžovo Squa-re 1/A. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.
CSR SUMMIT: Central European CSR Summit – The CEE CSR Summit will bring to the Slovak capital US marketing legend, Vincent Stanley, the marketing and communications manager of the company Patagonia, who became famous through the “Don’t Buy This Jacket” campaign, dissuading people from buying things they do not really need.
Starts: May 22, 9, 15; Old Market-hall, SNP Square. Admission: €229 (or €279, including a workshop on May 21) for the whole summit; registration is necessary. More info: www.cee.csr-summit.eu.
LIVE MUSIC: Quimby – This Hungarian band’s music incorporates eclectic arrangements, Balkan melodies, a punk-rock edge, alternative rock and interesting lyrics.
Starts: May 23, 20:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €5 (in advance), €12. Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj. sk.
OPERETTA/MUSICAL: Cavalieri – This chamber ensemble of young musicians plays pieces from various older local operettas by Gejza Dusík, Franz Lehár, but also world-renowned musicals by Leonard Bernstein and F. Leowe.
Starts: May 20, 20:22; Art Club, Café Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €3. Tel: 0918/724-379; www.kafescherz.sk.
DANCE: Večer Tanečného Umenia / Evening of the Art of Dance – This event is composed of graduation and seminar works by students of the Musical and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HTF VŠMU).
Starts: May 22, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre, Laurinská 19. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 02/5910-3107; www.mestskedivadlo.sk.
AUCTION: The Auction of Contemporary Art by White & Weiss is preceded by an exhibition, the auction itself starts on Monday at 18:00.
Starts: May 19, 18:00; Zoya Gallery, Ventúrska 1. More info: www.hentak.sk; www.whiteweiss.sk.
EXHIBITION: Kabinet Jana Švankmajera / The Study of Jan Švankmajer – The mythical and surrealistic works of versatile Czech artist Švankmajer, from a private collection of Ivan Melicherčík, are presented in a downtown gallery.
Open: by appointment on weekdays between 10:00 and 18:00 until May 30; Roman Fecik Gallery, Zámocká 8. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5441-4346; www.romanfecikgallery.sk.
SHOW: XRACE, the new car show-race, is the continuation of the popular event Autoslide, this time combining paved and dirt tracks with several metre-high jumps. The racers come mostly from autocross and motocross, including Karol Šedivý Jr, Juraj Baláž and Dušan Králik, and foreigners Gerald Woldrich, Petr Maršálek, Luboš Kužel, Zoltán Simon, Alois Holler, Gábor Bánkuti and more. XRace takes place on May 25, at 11:00 on the Slovakia Ring track in Orechová Potôň. Tickets cost €12-€65, with more information available at www.xrace.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.
CHESS: Mitropa Cup 2014 – The European Chess Cup, an international chess tournament, will include former world champion Garri Kasparov (at the end of the event) as well as several accompanying events, like live chess.
Starts: May 22-31; various venues in the city. More info: www.mitropa.sachrbk.sk/en.
EXHIBITION: Nevinnosť v Kožuchu / Innocence in a Fur – The exhibition of works by Robert Bielik, curated by Alexandra Tamásová, shows this Slovak painter’s recent work, revolving around the themes of the wolf and the lamb, predator and prey, and “high and low”.
Open: hurs–Mon 13:00- 19:00 until June 16; Schemnitz Gallery, A. Sládkoviča 53/2. Ad-mission: voluntary. Tel: 0905 /260-350; www.schemnitz.sk.
BALLET: Kirill Simonov, Tolstoy, Rodion Shchedrin – Anna Karenina – The famous tragic story (by Tolstoy) exploring human relations in context of societal conventions and individual luck recently premiered as a neo-classical ballet choreographed and directed by young Russian, Simonov, to the music of Shchedrin.
Starts: May 22, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€10. Tel: 055/ 2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Karbido – This unique performance features the Polish quartet Karbido with its “playing table”, a specially adapted table with a resonating board.
Starts: May 23, 21:00; Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €14 (in advance) - €17. More info: www.tabacka .sk; www.ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Onyx – This US hip-hop band will play in Košice, supported by Wychod Rap Crew and Dj Hlava.
Starts: May 21, 19:30; Collosseum Club, Vrátna 70. Admission: €16. More info: www.collosseum.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Peter Meľuch – Krása Pohybu / The Beauty of Motion – Folklore ensemble Železiar, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is shown through lens of photographer Meľuch.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-16:00 until May 28; FotoGaléria Nova, Verejná knižnica J. Bocatia, Hlavná 48. Admission: free. More info: www.fotoklubnova.sk.