Passionate Czech violinist and singer Iva Bittová teams with the New York-based Bang on a Can All-Stars to present their musical project Elida in Bratislava. Bittová wrote the project with the support of Carnegie Hall, where it premiered on April 29, 2005. The name Elida comes from an old brand of soap and from a poem that inspired the basis for the project. Elida features Bittová, the diva of alternative music, flirting again with classical music in nine new compositions, to which Slovak singer Richard Müller contributed three lyrics. Bang on a Can All-Stars, which plays traditional acoustic instruments, as well as drums and electronic guitar, will also perform. The concert takes place in the Aréna Theatre at Viedenská 10. Tickets cost Sk490. For more information call 02/6720-2557.
photo: Courtesy of Iva Bittová
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bach 321 - Musicians from Vienna, Bratislava, Paris, Stuttgart, Opava and Banská Bystrica, among others, perform a 321-minute organ concert to mark the 321st anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's birth.
Starts: March 21, 14:45-21:30. Admission: charity. Nový evanjelický kostol (New Evangelic Church), Legionárska. Tel: 02/5932-7716.
LIVE MUSIC: Folk Mirroring - Myjava's folk dance and music ensemble Kopaničiar performs.
Starts: March 24 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Dom Kultúry Zrkadlový háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Joseph Haydn and Bohuslav Martinů - The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir features soprano Zdena Kloubová, tenor Tomáš Čierny, baritone Konrad Jarnot and bass Peter Mikuláš.
Starts: March 23 and 24 at 19:00. Admission: Sk320-350. Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall, Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.
EXHIBITION: Portraits in Black and Fujifilm EPPA - Two-part exhibition presenting photos by Italian photographer Marco Ambrosi that show immigrants from Ghana and Nigeria, and works by winners of the national round of the Fujifilm European Press Professional Awards 2006.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until April 9. Admission: Sk20. The Central European House of Photography, Prepoštská 4. Tel: 02/5441-8214.
EXHIBITION: Night Walker - Art student Oľga Paštéková displays nighttime paintings of Bratislava's concrete suburb Petržalka done on wrapping paper.
Open: Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00 until April 1. Admission: free. T-Gallery, Panská 24. Tel: 0904/573-770.
EXHIBITION: New Paintings - Ján Vasilko, a laureate of the Oskár Čepan Award 2005, presents his latest works.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00- 18:00 until April 9. Admission: Sk60. Bratislava City Gallery, the Mirbach palace, Františkánske námestie 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556.
EXHIBITION: Dreamlike Memories - Peter Dunaj-Spily, who started painting on glass after suffering a nervous breakdown, presents his works in the gallery at the League for Mental Health.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00 until May 19. Admission: free. Nezábudka Gallery, Ševčenkova 21. Tel: 02/6381-5592.
LIVE MUSIC: Dodo Šošoka and Percussion Acoustic Music - Prominent Slovak jazzman plays his collection of percussion instruments, which is the largest in Slovakia.
Starts: March 24 at 18:00. Admission: Sk130. Synagogue, Pri Synagóge. Tel: 037/161-86.
LIVE MUSIC: Blue Velvet Night - Acoustic Colour, Monogram and MeanTime bands play bluegrass music.
Starts: March 25 at 19:00. Admission: Sk130. Kultúrne centrum (Culture Centre), Holubyho 42. Tel: 0902-841 845, 033/6413-949.
PERFORMANCE: Mystery Of The Dance - The Merlin ensemble performs a dance show that reenacts a Celtic legend about love between a man and a nymph.
Starts: March 22 at 18:00. Admission: Sk130. Mestské kultúrne stredisko (Town centre of culture), J. D. Matejovie 519.
FESTIVAL: Africa is Turning The Films - This film festival presents a dozen African films on the topic of war and poverty.
Runs: March 24-25. Admission: Sk60, Sk30, tickets for the whole festival cost Sk200. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.
Rusyns - Searching for Lost Homes is a project by the Rusnáci group and photographer Lucia Nimcová. It documents the life of Ruthenians (Rusyns), a minority that was forced to leave their homes during Communism due to construction of the Starina water reservoir, which flooded the villages of Starina, Dara, Ruské, Smoľník, Veľká Poľana, Ostružnica and Zvala, through the eyes of young people. "I spent the most beautiful part of my life at a place that no longer exists. I have been searching for my lost home ever since," says Nimcová. The Šarišská galéria (Šariš gallery) in Prešov hosts the exhibition, which features 180 photos, including archive family photos, films depicting life in the Starinská valley, and stories on how people adjusted to their new environment. The gallery at Hlavná 51 is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-17:00, Thursday 9:00-18:00 and Sunday 14:00-18:00. The exhibition ends on May 8. Tickets cost Sk50. For more information call 051/7725-423.
photo: Courtesy of Rusnáci
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trio Nuevo - Flutist Ivica Encingerová, guitarist Miriam Brullová and cellist Michal Sťahel play music by international composers.
Starts: March 23 at 19:00. Admission: Sk30, Sk60. Evangelic Church, Námestie sv. Egídia. Tel: 052/161-86.
EXHIBITION: Grafix - One of the most distinctive and versatile Czech design studios, Typo Design Šejdl, presents its work at its first retrospective exhibition.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00, Sun 12:00-17:00 until March 30. Admission: Sk40. Hlavná 88. Tel: 055/7260-625.
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