Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

EVENTS COUNTRYWIDE

photo: GMB

THE MIRBACH Palace of the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) presents the works of Anton Jaszusch (1882-1965) as part of the Anton Jaszusch: Painter and Visionary exhibit. Jaszusch's oeuvre, with its many layers and periods, is among the top artistic examples of 20th century Slovak modern art. The exhibit and the catalogue presenting works from the 1910s to the 1960s marks the 125th anniversary of the artist's birthday. The exhibit is open daily except Monday from 11:00 to 18:00 until August 19. Tickets cost Sk80. The Mirbach Palace is located at Františkánske Square 11, Bratislava. For more information, call 02/5443-1556.


Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Thirteen musicians led by pianist Oscar Hernandez play latino music.
Starts: Jun 18, 20:00. Admission: Sk350. Vodná Veža (Water Tower) on the Danube embankment below Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Bratislava
THEATRE:
Swiss Night - This cultural-gastronomical feast features Swiss and Slovak actors playing personalities from Swiss history and its cultural scene, as well as Swiss chocolate and cheeses.
Starts: Jun 22, 20:00. Admission: Sk900. The Aréna Theatre, Viedenská Cesta 10.
Tel: 02/6720-2557.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Tori Amos - One of America's leading singers performs in the Slovak capital as part of a promotional tour to support her latest album, American Doll Posse.
Starts: June 22, 20:00. Admission: Sk950-1,500. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská Cesta 3-7. Tel: 02/121-11.

Bratislava
NU JAZZ:
Shuya Okino - One of the key personalities of the world nu jazz scene, Japanese DJ Shuya Okina, who is one half of the project with his bother, Kyoto Jazz Massive, performs.
Starts: Jun 23, 21:00. Nu Spirit Bar, Medená 16. Tel: 0905/865-566.

Bratislava
FESTIVAL:
Mertz Interna-tional Guitar Festival - The most prominent guitarists of today, such as Slovak Juraj Burian, Norwegian Per Mathison (bassist), Czech Pavel Steidl, Slovak duo Dagmar and Jozef Zsapka, and US-Swiss lute player Hopkinson Smith perform during the 32nd edition of the festival.
Runs: 24-29, 19:00. Admission: Sk100 (per day). The Primate's Palace at Primaciálne Square, the courtyard of the Old City Hall.
Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Good Year - Photographers who graduated from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts last year present their graduation works in which the art of photography overlaps with the art of video, documentary film and site installation.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until June 29. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5.
Tel: 02/5441- 3316, www.scca.sk.

Piešťany
FESTIVAL:
Truck Country - Colourfully decorated big-rig trucks, heavily muscled truck-pullers, country dancers and musicians meet at an open-air event with a Wild West flavour organized for truck lovers.
Runs: June 22-24, starting at 17:00. Admission: Sk450 (for the whole festival). Airport Piešťany, www.truckcountry.sk.

Šaľa
EXHIBITION:
Meeting After Years - Former schoolmates photographer Igor Bohát and visual artist Miro Regitko hold an exhibition of photos and cartoons.
Open: until June 30. The House of Culture, SNP 16.
Tel: 031/7704-051.


Central SLOVAKIA

Zvolen
OPERA:
Zvolen Castle Plays - The theatre festival continues with its opera part, during which the orchestra, the choir, and the ballet of the State Opera in Banská Bystrica and Slovak and foreign soloists perform operas by Verdi, Domenico Cimarosa, and Vincenzo Bellini in concert form.
Runs: June 23-30. Admission: Sk90-Sk500. Zvolen Castle and the St. Elisabeth Church. Tel: 048/4125-823, www.stateopera.sk.

Martin
FESTIVAL:
Underground Fest - Czech, Russian, and Slovak bands such as Slobodná Európa, Konflikt, Teh Pauki, and Alskapone play punk, ska, crust and hardcore.
Runs: June 22-23, starting at 12:00. Admission: Sk399 (for both days when bought in advance). The amphitheatre. Tel: 0903/550-303, www.hiraxrecords.sk.

Sklabiňa
FESTIVAL:
India Lotos Fest - Come to enjoy the atmosphere of India in the Fatras. The programme offers professional Indian dancing, concerts by KaliYuga and Bhakti Shakti, and vegetarian delicacies.
Runs: June 22-23. Admission: voluntary. The Sklabiňa Castle close to Martin. Tel: 0910/803/108.


Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice
BALLET:
Dances of World Nations - The Igor Moiseyev Dance Company, the biggest folk dance ensemble in the world, performs the traditional dances of 180 national cultures from the former Soviet Union and the whole world. The dance company performs its show in Bratislava's Expo Arena at Viedenská Cesta on June 20 and 21 starting at 19:00.
Starts: Jun 18, 20:00. Admission: Sk290-Sk790. Steel Aréna. Tel: 055/6224-303, www.moiseyev.ges.sk.


photo: TASR

THE CIBULÁK festival, inspired by the French tradition of performing plays on town streets, starts June 21 in Pezinok. The three-day festival revives the atmosphere of medieval outdoor games and carnivals, when artists, charlatans and vagabonds moved from place to place to perform. The Finnish theatre ensemble Ville Walo & Kalle Hakkarainen with the performance State of waiting, Brasilian Duda Paiva with The Angel, and the Slovenian Teatre Matita with the Šala show are the festival's main guests from abroad. An interesting section this year will be the film section, which is subtitled Theatre in Film, Film in Theatre. The price of admission to individual performances ranges from free to Sk150. For more information, go to www.cibulak.sk.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).