THE BRATISLAVA Castle will again become the spot of the open-air Summer Shakespeare Festival. This year its courtyard will stage the most famous drama about love and hatred, Romeo and Juliet. Within its Czech-Slovak portion, July 26 - 31, the audience will see the drama rehearsed under the eyes of director Martin Huba. During the final two days of the festival, August 1 and 2, the play will be put on by TNT Theatre Britain and the American Drama Group Europe led by director Paul Stebbings. This ensemble will stop in Bratislava during its ambitious project Castle Tours, within which it performs the play at the most significant castles across Europe. The performance stems from the original text of the drama and puts stress on the characters' strong features rather than the romantic lines. The performance starts daily at 20:30. Tickets (Sk450 and Sk400 for the Czech version, and Sk350 and Sk300 for the English) are on sale at the Bratislava Information Centre on Klobučnícka 2. For more information call 0903/456-828.
photo: JAY production
LIVE MUSIC: Zóna A - Famous Slovak punk band celebrates its new CD.
Starts: Jul 31 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk60. Galéria Duna (Duna Gallery), Radlinského 11. Tel: 02/5296-5037.
LIVE MUSIC: Traffic Jam - Band plays ambient and Irish punk.
Starts: Jul 31 at 20:00. Admission: free. Divadlo Stoka (Stoka Theatre) Pribinova 1. Tel: 02/5292-4463.
LIVE MUSIC: Heaven's Shore - Band performs Celtic rock and pop.
Starts: Aug 1, 16:00. Admission: free. Horáreň (Gamekeeper's house), Horský park, Lesná 1. Tel: 0903/710-888.
EXHIBITION: Impatience - The renowned photographer Karol Kállay exhibits pictures from his latest book, inspired by Franz Kafka.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until August 1. Admission free. Galéria fotografie Profil (Profil Photo Gallery), Prepoštská 4. Tel: 02/5249-9007.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Friedenauer Kantorei Berlin - The choir performs works by various composers.
Starts: Aug 5 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk40. Nádvorie Zichyho paláca (Courtyard of Zichy Palace), Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5932-7716.
LIVE MUSIC: Ron Affif Trio - The band of US guitar player Ron Affif gives a jazz concert.
Starts: Aug 5 at 21:00. Tickets: Sk70. Nádvorie Zichyho paláca (Courtyard of Zichy Palace), Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5932-7716.
FESTIVAL: Červeník - Each day of the three-day festival is dedicated to a different kind of music ranging from pop to folk.
Runs: Aug 6-8, starting at 14:00. Tickets: Sk350 (Friday), Sk50 (Saturday and Sunday). Local amphitheatre, Červeník. Tel: 033/7729-715.
LIVE MUSIC: The Devil's Violin - Led by violinist Ján Berky-Mrenica, the group's repertoire ranges from traditional Slovak and temperamental Gypsy folk to classical music.
Starts: Aug 8 at 18:00. Admission free. Zámocký park (Castle's Park), Malacky. Tel: 034/7722-155.
TERCHOVÁ, a distinctive village nested in central Slovakia, will host the folk dance and music festival Jánošíkove dni (Jánošík Days) between July 30 and August 1. Apart from Slovak ensembles, the 42nd annual festival will feature artists from the Czech Republic, Poland, and Serbia. In total, over 40 folklore ensembles and bands will perform and show the latest trends in this music segment. The list of performers include Nebeská Muzika, Lojzo band, Czech siblings Hana a Petr Ulrychovci, and others. Presentation of folklore in visual arts and photography at special exhibitions will accompany the event. The festival is named after Jánošík, a legendary hero, who was reportedly born in this village. One-day ticket costs Sk120. The festival takes place at the local amphitheatre and enclosed premises. For more information call 0905/708-333.
photo: Rock Pop Bratislava agency
FESTIVAL: Novohradský Folklore Festival - This cross-border event takes place concurrently in Slovakia and Hungary.
Runs: Jul 28-Aug 1. Lučenec, Fiľakovo, Radzovce, Vidiná, and Šálgotarján. Tel: 02/5921-4114.
FESTIVAL: Nočné vlny or Night Waves - British group Transglobal Underground and Hungarian Korai Orom headline an open-air music festival.
Runs: Jul 30-31, starting at 17:30. Tickets: Sk490 for both days. Amphitheatre (close to the Slovak National Museum), Martin. Tel: 043/4223-041.
FESTIVAL: Terchovský Budzogáň - The line-up of this traditional show of folk-rock bands and singers includes Czechs Wabi Daněk and Slávek Janoušek, and Slovak Pavol Hammel.
Runs: Aug 6-7, starting at 18:00. Tickets: Sk120 per day. Amphitheatre, Terchová. Tel: 041/5695-129.
FESTIVAL: Podroháčske Folklore Festivities - The 29th year of the Orava folklore festival hosts ensembles from the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, and Croatia.
Runs: Aug 6-8, starting at 19:30. Tickets: Sk30-50 per day. Zuberec - Brestová. Tel: 043/5395-197.
FESTIVAL: Okey Leto - An open-air music festival features famous Slovak bands including No Name, IMT Smile, Horkýže Slíže, and Peha.
Runs: Aug 6-7 starting at 15:00. Tickets: Sk399 for both days when bought in advance. Futbalový štadión (Soccer Stadium), Poprad. Tel: 052/7721-394.
Prepared by Jana Liptáková
26. Jul 2004 at 0:00