SHOW: BRATISLAVA will be the site of a thrilling aeronautical acrobatics show on August 10. Directly above the Danube, Austrian pilot Hannes Arch and Hungarian pilot Peter Besenyei will compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Series. The series’ individual competitions take place around the world in unique metropolises with picturesque scenery. Millions of spectators watch breath-taking air manoeuvres performed at high speed by top pilots.
The Bratislava course will stretch 3,100 metres, but will be restricted due to Nový Most bridge, with the UFO restaurant atop it, and the Lafranconi bridge. The pilots will fly through five air gates at speeds up to 275 kilometres per hour.
The event will start at 13:30. The pilots will begin their training at 14:00. Ten minutes later, a helicopter will demonstrate the course. The first round of the duel will start at 14:30, followed by a performance by the Flying Bulls at 14:40. The second round will take place at 14:55. For more information, go to www.redbull.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Stars Talk – A Finnish girls’ choir of 30 singers aged between 13 and 18 sings medieval and modern sacred music during and after Mass.
Starts: Aug 7, 18:00. Admission: free. St Vincent de Paul’s Church, Tomášikova 8. Tel: 02/4341-5158, 0905/716-851.
LIVE MUSIC: American Mystic - John Shannon and the Oskar Rózsa Trio play.
Starts: Aug 4, 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Klarisky Church, Klariská Street. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
IN-LINE SKATING: Bratislava In-line – Every Friday until August 29, in-line skaters will hold a non-competitive 90-minute ride through the capital, followed by a disco. No pre-registration required.
Starts: Aug 8, 20:00. Admission: free. Meet behind the Aupark Shopping Centre, Einsteinova 18.
FESTIVAL: The Road to Light – The first year of this festival, subtitled the Angel Festival, focuses on health, love and light in the style of feng shui. The festival hosts personalities from the arts, music, literature and movement arts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia.
Runs: Aug 8-10. Admission: Sk380, Sk480 (one-day ticket), Sk580 (festival pass). PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3.
FESTIVAL: Tradition without Borders – This festival consists of the Plays of Knights and the Onion Festivities.
Runs: Aug 9-10, starting at 11:00. Admission: Sk110-Sk300. Holíč Castle and other venues in the town. Tel: 034/6685-155.
FESTIVAL: Červeník – The 43rd year of this music festival features Slovak singer Zuzana Smatanová, Slovak bands Hex, Slobodná Európa and the Gypsy Devils, Slovak folklore ensembles as well as Czech world-music band Čechomor.
Runs: 8-10 August, starting at 14:00. Admission: Sk200-Sk500. The local amphitheatre and other venues in the village. www.cervenik.sk.
CONCERT: PEOPLE from around Banská Štiavnica can attend concerts, discussions, poetry events, and other activities organised as part of Cap a l'Est, from August 8 to 10. This year, for the first time in the festival’s six-year history, this part of the event takes place one week before the main festival.
The activities over the course of those three days include a discussion about the 40th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia; the screening of a documentary about contemporary Slovaks entitled Slovakia for Beginners; a street performance entitled Prometheus, a poetry workshop; an a capella concert by the Ďuďovci, handicapped Roma siblings; a concert by French violin player Sharman Plesner; and a jazz concert by Dodo Šošoka and the Slovak Jazz Trio. The events will take place in succession in the villages of Píla, Župkov, Hrabičov, Ostrý Grúň, Kľak, and end in Banská Štiavnica. The venues will include a pub, a church, a village office and a playground. For more information, go to www.capalest.sk.
FESTIVAL: 4 Elements – This tenth annual film seminar focused on the theme of mirrors includes movies from France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and others.
Runs: Aug 7-10. Admission: Sk500 (pass for the whole event), Sk60 (for individual screenings). The cinema and other places in Banská Štiavnica. www.4zivly.sk.
FESTIVAL: Rock Besky Fest – This annual rock festival hosts Komajota, Kiss Revival, Kreyson, Mad Frequency and others.
Starts: Aug 8. Admission: Sk190 (in advance), Sk250 (at the door). The local amphitheatre. www.ticketportal.sk.
FESTIVAL: Country Fest Rozmarín – This country music festival features folk, country and world music bands from Slovakia and abroad, including Kamelot, Robert Křesťan and his Druhá Tráva, Spirituál Kvintet, the Pressburger Klezmer Band and Lojzo. A country ball is part of the event.
Runs: Aug 8-9. Admission: Sk249-Sk349. The local amphitheatre nad Bôrami. www.rozmarin.sk.
EXHIBITION: Mame – An exhibition of Japanese ceramics from the end of the 19th century to the present takes place.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until Sept 7. The Koloman Sokol Centre, Námestie Osloboditeľov 28. Tel: 044/5514-032.
FESTIVAL: Hevhetia – Guitarist Miloš Železňák performs Ruthenian songs in untraditional arrangements (Aug 4) and pianist Nora Skutová plays works by John Cage (Aug 5) to complete this four-day festival focused on minority music genres.
Starts: Aug 4 and 5, 19:00. Admission: free. Hevhetia Music Gallery at Alžbetina 22, and V. Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Tel: 0902/915-500.