Western SLOVAKIABratislavaMARATHON:THE CITY of Bratislava for the fourth time will host the popular Bratislava Marathon. Hundreds of runners are expected to fill the streets of the city centre and surrounding areas for a series of runs from March 27 to 29. A number of accompanying free events have been prepared by the organisers, including concerts by Dominika Mirgová, Martina Schindlerová and Gladiator, as well as different workshops and competitions for children. Admission fees for those who wish to take part in one of the seven different races during the marathon are between €5 and €35. More information can be found by calling 02/5556-8172 or at www.bratislavamarathon.com.
LIVE MUSIC: John Abercrombie & Robert Balzar Trio – One of the best-known Czech jazz bands arrives in Slovakia together with John Abercrombie, renowned American guitarist.
Starts: March 23, 19:00. Admission: €15-20. The Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Mýtna 1. www.bratislava.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical Mosaic – This concert prepared in cooperation with the International Holland Sessions features compositions by Ravel, Brahms, Chopin and others.
Starts: March 24, 19:00. Admission: €4 - 5. The Slovak Philharmonic, Nám. Eugena Suchoňa 1. Tel: 02/5920-8233, www.filharm.sk.
FESTIVAL: Warsaw Wave Live – Concerts, dance performances, screenings, lectures and poetry readings are offered within this five-day festival of Polish contemporary culture.
Runs: March 24-28. Admission: €4 for each day. A4 Zero Space, SNP Square 12; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27; VŠVU Film Faculty, Svoradova 2. www.polinst.sk.
OPERA: The Bartered Bride – The premiere of this famous opera by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.
Starts: March 27, 19:00. Admission: €13.28 - €36.51. The Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/5778-2534, www.snd.sk.
EXHIBITION: Sea, Earth and Flora – The latest collages and “collagraphs” by Nataša Floreánová, a Slovak artist who since 1969 has lived in Sydney.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, until April 26. Admission: €3.32. Bratislava City Gallery, Panská 19. Tel: 02/5443-1556, www.gmb.sk.
DANCE: Be Bop – A dance performance about Be Bop, an artistic movement that appeared in the 1940s and changed the traditional perception of music and harmony as such.
Starts: March 25, 19:00. Admission: €3. Ján Palárik Theatre, Trojičné Square 2. Tel: 033/5511-353, www.djp.sk.
DOGS: NitraCanis – Hundreds of dogs compete in several categories to win the prestigious Spring Grand Prix.
Runs: March 28-29. Admission: free. Agrokomplex Exhibition Centre, Výstavná 4. Tel: 037/7734967, www.nitracanis.sk.
EXHIBITION: Works – Otis Laubert, a contemporary Slovak artist, uses objects of everyday life such as empty bottles or table tennis balls to build unusual installations.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00, until May 10. Admission: €1. Miloš Alexander Bazovský Gallery, Palackého 27. Tel: 032/7436-858, www.gmab.sk.
DANCE:TWO UNIQUE offerings will be among the many attractive events at the 10th jubilee edition of the French Culture Days in Košice to be held from March 23 to April 17. The exhibition titled D’Ore et d’espace by Denys Vinzant will be available for free throughout the whole festival at Vojtech Löffler Museum (Alžbetina 20) every Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00. This unique exhibit is a collection of glass sheets written all over with scores in gold ink and thanks to this special technique, the glass objects themselves produce sounds without the need for loudspeakers. The exhibition was designed in 2000 for the Atrium de la Cour des Loges in Lyon. Also on March 28 at 19:00, Black Thiossane, a renowned French-Senegalese band, will perform at the Košice Town Hall (Hviezdoslavova 7), with tickets costing €4. French Culture Days are organised by the Alliance Française Košice. For more information, go to www.kosice.sk.
DANCE: Tea Never Infused & Melting Into Reality – Two young Slovak choreographers, Tomáš Krivošík and Jano Viňarský, each present a dance performance. Both shows are focused on the conflict between one’s individuality and the external world.
Starts: March 28, 20:00. Admission: €4. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
EXHIBITION: Little Suzan – A photographic story by Daniela Kapráľová inspired by the life of a simple old woman is on display.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until May 10. Admission: €1. House of Photography, Tranovského 3. Tel: 044/5624-454, www.domfoto.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Programme – Polish experimental fusion and groove-jazz ensemble gig in the eastern Slovak metropolis. A theatre performance in Slovak precedes the concert.
Starts: March 29, 19:00. Admission: €4. Veritas Café, Dominikánske Square 8. Tel: 055/6253-508, www.cinefil.sk.
EXHIBITION: Continuum – This attractive collection of photographs by Anna Ondrušeková is a good side trip for those who are tired of skiing for the day, as it is presented in one of the most picturesque towns in the High Tatras.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-16:00, until May 9. Admission: €0.66. The Tatra Gallery Villa Flóra, Vysoké Tatry – Starý Smokovec (near Poprad). Tel: 052/7721-968, www.tatragaleria.sk.