Western SLOVAKIABratislavaFOLKLORE:ALL FOLKLORE lovers can look forward to a rare combination of Slovak traditional dance and music with modern elements that will premier at Bratislava’s Istropolis Culture Centre at Trnavské mýto 1 on April 4 and 5 at 19:00 under the title “The Stars of Folklore”. The successful Magic Spurs ensemble, which has recently performed in Spain before an audience of 70,000 people, and 25 musicians from the renowned Devil’s Violins led by Ján Berky Mrenica Jr are a guarantee of an unforgettable artistic experience. Admission for this long-awaited show is between €10 and €16. More information can be found at www.carovneostrohy.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Jazz Famelia – Ida Kelarová and her band perform jazz and gypsy music.
Starts: March 31, 20:00. Admission: €10. Hlava XXII (Catch XXII), Bazová 9. Tel: 0903/725-557, www.hlavaxxii.sk.
FASHION: Brillance Fashion Talent – Winners of last year’s edition of the popular fashion competition present their apparel designs to officially open this year’s round.
Starts: April 1, 18:00. Admission: free. Aupark Shopping Centre, Einsteinova 18. www.aupark.sk.
FESTIVAL: Buenos Aires – The El Patrón Vázquez theatre from Argentina arrives in Slovakia with a comedy by Rafael Spregelburd. The play, full of absurd and even magical elements, will be presented in Spanish with Czech subtitles.
Starts: April 2, 19:00. Admission: €3. Studio 12, Jakubovo Square 12. Tel: 02/2048-7602, www.studio12.sk.
BALLET: Sleeping Beauty – A two-act ballet performance with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Starts: April 3, 19:00. Admission: €4.98 - €13.28. The Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/5778-2534, www.snd.sk.
FESTIVAL: Young Composers – As many as 11 young music composers meet to present their works.
Runs: April 3-4. Admission: free. Studio 12, Jakubovo Square 12. Tel: 02/2048-7602, www.studio12.sk.
HORSE RACE: Petržalka Spring Grand Prix – This attractive competition opens a new horse race season.
Starts: April 5, 14:00. Admission: €1.40. The Závodisko Racecourse, Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504, www.zavodisko.sk.
EXHIBITION: Rooftop Fotkebi – A young Georgian photographer presents his collection of photos portraying the Slovak capital as it looks from the rooftops of its
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-17:00, until April 12. Admission: free. Gallery X, Zámočnícka 5. www.sdc.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Tour for Students – Famous Slovak musicians such as Gladiator and Peter Cmorík tour the country together with DJ Milan Lieskovský to offer young people good music and lots of fun.
Starts: March 31, 19:00. Admission: €7. Trenčín Sports Hall, Mládežnícka 1. www.trencin.sk.
EXHIBITION: Art without Borders – A joint exhibition of naive art pieces by 18 painters from Slovakia and abroad.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until May 31. Admission: €1.66. Naive Art Gallery, Cajlanská 255. Tel: 033/6404-035.www.sng.sk.
Nižná nad Oravou
FOLKLORE: Orava Dance Shoes – This regional competition of children’s folklore ensembles is a good choice for those who wish to discover the most important features of Slovak music tradition.
Starts: April 2, 10:30. Admission: free. Nižná Culture Centre, Nová Doba 506. Tel: 043/5864978, www.osvetadk.sk.
OPERA: Sister Angelica & The Gypsies – These two short operas, by Puccini and Leoncavallo respectively, represent the best of the Italian Verismo tradition.
Starts: April 2, 18:30. Admission: €6. The State Opera, Národná 11. Tel: 048/4154-544, www.stateopera.sk.
MUSIC:FOUR MEMBERS of the former Collegium Musicum art-rock band, which performed between 1970 and 1979, including their leader, famous musician Marián Varga (in the picture), will give three concerts this week in central and eastern Slovakia. Well-known especially for its modern interpretations of classical music compositions, Collegium Musicum was among the most popular local ensembles. At present, it performs only occasionally. The concerts will take place at Košice’s Palace of Art (Moyzesova 66), Prešov’s Čierny Orol Culture and Leisure Park (Hlavná 50) and Banská Bystrica’s Palace of Culture (Námestie slobody 3) on March 30, April 1 and April 2 respectively, each starting at 19:00. Tickets cost between €8 and €12. For more information, call 055/16-186 or see www.mickosice.sk
LIVE MUSIC: In Flames – The five-strong Swedish metal group arrives in Slovakia to introduce their new album “A Sense of Purpose”.
Starts: April 2, 19:00. Admission: €23. Jumbo Centre, Masarykova 2. Tel: 055/6258-888, www.kosice.sk.
EXHIBITION: Ars inter Arma – Paintings by local artists from the Early Modern Period are on show at the splendid Strážky Castle.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until April 12. Admission: €2.66. Strážky Castle, Mednyánszkeho 25. www.sng.sk.