Western SLOVAKIABratislvaMUSIC:PASSION, temperament and wild music. This is what organisers promise those who attend the Gypsy Night to be held at Bratislava’s Pasienky Sports Hall at Trnavská 29 on April 8 (International Roma Day), starting at 19:00. The “megaconcert”, as it is called, will feature the famous Gypsy Devils orchestra as well as a number of renowned musicians from other ensembles. Spectators will moreover have a unique opportunity to see Harri Stojka, an outstanding Austrian gypsy jazz performer who lives in the US, Antonín Gondolan, who has co-operated, for example, with the Czech legend Karel Gott, or Buffó Rigó Sándor, concertmaster of the 100-member Budapest Gypsy Orchestra. Tickets cost between €25 and €49. For more information, call 02/4342-6758 or visit www.ciganskanoc.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Haydn Trio Eisenstadt – Three Austrian musicians play compositions by Haydn and Schubert.
Starts: April 7, 18:00. Admission: free. The Austrian Embassy’s Mozart Hall, Ventúrska 10, www.rakusko.eu.
LIVE MUSIC: Boban i Marko Marković Orkestar – The well-known Serbian brass band arrives once again in the Slovak capital to offer the audience a bit of Balkan temperament and charm.
Starts: April 9, 20:00. Admission: €26 - €40. Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 25. Tel: 0907/401-880, www.heinekentowerstage.sk.
HORSE RACE: April Grand Prix – Another tip for a Sunday afternoon spent with friends and family.
Starts: April 12, 14:00. Admission: €1.40. The Závodisko Racecourse, Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504, www.zavodisko.sk.
EXHIBITION: Oil Painting – This collection of paintings by 9 contemporary Slovak artists serves as a reflection of the “post-digital” art of today.
Open: Tue-Sat 12:00-17:00, until May 2. Admission: free. Cyprián Majerník Gallery, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5920-1605.
EXHIBITION: Play-Architecture – An interactive display prepared by two young architects for children who like both playing and learning.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, until September 20. Admission: €0.66. Bibiana, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308, www.bibiana.sk.
FESTIVAL:IT HAS been a long tradition that the city of Trenčín welcomes the spring season with harmonious melodies and tunes. Within the 2009 Trenčín Musical Spring Festival, five attractive classical music concerts will be performed in different venues throughout the city each Sunday from April 5 to May 10. This year’s edition, subtitled “Emotion and Reason in Music” will be focused on Classicism and Romanticism, two movements standing in opposition and yet having a lot in common. The first performance will be given by the Musica Aeterna and Ad Una Corda ensembles on April 5 at the Evangelical Church at Vajanského Street, starting at 18:00. Admission is between €3 and €4. More information can be obtained by calling 0905/268-873 or visiting www.trencin.sk
FAIR: Easter Fair – The city of Trenčín invites individuals and families to admire traditional Slovak craft products such as decorated eggs and many others.
Runs: April 6-8. Admission: free. Mierové Square. Tel: 032/16-186, www.trencin.sk.
EXHIBITION: The Final Cut – Graphic designer and photographer Katarína Poliačiková presents her newest pieces analysing human relationships.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, until April 26. Admission: €0.66. Nitra Gallery, Župné Square 3. Tel: 037/6579-641, www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert – Four soloists accompanied by the State Opera’s orchestra and choir perform Requiem, Mozart’s famous composition.
Starts: April 6, 19:00. Admission: €5. The State Opera, Národná 11. Tel: 048/4154-544, www.stateopera.sk.
EXHIBITION: Drawings – Large-format drawings focused on urbanism by Jozef Malý are on display.
Open: Tue-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00, until April 24. Admission: €1. Považie Gallery of Art, Štefánikova 2. Tel: 041/5622-522. www.pgu.sk.
WORKSHOP: Magic Scene – All curious children and their curious parents are invited to bring their scissors and crayons and take part in this artistic workshop.
Starts: April 5, 10:00. Admission: €0.70. Culture Centre, Štefánikova 99. www.poprad.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Student Concert – Oboe, trombone, violoncello and double bass players from Košice’s conservatory show off their skills.
Starts: April 8, 19:00. Admission: €2. Košice State Philharmonic, Moyzesova 66. Tel: 055/6224-514, www.sfk.sk.
THEATRE: Pied Piper – An extremely popular Czech musical show by Daniel Landa charming spectators of all age categories.
Starts: April 8-11, 19:00. Admission: €25-€50. Cassia Dance Theatre (the Jumbo Centre), Masarykova 2. Tel: 0905/770-007, www.cassiadance.sk.