Western SLOVAKIABratislava SHOW: IT SEEMS that many would like to keep their childhood dreams. This is one possible explanation for why Disney’s shows are so popular in Slovakia that they usually sell out long before their arrival in the country. This time the famous characters, that have amused audiences in various forms for more than eighty years, present a series of performances taking place at Bratislava’s Incheba Expo Arena at Viedenská cesta 3-7 between April 30 and May 3, starting at various times. Mickey’s Magic Show features charming numbers by professional illusionists that will deceive even the most sceptical adults. Tickets cost between €23 and €35. The following week, the performances will be hosted by the city of Košice. For more information, see www.xl.sk.
SPORTS: Spinning the Globe – The Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team founded in 1926 that has played more than 25,000 games combining "serious” sports and hilarious comedy, are hoping to score also with the Slovak public.
Starts: April 27, 19:30. Admission: €20 - €30. Pasienky Sports Hall, Trnavská 29. www.harlemglobetrotters.com
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical Mosaic – The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in co-operation with The International Holland Music Sessions have invited three foreign musicians to perform in the capital.
Starts: April 28, 19:15. Admission: €5. Slovak National Gallery, Vodné kasárne (Water Barracks), Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Tel.: 02/5920-8233, www.filharm.sk.
DANCE: Music and Dance Soiree – The renowned Slovak Dance Theatre and famous Slovak band IMT Smile have prepared an unusual combination of dance and popular music.
Starts: April 28-30, 19:00. Admission: €20 - €26. Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 25. Tel.: 0907/401-880, www.heinekentowerstage.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Deep Purple – The famed British fivesome arrive in the country after several successful concerts to offer the Slovak audience more delicacies from their hard-rock and heavy-metal menu.
Starts: May 3, 20:00. Admission: €40 - €80. Sibamac Arena (National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. Tel.: 02/4920-9890, www.ntc.sk.
EXHIBITION: Folk Toys from Beskydy – A collection of richly ornamented Polish hand-made toys such as little wagons, horses or birds made of wood and clay.
Open: Mon-Thu 10:00-17:00, Fri 09:00-15:00, until May 8. Admission: free. The Polish Institute, SNP Square 13. Tel.: 02/2065-5513, www.polinst.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Tublatanka Tour – Tublatanka, the legendary Slovak rock band, offers their greatest hits since the 1980s.
Starts: April 29, 18:00. Admission: €9. Piano Club, Pod Sokolicami 12-16. Tel.: 032/7445-081, www.pianoclub.sk.
FESTIVAL: Festival of Ghosts and Spirits – Anna Rosina Listhius, “the queen of witches”, invites all brave children to find out the horrible truth about her cruel deeds.
Runs: April 29 - May 3, 09:00-18:00. Admission: €5.31 for adults, €2.66 for children. The Bojnice Castle, Zámok a okolie 1. Tel.: 046/5430-633, www.bojnicecastle.sk.
EXHIBITION:A COLLECTION of toys and puppets from all around the world is on show in the town of Fiľakovo until May 12. Prepared by several museums, the exhibition contains an array of artefacts, most of which were crafted using traditional methods. They come, for example, from Hungary, Mexico and India and from three dozen other countries. “The Realm of Toys” includes also several enamelled toys made during World War II in a Fiľakovo factory. The venue is The Castle Museum at Hlavná 14, open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Admission is €1.70. More information can be obtained by calling 047/4382-017 or visiting www.filakovo.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Slovakia Tour – The Czech diva Lucie Bílá tours the country with an attractive repertoire of both popular and classical music songs.
Starts: April 27, 19:00. Admission: €16. Andrej Hlinka Culture Centre, A. Bernoláka 1. www.ruzomberok.eu.
OPERA: The Capulets and the Montagues – The State Opera for the last time presents this comparatively unknown piece by Vincenzo Bellini inspired, of course, by Shakespeare’s famous piece Romeo and Juliet.
Starts: April 28, 18:30. Admission: €6. The State Opera, Národná 11. Tel.: 048/4154-544, www.stateopera.sk.
SPORTS: Fight Stage Championship – This series of fights in cages without any rules between both men and women is recommended only for those “with the guts”.
Starts: April 30, 19:00. Admission: €11 - €16. Infiniti Arena, Pri jazdiarni 1. www.klietka.sk.
FOLKLORE: 60 Years of Beauty – A kaleidoscope of the best of the famous Lúčnica folklore ensemble’s production.
Starts: May 2, 19:00. Admission: €8. Palace of Culture, Strojárska 96. Tel.: 057/7561-880, www.lucnica.sk.
EXHIBITION: Expectation – More than fifty bronze and steel sculptures by Czech artist Igor Kitzberger are on show.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-13:00, until May 6. Admission: voluntary contribution. U Sediaceho Anjela (The Sitting Angel) Gallery, Starý Trh 53. Tel.: 052/4522-153, www.galeriauanjela.sk.