Western SLOVAKIABratislava EXHIBITION: 'PHENOMENAL' is how curators describe Czech artist Josef Čapek, whose works are on show at the Mirbach Palace of the Bratislava City Gallery at Františkánske Square 11 under the title Secrets of Images. The famous painter, illustrator, graphic designer, caricaturist and writer, who died in a concentration camp at the end of the WWII, is said to have loved Slovakia, the country that inspired most of his 1930s symbolist landscapes. These, together with some of Čapek’s Cubist paintings, arrive in the Bratislava for the first time in 28 years. Tickets for the exhibition, which is available Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 until June 21, cost between €2 and €4. More information can be found at www.gmb.sk
FESTIVAL: Buddhas at Charlie’s – A number of concerts, lectures and film screenings, including the famous Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, are available within the third edition of this festival focused on Asian culture.
Runs: May 4-8. Admission: €3-€5, or €20 for a festival pass. Charlie Centre, Špitálska 4. Tel.: 0904/361-242, www.buddhiz mus.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical Mosaic – The Moyzes Quartet and bassoonist Roman Mešina perform compositions by Antonín Dvořák, Ladislav Kupkovič and Jean Baptiste Edouard Dupuy.
Starts: May 5, 19:00. Admission: €5. Slovak National Gallery, Vodné kasárne (Water Barracks), Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Tel.: 02/5920-8233, www.filharm.sk.
FOLKLORE: Ruthenian Maňíra – A mosaic of Ruthenian songs and dances performed by the Problem music band and the Ekonóm folklore ensemble.
Starts: May 9, 20:00. Admission: €2. Klub za Zrkadlom Music Club, Rovniankova 3, Petržalka. Tel.: 02/6381-1328, www.molody-rusyny.sk.
EXHIBITION: Glass 2009 – On display are works by winners of the second edition of the Slovak-Czech glass-blowing contest.
Open: Mon-Sat 13:00-18:00, until May 16. Admission: free. Nova Gallery, Baštová 2. www.galeria-nova.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Skyquake – Katka Koščová, a young Slovak pop-music singer, tours the country to promote her latest album.
Starts: May 5, 19:30. Admission: €3 in advance, €6 at the door. Kursalon Restaurant, Beethovenova 5. www.katkakosc.sk.
FESTIVAL: Festival of Ghosts and Spirits – Children and parents are invited to Bojnice Castle to discover the legend of Matúš Čák of Trenčín, a powerful nobleman who owned 50 castles.
Runs: May 6-May 10, 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.
CARS: Vintage Rally – Lovers of old cars can look forward to this attractive meeting of vintage four-wheelers from all over Europe.
Starts: May 8, 12:00. Admission: free. Kúpeľná dvorana, Kúpeľná 1. Tel.: 032/7710-024, www.credotrade.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Požoň Sentimentál & Pressburger Retro DJ Club – These two ensembles, whose concert is held within the international Trans Europe Halles meeting of independent cultural centres, show that classical music does not have to be necessarily serious.
Starts: May 9, 21:30. Admission: €2. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel.: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
EXHIBITION: XYZ White Track – Artists Matej Gavula and Milan Tittel present their joint display unusually combining traditional sculpture techniques with video and photography.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00, until May 10. Admission: €1.33. Central Slovak Gallery, Praetorium Exhibition Hall, Štefan Moyzes Square 25. Tel.: 048/4701-615, www.ssgbb.sk.
RECONSTRUCTION:AFTER last year’s success, another reconstruction of the battle at Dargov Pass, probably the bloodiest fighting in the history of what is today Slovakia, will soon be held at the village of Dargov, where thousands of Soviet Red Army and Wehrmacht soldiers met in December 1944 to decide the future fate of the country. Historical equipment and aircraft will be presented by military clubs from all around Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The event, seen by around 20,000 viewers in 2008, starts on May 9 at 09:00. Admission is €2 for adults, but free for children under 10. For more information, go to www.retroair.sk.
MUSICAL: A Secret – This popular musical show telling a mystical story of hope and love, by Daniel Landa, arrives in Slovakia from the Czech Republic.
Starts: May 7-9, 19:00. Admission: €25.50. Cassia Dance Theatre (the Jumbo Centre), Masarykova 2. Tel.: 0905/770-007, www.cassiadance.sk.
EXHIBITION: Kosovo – Photographs from this well-known Balkan region by Andrej Bán, outstanding Slovak photographer and journalist, are on show.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 14:00-18:00, until May 31. Admission: €0.66. The Šariš Gallery, Hlavná 51. Tel.: 051/7725-423, www.sgpresov.sk.
4. May 2009 at 0:00 | Dominika Uhríková