Western SLOVAKIABratislava FESTIVAL: THEATRE halls throughout Bratislava will be hosting performances by both local and foreign ensembles as part of the New Drama festival that will take place between May 11 and 16. Its fifth edition will feature a wide range of plays of different genres as well as several interesting accompanying events. These include, for example, a joint exhibition by Slovak scenographer Juraj Fábry and his Serbian colleague Miodrag Tabački, and a lecture titled New Writing in British Theatre Today given by Aleks Sierz, a British theatre critic and reviewer and one of the most outstanding contemporary drama theoreticians. For more information about admission, dates and venues, call 02/2048-7504 or go to www.novadrama.sk
FASHION: Summer 2009 – The latest fashion items by Lýdia Eckhardt, one of the best-known and most successful Slovak fashion designers can be admired at this unique show.
Starts: May 11, 19:30. Admission: €8. The Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/2085-5100, www.forza.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hugo Kauder Trio – Oboist Ivan Danko, violist Róbert Lakatos and pianist Ladislav Fančovič give a beautiful classical music concert.
Starts: May 12, 19:00. Admission: €2 - €4. Primate’s Palace Mirror Hall, Primaciálne Square 1. www.bkis.sk.
FOLKLORE: Rajkó – Rajkó, a 100-member Hungarian gypsy music orchestra, arrives for the first time in Slovakia with a three-hour show full of hot rhythms and melodies. Bangó Margit, nicknamed in her homeland the “queen of gypsy songs”, is the special guest.
Starts: May 13, 19:00. Admission: €10 - €30. Pasienky Sports Hall, Trnavská cesta 29. Tel: 02/4552-4181, www.music-art.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: One Day Jazz – A number of jazz musicians perform within this popular event. The performance by George Duke, famed American pianist, composer and producer, will be the highlight of the evening.
Starts: May 14, 19:00. Admission: €26 - €33. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/16-186, www.bkis.sk.
EXHIBITION: Mexican Graphics – This unique display of 66 Mexican graphics from the 19th to 21st centuries has had, according to the organisers, no parallel in central Europe within the past 20 years.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, until May 17. Admission: €3.32. Bratislava City Gallery, Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Tel: 02/5443-1556, www.gmb.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Axa Tour – Czech singer Michal David, who enjoys great popularity in Slovakia, tours western Slovakia. His next stops are Trenčín and Bratislava.
Starts: May 11, 19:00. Admission: €10 - €15. City Sports Hall, Olympionikov 4. www.michaldavid.cz.
l EXHIBITION: Hand Made – On display are works combining various techniques by Patrik Ševčík, a promising young artist.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, until June 14. Admission: €0.66. Nitra Gallery, Župné Square 3. Tel: 037/6579-641, www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Talents for Europe – Young laureates of the 2008 Talents for Europe competition from Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland and the Czech Republic perform various compositions for stringed instruments.
Starts: May 14, 19:00. Admission: €4 - €5. Fatra Palace of Art, Jozefa Vuruma Street. Tel: 041/5620-952, www.slovaksinfonietta.sk.
tities – Several contemporary French artists have been invited by Banská Bystrica’s branch of the Alliance Française to show their works.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00, until June 28. Admission: €1.33. Central Slovak Gallery, Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4701-615, www.ssgbb.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Vialka – An outlandish French duo, who say they come “from everywhere and from nowhere”, offer the Slovak audience a mixture of gypsy, punk, folk and rock.
Starts: May 15, 20:30. Admission: €3. Christiania, Hlavná 105. Tel: 051/7722-907, www.christiania.eu.sk.
MUSICAL:THE CITY of Košice will soon feel a breath of ancient times thanks to the opening of Cleopatra, a well-known Czech musical that has been seen by thousands of viewers. Featuring some of the most popular Czech singers and actors, this story of hate and love between a couple who were once the world’s most powerful man and woman, is an unforgettable artistic experience. Some knowledge of Czech or Slovak is helpful, but not completely necessary. The performance will be held at the Steel Arena at Nerudova 12 on May 16, starting at 16:00 and 19:30. Admission is between €16.56 and €33.16. More information can be found at www.steelarena.sk
FOLKLORE: The Železiar folklore ensemble celebrates their 45th birthday with a special show including their best pieces.
Runs: May 15-16, starting at 19:00. Admission: €1.50 - €3. Košice State Theatre, Hlavná 58; Old City Hall, Hlavná 59. Tel: 055/789 47 17, www.zeleziar.sk.
EXHIBITION: Graphics – Noted Czech graphic designer Vladimír Suchánek presents a collection of his own award-winning works.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-13:00, until June 6. Admission: voluntary contribution. U Sediaceho Anjela (The Sitting Angel) Gallery, Starý Trh 53. Tel: 052/4522-153, www.galeriauanjela.sk.