Western SLOVAKIABratislava FESITVAL: SUSTAINABILITY, energy, design, creativity and corporate responsibility will be among the topics of the upcoming festival titled Re:Made in Holland that will be held in Bratislava between May 16 and 23. This interesting event, organised by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Slovakia, aims to familiarise the Slovak public with the values of the Dutch people and will feature, for example, a benefit bike tour, a traditional Dutch market as well as several film screenings and exhibitions. One of the highlights is three performances by the renowned Nederlands Dans Theater. Further details about prices and venues can be found at www.remadeinholland.sk.
FESTIVAL: Musica Sacra – Children’s choirs from Poland, Israel, Russia and South Africa will compete in the capital to win first prize, as well as the hearts of the Slovak audience.
Runs: May 21-24. Admission: free. Jesuit Church of the Holiest Savior, Františkánske Square; Primate’s Palace Mirror Hall, Primaciálne Square 1. Tel: 0905/111-827, www.choral-music.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Sitar and Tabla – Two award-winning musicians from India, Debashish Ganguly and Abhijit Banerjee, offer a mosaic of their motherland’s traditional music.
Starts: May 23, 19:00. Admission: €8.50. Klarisky Concert Hall, Farská 4. Tel: 0908/143-956, www.shiraz.sk.
SPORTS: The Road of Friendship – Both amateur and professional cyclists are invited to take part in this 70-km ride through several Slovak, Austrian and Hungarian villages.
Starts: May 23, 7:30. Admission: €10. Námestie Slobody is the meeting place for registration. Tel: 02/4437-3477, www.starz.sk.
EXHIBITION: A Man and a Legend – The Slovak National Museum has prepared a rich collection of documents about the life of Milan Rastislav Štefánik. An interactive model of the cockpit of the plane in which he met his tragic death in 1919 is a part of the display.
Open: Wed-Mon 10:00-17:00, until August 31. Admission: €2.50. Podhradie Exhibition Hall, Žižkova 16. Tel: 02/5934-9111, www.snm.sk.
EXHIBITION: From Plaster to Chewing Gum – A display of works by 29 artists mapping the variety of materials used on the Slovak visual arts scene.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00 - 18:00, until July 5. Admission: €0.66. Nitra Gallery, Župné Square 3. Tel: 037/6579-641, www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.
FESTIVAL: Červený Kameň Swordplay – The fourth staging of the biggest history-oriented festival in Slovakia brings various concerts and a traditional market, but mainly a series of swordplay tournaments by professional teams from Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Runs: May 22-24. Admission: €4.50 - €8. Červený Kameň Castle. Tel: 0905/483-166, www.sermovacka.sk
FESTIVAL: Tonifest – This unusual event, meant for those who like good music and good food, is an excellent occasion for tasting traditional Slovak meals and listening to popular melodies of various genres.
Runs: May 21-23, 17:00-03:00. Admission: €5 for one-day ticket. Žilina Bus Station, Milcova Street. Tel: 0911/267-886, www.music-station.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Megaconcert – Several stars of the Slovak popular music scene perform the 22 hits that have been made from the well-known Fountain for Susan trilogy, one of the most successful movies in the country’s history.
Starts: May 21, 19:00. Admission: €25. Winter Stadium, Pod dráhami 21. Tel: 02/4342-6758, www.megaconcert.sk.
EXHIBITION: The Architect – On display are projects and photographs of buildings designed at the beginning of the 20th century by Guido Hoepfner, an outstanding architect of Slovak origin, whose works can be admired all around the former Hungarian Empire.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00, until June 14. Admission: €1.33. Central Slovak Gallery, Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4701-615, www.ssgbb.sk.
CONCERT:ONE OF the world’s best-known singers, Enrique Iglesias, will soon give two captivating performances in Bratislava and Košice. The country will be hosting for the first time ever this teen idol of Spanish origin who gained fame in 1999 thanks to his award-winning single Bailamos. Since then, he has added a long list of mega-hits to his repertoire including Hero, Escape, Addicted or Can You Hear Me. Iglesias will perform these and many others at Bratislava’s Sibamac Arena (Príkopova 6) on May 19 and at Košice’s Steel Arena (Nerudova 12) on May 20, both times starting at 20:00. Tickets cost between €35 and €66. For more information, call 055/6421-775 or see www.equinoxe.sk.
DANCE: IMT & SDT – The noted Slovak Dance Theatre and IMT Smile, one of the most popular Slovak rock-pop bands, tour the country with their recently premiered performance.
Starts: May 22, 19:00. Admission: €10 - €15. New Sports Hall, Športová 1. www.sdt.sk.
SPORTS: VSE City Run – A number of concerts and other accompanying events for both children and adults are available within this 4 km fundraising marathon.
Starts: May 21, 10:00. Admission: free (€2 for runners). Poprad city centre. www.cityrun.sk.