Western SLOVAKIABratislava MUSIC: HAYDN and his contemporaries are the focus of this year’s edition of the Early Music Days, which are being held at different concert halls in Bratislava. Until June 12, classical music lovers will have the opportunity of listening to famous melodies by noted 18th century composers, performed mostly by Slovak, Czech, Hungarian and Austrian soloists and orchestras. The highlight is a concert by the Hungarian Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra that will take place at St. Martin’s Cathedral on June 5, at 20:00. Tickets cost between €3 and €6. Find more information about other dates, venues at www.earlymusicba.org.
LIVE MUSIC: Štrkovec Spring – A number of local bands perform under the open sky within this “mini-festival”, as organisers call it.
Starts: June 5, 16:00. Admission: €5. The Štrkovec Relax Centre (Ružinov). Tel: 02/4828-4503.
FAIR: Bratislava Collectors Days – Those who believe that stamp and coin collecting are boring hobbies are very likely to be surprised by this interesting event.
Runs: June 5-6. Admission: free. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 02/6727-2206, www.incheba.sk.
FESTIVAL: Bratislava Food Fest – Chefs from all around Europe will present their respective specialties at the first edition of this culinary festival. Various accompanying events, including a cooking school for children, are on the programme.
Runs: June 5-7. Admission: €11. Arena Theatre, Viedenská cesta 10; Tyršovo nábrežie (the Danube riverbank). www.bff.123design.sk.
OPERA: Julietta – The Czech National Theatre from Brno arrives in Slovakia with a lyrical opera by Bohuslav Martinů on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.
Starts: June 7, 19:00. Admission: €6.64 - €26.56. The Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/5778-2534, www.snd.sk.
FESTIVAL: International Water-sprite Festival – Bratislava’s famous water-sprite Ferko, soon to be 801 years old, invites all fun-loving families to take part in this festival’s unique events.
Runs: June 6. Admission: free. Hviezdoslavovo Square. www.devinskabrana.estranky.cz.
DOGS: 2009 Grand Prix Slovakia – All sorts of dogs and pups competing in various categories can be admired and maybe caressed (at one’s own risk) at this international dog show.
Runs: June 6-7. Admission: free. Agrokomplex Exhibition Centre, Výstavná 4. Tel: 0911/677-388, www.nitracacib.sk.
CELEBRATION: AquaPhone – An unusual happening organised to remind folks of past times when no bridge linked Štúrovo with Esztergom and people could not see easily their friends and relatives. A series of classical music concerts under the open sky symbolising the regained possibility of dialogue will be held.
Starts: June 6, 11:00. Admission: free. The Mária Valéria Bridge (both banks of the Danube). www.bridgeguard.org.
EXHIBITION:THE HOUSE of Photography in Liptovský Mikuláš is housing an exhibition titled Zone: Periphery by three young contemporary authors, Petra Bošanská, Jana Hojstričová and Silvia Saparová. This collection of photographs, depicting everyday reality in an innovative way, was prepared in cooperation with the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava as part of the 13th Summer Photo-School festival. Zone: Periphery is available for €1 Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 at the gallery at Tranovského 3 until June 28. More information at www.domfoto.sk.
OPERA: The King and the Wise Woman – The last opportunity to see what its author Carl Orff called “fairy tale opera” on the stage of The State Opera.
Starts: June 2, 10:30. Admission: €3. The State Opera, Národná 11. Tel: 048/4154-544, www.stateopera.sk.
EXHIBITION: A Modest Medium – Fifteen contemporary artists have sharpened their pencils and prepared a joint display to show that drawing is a fully-fledged artistic technique.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00, until June 21. Admission: €1. Považie Art Gallery, M. R. Štefánika 2. Tel: 041/5622-522, www.pgu.sk.
MUSICAL: Desire – This successful Czech musical show, attended since its premiere in September by as many as 50,000 spectators, arrives in Slovakia to gain new fans.
Starts: June 3-6, 19:00. Admission: €30. Cassia Dance Theatre (the Jumbo Centre), Masarykova 2. www.cassiadance.sk.
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EXHIBITION: Endre Lukowicky – Works by Endré Lukoviczky, renowned Hungarian graphic designer, are on show.
Open: Mon: 08:00-16:00, Tue-Fri 08:00-17:00, Sat 08:00-12:00, until June 30. Admission: €1. Spiš Art Gallery, Zimná 46. Tel: 053/4464-710, www.gus.sk.