Western SLOVAKIABratislava FESTIVAL: NEAREST neighbours are closest relatives. This is the motto of the third Puppet Theatre Festival to be held from June 10 to 14 in Bratislava. Ensembles from Slovakia as well as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Ukraine and Italy will perform a series of charming plays taking both children and adults to the fantasy world of princesses, dwarfs and knights. The Sicilian marionette show by the Figli d’Arte Cuticchio Association from Palermo that is to open the festival is a highlight. All performances will take place at the Bratislava Puppet Theatre at Dunajská 36. For more information about dates, times and ticket prices, call 02/5263-4738 or visit www.babkovedivadlo.sk.
DANCE: Tristan and Iseult – The Košice State Theatre present an attractive combination of the famous medieval tragic story with modern elements such as the use of Wagner’s compositions and Japanese drums.
Starts: June 8, 19:00. Admission: €5 - €6. Nová Scéna Theatre, Živnostenská 1. Tel: 02/2048-8500, www.nova-scena.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Marilyn Manson – The eccentric American singer arrives in Slovakia with his eponymous band to introduce their fresh album The High End of Low.
Starts: June 9, 19:00. Admission: €25 - €39. Sibamac Arena (National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. Tel: 02/4446-0570, www.212.sk.
FESTIVAL: Wilsonic – Forward-thinking music is what one can enjoy, according to the organisers, at this three-day festival featuring famous performers such as the German Jazzanova or the Canadian Junior Boys.
Runs: June 12-14. Admission: €28 (one day), €39 (festival pass). Incheba Summer Club, Viedenská cesta 3-7. www.wilsonic.sk.
EXHIBITION: Inspiration – Naresh Kapuria, award-winning multimedia artist from India, revisits Slovakia after six years with a new display of works that combine different techniques such as photography, drawing, painting or assemblage.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-19:00, until June 16. Admission: free. Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Dostojevského rad 2. Tel: 02/5296-2402, www.svu.sk.
FOLKLORE: Trenčín Folklore Feast – Local folklore ensembles offer a kaleidoscope of typical Slovak songs and dances.
Runs: June 12-13. Admission: €1 (one day). Mníchova Lehota (near Trenčín). Tel: 032/6525-645, www.tfs.szm.sk.
AIR SHOW: National Aviation Days – The sky over this popular spa town will for the weekend become the stage of an unusual air theatre, starring dozens of aircraft from all over the world.
Runs: June 13-14, 08:00-16:30. Admission: €6 for one day. Piešťany Airport. www.nld.sk.
EXHIBITION: No Glue – Works by Cyril Blažo are on show within the Young Slovak and Czech Art Biennial.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sun-Sat 13:00-18:00, until June 21. Admission: €1.30. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Koppel House, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659, www.gjk.sk.
CONCERT:KALINKA, Katyusha or Svyashchennaya Voyna. These and many other famous Russian melodies can be listened to live thanks to the Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble, which will be touring Slovakia from June 8 to June 12. The 143-member official choir of the Russian Red Army, accompanied with the newly-established children's choir, will visit Humenné, Košice, Spišská Nová Ves, Žilina and Bratislava. In addition to the folk tunes, operatic arias, church hymns and popular hits, it will offer the local audiences a breathtaking sabre dance show. Tickets cost between €7 and €27. More info at www.music-art.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Chamber Concert – Slovak mezzo-soprano Eva Garajová and Bulgarian pianist Ludmil Angelov led by the latter’s compatriot Vladimír Kiradjev perform compositions by Chopin, Faure and De Falla.
Starts: June 11, 19:00. Admission: €4 - €5. Fatra Palace of Art, Jozefa Vuruma Street. Tel: 041/5620-952, www.slovaksinfonietta.sk.
EXHIBITION: Mertva Natura – Roman Rembovský presents a collection of paintings trying to capture the very essence of living.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-16:00, until June 28. Admission: €1.33. Central Slovak Gallery Rooms 19-21, Skutecký Villa, Horná 55. Tel: 048/4701-625, www.ssgbb.sk.
FESTIVAL: Use the City – The first edition of this street-art festival includes various performances, shows, concerts, workshops and even two flash-mob gatherings.
Runs: June 12-14. Admission: free. Various Košice venues. www.kosice13.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Ali Ibn Rachid – This well-known quintet who have been focusing on alternative music for more than 20 years visit their hometown to present their new album, entitled Dancing.
Starts: June 13, 20:30. Admission: €4. Christiania, Hlavná 105. Tel: 051/7722-907, www.christiania.eu.sk.