Western SLOVAKIABratislava OPERA: LISTENING TO beautiful opera arias and watching stars in the sky will be possible on June 16 and 17 in Bratislava, as top singers from Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic will perform Aida, Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, at the Sibamac Arena at Príkopova 6. The open-air opera, which will have its local premiere, speaks to the viewers not only through the artists’ ringing voices, but also thanks to flamboyant costumes and excellent fire effects. Admission is between €33 and €66 and both performances start at 20:00. More information can be found at www.megakoncert.sk.
DANCE: Dancing with Humour – Three Slovak alternative dance ensembles remove folklore from its pedestal and show that it can be full of not only melancholy and sentimentality, but also naturalism and irony.
Starts: June 16, 19:30. Admission: €6. Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 25. Tel: 0903/661-930, www.vsetecnici.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Summer Concert – The Technik chamber orchestra led by renowned conductor Mirko Krajči performs various classical music compositions, including two pieces written by Krajči himself.
Starts: June 17, 19:00. Admission: voluntary. Holy Family Church, Námestie Jána Pavla II. Tel: 0905/730-040, www.technik.stuba.sk.
SHOW: Flamenco Meets Orient – Combination of flamenco and oriental music, two different genres that have according to organisers nevertheless something in common, makes from this song and dance soiree a unique experience.
Starts: June 18, 20:00. Admission: €7. Zrkadlový Háj Palace of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 0911/200-079.
LIVE MUSIC: International Gypsy Fest – Musicians from eight European countries such as German singer Ricardo and Czech singer Věra Bílá arrive in the Slovak capital to support the Roma cause through hot Gypsy rhythms and melodies.
Starts: June 20, 19:00. Admission: €7 - €10. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L. Svobodu. Tel: 02/16-186, www.bkis.sk.
DANCE: Jumbo Dance Show – Both four-year-old children and professional award-winning dancers meet on the same stage, proving that art knows no (age) limits.
Starts: June 21, 16:00, 18:00. Admission: €7. The Arena Theatre, Viedenská Cesta 10. Tel: 0905/568-607, www.jumbodance.sk.
HORSE RACE: International Equestrian Meet – Horses and riders from all around Europe compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping.
Runs: June 19-21. Admission: free. Motešice Horse Farm (near Trenčín). Tel: 0903/722-330, www.furioso.sk.
EXHIBITION: Stories – Liliane Csuka, Maria Eitle-Vozar, Paolo Rossi and Margit Schärli from Switzerland offer the Slovak public a collection of their “installations and objects”.
Open: Wed-Sun 14:00-18:00, until July 12. Admission: free. Šamorín Synagogue, Mliečňanská 7. Tel: 0903/255-681, www.athomegallery.org.
OPERA: Norma – A part of the Zvolen Castle Plays open-air festival, this touching Bel-Canto opera by Vincenzo Bellini features noted actors from Italy and the USA.
Starts: June 21, 20:00. Admission: €7 - €10. Zvolen Castle. Tel: 045/5551-226, www.zhz.sk.
EXHIBITION: Paintings & Sculptures – Two contemporary artists, Michal Bauer and Daniel Janec, have prepared a joint display of their latest works.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until June 21. Admission: €1. Peter Michal Bohúň Gallery, Tranovského 3. Tel: 044/5514-032.
CONCERT:AFTER last year’s enormous success in the capital, famed American singer and musician Lenny Kravitz is heading to Košice on June 17 with his mixture of rock and pop rhythms. In addition to his popular singles from the 1990s, the 45-year-old holder of four Grammy Awards will offer the Slovak audience several cuts from his latest album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution. The concert will be held at the Steel Arena at Nerudova 12, starting at 19:00. Tickets cost between €30 and €66. For more information, go to www.xl.sk.
AIRSHOW: Airweekend – Historical as well as the most state-of-the-art aircraft are the protagonists in this breathtaking show accompanied by a number of other attractive events for the whole family.
Starts: June 20, 09:00. Admission: €5. Košice Airport. www.retroair.sk.
FOLKLORE: 2009 Euro Folk – For the 41st time, folklore ensembles from all around eastern Slovakia meet to promote their respective regions’ lore.
Runs: June 20-21. Admission: free. Rozhanovce Amphitheatre (near Košice). www.kosice.sk.