Western SLOVAKIABratislava EXHIBITION:TO SYMBOLICALLY celebrate one hundred years since the Futurist Manifesto was first published in Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava have prepared a comprehensive display of works by famous Italian artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Luigi Russolo, Gino Severini, Mario Sironi and Fortunato Depero. Their fantastic visions glorifying speed, violence and technological progress, collected under the title Carte futuriste and presented within the second edition of the Dolce Vitaj festival, are available for €3.32, daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:30, until July 26. For more information, call 02/5443-2081 or go to www.sng.sk.
WORKSHOP: Summer Jazz Workshop – Slovak drummer Martin Valihora, Polish singer Marek Balata and American pianist Pavel Wlosok are among the instructors at this attractive jazz music atelier.
Runs: July 6-10. Admission: €75. The Conservatory, Tolstého 11. www.skjazz.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sacred Music Concert – Choirs from all around Europe arrive in Slovakia to perform at the first edition of the International Youth Music Festival.
Starts: July 10, 19:00. Admission: free. Jesuit Church of the Holiest Saviour, Františkánske Square. Tel: 0905/111-827, www.choral-music.sk.
DANCE: Instantaneous Composition on the Grass – Choreographer Marta Poláková and her students show what they have learned during this year’s LAB1 Summer Dance School.
Starts: July 11, 17:00. Admission: free. The Medical Garden, Špitálska Street. Tel: 0904/238-481, www.staremesto.sk.
EXHIBITION: Christian Calendar – Illustrations of a two-volume religious calendar book by Michael Rentz, 18th century Czech artist, are on display.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00, until September 20. Admission: €3.32. Bratislava City Gallery, Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Tel: 02/5443-1556, www.gmb.sk.
FESTIVAL: Podhájska Fest – Open-air concerts by Tublatanka, Alkehol, Adam Ďurica and many others as well as different accompanying events for children are available.
Starts: July 11, 13:00. Admission: €8. Podhájska Sports Centre (near Nové Zámky). www.podhajskafest.sk.
HORSE RACE: Trotting Race – Another of the numerous horse-racing events available in Slovakia over the summer months.
Starts: July 12, 15:00. Admission: €1.40. Nový Tekov Racetrack (near Levice). Tel: 0904/926-591, www.dostihyonline.sk.
EXHIBITION: Dialogue & Vanitas – Czech painter and sculptor Milan Houser and Slovak sculptor and graphic designer Juraj Meliš have prepared a joint exhibition project designed for both the interior and exterior of this gallery building.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00, until September 20. Admission: €1.30. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Koppel House, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659, www.gjk.sk.
FESTIVAL:EVERY YEAR during the second week of July, the eastern town of Kežmarok turns into a huge fair with 180 woodcarvers, skinners, blacksmiths, potters, glassblowers and various other craftsmen making traditional products right in front of visitors’ eyes. This year the European Folk Craft festival, available for €4 for adults and €1 for children, will be held between July 10 and 12. Apart from the picturesque and lively fair, visitors can look forward to a rich programme of classical music concerts, parades, folklore dance performances by ensembles from all around Europe, and much more. Further information can be found at 052/4660-112 or www.elro.kezmarok.sk.
FOLKLORE: 60 Years of Beauty – Lúčnica, probably the best-known Slovak folklore ensemble tour the country with its magnificent jubilee show.
Starts: July 9, 20:00. Admission: €7 (advance booking), €10 (at the door). Detva Amphitheatre, Sládkovičova Street. www.lucnica.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ Concert – Mattias Wager from Sweden gives a concert featuring two of his own organ compositions as well as other symphonies by Bach, Messiaen and Widor.
Starts: July 12, 18:00. Admission: €3. St. Catherine’s Church, Zámocké Square 1. Tel: 0903/719-654, www.kremnickyhradnyorgan.sk.
FESTIVAL: Orange Music Summer – The most popular names of the Slovak music scene such as Desmod, IMT Smile, No Name and Polemic meet at the Domaša dam to drown the tourists’ summer laziness.
Runs: July 10-11. Admission: €15.90. Domaša Relax Centre (near Vranov nad Topľou). Tel: 057/4887-140, www.domasafest.sk.
EXHIBITION: Dialogues – A collection of graphics by Dušan Polakovič, well-known contemporary artist from Bratislava.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-13:00, until July 23. Admission: voluntary contribution. U Sediaceho Anjela (The Sitting Angel) Gallery, Starý Trh 53. Tel: 052/4522-153, www.galeriauanjela.sk.