Western SLOVAKIATrenčín FESITVAL: TENS of thousands of people will soon converge on Trenčín to take part in Slovakia’s best-known and most popular music event, Bažant Pohoda Festival. From July 16 to 18, musicians, DJs, dancers and other artists from all over the globe will be performing live at numerous open-air stages with American singer Patti Smith and Scottish band Travis being among the highlights. Apart from the concerts, so varied that they will include even classical music performances, various film screenings, workshops and discussions are available. The festival will be held at the Trenčín Airport. One-day tickets cost €55 and a festival pass is €65. More information can be found at www.pohodafestival.sk.
EXHIBITION: FOUR artists, four friends, four stories, one technique. This is the essence of a new exhibition entitled Quadridisplay, which is being held at the Bratislava City Gallery until July 23. On show are drawings by Jan Steklík, Otis Laubert, Monogramista T.D. and Igor Kalný, who, in spite of coming from different generations, all have a similar poetic conception of the world. According to Daniela Čarná, curator of the exhibition, these drawings “talk about small things of great importance; they are poems written in the language of visual art”. Quadridisplay is available daily except Mondays from 11:00 to 18:00 at the Pálffy Palace at Panská 19 for €3.32. For more information, call 02/5443-1556 or see www.gmb.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Cuban Ship – A group of musicians that call themselves Azucar Cubana will certainly not make the summer cooler with their hot Cuban rhythms, but they are likely to make it more enjoyable.
Starts: July 13, 19:00. Admission: €7. Ship Martin, Passenger Port, Fajnorovo nábrežie 2. Tel: 02/16-186, www.bkis.sk.
HORSE RACE: Slovak Gallop Derby – For the 17th time, jockeys step on the accelerator of their particular four-legged vehicle to seek the top prize in this prestigious competition.
Starts: July 19, 14:00. Admission: €1.40. Petržalka Racecourse, Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504, www.dostihy.sk.
EXHIBITION: Art – Ten Slovak artists have prepared a joint display of paintings and drawings, through which they are looking for art – pure and simple.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, until September 16. Admission: free. The BCBP Private Gallery, Vysoká 17. Tel: 02/5478-9416, www.artem.sk.
FESTIVAL: Fun Radio Dohoda – Another of the numerous summer festivals held throughout the country features performances by Polemic, IMT Smile, Hex, Jana Kirschner and others.
Starts: July 18, 14:00. Admission: €8.90. Kamenný Mlyn Relax Centre (near Malacky). www.funradio.sk.
EXHIBITION: Intertext – Seven central European artists set forth, as they say themselves, along the way “from conceptual to post-conceptual text” by making the word an object of visual attention.
Open: Tue-Fri 09:00-17:00, until August 30. Admission: free. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659, www.gjk.sk.
SHOW: Europe in the Arena – Young participants from Slovakia, Germany and France taking part in a weeklong circus workshop demonstrate what their have learned.
Starts: July 17, 20:00. Admission: free. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel.: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
FOLKLORE: Shepherds’ Days – A whip-cracking competition, a Miss Kid beauty contest for goats and many other interesting events are available at the 9th edition of this popular folklore festival.
Runs: July 18-19. Admission: free. Malatiná Amphitheatre (near Dolný Kubín). Tel: 043/5864-978, www.osvetadk.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ Concert – Gianluca Libertucci from the Vatican performs several compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Starts: July 19, 18:00. Admission: €3. St. Catherine’s Church, Zámocké Square 1. Tel: 0903/719-654, www.kremnickyhradnyorgan.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: International Project Quartet – A very international foursome of musicians from Latvia, Portugal, Holland and Slovakia gig in the eastern metropolis, offering the audience a mixture of jazz, pop, ethno and rock.
Starts: July 17, 19:00. Admission: €4. GeS Club, L. Novomeského 13. Tel: 055/6224-303, www.ges.sk.
PARTY: Sun Dance Party – Best-known Slovak DJs offer a mixture of styles and continuous fun under the open sky.
Runs: July 18-19. Admission: €10 (one day), €15 (festival pass). Dobranská Zátoka, Domaša Dam (near Vranov nad Topľou). www.sundanceparty.sk.
EXHIBITION: Magical Himalayas – Stanislav Tomka presents his photographs taken from atop some of the world’s highest peaks.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-16:00, until August 29. Admission: €0.66. The Tatra Gallery Villa Flóra, Vysoké Tatry – Starý Smokovec (near Poprad). Tel: 052/7721-968, www.tatragaleria.sk.