FOR THE first time ever, Slovakia will have the honour of hosting Leonard Cohen, famous Canadian singer-songwriter and poet. The 74-year-old charismatic artist, who will arrive in Bratislava on August 28 within his current world tour, entered the music scene almost 50 years ago and soon became one of the most influential musicians both in Canada across the world. His songs often deal with complex and thought-provoking topics such as power, religion, sex and spirituality. Cohen’s appearance is even more unique because he returned to a live stage only in 2008, after a 15 year absence. The concert will be held at the Incheba Expo Arena at Viedenská cesta 3-7, starting at 20:00. Tickets cost between €50 and €70. For more information, visit www.vivien.sk.
A LEGENDARY figure of pop-rock, 58-year-old English singer Chris Norman, will be visiting Lučenec and Košice on August 28 and 29 respectively. Norman is best known as a member of Smokie, a Bradford-based British rock band which hit the charts around Europe in the 1970s with Living Next Door to Alice, a single that has remained their most popular release. In the late 1980s, Norman decided to leave Smokie and concentrate on a solo career which took off with his famous song Midnight Lady. He will offer the Slovak audience a mixture of his most successful hits and his latest pieces. The Lučenec concert will take place at the Winter Sports Hall at Športová 1, while the Košice venue is the Cassosport Hall at Alejová 11. Both concerts start at 19:00 and tickets cost between €13 and €17. More information can be found at www.epg.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Macy Gray – The famed American R&B and soul singer and a Grammy award winner best known for her hit I Try arrives in Slovakia, not forgetting to bring, of course, her impressive raspy voice.
Starts: August 27, 20:00. Admission: €11 - €29. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7. www.xl.sk.
FESTIVAL: Uprising Reggae – After last year’s success, Bratislava once again swarms with foreign, mostly British and Jamaican musicians, who will come to offer Slovaks the best of their reggae repertoire.
Runs: August 28-29. Admission: €15 (one-day ticket), €25 (two-day ticket). Zlaté piesky Recreation Area. www.uprising.sk.
FOLKLORE: Slovakia in Bratislava – For the 19th year in a row, cultural representatives of all regions of Slovakia arrive in the capital to present their traditional products and dishes, accompanied with performances by various folklore ensembles.
Runs: August 29-30. Admission: free. Hviezdoslavovo Square and adjacent streets. Tel: 02/16-186, www.uluv.sk.
EXHIBITION: Zoom – The Slovak Textile Artists Association presents a joint display of the winning pieces of an international textile miniatures competition, with the only rule being “20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm”.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00, Sat 13:00-17:00, until August 31. Admission: free. The X Gallery, Zámočnícka 5. www.txt.sk.
FESTIVAL: Lodenica Country – Some of the most popular Slovak and Czech country musicians including Čechomor, Lenka Filipová and the Nedvěds give concerts on three open-air stages.
Runs: August 27-29. Admission: €20 (festival pass). Lodenica Caravan Park. Tel: 032/7773-057, www.lodenica.sk.
HORSES: Horse 2009 – Horse races, exhibitions, workshops and especially a breathtaking evening show are available at the 6th edition of this unique equestrian event.
Runs: August 28-30. Admission: €3.50 (one-day ticket). Trenčín Expo Center, Pod Sokolicami 43. Tel: 032/7435-600, www.expocenter.sk.
CINEMA: KinoKaravan – Fifteen film directors from different European countries present the outcomes of a three-day cinema workshop.
Starts: August 25, 21:00. Admission: free. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel.: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
EXHIBITION: Reflections in the Mirror of Time – On show are photographs of the Slovak-speaking Vojvodina region in Serbia by Canadian artist of Slovak origin Ondrej Miháľ.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00, Sat 9:00-17:00, until August 31. Admission: free. Námestie M. R. Štefánika 55. Tel: 048/6112-453.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus – Nora Skutová, promising young pianist, plays the famous piano cycle by 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen written for his wife Yvonne Loriod.
Starts: August 27, 19:00. Admission: €5. Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Tel: 055/16-186, www.mickosice.sk.
FOLKLORE: Bardejov Fair – Both local and foreign folklore ensembles as well as popular music performers fill the streets of the popular Eastern Slovak spa town together with vendors of various traditional products and craftsmen to say goodbye to the summer.
Runs: August 27-30. Admission: free. Bardejov city centre. Tel: 054/4722-641, www.e-bardejov.sk.