Western SLOVAKIABratislava MUSIC: DOUBLE Grammy laureate Andreas Vollenweider, prominent world-music and jazz composer and performer from Switzerland, is heading to Bratislava for the first time in his career. On October 4 at 20:00, the 55-year-old musician will offer the local audience a cocktail of his best-known works, written mostly for a special electro-acoustic harp of his own design. Vollenweider, who has cooperated e.g. with Luciano Pavarotti, Bobby McFerrin and Milton Nascimento, will not arrive in Slovakia alone: he will be accompanied by surprise guests. The concert will be held at the Ružinov Palace of Culture at Ružinovská 28, with tickets costing €39. For more info, call 02/4333-0523 or visit www.cultus.sk.
MUSICAL: Sancho’s Don Quixote – A musical show in the flamenco style inspired by the adventures of the Ingenious Hidalgo de la Mancha.
Starts: September 28, 19:00. Admission: €7 - €14. Istropolis Culture Centre, Trnavské mýto 1. Tel: 02/5022-8739, www.gedur.sk.
OPERA: The Elixir of Love – The comedy by 19th-century Italian Bel Canto author Gaetano Donizetti examines the origin of love and matters related.
Starts: September 30, 19:00. Admission: €5 - €20. The Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square. Tel: 02/5778-2534, www.snd.sk.
SHOW: Pyro Games – For an evening, the sky over the capital becomes the stage of a spectacular fireworks show, accompanied with various attractive events for children and adults.
Starts: October 2, 18:00. Admission: €9.80 - €27. Petržalka Racecourse, Starohájska 29. Tel: 0905/716-851, www.juras.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Blue Brass – Paul Zauner, well-known Austrian jazz musician, gigs with accompaniment by American singer Mansur Scott.
Starts: October 3, 20:00. Admission: €5. Hlava XXII (Catch XXII), Bazová 9. Tel: 0903/725-557, www.hlavaxxii.sk.
EXHIBITION: VŠVU Up-(to)- Date – Students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design have prepared an exhibition to celebrate their alma mater’s 60th birthday.
Open: Tue-Wed, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00, Thu 12:00-19:00, until October 11. Admission: free. Medium Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18. Tel: 0903/736-473, www.vsvu.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Wilting Petunia – Tamás Gábor, Hungarian singer living in Sweden, sets out on a tour of five Slovak towns.
Starts: October 1, 19:00. Admission: €10 - €12. City Culture Centre, Korzo Bélu Bartóka 788/1. Tel: 031/5900-811, www.vmkds.sk.
THEATRE: Six Degrees – The Santasangre ensemble from Italy arrives in Slovakia with this unusual dance performance reflecting the effects of global warming as the Divadelná Nitra International Theatre Festival enters its second half.
Starts: September 28, 16:30, 22:00. Admission: €9. Andrej Bagar Theatre, Svätoplukovo Square 4. Tel: 037/6524-872, www.nitrafest.sk.
EXHIBITION: AN INTERACTIVE exhibition focused on the months preceding and following the Velvet Revolution is available in Nitra until October 11. Museum of Illusions includes not only numerous photographs, posters, leaflets, documents and periodicals from the late 1980s, but also different objects of daily use collected by the organisers from among the citizens of Nitra. The exhibition, which is one of the accompanying events of the Nitra International Theatre Festival, is available for free at the Ponitrie Museum (Štefánikova trieda 1) on Mondays from 9:00 to 15:00, on Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 17:00. For further details, call 037/6510-000 or see www.nitrafest.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: How Could a Village Turn Into a Town & Songs about Nightmares – My Awesome Mixtape, a pop-indie band from Italy, present their latest album.
Starts: September 30, 20:00. Admission: €3.50. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel.: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
Nižná nad Oravou
FESTIVAL: The Orava Eight – The 23rd edition of this amateur short films competition, the oldest of its kind in Slovakia, features screenings of live-action, animated and experimental movies and a video camera workshop.
Runs: October 2-3. Admission: free. Palace of Culture, Nižná nad Oravou (near Tvrdošín). Tel: 043/5864-928, www.osvetadk.sk.
FESTIVAL: International Jazz Festival – For the 15th time in a row, the town hosts this popular event offering top-quality performances by local and foreign jazz musicians.
Runs: October 1-3. Admission: €10 (one-day ticket), €27 (festival pass). GeS Club, L. Novomeského 13. Tel: 055/6224-303, www.ges.sk.
SPORTS: 86th International Peace Marathon – Thousands of people are once again expected to attend the oldest marathon in Europe.
Starts: October 4, 10:00. Admission: free; €30 for runners. Košice City Centre. www.kosicemarathon.com.