SCORES of Slovak and foreign musicians will perform at the Melos-Ethos International Festival of Contemporary Music in Bratislava from November 6 to 15. The 10th edition of this biennial event features 14 concerts presenting the latest trends in classical music. Most of the pieces will be getting their Slovak premieres and some compositions have even been written for the festival. At the opening soirée on November 6, the Slovak VENI ensemble conducted by Marián Lejava will perform two works by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen (above). Tickets cost between €5 and €10 per performance but some concerts are available for free. More information can be found at www.hc.sk or by calling 02/5920-4817.
FESTIVAL: One World – The 10th edition of this international documentary film festival offers a rich programme of Slovak and foreign flicks about the dark sides of prosperity and wealth as well as stimulating discussions, exhibitions and concerts.
Runs: November 3-8. Admission: €2.50 (one performance); €12 (festival pass). Various venues in the city centre. www.jedensvet.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Massive Attack – 3D and Daddy G, the British trip-hop duo, arrive for the second time in their careers as part of a tour promoting a new album.
Starts: November 4, 20:00. Admission: €40 - €79. Sibamac Arena (National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. www.xl.sk.
OPERA: André Vásáry & Guests – The Hungarian soprano, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, who has performed at the Basilica dei Santi Apostoli in Rome among other venues, gives an opera soirée, accompanied by baritone János Fátrai and another soprano, Emese Kármán.
Starts: November 5, 19:00. Admission: €20. Meteorit Theatre, Čulenova 3. Tel: 0905/253-414, www.meteorit-theatre.com.
BALLET: Everest – The premiere of a contemporary piece with choreographies by Mário Radačovský and music by Pavol Hammel about the Mount Everests everyone must conquer in one’s own micro-world.
Starts: November 5-6, 19:00. Admission: €8 - €16. The Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/5778-2534, www.snd.sk.
EXHIBITION: E.S. Wird Hell – Young Slovak artist Erik Šille, VÚB bank’s 2009 Painting of the Year laureate, presents his latest works through which he seeks harmony in contrasts.
Open: Mon-Fri 15:00-19:00, until November 13. Admission: free. Krokus Gallery, Nám. 1. mája 3. Tel: 02/2072-8131, www.krokusgaleria.sk.
FOLKLORE: On My Wedding Day – Lubená folklore ensemble has prepared a show inspired by the wedding traditions of the Nitra region on the occasion of their 25th anniversary as a group.
Starts: November 7, 15:00. Admission: free. Palace of Culture, Poluvsie (near Prievidza). Tel: 0905/962-645, www.fsklubena.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Jazz & Blues Fest – Ad Acta, Mothers Follow Chairs, Vladimír Mišík & ETC and Peter Lipa guarantee an enjoyable evening filled with smooth jazz and blues melodies.
Starts: November 7, 18:00. Admission: €8. Družba Palace of Culture, Námestie hrdinov 14. Tel: 036/6318-037, www.mskslevice.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Slovak Young Swing Generation All Stars – Graduates of the Žilina Conservatory pay tribute to Miro Belorid, founder of their Big Band jazz ensemble.
Starts: November 5, 19:00. Admission: €5 - €7. Fatra Palace of Art, Jozefa Vuruma Street. Tel: 041/5620-952, www.skozilina.sk.
EXHIBITION: Wood Design – The display shows works by a hundred laureates of a local wood-design competition, which celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, until November 27. Admission: €1. Museum of Wood, Námestie SNP 23. Tel: 045/5321-886, www.ldmzvolen.sk.
AFTER its renovation, the Tatra Gallery (TG) in Poprad is enlivened with new exhibitions. The most extensive one, “From TG’s Collection”, is available at the premises of the former electricity plant at Hviezdoslavova 12 until January 31, 2010. It is a kaleidoscope of the most interesting pieces from among the 2,500 artworks acquired by the gallery over the last fifty years. The authors of the paintings, sculptures, and other pieces of art include not only Slovak maestros like Janko Alexy, Martin Benka and Miloš Alexander Bazovský, but also contemporary artists, both local and foreign. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00; admission is €0.66. For more information, call 052/7722-617 or visit www.tatragaleria.sk.
OPERA: Opera Gala – South Korean soprano Hae Young Hyoun, Italian tenor Fabio Andreotti and Slovak pianist Dagmar Duždová perform Italian love arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Cilea.
Starts: November 4, 19:00. Admission: €5. PKO Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Tel: 051/7723-741, www.pkopresov.sk.
EXHIBITION: Welfare Searcher – Sculptures by Ján Mathé, one of the most noted Slovak contemporary artists, are displayed together with works made by his colleagues as a tribute to him.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, until December 6. Admission: €1. Eastern Slovak Gallery, Hlavná 27. www.vsg-kosice.sk.