From June 25 to August 27, each Friday beginning at 20:00, everybody is welcome to join the 7th year of organised in-line skating rides through downtown Bratislava. For advanced athletes and beginners, old and young, fun-riders and trained sportspeople, this mass event brings new experiences and provides the opportunity to enjoy a barrier-free ride through the city (traffic will be stopped by police while skaters cross or use roads). In-line skates can be rented at the event. The starting point has been changed relaxation zone behind the Aupark shopping centre and parking lot behind the new Slovak National Theatre. The ride is for free; for more info, please look at www.bratislava-inline.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: The Viva Musica! festival brings popular local and international musicians together in the capital for the sixth time. A free opening concert by Australian jazz multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and the CBC Big Band kicks off the week-long event. Other gigs include Jiří Bárta (July 24), and a cappella vocal band 4TET (July 25). The festival concludes with a performance by world-famous Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas on July 31.
Starts: July 23, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free (tickets are required for some later events; see website for details). Tel: 02/5935-6650; www.vivamusica.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gregorian Meditations – An international musical project gathers several vocal ensembles from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, including the Tiburtina Ensemble on July 23 and Gregoriana on July 24. On July 25 the Svatomichalská Gregoriánská Schola from Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in Brno, Czech Republic, will showcase their mastery of the genre.
Starts: July 25, 20:30; Nádvorie Klarisky (courtyard of the Church of the Order of St Clare), Klariská 5. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2046-6105 (tickets can be bought between 13:00 and 17:00 in Výstavná sála, Michalská 1, and from one hour prior to the event on the door); www.ulib.sk, www.navstevnik.sk.
EXHIBITION: Affaires de Femmes - Ina Loitzl – The female body forms the core Ina Loitzl’s works. In fact it is her own body, subject to different pressures, on which expectations and ‘norms’ take their toll, especially when all kinds of emotions are suppressed, sometimes taking the form of nodes, i.e. lumps or cysts. Ina Loitzl confronts the general image of the female body, its perfection and aesthetic ideal.
Open: Mon-Thur 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-16:00 until August 27; Austrian Cultural Forum, Zelená 7. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5464-1337; www.embassyaustria.sk.
EXHIBITION: Lea Lovišková Dtance – This photo exhibition in the Gallery of Art Bratislava has two cycles: one represents three years of documenting a dance – its impression and feeling; the second maps the things that cannot be seen at a performance – the backstage environment, the dancers, and the people around them. Lea Lovišková was a dancer herself and knows this environment all too well.
Open: Mon-Sun 8:00-19:00 until September 3, GUBA 7A, Galvaniho 7. Admission: ????. Tel: 0907/150-345; www.guba.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kozel Žákovic Open – This music festival celebrates its 10th year this summer, and performers include popular Slovak and Czech bands and musicians including the internationally famous Roma brass band Boban Markovič Orkestar, Monkey Business, Slobodná Európa and Laco Lučenič, Ska2tonics, The Swan Bride, Toni Granko, Mňága & Žďorp, Vidiek, Hex, and more.
Starts: July 23 and 24, from 18:00 until the early hours. Admission: €12 (one day) or €18 (both days). Tel: 02/5293-3323; www.ticketportal.sk.
EXHIBITION: Teodor Tekel – To mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Teodor Tekel and as part of the Year of Christian Culture, the Ján Koniarek Gallery, the Institute of Christian Culture and the Franciscan Order, and Tyrnaviensis have prepared an exhibition of the works of this expressionist modern artist, who focused mainly on religious motifs.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00 until September 20; West Wing of Trnava Town Hall, Hlavná 1. Admission: free. Info: www.gjk.sk, www.trnava.sk.
THEATRE AND DANCE FESTIVAL: KioSK Festival of Independent Contemporary Theatre and Dance – This festival takes place on July 19 to 23 (workshops) and 23 to 25 (stagings) and presents, among other things, Palissimo: The Painted Bird (Bastard), a performance of mixed US-Slovak provenance that presents solo performances but also involves volunteers, both amateurs and professionals, in a mass scene. Bastard is the first part of a trilogy, loosely inspired by Jerzy Kosinski’s Painted Bird novelette and dwelling on the phenomenon of exile, ‘otherness’ and (in)tolerance.
Starts: July 23, 20:00; Stanica Záriečie. Admission: €3.50, or €10 (for the whole festival). Tel: 041/5005064, www.stanica.sk.
EXHIBITION: XIX. Bienále Fantázie 2010 – For the 19th time, the international project Biennale of Fantasy, this year subtitled Rozprávka za lepší svet! (Fairy Tale for a Better World!), presents children’s works of art focusing on myths, folk tales, songs and legends, and formally focusing on the element of a table or desk. In April, a jury chose the best works from among 5,000 from 22 countries, and they can now be seen in the Turiec Gallery.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until August 1; Turčianska galéria, Daxnerova 2. Admission: €0.60-€1.50. Tel.: 043/4224-448; www.turiecgallery.sk.
FOLKLORE: Within the Prešov Cultural Summer series, the dance and musical performance of the folklore ensemble Deti dúhy / Children of the Rainbow from Prešov takes place, as well as movie screenings – e.g. Whale Rider (New Zealand/Germany) on July 21 or Public Enemy (France/Italy/Canada) on July 22.
Starts: July 21, 16:00; Stará tehelňa (in front of Ľudová Banka/Volksbank). Admission: free. Info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
EXHIBITION: Z histórie turistických chát a útulní na Slovensku / From the History of Hikers’ Huts and Hostels in Slovakia – This exhibition, prepared in cooperation with the Slovak Museum of Sporting Culture, shows the history of facilities established to help hikers and climbers in the Slovak mountains before 1949, when such adventurers were relatively rare.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00 until July 31; Podtatranské múzeum, Vajanského 72/4. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 052/7721-924; www.muzeumpp.sk.
EXHIBITION: Zlaté ruky / Golden Hands – The Ethnographic Museum in Smižany and the Spiš Museum in Spišská Nová Ves have organised an exhibition showing the skills of local craftsmen and craftswomen, including brief instruction and demonstrations that enable visitors to make small works of their own.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00 until October 12; Národopisné múzeum, Krátka 5. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 0917/746-336; www.muzeumspisa.com.
19. Jul 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská