Western SLOVAKIABratislava MUSIC: DEŇ BACHOVEJ hudby na Slovensku / The Day of Bach Music is marked in Slovakia on July 28, the day of the great composer’s death, and will be commemorated in several cities and towns by performances of his Allein Gott in der Hoeh’ sei Ehr’/ To God Alone on High Be Glory chorale, chosen as the common theme for this year. So far, the institutions taking part in this event are the Evangelical Churches in Martin, Nitra, Púchov, Turany and Vrbové, and the Roman Catholic St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava and churches in Sečovce, Námestovo, Chynorany, Ludanice and Topoľčany. More may become involved by July 28. The Bach Day has been organised by the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession and the occasion is the Year of Christian Culture 2010.
LIVE MUSIC: Jana Orlická - Chanson, s’il vous plait! – This Slovak singer of chansons and poetry with French charm offers a taste of this genuinely French genre of music.
Starts: August 5, 20:30, Hudobné nádvorie of Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €4. Tel: 02/5443-1681; www.tic- ketportal.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Violin Orchestra offers its own arrangements of various genres, from folk music to operetta. A day later, the Slovak “Bocelli” – Marián Bango, a blind Roma singer with an amazing voice – sings for the public at the same site.
Starts: July 31, 18:00. Hudobná promenáda, the bower at Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info: www.staremesto.sk, www.kamdomesta.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Viva Musica! festival nears its end with several attractive concerts, including on July 28 a concert by well-known Slovak rock and jazz musician Oskar Rózsa. Some of the festival’s other concerts, being held in squares and streets around the Old Town, are free.
Starts: July 28, 20:00; City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav. Admission: €15 and €20. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal. sk, www.bkis.sk.
EXHIBITION: Gregory Michenaud – Ktože si ty? Poliak malý... / Who are you? A small Pole... is an exhibition by an artist of French origin who has been living in Poland for ten years and who makes documentaries and photo-reports. This exhibition offers a selection of his photographs, illustrating traditional crafts.
Open: Mon-Thur 10:00-17:00; Fri 9:00-15:00; until August 12; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443- 2013; www.polinst.sk.
EXHIBITION: Tajomstvá Egypta / The Mysteries of Egypt exhibition reveals how daily life used to be in ancient Egypt during the times of the pharaohs.
Open: 10:00-21:00, until August 15; Shopping Palace mall, Zlaté piesky. Admission: free. More info: www.shopping- palace.sk.
ANTIQUE MARKET: A market for antiques and collector’s items at Devín Castle offers chances to sell as well as buy some rare items or simply to admire old items and antiques.
Starts: August 7, 7:00 (for sellers) or 8:00 (for buyers), until 13:00, Devín. Admission: €9 (sellers), €1.30 (public). More info: www.muzeum.bratislava.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Fun Rádio Dohoda – A one-day summer music festival at the Kamenný Mlyn venue near Plavecký Štvrtok, just off the highway in Malacky District, presents popular Slovak and Czech bands like Desmod, Chinaski, No Name, Zuzana Smatanová, Tina & Rytmus, etc.
Starts: July 31, 12:00, Kamenný Mlyn. Admission: €8.90. Tel: 2/5293-3321; www.tic- ketportal.sk, www.funradio.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: ORANGE JOJ Music Summer is another series of summer festivals at dams and holiday resorts, this one at a popular relaxation and leisure spot, near the municipality of Prašice. It brings together Horkýže Slíže, IMT Smile, Hex, and many more musicians.
Starts: August 6-7; Duchonka. Admission: €18.90. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal. sk.
EXHIBITION: GALÉRIA U sediaceho anjela / The Gallery At the Sitting Angel in Kežmarok presents a unique retrospective collection of works by Jozef Srna, a Slovak painter from the 1970s and 1980s who silently observed human existence and people living on the periphery of society. Srna is hard to label and his works display a wide variety of themes and styles. The exhibition can be seen on weekdays from 10:00 to 18:00 until August 26. For more info, please go to www.galeriauanjela.sk.
DANCE: Tančiareň / Ballroom is the name of an open-air event that brings classical ballroom dances like the Charleston, waltz or Latin-American dances to a square, together with break dancing and live music.
Starts: July 31, 18:00; SNP Square. Admission: free. More info: www.pkobb.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Letná hudba / Summer Music is a series prepared by the Town of Banská Bystrica and the Culture and Leisure Park (PKO): Adam Marec and Fabrizio Ferraro perform guitar works by J. Haydn, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco and M. De Falla.
Starts: August 6, 19:00; Stredoslovenská galéria – Praetórim, Š. Moyzes Square 25. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4156-051; www.pkobb.sk.
FOLKLORE: 35. Podroháčske folklórne slávnosti / 35th Folklore Festival Under the Roháče Mountains offers almost a thousand performers during three days of shows, music, dance, workshops, stone sculptures, and traditional culture (e.g. horse-wagon rides). Performers hail from the Czech Republic, Poland and even Cape Verde.
Starts: August 6-8; Oravský Biely Potok, Zuberec-Brestová. Admission: €1.50-€3 for a daily ticket. Tel: 043/5395-103, 043/ 5395-197; www.zuberec.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fest Europa 2 – The thirteenth year of this great summer music festival offers performers like Polemic, Hex, and many others.
Starts: July 30-31; Football stadium AquaCity. Admission for two days: €12 (in advance), €17 (on the door). More info: www.europa2.sk, www.forza.sk.
ORIENTAL DANCE: Belly Dance Party – A festive evening including the “Guest of the Night” Miss Orient 2009, Silvia Borovská from Brno, Czech Republic, accompanied by the group Soraya, and also the dancer Almas.
Starts: July 31, 21:00; Swimming pool, Protifašistických bojovníkov 4. Admission: €4. Tel: 0911/121-615; www.brusny- tanec.estranky.sk.
POPULAR MUSIC: Šarišské veselie / Šariš Fun brings together three days of folklore, music – from country and folk to rock, pop, dance and disco – a children’s town with attractions, competitions, theatre, presentation of traditional crafts, and much more.
Starts: July 30-August 1; Šariš park, Železničná 1900. Admission: €4.90 (for one day) to €9.90 (for three days). Tel: 051/7470-422; www.sarispark.sk, www.ticketportal.sk.
26. Jul 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská , By Zuzana Vilikovská