Countrywide events


Period dances will be taught in Banská Štiavnica.Period dances will be taught in Banská Štiavnica. (Source: Courtesy of the Slovak Mining Museum)


CLASSICAL MUSIC: A series of organ concerts will be performed in St Martin’s Cathedral as part of the Cathedral Organ Festival. They begin on August 12 and continue through August 19, and then on two more Thursdays until the last performance on September 8. The August 19 concert features Polish organist Wladislaw Szymanski playing J.S. Bach, J. Grison, R. Schuman, W. Szymanski, M. E. Bossi and K. Gorski.
Starts: August 19, 19:00, Rudnayovo Square. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/5935-6650;,

JAZZ LIVE: Each Wednesday in August an open-air jazz concert is being held in the old town; on August 18, Slovak group Adriena Bartošová & Friends will showcase their interpretation of this musical genre.
Starts: August 18, 20:00; St. John of Nepomuk Courtyard in the Primate’s Palace. Admission: €6-€7. Tel: 02/5935-6650;

MINORITY CULTURE: Menšinové kultúrne leto / Minorities’ Cultural Summer – This series, organised in cooperation with the civic association In Minorita, offers a taste of non-mainstream culture by performers from across Slovakia.
Starts: August 18-22, 17:00; square in the Eurovea complex. Admission: free. More info:

HISTORICAL FENCING AND LIVE MUSIC: Tovarišstvo starých bojových umení a remesiel (The Guild of Old Martial Arts and Crafts) + Vrbovské vŕby (Willow-trees from Vrbové) band – The first group which is the oldest Slovak association pursuing historical martial arts, fencing and crafts, joined forces with the second, a music band which was co-founded by Andrej Budislav Jobus, and includes his brother Rastislav, plus Peter Klčo. It styles itself an “industrial folklore” group and brings a mixture of true-to-life historical shows using ancient, as well as home-made, instruments. Together, they can evoke a special atmosphere reminding of ancient times.
Starts: August 15, 16:00-19:00; square in the Eurovea complex. Admission: free. More info:

DANCE TRIBUTE: Dance Tribute to Michael Jackson - Thriller – The second year of this event invites all Michael Jackson fans to learn a choreographed zombie dance and perform it through Bratislava’s streets. Also included are Zoombiewalk and Zoombieparty.
Starts: August 21, 13:30; T-Com beach and the Aréna theatre. Admission: free. Tel: 0914/110-301 or 0904/430-554;

EXHIBITION: Socha a objekt XV / Statue and Object XV – The 15th year of this international exhibition showcases 60 artists from 10 countries (including Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the USA, and Brazil) whose works are displayed in the open air, contextualised in their environment, on Hviezdoslavovo Square, in the University Library and also in the Klarisky/Clarissen-Monastery courtyard.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00 until August 28; Klariská 5. Admission: free. More info:

The exhibition of Ildikó Pálová in the Galéria Mesta Bratislavy / Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) brings together works by an author who is hard to position, label or analyse. The artworks on display represent her complex inner life, reflect her wildly colourful experiences and the way she perceives and processes them. Until August 22, the exhibition can be seen in the Pálffy Palace, Panská 19, on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00.

FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: Trnavská brána / The Trnava Gate – This folklore festival enters its 9th year in 2010 with more than 30 folklore ensembles (including ones from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania and Taiwan) appearing over three days.
Starts: August 20-22; Trinity Square/Trojičné námestie. Admission: free, except for the staging of Carmen in the City Amphitheatre. Tel: 033/3236-440,

Orechová Potôň
CAR RACES: Cena Slovenska / The Slovakia Prize – The 33rd year of this race takes place for the first time on the new Slovakia Ring; it includes road vehicles up to 2000cc; over 2000 cc; the KIA LOTOS CUP; as well as the Euro Boss series that brings older Formula 1, F3000 and US Champ Cars.
Starts: August 21-22, 8:00. Admission: €5 (for one day) to €27 (for both days). Tel: 02/5293-3321;


Banská Bystrica
FIRE SHOW: Spectaculum Ignis - the Theatre of Fire – Dozens of theatre actors, dancers, drummers and avant-garde artists will perform into the late hours in the city centre. In the afternoon, blacksmith artists will show their craft as well as fencers, and in the evening, Oriental dancers will lure people to enjoy the show.
Starts: August 21, 15:00-22:00; SNP Square. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4156-051;

Banská Štiavnica
CASTLE FESTIVAL: The 8th year of the traditional Hradovánky na Starom zámku (a wordplay hinting a combination of castle and enjoyment at the Old Castle) event in Banská Štiavnica seeks to lure visitors to night tours of the town’s Old Castle, theatre performances, fencing tournaments, and even dance lessons so that they can indulge all their senses on one weekend in August (21) and one in September (11) at 20:30, 21:00, 21:30 and 22:00. Visitors are encouraged to book tickets in advance by calling 045/6949-472 or visiting

Banská Bystrica
EXHIBITION: Final works by Art Academy Faculty of Fine Arts graduate students Katarína Boborová, Roman Rembovský, Emília Rigová and Juraj Valica are on display in the city’s Bethlen House and in Praetórium.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00; Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until August 22; Š. Moyzes Square 25 and Dolná 8. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 048/4701-615;


STREET ART/GRAFFITI: Street Art Communication 2010 – This international street art/graffiti festival is organised from the premises of the Secondary Grammar School and offers not just enough room for self-fulfilment, but also guidance from professionals, a pleasant atmosphere, a football tournament, mutual communication and the material needed to produce the work.
Starts: August 16-22; Secondary Grammar School in Exnárova 10, sídlisko Dargovských hrdinov. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/408-870;

EXHIBITION: Za horizontom umenia / Beyond the Horizon of Art – Poprad’s Tatra Gallery and the Galeria Koscielak in Wroclaw, Poland, present an exhibition by Marcin Berdyszak and his space objects.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until October 3; Hviezdoslavova 12. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 052 7721 968;

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