THE SECOND year of the Slovak Food Festival will bring the most successful elements from last year – presentations by top chefs on a stage, kiosks by different restaurants and cuisines, as well as tasting of wines, coffees and cheeses – but also a new feature: presentation of culinary traditions typical for individual regions of Slovakia. The SFF takes place at Bratislava Castle over the weekend of May 13-15. There is no admission fee; visitors are instead expected to buy ‘food vouchers’ worth €6-€12 and choose what to spend them on. For more information, visit www.slovakfoodfestival.sk.
DOG SHOW: Spring Duodanube 2011 – A dog show that is a qualifier for Crufts, this event brings hundreds of dogs of all breeds, including some from countries like Israel, Thailand and Finland.
Starts: May 14-15, 10:00- 17:00; Incheba Expo, Vieden-ská cesta 2. Admission for visitors: €0.50-€2. Tel: 0911/148- 050; www. springduodanube.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Canaan Sirens – As part of the Nu Faces programme introducing newcomers on the scene, improvisers Canaan Sirens will just use drums and guitar to create an ambient free jazz sound.
Starts: May 10, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: free. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.
EXHIBITION: Nonkonform (A) a Barak architekti (SK) – This exhibition, on the occasion of the opening of the ARCHA Centre, by an Austrian (Nonkonform) and a Slovak (Barak Architekti) architectural studio shows their innovative professional methods and perceptions.
Open: 10:00-16:00 on weekdays until May 20;
Austrian Cultural Forum,
Zelená 7. Admission: free.
EXHIBITION: No Comment – A comprehensive exhibition of newspaper photographs and cartoons entered for the Journalism Award 2010 contest, showing not just the winners picked by an international jury, but many other works. They reflect political and social events in Slovakia and worldwide (e.g. in Haiti).
Open: weekdays 10:00- 17:00 until May 31; Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5441-3316.
EXHIBITION: Obraz archi-tektúry v grafike / Architecture in the Graphic Art of the 16th-18th Centuries - About 160 works from Slovak museums and galleries present architecture from theoretical tracts through period views of the constructions of the past and the present, to works of the Baroque period.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 29; Slovak National Gallery, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúr Square 4. Admission: €1.70-€3.50. Tel: 02/5443-4587, 02/5443- 2081-2; www.sng.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Papajam Pokec Tour – The popular band Papajam visits Slovak clubs and halls on its Pokec Tour, and play tracks from its debut album ‘No. 1’.
Starts: May 14; Club Underground, SNP 2. Admission: €4. More info: www.club- underground.sk; www.papajam.sk.
THE COMBINED exhibition of political cartoons by US cartoonist Daryl Cagle and Slovakia’s ‘Shooty’ is touring the country and being displayed at outdoor sites. It is currently at Divadelné Square in Martin until May 13. Co-organised by the US Embassy and Euforion, it has already been shown in several Slovak cities and towns; after Martin, it continues to Trenčín, Kremnica and Nitra. For more information, visit www.zdruzenie.euforion.sk.
EXHIBITION/MUSEUM: Písané a tlačené na banskobystrický spôsob / Written and printed in the Banská Bystrica Way – This rather intimate exhibition shows the role of this town in the development of books and their culture in Slovakia and in the whole central European region.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00; Sun 10:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00 until May 29; Stredoslovenské Múzeum, SNP Square 4. Admission: €0.50-€2. Tel: 048/ 4125-897; www.stredoslovenskemuzeum.sk.
MUSEUM: Noc múzeí a galérií 2011 – The Night of Museums and Galleries started seven years ago in France and has since become a popular Europe-wide event. The Slovak National Museum also takes part in this project and all its museums will be open until midnight and free for all visitors.
Starts: May 14; Ethnographical Museum, Andrej Kmeť Museum, Museum of Slovak Villages, Martin Benka Museum, Karol Plicka Museum, Museum of Czech Culture in Slovakia and Museum of Roma Culture in Slovakia. Admission: free. More info: www.snm.sk;
JAZZ MUSIC: Laco Deczi & Celula New York – The legendary jazz musician brings Brian Charette on keyboards, Nob Kinukawa on bass and Vaico Deczi on drums to perform in a popular local club.
Starts: May 9, 20:00; Bizarre Club, Prostějovská 37/A. Tel: 0905/677-015; www.bizarre.sk.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC: Sefardské piesne / Sephardic Songs – The Košice Musical Spring brings a host of programmes, including the traditional music of Sephardic Jews performed by La Roza Enflorese troupe from Belgium.
Starts: May 11, 19:00; Seminary Church of St Anthony of Padua, Hlavná 81. Admission: €2-€5. Tel: 055/6224-509; www.sfk.sk.
9. May 2011 at 0:00 | Zuzana Vilikovská