THE KONVERGENCIE / Convergences music festival opens its 12th year in Bratislava with three concerts on May 19, starting at 18:00 in the Aréna Theatre: Ida Kelarová and Škampa Quartet (both from the Czech Republic) will play the Rómska balada (Roma Ballad); Bratislava Rabbi Baruch Myers will perform the Chassidic Songs programme with cellist Jozef Lupták, accordionist Boris Lenko and violinist Miloš Valent; and the AfterPhurikane project to revive old Roma songs will conclude the concert, bringing together Roma amateurs and non-Roma professional musicians. Afterwards, Konvergencie will travel across Slovakia with programmes combining classical chamber music, tango and jazz, visiting Ružomberok, Liptovský Hrádok, Levoča and finally Košice. For more information, please see www.konvergencie.sk and www.ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: A double concert by EA BAND and MAOK brings ambient chill-out music. EA consists of Róbert Borodajkevyč and Sisa Latková and plays electronic jazz and chill-out; MAOK, aka Martin Tesák, plays music “full of emotion”. The performance also includes Marek Škop’s award-winning documentary Iné svety.
Starts: May 19, 19:00; Klub Za zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €4 (in advance) - €5 (on the door). Tel: 02/6381- 1328; www.kzp.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Roma Rhapsody – As part of a scientific musicological conference, this concert brings Hungarian and Gypsy music by Franz Liszt, performed by pianist Paul Gulda and renowned Roma band Cigánski Diabli.
Starts: May 18, 19:00; Dvorana Concert Hall, Zocho-va 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02/ 5930-1533; www.rakusko.eu.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Cellomania v galérii – The cycle Hudba a obrazy / Music and Paintings brings concerts organised by the Slovak Philharmonic to the Slovak National Gallery. This time the chamber ensemble Cellomania, comprising four Slovak cellists, performs works by P. Šimai, L. Kupkovič, W. Fitzenhagen, M. Novák, M. Markowicz, V. Godár and Ľ. Čekovská.
Starts: May 17, 19:00; SNG, Vodné kasárne. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www. filharm.sk, www.eventim.sk.
EXHIBITION: Zuzana Rudavská - Šperk / objekt / kresba (Jewel / Object/ Drawing) – This is an intimate exhibition of Rudavská’s fragile, imaginative jewellery and artworks crafted from pearls, jade and other materials.
Open: weekdays 13:00- 18:00 until May 27; K-Gallery, Ventúrska 8. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-3927; www. kgallery.sk.
TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: Tradičné ľudové remeslá / Traditional Folk Crafts – The 3rd year of this international meeting and presentation of folk craft workers and their products.
Starts: May 20-22; Kúpeľný ostrov (Spa Island). Admission: free. More info: 033/7757- 733; www.kupelepiestany.sk.
FOLKLORE MUSIC AND DANCE: Mladosť a krása / Youth and Beauty – Even after having celebrated its 60th anniversary, the Lúčnica folklore troupe embodies a combination of ancient traditions and youthful energy.
Starts: May 20, 19:00; Dom odborov (House of Unions), Ľ. Štúr Square 1. Admission: €11. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.
FILM FESTIVAL: Envirofilm 2011 – A festival of movies focused on the environment, this event brings a host of documentary movie screenings, a competition for children, discussions, and more.
Starts: May 16-25, from 10:00 until late; various venues. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4374-182; www.sazp.sk.
THE VOJTECH Löffler Museum in Košice is marking the Ice Hockey World Championship with an exhibition of local artists’ works (including installations, drawings, paintings, videos, photos, plastic art, and more) focused on the motif of hockey. More than 20 authors have provided works. Until June 12, the exhibition, entitled Hokej v súčasnom výtvarnom umení / Hockey in Contemporary Art can be seen Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday afternoon in the museum, at Alžbetina Street 20. For more information, please call 055/6223-073 or visit www.lofflermuzeum.sk.
EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERING TOUR: Deň Európy / Europe Day – The day to celebrate the continent fell on May 9, but five Slovak towns and cities will now receive a travelling exhibition called Europe Day 2011 – European Volunteers’ Tour. It comprises lectures, discussions, and many accompanying events.
Starts: May 16, 10:00-18:00; Main Street /Hlavná, Dolná brána. Admission: free. More info: erd.dobrovolnictvo.sk/
MUSEUM/EXHIBITION: Levočská biela pani / The White Lady of Levoča – Juliana Korponay-Géci, responsible for the capitulation of the town of Levoča during the Francis II Rákóczi uprising, but later accused of treason and executed, is popularly believed to have returned to haunt the town. This exhibition comprises artefacts and documents and seeks to explain her role in history.
Open: daily 9:00-16:00 until May 30; Spišské Múzeum, Majster Pavol Square 40. Admission: €3.50. Tel: 053/4512- 786;
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