Countrywide Events


(Source: Sme - T. Benedikovič)


The latest concert by Szidi Tobias, a popular and talented Slovak actress who also sings, is marked by tracks from her most recent album Pod obojím / In Both Ways, which was released last year. Her intimate songs resemble a photo-album that evokes memories and past feelings. She will sing at Atelier Babylon (former the West Theatre) in SNP Square 14 on August 15, at 19:00. Tickets cost €14-€26.50 and can be obtained through

Peter Lipa Band – As part of the Jazz pod vežou / Jazz under the Tower concerts, the acclaimed Slovak jazz musician plays with his band a melange of tunes that have become folk art in their own way.
Starts: August 17, 20:00; Courtyard of St John of Nepomuk, Primatial Palace. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/5293-3321;

Franz Lorch – This German organ player gives a concert as a part of the Cathedral Organ Festival cycle.
Starts: August 18, 18:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/5293-3321;

Slovenské marionetové divadlo / Slovak Marionette Theatre – Performances of plays meant not only for children.
Starts: August 17-21, 17:30 and 19:30; Grassalkovich Garden (behind the Presidential Palace), tickets can be bought 30 minutes before the performance starts. Admission: €3.50. More info:

Duadanbue - 2 Mediznárodné výstavy psov - 2 Internaitonmal Dog Shows - Two big dog shows bring a host of races and competitions like Junior Handling, Best Young Dopg, Best Puppy, Best Senior Dog, etc.
Starts: August 20-21, 09:00-16:30; Petržalka Racecourse, Starohájska 29. Admission: €3. More info:

Juliana Mrvová - Sny mandragory / Dreams of Mandrake – This exhibition by the renowned Slovak artist presents, instead of her more famous paintings, drawings and installations exhibited during 2011 at her home and in France.
Open: Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri 8:00-19:00, Wed 12:00-19:00 until September 8; 2nd floor of City Library, Kapucínska 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-3246;

Prísne tajné! / Top Secret! – An exhibition prepared in cooperation with the Nation’s Memory Institute looks back at the activities, history and development of the Communist-era secret police, the notorious ŠtB.
Open: Tue-Sun 8:00-17:00 until September 11; Slovak National Museum, Vajanského Embankment 2. Admission: €2-€3.50. Tel: 02/2049-1247;

Dominanty / Dominants – Peter Fabo, an internationally renowned photographer, exhibits a selection from his series, named after the main cycle.
Open: Wed-Fri 13:00-19:00 until August 20; Photoport Gallery, Grosslingova 21. Admission: free. Tel: 0949/637-568;

Upload Dereš Open – This festival represents a unique combination of dirt jumping (freestyle BMX/MTB riding over jumps) and music. Top bikers show their skills on the biggest dirt-jump track, while the music of IMT Smile, Slobodná Európa, Karpina, Chiki-liki-tua, From Our Hands, Dorian Gray, etc. entertains fans.
Starts: August 19-20; Jatov-Kendereš, Dereš complex. Admission: €15 (one day) - €24 (both days). Tel: 02/5293-3321;;

Orechová Potôň
Veľká Cena SR – The Slovak Grand Prix is the biggest and most prestigious motor racing event in Slovakia. The most important race this year will be the Admiral GT3 Racing weekend, part of the FIA European GT3 Championship; other races include the European R Cup (Radical-class races), and Formulas D2 and D3.
Starts: August 19-21; Slovakia Ring racetrack. Admission: €9-€13 (Friday), €4-€17 (Saturday), €5-€25 (Sunday). Tel: 02/5293-3321;;

Six flat races and one cross-country steeplechase are on the agenda of the August 22 race day in Senica-Čáčov.
Starts: August 22, 14:00, race-course Čáčov. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5293-3321;;

Ingrid Višňovská - Neznesiteľná ľahkosť bytia / The Unbearable Lightness of Being – This young Slovak artist has been oriented towards space installations since the beginnings of her creative work. Accustomed to working with new elements like light, laser, UV radiation and sound, Višňovská has made a site-specific installation for the Galéria mladých room at the Nitra Gallery.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until August 28; Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.35-€70. Tel: 037/6579-641-3;

Nové Zámky
Ernest Zmeták - Art Collector & Maecenas – This exhibition shows, unlike his big exhibition at the Slovak National Gallery, renowned Slovak artist Zmeták in his role as art collector and supporter.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-13:00 until September 4. Galéria umenia, Bjoernsonova 1. Admission: €0.33-€1.33. Tel: 035/6408-440-1-2;


EXHIBITION:Renowned Slovak artist Rudolf Fila is currently exhibiting his works at the Galéria u anjela / At the Angel Gallery in Kežmarok as part of the Dialógy_011 art festival. Fila has a clearly identifiable style which often focuses on the female body or reflections on the art of painting. Until September 1, visitors can view his works on weekdays between 12:00 and 18:00 and on Saturdays between 10:00 and 13:00 at the gallery in Starý trh, Kežmarok. For more detailed information, please visit

Kinozáhrada / Cinema Garden – A project by the local film club to show three movies over three days: Bobule 2 (CZ), Nine (US) and Cabin Fever 2 (US).
Starts: August 15-17, 21:30; garden behind the Old Town Hall, entry through the door of Information Centre. Admission: €1. Tel: 045/5429-268;,

Banská Štiavnica
Festival Cap á l’Est – The 9th year of this cultural festival will have Hungary as the main guest, welcoming the Ritka Magyar Banda folklore ensemble for the opening, bi-lingual actors Viki Ráková and Peter Nádasdi, debates with Hungarian (and other) poets, and activities include reading of Imre Madách’s works, a piano concert by Adelaide Panaget, an African music performance by Babyluzaru, learning French in a playful way, an exhibition of works by Pierre Dubrunquez, and more.
Starts: August 16-18, 19:00-late; various site in and around Banská Štiavnica, including at the open-air mining museum. Admission: free (some events) - €6.90 (for concerts). Tel: 0908/559-573;

Kokava nad Rimavicou
Rómsky BalvalFest - Roma BalvalFest - The 11th year of Roma musical festival brings performers from 4 Euroepan countries, who play and sing every style that is connected with Roma culture, from classical, through folklore and traditional Roma, to modern Gypsy pop.
Starts: August 20, 11:00-late at night; Cultural House, Kokava and Rimavicou. More info:

Sliačske rockové leto 2011 / Sliač Rock Summer – The local football playing field hosts the 15th year of Sliač’s rock festival, bringing bands and performers like Plastic Swans, Got Blue Balls, Rock Reunion, Strayland, Babyluzaru, Zoči Voči, Marián Varga, Sto much, Družina, Lavagance, a dance studio from Zvolen, and others.
Starts: August 19-20, 17:00-late; elementary school playing field. Admission: €7 for both days. Tel: 0918/444-444;

VII. Návrat do histórie v Srňacom / 7th Return to History in Srňacie – An event that aims to bring the history of this region and its cultural traditions to the wider public. The small village, lying seven kilometres outside Dolný Kubín, has preserved its wooden architecture and beautiful surroundings, as well as a tradition of ancient crafts. There will be a traditional march through the village, re-enactments, and more.
Starts: August 20, 13:00; Partizánska cesta. Admission: free. More info:

Orange JOJ Music Summer – The travelling music festival has arrived in Orava, presenting musicians like IMT Smile, Desmod, Gladiator, Hex, Hudba z Marsu, Heľenine oči, Billy Barman, Hafner, Banana Band, Horkýže Slíže, and others.
Starts: August 19-20, 12:00-04:00; city beach, Námestovo. Admission: €17.90. More info:

Banská Bystrica
Letectvo - Vzlietnite s nami do výšok / Aviation - Take off with us – This exhibition monitors the phenomenon of flying from the first attempts, through wartime air-raids, to the Moon landings. Photos are complemented by aeroplane models, historical uniforms and other displays.
Open: daily, 9:00-21:00 until September 1; Europa Shopping Center. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4132-052;


Organový concert / Organ Concert – As part of the Prešov Cultural Summer, Ruth Forsbach from Dusseldorf, Germany, will pay organ works by J.S. Bach and Franz Liszt.
Starts: August 17, 18:00; Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity. Admission: Tel: 051/7723-741-2;

Leto v parku / Summer in the Park – This festival offers, among other things, a concert by Puding pani Elvisovej (SK) and Zagar (HU), playing a mixture of alternative, electronic and psychedelic music.
Starts: August 19, 19:30; Kasárne/Kulturpark, entrance from Skladná Street. Admission: free. More info:

Street Art Communication – The third year of this project has moved, for the first time, close to downtown. Top street-artists will show their mastery to Košice inhabitants and visitors, including workshops for children, body-painting, summer movie theatre, art markets, etc.
Starts: August 15-27; various sites in Košice, including Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Make-Up Gallery, city park and many other outdoor venues. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/408-870;

Hľadáme múzy v Botanickej záhrade / Looking for Muses in the Botanical Garden – This event includes an artistic workshop, tea ceremony, a demonstration of the Brazilian martial art capoeira, and a programme for children.
Starts: August 21, 10:00-15:00; Botanical Garden of P.J. Šafárik University, Mánesova 23. Admission: €1 (children) / €2 (adults). Tel: 055/2341-667;

Tatranská Lomnica
Oldtimer Rallye Tatry 2011 – A parade of historical vehicles marking the 28th year of this international competition also offers the Original Dixieband Slovakia (from Banská Bystrica).
Starts: August 19, 14:30-16:00; arbour in the park, Tatranská Lomnica. Admission: free. More info:,

Bažant Kinematograf 2011 / The Bažant “Cinemas on Wheels” 2011 – The idea of a bus travelling around Slovakia and screening mainly Czech, Slovak and independent films has entered its 8th year. Two vintage Škoda RTO buses represent a “travelling open-air cinema” that visits around 30 cities and towns throughout summer, luring thousands of viewers.
Starts: August 15-18, 21:00; Master Pavol Square (in case of bad weather, especially high winds, screenings will not take place). Admission: various. More info:

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