THE FAMOUS Czech musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jiří Stivín, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Music Academy in Prague, performs his Sám se svým stínem / Alone with my Shadow concert, combining jazz, classical music, folk songs and his own compositions with improvisation that breaks all the borders of musical genres. Tickets for the concert, on October 6 at 20:00 in the Klub za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3, in Bratislava cost €13 to €15 and can be bought either through www.ticketportal.sk or at the door. For more information, visit www.kzp.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Ana Popovic Band – As part of the Rock in Museum series, top blues guitarist and singer Ana Popovic, from Serbia, arrives with her international band to present her recent album Unconditional, as well as older pieces.
Starts: October 5, 19:30; Múzeum Obchodu, Linzbo-thova 16, Podunajské Biskupi- ce. Admission: €26. Tel: 02/ 4524-3167; www. rockvmuzeu.sk.
CONTEMPORARY BALLET: Made in Slovakia – This piece, which premiered only recently in the Slovak National Theatre, brings four contemporary ballet choreographies by four authors, offering an overview of current ballet trends in Slovakia.
Starts: October 3, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 4. Admission: €5-€11. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299, www.snd.sk.
ART FESTIVAL: BLAF – The Bratislava Art Festival returns for a second year following last year’s success and brings with it all types of visual – and other – arts. Organised by the National Gallery and the Clockwise company, it takes place at several sites simultaneously and covers everything from longer exhibitions, workshops, discussions, performances and happenings, to combinations of dance and visual art, music, fashion, and more.
Starts: September 30 - October 6; various sites. Admission: varies. Tel: 02/5441-3316, 0908/127-041; www.blaf.sk.
EXHIBITION: Ion Barladeanu - 10 Years of the Nota Bene magazine – The maga-zine/project Nota Bene, which helps homeless people earn money, celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exhibition by the Romanian homeless artist Ion Barladeanu, who is famous for his collages.
Open: 24/7 until October 19; Hviezdoslavovo Square (western end). Admission: free. More info: www. notabene.sk.
EXHIBITION: What is Wrong with Oskar Dawicki? – The first Slovak exhibition by this young Polish artist brings his videos, photos, installation and sound performances, which are connected through funny ideas and wit.
Open: Tue-Sat 14:00-18:00 until October 22; Galéria Faica, Františkánske Square 7. Admission: free. Tel: 0948/228- 282; www.artdispecing.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Cigánski Diabli and Giovanni Ribichesu – The masters of Gipsy/Roma music, as well as classical and folklore music, give a concert with a world-renowned Italian tenor.
Starts: October 4, 18:00; Big Hall of Andrej Bagar Thea-tre, Svätoplukovo Square 14. Admission: €15. Tel: 037/ 7721-577; www.dab.sk.
CHESTNUT FESTIVAL: Gaš-tanové slávnosti / Chestnut Festivities – This unique festival celebrates a commodity that dates back to the Ottoman occupation of this region in the 16th century. Even today this is the biggest chestnut orchard in Slovakia. The feast includes a mass, a seminar on growing chestnuts, a tasting of chestnut cakes, competitions, exhibitions, and sale of chestnut seedlings and roasted and raw chestnuts.
Starts: October 8, 9:30; Modrý Kameň Castle. Admission: free. More info: www. modrykamen.sk.
CAT SHOW: 5. a 6. Medzi-národná výstava mačiek / 5th and 6th International Cat Show – Exhibitors from many European countries come to show cats of various types and breeds, from Russian Blue through Abyssinian to Maine Coon.
Starts: October 8 and 9, 10:00-18:00; Sports Hall Duk-la, Štiavničky. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 0905/891-009; www. zozvolen.sk.
THE FAMOUS classic fairy tale Cinderella / Popoluška takes on an Oriental feel in the Alexander Duchnovič Theatre, Jarková 77 in Prešov, on October 8. At 19:00, nine Oriental female dancers (including Czech guests) and one male dancer will represent Cinderella, the Prince, the Stepmother, and other parts. The accompanying programme begins at 16:30 and includes an Oriental fashion show, an open stage with belly dancers from all over Slovakia, and more. Further information can be found at: www.brusnytanec.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vieden-ské klavírne trio / Vienna Piano Trio – Matthias Gredler (cello), Stefan Mendl (piano), and Wolfgang Redik (violin) will play, along with the Slovak Sinfonietta and British pianist Jonathan Powell, works by Voříšek, Liszt, and Beethoven as part of the Levoča Indian Summer festival.
Starts: October 4, 19:00; Congress Hall, Majstra Pavla Square 54. Admission: €3. Tel: 053/4512-522; msks.levoca.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Všetko najlepšie Topfest Tour / All the Best Topfest Tour – This ‘celebration’ tour marks 20 years of the Slovak rock band Gladiator, which will join forces with the Serbian Boban i Marko Markovič Orkestar (playing Balkan brass music).
Starts: October 9, 19:00; Sports Hall Ultras Humenné, Admission: €5. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
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