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Western Slovakia

(Source: Sme– Pavol Funtál)

Western Slovakia

Renowned Czech singer and musician Dan Bárta, who has sung with many musicians of different genres (including, for example, Bobby McFerrin) has invited the Epoque Quartet, a string quartet, to give the music of his Illustratosphere band a new touch. On December 8, they will give a concert together in the Ateliér Babylon club, SNP Square 14, Bratislava, at 19:00. Tickets cost €20. For more information, call 02/2090-1900, or go to

Orchestre National de Lille – This acclaimed French orchestra will play in the Slovak capital. Conducted by Jean-Claude Casadeus and with Hyeyoon Park as a violin soloist, it will perform Ravel’s Ma Mére l’Oye, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto No 2 and Bizet’s Symphony in C Major. Starts: Dec 7, 19:30; historical building of the Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square 4. Admission: €16-€20. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

Klezmer meets Balkan – The Pressburger Klezmer Band, which plays typical central-European Jewish music, joins forces with Biroslav Vukovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Anita Ribar (Serbia) to give a concert of mixed genres. Starts: Dec 7, 20:00; Klub za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €6 (in advance) or €8 (on the door). Tel: 02/ 6381-1328;

Cypriot Film Festival – This nationally- oriented, three-day film festival presents the movies The Last Homecoming, Honey and Wine and, on the final day, several short films. Starts: Dec 5-7; Mlados Cinema, Hviezdoslavovo Square 14. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-5003;

Živé Kvety Unplugged – The cult Slovak band (comprising Lucia Piussi, Agnes Lovecká, Peter Bálik, Jakub Kratochvíl and Juraj Mironov) gives its only unplugged concert as part of its longer Czecho-Slovak tour. Starts: Dec 8, 20:00; Alexis bookstore, Košická 37/K – Cvernovka. Admission: €4-€7. Tel: 02/5441-0375; www.

Elementary Values of Unfaith - Piotr Blajerski – This Polish multimedia artist’s exhibition is focused on the issue of faith, its interpretations and contexts. Open: Tue-Thu 15:00-18:00 until Dec 16; HIT gallery, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18. Admission: free. Tel: 0948/777 -094;

Premeny hodnôt slovenskej moderny / Metamorphoses of Slovak Modern Values – In cooperation with the Záhorie Gallery in Senica, the Ján Koniarek Gallery has collected the works of artists connected with the Trnava Region. Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00; Sat/Sun 13:00-18:00 until Dec 21; Kopplova vila, Zelený kríèek 3. Admission: €0.60- €1.30. Tel: 033/ 5511-659;

Central Slovakia

Zámocký slnovrat / The Castle Solstice – The Slnovrat festival opens, for the 3rd time now, the door of mystic, spiritualist and alternative spheres to lure its visitors into explorative expeditions. As well as lectures and discussions, a concert by Maok offers relaxation and contemplation. Starts: Dec 10, from 10:00 on; Zvolen Castle, SNP 1. Admission: €5 for the whole day, €2 for the Maok concert. More info: ocky-slnovrat.

Advent v Novohrade – Advent in Novohrad Region is an ethnographic exhibition that maps the whole period leading to Christmas from the point of view of traditions, habits, rituals and perceived magic. Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 14:00-17:00 until Dec 31; Novohrad Museum and Gallery, Kubínyiho Square 3. Admission: €0.40-€1. Tel. 047/4332-397;


Musical programme:
A joint project by the group afterPhurikane and singer Jana Kirschner, this special “droma khere / On the Way Home” event brings together on one stage and in various combinations Roma singers Marcelka and Jozef Dreveòáks, Irenka Pokutová, Béla Pokuta, Martinka Ïuïová, African percussionist Thierry Ebam, Slovak accordionist Boris Lenko, Slovak cellist Jozef Lupták, British pianist Eddie Stevens and Slovak singer Jana Kirschner in a unique musical programme that tours four Slovak cities: Levoèa, Martin, Bratislava and Košice. In Košice, they will perform on December 5, at 20:00 in Ges Club, L. Novomeského Square 13. Tickets cost €12; more information can be found at


José Carreras – The worldfamous opera tenor will give a Christmas concert with the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice and the 40-member choir of the State Theatre’s opera ensemble. Starts: Dec 8, 20:00, Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12. Admission: €39-€89. Tel: 02/5293 -3321;

Pit Cage Fighting – The Amateur League of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), where opponents fight standing or on the ground and in which fights can end with a knockout, technical knockout, submission or on points, will showcase young talents. Starts: Dec 10, 15:00-18:00; Sports Hall, Francisciho 12. Admission: €2. Tel: 053/4

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