JAZZ MUSIC: Jazz Wednesdays – Within the new “Jazz Wednesdays” series, The Maretta Trio band will play with Tomáš Maretta on alt saxophone, Richard Šarközi on piano and Richard Volny on drums.
Starts: Jan 4, 19:30, Remix Bar & Dance, Ventúrska 16. Admission: free. Tel: 0908/190-462; www.remixbar.sk.
EXHIBITION: 20 rokov fínskej architektúry & ikony škandinávskeho dizajnu / 20 Years of Finnish Architecture & Icons of Scandinavian Design – The Centre of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ARCHA, and the Finnish Embassy in Slovakia have prepared an exhibition mapping the exceptional Finnish architecture that emerged in the years 1988-2008, as well as the impact of this work on economic and social development. The exhibition includes videos of 10 Finnish architects, and the 3D installation Icons of Scandinavian Design, showing a selection of the most well-known designs.
Open: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 18:30 until Jan 15; ARCHA Centre, Továrenská 10. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/395-830; www.archacentre.org, www.designin.sk.
EXHIBITION: Mladé drevo / Young Wood – An exhibition of the work of five young artists, Miroslav Trubač, Luboš Gajdoš, Martin Rusina, Juraj Gábor and Dávid Demjanovič, all graduates from faculties of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. The exhibition presents various individual perceptions and confrontations of the gallery’s space as expressed in sculpting, united by a humorous detachment. Installed by curator Martin Piaček
Open: Tue, Thur 12:00 – 19:00, Wed, Fri, Sat-Sun 10:00 – 17:00 until Jan 8; Galéria Medium, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18. Admission: free. Tel: 02/ 5942-8570; www.vsvu.sk/galeria_medium.
EXHIBITION: Constructions – This collection presents a view of contemporary Norwegian art and design, focused on artworks of more formal composition, some more traditional and others more experimental. However, all works exhibited demonstrate how design in Norway has been influenced by the country’s traditional folk-art craft.
Open: Tue – Fri 12:00 – 18:00, Sat 10:00 – 14:00 until Jan 14; Galéria ÚĽUV, Obchodná 68. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5273-1349; www.uluv.sk.
PHOTO-EXHIBITION: Olja Triaška Stefanovič – Warnings from the Stage – In this monographic exhibition, Triaška Stefanovič presents her latest photo-cycle, developed during 2011. After her previous dealings with the phenomenon of space, current and past, potential and existing, she now focuses on the phenomenon of houses of culture, TV studios and zoos, their empty auditoriums and their vacant spaces - striving to study the public memory.
Open: Tue – Sun 13:00 – 18:00 until Jan 16; Central-European House of Photography / Stredoeurópsky dom fotografie, Prepoštská 4. Admission: €1. Tel: 02/5441-8214; www.sedf.sk.
EXHIBITION: V inom stave – Andere Umstände (Other Conditions) – Presents the work of three young artists living in Switzerland - Sarah Christensen, Gökce Ergör and Andrea Pamarčuková - who studied together at the Zurich University of Art. The exhibition is focused on the medium of video.
Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Jan 22; Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.35 - €0.70. Tel: 037/ 6579-641/3; nitrianskagaleria.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Novoročný koncert – New Year’s Concert – The State Opera has organised a festive concert consisting of works by Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, George Gershwin, Andre L. Webber and others, performed by Ľubica Vargicová, Monika Fabiánová, Igor Strojin, Dušan Šimo, Zoltán Vongrey, Ivan Zvarík, etc. Concert is conducted by Igor Bulla.
Starts: Jan 5, 19:00; Štátna opera, Národná 11. Admission: €20. Tel: 048/2457-123; www.stateopera.sk.
CITY RUN: Trojkráľový beh / The Epiphany Run – Five-kilometre run through the streets of the city – through the centre and the parks, to the SNP Memorial - takes place for the first time, though it could become an annual tradition. Moreover, it is a rehearsal for the first-ever marathon in Banská Bystrica which should take place in September 2012.
Starts: Jan 6, 8:00 (registering), 10:00 – start; Štefan Moyzes square. Admission: free for both onlookers and participants. More info: email@example.com, www.marathonbb.com, www.banskabystrica.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Novoročný koncert – The Slovak Sinfonietta (Štátny komorný orchester Žilina) play for the first time in 2012 with a concert conducted by Christian Pollack, in which Anna Ryan (soprano, AM-AU) performs works by Franz von Supppé, Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Josef Strauss, Carl Michael Ziehrer, Karel Komák and Robert Stolz.
Starts: Jan 5, 19:00; Dolný val 47. Admission: €8-€11. Tel: 041/245-1111; www.skozilina.sk.
WASHING-BASIN RACE: Love or Race – “The Slovak Open Championship 2nd Volume” in basin-riding could attract both fun-loving children and adults. Organisers promise “a real rally” with an F1 atmosphere, including paddocks, refresh-mechanics and stewardesses. The race on old-fashioned, traiditonal washing will be accompanied by a music show with various bands and artists, a fairy-tale kingdom, jousting tournaments, dog-and horse sleighs, and more.
Starts: Jan 7, all day long; Jasná ski resort/Chopok North. Admission: free. More info: www.jasna.sk.
ICE-SKATING: Novoročný kurz korčuľovania – New Year’s ice-skating course – From January 2 to January 5, children can spend part of their Christmas holidays learning how to ice skate.
Starts: Jan 2 – Jan 5, 12:45 – 13:45; Crow Aréna, Kavečianska cesta 1. Admission: €0.80-€1.90. Tel: 0911/689-660; www.crowarena.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: Jazzové Vianoce – Jazz Christmas – The Christmas Jazz Kvintet (Michal Seman, Peter Pavličko, Daniel Seman, Michal Šelep, Adam Borňák) give a concert within the Jazz Christmas series.
Starts: Jan 2, 18:30; Redemptorists’ (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) Monastery. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.jazz.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Maroš Bango: Novoročný trojkráľový koncert – New Year’s Epiphany Concert – The blind and charismatic singer Maroš Bango and his wife Alexandra present Advent and Christmas songs including traditional carols.
Starts: Jan 8, 18:00; St Giles (Svätého Egídia) Church. Admission: €2. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.