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(Source: Sme - Vladimír Šimíček)


FOUR years after his last visit, US jazz legend Al Jarreau returns to Slovakia, to give a concert in the Majestic Music Club, at Karpatská 2 in Bratislava, on May 14. Jarreau started his musical career with George Duke, later performing on the Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas TV shows. His debut album We Got Boy won several awards and brought him fame worldwide. He received a Grammy not only for his jazz performances, but also in the category Pop and R’n’B. Tickets for the MMC event cost €35-€50 and can be purchased through; for more information see

Cirkul’art 2012 – The “Festival of New Circus” returns with another successful international show combining theatre and modern circus art. The festival comprises various circus and theatre genres performed by artists from 17 countries, along with workshops, training sessions, theatre, puppet-theatre and street events.
Starts: May 18-20, (20:00 on Friday); Medická záhrada / Me-dical Garden, between Americ-ké Square, Špitálska and 29. Augusta Streets. Admission: free to €17. Tel: 02/5293-3321;; www.

Noc múzeí a galérií / The Night of Museums and Galleries – This annual event, part of the Eu-ropean Night of Museums, opens many museums in Bratislava and other cities, as well as several castles, until midnight. Entrance is free or a symbolic amount.
Starts: May 19, 10:00- 24:00; various sites. Admission €1.50 (in Bratislava). More info:

Chanson Aboard a Boat – The Voilá band and songstress Zdenka Trval-cová make music that combines the French-style songs (inspired by Edith Piaf, Lucienne Delyle, and others), jazz, retro and Klezmer.
Starts: May 15, 19:00; Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo embankment. Admission: €7. Tel: 0903/449-650;

The Best of Elledanse (elledanse): Score (Boris Nahalka) – The elledanse dance school and theatre premieres Score, a piece about free-style dancing, competition, and rules which are not certain. A group of people is connected through a common goal, but the whole has a different start, course and score with individual team players.
Starts: May 19, 20:00; Dom T&D (T&D House), Miletičova 17/B. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 0907/835-528;

Jerguš Oravec plays with Fragile and Erich “Boboš” Procházka – Young multi-instrumentalist Oravec will open an exhibition of artworks, comprising monumental paintings, graphic art and airbrush, by his father, Juraj Oravec. He will be accompanied by the a cappella band Fragile and harmonica player “Boboš” Procházka.
Starts: May 17, 18:00 (the exhibition runs until June 16); Dom umenia, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2047 -1217;

V čase / In Time – Two artists from Orava, painter Ignác Brezoňák (aka Igi Brezo) and sculptor Peter Kolčák, exhibit a selection of their works. Curator Bohumír Bachratý notes that both are relatives of famous painter Ignác Kolčák. While Brezo is an autodidact who has travelled to many countries worldwide, Peter Kolčák graduated from the academy in Banská Bystrica.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00 until June 1; Galéria SPP, Mlynské Nivy 44/C. Admission: free. Tel: 02/6262-4203;

Midnight Wishes, Almost True – This exhibition is the first by Cristina Fiorenza, an Italian artist living in Vienna. Her works are marked by examinations of the culture of housing, the issue of migration, and the subject of excessive urbanisation. She works on paper with pencil, pastels, embroidery, fabric and collages, turning drawings into sculpted artefacts.
Open: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 until May 25; SODA Gallery, Zámocká 34. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2075-8036;

Ján Šicko - HIT Bonačič – Within the REMAKE series of international travelling exhibitions of new media, the third part presents the history of media art through the works of contemporary artists. Slovak Ján Šicko created his works with theoretician Mária Rišková based on the kinetic light objects of Croatian cyberneticist Vladimir Bonačič.
Open: Tue-Thu 15:00-18:00 until May 24; Hit Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18. Admission: free. Tel: 0948/777-094;


Artičoky / Artichokes – This one-day festival of young artists focuses on creativity, joy of art and interest in culture. It offers young artists the chance to present their works to the wider public and to connect them for cooperation, response and interaction. During the day, fine arts will be presented, while in the evening, students’ movies will be screened.
Starts: May 19, 15:00- 24:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 041/5005-064;

Banská Bystrica
Veselosti minulosti / The Merriments of the Past – This choreography by Milan Tomášik, to the music of Kata-rína Máliková, shows in its premiere how two worlds, that of past dance and that of contemporary dance, are intertwined through the dynamics of space and the joy of dance.
Starts: May 18, 19:00; Štú-dio tanca, Komenského 12. Ad-mission: €4-€6. Tel: 048/4146- 540; www.


THE KOŠICE-based Divadlo Cassia offers the successful Slovak rock musical Matúš Čák Trenčiansky, written by Ľubo Horňák and Dodo Gombár, and directed by Peter Weinciller. The work, inspired by the turbulent life of the famous Great-Hungarian nobleman Matúš Čák, is playing on May 18 and 19 at 19:00 in the theatre at Masarykova 2. Tickets cost €5-€7 and can be bought either through or through

Nižný Hrušov
Zemplínska ostrá kosa / The Zemplín Sharp Scythe – The third year of this competition in traditional scything attracts reapers of both genders from all corners of Slovakia, including the Orava, Upper Nitra and Upper Hron regions.
Starts: May 19, 10:00; Nižný Hrušov, near Vranov nad Topľou. Admission: free. Tel: 057/4493-200; www.

Kraslice 2012 / Painted Easter Eggs 2012 – This exhibition of traditionally decorated Easter eggs from several regions of Slovakia lasts long into the spring, showing several folklore techniques as well as several types of eggs, including duck, goose and ostrich.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-16:00 until May 31; Museum of Ukrainian Culture of the Slovak National Museum, Centrálna 258. Admission: €1-€1.99. Tel: 054/2451-001;

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