GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL:The 4th year of the open-air gastronomy festival Gurmán Fest (Gourmet Festival) will take place in the pleasant environs of central Bratislava’s Medical Garden, between Špitálska and 29 August Streets, on June 15-17. The festival will present 54 chefs from 26 restaurants in 10 countries, including Ichito Kubota from Kyoto, Japan. Those with a sweet tooth can head to La Patisserie, and visitors will also be able to taste still and sparkling wines and compete in various competitions. The mayors of Bratislava various districts will cook jams. Entry is free, but there is a fee to try the food. Photo: Courtesy of Gurmán Fest
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Wilsonic Festival – After a two-year break, the festival of electronic music returns, this time to a different venue. Apart from foreign crowd-pullers like Ikonika, Redinho, Princess Chelsea, Mujuice, DZA, and The Suicide of Western Culture, domestic musicians too will join the cast, e.g. Foolk, Karaoke Tundra, Isobutane, Abnormal, Stroon, and others.
Starts: June 15 and 16; Design Factory, Bottova 3. Admission: €29 (for one day), €39 (whole event, in advance). Tickets: www.tixy.sk. More info: www.wilsonic.sk.
FASHION SHOW: Nu Spirit Fashion – This fashion show combined with designer market represents an overview of the creation of young Slovak and Czech fashion designers. The 4th edition will offer designers Andrea Pojezdálová and Miroslava Ferklová (their project combines the collections “Beige” and “Macrame”); the market zone will offer Soňa Šeboková, Maka Gallik, Pek Pek, 82 bøok&design shop, Gopopular, and We are not Sisters; and the afterparty will offer DJs Yanko Kral & Emilee (EmonoizBoyz).
Starts: June 14, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: ????. Tel: 0948/855-449; www.nuspirit.sk.
STREET ART: Bratislava Street Art Festival – This festival, which takes place in several sites across the Slovak capital, brings Long Vehicle Circus, rope-skipping, street painting, theatre and animation for children, concerts, street art “under the bridge”, a fire show, oriental dance, a juggling show, graffiti, and more.
Starts: June 15-17; various outdoor sites (plus two indoor parties). Admission: free. More info: www.streetartfestival.sk.
GALLERY/LECTURE: Thursday Art Talk – This month’s lecture on art in English (with a glass of wine) will focus on modernism, and the best that the gallery is currently presenting of Slovak art since the beginning of the 20th century.
Starts: June 14, 19:00; Slovak National Gallery, Water Barracks, Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Admission: €4.70. Tel: 02/2047-6270; www.sng.sk.
EXHIBITION: Pushkin in European Culture – This exhibition at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture presents the European context of this great personality of Russian literature, as prepared by the Moscow State Museum of A. S. Pushkin.
Open: weekdays, 10:00-17:00 until June 25; RCVK, Fraňa Kráľa 2. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5262-5981; www.rcvkba.sk.
FILM FESTIVAL: Art Film Fest – The 20th anniversary of the oldest Slovak movie festival will bring a host of foreign movies (e.g. Teddy Bear, from Denmark; the short animated film A Morning Stroll (US); and French film Le Skylab), as well as a profile review of the latest and best British films within the Focus section. Guests will include actors Britain’s Ben Kingsley and France’s Emmanuelle Béart
Starts: June 16-23; local cinemas. Admission: €2 (for one film) - €10 (for 8 days). Tel: 02/2085-5100; www.artfilmfest.sk.
SPIRITUAL MUSIC: Musica Sacra – The festival of spiritual music enters its 22nd year and, after an opening concert on June 10, continues on Thursdays and Sundays, with Slovak, Czech, Hungarian and even Japanese musicians performing religious and spiritual works by renowned composers.
Starts: June 14-July 1; Piarist Church of St Ladislaus. Admission: free. More info: www.nitra.sk.
DANCE THEATER:The Tanečné divadlo Alternatív dance theatre will give a performance of Dátum potreby / Date of Expectation at the Žilina-Záriečie cultural node on June 15 at 19:00. This dance piece focuses on various expectations which affect people’s behaviour, and which shape their lives. It will be completed with a movie screening of the dance documentary Kto z koho. Tickets cost €4-€5 and can be bought at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 041/5623-564. More information can be found at www.stanica.sk, and www.tda.sk. Photo: Natália Zajačiková
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Noc hudby / The Night of Music – The Slovak Sinfonietta will join this nationwide event together with the local Music Centre and the town of Žilina. From 18:00 until 22:00, the Dom Umenia Fatra will be filled with classical music, mainly for organ and piano.
Starts: June 15, 18:00-22:00; Fatra House of Art, Dolný val 47. Admission: free. More info: www.skozilina.sk.
EXHIBITION: “10PL” – This exhibition of ten contemporary Polish artists is supported by Honorary Polish Consul in Slovakia Tadeusz Frackowiak and offers an insight into a neighbouring artistic environment.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 Until June 30; Liptov Gallery of P. M. Bohúň, Tranovského 3. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 044/5522-758; www.galerialm.sk.
VINTAGE CARS: Šarišský okruh veteránov / The Šariš Round of Veterans – This international road parade of vintage cars enters its 7th year, beginning on the Main Square in Prešov and continuing with a concourse d’elegance and a drive to Sabinov, and including a tour of St Jacob’s Church in Levoča and of Šariš Castle in Prešov.
Starts: June 15-17; Prešov, Sabinov and Levoča. Admission: free for spectators. More info: www.veteran-burza.sk.
CULTURE FESTIVAL: POKE Festival – This multi-genre culture festival aims to bring together artists, musicians, theatres, audiences and create partnerships. After last year’s ‘zero’ year, this is the first official year. Events offered include various genres of music, theatre, visual art, video-performance, graffiti, disco, sports, lectures, presentations, art sales, film screening, and more.
Starts: June 15-16; old brick factory, Drienovská Nová Ves. Admission: €12 (in advance) - €15 (on the door) for one day; €19 (in advance) - €23 (on the door) for both days. More info: www.tabacka.sk.