Countrywide events


(Source: Courtesy of Typo&Ars)


Vajnorský výtvarný salon / The Vajnory Artistic Salon presents works by Slovak visual artists Peter Cpin, Viera Čepcová, Peter Ďurík, Anna Holaňová, Igor Kaplán, Martin Kellenberger, Tamara Žišková, Květa Fulierová and Spanish guest Maria Jesús Rivero. Artworks of different genres can be seen daily between 14:00 and 18:00 in the Typo&Ars Gallery, Roľnícka 349 (in the Bratislava borough of Vajnory), until August 17. Admission is free, but visitors are advised to call ahead on 0903/477-074 or visit

Viva Musica! – This music festival, combining classical, jazz and world music, enters its 8th year and will take place in several venues, including the streets of the capital. Gigs include Igudesman & Joo’s A Little Nightmare Music, an opera gala by Sonya Yoncehva and Stefan Pop, the Michael Nyman Band, the Nigel Kennedy Quintet, Vladimír Godár and Iva Bittová, and others. The festival will open on June 23 on the Main Square with a tribute – admission free – to the late comedian and musician Jaro Filip.
Starts: June 23-30; various sites. Admission: various, some for free. More info:

Istropolitana Projekt – This biennial festival is unique in central Europe in giving drama students an opportunity to share experience and challenge each other. Organised by the Academy of Performing Arts, the event is also a competition among colleges and an overview of their work, embracing drama schools from France, Moldova, Switzerland, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Poland, among others.
Starts: June 22-27; various venues. Admission: €1.50 (for drama students) - €5. Tel: 0949/861-111;

MangaFest 2012 – The 2nd year of the international festival of Japanese culture brings fun, presentation of manga comics, artwork, discussions, lectures, computer games, anime, workshops, competitions, meetings, a tea party, and more.
Starts: June 23-24, 10:00-21:00 (17:00 on Sunday); Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €8.90 (both days, in advance), €7.90 (on the door, one day), or €9.90 (on the door, both days). Tel: 02/6383-5404;

A selection of Slovak films will be screened with English subtitles: Anjeli / Angels (2012, dir. Róbert Šveda) and Chodník cez Dunaj / A Path across the Danube (1989, dir. Martin Luther) at the Lumiere cinema.
Starts: June 18 (Angels), 17:30, and June 29, 20:30; Lumiere cinema, Špitálska 4. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 0917/105-882;

Pes sympaťák / Most Likeable Dog – The competition to find the most likeable dog(s) is open to purebred as well as cross-bred dogs, and includes a military dog course, demonstrations of police dog training, lectures on dog psychology, a show of guide-dogs for the blind, and more.
Starts: June 23, 10:00; Horáreň / Gamekeeper’s Lodge in Horský Park. Admission: free. More info:

Eddy Portella Presenta Batatimba – The unique ensemble, consisting of 20 drummers and percussionists will play and sing Latino and other music. Guests of the evening include Banda (SK, world music), Tubabu (CZ, African percussion), Flamenquitos (SK) and the Tropical dance troupe (SK).
Starts: June 21, 19:00; Klub za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €5 (in advance) - €7 (on the door). Tel: 02/6381-1328;

Jazz v Aréne – The Michal Bugala New Trio, comprising Michal Bugala (SK, guitar), Reuben Rodgers (US, double bass), and Martin Valihora (SK, drums), will play their characteristic style of jazz.
Starts: June 21, 20:00; Aréna Theatre, Viedenská cesta 10. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/6720-2557;

The Slovak National Gallery (SNG) has launched a new tradition of screening movies in its amphitheatre on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In June this will include This Must Be the Place (2011), a comedy/drama by director Paolo Sorrentino, starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch.
Starts: June 23, 20:45; SNG amphitheatre, Riečna 1 (opposite Hotel Devín). Admission: €2. More info:

Ekofest vol 5 – The 5th year of the multi-genre benefit festival Ekofest spreads over two days for the first time, and includes eight concerts, various screenings, exhibitions, lectures and presentations. The proceeds will go towards improvements at the Trnava Botanical Garden.
Starts: June 22-23; Hviezda cinema, town amphitheatre. Admission: €6 (in advance)-€8 (on the site). More info:



The 39th year of the Zvolen Castle Plays premieres Umberto Giordano’s opera Fedora on June 24 at 20:00 at Zvolen Castle. The tragic love of a countess and a nihilist at the turn of the 20th century is typical of the Italian operatic verismo (realism) style. Tickets cost €10 and €15 and can be bought through Other operas at the castle include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (see photo) on June 26, Puccini’s Edgar, performed by the Liberec Theatre, and others. More information can be found at

Banská Bystrica
Yní víkend – This music festival brings all types and genres, performed by mainly Slovak artists, from local underground bands through rock and metal to folk fusion.
Starts: June 22-24; Klub 77 and Tirish Pub, Horná Street. Admission: €4.50-8.50. Tel: 0910/197-348;


Romano Stilo Ensemble - Gipsy World – The violin virtuoso Alexander Jazztone and famous cimbalom band Romano Stilo present a project full of temperament and joy.
Starts: June 21, 19:00; Town Cultural Centre, Starý trh 46. Tel: 052/4522-165;

Tatranská Lomnica
Rupicapra Maraton – This fun event combines a hurdle race with entertainment and pits teams of ski instructors, waiters, life-guards and others against each other.
Starts: June 23, 10:00; Ski resorts. Lower cableway station. Admission: free for visitors. More info:

Dobrý festival 2012 – The Prešov performance of this music festival offers established Slovak musicians like IMT Smile, Richard Mueller, Para, and Xindl, plus foreign guests – Čechomor (CZ), N.O.H.A. (CZ, US), Goldie (UK), and more.
Starts: June 22-23; City amphitheatre. Admission: €6 (for Saturday) - €18 (for both days). Tel: 0918/884-488;

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