JAZZ Music: The jazz grouping Štefan “Pišta” Bartuš & Jazz Brothers has started a new tour featuring Ondrej Krajňák on piano, Marián Ševčík on drums, Hanka Gregušová on vocals with special guest Radovan Tariška on alto saxophone. On June 27 the group plays at 20:30 in the Kaviareň na korze café at Štúrova 15 in Levice (and at following concerts in Nitra, Partizánske and Rimavská Sobota). Admission in the Levice café is voluntary and more info can be found at www.jazz.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: The Nuevo Tango Ensemble is an Italian band (Gianni Iorio, playing the bandonium, Pasquale Stafano on piano and Pierluigi Balducci on bass) established in 1999 and concentrated around its member’s love for Argentine music. Over time is has found its own, unique style combining Nuevo tango with Italian playfulness. This concert is dedicated to the great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.
Starts: June 28, 20:00; Boat-Theatre under the Deck / Loď-Divadlo v podpalubí. Admission: €7 Tel: 0903/616-991; www.lodcafe.sk.
FILM: Neha / Tenderness – This film from Slovak movie director Martin Šulík (Cigán/Gipsy 2011, Záhrada /Garden 1995, Všetko, čo mám rád / Everything I Like, 1993) dates back to 1991 and has become an archetype of a love triangle and its complexities and is presented with English subtitles.
Starts: June 27, 20:00; Lumiere cinema club, Špitálska 4. Admission: €3-€4. Tel: 0917/105-882; www.aic.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musica Poetica da Camera by Solamente Naturali – A cycle of concerts of old music on historical instruments played by Miloš Valent & B.arRok-ImPro.
Starts: July 1, 18:15; Slovak National Gallery atrium, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúr Square. Admission: €4. More info: www.sng.sk.
EXHIBITION/CONCERT: Apples – The opening of the exhibition Apples, paintings by Olinka Lajčiaková will be accompanied by a concert by Angus Roxburgh (UK) whose music has been described by The Sunday Herald as “a collection of heartfelt, self-penned songs ... an emotive mix that touches on themes of love, heartache and social commentary”.
Starts: Opening on June 30, 19:30 with the exhibition running until July 28; Café Scherz, Partizánska 2. Admission: free. More info: www.olinkaart.com; www.angusroxburgh.com.
POLITICS/ FOLKLORE: Musical Welcome from Cyprus – In taking the EU revolving presidency, the Cypriot Embassy to Slovakia and the Foreign Ministry within the cycle International Bratislava will bring the Potopoiion musical programme and a dance group called Pasydi with traditional Cypriot and Greek songs and dances in folk costumes. Cypriot offerings are Anticristos, Zeimpekiko, Tatsia, Syrto, Drepani while the Greek offerings are Zorbas, Chasapiko, Zeimpekiko
Start: July 1, 18:30; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: Laco Deczi-Cellula New York – The band composed of Laco Deczi on trumpet, Vajco Deczi on drums, Nob Kinukawa on 6-string bass and Brian Charette on keyboard). Deczi, a native of Bernolákovo, plays jazz in New York City mood.
Starts: June 26, 20:00; Hlava XXII music bar, Bazová 9. Admission: €8. Tel: 0948/327-333; www.hlava22.sk.
STREET ART/MARKET: Dobrý trh / Good Market – The street market that has a Dutch and UK feel to it will again spread across downtown Bratislava with stands offering home-made food, eco products, old books, games for children and more.
Starts: June 30, 10:00-16:00; Panenská Street. Admission: free. More info: www.dobrytrh.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Hudba na nádvorí / Music in the Courtyard – Within the city’s Cultural Summer, Alena Čermáková and Ivan Čermák present their French style of music in a chamber atmosphere.
Starts: June 28, 20:30; Music Centre, Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €5 (through www.ticketportal.sk, or two hours before the performance on the door). Tel: 02/5443-1681; www.staremesto.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Topfest – The traditional open-air music festival offers its 9th year with the Finnish symphonic-metal band Nightwish as the headliner as well a host of other bands such as INé Kafe, IMT Smile, Kabát, Slobodná Európa, Divokej Bill, Aneta Langerová, Heľenine oči, Konflikt, and others.
Starts: June 29 and 30; airport. Admission: €25 (one day); €40 (both days). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: The Wings of Dixie - The concert - repeated on July 2 in Bratislava's Eurovea Galleria - brought by the US Embassy to Slovakia enhances the cultural summer in dixie music and popular hits like Bourbon Street Parade, South Rampart Street Parade, as well as blues piece - St. James Infirmary or Basin Street Blues. Trumpet: SrA Ken Jones; clarinet: MSgt Joshua Gates; banjo: SSgt Time Rogers; trombone: SSgt Saundra Sininger; vocals: SSgt Kevin Keenom; sousaphone: SSgt Meredith Healy; drums: SMSgt Clarence Carpenter.
Starts: July 1, 16:00; Mierové Square. Admission: free. More info: http://www.usembassy.sk/arc/calendar.
DRIFT & DRAGSTERS RACE: King of Europe Slovakia 2012 – The extreme automotive sports and races that have worldwide popularity such as races of drift and dragsters come to Slovakia for the first time at the Piešťany airport. More than 80 top drivers from 14 European countries will race.
Starts: June 20 – July 1; Piešťany airport. Admission: €9 (one day); €16 (three days); €70 (VIP ticket). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
MARTIAL ARTS: K1 Empress Liga – This league presents battles in the K1 and MMA categories. K-1 is a world-wide kickboxing promotion and its rules are similar to those of kickboxing but they have been simplified to promote exciting matches that may end in a knockout win. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, including boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai style, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, judo, kung fu and other styles.
Starts: June 30, 20:00; City Aréna, Olympionikov 2. Admission: €10-€13. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: Folklórny festival Východná – The oldest Slovak folklore festival offers 36 ensembles with more than 1,000 performers with this year’s novelties including world and ethno-music presented by the Pressburger Klezmer Band, Parno GRaszt from Hungary and ensembles from Georgia and Senegal.
Starts: June 29 – July 1; local amphitheatre. Admission: €6 (for half a day) - €24 (for the whole weekend). Tel: 02/2047-1254; www.festivalvychodna.sk.
WORLD MUSIC: Charlie McMahon & Dúhové eminencie – McMahon from Australia and the Slovak band combine musical traditions of Aborigines and didgeridoo with Indian sitar and Indian influences as well other traditional instruments from around the world.
Starts: June 28, 19:00; Bombura klub, M. R. Štefánika Square 16. Admission: €6. Tel: 048/6115-711; www.bombura.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musica Aeterna – Within the 52nd Musical Spring, the ensemble Musica Aeterna will play a concert of old music from the 17th and 18th centuries using period instruments.
Starts: June 27, 18:00; Š. Moyzesa Square. Admission: free. More info: www.pkobb.sk.
JAZZ FESTIVAL: Jazznica 2012 – This summer jazz festival hosts Nothing but Swing, the Artur Dutkiewicz Trio and the Tomáš Liško Trio on Friday and H projekt, (Andrej Šeban, Oskar Rózsa and Martin Valihora) and the Kaltenecker Trio on Saturday.
Starts: June 29-30, 19:00; St Catherine’s Church, Holy Trinity Square (Nám. Sv. Trojice). Admission: €10 (for one day); €17 (both days). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
OPENING: Nestville Open Day – The opening of the Nestville Park, a historical and educational exposition, will be accompanied by musical performances by Vidiek, Desmod, Gladiator and others and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme will attend and give autographs.
Starts: June 30, 10:00; Nestville Park, Hniezdne. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www.nestvillepark.sk.
EXHIBITION/OPENING: Poézia vesmíru / Poetry of the Universe – Special exhibitions by artists Ján Zoričák and Martina Mináriková accompany photos by NASA, ESA and the Slovak Astronomy Institute will be joined with a concert by musician Henry Tóth.
Starts: June 28, 17:00 (exhibition runs until Sept 30); Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. Admission: free for the opening; otherwise €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 052/7721-968; www.tatragaleria.sk.
WINE FESTIVAL: Košice Rosé Fest – This festival of rosé wine is presented for the third time and will offer top wines from 10 Slovak vintners. A “Rosé Passport” offers a taste of all 15 wines available.
Starts: June 28-29; Hotel Bristol Orlia 3; Krčma Letná, Letná 1. Admission: €15 (for the whole event). More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: Free Tuesdays – Chill-out music by Roland Kadela invites the audience to dance or just enjoy the atmosphere.
Starts: June 26, 22:00; Jazz Club, Kováčska 30. Admission: free. More info: www.jazzclub-ke.sk.