The 37th annual Cultural Summer and Castle Festival (Kultúrne leto a hradné slávnosti) in Bratislava opened on June 20 when Jozef Adamovič, an actor and professor, placed his memorial plaque on the pavement in front of the City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav.
Running from June 14 through September 9, Bratislava’s Cultural Summer festival will offer 354 events with more than 3,000 artists in various sites around the capital. There will be two main venues – the Main Square will feature concerts of classical, jazz, folk, country and world music while M. R. Štefánik Square at the Eurovea Shopping Centre will hold a variety of dance, sports and film events. Other offerings will be held at Hviezdoslavovo Square and several other venues beyond Bratislava’s Old Town, including Kuchajda Lake.
Cultural Summer will also be marked by the Viva Musica! Festival that begins on June 23 with an open-air concert and a tribute to late comedian and musician Jaro Filip and will run until June 30. Viva Musica! will feature performances in both open-air and indoor venues.
Other events include drama performances at Bratislava Castle, the Summer Shakespeare Festival, Days of Perugia [Italy] in Bratislava, Coronation festivities, re-enactment of Napoleon’s assault on Bratislava in 1809, the International Festival of Children’s Folklore Ensembles and the International Youth Festival. Detailed information about Cultural Summer can be found at www.bkis.sk and www.vivamusica.sk.