CONCERT: Pandit Rajeev Janardan is a master of classical Indian music, playing sitar in the Imdakhani Gharana style (which imitates singing). The recipient of many awards, he will play with Tibor Mótyán (Hungary, tabla) in “Connecting India” on July 9 at 20:30 in the Music Centre of the Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission is free; for more information call 0902/892-872 or visit www.bkis.sk or www.shiraz.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bratislavský organový festival / The Bratislava Organ Festival brings to the Music Hall of Bratislava Castle, which was recently re-opened after reconstruction, various organ players from several countries. On July 10, Slovak national Monika Melcová, currently lecturing in music at the music academy in San Sebastian in Spain, will perform works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Max Reger and Felix Mendelssohn.
Starts: July 10, 17:00; Hudobná sieň Bratislavského hradu. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 0905/397-306; www.mjuzik.eu.
LIVE MUSIC: The Cavern Beatles (UK) – This group, a Beatles revival and tribute band from Liverpool, has the advantage of authenticity, from accents to instruments, clothing and original sound.
Starts: July 14, 20:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €26-€39. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www.majestic.sk.
WATERSPORTS FESTIVAL: Festival divokej vody / White-water Festival – The Divoká voda complex in Čunovo will host a unique sports and entertainment event for all age categories, and for professionals and amateurs alike. The 1st year of this European festival will allow amateurs guided by instructors to test runs used in the world championship. Accompanying events include a race by professionals, a training session by the Slovak national canoeing team, and more.
Starts: July 14, 9:00-20:00; areal Divoká voda, Čunovo. Admission: free. More info: www.divokavoda.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Bobby McFerrin and Guests – The world famous US singer, musician and entertainer will have Czech singer Dan Bárta and WeBe3 at his Bratislava concert.
Starts: July 12, 20:00; Aegon Arena (NTC), Príkopova 6. Admission: €49-€115. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk
INLINE SKATING: The Staromestská / Old Town route of the usual Friday inline ride will be marked by music in the style of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Starts: (each Fri) July 13, 20:00; behind the new building of the Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Admission: free. More info: www.bratislava-inline.sk.
FILM: The Slovak movie Anjeli / Angels, only recently released for screening, is an intimate story of fatally ill homosexual who withdraws to a cottage in the countryside to finish his book of memories, accompanied only by a nun who nurses him, and his boyfriend. However, suddenly appear several people, and the plot takes unexpected turns. This week, the film will be screened with English subtitles.
Starts: July 11 (17:30), July 12 (20:00), July 13 (18:00) and July 14 (20:00); Lumiere Cinema, Špitálska 4. Admission: €4. Tel: 0917/105-882; www.aic.sk/aic/kino-lumiere.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Liverpool Oratorio – Paul McCartney – The famous work of classical music by ex-Beatle which he composed as ordered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society on the occasion of its 150th anniversary in 1991, will be performed by Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio (SOSR) conducted by Italian Walter Attanasi, with Lúčnica’s choir, Pressburger Singers choir, and soloists Miriam Garajová, Sisa Lelkes Sklovská (alternation Terézia Kružliaková), Miroslav Dvorský and Martin Malachovský.
Starts: July 9, 19:30; Slovak Radio’s big Concert Studio. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2048-6103 (tickets will be sold at the Lúčnica office, Štúrova 6, www.udalosti.noviny.sk.
EXHIBITION: Peter Machajdík - Waters and Cages – The sound-and-visual environment of Machajdík reflects the economic and social goals of our civilisation, but also muses on environmental and political issues. Bringing a balanced combination of components, it offers pleasure and saturation for all the senses.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Sep 2; Pálffy Palace of the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB). Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443-3627; www.gmb.sk.
EXHIBITION: Bienále ilustrácií Bratislava na poštových známkach – This exhibition of 40 years of the Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations on postal stamps presents stamps illustrated with motifs for children. It is co-organised by state postal operator Slovenská Pošta.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until August 15; Bibiana House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Admission: €0.70-€1. Tel: 02/5443-1308; 02/5443-4986; www.bibiana.sk.
EXHIBITION: Letná výstava 2012 / Summer Exhibition 2012 - Dovičáková, Demeter, Farmanová, Kovačovský, Podoba, Šille – This exhibition marks the ‘half season’ of the year and the authors exhibit their paintings, drawings and objects.
Open: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00; Krokus Gallery, Nám. 1. mája 3. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/861-719; www.krokusgaleria.sk.
BALLET / HISTORY: Renaissance Evening – The core of this evening is the classical ballet Romeo and Juliet, as performed by the Balet Bratislava troupe with soloists from the Rapids Ballet Company of Michigan, USA (including Patricia Baker). The ballet will take place at the Kittsee Mansion, in the grounds and on a stage, as well as among the audience. The period atmosphere will be enhanced with medieval cuisine and period musical accompaniment. (On July 14, Slovak singer Katka Koščová will also perform a gig).
Starts: July 13, 14, 20:00; Schloss Kittsee, close to the Slovak border. Admission: €22 (in advance) - €25 (on the door), children €12 (€15). More info: www.kittseetanz.at.
LIVE MUSIC: Topfest Plus – This concert, linked to the recent Topfest music festival, will offer US legends Guns N’ Roses, supported by local band Dorian Gray (plus Siempre and Arakain). Both hard-rock bands have been performing for more than 20 years.
Starts: July 13, 18:00; Piešťany Airport. Admission: €20-€129. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Vrbovské vetry 2012 / The Vrbové Winds 2012 – The sixth year of this music-and-fun festival offers famous Slovak, Czech and European rock performers (e.g. locals Kriak, Czech Michael Kocáb, Srečna Mladina from Slovenia, and Záhradné domčeky, performing on instruments made from spades, pickaxes and barrels), a summer cinema, discussions and theatre.
Starts: July 9-15, Vrbové near Piešťany. Admission: €14 (in advance, from www.tixy.sk) - €15 (on site). More info: www.vrbovskevetry.sk.
ROAD CINEMA: Bažant Kinematograf – The ‘road cinema’, travelling by bus and making open-air movie screenings, is celebrating its 10th year. This time the bus is showing Slovak and Czech feature films and short movies that have enjoyed success in the previous year: Cigán (Gypsy), Czech Made Man, Dom (House), Nevinnosť (Innocence), Perfect Days, and more.
Starts: July 8-12, around 21:30; Park of Š. N. Hýroš. Admission: free. More info: www.kinematograf.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Dorota Nvotová Just Tour – The Slovak tour by this Slovak singer, accompanied by Nepalese musicians, marks the launch of her Album Just!, which was made in Nepal, where Nvotová was active for several years. She joins forces with Bishnu Gurung (guitar) and musicians from Nepalese band Damage Glitters.
Starts: July 13. 20:00; Oravia club, Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: Tel: 0903/524-590; www.kamdomesta.sk.
PARKOUR MEETING: Parkour Meeting Banská Bystrica 2012 – International meeting and joint training of traceurs (parkour fans) who share a love for parkour. This pursuit comprises running and jumping over natural hurdles and managing every obstacle that stands in one’s way. The meeting is organised in several places in Banská Bystrica, including the gym of the city’s sports secondary School.
Starts: July 13-16; various sites. Admission: free. More info (in Slovak): www.parkour.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Zelené tony / Green Tones – The popular cycle of concerts this time brings the hot Spanish Flamenco rhythms of Slovak band Los Remedios.
Starts: July 15, 16:00; Thurzo House, SNP Square 4. Admission: €3.50. Tel: 048/4125-897; www.stredoslovenskemuzeum.sk.
FESTIVAL: The 22nd year of the Európske ľudové remeslo / European Folk Craft (EĽRO) festival in Kežmarok will focus on traditional bakery and millers and masters of this craft. However, it will also bring about 200 local and foreign craftsmen, a cultural programme on three stages, dramatic castle tours and a ride on an historical train from Poprad through Kežmarok to Podolínec. The main part of the festival will take place in the historical centre of Kežmarok between July 13 and 15. Tickets cost €3 (in advance), €5 (on the day) for one day, or €10 for all three days. More information can be found at www.elro.sk.
JEWISH FESTIVAL: Mazal Tov! Festival židovskej kultúry / Festival of Jewish Culture – This festival, whose name means ‘a lot of luck!’, claims to be the first festival of Jewish culture in Slovakia. It started in late June / early July with guided tours of Košice focused on Jewish historical sites, and continues with an exhibition opening on July 9 and a concert of the Mojše Band. Founder of the Klezmatics, trumpet player Frank London, will perform with jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro and the Pressburger Klezmer Band, and with the PaCoRa trio. The festival also includes a musical workshop with Michal Paľko, a dance workshop with the Pressburger Klezmer Band, a lecture on kosher wines and tasting, as well an artistic workshop and screening of the Czech movie Golet v údolí / Golet in the Valley.
Starts: July 7-17; various sites. Admission: various, form free (discussion, film screening, exhibition) through €8-€10 (concerts, dance workshop) to €19 (for lecture on Kosher wine). Tel: 0903/318-483; www.mazaltov.sk/en.
ENGLISH STAND-UP COMEDY: Evening of stand-up comedy in English, this time with the UK’s Brian Higgins and Lloyd Griffith.
Starts: July 11, 20:00; GES club, L. Novomeského 13. Admission: €7.50 (in advance) - €9.90 (on the door). Booking: GES club; MIC Dargov; www.babybluebanana.com.
Spišská Nová Ves
TRADITIONAL MARKET: 7. Spišský trh / 7th Spiš Market – This traditional summer market brings a cultural programme, including local bands and folklore ensembles (Trend, Lipa, Rozmarín, Senior), as well as popular Slovak bands and musicians (Smola a hrušky, Gladiátor), the Premier Spinaid folklore and entertainment troupe from Belarus, the Gipsy Terne Čajove Roma dance group, the Campana Batucada percussion show, and more.
Starts: July 12-14; city centre. Admission: free. Tel: 053/4176-627; www.spisskanovaves.eu.