CONCERT: Soul diva Nneka has set out on a European tour called Soul Is Heavy, and will make a stop in Bratislava, at Ateliér Babylon, at 20:00 on July 19. Presenting her eponymous album, released in March, the Nigerian-German singer – whose previous visit to Slovakia was to take part in an archaeological dig – is performing her first-ever gig here. Tickets cost €19 (in advance) or €22 (on the door) and can be purchased through www.orepole.sk; at Dr. Horák, Medená 19; or on the night, at SNP Square 14 (entrance from Kolárska Street).
Zelená Voda resort
FESTIVAL: The summer open-air version of jazz festivals, the Open Jazz Fest, will take place on July 20 and 21 this year, offering musicians like Anna Lauvergnac (IT/AT), the David Kollar Trio (SK, HU), the Zuzana Lapčíková Quintet (CZ), the David Helbock Quartet (AT), Pavol Bodnár & EccJazzional Band (SK), Mo’Blow (D), the Marek Balata Chopin Quintet (PL) and, headlining on Saturday evening, the US jazz-drum legend Billy Cobham and his sextet (featured in the photo). The jazz event takes place at the Zelená Voda resort, and tickets cost €15 (for one day) or €20 (for both days); they can be obtained through www.ticketportal.sk (Tel: 02/5293-3321).
LIVE MUSIC: Slum Village – The legendary Detroit hip-hop group, active on the scene since the 1990s, comes – with the line-up T3, RJ Rice and Illa J – to show how innovative and enthralling this genre can be.
Starts: July 18, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/5293-3321, www.ticketportal.sk; www.nuspirit.sk.
HISTORICAL FENCING: Fencing Tuesdays in the Old Town-Hall – Each Tuesday, the Corvus Arma – Havrani (i.e. Ravens) historical fencing troupe will stage demonstrations of fencing from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods; there is also contemporary entertainment, including duels with swords and fire-arms, torturing of a witch, and a fire show.
Starts: July 17, 18:30 & 19:15; courtyard of the Old Town Hall, Radničná 1. Admission: €1-€3. Tel: 02/5935-6650; www.bkis.sk.
JAZZ MUSIC: Nikistein Jazz Sextet – Within the project Spoznaj Jazz! / Get to Know Jazz!, the sextet (Nikolaj Nikitin on soprano and tenor sax; Erik Rothenstein on bass sax; Michal Motýľ on trombone; Michal Ragač on piano; Juraj Griglák on bass; Jozef “Ishias” Dome on drums) play their own compositions as well as arrangements of famous jazz tunes.
Starts: July 19, 20:30; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: free. Tel: 0948/327-333; www.hlava22.sk.
HORSE RACE: 47th Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix – This international horse race brings top steeds and their jockeys to Bratislava.
Starts: July 19-22; Sports complex, TJ Slávia STU, Májová 21. Admission: free (€50 for VIP tickets). Tel: 02/4929-4961; www.csio.sk.
GREGORIAN CHANT: Gregorian Meditations - Vox Gotica – This Austrian choir from downtown Vienna brings monophonic chorals and fascinating polyphony. The three-day festival also includes Schola Gregoriana Pragensis (on Friday) and Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis (on Sunday).
Starts: July 20, 21, and 22, 20:30; Courtyard of the Klarisky concert hall, Clarissen Church, Klariská 10-12. Admission: free, but tickets should be obtained on July 16-18, between 13:00 and 18:00 in the Exhibition Hall, Michalská 1, or an hour before the performance at the courtyard. Tel: 02/2046-6313; www.ulib.sk, www.citylife.sk.
DISCO MUSIC/SWING: Electro Swing Night Party – DJ Papa Django will play swing, electro swing, twist and jazz.
Starts: July 20, 21:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 4. Admission: €3. Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.
FOLKLORE: Festival Slovakia Folk – This international festival of folklore ensembles takes place at several sites between July 19 and 21, with the opening concert on Thursday being performed in the Main Square and the final concert on Sunday in Hviezdoslavovo Square. Other performances are mostly indoors and feature ensembles from Slovakia, Mexico, China, Latvia, Russia, Israel, Slovenia and Estonia.
Starts: July 19-22, various venues. Admission: various. More info: www.bkis.sk; www.choral-music.sk.
JAZZ FESTIVAL: Mikulášsky jazzový festival / St Nicholas Jazz Festival – This festival features Jazz & More (SK), Formace Jazz Q & Marcin Zupanski (CZ, PL), the Borys Janczarski Trio feat. Stephen McCraven (PL, USA), the Erik Rothenstein Band (SK, A), the Pawel Kaczmarczyk AUDIOFEELING Band (PL), the Miriam Bayle Band (SK, CZ), Talent Transport (SK), Kubo Ursiny & Provisorium (SK) and the Marián Čekovský band (SK).
Starts: July 20-22; courtyard of the Allimentum restaurant, Námestie osloboditeľov 29. Admission: Friday free, €10 (one day), €15 (two days). Tel: 0903/197-350; www.mjf.sk.
ORGAN FESTIVAL: Within the 16th year of the Kremnický hradný organ / Kremnica Castle Organ festival, Peter Friseé from Austria will play works by Maurice Duruflé, Jehan Alain, Marcel Dupré and J. S. Bach.
Starts: July 22, 18:00; Town Castle – St Catherine’s Church. Admission: €3-€4. Tel: 0903/719-654; www.kremnickyhradnyorgan.sk.
EXHIBITION: Gianni Bertini – An exhibition commemorating the 90th birthday of the Italian modern artist and representative of European pop-art as well as the 40th anniversary of his joint project in Slovakia with local artist Alex Mlynárčik.
Open: Tues-Sat: 9:00-12:00, 12:30-17:00; Sun: 10:00-12:00, 12:30-16:00 until July 29; Považská galéria umenia / Museum of Art, M. R. Štefánika 2. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 041/5622-415; www.pgu.sk.
EXHIBITION: Kto sa usmeje, dušu si zahreje / He Who Smiles, Warms his Heart – An exhibition by Peter Galvánek, part of a series of exhibitions by Slovak artists at Strečno Castle.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-18:00; Strečno Castle. Admission: €2-€3. Tel: 041/5001-511; www.pmza.sk.
OBSERVATORY: Observing the evening sky – Both children and adults can watch the evening sky in the observatory. (On July 19 the recorded music of Mike Oldfield will be played under an artificial sky; entry €2.)
Starts: July 18, 21:30; Observatory, Dilongova 17. Admission: €1. Tel: 051/7722-065; www.astropresov.sk.
COMPETITIVE FIGHTING: Pit Cage Fighting – The third round of Pit Cage Fighting, also called PCF 3, brings wrestlers like Matej Vaculík, Denis Kováč, František Marek and others.
Starts: July 21, 20:00; Aréna Poprad, Uherova 4680. Admission: €4 (in advance) - €6 (on the door). Tel: 052/7849-510; www.arenapoprad.sk; www.pitcagemma.sk.
Košice / Tornaľa
ART PROJECT: KOM IN – The final presentation of an international artistic project taking place in Košice will later enliven a complex of old brickworks in the town of Tornaľa through site-specific creation, the core leitmotif being communication.
Starts: July 21, 20:00; old brickworks in Tornaľa. Admission: free. Tel: 0910/998-602; www.art-eko.sk, www.naperone.sk.
EXHIBITION: Štefan Bubán - Maľba / Painting – This exhibition, curated by Ľubomír Podušel, shows the paintings of Bubán, 80, who belongs among the oldest working Slovak painters.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until July 29; Východoslovenská galéria, Hlavná 27. Admission: €1. Tel: 055/6817-511; www.vsg.sk.