Craftsmen Days ÚĽUV / Dni Majstrov ÚĽUV is an event that promotes traditional Slovak crafts, folklore and world music, and celebrates the merger of older traditions with modern culture. This year it has grown into a weekend of concerts, dance performances, workshops (including some for children), traditional food tasting, a market of folk crafts, and more. Between August 31 and September 2, more than 200 craftsmen, including ethnic Slovaks from Serbia, Hungary and Romania, will show their skills. Some events are free; others have admission fees (varying from €8 to €15). More information can be found at www.uluv.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: The 3rd year of the Katedrálny organový festival / Cathedral Organ Festival in St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava offers works by Bach, Perron and others, as performed by organ player Roman Perucki and violinist Mária Perucká (both from Poland) on August 30. On September 2 the festival climaxes with the Slovak Philharmonic – conducted by Rastislav Štúr – and the Technik and Tirnavia choirs joining the organ as the solo instrument, played by F.J. Stoiber from Austria.
Starts: Aug 30 and Sep 2, 19:00; St. Martin’s Cathedral, Rudnayovo Square 1. Admission: €7 (Aug 30), €12 (Sep 2). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Malalata Soundsytem combines Balkan rhythms, Mexican tunes, Caribbean reggae, French swing, traditional Roma music and Slovak alternative music.
Starts: Aug 31, 21:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 4. Admission: €3. Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.
FILM: Tigre v meste / Tigers In the City – The new Slovak movie directed by Juraj Krásnohorský will be screened with English subtitles.
Starts: Aug 27, 20:00; Lumiére film club, Špitálska 4. Admission: €3-€4. Tel: 0917/105-882; www.aic.sk/aic/kino-lumiere.
JAZZ MUSIC: “bLESs the jazz” – Within this Thursday concert series, the Nikistein Jazz Sextet (Nikolaj Nikitin, Erik Rothenstein, Matúš Jakabčic – or Luboš Šrámek – Maťo Ďurdina, Vlado Máčaj and Marián Ševčík) will play in this Bratislava city park.
Starts: Aug 30, 19:30; Gamekeeper’s Lodge in Horský Park, Lesná 1. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: The Badge – This band (Marián Lucký, Fedor Frešo, Peter Szapa and Jakub Tvrdík) was established as a grouping of 1960s music fans.
Starts: Sep 1, 20:00; Music Gallery U Dežmára, Klariská 1. Admission: €5. More info: www.musicgallery.sk.
EXHIBITION: All Lights are Fire – This exhibition project by Patrícia Koyšová and Jaroslav Kyša in cooperation with Ján Gašparovič shows the trio’s work with form, visual effects and space in painting (Koyšová), in action and object (Kyša) and via sound-light installations (Gašparovič).
Open: Tue-Fri 13:00-17:30 until Sep 21; galéria Space, Velehradská 7/A. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/231-187; www.priestor.org.
EXHIBITION: Ladislav Novák – The works of this important Czech representative of surrealism, author of the technique of froissage (a method of collage in which lines are made by crumpling up the piece of paper used to create the drawing), are exhibited in a small gallery in the centre of the capital.
Open. Tue-Sun 14:00-19:00 until Sep 9; Galéria 19, Lazaretská 19. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5292-6651; www.galeria19.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organové dni v Piešťanoch / Organ Days in Piešťany – The 13th year of this international organ festival brings a week of classical music to the spa town of Piešťany between Aug 21 and 30. On August 28, Polish organ player Roman Perucki and Polish violinist Mária Perucká perform works by Bach, Auguste Peron, Felix Borowski, J.J. Bott, Leon Boellmann, Tchaikovsky and Joseph Reinberger.
Starts: Aug 28, 19:00; Dom umenia / House of Art, Nábrežie Ivana Kraska 1. Admission: €7. Tel: 033/2458-001; www.domumenia-piestany.sk.
ARCHITECTURE + ORIENTAL DANCE: Prehliadky Hammam špeciál – Every Monday afternoon, a special tour of a local architectural gem, the Turkish-style bath, or hamam, will be enhanced with a performance by an Oriental dancer.
Starts: Aug 28, 15:30; SINA building. Admission: €2. Tel: 032/6514-140; www.turista.teplice.sk.
FESTIVAL:Finnish folklore ensemble Kärri presents traditional live music and dance from across Finland, but mainly from the region of Karelia. The artistic leader of Kärri is renowned choreographer Antti Savilampi, who will dance himself during the tour, which starts on September 2 in Batelier, Bratislava, and will continue on September 5 to the House of Culture in Doľany (Pezinok District), on September 7 to Banská Štiavnica (as part of the town’s Salamander Days festival), and on September 8 to Banská Bystrica’s SNP Square. All Kärri’s performances are presented for free. More information can be found at www.findertour.sk.
AIR SHOW: Medzinárodné letecké dni - Slovak International Air Fest / SIAF 2012 – This big air show takes place at the beginning of September, celebrating the anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising and offering local as well as foreign visitors aerial acrobatics.
Starts: Sep 1-2, Sliač airport. Admission: €5-€10 (parking and shuttle bus from parking lots free). Tel: 048/4163-916; www.siaf.sk.
OPERA: Slávnostný koncert pri príležitosti osláv 68. výročia SNP a 20. výročia prijatia Ústavy SR – Celebratory Concert on the Occasion of the 68th Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) and the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Slovak Constitution – In this gala concert, Patrícia Solotruková, Michal Hýrošš, Zoltán Vongery, and the orchestra and choir of the State Opera will perform, conducted by Igor Bulla.
Starts: Aug 30, 19:00, SNP monument. Admission: free. More info: 048/2457-101; www.stateopera.sk.
POTTERY EXHIBITION: XXIV. Medzinárodné keramické symposium / 24th International Pottery Symposium – The oldest continuously organised pottery symposium in Slovakia, organised by the Novohrad Museum and Gallery and the Slovak Artistic Union, includes the production exhibits in a local factory, followed by their display.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 14:00-17:00 until Sep 30; Novohradské múzeum a galéria, Kubínyho Square 3. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 047/4332-397; www.nmg.sk.
FOLKLORE MARKET: XXIII Humenský jarmok / The 23rd Humenné Annual Market – This special annual market offers folklore, live concerts, choral music, traditional crafts and much more.
Starts: Aug 30-Sep 2; stage in front of the House of Culture / Dom kultúry, and other venues. Admission: free. More info: www.humenne.sk.
WINE TASTING: Šťastný súdok / Happy Keg – The 33rd year if this wine-tasting event presents wines from the Dvory nad Žitavou wine-growing cooperative.
Starts: Aug 28, Múzeum vín, Floriánova. Admission: €8. Tel: 051/7733-108; www.kamdomesta.sk.
HISTORICAL RAILWAY/MOVIE: Košická detská historická železnica / The Košice Children’s Historical Railway – For the end of summer, this tourist railway company has prepared special rides combined with a guitar concert and film screening.
Starts: Aug 31 (19:00 - railway-themed Czech movie Železný dědek); Čemeľ railway station. Sep 1 (19:00 - Guitar recital by Gabriel from Rožňava; Czech film Vlak do stanice nebe); Alpinka railway station. Admission: €1.50 - €3. Tel: 0905/496-426; www.detskazeleznica.sk.
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EXHIBITION: Renesancia historických fotografických techník 19. storočia / The Renaissance of Historical Photographic Techniques of the 19th Century – In cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, the Gallery of Spiš Artists exhibits works illustrating old techniques.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00 until Sep 8; Galéria umelcov Spiša, Zimná 46. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel. 053/4464-710; www.gus.sk.
EXHIBITION: 10. Výročie Galérie u Anjela - 99 anjelov / The 10th anniversary of the At the Angel Gallery - 99 Angels – This private gallery celebrates its 10th birthday (which was on July 17) with a retrospective exhibition.
Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until Sep 13; Galéria u Anjela, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. Tel: 052/4522-153; www.galeriauanjela.sk.