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(Source: Martin Machaj)


A STAGING of the classic ballet Rómeo a Júlia / Romeo and Juliet, inspired by the tragedy by William Shakespeare and set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, will open in the Slovak National Theatre (SND) on April 11 and 12 at 19:00, in the theatre’s new building at Pribinova 17 in Bratislava. The SND performance will be choreographed and directed by Massimo Moricone, conducted by Rastislav Štúr and characterised by dynamic and demanding dance with authentic acting. Tickets cost €8-€16 and can be bought via Photo: Martin Macha

Cherchez La Femme – The first year of a music festival hailing women musicians from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden, will bring various genres – from reggae and dancehall, through jazz-folk-rock fusion to rock-jazz-alternative – over three days and four venues.
Starts: Apr 11-13; Atelier Babylon, Nu Spirit Club, KC Dunaj and Nekapri InnArt. Admission: various. More info (also in English):

Irish writer Lorna Byrne will come to Bratislava at the invitation of the Ikar publishing house to give a lecture/discussion about her books concerning experiences with angels (on April 11; entry by ticket only), and to sign books (April 12).
Starts: Apr 11, 18:00, SK Nové Mesto, Vajnorská 21; and Apr 12, 17:00, Panta Rhei bookshop, Poštová. Admission: €15 (for Apr 11) and free (Apr 12). More info (in Slovak):

Hory a mesto / Mountains and City – The 14th year of this international festival of mountain and adventure films, this year dedicated to Slovak movies and guests, opens on April 10. Foreign guests include Hans Rey and Alex Honnold. Presentations will focus on Indonesia, Vietnam, the Middle East, the Caucasus, the Himalayas and other locations.
Starts: Apr 10-14; Cinema City, Aupark, Einsteinova. Ad-mission: €4-€6 (€19 festival pass). More info:

Czech conductor Petr Altrichter will lead the Slovak Philharmonics playing Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, with the young Russian piano virtuoso Andrey Yaroshinsky as soloist.
Starts: Apr 11, 12, 19:00; SF concert hall, Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Tel: 02/2047–5233;

The World Art Day - The World Art Day will be celebrated both in- and outside the Gallery of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts, by making photos, pottery, a statue, offering presentations, lectures, workshops and discussions for wide public.
Starts: Apr 14, 14:00-21:00; "Umelka" building, Dostojevksého rad 2. Admisison: free. More info:

Visions of India - The one-evening festival combining film, dance and live traditional music presents the manifold tastes, scents and impressions of India.
Starts: Apr 9, 18:30; Film Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts, Svoradova 2. Admission: 7-10. More info: www.shiraz,sk; tickets:

Bratislavská komorná gitara - The Bratislava Chamber Guitar - A five-day festival of guitar chamber music lures viewers with German, Japanese, Bulgarian, Italian and Slovak performers playing compositions of various genres, connected by the musical instrument.
Starts: Apr 10-14; Zichy Palace; Ventúrska 9; Admisison: €5-€7. Tel: 02/ 5293-3321;

Electro Guzzi- The Austrian band (Bernhard Hammer – guitar, Jakob Schneidewind – bass, Bernhard Breuer – drums) playing "techno-dance groove", or progressive electronic music, will perform in the Slovak capital.
Starts: Apr 13, 20:00; A4 NUltý priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: €2. Tel: 0905/865-566;

Frank Zappa’s Grandmothers of Invention – Former members of the band accompanying the late rock legend Frank Zappa have created a psychedelic-rock ensemble that is coming to Bratislava.
Starts: Apr 9, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €15. Tel: 0915/794-942;

Voices Live – This multi-genre event combining music, literature, design, discussion and young art is returning for its 29th run, this time with musician Andrej Šeban, the Saténové ruky band, the Slovak Fashion Council and young artists from Soyart.
Starts: Apr 10, 19:00; Heineken Tower Stage, J&T Tower 115, Pribinova 25. Admission: €5. Tel: 0905/847-202;,

Martin Činovský - Známková tvorba / Stamps – Činovský, a Slovak artist who recently turned 60, offers a review of his works, focusing on his designs for postal stamps, in the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB).
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Apr 28; Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Admission: €4. Tel: 02/5443-3627;

Igor Przybylsky - Bratislava Praha – This exhibition by a Polish artist concerns rail transport between the cities of Bratislava and Prague, as reflected in paintings, photos and videos. Visitors on this virtual trip can take the role of tourists or engine-drivers.
Open: Mon-Thu 10:00- 17:00; Fri 9:00-15:00 until Apr 26; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. Admission: free. Tel: 02 /5443-2030;

Bratislava Tinkers - The fourth presentation of the works of Bratislava tinkers' club Džarek can be seen in the Culture Centre in Vajnorská, offering all kinds of traditional techniques and modern motifs.
Open: weekdays 10:00-17:00 until Apr 13; SK Vajnorská 21. Admission: free. More info:

Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Bran – Six musicians bring Breton music to Slovakia, wavering between a search for roots and cosmopolitanism.
Starts: Apr 12, 19:00; Blue Note klub, J. Hašku 18. Admission: €3. More info:


No More Blues – Piano, saxophone and vocals recall the music of 1920s and 1930s America.
Starts: Apr 12, 19:30; Kafé Džezva, Tehelná 4. Admission: €3. Tel: 0907/341-890; www.

Polemic Sony Xperia Tour 2013 – Popular Slovak band Polemic has set out on a tour and will make a stop in Žilina.
Starts: Apr 13, 20:00; Smerr Music Club, Obchodná 1. More info:

Banská Bystrica
Para Menšina Tour – Famous Slovak band Para plays a series of concerts, offering pieces from their latest album Menšina (2012).
Starts: Apr 11, 20:00; Klub 77, Horná 54. Admission: €6. More info:

The Castle Museum in Fiľakovo launches the high season with three exhibitions, two (Treasury of the Gemer-Malohont Museum and Rožňava Guilds) in the Bebek Tower of the castle, and one (The Language is the Nation’s Heart, prepared by the Forum Institute for Minority Studies in Šamorín) in the Town Homeland Museum.
Open: Mon-Sun 10:00- 18:00 until May 5, Castle Museum, Main Street 14; and Tue-Fri 8:00-16:00 until April 23, Town Homeland Museum, Main Street (Hlavná) 14. Tel: 047/4382-619;


THE KONVERGENCIE / Convergences 2013 music festival will take place in Košice, among other places, bringing a range of artists and events that merge different musical genres, from April 8 to June 2. On April 8, pianists Ivo Varbanov, Fiametta Tarli and cellist Jozef Lupták will open the Košice part of Konvergencie by performing the works of Johannes Brahms. The tickets for the concert, which starts at 18:00 in the Vojtech Löffler Museum at Alžbetina 20, cost €3-€5 and can be bought on the door. For more information, visit Photo: Sme

58. Košická hudobná jar / 58th Košice Musical Spring – The opening concert of this international festival of classical music, featuring works by Ottorino Respighi and Tchai-kovsky, is performed by the State Philharmonic in Košice conducted by Daniele Bellardinelli and with violinist Júlia Fischer.
Starts: Apr 11, 19:00; House of Art, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €10-€14. Tel: 055/6220 -763;

Svetový deň letectva a kozmonautiky / World Day of Aviation and Astronautics – The city’s Observatory and Planetarium brings a day-long series of events, starting with a film about the universe, through a lecture at 17:00 (in Slovak), to observations of the sky from 18:00.
Starts: Apr 11, 16:00-19:30; Observatory and Planetarium, Dilongova 17. Admission: €2. Tel: 051/7722-065;

Orientálny večer s Fatimou - Oriental Evening with Fatima - The third year of ever more popular event offers two hours of Oriental dance, foreign performers, as well as a weekend workshop of this type of dance.
Starts: Apr 12-14; Jonáša Záborského Theatre, Legionárov Square 6. Tel: 0908/330 023;

Festival moderného tanca / Festival of Modern Dance – A regional show of youth and children’s teams performing modern dance, offering an overview of what is happening in the genre.
Starts: Apr 13, 10:00; Jonáša Záborského Theatre, Department of Educational Activities, Legionárov Square 6 (Helicopter Wing, Nižná Šebastová). Admission: free. More info:

Tatranská Lomnica
Oživenie / Revive – The Centre of Folk Art (ÚĽUV) opens an exhibition by Ľubica Poncik, a textile and clothes designer whose works are inspired by traditional folk patterns but use modern technologies.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18: Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00 until May 26; ÚĽUV Gallery, Tatranská Lomnica 36. Admission: free. More info:

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