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THE NOW-traditional art lectures for English speakers at the Slovak National Gallery’s Esterházy Palace in Bratislava continue on May 23, at 19:00, with a talk focused on the current exhibition of works by Slovak photographer Viliam Malík (1912-2012). Tickets cost €4.70 and can be bought before the lecture. For more information, visit Photo: Courtesy of SNG

Jesse Boykins III – With his band, The Beauty Created, this US musician, who mixes soul and R&B will give a concert introducing his album Zulu Guru.
Starts: May 22, 19:00; LOFT! Club, Továrenská 14. Admission: €12. Tel: 02/5293- 3321;;

Bhajan Sopori – This Indian classical music concert introduces santoor player Bhajan Sopori and guests Abhay Sopori, R. Rainu and D. Bhaumik.
Starts: May 24, 18:00; Cultural Centre, Vajnorská 21. Tel: 02/4437-3771; www.

Večer tanečného umenia / Evening of Dance Art – A programme comprising the graduate works of choreography and dance interpretation by students at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, with prominent guests, including representatives from the national theatre, SĽUK folklore troupe, Hip-Hop Faculty and others.
Starts: May 23. 19:00; Zrkadlový háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 02/6829-9225;

Slovak Food Festival – This gastronomy festival will include an evening of wines (Thursday), an oyster-shucking championship (Friday), the launch of a book by Master Chef finalist Michaela Králiková (Saturday) and a lecture by Igor Bukovský, an expert on health food, and a celebrity cooking contest (on Sunday).
Starts: May 23-26; Bratislava Castle gardens. Admission: free. More info:

Ballet Opera Graz – The ballet ensemble of the Austrian city of Graz will perform a medley of pieces: Firebird (music by the Kronos Quartet, Osvaldo Golijov); Petrouschka (adaptation by Itmar Serussi, music by Stravinski); Le Spectre de la Rose (performed by singers Rosana Hribarová and Gregor Lustek, to poetry by Theophil Gautier).
Starts: May 26, 18:00; Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 25. Admission: €12-€17. Tel: 0905/847-202;,

Depeche Mode – A concert by the legendary British synth-pop band,
playing old hits as well as recent compositions.
Starts: May 25, 20:00; Pasienky football stadium, Junácka 10. Admission: €55. Tel: 02/5293-3321;

Partizánske hnutie na území Ruska, Ukrajiny a Bieloruska v rokoch 2. svetovej vojny / The Partisan Movement in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus during World War II – This exhibition commemorates the end of the war and shows 320 documentary photos from the Russian state archives.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 30; House of Arts, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info:

After losing its patron, the official Night of Churches, in which 186 churches throughout Slovakia once participated, will not now take place. However, the parish church of St Nicolas is still planning to open, and is calling on others to follow.
Starts: May 24; St Nicolas’ Church, St Nicolas’ Square. Admission: free. Tel: 033/5514-424;


Banská Bystrica
VERDI’S opera Simon Boccanegra will have its derniere on May 2, at 18:30 in the State Opera at Národná 11 in Banská Bystrica. The work is conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Laco Adamik and sung by Alena Vacíková, Zoltán Vongrey, Ivan Zvarík and Michal Hýrošš, among others. Tickets cost €3-€6 and can be bought through Photo: Courtesy of the State Opera Banská Bystrica

Banská Štiavnica
Festival kumštu, remesla a zábavy / Festival of Art, Crafts and Fun – The 16th year of this festival focuses on toys and play-things, but also on pottery, gingerbread-making, basketry and other skills and crafts.
Starts: May 24-25, 8:00- 18:00; Slovak Museum of Mining, Kammerhofská 2. Admission: €1.50-€3. Tel: 045/6920 -535;

Banská Bystrica
Országh Cup – The biggest hockey-ball tournament in Europe welcomes teams from all over the country.
Starts: May 25-26; Winter Stadium, Zimné predmestie 4. Admission: free. More info:

Banská Bystrica
MODERN DANCE: Život je pohyb a pohyb je zrkadlom duše / Life is Movement and Movement is the Mirror of the Soul – The graduation concert of the dance course at the Ján L. Bella Conservatory explores the phases of life and how people tackle them.
Starts: May 24, 18:00; Divadlo štúdio tanca / Theatre Studio of Dance, Na Kačici, Komenského 12. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 048/4146-540;

V dreve a kameni / In Wood and Stone – On the occasion of International Roma Day, the Museum of Roma Culture in Slovakia has prepared an exhibition of works by two non-professional artists: Dezider Fertö (68 wooden sculptures and reliefs); and Jaroslav Cicko (15 wooden and stone sculptures).
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-18:00 until May 31; Museum of the Slovak Village, Jahodnícke há-je. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 043/ 4383-294;


Use the City – The 5th year of this multi-genre street festival is part of the European Capital of Culture Košice 2013, and brings modern dance (Epic, Debris Company), performances, a photography exhibition, workshops, a conference, installations (including Monuments from Cardboard by Olivier Grosset), theatre (Na peróne from Košice, and Lá Hors from Lyons, France), music (on Friday), and children’s programmes.
Starts: May 22-26; various sites. Admission: various. More info:

Hungarian conductor Tamás Gál will lead the State Philharmonic Košice and Andrew von Oeyen on piano in a performance of works by Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, and Brahms.
Starts: May 23, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €6-€8. Tel: 055/6220-763;

Kyogen – The Malé divadlo kjógenu / Small Theatre of Kyogen from the Czech city of Brno, will perform two pieces and master Motohiko Shigeyama one piece of this traditional comedy form of Japanese theatre.
Starts: May 25, 18:00; Historical City Hall, Hlavná 59. Admission: €3. Tel: MIC-City Information Centre, 055/16-186;

Autosalón 2013 Prešov – An international car show presenting cars, motorbikes (including Harley Davidsons) and agricultural vehicles, with numerous accompanying events such as demonstrations by the rescue services, and more.
Starts: May 23-25; sports hall, Športová Street. Admission: €1. More info:;

Prešovská hudobná jar – As part of the Prešov Musical Spring, the 2nd year of Iuvenilis Cithara, a project aimed at supporting talented young classical guitar players, takes place. This year, Karol Samuelčík and Dávid Hnat have been chosen to perform.
Starts: May 23, 18:00; PKO Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 051/7723-741(-42);

La Marseillaise a symboly francúzskej republiky / La Marseillaise and Symbols of the French Republic – An exhibition by Alliance Francaise introduces the city of Marseilles, the other European capital of Culture for 2013.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 9:00-13:00 until June 16; Galéria Bašta, Hrnčiarska 7. Admission: €0.50. Tel: 055/6223-061;

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