Countrywide Events


(Source: SME)


SPRING BRATISLAVA Jazz Days / Jarné Bratislavské džezové dni, will feature talented singer/musician Butterscotch, British funk-jazz group Incognito and Slovak singer, musician, producer and organiser Peter Lipa, who will give a concert marking his recent birthday on June 5 at 19:00 at the Incheba Expo Aréna on Viedenská cesta 3 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €20-€35 and can be purchased via 02/5293-3321; or through

Dni starej hudby / Days of Early Music – This festival of early classical music is called Kláve-sy v zrkadle času / Keyboards in the Reflection of Time in 2013, and features music performed on instruments such as the clavichord, organetto, fortepiano and others.
Starts: June 4 – 14; various venues. Admission: €8-€10. Tel: 02/5443-3888; www.

Pecha Kucha Night Bratislava – The 23rd edition of this event, called the Visegrad Edition, offers architects, designers, visual artists and all creative people a chance to introduce their projects through 20 pictures shown for 20 seconds each.
Starts: June 6, 20:20; Amphitheatre and Summer Pavilion of the Slovak National Gallery, Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Admission: €5 (in advance), €7 (at the door). Tel: 02/ 2047-6238;

The 6th year of Dolce Vitaj, the festival of Italian culture and tradition, will open with a concert by Piccola Accademia degli Specchi, a chamber ensemble from Rome, specialising in modernist and post-modernist forms of classical music.
Starts: June 4, 19:00; Mirror Hall of the Primate’s Palace. Admission: free (but seats are limited). More info:

Gurmán Fest – This event at Medická záhrada will attract top professionals and award winning personalities from the world of gastronomy, including experts on cooking, wine, beer, coffee and bar drinks.
Starts: June 7-9; Medical Garden, between Špitálska and 29 August Street. Admission: free (food vouchers must be purchased to sample the food). More info:

Let’s Swing It! – Before the summer break, the Fats Jazz Band will present a 1930s and 1940s swing concert and dance party. Period dress is recommended, but not obligatory.
Starts: June 7, 19:30; Swing Café, Vajnorská 98/H. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 0948 /798-058;

Show s orientálnymi tancami naživo / Show with Live Oriental Dances - Najla, a dancer with Slovak, Hungarian and Arabic roots, has been learning, performing and teaching dance since 2003, and will offer a sampling of her skills.
Starts: June 7, 19:30; lava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5. Tel: 0948/327-333;

Rock v múzeu - Rock in the Museum - Krissy Matthews Band - The young British bluesrock comes to be rpesented in Bratislava in the rare environment of the Museum of Trade.
Starts: June 7, 19:30; Múzeum obchodu, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167;

No Comment – An exhibition of Slovak photo journalism and Slovak and Czech cartoons will feature work from the 9th year of the Slovak 2012 Journalism Awards.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until June 15; Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Admission: open. Tel: 02 / 5441-3316;

Two photo exhibitions in neighbouring buildings present Bratislava in two distinct eras: Karol Kállay’s Bratislava moja / Bratislava Mine consists of photos of the Slovak capital between 1944 and 1964, and Bratislava 1993 - 2013 documents the 20 years of Slovak independence.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-16:30, Sat-Sun 11:00-17:30; Exhibition Hall, Old City-Hall, Radničná 1. Admission: €2-€5. Tel: 02/5910-0847;

Piešťanské Zlaté stuhy / Concourse d’Elegance - The annual meeting and parade of vintage cars will take place between June 6 and 9 this year, again starting in the pedestrian zone in the town of Piešťany, and then continuing to Kúpeľný ostrov. On Sunday, the programme will culminate in a show of vintage cars and a cultural performance. The tradition was started in 1932, when Czechoslovak cars first competed in a contest.

The Dodo Šošoka Festival hails the Piešťany inhabitant and musician of the same name who promoted jazz and made many contacts during his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The festival will start on June 7 with the Šmoldas-Nusbaum-Anderson Trio and culminate on June 15 with a concert by Sachal Vasandani (US), followed by Chris Dave & The Drumhedz (to which jazz musicians will enjoy free admission).
Starts: June 7-16, Art Jazz Gallery Kursalon, Beethovenova 5, House of Art-main concert). Admission: €6-€10 (€17 for the main concert). More info: www.;

Lumen - The biggest festival of gospel music in central Europe this year spreads from the square and streest also the pais "XL Zone", offering performers like Dan Bárta, wolrd vice-champion in beatbox, En.dru, Marián Čekovský anid his guest in the Čeky point show, dance theatre tanečné Atak and the Godzone project, as well as workshops and mass services.
Starts: June 7-8; various cites in the town. Admission: various, part free. More info:

Justin Echols, US singer performs jazz evergreens and scats. His Justin Echols Quartet comprises also Tomas Jochmann(US) on piano, Lukáš Kytnar (CZ) on bass, and Tomáš Hobzek (CZ) on drums. Starts: June 7, 19:00; garden of the town museum. Admission: €6. More info:

Keramické trhy - Pottery Market - Almost 2000 potters and ceramics artisans from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria or Tunisia will come for the 10th year of this event the town of Pezinok. Annually, almost 20,000 visitors come to admire - and buy - the original artworks.
Starts: June 7-9; pedestrian zone. Admission: free. More info (in Slovak):

Dolná Krupá
Slávnosť ruží - Feast of Roses - This edition of the annual exhibition and feast dedicated to the honour of Countess Mária Henrieta Choteková, a keen rose-breeder and founder of the local rosarium who gave Dolná Krupá the title “Village of Roses”, celebrates her 150th birthday, with a rose competition and festive planting of a new rose, named after the countess.
Satrts: June 8-9; Music Museum in Dolná Krupá, a branch of the Slovak National Museum (SNM). Admission: €2. More info:


Banská Bystrica
Off-Beat Plus – Choreographer and da-ncer Milan Tomášik explores (with dancers Lenka Rajch-manová, Tibor Trulik and Jakub Jeňo) the human breath and rhythm of music, combining contemporary dance with Baroque music (by Janez Krstnik Dolar and Sašo Kalan).
Starts: June 5, 19:00; Diva- dlo štúdio tanca / Theatre Studio of Dance, Na Kačici, Ko-menského 12. Admission: €3-€6. Tel: 048/4146-540; www.

Various cities
Envirofilm 2013 – The international festival of documentaries focused on nature and the environment is taking place in cinemas in Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, Banská Štiavnica, Kremnica, Poltár, Krupina, Skalica and Košice. In Banská Bystrica a jury will judge 52 films in an international competition.
Starts: June 3-8. Admission: various. More info: www.


Dni mesta Prešov / The Days of the City of Prešov – This city festival offers a host of events, including free admission to the local Šariš Gallery, Prešov Trinity Market, a demonstration of traditional crafts, Oriental dance troupes, falconers, concerts and more.
Starts: June 3-8, various sites. Admission: various, mo-stly free. More info:,

Motýle / Butterflies – The Bo-tanical Garden organises an exhibition of tropical butterflies from all over the world.
Open: Daily 9:00-17:00 until June 30; Botanical garden of P. J. Šafárik University, Má-nesova 23. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 055/2341-667;

Incognito – This British jazz-funk band is a pioneer of this special genre, and offers new songs with typical arrangements, playing as part of the Košice Jazz Days festival.
Starts: June 6, 19:00; Infiniti Arena, Pri jazdiarni 1. Admission: €12. Tel: 02/5293 -3321; or

Balónová fiesta – The sky will swarm with balloons at this international meeting of hot air balloon enthusiasts, which takes place in the morning and early evening, and offers commercial paid flights and a spectacular balloon-light show.
Starts: June 5-8; Aupark. Admission: free (onlookers) - €175/person (per flight). More info:

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