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(Source: SITA)


THE RE-ENACTMENT of historical coronations that took place in Bratislava between 1563 and 1830 when nineteen kings and queens of the Great Hungarian Kingdom were crowned at St Martin’s Cathedral, has become a popular June event called Coronation Festival. This year, an entire weekend will be dedicated to the coronation of King Leopold I (on June 27, 1655), from June 21 to 23, including a period crafts market, a parade of free imperial towns and the festival of Lemberger red wine (Frankovka). The main programme starts on June 23 at 14:00 with the coronation march from the castle to the Main Square.

Mariusz Kwiecien – The renowned Polish baritone has sung in some of the world’s biggest opera houses, and in Bratislava he will perform, in addition to his famous roles, a duet with Slovak soprano Simona Houda Šaturová.
Starts: June 17, 19:30; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Ad-mission: €59-€139. Tel: 02/ 5293-3321; www.

Bratislava City Beats – A new music festival organised on Tyršovo Embankment brings to the capital headliners Wyclef Jean, Rudimental, Katy B, Aloe Blacc, Hadouken! and Everything Everything, in addition to the Stereo MCs, The Orb, The Boxettes, Danko Jones, Glenda López, Martin Valihora and Vivian Sessoms, and others.
Starts: June 20-21, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €29 (in advance) - €39 for one day; €39 (in advance) - €49 for both days. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.

Mark Knopfler – Legendary British singer/guitarist and former leader of Dire Straits, returns to Slovakia for the first time in 16 years to promote his most recent album, Privateering.
Starts: June 23, 20:00; Aegon Arena NTC, Príkopova 6. Admission: €50-€139. Tel: 02/5293-3321;

In the Junior Cycle of the Slovak Philharmonic, the Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra and the Berkeley Community Chorus, with soloists Carrie Hennessey, Megan Berti, J. Raymond Meyers and Igor Vieira, will perform Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.
Starts: June 22, 18:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5293- 3321;

Bratislava City Downhill – This extreme cycling race brings the world’s best racers to the city centre, to a route that is only one kilometre long but very demanding. It is labelled “the pilot project of City Downhill World Cup in 2014”.
Starts: June 22, 10:00; Courtyard of Bratislava Castle - Rybné Square. Admission: free for onlookers. More info:, www.

Families, ornithologists, nature lovers and also the handicapped can watch the European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) under Sandberg hill. One of the sites where colonies of these birds can be seen is Devínska Kobyla, where there will be an observation point which will offer lectures and loan-out binoculars.
Starts: June 22-23, 10:00- 17:00; cycling track at Devín-ska Kobyla (between Devín and Devínska Nová Ves, near Sandberg bus stop). Tel: 0948/ 495-111;

Viva Musica! – The opening concert of the 9th year of the music festival, which brings various genres and fusions to Bratislava, introduces MozART Group, a quartet (Filip Jaslar, Michal Sikorski, Pawel Kowaluk and Bolek Blaszczyk) that plays classical music “in a less classical way”, inviting audiences to smile and laugh.
Starts: June 22, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:

Grófka Báthory / Countess Bathory – The monumentum dance company (from Berlin) performs a dance drama depicting the legend of the “Bloody Countess of Čachtice” as envisioned by Slovak choreographer Jozef Madar.
Starts: June 22, 20:00; elledanse, Dom T & D, Miletičova 17/B. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 02/5541-0716;

Musica sacra - The 8th international festival of choir and sacral music brings to Bratislava churches and concert halls 8 choirs, 300 singers from 5 countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Russia and Romania) to compete and perform religious music.
Starts: June 20-23, various hours and various sites. Admission: free for all concerts. More info:

The 11th National Prize for Design is a competition of the best Slovak designs (with 156 works competing) and the winners can be seen in the new headquarters of the Slovak Design Centre (SDC) Satelit in the Hurbanove Barracks.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until June 30; Hurbanove Barracks (Hurbanove kasárne), Kollárovo Square 10. Admission: free. More info:

Viditeľné trvanlivosti / Visible Durabilities – This exhibition of modern Slovak art combines the work of renowned domestic artists, like Lucia Dovičáková, Erik Binder, Tomáš Džadoň, Patrik Kovačovský, Marek Kvetan, Svätopluk Mikyta and Michal Moravčík, and was curated by Katarína Mullerová.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-19:00 until June 30; Nebalka Gallery, Nedbalova 17. Admission: €1.5-€3. Tel:

Medzinárodný gitarový festival / The International Guitar Festival traditionally opens the cultural summer in Modra, this time bringing Florian Palier (Austria), Silesian Guitar Octet (SK/PL), Viktória Zadko (Ukraine), Gabriel Guilien (Venezuela), the Guitar 4-mation (PL, CZ, AT) and Martin Bies & Flamenco Clan (SK).
Starts: June 21-23, 19:00; Town Cultural Centre, Sokolská 8. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 033/6472-112;

The International Folklore Festival Myjava 2013 provides a chance to experience live folklore troupes and bands from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Georgia and Palestine, as well as local groups.
Starts: June 20-23, PKO Tr-novce (direction Myjava - Brestovec - Stará Myjava). Admission: €7-€10 (for individual days). More info: 034/6907-210;


ZVOLEN Castle Plays (ZHZ): The oldest open-air theatre festival in Slovakia focuses in its 40th year on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, offering a premiere (by the State Opera in Banská Bystrica) of his Macbeth, his operas La Traviata, Rigoletto and Nabucco, concert versions of Il Corsaro and his Requiem and a selection of his compositions. The opera section of the ZHZ takes place on June 23-30 at the local castle. Tickets (costing €10-€20, or €50-70 for the whole festival) can be purchased through 048/2457-123; or The picture is from Rigoletto, State Theatre Košice.

Banská Bystrica
CreW: Arthuur – This dance-music-visual performance held in a public space combines improvisations in three dimensions by Czech and Dutch dancers, graphic designers and musicians, revolving around Arthuur, a machine attached to the dancer’s body which records on paper the movements of the person wearing it.
Starts: June 18, 19:00; Záh-rada centre of independent culture, SNP Square (Benicz-kého Passage). Admission: voluntary. More info: www.zahradacnk .sk.


The Dob-rý festival / Good Festival – this open-air festival brings toge-ther musicians of Slovak (Andrej Šeban, Peter Lipa, Chiki Liki Tu-A, Mloci and Hrdza) and foreign (Freak Power, Roni Size, Kitten and the Hip [UK], GION [France]) origin.
Starts: June 21-22; Amphitheatre. Admission: €20. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.; www.

Návrat vody do mesta / Return Water to the City – Slovak visual artist Ilona Németh’s artistic installation, which is part of the European Capital of Culture 2013 Košice, creates French and English-style floating gardens at the Millrace (continuing throughout the summer). On June 22, the project culminates with a 24-hour performance focused on the return of water to the Hornád River.
Starts: June 22; Millrace/ Mlynský náhon, city park. Ad-mission: free. More info: www.

Posvätný odkaz – Cyril a Metod v slovenskom výtvarnom umení / Sacred Testament – Cyril and Methodius in Slovak Visual Art – This exhibition combines the work of 23 renowned Slovak artists, hailing the 1150th anniversary of the two saints who brought script and Christianity to the territory of present-day Slovakia.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 17:00 (Gallery Andrej Smolák, Námestie centrum) and Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00 (Matica slovenská House, Strojárska 2061) until June 28. Admission: free. More info:,

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