OPERA: THE LAST performance, at least in this run, of Maria Theresia, a neo-romantic opera in three acts by contemporary Austrian composer Roland Baumgartner, takes place on June 26, 19:00, in the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre in Hviezdoslavovo Square 4 in Bratislava. The operetta-style piece, conducted by Marián Lejava, directed by Ladislav Adamik and sung by Katarína Juhásová-Štúrová, Miroslav Dvorský and Theodore Coresi in German with Slovak subtitles, evokes the central-European atmosphere of the era dominated by Habsburg monarch Maria Theresa. Tickets cost €7 to €30 and can be obtained by calling 02/2047-2299, or via www.snd.sk.
FOLKLORE: Dalal from Bethlehem, Palestine, with the Ekonóm folklore ensemble – The evening brings together a Slovak and a Palestinian ensemble, comparing the traditions of the two folklores.
Start: June 24, 19:00; Zrkadlový háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: free. Tel: 02/6829-9225; www.kzp.sk.
INLINE PARTY: Bratislava Inline – Each Friday, the tradition of mass inline trips returns to the streets of Bratislava, for the 10th year, starting with June 28 and having different routes every time.
Starts: June 28, 20:00; Start-finish: Petržalka Aupark. Admission: free. More info: www.bratislava-inline.sk.
GUITAR FESTIVAL: The 38. Medzinárodný gitarový festival J. K. Mertza / 38th J. K. Mertz International Guitar Festival brings concerts, master classes and seminars focused on the classical guitar – as well as the use of this instrument in modern music and jazz. Renowned artists from Brazil, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia offer their performances to local audiences. On June 29, an open-air concert by Brazilian guitar player Celso Machado takes place in the Main Square.
Starts: June 28-July 4; Mirror Hall of the Primate’s Palace, Primaciálne Square. Admission: €5 (except for June 29). More info: www.jkmertz.com.
WORLD MUSIC: Mahala Rai Banda – This band, combining traditional Balkan music with modern club versions, will be supported by Miquéu & Baltazar Montanaro and DJs Malalata Soundsystem.
Starts: June 26, 20:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €10-€12 (in advance) - €15 (on the door). Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.
JAZZ: Jazzová loď 2013 / Jazz Boat 2013 – Peter Lipa & Traditional Club will play their jazz compositions and arrangements aboard a boat sailing from Bratislava to Devín and back, with a short break in Devín.
Starts: June 28, 17:00; Passenger Port, Fajnorovo nábrežie 2. Admission: €13. Tel: 02/5293-2226; 02/5249-6822.
GOSPEL: Koncert priateľstva / Concert of Friendship – The Hope Gospel Singers and Band from Slovakia join forces with the US Ebony Chorale choir to perform their gospel repertoires.
Starts: June 28, 20:00; Franciscan Church of Annunciation of Lord, Franciscan Square 3. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.
FESTIVE MASS: The Slávnostná omša pri príležitosti 1150. výročia príchodu Cyrila a Metoda na Veľkú Moravu / The Festive Mass on the Occasion of the 1150th anniversary of Arrival of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Great Morava introduces the Choir of the City of Bratislava and soloists Andrea Čajová, Radoslava Mičová, Jozef Graf and Gustáv Beláček, as well as Peter Mikula on organ, as conducted by Ladislav Holásek.
Starts: June 29, 19:00; St Martin’s Cathedral, Rudnayovo Square. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/5293-3321; or through www.ticketportal.sk.
THEATRE IN ENGLISH: Uncertain Ground (intra-species aggression) – The alternative theatre company Stoka transformed its Slovak play Neistý grunt into English, which was picked for the New York International Fringe Festival. Bratislava audiences now get a chance to see this “performance conceived by the method of collaborative creation, by means of improvisation, with no specific goals being set in advance”. Directed by Blaho Uhlár, the piece is performed by Braňo Mosný and Peter Tilajčík.
Starts: June 30, 20:00; A4 Nultý priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: €3.50-€6. Tel: 02/5292-4470; www.a4.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musica Poetica da Camera - Solamente naturali – This concert of early music on historical instruments by the Solamente Naturali ensemble led by Miloš Valent offers renowned and also less-known compositions by foreign and Slovak authors, this time introducing Barbara Barros (Portugal), performing Portuguese and Spanish music.
Starts: June 30, 18:15; Átrium, Slovak National Gallery, Rázusovo nábrežie 3. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.sng.sk.
EXHIBITION: Poznaním iných spoznávaš seba - Drúzske čriepky v izraelskej kultúre / By Learning Others, You get to Know Yourself - Druze Fragments of Israeli Culture / Druze are monotheistic religious communities which stem from the 11th century Ismailism school of Shia Islam. Their culture is presented in Slovakia through 35 paintings of four contemporary artists (Jamal Hasan, Faris Hamdan, Hikmat Khrais a Hani Khatib), as well as catalogues, films, items of everyday life, a lecture, books, and more.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 (10:00-18:00 in July) until July 30; Slovak National Museum, Vajanského nábrežie 2. Admission: €2-€3.50. More info: www.snm.sk.
HISTORY/GASTRONOMY: Great Baroque Feast – On the occasion of the 350th birthday of Prince Eugene Savoy, an exclusive celebration re-enacting a period feast is organised at the Schloss Hof palace near the Austro-Slovak border. Part of the event is a true-to-reality Baroque reception for which tickets have to be bought separately. Entertainment is prepared for the whole day, and for the later part, fireworks, a fashion show and a night-long performance are on offer.
Starts: June 29, 18:00; Schloss Hof, between Marchegg and Hainburg (there is a shuttle bus from Marchegg). Admission: €29-€99 (gourmet-ticket). Tel: 043/22852-0000; www.schlosshof.at.
CYCLING: 24 Slovakia Ring Bicycle race – A unique cycling race, dubbed the “Slovak Le Mans”, replaces cars for bicycles at the Slovakia Ring race track. Racers, both professional and amateur, can compete individually or in teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8.
Starts: June 27-28, 12:00; Slovakia Ring (36km from Bratislava). Admission: free for audiences. More info: www.slovakiaring.sk.
EXHIBITION: Quis, Quando, Quomondo – Curator Danica Janáčková has prepared an exhibition by the Združenie Q Brno association which brings together the paintings, drawings, plastic artworks, graphic artworks, design and photographs of its 35 members (out of a total of 118, of whom 65 are visual artists) like Marie Filipovová, Jaromír Gargulák, Jindřich Štreit, Marek Trizuljak, Miroslava Trizuljaková, Monika Vosyková, Zdeněk Tománek and others.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-16:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until July 14; Záhorská galéria of Ján Mudroch, Sadová 619/3. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 034/6512-937; www.muzeum.sk.
EXHIBITION: THE JOINT exhibition by Jozef Jankovič and Palo Macho presents two famous Slovak artists – the latter transformed the designs of the former, a sculptor, into glass. Glass plates in the Galéria U anjela / At the Angel Gallery, Starý trh 53 in Kežmarok show – until July 17 – human torsos, screams for help but also mementoes proving everyday chances of resurrection of humans. This is Jankovič’s first attempt at glass; and it can be seen afternoons Tuesdays to Fridays and on Saturday mornings for free. More information can be found at www.galeriauanjela.sk.
ANIMATED CARTOON FESTIVAL: Fest Anča 2013 – This international festival of animated cartoons turns Žilina into a Mecca of this genre, offering a host of Slovak and foreign films in several local venues, a competition and – organised by the Žilina-Záriečie culture hub – also brings Mike Reiss, a writer and producer on The Simpsons.
Starts: June 27-30; various sites. Admission: €2-€5 (one-time tickets), €10-€22 (for the whole festival). Tel: 041/5005-064; www.stanica.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Les K-Nards BoiTeuX – This band, playing ska-core, comes from Neveres, a small French town, but its mix of ska, punk and hardcore is so unique that it has already grown famous among fans of underground music.
Starts: June 24, 20:00; Bombura klub, M. R. Štefánika Square 16. Admission: €3. Tel: 0905/347-415; tickets: www.ticket-art.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: FrancUfoni Soirée Vol. 13 – The 13th edition of this Francophone music evening is called Féte de la Musique and brings, again, French and French-inspired music to this club.
Starts: June 28, 20:30; Wave Club, Hlavná 121. Admission: €5. Tel: 0905/896-467; www.wave.sk.
OPERETTA: Orfeus v podsvetí / Orpheus in Underworld – This opera buffa, the lighter version of the genre, was composed by Jacques Offenbach, and is directed by Lumír Olšovský, conducted by Igor Dohovič, and performed by Anton Baculík, Oľga Bezačinská, Juraj Hollý, Alena Fialeková, and others.
Starts: June 30, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€10. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.
24. Jun 2013 at 0:00 | Zuzana Vilikovská