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Tony Cragg's work in Košice's Kunsthalle.Tony Cragg's work in Košice's Kunsthalle. (Source: SITA)


THE CYCLE Hudba na nádvorí / Music in the Yard brings a concert of Martin Bies & Flamenco Clan on August 8 at 20:30. Bies, with Andalusia roots, has surrounded himself with musicians of the same kind of feeling and they play flamenco. Tickets cost €5 and can be obtained through or, the concert takes place in the courtyard of the Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9.

Menšinové kultúrne leto / Minorities’ Cultural Summer – This five-day festival brings the music of minorities living in Slovakia to the capital’s downtown, starting Monday with the Neutrataler folklore troupe of Carpathian Germans from the municipality of Kľačno, followed by Čunovski Becari, Croatian “tamburáš band” (meaning musicians playing on string instruments) from Čunovo on Tuesday, female Hungarian vocal groups Čistý Prameň (Clean Spring) and Ohrady (Enclosures) from Dunajská Streda on Wednesday. Pressburger Klezmer Band will play traditional central-European Jewish music on Thursday, and Bohémiens from Bratislava, playing a fusion of traditional and modern Gypsy music on Friday.
Starts: Aug 5-9, always 18:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:

Language Café is a monthly meeting of people interested in Bulgarian – or one of many other languages – who can develop their skills with representatives of foreign cultural institutes based in Bratislava.
Starts: Aug 7, 17:30; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: free. Tel: 0904/330-049;

Katedrálny organový festival / Cathedral Organ Festival – The festival runs from August till mid September (apart from Sept. 13 always on Thursdays) in St Martin’s Cathedral. It presents seven outstanding organ players, from Marek Stefanski (POL) on Aug 1 through Mario Ciferri (IT) on Aug 8, Matthias Giesen (AUT) on Aug 15, Martin Bako (SVK) with declamation by Jozef Šimonovič on Aug 22, David di Fiore (USA) on Aug 29, Male Choir of St Ephrem from Budapest on Sep 5 and Philippe Lefebvre (FR) and Matthias Giesen (AUT) on Sep 13.
Starts: Aug 1 – Sep 13; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €8-€10. Tel: 02/5293-3321;;

The regular evening of resident DJ Kinet, Boogaloo Hustle, this time brings Slovak Latino band El Poderoso Quintet (Eddie Portella - percussion, Roland Kaník - piano, Martin Ďurdina - trumpeta, Martin Haas - trombone, and Erik Rotenstein - barytone saxophone.
Starts: Aug 7, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Tel: 0905/865-566;

Jazzanova – The famous Berlin-based band playing funk and nu jazz will give an outdoor concert on a beach under the UFO (the SNP bridge).
Starts: Aug 8, 19:00; beach under the UFO. Admission: €15 (in advance) - €19 (on the site). More info:,

La Era de los Cosmonauts / Ember – The performance of two young Spanish dancers, choreographers and teachers (living in Belgium), Laura Aris and Jorge Jauregui, will be followed by jam contact improvisation in the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) and completed with a workshop.
Starts: Aug 10, 20:00 – SNG, Riečna 4; Aug 11, 20:00 – Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info:,

Hot 8 Brass Band – The “hot” brass band from New Orleans, plays a mix of funk, hip-hop and jazz will have DJ 7 Samurai as a warm-up. Before the concert, the US band will play live in streets of Bratislava, at around 18:00.
Starts: Aug 6, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €15-17 (in advance)-€18 (on the door). Tel: 0905/865-566;

Oslavy Sv. Vavrinca / Celebrations of St Lawrence – St Lawrence, patron saint of cooks and confectioners, will be celebrated at the seventh incarnation of this event, that offers a festive parade of professionals in the centre of Bratislava at 11:00, presentation and tasting of meals at 12:00 with the event running through 17:00.
Starts: Aug 10, 10:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info (in Slovak):

Danube Wetlands (Donau Auen) /Austria
Austrian National Park Danube Wetlands organises one-day guided trips to the protected area, with some dates focused on Slovak-speaking clientele (English can be agreed upon). The tour includes Baroque theatre, inspection of a huge aerial photo of the Danube, or watching young storks – and potentially a tour through the Orth Castle / Schloss Orth.
Starts: Aug 10, 29 and Sep 1; Orth and der Donau. Admission: €5.50-€9.90. Tel: 0043/2212-3555;

Martin Martinček – The renowned Slovak photographer would celebrate a centenary this year, and the Central European House of Photography (SEDF) managed to collect 63 black-and-white photos which are displayed on two floors. This is the first exhibition of this interesting personality who started taking pictures at the age of nearly 50 when he was forced, because of politics, to move from the capital to the region of Liptov.
Open: Tue-Sun. 13:00-18:00 until Sep 1; SEDF, Prepoštská 4. Admission: €1.50. Tel: 02/5441-8214;

Čo ste hasiči, čo ste robili… / Firefighters, What Have You Been Doing... – The exhibition documenting the fire-fighting and fire prevention offers a look at history from Middle Ages until modern times, with the most precious items dating back to 1870s and 1880s.
Open: Mon-Thur 8:00-15:15 until Aug 31; Slovak National Archives, Drotárska cesta 42. Admission: free. Tel: 02/6280-1178;

Grape 2013 – The multi-genre open-air music festival will host bands and musicians like The Drums, The Joy Formidable, Citizens!, The Big Pink Dub FX, and other mostly Slovak and Czech performers.
Starts: Aug 9-10; airport Piešťany. Admission: €36-€39. Tel: 02/5293-3321;


Banská Bystrica
Musica di Sole e Mare, Mariachi – Dominika Doniga and František Kubiš will perform songs from Italy, France, Spain and Argentina, hailing the sea, summer and fun, while the second group will offer traditional Mexican music in the mariachi style.
Starts: Aug 5, 18:00; SNP Square. Admission: free. More info:

Večer šampiónov / The Evening of Champions – The event offers matches following Muay Thai, MMA, and K1 rules.
Starts: Aug 11, 15:00; Koliba Klin, close to Námestovo. More info:

Terchovský budzogáň – The 11th year of this open-air rock festival offers as headliners Biohazard and Annihilator, along with Czech and Slovak punk, rock and metal musicians.
Starts: Aug 9-10; amphitheatre Terchová. Admission: €20 (for one night) - €25 (for the whole festival). Tel: 02/5293-3321;

Flavia Bigi – Let It Go – Contemporary Italian artist Flavia Bigi is famous for always discovering new media and genres (from painting, drawing, through video to sculpting and installations). This exhibition is a newer version of one taking place in spring 2013 in Paris, curated by Francesi Napoli.
Open: Tues – Sat 9:00 - 12:00, 12:30 - 17:00 Sun 10:00 - 12:00, 12:30 - 16:00 until Aug 25; Museum of Art, M. R. Štefánika 2. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 041 / 5622-522;


TONY CRAGG’s exhibition Sochy / Sculptures in the recently opened Kunsthalle (Hall of Art) in Rumanova 1 in Košice is located in a former swimming pool, making the environment unique. Cragg’s works can be found throughout the world, from Singapore to South Africa. The current collection presents his oversized statues from last 10 years and can be seen Tuesdays to Sundays between 11:00 and 18:00 through August 25. Admission is free and more info can be found at

Tuning Zraz – The meeting of “tuned-up” cars in Svidník will combine sprint competitions, a 3-D racing simulator, demonstrations by stuntmen, Miss Tuning Zraz as well as a musical programme.
Starts: Aug 9-11; airport Svidník. Admission: free for onlookers. More info:

Fest dupľa / Double Fest – The town of Michalovce organises a competition of celebrity lookalikes as well as attempting a record gathering of the number of people named Michal or Michaela (the town is named after St Michal) concentrated in one place at one time. These two events will be accompanied by a festival of theatre performances in local dialects and gastronomy competitions.
Starts: Aug 9-11; downtown Michalovce. Admission: free. More info:

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