UPDATED: Countrywide Events


(Source: René Miko)


THEATRE: VERDI is a musical-dance play by Dana Dinková which celebrates the world-famous operatic composer of the same name, whose 200th birthday was celebrated last year. The play, using his famous music, was made for the State Opera in Banská Bystrica, but on September 21 at 19:00, it will visit the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre on Hviezdoslavovo Square 1 in Bratislava. The tickets for the production, conducted by Igor Bulla and performed by Ján Kožuch, Šimon Svitok, Helena Becse-Szabó, Katarína Vovková a.h. and others, cost €5-€14 and can be purchased via

J.N. Hummel Competition – The final event of the eighth year of the competition for young pianists, named after a famous Bratislava composer from the past, will include their recitals with the Slovak Philharmonic in the afternoon, with prizes awarded and a concert performed by the winners in the evening.
Starts: Sep 20, 15:30 and 19:00; Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/2047- 5233;

Reggae meets Slovak folklore – The Thierry
& Friends reggae group has joined forces with the Švárne Horehronky folklore ensemble to create a unique fusion of culture and music.
Starts: Sep 19, 20:00; Zrka-dlový Háj house of culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/6829-9217; ww.kzp .sk;

Le Cinesi – The 260th anniversary of the premiere of serenade Le Cinesi by Christoph Willibald Gluck at Schloss Hof palace in Lower Austria will be celebrated by re-staging it in its original environs. There will be Slovak participation, too: the Cappella Istropolitana chamber orchestra will perform, and the whole piece will be directed by Lenka Horínková.
Starts: Sep 19, 20 and 28; Schloss Hof. Tel: 0043/1513- 2225-0;

Annual Sport’s Day – American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Slovakia organises Annual Sport’s Day at the Sport Centre Mladá Garda, with teams composed of employees from embassies, chambers or companies taking part in the tournament in the following four disciplines: football, beach-volleyball, tennis and relay-race.
Starts: Sep 20, 8:30 (registration), 9:00 (tournament). Admission: free for onlookers, registration fees from €30 (per pair) - €170 (team). More info: amcham.

X. NAPS meeting – The 10th international ecumenical meeting under the auspices of patriarchs of the five biggest Christian churches and the Jewish community offers sacral chants of choirs from four countries.
Starts: Sep 15, 18:00; historical building of the Slovak national Theatre (SND), Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. More information:

The Thursday Art Talk in the Slovak National Gallery will this time lead visitors through the biggest exhibition of the year in SNG called Two Landscapes, which presents a portrait of Slovakia in the 19th-century art on the one side, and in the present day on the other side.
The talk will be lead by Vladislav Malast.
Starts: Sep 18, 19:00; SNG, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: €3.More info:

Pressburg Dance Fest - The second year of this international festival of Oriental dance combines a competition of individuals and groups, workshops, an Oriental bazaar and a gala evening with Serkan Tutar (Belgium/Turkey), Teresa Tomas (Spain), Shaba (hungary), Karolina Idrisová and Sahar (Czech Republic), Ranya and Sheyla (Slovakia/CZ/Austria), the Wüstenrosen group (Austria), duo Nakari (Austria) and others.
Starts: Sep 19-21; DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €12 (in advance) - €15 for both events; €10(in advance) - €12 for the gala evening; €7 for the competition. Tel: 02/6383-5404;,

Mobilizácia – The 2014 edition of the event Mobilisation aims to re-enact the events of World War I that led to the establishment of the first Cze-choslovakia, and also those which resulted in its split 20 years later.
Starts: Sep 20, 10:00; Bun-ker B-S 4. Viedenská cesta, Petržalka. Admission: free. More info:

Cirk La Putyka – Legendary Czech ensemble Cirk La Putyka will open the sixth season of the City Theatre DPOH with its latest piece, again with breathtaking acrobatics and moves.
Satrts: Sep 17-18, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €12-€15. Tel: 02/5910-3107;

IstroCON 2014 / Comics Salón 2014 – Two popular festivals have joined forces and present tournaments in PC games, lectures, debates, exhibitions and workshops a-bout comics, anime, manga, karaoke, cosplay, as well as lectures and debates on Japanese culture. On September 19, the Embassy of Japan to Slovakia will award 20 organisers of the event, AnimeCrew, the Honorary Mention of the Ambassador, for their presentation of Japanese culture and their help in spreading it.
Starts: Sep 19-21; Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Admission: €15.90 (for three days). More info: www. ticketportal .sk;

Prague Burlesque – This Czech troupe revives the atmosphere, grace and style of times past (with a pinch of eroticism) and returns to Bratislava to present their stars and their MC, Sonny Vargas.
Starts: Sep 18, 20:00; NU Spirit Club. Admission: €5. More info:

whoneedslyrics?! – This Slovak festival of post-rock offers bands and musicians like This Will Destroy You (US), Tides From Nebula (PL), Lymbyc Systym Systym (US), Zero Absolu (FR), The Ills (SK), Lehnen (AT), Rosa Parks (HU), Cinématique (AT), I Will Kill Chita (RU), Inheritance (SL) and more.
Starts: Sep 18-19, 21:00; Fuga and Batelier clubs, Továrenská 14. Admission: €25. More info:;

Koncert pre radosť / Concert for Joy – A new Slovak-Austrian-Czech musical body, the Hilaris Chamber Orchestra, will play works of the all-time greats like Mozart, E.H. Grieg, and Astor Piazzolla, with Slovak Alan Vizvary soloing on violin.
Starts: Sep 16, 19:00; Moyzes’ Hall, Vajanského nábrežie 12. Admission: €3.50-€7. More info: www.citylifesk.

Dva svety / Two Worlds – This ceramics exhibition of Helena Pohanková tries to collect money for the Lepší Svet (A Better World) non-profit organisation helping people with mental disabilities. The exhibition offers her works for sale.
Open: Mon-Fri 7:00-19:00 until Sep 26; Lepší svet gallery, Nám 1. mája. Admission: free. More info:

NIE ÁNO NIE – František Demeter – This exhibition shows the works of this more obscure Slovak painter, offering a selection of his latest pieces in his first exhibition for the Krokus gallery.
Open: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 until Oct 10; Krokus Galéria, Nám 1, mája 3. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2072-8131;

Vinobranie 2014 – Vinobranie means wine harvesting and is celebrated in the Small Carpathian wine region, this year in the streets of Pezinok.
Starts: Sep 19-21; downtown Pezinok. Admisison: free (drinks must be purchased). More info:


Banská Bystrica
Deň Otvorení Banskobystrického Pivovaru 2014 / Day of Open Doors of the Banská Bystrica Brewery 2014 – The Urpiner brewery opens its doors to visitors, offering tours, competitions, a cultural programme and, of course, beer costing €0.50.
Start: Sep 20, 11:00; Bans-kobystrický brewery, Sládko-vičova 37. Admission: free. More info:

Banská Bystrica
Chránené územie / Protected Territory – Divadlo z Pasáže / The Theatre from the Passage offers a performance of physical theatre that metaphorically interprets what protected territory means to humans. Directed by Viera Dubačová and choreographed by Jaro Viňarský and Peter Vrťo, the performance premiered in 2000 in Iowa, during the theatre’s US tour.
Starts: Sep 17, 19:00; Záhrada Centre of Independent Culture; SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €2.50-€5. More info:

Dan Perjovschi – Vybrané správy / Selected News – The opening of the exhibition of Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi includes a live site-specific installation and a test of the “Half White” architectural concept of the reconstruction of the New Synagogue.
Starts/Open: Sep 18, 17:00 – lasting until Dec 15; New Synagogue, Kuzmányho 1. Admission: voluntary (proceedings go to the reconstruction of the synagogue). More info:


High Tatras
THE TATRA Photo-marathon encourages people to bring their cameras and take photos (either eight hours in the CITY/MESTO category, or 30 hours in the MOUNTAINS/HORY category) in eight sub-categories with the prospect of spending time in the beautiful Slovak mountains (or cities) and winning prizes. The event starts on September 20 in front of the StanBar Mlynická dolina at Štrbské Pleso in the High Tatras. More information can be found at (Registration is possible also on Sep 20, between 7:00 and 9:00).

Iveta Apkalna – The Latvian organist will play, within the 44th year of the International Organ festival of Ivan Sokol, with the Košice State Philharmonic, two less freque-ntly played symphonic pieces by Slovak composer Dezider Kardoš and French romantic composer F.A. Guilmant, as well as Latvian composer Aivars Kalejs and Russian Ser-gei Prokofiev. (In Kežmarok on September 16, she will play the works of Bach, Glass, Thierry Escaich, Latvians Aivars Kalejs and Alfreds Kalnins, as well as Slovak Jozef Grešák.)
Starts: Sep 16 (Kežmarok) – 18 (Košice), 18:00; Wooden Articular Church (first part) and the New Evangelical Church (second part) in Kežmarok; House of Art, Moyzesova 66 in Košice. Admission: €5-€7 (Košice). Tel: 055/6220-763;

Medzinárodný splav Hornádu / International rafting at Hornád – Rafting on the Hornád River this time takes tourists from Ždaňa to Hungary, offering spectacular views along the way. The price includes the vessel, equipment and an instructor for a group. Transporting boats and people to Ždaňa or Košice costs another €5. For accommodation people must bring their own tents, and food is the responsibility of those who attend.
Starts: Sep 20, 10:00 – Sep 21; Ždaňa. Admission: €48. Tel: 0949/422-835;

OPEN FEST III - A concert of regional bands (Braňo Mojsej + CHALLENGE, Rightdoor, Midnight Scream, and Podfuck) includes also the national star band Metalinda.
Starts: Sep 20, 20:00; Košice Amphitheatre. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/5293-3321;

Spiš, Gemer towns
Ars Antiqua Europae in Via Gothica - The tour of old Euroepan music on the Slovak Gothic route visits in 2014 Betliar, Štítnik, Krásnohorské Podhradie, Rožňava, Dedinky, Lipovník, Dobšiná, Čečejovce and Markušovce, offering musicians from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Serbia playing this genre.
Starts: Sep 19-22; various cities and villages. More info:,

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