Countrywide Events


(Source: SME)


BLAF, or the Bratislava Art Festival, is a festival of visual art and it offers many events in the capital’s biggest galleries and museums, as well as in smaller venues. It also comprises film screenings, art workshops for children and adults, playful lectures, guided tours, a symposium on the Oskar Čepán Awards and the Is Art for the Masses? symposium, explorations of “the culture of city cycling” and many accompanying events, like the Objects of Research body theatre combined with other media and techniques. The festival’s programme takes place between October 2 and 5 can be found (also in English) at Some performances are free; others require tickets or at least booking in advance with the gallery or venue.

Waves Bratislava – The sister event to the music festival Waves Vie-nna will feature Ireland’s Girl Band, the UK’s Blaenavon, Knalpot and Alamo Race Track from the Netherlands, Zapaska from Ukraine, Lovely Quinces and Vlasta Popič from Croatia and The Ills and Purist from Slovakia. There will be a special focus on Croatia and the Netherlands, the two countries representing the festival’s motto, “East Meets West”.
Starts: Oct 3-5; 11 stages around Bratislava. Admission: Bratislava all days €25 (in advance) - €30 (on the site); Bratislava Day Pass €15 (in advance) - €20; Twin City Festival Pass (concerts in Vienna & Bratislava, including shut-tle bus) €57. More info: www.; tickets:

PechaKucha Night – Designers, architects, artists and creative types will get 6 mi-nutes and 40 seconds to pre-sent their projects through 20 images. This edition’s guests include Cena Oskára Čepana, Eva Kašáková, Dorota Kende-rová, Spora Architects (Hungary), Peter Stach and more.
Starts: Oct 1, 20:20; A4 Priestor súčasnej kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5292-4470;

Blues na lodi / Blues Onboard a Boat – Live blues evenings are back on the boat on the Danube, with Slovak musicians Boboš Procházka, Ajdži Szabó, Pišta Lengyel, Martin Zajko and special guests Oskar Rózsa and Martin Gašpar.
Starts: Oct 5, 19:00; Loď Ca-fé / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyr-šovo embankment. Admission: €7. Tel: 0903/449-650;

Prvý Brati-slavský Októberfest – The First Bratislava Octoberfest pre-sents small breweries (Stupa-var, Kaltenecker), traditional crafts and music by B-Swing.
Starts: Oct 3-5; city walls near St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: free. More info:

Nocna Zmiana Bluesa – This Polish band specialising in blues rock consists of lead singer Slawomir ‘Slawek’ Wierzcholski, Marek Dabrow-ski (guitar), Piotr Dabrowski (bass), slide guitarist Witek Jakalski and drummer Grze-gorz Minicz.
Starts: Oct 3, 19:30; Múze-um obchodu (Museum of Tra-de), Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/ 4524-3167; www.

Vladimír Mišík & ETC – These Czech rock legends with intriguing lyrics are making a stop in the Slovak capital on their ETC 40 tour.
Starts: Oct 2, 19:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €13. More info:

OZaj DObrá BurzA, i.e. OzDoBa #2 will offer people the chance to buy or sell used books, CDs, hand-made products, comics and artefacts.
Satrts: Oct 3 (10:00-18:00), 4 (8:00-13:00); Fresh market (former IKEA), Tomášikova 46. Admission: free. More info:

Posolstvá a vízia / Messages and Vision – The first solo exhibition of legendary Slovak artist Vincet Hložník after 21 years offers a selection of his works from the 1940s.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-19:00 until Nov 10; Nebalka Gallery, Nedbalova 17. Admission: €1.5-€3. Tel:

Ernst Fuchs – Retrospective – The exhibition of the famous Austrian artist nicknamed the ‘German Dali’ has been extended until October 19.
Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Oct 19; Pálffy Palace of the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), Panská 19. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443-3627;

Sofia Goscinski – This artist juxtaposes a wide spectrum of media, including statues, photography, performance, video and ready-mades to explore questions of elementary values like happiness, freedom, sanity and the conscious and the subconscious.
Open: Tue-Thurs 15:00-18:00 until Oct 5; HIT Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18 (VŠMU inner yard). Admission: free. Tel: 0948/777-094;

Walter Kanov (AT) – Premeny / Metamorphoses; Vladimír Židlický (CZ ) – Pamäť/ Memory – Two exhibitions in the Central-European House of Photography show changes in architecture as captured by Austrian photographer Kanov, and the re-interpretations of originals of air photos from World War I by Czech Židlický.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Oct 5; SEDF, Prepoštská 4. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5441-8214;

Deň zelá & Deň otevrítých dverí / Day of Sauerkraut & Open Day – Dedicated to sauerkraut, a local delicacy, this event has al-ready attracted participants from regions across the border. The small local brewery Stupavar will also open its doors and offer guided tours of its premises.
Starts: Oct 3-5; downtown Stupava; Oct 4, 13:00-18:00 – tours, 18:00-22:0 – concerts; Stupavar, Cementárenská 15. Admission: free. More info:

Robert Jančovič Jr, Environmenty – This exhibition - the first solo project of this young Slovak artist - offers statues and graphic artworks.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00 and weekends 13:00-18:00 until Oct 26; Ján Koniarek Gallery, Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3. Admission: €0.80-€1.50. Tel: 033/5514-657;


Banská Bystrica
Rozmanité teórie o Zemi / Va-rious Theories about the Earth – This dance/body theatre pie-ce premieres on October 3 and presents several traditional diagnoses, phobias and ailments perceived as modern-time civilisation disorders; directed by Jakub Nvota, music Martin Geišberg and LaBon.
Starts: Oct 3, 19:00; DŠT, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 048/ 41- 46-540;

Banská Bystrica
Invention Quartet – The Invention Quartet (Adam Marec, guitar; Eva Cáhová, piano; Róbert Ragan, double bass; Peter Solárik, drums) will play the works of Arnaldo Freire, Egon Krák and Jozef Kolkovič.
Starts: Sep 30, 18:00; Cikker Hall, City Hall, SNP Square 1. Admission: €2-€3. Tickets: Informačné centrum BB, SNP Square 1, 048/4155-085. More info:

Banská Štiavnica
Alena Adamíková - Ležiace, spiace / Lying, Sleeping – This young Slovak artist focuses on portraits, capturing her subjects in fleeting moments when they do not suspect they are being watched.
Open: Thurs–Mon 13:00- 19:00 until Oct 13; Schemnitz Gallery, A. Sládkoviča 53/2. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 0905 /260-350;


BIELA Noc, White Night, or Nuite Blanche, is an art event that brings visual art and related media to the streets and introduces them to people who are otherwise unfamiliar with them. This year, on October 4 from 19:00 the event will bring to the streets and indoor venues of Košice an exhibition of the work of Elise Morin, composed of 60,000 CDs; Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayn Garrett – Cloud; Klaus Obermaier and his Dancing House; Joanie Lemercier; Nonotak with Daydream; Rodrigo Pardo; F.Tacchini, J.Ebhardt and W.Yates-Johnson; gethan&myles; Lisa Premke; Gábor Pribék; as well as locals: Richard Kitta, Martin Kolčak, Matej Ivan; Zana Petrovičová and Ondrej Makši; Viktor Frešo; Bazzart; Ašot Haas and others. The whole programme can be found at

Class Concert – The first ballet premiere of the new season is the gala evening presenting extracts from the famous ballets Don Quixote, Grand Pas Classique, Esmeralda, the Flames of Paris and the Dying Swan, which are normally not in the repertory, directed by Andrii Sukhanov; choreographed by L. Ivanov, V. Vajnonen, M. Fokin, Petipa, V. Gsovsky, A. Gorskij and Su-khanov to music of Asafyev, Minkus, Tchaikovsky, Proko-fiev, Pugni and Saint-Saëns.
Starts: Oct 2, 19:00; historical building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€12. Tel: 055/2452 -269, -260;

Rok českej hudby / The Year of Czech Music – The series celebrating the Year of Czech Music includes concerts of Czech organ virtuoso Pavel Kohout within the International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol in Sabinov (Oct 1) and Poprad (Oct 3) playing the works of Grešák, Eben, Klička and others.
Starts: Oct 1, 20:00; the Church of Martyrdom of St John the Baptist, Sabinov; Oct 3, 18:00; the Con-cathedral of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, Poprad. More info:,

High Tatras
The 60th year of the popular chess tournament O Tatranský pohár / The Tatra Cup and the 20th year of the Open Tatry 2014 chess tournament is open to the public.
Starts: Sep 29-Oct 5, 18:00; Hotel Horezza, Tatranské Zruby. Admission: free. More info:

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