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THE FILM festival Be2Can is the first of its kind in Slovakia, striving to present films from the top three world festivals – in Berlin, Venice (i.e. Benátky in Slovak) and Cannes, in one series between October 8 and 15 in Bratislava (in the cinema of Film Europe company in Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25), in the Czech Republic, and later also in the Slovak cities of Banská Štiavnica, Trenčín, Liptovský Mikuláš and Nitra. The films to be screened include: Winter Sleep (winner of this year’s Golden Palm in Cannes) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Leviathan by Andrei Zvyagintsev; Jimmy’s Hall by Ken Leach; Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas; Diplomacy by Volker Schlöndorff; and Kraftidioten / In Order of Disappearance by Hans Petter Moland, as well as some other movies, including winners from previous years. Tickets in Bratislava cost €4 and can be bought on the spot. More information can be found at 297/kino-77/stranka-1654.

Joan Baez – The songstress, diva of US folk music, icon of 1960s who performed also at the legendary Woodstock festival and is Grammy laureate, will sing in the Slovak capital.
Starts: Oct 11, 20:00; Aegon Arena NTC, Príkopova 4. Admission: €45-€60. More info:

Jablkové hodovanie / Apple Feast 2014 – In several towns and munici-palities in and around Bratislava, apples and products ma-de from them, mostly home-made, will be hocked in a unique gastronomic event of its kind.
Starts: Oct 11; Vajnory, Ru-žinov, Nové Mesto (Fresh Mar-ket) and Devínska Nová Ves boroughs of Bratislava; Mod-ra, Senec, Pezinok, Svätý Jur, Malacky, Dunajská Lužná, Jabloňov. Admission: free. More info:

Bubnovačka orchestra – The “school of ethno-drumming” tries to awaken creativity and thirst for rhythms as well as to discover rhythms surrounding every human being through playful drumming and percussion sessions, without professional ambitions.
Starts: Oct 9, 18:30; DK Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 02/6383-5404;

12. Celoslovenská abilympiáda / 12th National Slovak Abilympics – In this event, challenged Slovaks with all types of disabilities can compete in presenting their manual and working skills – which may also help them present their abilities to the public and maybe potential employers.
Starts: Oct 10-12, 9:00; So-rea Regia Hotel, Kráľovské ú-dolie 2. Admission: free for vi-sitors, €15 for participants. More info: www.abilympiada .sk.

Andreas Varady – The “Slovak prodigy”, guitarist Andreas Varady, aged a mere 17 years, was discovered as a teenager while playing on Irish streets, and later moved on to jazz clubs, where he became a protégé to Quincy Jones after he was the warm-up at one of his concerts.
Starts: Oct 11, 20:00; Ate-liér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €15-€20. Tel: 02/ 2090-1900; www.

Bienále animácie Bratislava / Biennale of Animation Bratislava 2014 – The 12th year of international festival of animated movies for children, a unique project, has now spread from Bratislava-based cinemas also to Skalica and Prievidza. There will be in- and out-of-competition screenings and interactive exhibitions.
Starts: Oct 6-10; Lumiére, Mladosť and three other Bratislava cinemas. Admission: free. More info:

Flaco de Nerja – Slovak guitar player who studied and performed in Spain, Branislav Krajčo aka Flaco de Nerja, has joined forces with percussionist Dino de Valeria to play the Slovak perception of Flamenco.
Starts: Oct 8, 19:00; Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo embankment. Admission: €9. Tel: 0903/449- 650;

Trh – Piac – Markt – The regular bi-weekly market in downtown Bratislava offers eco-food and farmers’ products, educational and cultural programmes and fun.
Starts: Oct 10, 10:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: free. More info:

Anton Kratochvíl – Domovina / Homeland – World-renowned Czech photographer Krato-chvíl, who spent decades in the USA and returned home only in 2011, has received several awards (including the World Press Photo three ti-mes). His current exhibition, a Slovak premiere for Kra-tochvíl, shows in 23 big-sized pictures the fates of those displaced by various disasters; it also includes authentic documentaries on them and a photographic workshop.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Nov 2; SEDF, Prepoštská 4. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5441 -8214;

Falling Cabinet – This exhibition hails curation by Pavol Prekop the 6th edition of the international conference on jewels and jewellers Šperk Stret 2014, presenting three international teams (from Sweden, the UK and Slovakia) focused on collaborative forms of presentations.
Open: Tue, Thur 12:00 – 19:00, Wed, Fri, Sat-Sun 10:00 – 17:00 until Oct 26; Galéria Medium, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18. Admission: free. Tel: 02/ 5942-8570;

Nitrianska hudobná jeseň / Nitra Musical Autumn – The 2014 edition of this classical music festival will be opened by the famous Mucha Quartet (Juraj Tomka, Andrej Baran, Veronika Prokešová, Pavol Mucha) on October 9, to be followed by other Slovak, Czech and Polish musicians, including a smaller festival of guitar music dedicated to Pavol Sika in memoriam, XXXI. Cithara aediculae 2014.
Starts: Oct 9, 18:00; Nitra Synagogoue, Pri synagóge. Admission: €4. More info:


Banská Bystrica
THE THEATRE from the Passage / Divadlo z Pasáže is a professional theatre featuring actors with mental illness and disabilities. On October 7 at 19:00, they will play in the 3xA non-verbal body theatre piece which explores their stance towards their own physicality, its limits and how it connects them with other peo-ple. The piece takes place in the Záhrada Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage) in Banská Bystrica. Tickets cost €2.50-€5; more info can be found at www. or

Shifts – Peter Šavel, Kamil Mihalov – The Slovak musical-dance performance, a duet of dancer Šavel and pianist Mihalov playing Bach, has successfully toured abroad and now returns “home” to enchant the local audience.
Starts: Oct 11, 19:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská Cesta 3. Admission: €3-€5. Tel:, 0948/ 344-606;

Banská Bystrica
Jozef Ornth – Miznúci svet / Vanishing World – The exhibition shows photos made with the outdated, archaic method of bromoil process.
Open: Mon – Fri 9:00 – 15:00 until Oct 19; Stredoslovenské osvetové stredisko (Central-Slovak Education Centre), Dolná 35. Admission: free. More info:,

Liptovský Mikuláš
Inner Worlds / Vnútorné svety – The exhibition project connects concepts of 11 students and lecturers of two colleges/academies, in Trnava and Bratislava, thus representing a pilot project of their collaboration, as well as “the pictorial report on the municipality of Hybe”. Photographers participating are Jozef Sedlák, Petra Cepková, Ľubomír Hajdučik, Andrea Boldišová, Sabina Djasníková, Jozef Pajerský, Peter Lančarič, Zuzana Pustaiová, Lenka Adamčáková, Viktor Šelestá, Šimon Lupták, while curators are Jozef Sedlák, Petra Cepková, and Lucia Benická.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00 until Nov 5; Dom fotografie / House of Photography, Tranovského 3. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 044/5522-758, 0905/288-717;


International Festival of Mountain Films – The already established film festival will feature a total of 45 movies from 15 countries, within the competition section. Slovakia will present six films – two by Pavol Barabáš, one by Erik Baláž, Petra Geletová, Peter Púchy and Milan Ohuriak each. The festival also includes discussions with Slovak, Pakistani and Italian climbers, Boreal Cup in bouldering, and two exhibitions, and it has expanded to Kež-marok and Spišská Nová Ves.
Starts: Oct 8-12; various sites. Admission: €3. Tel: 0911/ 315-909;

Prešovská hudobná jeseň / Prešov musical Autumn 2014 – Klasika diabolsky / Classics Devilish Style – The Cigánski Diabli / Gipsy Devils band of folk/Roma music plays also classical music, from Baroque through Classicism and Romantism to world-ethno music.
Starts: Oct 8, 19:00, historical hall, PKO Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €8. Tel: Tel: 051/7723-741; More info:

Dni španielskej kultúry / Days of Spanish Culture – Organised by a local bilingual school and supported by the Spanish ambassador, the local event comprises a tournament in beach volleyball, the presentation of Spanish traditions and habits, a talk-show on Latino and Košice, a lecture on the Maya civilisation, a mass conducted in Spanish and more.
Starts: Oct 6-11; various sites. Admission: free. More info:

Dni českej kultúry / Days of Czech Culture – The Czech Association in Košice and the Czech Centre in Bratislava have arranged for a host of events, e.g. a concert of classical music by Martinú Strings Prague or an exhibition of UNESCO heritage sites in the Czech Republic.
Starts: Oct 8, 19:00; East Slovak Gallery, Hlavná 27 (concert), weekdays 7:00-19:30 until Oct 24; State Scientific Library, Hlavná 10 (exhibition). Admission: free. More info: 055/2454-126 (exhibition);

HC Košice – Koellner Haie – The match be-tween Ice-Hockey Club Košice and “Cologne Sharks” is part of the Champions’ League.
Starts: Oct 8, 17:30; Steel A-rena, Nerudova 12. Admission: €5-€10. More info: www.; www.

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