CONCERT: Renowned countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčic is considered one of the greatest singers in the world in his category; he received the Best Singer 2003 award from the German musical magazine Opernwelt. He performs famous arias, as well as pieces from less-known or undiscovered operas in prestigious opera houses, at festivals and on tours. On December 6 at 19:30, he will give a performance in the concert hall of Reduta, Slovak Philharmonic building, in Eugena Suchoňa Square 1 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €22-€30 and can be bought via navstevnik.sk or in the Reduta ticket-office.
LIVE MUSIC: Take 6 – The 10-time Grammy laureate will play in Bratislava with the Slovak a cappella band Fragile.
Starts: Dec 1, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Admission: €20-€40. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
CLASSICAL/LIVE MUSIC: Cross-over Organ with Electric Guitar – The last concert of the Bratislava Organ Festival was moved to December, combining the performances of Slovaks; organist Marek Štrbák, drummer Lenka Novosed-líková and young guitar player Michal Bugala playing several pieces, including a premiere of a composition by Lukáš Borzík, and also improvisation.
Starts: Dec 4, 17:00; big concert studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: €7 (CD-LP bazár Mjuzik shop, Hummel Music shop, Klobučnícka 2, Music Forum shop, Na Vŕšku 1). More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Lamb – British duo (Lou Rhodes & Andy Barlow) come to play, among other songs, their recent album Backspace Unwind.
Starts: Dec 4, 20:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. More info: www.majestic.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Advent Concert – The concert of Austrian soprano Antonija Kovacevic and Slovak tenor and pianist Mairán Bango, focuses of the festive season.
Starts: Dec 4, 18:00; Austrian Cultural Forum, Hodžovo Square 1/A. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.
WORLD MUSIC: Cuadro Flamenco – Renowned Spanish dancer/choreographer Juan Polvillo will join forces with singer Cheita and Slovak guitarist Morenito de Triana to give a special flamenco show crossing the borders of countries, traditions and modernism, in Andalusian flair. On December 7, they will perform in the Nitra theatre of Andrej Bagar.
FOLKLORE: 65th anniversary of SĽUK – The legendary folklore ensemble SĽUK celebrates its 65th birthday with a show that combines old traditions as well as modernist ideas, directed by Juraj Hamar.
Starts: Dec 4, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre, Laurinská 19. Admission: €10-€12. Tel: 02/5910-3107; www.mestskedivadlo.sk.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC: 9th International Festival of Christmas Music – The festival of Christmas music features choirs from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, The UK, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, South Africa, and Ukraine, at Bratislava Main Square and in churches/music halls downtown.
Starts: Dec 4-7, various times and venues. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Milo Kráľ Band – A new band will launch their first album Morning Illusion /Ranná ilúzia.
Starts: Dec 1, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre, Laurinská 19. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/5910-3107; www.mestskedivadlo.sk, www.citylife.sk.
ETHNO MUSIC: Valér Miko, Maok – Two musicians playing a fusion of ethno, ambient and film music will give a concert in a music club.
Starts: Dec 1, 19:00; Art Klub Café Scherz, alisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €5. Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk.
ART HAPPENING: Ashley Bell Clark, “Known and Unknown Is All The Same Land” – The US artist will present in the capital her personifications of plants, nature and landscape symbolising human ambitions, and also features video-installations and other works.
Starts: Dec 2, 18:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
CHRISTMAS EVENT: Resonujúce Vianoce – Resonating Christmas – The special edition of the Christmas market brings traditional arts and crafts, St Nicolas’ concert, gastronomy and workshops.
Starts: Dec 5-6, 10:00; Bratislava city walls, Zelená 6. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Kadebostany – Swiss musical discovery plays funk/soul, reminding audiences of Adele or Amy Winehouse.
Satrst: Dec 5, 20:00 - postponed to February 26, 2015; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €10-€15. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.
FILM FESTIVAL: MittelCinema Fest – The festival of Italian movies brings a selection from the most recent Italian cinematography.
Starts: Dec 1-6; Mladosť cinema (in one case, Kino Film Europe), Hviezdoslavovo Square 17. More info: www.kinomladost.sk.
DESIGN: ZOOT- The designer shop has moved to new premises, and on December 3, they will be opened for public.
Satrts: Dec 3, 15:00; ZOOT, Karadžičova 12. More info: www.pavleye.com.
LIVE MUSIC: Gus Gus – The Icelandic electronic band mixes their typical cool Nordic sound with house, minimal and soul.
Starts: Dec 7, 19:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: €15-€30. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
SPORT/CHILDREN'S EVENT: Mikuláš na ľade – St Nicolas on Ice – Children can sing, recite, or take a picture with St Nicolas while skating on the ice.
Starts: Dec 6, 10:00-12:00 (Ondrej Nepela ice stadium), 16:00-18:00 (Harmincová ice stadium). Admission: €1. More info: www.citylife.sk.
LECTURE/GET-TOGETHER: 3L – The 3L (Leisure, Living, Learning) centre offers Monday get-togethers for expats, with a different theme each time, offering an insight into Slovak traditions, habits and culture. This time, it is Traditional Folk Tales and Contemporary Magic Beliefs as explained by ethnologist Tatiana Bužeková in English.
Starts: Dec 1, 17:00; 3L Center, Pluhová 25. More information: facebook.com/events/1510097485916910/.
EXHIBITION: Hermann / Ármin Kern – Meetings with a Muse / Stretnutia s múzou – The exhibition, accompanied by a book, strives to present the personality and work of Liptovský Hrádok native, painter Hermann /Ármin Kern, as curated and written by Zsofia Kiss-Szemán.
Open: Tues-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Jan 25; Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), Pállfy Palace, Panská 19. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.gmb.sk.
FOLKLORE: Čaro Vianoc – The Christmas Magic – A folklore performance taps into the old Slovak music, dances, traditions surrounding Christmas.
Starts: Dec 7, 19:00; City Theatre, Horný Val 3. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
MODERN DANCE: Horúčava / Heat – The Laban Atelier Bratislava, choreographed and directed by Marta Poláková, performs the dance-theatre piece about friction, communication and tensions between a man and a woman, to the music of Martin Polák.
Starts: Dec 1, 19:00; Theatre Studio of Dance (DŠT), Na Kačici, Komenského 12. Admission: €7-8. Tel: 048/4146-540; www.studiotanca.sk.
PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN: St Nicolas is the saint who in Slovakia gives presents on December 6 to children who are well-behaved. On that day, the Košice Children’s Historical Railway organises a special train ride, the last in 2014. Starting at Alpinka station in the Čermeľ borough of Košice at 10:00 and 12:00, the train will be awaited by St Nicolas and his entourage in the terminal station. Tickets - €3 (children)-€5 (adults) can be bought on the spot. More information at www.detskazeleznica.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Beatles Vianoce 2014 – Backwards – One of the most respected bands covering the music of legendary UK band, the Beatles, gives a Christmas concert at home, otherwise playing mostly abroad.
Starts: Dec 6, 19:00; PKO Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €13. Tel: 051/7723-741; www.pkopresov.sk.
EXHIBITION: Sacral Elementum II – The sacral in contemporary art & icons – The Sacral Elementum exhibition in its second part shows the modern perceptions of the sacral and spiritual in contemporary art, and also the historical development of Orthodox icons in the Zemplín region in eastern Slovakia.
Open: daily 11:00-18:00 until Dec 20; Bravo building, Kasárne Kulturpark barracks, Kukučínova 2. Admission: free. More info: www.k13.sk.
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