RUN: SILVESTROVSKÝ beh is a traditional city run in Bratislava that leads runners through the capital’s bridges on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 10:00. It starts at the University of Economics in Dolnozemská Cesta 1, Petržalka and the 10-kilometre track winds along the Prístavný Most, Apollo, Most SNP, Most Lafranconi, to the finish line near the Botanical Garden. Registration can be made via www.starz.sk (€8) or in person before the start (€10). Categories are for men and women, regardless of their age. More information can be found at www.starz.sk or www.sportsofttiming.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas concerts – The Slovak philharmonic (SF) gives festive concerts with the Bratislava Boys’ Choir, led by Magda-léna Rovňáková, conducted by Rastislav Štúr, with soprano solo by Miriam Garajová and accompanying texts read by actor Ladislav Chudík, performing Christmas Carols.
Starts: Dec 22, 19:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €12-€15. Tel: 02/2047- 5233; www.filharmonia.sk.
JAZZ: azzman Milo Suchomel gives a concert each Tuesday, luring fans of this intimate but popular genre to the former Jazz Klub.
Starts: Dec 23, 20:00; Re:fresh Club, Ventúrska. Admission: €2-€3. More info: www.citylife.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Adoremus Choir and Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, led by Ewald Danel, will perform Jan Jakub Ryba’s Christmas Mass and Fatto per Notte di Natale by Arcangelo Corelli.
Starts: Dec 26, 16:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €5 (in advance) -€7. More info: www.citylife.sk.
BALLET/CHOIR: Nutcracker – The famous ballet to the music of Tchaikovsky (this time in the highly-acclaimed choreography version by Vassili Vajnonen), tells the story of Christmas, drawing all people to the national theatre not just children.
Starts: Dec 26 (18:00); 27.-28. (11:00); Jan 3 (17:00); Slovak National Theatre historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €7-€18. Tel: 02/2047-2299 or www.snd.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Midnight Concert – The Slobodná Európa alternative rock/punk band is giving a traditional concert on Christmas Eve.
Starts: Dec 24, 23:55; Randal Club, (Majestic Music Club), Karpatská 2. Admission: €10. More info: www.majestic.sk.
OPERA: Johann Strauss – The Bat / Die Fledermaus – Comic opera in three acts, an excellent example of classical Vienna operetta, has become a popular programme for New Year’s Eve; this time it is directed by Miroslav Grisa and conducted by Dušan Štefánek.
Starts: Dec 31, 19:00; new Slovak National Theatre building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€35. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Silvestrovský rokenról – New Year’s Eve Rock’n’roll – The tribute band Ramones Bratislava will give a New Year’s Eve concert, the music club offers also festive meals.
Starts: Dec 31, 20:00; Music Gallery U Dežmára, Klariská 1. Admission: €19. More info: www.musicgallery.sk.
DRAMA: Ilúzie / Illusions – The first piece to be played in 2015 with English subtitles within the Bring Your Foreigner project of the Slovak national Theatre (SND) is the Illusions by Russian Ivan Vyrypaev, as directed by Eduard Kukláč to the music of Martin Burlas.
Starts: Jan 2, 19:00; studio of the new SND building, Pribi-nova 17. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: ABBA the Show – The tribute orchestra can boast having sung popular songs of the split Swedish band (which changed musical history) in 38 countries worldwide.
Starts: Dec 30, 19:00; Aegon Arena NTC, Príkopova 4. Admission: €10-€30. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Russian World Press Photo – This exhibition shows an overview of 540 photos by 120 authors, the crème de la crème of Russian journalistic photography, documenting the World Press Photo competition of this country – and also of the former Soviet Union – between 1956 and 2014.
Open: workdays, 10:00-16:00 until Dec 31; Western Terrace of the Bratislava Castle. Admission: free. More info: https://sk-sk.facebook.com/SlovakPressPhoto.
CHILDREN/ EXHIBITION: Dinosaurium – The exhibition of 50 skeletons and fossils borrowed from dinosaurs from the Moscow-based Borisiak Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences has been prolonged due to enormous interest of public.
Open: daily save for Dec 24 & 25 and Jan 1, until Jan 6, 10:00-18:00; Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská Cesta 3. Admission: €8-€12. More info: www.dinosaurium.sk.
AUTOMOTIVE SPORT: Autoslide – The 12th edition of a unique car show focused on the risky side of automotive sport has moved to rally-cross complex in Oslany near Prievidza.
Starts: Jan 4, 10:00; Motoršport arena Beckert, Oslany. Admission: €8-€19. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.
MUSEUM/CHRISTMAS: Christmas in the museum – Since the beginning of December, the Bojnice Castle has been decorated for the festive season, offering a less traditional design to its visitors.
Open: Tue-Sun (except for Dec 24 & 25 and Jan 1) until Jan 6; 9:00 - 17:00, Bojnice Castle. Admission: €5-€8. More info: www.bojnicecastle.sk.
Nové Mesto nad Váhom
JAZZ: Peter Lipa Band – The traditional end of the year includes the concert of Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa and his band.
Starts: Dec 27, 20:00; Blue Note Jazz and Music Club, J. Hašku 18. Admission: €10. Tel: 0902/608-912; www.bluenote.sk.
Červený Kameň Castle
MUSEUM/CHRISTMAS: Christmas Carol – Tours around this gem of a castle, decorated for the Christmas season – either with a leaflet or with a guide (necessary to book 7 days in advance for English language).
Open: every full hour between 10:00 and 17:00, Dec 27-30; Red Stone Castle / Červený Kameň, Modra-Častá. Admission: €3-€7. More info: www.hradcervenykamen.sk.
EXHIBITION: Lady with Two Heads / Dáma s dvomi hlavami; Flowers for Slovakia – Two exhibitions at the Nitra gallery present three works of Slovak artists Magda Stanová (Dáma s dvomi hlavami) and the merging of Slovak folk traditions with modern design (Flowers for Slovakia), this time in a series of furniture.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until Jan 25; Nitrianska galéria / Nitra Gallery, Župné námestie 3. Admission: €0.50-1.50. Tel: 037/6579-641; www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.
MUSIC/PARTY: Yné Vianoce / The Other Christmas – The winter version of popular Yní víkend event brings totty, music (From Our Hands, Got Blue Balls, Christmas, Hard To Say; The Mystery of 19th October, Verdikt Znie, and others) and party, with the money collected for the admission fee going to the local animal shelter.
Starts: Dec 25, 19:00; Klub 77, Horná 54. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
New Year’s Eve PARTY: Silvester 2014 – The New Year can be celebrated also in the local disco centre, with a huge informal party (DJ Dave, DJ Mustee, and DJ Drozďo).
Starts: Dec 31, 21:00; Ministry of Fun, Na Troskách 25 (Europa Shopping Centre). Admission: €6-€15. More info: www.ministryoffun.sk.
SPORT: od Grand Prix – The gala-evening of Muai Thai and K1 brings the competition of IPCC championship in two categories, as organised by the local club Firegym.
Starts: Dec 27, 18:00; Štiavničky sports hall, Na Štiavničkách 36. Admission: €10 (in advance)-€12. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk/sk/listky/2287/youngblood37.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Most beautiful Operatic Arias and Ballets – Najkrajšie operné árie a balety – The Club of Friends of Opera form Zvolen and Banská Bystrica has organised a meeting for the end of the year 2014.
Starts: Dec 29, 18:00; Kafé Džezva, Tehelná 4. Admission: Admission: €3. Tel: 0907/341-890; www.dzezva.sk.
CHRISTMAS ZOO: – The zoo in Košice-Kavečany in Široká 31 offers the premises festively-decorated, with free admission for all those coming after 14:00 and children under 12. Those who register in advance at propagacia@ zookosice.sk or firstname.lastname@example.org can watch commented feeding of seals at 14:30. The zoo is open also during the Christmas season; this offer is valid until January 7. More updated information can be found at www.zookosice.sk.
CHRISTMAS RIDE: Christmas Rides with Comet / Vianočné jazy Kométou – The historical electric tram/train called Kométa was repaired – after being some time out of use – to offer special, festive rides, including those around Christmas season.
Starts: Dec 26, 28, 31, 10:40 (Poprad-Tatry railway station) -12:20 (Starý Smokovec). Admission: €1.50-€3 (tickets can be bought onboard the train). More info: www.tatranskakometa.sk.
NEW YEAR’S EVE/RITUAL: The New Year’s Eve with the Bell of St John the Baptist – Slovak Technical Museum (STM) opens the Klopačka complex to offer a traditional welcome of the New Year, ringing the bell of John the Baptist on New Year’s Eve.
Starts: Dec 31, 23:30; Slovak Technical Museum, Zbo-rovská 2/A. Admission: €2.50. Tel: 051/775-7427; www.stm-ke.sk.
OPERA: Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – Opera in three acts in Italian has become one of the staple pieces of world opera houses. The version of the State Theatre Košice is directed by Peter Gábor, conducted by Peter Valentovič, casting Andrij Shkuhrna, Peter Berger, Michaela Varády, Michal Onufer and others.
Starts: Dec 29, 19:00; SDKE, historical building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€10. Tel: 055/2452-269, -260; www.sdke.sk.
JAZZ: Jazzabel – The fusion jazz-funk band (Vlado Mužak-bass, Tomi Beneš-drums, Mazej Lazár-keyboard, Filip Molčáni-sax) gives a Christmas concert for its fans.
Starts: Dec 26, 20:00; Piano Cafe, Hlavná 92. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: w Year’s Concert / Novoročný koncert – Organist František Beer (currently the assistant organist in Luebeck, Germany where he also studies at local musical school) plays the works of Bach. J. Alain and traditional carols.
Starts: Jan 1, 18:00; Seminar Church (of St Anthony of Padua), Hlavná 81. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
CHARITY/SPORT: Charity Sport Exhibition – The event tries to offer an exhibition of Slovak national football and ice-hockey team, concert of IMT Smile, Ego and others; while the excerpts will go to buy the medical aid and rehab devices for the disabled children, as organise by the Integrácia civic association.
Starts: Dec 29, 18:00; City Sports Hall, Ján Pavol II Street. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.phkpresov.sk. www.integracia.net.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas Harmony – Julia Grejtáková on piano, Titus Tóbisz – tenor, Viktória and Norko Markovás (soprano) will perform music connected with the festive season.
Starts: Dec 27, 16:00; Šariš Gallery, Hlavná 51. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
NATIVITY RE-ENACTMENT: Live Bethlehem / Živý Betlehem – The tradition of re-enacting the Nativity scene by actors of local theatre will continue also in 2014.
Starts: Dec 25, 18:00; St. Egid Square. Admission: free. More info: www.poprad.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Christmas Concert – Diva Natasha Wright will give a festive concert with Poprad natives, Laura Mária Kolegová and Dominika Gorecká with their band.
Starts: Dec 26, 18:00; St Egid Church. Admission: free. More information: www.kamdomesta.sk.
CHARITY: Christmas for Abandoned Dogs – The animal shelter in Poprad organises an event for public, calling for them to bring some delicacies also to the dogs who, abandoned by their owners or breeders, ended up in the shelter.
Starts: Dec 29, 14:00; Dog Shelter Poprad-Veľká. Admission: voluntary. More information: www.kamdomesta.sk.
MUSEUM/EXHIBITION: The House of Ľubovňa Burgher in Stará Ľubovňa is full of toys; the collection comprises pieces from between the 19th century and 1960s, both from nearby museums and private collections.
Open: Mon – Fri 9:00 – 17:00 until Dec 31; Dom ľubovnianskeho mešťana / House of Ľubovňa Burgher, Sv. Mikuláša Square 21. Admission: €1.50-€2. More info: www.slovakia.travel.
22. Dec 2014 at 0:00 | Zuzana Vilikovská