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Franz Lehár's opera Land of SmilesFranz Lehár's opera Land of Smiles (Source: Martin Geišberg)





OPERA: Franz Lehár’s The Land of Smiles is the second operatic premiere of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) this season, conducted by Peter Valentovič (alternately Dušan Štefánek) and directed by Juraj Nvota, with Slovak libretto. The romantic operetta in three acts offers a lighter genre. First performances take place on January 17 (19:00) and 18 (17:00) in the new SND building in Pribinova 17 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €8-€30 and can be purchased via www.snd.sk or 02/2047-2299.


GASTRONOMY: Winter Festival of Food – The third year of this winter edition includes more than 30 restaurants from all over Slovakia in three categories: Our Iconic meals, Tastes of Regions and Our Mums’ Recipes.

Starts: Jan 14-17; various restaurants in many cities and towns. Admission: food consumption, shuttle “Gourmet”-buses. More info: www.zimnyfestivaljedla.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Visegrad Masala – This project brings musicians of three Visegrad-Four (Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary) countries to Bratislava. Masala Soundsystem from Poland (traditional music+modern electronic music, DJ 3CK from Slovakia (turn-tablist) and Áron Szilágyi from Hungary (player of the dermbľa) to Bratislava. They shall record a joint album and make a tour in all four Visegrad countries.

Starts: Jan 16, 19:30; DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €5 (in advance)-€7. Tel: 02/6383-5404; www.kzp.sk.


FILM FESTIVAL: Scandi – The first edition of a new festival of Scandinavian films presents 15 films in altogether 13 Slovak and Czech cinemas, plus on TV and through video-on-demand service.

Starts: Jan 14-18; Kino Film Europe cinema, Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25. Admission: various. More info: www.citylife.sk.


DRAMA: Elfriede Jelinek: Rechnitz - The Angel of Death Rechnitz – This drama piece by Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature is the best play written in the German language in 2009. The play is based on actual events involving the murder of 200 Jews who were forced labourers at Countess Bathyany’s party. This performance has English subtitles.

Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2047-2299; http://www.snd.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The works of the Richard Strauss, plus Symphony No 36 by Mozart will be performed by the Slovak Philharmonic conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and accompanied by Stefan Dohr on French horn.

Starts: Jan 15-16, 19:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Tel: 02/2047-5233; http://www.filharmonia.sk.


LITERATURE: Bernard Arcluise – Préméditation - French author Arcluise comes to present his book and to sign copies.

Starts: Jan 15, 17:00; French Institute in Slovakia, Sedlárska 7. Admission: free. More info: http://www.institutfrancais.sk.


JAZZ: Erik Rothenstein (baritone saxophone), František Báleš (piano) and Vladimír Máčaj (double bass) play intimate acoustic jazz, their own compositions and arrangements of famous tunes.

Starts: Jan 16, 21:00; Rustique, Obchodná 7. Admission: free. More info: http://www.citylife.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sunday Matine in Mirbach Palace – Series of concerts this time presents Tomáš Cseh on viola, Boris Bohó on cello and Hiromi Cseh Ishiguri on piano, playing works of Henri Vieuxtemps and Johannes Brahms.

Starts: Jan 18, 10:30; Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556(-8); http://www.gmb.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Prague Burlesque – Popular show with Sony Vargas this time brings Angelica Angelic, Miss Cool Cat and Lady Mousellica.

Starts: Jan 15, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). More info: http://www.nuspirit.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical evenings at the Castle – Appassionata – Piano recital of Serbian musician Aleksandar Serdar offers poetic impromptu and epic ballads of Beethoven and Chopin.
Starts: Jan 20, 19:00; Bratislava Castle. Admission: €8(students, pensioners), €12 (in advance)-€18. More info: http://www.citylife.sk.


DRUMMING SESSION: Tamtata 2015 - An interactive drumming session for those who have their own percussions or those who want to just try it. Thierry Ebama teaches African rhythms and gives an acoustic performance.

Starts: Jan 16, 19:00; V-club, SNP Square 12. Admission: €4 (with drum)-€5 (without drum). More info: www.citylife.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: International project combines musicians from Brazil (Matheus Jardim, drums), Romania (Petra Acker, vocals), Austria (Julia Seidl, piano) and Slovakia (Štefan “Pišta” Bartuš, double bass, bass) playing jazz, soul, Latino, funk and more.

Starts: Jan 20, 20:30 Art Klub Café Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €6. Tel: 0918/ 724-379; http://www.kafescherz.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Art’s Birthday – The symbolic “birthday” of art has been celebrated on this day since Robert Filliou started this tradition. This time, an evening of electronic music will do it.

Starts: Jan 16, 20:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: €5. More info: www.citylife.sk.


DANCE LESSON: House of Dance – The Dragúni folklore ensemble invites people to learn Slovak folk dances, as accompanied by live music. This time from Suchá Hora (Orava region) and žakarovce (Spiš region).

Starts: Jan 22, 20:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €3.50. Tel: 0904/330-049; http://www.kcdunaj.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The concert of the Slovak philharmonic gives the chance to listen to Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 9, as conducted by chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

Starts: Jan 22-23, 19:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8-€11. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sunday Matine in Mirbach Palace – Bass Jozef Benci and Jana Nagy-Juhász on piano perform works of Russian composers: Glinka, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff.

Starts: Jan 25, 10:30; Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556(-8); www.gmb.sk.


FOOD MARKET: market displays seasonal food and products of local farmers, taking place every second Saturday.

Starts: Jan 24, 10:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square. Admission: free. More info: http://www.stara-trznica.sk.


EXHIBITION: Kingsize – Exhibition of international studio StossImHimmel from Vienna, Austria, presents a selection of jewels as symbols of power and status. On January 23, at 18:00, the exhibition will open.

Starts: Jan 23, 18:00; Salónik Space, main railway station, Franza Liszta Square. More info: http://www.salonik.sk, http://www.citylife.sk.


EXHIBITION: Osoby a Obsadenie / People-Casting – This exhibition shows the paintings of Slovak artist Fero Lipták from his last 3-4 years.

Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Jan 31; Michalský Dvor Gallery, Michalská 3. Admission: free. More info: http://www.gallery.sk.


EXHIBITION: Drawings of Peter Stacho are “inscription in non-existent diaries”, which people can use to boost their imagination and tell their stories.

Opening: Jan 16, 18:00 (Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until Jan 31); Galéria Čin-čin, Podjavorinskej 4. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/206-298; http://www.galeriacincin.sk.





JAZZ: Andy Belej & Peter Lipa Jr. Trio – Belej, Slovak jazzman presents his new album, Dreams and Ideas.

Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; Bar Museum, Slovak national Museum, Malá Hora 2. Admission: €7. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: New Year’s Concert – The New Year’s Concert of the Slovak Sinfonietta presents the works of the Strauss family (Johann Sr, Jr, Josef and Eduard) as concucted by Italian Nicola Giuliani.

Starts: Jan 15, 16, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta, House of Art, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info: http://www.skozilina.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Fragile – Slovak a cappella band of eight people sings tried-and-true hits, as well as gospels.

Starts: Jan 16, 16:30; City Theatre – big hall. Horný Val 3. Admission: €14. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.




High Tatras

CATHEDRAL: Tatra Ice Cathedral, the artificial structure built from 280 Belgian ice blocks by Pilsen (Czech Republic) based sculptor František Bálek has again become a hit of visitors to the High Tatras. It can be visited for free, daily between 10:00 and 18:00 until the end of March, weather permitting. It stands at the Hrebienok resort, over the municipality of Starý Smokovec. More information: www.kamdomesta.sk, www.vysoketatry.sk.


FILM FESTIVAL: Scandi – The first edition of a new festival of Scandinavian films presents 15 films in altogether 13 Slovak and Czech cinemas, plus on TV and through video-on-demand service. It also opens the screenings of movies in Poprad’s Tatra gallery.

Starts: Jan 14-18; Tatra gallery, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. More info: http://www.tatragaleria.sk.


GOSPEL: G.O.D. ’S - New Year’s concert of this gospel ensemble performs American gospels, mainly from their new album.

Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €5 (tickets pkovstupenky@condornet.sk). tel: 051/7723741-2; http://www.pkopresov.sk.


ICE HOCKEY: HC Košice – HC 05 Banská Bystrica – A match within the Slovak Ice-Hockey League sees a faceoff between big rivals and two of the best clubs this year.

Starts: Jan 16, 17:30; Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12. More info: 055/729-0099, www.steelarena.sk; www.kamdomesta.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mozart’s Birthday – Slovak State Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) – celebrates the birthday of this Austrian musical prodigy by playing his operatic and symphonic work, with soloists Aneta Hollá and Juraj Hollý, as conducted by Zbyněk Müller.

Starts: Jan 20, 19:00; Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €8-€10. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk.


LIVE MUSIC/CLUBBING: Balkan Madness – Balkan music from the city of Antwerp, mixed by Slovak DJ Lenin Krevic.
Starts: Jan 23, 21:00; Timeout Lounge Bar, Timonova 4. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

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