Countrywide events

Tips for cultural, sport and social events in Slovakia between February 6 and 13

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PERFORMANCE/THEATRE: Traditional performance “wedding” – The fake wedding strives to both make fun of the way money for projects is procured, and to explore the “traditional wedding”, “traditional Slovak marriage” and other strange phenomena of modern Slovak society. With after-party at A4 Priestor pre kultúru venue in Karpatská 3 which includes a referendum. Starts: Feb 7, 14:00; Salónik lobby, Main railway station. Admission: voluntary. More info (in Slovak):


THEATRE: Treasure Island – Live from the National Theatre – In the series of live broadcasts from the National Theatre in London, the Slovak national theatre (SND) this time brings the famous sotry by R.L. Stevenson, adapted by Bryony Lavery. Starts: Feb 8, 19:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or


LIVE MUSIC: Fink, Douglas Dare – Famous UK composer, singer, DH and guitar player Fin Greenall, aka Fink, will be supported by another British musician, Douglas Dare at his Bratislava stint of the Hard Believer Tour. Starts: Feb 10, 20:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €16 (in advance,€20. More info:,


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Štefan Kocán – Slovak bass singer, who performed in the Metropolitan opera in NY and the Los Angeles Opera, will sing with soprano Mária Porubčinová, the Slovak Philharmonic Choir and the Slovak Philharmonics conducted by Rastislav Štúr. Starts: Feb 11, 19:30; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €29-€109. Tel: 02/2047- 5233;



WORLD MUSIC: Goran Bregovič – The renowned composer, player and singer of Balkan music, Goran Bregovič, returns to Bratislava with his Wedding and Funeral band to perform songs from his latest album, Champagne for Gypsies, but also older, tried-and-true hits, (not only) from the movies of cult director Emir Kusturica. They will be supported by local DJs, Malalata. Starts: Feb 11, 19:00; Aegon Aréna, NTC, Príkopova 4. Admission: €45-€75. Tel: 02/5293-3321;  


ROCK: Rock in the Museum – Within this series, US hard-rock musician Michael Angelo Batio, great guitar “shredder”, will make a stop in the capital. Starts: Feb 12, 19:30; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167;


BALLET: La Sylphide – This fundamental work of the romantic period of classical ballet was written by Adolphe Nourrit (libretto), and choreographed by August Bournonville to the music of Herman S. von Lovenskjold. The Bratislava version has two acts and was adapted by Niels Kehlet and Martin Leginus (music) and directed by Martin Leginus. Starts: Feb 12, 19:00; historical building of the Slovak National Theatre. Admission: €6-€16. Tel: 02/2049-4290;


LIVE MUSIC: The Backwards – The Beatles revival band, the Backwards, which also successfully toured the UK, offers a nostalgic version of Valentine. Starts: Feb 13, 19:00; Teatro Wüstenrot, Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Admission: €15-€18. More info:


EXHIBITION/EVENT: Private nationalism – a series of four exhibitions and four discussions is part of an international project that saw an eponymous exhibition in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, still presenting new sets of works focused on identity-patriotism-nationalism. Exhibiting artists in Bratislava now are Matej Kaminský, Szabolcs Kiss, Pál Ciprian, Muresan, Ilona Németh, Kristina Norman, Dan Perjovschi, Martin Piaček, József Szolnoki, Mark Ther, Milica Tomic, Jaroslav Varga, and Artur Zmijewski. Debate at 17.30: Peter Hunčík, psychiatrist, Martin Piaček, artist, Peter Salner, ethnologist, László Vörös, historian, will be hosted by Fedor Blaščák. Open: Feb 10-14 daily 12:00-20:00; Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Admission: free. More info: 02/5441-3316; 


ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: Chassidic Songs - It is a project of Bratislava Rabbi Baruch Myers and Slovak musicians.  The fourth concert of the Bratislava Goes Classical cycle  brings Miloš Valent (violin, viola), Baruch Myers (piano, vocals), Boris Lenko (accordion), Jozef Lupták (cello) with a guest, Shmuel Barzilai (see photo), the main cantor of Vienna synagogue (vocals). Since its start in 2008, the project saw an eponymous album and many concerts. Starts: Feb 16, 19:00, Bratislava Castle. Admission. €15 (in advance)-€20. Tel:  02/5293-3321;


MUSEUM/VALENTINE: Valentine’s Weekend at the Castle – Staged night tours of the Bojncie Castle will be themed, showing the love story dating back to the 15th century and preparations for the wedding of a Hungarian Pallatine’s daughter, Eva Turzo, and Štefan Pográni. Starts: Feb 13-15, 17.00-21:00; Bojncie Castle. Admission: €8-€10. More info:



Banská Bystrica

ICE HOCKEY: Slovakia Cup 2015 – This ice-hockey tournament will have Slovak national team face the German and Swiss teams in a weekend of matches. Starts: Feb 5-7, 17:00; ice stadium Banská Bystrica, Hronské predmestie 4. Admission: €10-€15. Tel: 02/5293-3321;


OPERA: The Pearl Fishers / Lovci Perál – George Bizet – The lesser-known opera is considered by experts the second best, after Carmen, from the work of this French composer. This version is conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Andrea Hlinková, choreographed by Ladislav Cmorej and performed by Michaela Kušteková, Katarzyna Mackiewicz, Dušan Šimo/Peter Malý, and others. Starts: Feb 10, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 048/2457-123 or


FLAMENCO: Carnival Concert / Fašiangový concert – The special carnival edition of concerts at the Slovak Sinfonietta house brings Spanish Compania Virginia Delgado with Delgado dancing flamenco to the music of Petr Vít (CZ, guitar), and Andrés Ibarburu (Uruguay, bass), Ladislav Šiška (CZ, percussion). Starts: Feb 12, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €10. More info:


CARNIVAL: The 11th year of the festival of Carnival masquerades will offer a parade through the streets of Žilina, attended by winner of a masquerade competition in Bulgarian, Pernik and Žilina native, actress Anna Šišková. Starts: Feb 13, 14:30; Žilina office. Admission: free. More info:

Banská Bystrica/Králiky

DOG SLED/MUSHING: VisegradCup - The  contest of dog sleds and mushers has been postponed due to inclement weather but now tries to attract both participants and onlookers. Starts: Feb 13-15, 17:00 (Feb 13), 10:00 (other two days); Králiky Ski Stadium near Donovaly. Admission: free for onlookers. More info: Photo: Sme




CLASSICAL MUSIC: Marcin Dylla – Within the 5th international festival Prešov days of Classical Music. Polish maestro will give a concert. Starts: Feb 6, 18:30; J. Záborského Theatre, Legionárov Square 6. Admission: €2-€4. More info:   


FILM FESTIVAL: Adrenalin Film festival – After Bratislava, this festival heads also to other Slovak cities and towns, with the two blocks focused on free-skiing and snowboarding being screened in Banská Bystrica, Košice, Nitra, Poprad, Trenčín and Žilina simultaneously. Starts: Feb 10, 18:00; Cinemax Košice, Moldavská cesta 32. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Filmová hudba / Film Music – The Valentine edition of concerts by Slovak State Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) offers the music from vintage Czechoslovak movies, as well as contemporary music to global cinematic hits like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. Starts: Feb 11-12, 19:00; ŠfK, House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €8-€10. Tel: 055/6220-763;


LIVE MUSIC: A Dumpling Quartet – Juraj Glonek (sax), Juraj Haluška (trumpet), Matej Vrábel (double bass), Peter Kurilla (drums) play a mix of various genres in their cover versions. Starts: Feb 13, 20:30; Wave club, Hlavná 121. More info:

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