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Tips for cultural, sport and social events between February 13 and 20

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Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

OPERA: MET Opera Live in HD – The two less-known operatic pieces, Iolanta by Tchaikovsky and Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, will be broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as directed by Mariusz Trelinski (in co-production with Teatr Wielki, Warsaw), with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Alexey Markov, Nadja Michael, Mikhail Petrenko and others. Starts: Feb 14, 18:20; Aréna Theatre, Viedenská Cesta 10. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/6720-2550 or www.divadloarena.sk

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY: Pezinok Wine Cellars – St Valentine’s Day can be celebrated also by making a tour of Small-Carpathian wine cellars, including the historical ones.  Starts: Feb 14, 12:00-21:00; Pezinok cellars. Admission: €25 (including a glass, a guide and 2 tickets, €5 for tasting). Tel: 911/400495; www.pvp.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC/DANCE: Swing Valentine – People can spend St Valentine’s Day also by dancing and listening to swing (taught by B-Swing dance school, music by Fats Jazz Band), and watching Burlesque performance of Lady Amina. Starts: Feb 14, 19:00; V-klub - Národné osvetové centrum, SNP Square 12. Admission: €12. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

MOTORBIKE EXHIBITION: Unique exhibition of motorbikes, vintage as well as modern ones, also offers the racing bikes of Karel Abrahám. He too will arrive personally to give autographs, on February 14 at 15:00. Open: daily 10:00-21:00 until March 1; Centrál shopping mall, Metodova 6. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava/Košice

LIVE MUSIC/JAZZ: Yosuka Yamashitu, renowned Japanese pianist, gives a concert in Bratislava (and later in Košice) – accompanied by Lotus Position duo (Akihito Obama – shakuhachi, Japanese flute; Akira Horikoshi – percussions) playing traditional Japanese music, including improvisations. Starts: Feb 16, 19:00; big concert hall, Slovak radio, Mýtna 1, Bratislava; Feb 18, 19.00 Kasárne/Kulturpark, Alfa building, Kukučínova, Košice 2. Admission: free. More info: 02/5980-0101; www.sk.emb-japan.go.jp.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Aram’s Father – The launch of a new album, a selection from the entire career of saxophonist Nikolaj Nikitin, will be attended by Slovak musicians: jazz singer Hanka Gregušová, pianist Gabriel Jonáš, drummer Jozef Döme and bassist Róbert Ragan Jr. Starts: Feb 19, 18:00; Nedbalka Gallery, Nedbalova 17. Admission: €5. More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

OPERA: The Magic Flute - The department of operatic singing of the Bratislava Conservatory celebrates the 95th anniversary of the school’s founding by staging this opera of Mozart, as conducted by Daniel Simandl, directed by Romna Bajzík, with Karin Remencová on piano, students performing, and the school’s ex-graduate Jana Bernáthová as guest (she performs the Queen of the Night also in the Slovak National Theatre). Starts: Feb 19-20, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Azymuth – Brazilian jazz-funk legend returns to the NU Spirit Club for a second time, now within the In Jazz We Trust series / with an after-party by DJs Kinet and Gonzo. Starts: Feb 19, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €8.80. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.

Bratislava

ARCHITECTURE: The Night of Architecture – the Faculty of Architecture will open its doors for the eighth time, to offer projects, competitions, cooperations, screenings – Mies.SK, and a lecture by Norwegian studio Snohetta represented by Jenny B. Osuldsen to the wider public, followed by after-parties in KC Dunaj and Klub Dole. Starts: Feb 19, 17:00; Faculty of Architecture, STU, Námestie Slobody 19. Admission: free (except for the after-party). More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Snovonne (SK/US/FIN) – The progressive metal singer, composer and producer, a Slovak living abroad, prepares a new album The Child and the Bitch (Chronicles 1984-2014) and promotes it on the tour which stops also in Bratislava.  Starts: Feb 19, 20:00; Randal Club, (Majestic Music Club), Karpatská 2. Admission: €10. More info: www.majestic.sk.

Bratislava

ORIENTAL DANCE: Sen noci orienátlnej – The Oriental Night’s Dream – The 15th year already of the Oriental show will present dancers (Yalia, Zuzaan Čorejová, Mahala, Hanka Tytykalová, and groups – Baraka Bellydance – HU; OMdance Academy – CZ, and others), a fire show, a brief dance lesson on Ghawazee, an Oriental bazaar, and more. Starts: Feb 20, 19:00; culture centre Bratislava Nové Mesto; Vajnorská 21. Admission: €10. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Ennio Morricone – The famous composer of film music will conduct the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra and Kodaly Philharmonic Choir from Hungary playing his immortal works, for which he received numerous awards, including an Oscar for lifelong contribution. Starts: Feb 20, 20:00; Slovnaft Arena (Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €59-€149. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Einleitungszeit – Two nights full of Czech-Slovak industrial/dark ambiente/noise/experimental music. Starts: Feb 20-21; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.citylife.sk; www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Clara Luzia – renowned Austrian alternative songstress has released five albums and given many concerts, she is also laureate of the Amadeus Award. Starts: Feb 20, 20:00; Austrian Cultural Forum (RKF), Astoria Palace, Hodžovo Square 1/A. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Kraak & Smaak – Dutch musicians whose popularity is on the rise make a stop in Bratislava within their Chrome Waves tour accompanying the launch of an eponymous album. Starts: Feb 20, 20:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25 (after-party at Nu Spirit Club). Admission: €11. More info: staratrznica.sk; www.nuspirit.sk.  

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Circles on Water 2014 - An Exhibition of Winning Works. A selection of the best artisan works combining traditional crafts and modern design is exhibited in the gallery of design, Satelit. It is the result of a competition of secondary and college students of design focused on folk crafts. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Feb 22; Satelit, Hurbanove kasárne (Hurban’s Barracks), Kollárovo Square 10. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-247; www.sdc.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Prayers of Martin Jonáš – Modlitby Martina Jonáša – The exhibition is dedicated to the work and legacy of the pioneer of famous Slovak naïve artists from the village of Kovačica in Vojvodina. Open: workdays, 10:00-16:00 until Feb 25; Klarisky concert hall, Klariská Street. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5910 3133; www.bkis.sk.

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Banská Štiavnica

FUN/SLED COMPETITION: Štyavnyckje krňačke – The krne or krňačky, old-style wooden sled, are fun to be ridden, and a competition is even more fun. The first year of such a competition tries to establish a new tradition. Starts: Feb 14, 11:00; Červená studňa locality. More info: www.banskastiavncia.sk.

Banská Štiavnica

VALENTINE/MUSEUM: Valentine Weekend at the Old Castle – The Slovak Mining Museum organises for the February 14-15 a romantic tour of the Old Castle meant for those in love. Starts: Feb 14-15, 16:00-19:00; Old Castle. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.muzeumbs.sk.

Banská Štiavnica

FILM FESTIVAL: Winter festival 4 Elements / 4 živly focuses always on one aspect of the theme common for all films screened within the festival. This time, it is ”Nonsense”. Starts: Feb 20-22; Akademik cinema, amphitheatre, Art Cafe. Admission: €3-€15. More info: www.4zivly.sk.

Žilina

EXHIBITION: Dariusz Laski – The photo exhibition of Polish artists strives to find the relation between environment and object, i.e. the female body. Open: workdays 10:00-16:00 until March 31; Gallery F, Predmestská 90. Admission: free. Tel: 041/5620088; www.va1.sk.

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Prešov

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: www.wave.sk.

Košice

LIVE MUSIC/DANCE:  Swing Valentine – The Valentine evening can be spent listening to the music of the 1930s and 1940s, US as well as Slovak (František Krištof Veselý), watching Lady Amina, or learning period dances like lindy hop, boogie-woogie, and the Charleston from B-Swing dance school. Starts: Feb 14, 19:00; V-Klub, Jedlíkova 7. Admission: €8-€12. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Košice

BALLET/DANCE: Anna Karenina – The generally famous story of Anna Karenina was chosen by Russian choreographer Kirill Simonov for the Košice ballet to interpret the painful self-reflection and clash between the inner world and social environment through neo-classical ballet style to the music of Rodion Shchedrin. Cast includes Ami Fujikawa, Boglárka Kowalski, Inessa Yagolnik, Maksym Sklyar, Andrij Sukhanov, and others.  Starts: Feb 18, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), historical building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€10. Tel: 055/2452-269, -260; www.sdke.sk.

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Poznajme Bulharsko – Let Us Get to Know Bulgaria – The special evening focused on brisk Bulgarian music brings the works of top representative of local classical 20th-century music Dimitar Nenov, popular composer Pancho Vladigerov, and also Tchaikovsky’s symphony Manfred, as played by the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) conducted by Bulgarian Konstantin Dobroykov, with Micho Dimitrov on violin. Starts: Feb 19, 19:00; ŠfK, House of Aers, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €6-€8. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk

Prešov

EXHIBITION: Installation in space – Inštalácia v ploche – The exhibition curated by Jozef Ridillo presents works of Prešov-based artist, a Zvolen native, Stano Šalko, from his recent creative period. Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00; Sun 13:00-17:00 until March 29; Šariš Gallery, Hlavná 51. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 051/7725-423; www.sgpresov.sk

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