Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between April 24 and May 3, including  dance event, two coffee fests, jazz award gala, May Day celebration, teamsters' race and more.  

Abada Capoeira to perform with Elledanse dancersAbada Capoeira to perform with Elledanse dancers (Source: Slávo Uhrín)




OPERA: Leoš Janáček – Jenúfa / Her Stepdaughter – The famous opera of Czech composer is, in this staging, also conducted by Czech Jaroslav Kyzlink and directed by Martin Otava. The cast includes Linda Ballová, Eva Urbanová, Miroslav Dvorsky, et al. Starts: April 24, 19:00; 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/2049-4290

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MODERN DANCE: Dancing Puzzle – The evening composed of dances of various styles, traditions (Ireland, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, India, Spain and Georgia) performed by Celtic Cats, Renata Gitania a El Moro, Elena Repka, Magisterial, Dee Reggaetonera y Sangre Nueva and Emeterio de Cuba, Abadá Capoeira, and elledanse dancers (foreign and Slovaks open to foreign cultures) is part of the Fjúžn festival “of new minorities”. Starts: April 24, 20:00; Elledanse theatre, T & D, Miletičova 17/B. Admission: €3-€6. Tel: 0905/969-105;;


FOLKLORE: The evening of authentic folklore, already a regular event in the Zrkadlový Háj house of culture, this time revolves around the village of Velká nad Veličkou, with its folk ensembles, cimbalom music, choirs and also a folk dance fest and home-made meals. Starts: April 24, 19:00; Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €10. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or  


FOOD MARKET: Good Market – The first Good Market this year taking place in Jakubovo Square is oriented on home-made foods, local producers, Slow Food and the Asian zone – in cooperation with the Fjúžn festival. Starts: April 25, 1:00-17:00; Jakubovo Square. Admission: free. More info:


GASTRONOMY: Coffee Fest Bratislava – The 3rd year of the coffee festival brings to the Slovak capital lectures of local and foreign (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Germany and Austria) coffee experts, coffee-roasting companies, and coffee producers, as well as connoisseurs, tastings, espresso bars and brew bars, accompanying programme, concerts and more. Starts: April 25-26; Sheraton Hotel, Eurovea shopping complex. Admission: €8 (one day)-€12 (both days). More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Third concert of the chamber cycle Musica Cameralis, complete with a small lecture and a snack is called Concert Spirituel III, will bring violin music of J. M. Leclair and P. A. Locatelli, as performed by Aeterna Musica ensemble of old music (Peter Zajíček, Peter Zelenka, Tomáš Kardoš, Jana Zelenková, Jakub Mitrík). Starts: April 25, 17:00; Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 47. Admission: voluntary. More info:


BALLET: Romeo and Juliet – The ballet version of Shakespeare’s classical story to the music of Sergey Prokofiev and libretto by Leonid Lavrovsky is choreographed and directed, in the Slovak national theatre version, by Massimo Morricone and danced by Dominik Slavkovský / Martin Kreml / Orazio Di Bella; Letizia Giuliani as guest, Silvia Najdená, Viola Mariner Orazio Di Bella, Adrian Ducin and others. Starts: April 25, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€17. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or


OPERA: Live from the Met – After 45 years, the Metropolitan Opera in New York stages popular versions of operas usually performed together, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci; as directed by David McVicar, conducted by chief Met conductor Fabio Luisi and sung by Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, Željko Lučić, Patricia Racette, George Gagnidze, Lucas Meachem. Starts: April 25, 18:20; Aréna Theatre, Viedenská Cesta 10. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/6720-2550 or


FOREIGNERS/WORKSHOP:  International workshop instructing how to create flower brooch, pendant or hairpin, with the extra bonus of exotic henna painting. Participants can learn to make picture flowers made of organza, airy and natural. Brooch, pendants or anything to make themselves feel well. Starts: April 26, 14:00-16:00); Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. More info:


FOREIGNERS/GASTRONOMY: Internations club organises a cooking class as an apt occasion to meet new people, learn new things and have fun getting to know Slovak cuisine, e.g. the (in)famous bryndzové halušky, Starts: April 29, 19:00; Košická 58. Admission: €25. More info:


JAZZ AWARD/GALA: Esprit 2014 – The jazz award bestowed on musicians, newcomers and albums by journalists, reviewers and promoters will be awarded at a festive Gala evening where those nominated will perform, e.g. Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Juraj Griglák & Company; Erik Rothenstein Band and others. Starts: April 30, 19:00; Big Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: €10 (in advance) €12. More info:,


RADIO/MUSIC PARTY: New Model radio Party – The radio station that focuses on modern trends in various genres like indie pop, indie rock, nu jazz, world music, etc., has started organising regular (Thursday) parties with music and disco sets. The first one will be attended by DJ RG, and his guests. Starts: April 30, 20:00; UHU club, Šafárikovo Square 7. Admission: €3. More info:,


MAY-DAY CELEBRATION: The city celebration of the May-day in outdoor venues – in recent years at the Eurovea complex – has become a tradition. This year, it is spread over three days, offering Slovak bands Karpina and Slobodná Európa, Catalunian La Troba Kung Fu (playing Catalunian Rumba, Slovak Bad Karma Boy; Chiki liki tu-a; Medial Banana; Billy Barman; folk ensemble Slniečko; the Vidiek band with Janko Kurico; Czech band Bacily with Václav Neckář, Slovak Polemic and Hex bands, together with a host of accompanying programmes. Starts: April 30-May 2; Eurovea complex. Admission: free. More info:


EXHIBITION: 3 x Polonský – The first exhibition presenting works of three members of one family shows the artworks of ceramic and bronze relief artist Marián, his ceramic-making brother Ivan and son Tomáš who paints and makes stone statues. Open: workdays 12:00-17:00 until April 30; Gallery of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02/3250-1111;


EXHIBITION: Karol Baron – A selection of works by Slovak artist who was not allowed to exhibit during communism is now shown to the public, as curated by Simona Bérešová. Open: by appointment on workdays 10:00-18:00 until May 1; Roman Fecik Gallery, Zámocká 8. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5441-4346;


EXHIBITION: Two exhibitions coincide in the Médium Gallery: Experiments, the works of graphic art-multimedia studies from Hradec Králové, and Inscape/Instress by Peter Mezei, a collection of paintings focused on “the inner landscape” and its expression. Open: Tue, Thur 12:00 – 19:00, Wed, Fri, Sat-Sun 10:00 – 17:00 until May 3; Galéria Medium, Hviezdoslavovo Square 18. Admission: free. Tel: 02/ 5942-8570;


EXHIBITION: Defining the Flow – Rita Koszorús & Ján Jánoš, fresh graduates of art school in Bratislava, jointly present their works – paintings, photos and videos – in Nitra. Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until May 3; Nitrianska galéria / Nitra Gallery, Župné námestie 3. Admission: €0.50-1.50. Tel: 037/6579-641;




Banská Bystrica

JAZZ: Jazz Appreciation Month – Within this global initiative, the State Scientific Library has prepared books, audio-visual presentations and film documents concerning this musical genre. Starts: April 22 (17:00 Clarinet recital), 23 (16:00 Faces of jazz, documentary); 29 (16:00 The Miles Davis Story); State Scientific Library, Lazovná 9. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4710-744;

Banská Štiavnica

GASTRONOMY: The Scent of Coffee – Coffee festival, complete with raw deserts, Paleo deserts, organic chocolate and original Belgian chocolate in Banská Štiavnica cafes and tea-houses. Starts: April 25; downtown Banská Štiavnica.

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical soirée – Chamber concert brings operatic, operetta and musical repertory, performed by Katarína Procházková, Robert Smiščík, Šimon Svitok and Martina Svitková (piano). Starts: April 29, 18:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€6. More info:


EXHIBITION: Erik Šille – Spiaca Voda / Sleeping Water – The most recent paintings of Šille focus on the element of water, its deep connotations and contexts, iconography and more. Open: Tue-Fri 15:00-18:00 until May 1; Plusmínus Gallery, Hurbanova 11. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/365-149;





ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: Irish Evening with Irish Music – Three bands, one from the Czech Republic (Dálach), and two local ones (Irish Rose and Cailleach) will play music from Ireland. Starts: April 24. 20:00; Malbo Caffe Pizza, Kysucká 16. Tel: 0903 600 027;


JAZZ: Jazz Days Warm-Up Party – London DJ and bass player of UK acid-jazz legend Incognito, Francis Hylton, will play in downtown Košice. Starts: April 25, 21:00; Retro Cult Club, Kováčska 49. Admission: €4 (in advance)-€5. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sonatas for Violin and Piano – The programme of this evening hails the 100th anniversary of Karol Goldmark, born in Hungary, music teacher and composer. His works will be performed by Noémi Maczelka on piano and Klara Fenyő-Bahcall on violin. Starts: April 29, 19:00; historical hall of PKO – Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €2-€4. More info:


FOLK TRADITIONS/SPRING FEST: The Feats of Spring and Teamsters’ Race – the 3rd year of the folklore festival opens the tourist season and lures with folklore, traditional crafts, programmes for children, including farm animals, tasting of home-made local specialties and Teamsters’ Race. Starts: May 2, 10:00; Nestville Park, Hniezdne. More info:;  

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