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Tips for events in Slovakia between May 1 and May 10, including city feasts, Culinary Days, Fashion March, jazz, conference on urbanism, LGBTI month, and more.  

Symphonic Orchestra of the VŠMU Academy (Source: Courtesy of VŠMU)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

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: www.jazz.sk, www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: International Flower Fair; April 30 - May 3, 9:00 - 19:00; Flóra – Bratislava; Incheba Expo Aréna – Viedenská cesta 3. Admission: 5 €

Bratislava

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: www.newmodelradio.sk, www.uhuclub.sk.

Bratislava

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: www.bratislavskymajales.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Peter Lipa – One of the renowned personalities of jazz; singer, organiser, composer, host, manager and promoter will host an evening full of jazz and jazz fusions. Starts: April 30, 20:00; Cafe Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €7. Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk (rezervacie@scherz.sk).

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Petra Pogády – Slovak-born Austrian pianist has won several awards at competitions, as well as scholarships and for the Bratislava concert; she has prepared the works of Brahms, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt. Starts: April 30, 18:00; Austrian Cultural Forum (RKF), Astoria Palace, Hodžovo Square 1/A. Admission: Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY: Bratislava Culinary Days – Asparagus Days – The gastronomy of the Slovak capital includes also asparagus and seasonal delicacies made of it, in a tent in downtown Bratislava. Starts: April 30-May 2 10:00-22:00; Primate’s Square. Admission: free (meals are to be bought). More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

FOLKLORE: Folklore ensemble Gymnik – 50th anniversary of the Slovak folklore ensemble (which was founded at the Faculty of Physical education and Sport of Comenius University by Heda Šimoneková) offers an overview of its past years and successes, but also a more contemporary programme. Starts: April 30, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

CITY TOURS: Oživenie Kapitulskej ulice – Reviving the Kapitulská Street – Opening the otherwise closed yards and gardens of houses, villas and residences that belong to the Church or to private personalities has become a nice tradition. This year, they include Bax Tower, House of the Albrechts, Čársky House, and some others. There will also be an accompanying programme, including theatre, singing, music and a lecture on the history of the street. The effort of the civic association Oživenie Kapitulskej ulice is to collect money for a statuette of St Florian that used to be located here. Starts: May 1, 10:00; Kapitulská Street. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.citylife.sk.     

Bratislava

FASHION EVENT: Fashion Marš! – The Fashion March is a parade on May 1 across the Old Town presenting the works of young Slovak designers (this year Marcel Holubec, Boris Hanečka, Lubica Poncik, Michaela Ľuptáková, Annnmária Kiss Kosa) organised by o.z. Denamit – Michaela Bednárová and Lenka Sršňová. Starts: May 1, 18:00-20:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3 – Michalská ulica – Imperia Design – Hviezdoslavovo Square – Main Square – Laurinská – Slowatch - KC Dunaj. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC/BRAZIL: Route to Brazil – Two respected musical ladies, Diana Danieli (soprano) and Grace Smith (piano), will play works of Brazilian composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ernani Braga, Camargo Guarnieri and Henrique de Curitiba, in a church-turned-concert hall. Starts: May 3, 18:00; Clarrissen Church, Klariská Street. Admission: €5. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: In Jazz We Trust – The historically first Slovak-only edition of this cycle features young, phenomenal Slovak guitar player Andreas Varady (whose album released when he was still a teenager was produced by Quincy Jones) and Slovak saxophonist Radovan Tariška. Father Ondrej “Bandi” Varady will play bass and younger brother Adrian Varady drums. The evening will be completed by DJ Kinet. Starts: May 4, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €8.80-€11. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.nuspirit.sk.

Bratislava

LGBTI/EVENT: Opening of the Month of LGBTI History – The evening opening the night of LGBTI History will feature an outline of the month’s programme and opening of the Dorast exhibition focused on the youngest generation on LGBTI artists. Starts: May 4, 19:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.duhovyrok.sk; www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: From Dvorana to Reduta - The concert by the Symphonic Orchestra of the VŠMU Academy of performing Arts in Bratislava brings also maestro Dalibor Karvay giving a solo on violin and Czech Marek Štryncl as conductor. They will play the works of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.  Starts: May 6, 18:00, Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission. €6. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.skwww.navstevnik.sk

Bratislava

URBAN CONFERENCE: WhatCity? We are Looking for a Good Neighbour / Hľadáem dobrého suseda – This edition of the event is focusing on the phenomenon of co-housing, or Baugruppe in German, as explained by foreign experts/guests: Michael LaFond (Berlin), Fritz Oettl (Vienna), Ernst Gruber (Vienna), Renata Jaffe (Slovak living in Berlin). Starts: May 6, 18:00-20:00; Old Market-Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: €5. Tickets: www.tixy.sk. More info: www.staratrznica.sk.  

Bratislava

DESIGN/EXHIBITION: Exhibition of Paper Costumes from the Bauhausfest workshop is organised by the Slovak Museum of Design, Goethe Institute Bratislava, Design Week Bratislava and Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until May 15; Satelit, Hurbanove kasárne (Hurban’s Barracks), Kollárovo Square 10. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-247; www.sdc.sk, www.facebook.com/bauhausfest?fref=ts.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Výstava kvetov / Flower Exhibition – The current exhibition in Gagarinka combines works of Slovak and Czech artists working with the subject of plants and gardens with presentations of community and mobile gardens. Open: Wed-Fri 16:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until May 24; Gagarinka Gallery, Gagarinova 10A (opposite Lidl). Admission: free. Tel: 0908 201 507; www.galeria.gagarinka.sk.   

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Jozef Barinka – Statue + Relief, Medla, Drawing  / Socha + reliéf, medaila, kresba – The gallery of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts offers through this exhibition an overview of the creation of multi-talented Slovak artist Barinka. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-12; 13:00-15:00 until Sep 15; SVÚ gallery, Dostojevského Rad 2. Admission: free. More info: www.svu.sk.

Senec

MUSIC FESTIVAL/BENEFIT: Music benefit festival Musica Perennis Iuventutis 2015 brings, apart from a tour of historical monuments in Senec, also a series of classical, folklore, ethnic and swing music concerts by top Slovak performers (Collegium Wartberg, FS Technik, Mojše band, Rusin Čendeš Orchestra, Bassband & Mária Čírová, Bratislaav Hot Serenaders & Juraj Bartoš and organiser Ján Krigovský) strives to collect money for Senec families in material need. Starts: May 1, 15:00-17:00 (tour of monuments, amphitheatre), 18:00-concert, Senec synagogue. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 0905/513-677; jkrigovsky@centrum.sk.

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Žilina

DANCE FESTIVAL: Tancuj, tancuj! / Dance, Dance! - The event hails the International Dance Day as organised by the offering a dance performance/work in progress by Gyula Cserepes and a party (on May 1), a dance workshop  - Gyula Cserepes - and a dance performance - Lucia Kašiarová: Imago (on May 2). All of the events explore the limits, possibilities and expressive means of contemporary dance, inviting either active (workshop, party) or passive (performance) participation in the celebrations. Starts: May 1-2; Stanica Žilina Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3.  Admission: various. More info: www.stanica.sk.

Martin

JAZZ: Kaestli-Phishbacher Quartet (US/CZ) features Beat Kaestli (US) – vocals; Walter Phishbacher (US) – piano; Petr Dvorský (CZ) – bass; and Andy Winter (US) – drums. Starts: May 2, 20:00; Mestská scéna Martin. Admission: €7-€8. More info: www.jazz.sk.

Žilina

TECHNOLOGY/ART FESTIVAL: Multiplace 2015 –The multi-genre festival that combines modern technology with modern art will take place at several sites simultaneously. In Žilina, it brings a workshop, a lecture, a concert, a screening and an exhibition. Starts: April 30-May 7; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3 (and Plusamínusnula Gallery). More info: www.multiplace.org; www.stanica.sk.   

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

CITY EVENT: Košice City Days – The event spread over ten days, offering a host of events from a folk dance festivity around the Maypole, through traditional crafts and a knights’ tournament, salsa party, opening the doors of city hall and zoo for the public, a guided city tour, kayaking, and more. Starts: April 30-May 10; various sites in Košice. More information: www.vitiskosice.eu.  

Poprad/Matejovce

VINTAGE CARS: Veteran Show – A road parade around Matejovce near Poprad offers a Parade of Vintage Cars. Starts: May 1, 11:00; Kaštiel restaurant, Lidická 1666 (behind Sintra grocery). More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.  

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: The Sweet Remains – US folk-rock band has set off on a European tour with their soon-to-be-released album, making a stop also in Košice. Starts: May 2, 20:30; Riders Pub, Južná Trieda 48. Admission: €6. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

Poprad/Hniezdne

FOLK TRADITIONS/SPRING FEST: The Feats of Spring and Dragsters’ 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 Dragsters’ Race. Starts: May 2, 10:00; Nestville Park, Hniezdne. More info: www.nestvillepark.sk; www.kamdomesta.sk.  

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