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Tips for events between May 29 and June 7, including a day of armed forces, classical music events, a Lara Fabian concert, a car race, and more. 

Jazz Night 2014(Source: Courtesy of Design Factory)

Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava

URBAN MARKET: Urban Market 2015, Spring Edition – This time, the Urban Market joined forces with the DAAD 2015 – The Days of Architecture and Design, while also moving to a different, albeit nearby venue. Stress will be put on creativity and design, with concerts and after-parties confirming this trend. Starts: May 29-31, Laurinská 19. Admission: €8 (for all three days, in advance – predpredaj.sk). More info: www.citylife.sk, urbanmarket.sk.  

Bratislava

FLAMENCO: Ultra High Flamenco of the Flamenco Experience series brings four Spanish (one slightly French) musicians – Paquito González (drums), José Quevedo (guitar), Pablo Martín-Caminero (double bass), Alexis Lefevre (violin) – who play top flamenco fusion, receive awards and are asked by many professionals for collaboration. Apart from ordinary tickets (€20), members of the Internations Club can enjoy the evening with a glass of Spanish Champagne Cava as a welcome drink; a table individually booked seating 4 people in the front VIP section, a bottle of wine/champagne per table and a plate of delicious Spanish fingerfood per table – for €30. Starts: May 29, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €20/€30 (Internations)/€80 (VIP). Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk, internations.bratislava@gmail.com.

Bratislava

OPERA: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari – Jewels of Madonna / I Gioielli della Madonna – The opera in three acts, in Italian language, will premiere in the National Theatre, conducted by Friedrich Haider, directed by Manfred Schweigkofler, with cast including Miroslav Dvorský / Kyungho Kim; Jitka Sapara-Fischerová / Denisa Šlepkovská; Adriana Kohútková / Natália Ushakova; Daniel Čapkovič / Sergej Tolstov; Ivan Ožvát / Igor Pasek, and others. Starts: May 29-30; 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bach’s Cantatas with Solamente Naturali – Organist Monika Melcová will perform, with the Solamente Naturali ensemble of early music and Vocale ensemble SoLA, the Cantatas by Bach and Oliver Messiaen. Starts: May 30, 19:30; big Evangelical Church, Panenská Street. Tickets: one hour before the concert, €4-€6. More info: www.juras.sk.  

Bratislava

LITERARY FESTIVAL: BRaK – The Bratislava Book Festival will host many Slovak and foreign - publishers, writers, illustrators, and culture organisers; offering readings, debates (e.g. with Zimbabwean Chenjerai Hove in English),  exhibitions, music events and more. Starts: May 29-31; Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25. Admission: €3. More info: www.citylife.sk, brakfestival.sk.

Bratislava

ETHNO: Africa day / Deň Afriky – The fourth edition of this celebration of a continent offers dance, debates, workshops, lectures, dancehall workshop, percussion show and Ethiopian coffee ritual. Starts: May 29, 14:00-18:00; Old market-hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

ARMED FORCES DAY: Day of Slovak Security Forces – The “open day” brings activities not just for children – dog training, fire-fighters’ demonstrations, horse training, a simulated ship attack, music and more – on the Saturday preceding International Children’s Day. Starts: May 30, 10:00-21:00; Tyršovo Embankment of the Danube. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY/FOREIGNERS: The second InterNations Bratislava May event will be at a new venue, with live music by a cover band. A great way of meeting new people. Starts: May 30, 20:00; Taste Wine bar, Laurinská 8. Admission: €10 (for registered visitors), €12 at the site. Registration: www.internations.org; www.facebook.com/events/297696623687943.

Bratislava

OPERA: Leoš Janáček – Jenúfa / Her Stepdaughter – The famous opera of the Czech composer is conducted by Czech Jaroslav Kyzlink and directed by Martin Otava. The cast includes Linda Ballová, Eva Urbanová, Miroslav Dvorsky, et al. This is the last chance to see the current staging. Starts: June 2, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical Evenings at the Castle – The eighth edition of this cycle brings the awarded project of songs and dances by Anna Szirmay-Keczerová, as performed by Solamente Naturali ensemble led by Miloš Valent. Starts: June 3, 19:00; Bratislava Castle. Admission: €12 (in advance) - €15. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; more info: www.bagoesclassical.sk

Bratislava

ART/HAPPENING: PechaKucha Night Bratislava – This 30th evening of a special series in which each of the selected architects, graphic and product designers and visual artists will have six minutes and 40 seconds to introduce their projects features Viliam Csino and Martin Mistrík of Cvernovka, photographer Šymon Kliman, NGO Magna – Aid for Nepal, Preßburger Klezmer Band, documentarist Jaro Vojtek and more. Starts: June 3, 20:20; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vivaldianna – The new ambitious continuation of the successful project that presents since 2000 Baroque music with modern sound and new energy, includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, animation, and modern dance in an innovative combination. Starts: June 4, 15:30, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Admission: €25-€35. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jazz Night - The 7th year of Jazz Night brings to Bratislava a concert of foreign and Slovak bands inviting audiences to dance: German Jazzamor and Tape Five, Portuguese DJ Joáo Costa and local DJ C.O.D.E and Miloš Biháry Quartet will play in the Design factory. Starts: June 5, 19:00 (warm-up); Design factory Bottova 3. Admission: €19. tel:  02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk;  http://jazznight.designfactory.sk/en.

Bratislava

FOREIGN CULTURE: Week of Hungarian Culture – After last year’s success, the Hungarian week is repeated in 2015, this time offering concerts (including legendary Omega band playing with a symphonic orchestra and choir, Benkó Dixieland Band and Hot Jazz Band), theatre, dance, gastronomy, traditional crafts, and more. Starts: June 7-17, various sites in the capital. Admission: various. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Inge Kosková – Čiara v čase / A Line in Time – The exhibition of Czech drawing artist, Kosková, reviews the period between 1985 and 2015 in her creation. Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-19:00 until June 7; Gallery 19, Lazaretská 19. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5292-6651; www.galeria19.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Rudolf Krivoš – Svedectvá Signály Odkazy / Testimonies Signals Messages – The overview of the work by Slovak painter covers more than half a century, from the 1950s to 2009. This is the first solo exhibition of Krivoš after 20 years, according to curator Bohumír Bachratý. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-19:00 until June 7; Nebalka Gallery, Nedbalova 17. Admission: €1.5-€3. Tel: www.nedbalka.sk.   

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Geometric Abstraction / Geometrická abstrakcia – This exhibition consists of the works of abstract artists from 13 various countries (including e.g. Sonya Delaunay, born in 1885, op-art legend Victor Vasarely -1906; Venezuelan Carlos Cruz-Diez; Gyula Kosice; Francois Morellet; Ludwig Wilding; Yaacov Agam; Klaus Staudt; Ron Agam; Vratislav Karel Novák; Radoslav Kratina, and Slovak Viktor Hulík, as curated by Xénia Lettrichová. Open: daily except for Mon 13.00 -18.00 until June 14; Galéria Z, Zichy palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: free. More info: www.galeria-z.sk.  

Červený Kameň Castle/ Modra-Častá

HISTORICAL FESTIVAL: Rotenstein – The “Red Castle” or Červený Kameň festival is the biggest knights’ tournament in Slovakia, complete with historical costumes, tournaments, horses, period meals, fencing and cultural programme. Starts: May 30-31; Červený Kameň / Red Castle near Modra-Častá. Admission: €7(one day)-€15 (both days). More info:http://rotenstein.sk/listky.  

Piešťany

CLASSICAL MUSIC: 60th Piešťany Festival – The jubilee edition of the festival of classical music, the second oldest one in Slovakia, will be opened by the Slovak Philharmonic and will offer a host of musical ensembles and concerts in a month full of performances. Starts: May 30-July 7; House of Art and/or some other venues. Admission: various. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.   

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Banská Štiavnica

CHURCH/HAPPENING: Night of Churches – The event opening the doors of churches to people who would otherwise not come, or showing the background and spaces not usually open to the public has returned, and in Banská Štiavnica, St Elizabeth Church offers a guided tour from 18:00 till 24:00; Evangelical Church authors’ club and gospels at 19:00; German Church opens its main tower and offers guided tours from 18:00 till 24:00; House of Worship of Unity of Brethren Baptists has an exhibition of Bibles at 21:00; Calvary invites visitors to a special night guided tour at 22:00; Slovak Church has an exhibition of liturgical items with a guided tour between 18:00 and 24:00; the Old Castle offers night tours of the former parish church between 18:00 and 24:00. Starts: May 29, 18:00; various local churches.  Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice

URBAN ART FESTIVAL: Use The City 2015 – Košice inhabitants and visitors will experience ten days of concerts, installations, a biking trip, scrabble tournament, theatre, musical guided tour, concert on a bus, a flash mob and more – all in outdoor venues of the eastern-Slovak metropolis. Starts: May 21-31; various sites. Admission: various. More info:www.usethecity.sk.     

Košice

JAZZ: Open Air, Peter Lipa band – Summer open-air concerts at the Beach Club continue, this time with Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa and his band. Starts: May 29, 19:00; Beach Club, Protifašistických bojovníkov 4. Admission: €8 (in advance)-€10. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

Košice

GASTRONOMY/WINE: Urban 2015 – The Blessing of Young Wines – The 8th year of wine-tasting in local cellars of the famous Tokaj varieties, complete with local delicacies. Starts:May 30, 9:00 Veľká Tŕňa, Malá Tŕňa, Viničky – shuttle bus is for free. Admission: €20 (including €5 for meals/drinks). Tel: 903 608 865; www.tokajregnum.sk.

Košice

CAR RACE: Moris Cup Jahodná – The event includes FIA Historic Hill Climb Championship; FIA International Hill Climb Cup; Slovakia Cup in Hill Climb; Slovakia Cup in Hill Climb of Vintage Vehicles; Slovakia Hill Cup take place on this weekend, offering a get-together for racers and show for visitors. Starts: May 30-31, 7:30-19:00 (17:00); Košice-Jahodná. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Bardejov

COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: Remembrance of Heroes of World War II and its Victims – The event commemorating the 70th anniversary of WWII’s end and the first anniversary since the Holocaust Memorial was unveiled in Bardejov has been organised by a local committee for preservation of Jewish heritage. The event will be attended also by survivors and descendants of the Bardejov Jewish community from the USA and Israel. Starts: June 2, 18:30; Holocaust Memorial, Mlynská Street. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.    

Košice

CLASSICAL/LIVE MUSIC: Konvergencie / Convergences festival of classical music brings this time, within its Košice edition, Solamente Naturali troupe performing the 18th century songs and dances by Anna Szirmay-Keczerová – combining traditional Slovak, Hungarian and Polish folklore with Jewish, Roma and Oriental (Ottoman influences) motifs; Serbian pianist Aleksandar Serdar with works of Beethoven;  and chamber works of Czech composer Leoš Janáček in a non-traditional form, as adapted by the Polajka ensemble (Róbert Pospiš, Martin Sillay, Eva Šušková, Boris Lenko, Roman Harvan) on June 6, 19:00. Starts: June 2, 19:00 (Solamente Naturali),  on June 5, 19:00 (Serdar); June 6, 19:00 (Janáček/Polajka); Kasárne Kulturpark barracks, Kukučínova 2. Admission: €6 (in advance) - €10 (on the site), for all three days €15 (bit.ly/1Ijmdcv). More info: http://konvergencie.sk/?page_id=102.

 

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