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Tips for events in Slovakia between June 12 and 21, including a lot of classical and choir music, a weekend of open gardens, a World Touring Car Championship, jazz, modern dance and a gastronomy festival. 

Dagmar Pecková(Source: Courtesy of Bratislava Goes Classical)




PARTY/CLUBBING: Nightcall Party – Co-founder of the Bromance Records, Louisahhh!!!, performs in the Bratislava club, supported by DJs Adam Marcciani, Michael Priest & Bad Mojo (Hochspannung!) & UnlcPete; Basement with Toochkny deejay & Assquakess. Starts: June 12, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). More info: www.nuspirit.sk.


CITY DAYS: Dni Petržalky / Days of Petržalka – Since April, there have been numerous events on the right bank of the Danube river, but this series culminates with the gala-programme at the racecourse, with theatre, workshops, competitions, book garage sale, music and dance, traditional crafts, and more. Starts: June 13, 10:00; Racecourse Petržalka-Ovsište, Starohájska 29. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.  


OPEN GARDENS: Open Garden Weekend – The event takes place in several countries simultaneously, with the Slovak capital focusing on Baroque gardens and opening e.g. the Sala Terrena (at the Presidential Palace), Medical Garden in Špitálska, the Bratislava Calvary, pheasant farm in Jarovce (only compactly preserved Baroque landscape unit in Bratislava), or Baroque castle and park of cardinal Csáky in Veľký Biel. Starts: June 13-14; various sites. More info: vopz.sk (in Slovak); www.opengardenweekend.eu (in English).


FOLKLORE/CHILDREN: International Festival of Children’s Folklore Ensembles – This festival has been presenting children ensembles for several years, this time bringing troupes from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Slovakia competing and performing in the streets of Bratislava then in the Main Square (on June 12 14:30-15:45,; in the Main square from 15:00 on June 13) and in Malinovo (gala-programme). Starts: June 12-14; downtown Bratislava, Malinovo. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk, www.bratislava.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Orchestra of Bratislava Chamber Players, conducted by Kazuhiko Ishio and with soprano Kumuko Tooynaga, pianists Shoko Shinjo and Yukiko Kawasaki, will play “Japanese Art”, i.e. works by Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi. Starts: June 13, 17:00; Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556(-8); www.gmb.sk.  


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Joseph Calleja – Maltese tenor Calleja has been respected as one of the top singers; in Bratislava, he will sing with the Slovak Philharmonics (SF) conducted by Rastislav Štúr. Starts: June 16, 19:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €59-€119. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.


FLAMENCO: Morenito de Triana (aka Stano Kohoutek) will play on guitar with Michal Caba (cajon, percussion) their version of flamenco, mixed with other genres. Starts: June 16, 19:00; Loď Café/Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo embankment of the Danube. Admission: €9. Tel: 0903/449-650; www.adylod.sk


REFUGEES/DEBATE: The debate timed around the World Refugees Day brings authentic stories of people who fled Tibet and found their home in Slovakia. Starts: June 16, 17:30; University Library, Seminar Hall, Klariská 5. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk


FOLKLORE: Z miesta na miesta – From One Place to Places – The Technik at STU Bratislava folklore troupe presents through music, singing and dance its perception of various “places”. Starts: June 16, 17, 19:00; Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.   


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Quasars Ensemble –The chamber Quasars Ensemble – led by Ivan Buffa – will perform music of Volkonskyi and Shostakovich. Starts: June 17, 19:00; Polish Institute, SNP Square 7. Tel: 02/5443- 2030; www.polinst.sk


CLASSICAL MUSIC: CZECH star mezzosoprano Dagmar Pecková will give a concert with the Slovak Philharmonics (SF) and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir (as conducted by Alexandar Markovič), presenting her recently released album Operné hriešnice / Sinful Women. The CD – and the concert – is a selection of arias and motif revolving around sinful characters in famous operas, including the Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens. Starts: June 18, 19:00; Reduta building of SF, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €10/€13. Tel:  02/2047-5233; or www.filharmonia.sk (www.ticketportal.sk). 


CHOIR MUSIC: Musica Sacra – The festival of choir and sacral music – for children, youth, male, female and mixed choirs – collects a selection of choirs from Poland, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia, competing, doing workshops and performing in various capital’s venues. Starts: June 18-21; various sites. Admisison: various. More info: www.choral-music.sk/sk/Festivaly.


NIGHT OF ARCHITECTURE: For the ninth time, the Night of Architecture will open the Faculty of Architecture for the public, with exhibitions, presentations, film screenings and discussions with Slovak and foreign architects. Starts: June 18, 15:00; faculty of Architecture of STU, Námestie Slobody 19. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.   


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The first of four summer benefit concerts to raise finances for the Cancer research Foundation will feature Orange County School of Arts Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Russell, playing works of Bohuslav Martinú, Haydn, Charles Ives, and Dmitry Shostakovich. Starts: June 21, 19:00; concert studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: voluntary (every contributor gets an orange). More info, booking of tickets: short message at 0905/716-851; jan@juras.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.       


CLASSICAL/LIVE MUSIC: The Tenors – After a successful gig in Košice last year, the renowned four tenors from Canada will this time visit Bratislava – now supported by Kodály Philharmonic from the Hungarian town of Debrecén, conducted by Igor Dohovič. Starts: June 21, 19:00; Slovnaft Arena (Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €25-€99. More info: www.citylife.sk, tickets: predpredaj.zoznam.sk.


VINTAGE VEHICLES: Piešťanské zlaté stuhy / Golden Ribbons Concours d’ Elegance – The parade of vintage racing cars and motorbikes is this year completed with a parade of historical bicycles of the Tyrnaviavelo club and vintage military vehicles from the Old Duty Club.  Starts: June 13 (June 11-14 for participants), 13:00; Spa Island. Admission: free. More info: www.piestany.sk.  

Orechová Potôň

CAR RACE: FIA WTCC - World Touring Car Championship – WTCC has existed since 2005 and is governed by the principle of “real cars, real racing”, i.e. all vehicles have their foundation in commonly available, civilian models. Vehicles are performance-balanced, which gives viewers an interesting race of “bumper to bumper”.   Starts: June 19-21; 09:00 - 18:00; Slovakia Ring, Orechová Potôň. Admission: €2-€15. More info:  www.slovakiaring.sk/en/calendar/events/detail/News/fia-wtcc-world-touring-car-championship-1.





JAZZ: Marianne Solivan, famous US vocalist, teacher, band leader and composer, makes a tour around central Europe with her Marianne Solivan Quartet: Marek Novotný – piano, Miloš Klápště – bass, double bass, Tomáš Hobzek – drums. Starts: June 13 (afternoon – Martin, Main Square, Days of the City of Martin; evening – Zvolen, from 18:00, within Jazz Square 2015). More info: www.martin.sk, navstevnik.zvolen.sk.  


FOLKLORE: Within the Zvolen Castle Plays (ZHZ) 2015, the SĽUK folklore troupe will perform its show Chorea Slovaca. Starts: June 13, 21:00; Zvolen Castle. Admission: €13-€17. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.  

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE/MUSIC: Cluster Ensemble – 2in1 – The concert of Cluster Ensemble, playing the music of Phillip Glass and of the children’s Sound Orchestra playing music of Milan Adamčiak will be accompanied by dance improvisation of the Divadlo štúdio tanca / Štúdio tanca dance theatre troupe. Starts: June 17, 18:00; Divadlo štúdio tanca, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. Tel: 048/4146-540; www.studiotanca.sk.  





BALLET GALA: Class Concert – The special ballet gala, inspired in the first part by daily routine exercises of ballet dancers, and in the second part, sequences from famous ballets like Don Quixote, Esmeralda, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and others, presented in an attractive way. Starts: June 13, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE) historical building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€12. Tel: 055/2452-269, -260; www.sdke.sk.    


GASTRONOMY: Gurmán Fest – Eastern Slovakia has its gastronomy festival, too – presenting the restaurants, hotels and wineries from the region (including foreign chefs like Emanuel Ridi and Miguel Rocha Vieira), in 2015 revolving around the leitmotif “a picnic in a park”. Starts: June 20-22; city park and centre. Admission: free. More info: kosiceregion.com/event/kosice-gurman-fest; www.visitkosice.eu.     


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