Countrywide events

Tips for events taking place between June 17 and 28, including a guitar festival, events of foreign cultures, gastronomy and arts in Slovakia, an operatic premiere, start of in-line city rides, international film festival, open-air folklore, and more. 

Bratislava In-lineBratislava In-line (Source: Courtesy of BIl)




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;


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; ( 


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:


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:   


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;       


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:, tickets:


LIVE/GIPSY MUSIC: The Bohémiens band will perform, with its guest Polish singer Agata Siemiaszko and led by Barbora Botošová, music stemming from Roma, ethno, world music merged with classics, Balkan and jazz music – as part of the 4th Night of Music. Starts: June 19, 18:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:,  


GUITAR FESTIVAL: International Guitar Festival of J.K. Mertz festival – The festival itself takes place between June 24 and 29, presenting a host of Slovak and foreign musicians. On June 21, an accompanying event invites the performance of Bratislava Guitar Quartet and music students. Starts: June 21, 17:00; garden of the Albrecht House, Kapitulská 1. Admission: voluntary. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Concluding concert of the 2014/15 season of Slovak Philharmonic will be the Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, Slovak Philharmonic Choir led by Ewald Danel, conducted by Jozef Chabroň, performing works of Mozart (Ave Verum Corpus, Laudate Dominum, Sub Tuum Praesidium, Offertory, and Coronaiton Mass). Starts: June 21, 15:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €8. Tel: 2/2047- 5233;


GERMAN CULTURE: DaS – The 3rd year of a multicultural event presenting and promoting a fusion of Slovak and German culture. Starts: June 21, 14:00; Eurovea Galleria, square. Admission: free. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: First of benefit concerts collecting resources for cancer research will host the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Russell, with Katya Richardson solo on piano playing Haydn, Charles Ives, Shostakovich, and Bohuslav Martinů. Starts: June 21, 19:00; big concert studio, Slovak radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: voluntary. More info, booking:, SMS 0905 716 851;  


FOLKLORE: Folklore at the Red Cancer / U červeného raka – Series of traditional musical-dance performances will be opened by SĽUK, Slovak Folk Art Collective. Starts: June 22, 18:00; summer reading area U červenégo raka, Michalská. Admission: free. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Violinist Roby Lakatos returns to Bratislava after five years from Brussels, this time with the Romano Stilo Ensemble, performing Roma, Slovak, Romanian, Russian folk songs in modern arrangements. Starts: June 22, 19:00; Clarissen / Klarisky concert hall. Admission: €19.90-€29.90. More info:,  


MARKET/GASTRONOMY: Mercato Italiano / Vino Vitaj – The typical Italian market will spill into the streets of Bratislava between June 24 and 28, occupying mostly the Hviezdoslavovo Square. On June 25, a selection of fine Italian wines will be offered in some cafés and restaurants in the downtown. Starts: June 24-28, Hviezdoslavovo Square (market); June 24 – Old Town restaurants (wine). Admission: free. More info:


OPERA/PREMIERE: King Theodore in Venice –The heroic-comic opera in three acts in Italian language, by Giovanni Paisiello is adapted by Hans Wrer Henze, conducted by Marián Lejava and directed by Lenka Horinková. Premiered on June 24, the opera casts Blanka Jílková / Kristýna Vylíčilová, Reinhild Buchmayer / Alena Kropáčková / Andrea Nemcová, Štefan Horváth / Klaus Dieter Paar / Marek Tokoš, as well as others. Starts: June 24, 19:00; historical building of the SND, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 02/2049-4290;


JAZZ: Open air chamber concerts, to be organised every week in summer, called Music in the Courtyard / Hudba na nádvorí will feature on June 25 Austrian singer Michaela Rabitsch and her Jazz ohne Grenzen (Jazz without Borders). Starts: June 25, 20:30; courtyard of Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 02/5293-3321;  


MASS INLINE: Bratislava In-line - 12th year of the tradition starts on June 26: each Friday, a mass of inline skaters will cross the capital in several potential routes. On June 26, the route will lead around Petržalka, starting behind the Aupark shopping centre and making a stop at KC Technopol. It is connected with the campaign On Wheels against Cancer. Starts: June 26, 21:00 (meeting at 20:00); Aupark. Admission: free. More info:  


INTERNATIONAL MEETING: InterNations June event – A fun evening of meeting internationally minded people, networking, making new friends, mingling and dancing, conveniently located in the old town.

Starts: June 26, 20:00; Amber bar, Sheraton Hotel, Pribinova 8, Eurovea. Admission: €8 (if registered via or via FB event), -€10 (at the door).  More info:


HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Stredovek pri Dunaji / Middle Ages at the Danube – Templars of the Bagras Castle will perform historical re-enactments of battles, tournaments, lectures on history, while also presenting period military camps and traditional crafts. Starts: June 27, Sad Janka Kráľa city park, Petržalka. Admission: free. More info:  


EXHIBITION: Premeny energie / Transitions of Energy – Five internationally operating artists (Flavia Bigi; Casaluce; Juliana Herrero; Sissa Micheli and Francesca Romana Pinzari) show their different approach to the phenomenon of energy and mutual impacts and interactions of its various forms. Open: Wed-Mon, 12:00-19:00 (21:00 on Fri) until July 5; Kunsthalle / Hall of Art, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info:   

Trenčín Castle

JAPANESE CULTURE: Japonsko na Trenčianskom hrade / Japan at the Trenčín Castle – The event inviting to discover the magic of Japanese culture and gastronomy offers a tea ceremony (13:30); a Kimono ritual (14:00); an Ikebana demonstration (14:45); a lecture on gastronomy (15:15); Bentó, a demonstration of Japanese cooking (16:15); and a concert of Japanese Taiko drums (17:15) offered by Japanese professionals and one Slovak expert. Starts: June 28, 13:30-18:15; Trenčín Castle. Admission: €2.50 (the admission to castle premises). Tel: 0907 296 724; (    


CASTLE/FAIRY TALES: Fairy Tale Castle, an events that enters its 9th year in 2015, is this time called My Dearest Fairy Tales, and offers four traditional Slovak tales on the June weekends, especially meant to make children interact and compete, with the chance to win feathers when a fairy of tasks are fulfilled. Starts: June 18-21, 27-28; Bojnice Castle. Admission: €3.-€10. Tel: 046/5430- 624;   

Trenčianske Teplice/Trenčín

FILM FESTIVAL: Art Film Fest – The already established international film festival will offer not just movies – in eight days and two venues, Trenčianske Teplice spa and Trenčín – but also two film stars getting awards, Czech Aňa Geislerová in the beginning and Slovak/international Juraj Kukura in the end of the event. Starts: June 19-26; Trenčianske Teplice/Trenčín. Admission: various. More info:

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:




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;

Žilina/ Turčianska Štiavnička

SLAVONIC FEAST/SOLSTICE: Ancient Slavic Bonfire – The old tradition to make a bonfire on summer solstice has survived and it will be dedicated to the highest Slavic god, Perun, but will also include a programme for children, dances, riding horses, drawing Slavic symbols, and traditional music. Starts: June 20, 17:00; under Dunin, Turčianska Štiavnička. Admission: free. Tel: 0907/845-964;;     

Banská Bystrica/Heľpa

FOLKLORE: Horehronské dni spevu a tanca / Upper Hron Days of Singing and Dancing – The 50th year of a folklore festival in Heľpa brings three days of folklore ensembles, traditional music and dance, crafts, local gastronomy, exhibition of bonnets, photo exhibition of ethnographer/photographer Karol Plicka, demonstrations of traditional hair styling and more. Starts: June 26-28; Heľpa. More info: Central-Slovak Education Centre Dolná 35,,





GASTRONOMY/ITALIAN CULTURE: Viva Italia – The festival of Italian culture expands also outside Poprad, to Levoča (concert of Pietro Nobile) and Nový Smokovec spa (Modale Group). In Poprad, it presents a retrospect of film director Paolo Sorrentino, typical Italian market, gastronomy, guitarist Pietro Nobile, bands Modale Group, Zucchero Celebration Band, attempt at a record of the biggest Italian flag from pasta; discussion forum, workshops and more. Starts: June 17-22; downtown Poprad. More info:;     


MUSIC/MULTI-GENRE FESTIVAL: Dobrý festival / Good Festival – Five stages make this music/multi genre festival an ideal opening of the summer season around Prešov, with Slovak folk, pop, rock, metal, punk, dancehall, jazz  bands, a debate on refugees, presentation of a programme against violence on women, of a castle-renovating project, martial arts, workshops for children, first aid instruction, and more.

Starts: 19-20, 15:00; Delňa lido, Prešov. Admission: €14 (one day)-€17. More info:     

Stará Ľubovňa Castle

MUSEUM FESTIVAL: Festival of Museums in Slovakia / Festival múzeí na Slovensku – The festival’s 11th year comes to Stará Ľubovňa – with around 35 museums from Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. For the public, the concert of Lotz Trio on replicas of historical instruments, basset horns found at the Slovak castle Krásna Hôrka and originally made by Theodor Lotz from Bratislava and Vienna. On July 1, Sima Martaus will perform, and two exhibitions will stay at the castle for the whole tourist season. Starts: June 28, 19:00 Lotz Trio), July 1 Sima Martaus); Stará Ľubovňa. More info:


FOLKLORE: Cassovia Folkfest is an international city festival of folklore and traditions, offering many ensembles, including a Slovak record attempt in Abovská Karička dance performed by the students, local and foreign folklore ensembles and by the inhabitants of Košice and other parts of Slovakia and from abroad. Starts: June 25-27; various times and sites. Admission: €4-€8 (for performance at the State Theatre on July 27, 19:30). More info:


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