Countrywide events

Tips for events taking place in Slovakia between June 26 and July 5, including classical music, "chain" exhibition openings on two days, open.air performance of opera, a huge hip-hop festival, jazz onboard a boat, cultural and social events at castles, folklore, and more. 

King Theodore in VeniceKing Theodore in Venice (Source: J. Barinka)




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:


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:  


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


MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Viva Musica! festival opens with a concert featuring the 95 years of Bratislava Conservatory, its graduates, teachers and musicians, in a unique open-air concert called Viva Konzerva!. Starts: June 26, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:


JAZZ: A boat on the Danube River offers music from Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa and the Traditional Club, with a voyage to Devín Castle, a 20-minute break and the trip back. Starts: June 26, 17:00; Harbour in Fajnorovo nábrežie embankment, Admission: €13. Tel: 02/5293-3321;, SVKaV, Školská 14.


CORONATION RE-ENACTMENT: In this year’s edition of re-enactments reviving the coronations of Hungarian kings and queens (which really took place in Bratislava in the past, for almost 300 years), Hungarian king Charles IV will be crowned. The novelties and special events of this feast will be Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Slovak Philharmonics, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir with soloists Katarína Ďurdinová, Helena Oborníková, Matúš Šimko, Eugen Gaal, as conducted by Ewald Danel and choir-master Jozef Chabroň) on June 27 at 16:00, coronation counters imitating the original historical coin used during coronations, wine sprouting from the Main Square fountain after the ceremony, Frankovka / Blaufränkisch Red-wine Festival in the Primate’s Square (June 26-28), re-enactment of anti-Ottoman fights by Prince Eugene of Savoy, and more. Starts: June 26-28 (June 27, 11:00-17:00 – main ceremony); Main Square and downtown Bratislava. Admission: free. More info:


HIP-HOP: Hip Hop Žije / Hip-Hop Lives On festival will feature US rappers AZ and Redman and Slovak musicians and DJs (Majk Spirit, Kontrafakt, Názov Stavby, Moja Reč, Indy & Wich + LA4, Vladimír 518 + DJ Mike T + Refew, Ty Nikdy Label Jam, Idea, Boy Wonder, Paulie Garand, Rest, MC Gey, DJ Fatte, Separ, Ektor, Momo), GR Team (Tono S, Decko, Danosť, Rebel, Otis, Cigo, Elpe, Supa, AMO, Zverina, Druhá Strana, Plexo, Majself & Mugis, Pil C, Jay Diesel, Adiss, Robin Zoot & Gumbgu + Homie Beats a PalermoEremen & Petijee, Pra3x, Krok Spet, Prezident Lourajder & Emil, P.A.T., Dornkappel, Bekim, Figy KO, RZB, GM Boyz, Puerto, DJ Metys & Lkama, DJ Miko and DJ Dasex). The event will include the Slovak championship in beatbox. Starts: June 26-28; Zlaté piesky. Admission: €37.30. Tel: 02/5293-3321;;  


SPORT-GROUND OPENING:  The Sundial artwork made by Štefan Prokop, one of Petržalka’s sights, has been changed – into an untraditional venue for sport events, opening on June 27. The opening includes competitions, a first Slackline contest and the Sundial master competition in bouldering. Starts: June 27, 9:30 (festive opening at 13:30); University of Economics, Dolnozemská Street, Petržalka. Admission: free. 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:


OPEN-AIR OPERA: King Theodore in Venice (a heroic-comic opera in three acts in Italian language that recently premiered in the Slovak National Theatre, SND), ), by Giovanni Paisiello as adapted by Hans Werner Henze, conducted by Marián Lejava and directed by Lenka Horinková; casting Blanka Jílková / Kristýna Vylíčilová, Reinhild Buchmayer / Alena Kropáčková / Andrea Nemcová, Štefan Horváth / Klaus Dieter Paar / Marek Tokoš, as well as others. will be performed open-air within the Viva Musica! festival. Starts: June 28, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:


FASHION: Móda v meste / Fashion in the City – An experimental open-air fashion show by Slovak designers is part of Bratislava Fashion Days. Starts: June 30, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:


LIVE MUSIC: Fabrizio Paterlini – Italian composer and pianist, one of the top musicians of the new generation of the “modern classical” genre presents his rock-electronic-classics fusion in the concluding concert of the Dolce Vitaj festival of Italian culture. He will be accompanied by Slovaks Pavel Bogacz Jr on violin, Martin Petrík on viola and Karolína Hurayová on cello. Starts: June 30, 19:30; Slovak radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free. More info:   


CHOIR MUSIC: The series of summer concerts in churches continues with International Voices Houston (US) choir. Starts: June 30; 19:00; Jesuit Church. Admission: free. More info:


LANGUAGES/DEBATE: Language Café – This popular event brings foreign languages to the Slovak capital and enables people to learn and practice. People come to a café and debate in various languages.

Starts: July 1, 17:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: free. Tel: 0904/ 330-049;


FOLKLORE/LIVE MUSIC: Festival Music Square – This summer festival brings various genres and styles to the Main Square, offering folklore of various nations (South Africa, Italy, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) within the 2015 Slovakia Folk Festival between July 2 and 5, as well as swing on July 4, brass music from the Interior Ministry on July 5 and jazz on July 6. Starts: July 2-6, 19:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:  


LIVE MUSIC: Chamber concerts in the courtyard of Zichy Palace will bring, among others, Pavol Bereza on guitar, Mária Kmeťová on harp, and Nina Sivošová on flute. Starts: July 2, 20:30; courtyard of Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €3-€5. More info:


FLAMENCO: Ponte Pardo – The Slovak grouping called Ponte Pardo (Diana Némethová – vocals; Adam Ponte de Vegas Kerďo – flute, vocals; Maťo Mateo el Cortesano Nováček – guitar; Mário Ranchero Polónyi – bass; Daniel Danito Godány – cajon, dance; Roman Bobiš – percussions) plays the “flamenco Nuevo” style, combining pop and other genres with classical flamenco. Starts: July 2, 18:00; summer reading site At the Red Cancer / U červeného raka. 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 27-28; Bojnice Castle. Admission: €3.-€10. Tel: 046/5430- 624;   

Modra/Červený Kameň

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: Festival of Forgotten Crafts – The 2nd year of a festival that revives a medieval marketplace full of traditional crafts, period animals, food and drinks, as well as period music and entertainment. Starts: July 4-5; Red Stone / Červený Kameň Castle, Častá. Admission: €2-€5. More info:




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,

Banská Bystrica

ROCK MUSIC: Marián Varga – The Slovak legend who with his Prúdy and Collegium Musicum bands best represented Slovak art rock will play his typical mixture of classical, rock and popular music on keyboard. Starts: June 27, 20:00; Kino v bazéne cinema, Tajovského 25 (premises of J.G. Tajovský Secondary Grammar School). Admission: free. More info:     

Liptovský Mikuláš/Jasná

DOWNHILL RACE: Slovak Downhill Cup 2015 – The best Slovak, Czech and Hungarian downhill riders will compete on the Rocky Face DH track. Starts: June 26-28, 9:00; Jasná, Demänovská dolina Valley, Low Tatras. Admission: free for onlookers. More info:   

Banská Bystrica

PARKOUR: Parkour Meeting, already the fifth in Banská Bystrica, is the biggest gathering of European parkour connoisseurs and fans.

Starts: July 2-5; B Hall of ice stadium under SNP monument. Admission: free for onlookers. More info:; Facebook.




Prešov/eastern Slovakia

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Hevhetia music festival will take place in Bratislava and Košice but its “inviting” concerts at the break of June/July will feature a sensitive and attractive combination of Gregorian chants and jazz performed by Voces Gregorianae Cassovienses from Košice, AMC Trio from Prešov and Adrián Harvan of Michalovce, conducted by Ján Veľbacký, in Bardejov, Michalovce and Prešov and Košice. Mozart’s compositions played on basset horns will be played by Slovak/Austrian Lotz Trio in Poprad (Tatra Gallery) at the Spiš, Stará Ľubovňa, Kežmarok and Košice-Šaca castles. Starts: June 26, 19:00; St Nicolaus’ Church, Prešov. Admission: €5. More info:


BLUES: Ľuboš Beňa & Bonzo Radványi – Beňa plays rezophonic guitar and sings in the style of traditional Mississippi music; Radványi also sings and plays rhezophonic guitar and in 2014 they were awarded the prize for best Slovak blues ensemble. Starts: June 26, 20:00; Bizarre Club, Prostějovská 37/A. Admission: €2.50. More info:  


HISTORICAL RAILWAY: Ride from Košice to Gombasecká Cave – The popular vintage engines and trains will take passengers from Košice to the Jaskyňa (Cave) Slavec station, where there will be alternative programmes – the Gombasekcá jaskyňa, Silická ľadnica, or a barbecue. Starts: June 27, 8:00 (main railway station); return around 18:00. Admission: €1.50-€4. Bookings, 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

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

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