UPDATED: Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between July 3 and 12, including lots of classical music, folklore and choir festivals, historical fencing, an adrenaline weekend, mediaeval festivals, a parkour race, concert by Philip Glass, and more.  

Jan Berger: Evening Talk Jan Berger: Evening Talk (Source: Courtesy of GuA Kežmarok)



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:www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava/Schloss Hof

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Singers of the Vienna Folk Opera and Marchfeld Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the works of Johannes Strauss, in the historical environment of the Baroque-Classicist Austrian mansion Schloss Hof. Starts: July 4, 20:00; Schloss Hof. Admission: €36 (one concert; €140 for five concerts, including one-year ticket to Schloss Hof. Tel: 0043/2282-3519; info@philharmonie-marchfeld.at.


SPORT/MUSIC FESTIVAL: Lifepark Riot River – Extreme water sports combine with rock music and other leisure-time activities connected with the white-water complex. Starts: July 3-4 (Lucifers, Dog Eat Dog - July 3; July 4 18:00 - 18:30 Lucifers-SK; 18:45 - 19:30 From Our Hands-SK; 19.50 - 20.50 Zóna A-SK; 21.15 - 22.15 Pipes And Pints-CZ/US; 22.45 - 23.45 Ignite-US); Divoká Voda/ White-water complex, Čunovo. Admission: free. More info: www.riotriver.sk.   


HISTORICAL PICNIC: Piknikové kratochvíle / Picnic Leisures – The event tries to take participants 70 years back in time: Dasha Marlen will talk about fashion, music and lifestyle of that period, while Kristina Sehnálková, Míša Zůbková and members of the Club of Military History (KVH) Zolium will introduce military facts. In the evening, there will be a historical party with B-swing dance school. Participants are asked to stick to the 1920s-1940s dress code. Starts: July 4, 12:00; BS 4 “Lány” Bunker, Petržalka. Admission: free. More info: http://slovakia.travel/piknikove-kratochvile.  


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Slavimo slavno Slaveni – The concert of Slavonic religious music (works by Liszt and Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský) marks the holiday of Ss Cyril and Methodius. Danubius Octet Singers – vocals; Daniel Simandl – conductor. Starts: Juy 5, 9:30; Holy Cross Church, Štítová 2, Devín. Admission: free concert is part of holy mass). More info: www.citylife.sk.


HISTORICAL FENCING: Rytieri na Devíne / Knights at Devín – Daylong programme at the national cultural monument, the Devín Castle, will bring re-enactments of historical tournaments, period music, dances, competitions for children, and more. The first weekend in July will revolve around the Baroque period, including the 30-years war. Starts: July 5, 10:00; Devín Castle. Admission: €4-€6. More info: www.rytierinadevine.sk.  


CHOIR MUSIC: The choir Cantus commemorates Ss Cyril and Methodius on their holiday, in Ružinov (Bratislava borough). Starts: July 5, 17:00; Ružinov House of Culture Cultus, Ružinovská 28. Tel: 02/4333-0281; www.cultus.sk.


THEATRE/LIVE MUSIC: The Old-Town Cultural Summer will be opened by the Divadlo bez domova / Homeless Theatre ensemble and the Akordeón band. Starts: July 5, 17:45; Hviezdoslavovo Square. More info: www.citylife.sk.


JAZZ: Radovan Tariška & Friends (Radovan Tariška-altsax; Essiet Okon Essiet-bass, Robert "Szakcsi" Lakatos-piano; David Hodek-drums) will play their version of jazz. Starts: July 5, 22:00; PRAOTEC music bar, Panenská 27. Admission: €5 (in advance)-€7 (on the door). Booking: cyril.buda@gmail.com. More info: www.citylife.sk


ROCK MUSIC: Within the “Rock in the Museum” project, the “Full Houze” (Greek bluesrock) band will play their fusion of blues-rock, southern-rock, and Texas boogie. Starts: July 6, 19:30; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.


JAZZ-OPEN AIR: Within its Slovak tour – and a series of workshops by Chris Byars – the Chris Byars Jazz Quartett (Ari Roland-double bass; Keith Balla-drums; Chris Byars-tenor-sax; Zaid Nasser-alt-sax) will perform in the capital’s Main Square with the Roma choir Cerchenora from Slovakia; the LJD Band featuring Daniel Čačija-HR-vocals; Karel Ružička-US-saxophone; Robert Balzar-CZ-double bass; Michal Bugala-SK-guitar; Martin Valihora-SK-drums; Jiří Levíček-CZ-piano; Lukáš Oravec-SK-trumpet. Starts: July 6, 19:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: http://www.citylife.sk/koncert/koncert-lektorov-letnej-jazzovej-dielne-chris-byars-quartet-hlavne-namestie-bratislava.


HISTORICAL FENCING: Fencing Tuesdays in the Old Town-hall – Fencing-drama performances, demonstrations of battle art of various historical periods (this time “Ars Duellatorum”, the art of duelling with cold arms), witch torture and fire show by Corvus Arma – Havrani troupe. Starts: July 7, 18:30, 19:15: Adaptation of Spanish Renaissance play by Thomas Kyd; courtyard of Old Town-hall in bad weather, performances are scrapped). Admission: €1-€3. More info: www.citylife.sk.


JAZZ: Lukáš Oravec Quartet (Lukáš Oravec – Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Ľuboš Sramek – piano; Marian Ševčík – drums; Tomáš Baros – bass; Karel Růžička Jr. – saxophone) now plays with Karel Růžička Jr as guest. Starts:  July 9, 20:00; PRAOTEC music bar, Panenská 27.  Admission: €5 (in advance – at cyril.buda@gmail.com: name/number of tickets/9.7.) -€7. More info: www.citylife.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Within the Music in the Courtyard festival, the Prešporok band will play their intimate style of music. Starts: July 9, 20:30; courtyard of Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.citlyife.sk.  


CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: International Youth Music Festival / Medzinárodný mládežnícky hudobný festival - This festival, the only one of its kind in Slovakia, has been divided into two parts this year, with the first part starting on July 9 at 19:00 in St Martin’s Cathedral and lasting until July 12, offering orchestras and choirs from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the USA, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Estonia. On July 10 at 19:00, some of the ensembles will perform in the Main Square and on Sunday, July 12 in Bratislava churches. Starts: July 9-12, various sites in Bratislava. More info: www.citylife.sk, www.choral-music.sk/sk/Festivaly/view/id:15.

Bratislava-Bojnice, Nitra

EXPATS/TRIP: International trip to Bojnice and surroundings - This time, the grouping of expats visits Slovakia: the fairytale Bojnice castle, the Arboretum Mlyňany (the biggest botanical garden in central Europe with lots of exotic trees and plants) and wine-tasting in Nitra. Approximate programme includes 7:30 departure from Bratislava 9:30 – 11:30 – visit of the Arboretum Mlyňany

13:00 – lunch break in Bojnice (www.bojnickarestauracia.sk), 16:00 – visit of the Bojnice castle; 19.00 – visit to a Wine Bar in Nitra (www.winebarnitra.sk).

Starts: July 11; 7:30 - 22:30. Admission: €24-€29 (transport; lunch – visitors pay their consumption and tour Bojnice - €8 – are optional). Booking: info@internationals.sk.


ORGAN MUSIC: The opening concert of the Bratislava Organ Festival combines improvisation of Czech organist Karel Martínek of Biblical texts with Bible reciting by Slovak actor Vladimír Kobielsky. Starts: July 12, 17:00; Big Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1.  More info: www.citylife.sk, http://mjuzik.eu/90/BRATISLAVSKY-ORGANOVY-FESTIVAL.html; tickets at shops CD-LP bazár Mjuzik, Puškinova 2; Hummel Music, Klobučnícka 2, and one hour before the concert on the site.


EXHIBITION: Parallel Universes – Slovak Miloš Kopták and Spaniard Rai Escalé, members of the Miroir Noir group founded in 2007, exhibit their works – as curated by Jiří Olič – which reflect the similarities and disparities of the artists’ views of the world, aesthetics, etc. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until August 30; Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Admission: €2-€3.50. Tel: 02/5443-3627; www.gmb.sk.


EXHIBITION: The works of 15 Slovak illustrators selected to represent the country at the Biennial of Illustrations of Bratislava (Zuzana Bočkayová-Bruncková, Marek Cina, Veronika Klímová, Jana Kiselová-Siteková, Vladimír Král, Katarína Macurová, Juraj Martiška, Martina Matlovičová, Daniela Olejníková, Ľubo Paľo, Peter Pollág, Miroslav Regitko, Katarína Slaninková,

Peter Uchnár and Katarína Vavrová) are exhibited at the Bibiana house of art for children until mid July, as The Contemporary Slovak Illustration of Children’s Books. Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until July 16; Bibiana House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Admission: €0.70-€1. Tel: 02/5443-1308; 02/5443-4986; www.bibiana.sk.


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: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.   


MEDIAEVAL FESTIVAL: Pribinova Nitrawa – The festival of early the Middle Ages, focused on the times of Great Morava, reflects the growing public interest in the Living History style, attracting ever more such troupes, as well as visitors. The novelty of this year will be a demonstration of typical noblemen’s reception. Starts: July 4-5; Nitra Castle. More info: www.nitralive.sk/kam-v-nitre/podujatia-v-okoli/30390-pribinova-nitrawa-2015-sutaz-o-ucast-na-velkomoravskej-hostine.

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: www.remeselnyfestival.schatmansdorf.sk.




Liptovský Mikuláš/Východná

FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: The biggest folklore festival in Slovakia sees its 61st year, offering more than 2,000 folklore troupes (including from Argentina, Turkey, Serbia and Estonia), traditional crafts, as well as the performance of popular musical Tisícročná včela as its opening, typical meals, and a novelty: the Etnodom /Ethno-house – screening of documentaries with ethnology motifs with discussions. Starts: July 2-5; Východná. More info: www.festivalvychodna.sk.


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: www.podujatiabb.sk/parkour-meeting; Facebook.


MEDIAEVAL FESTIVAL: The Utgard Festival of early Middle Ages 9th-11th centuries) will revive the world of Vikings and old Slavs, their confrontations and meeting points, as re-enacted by troupes of historical fencing from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. Starts: July 11, 10:00-18:30; Jasenové near Žilina. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.


EXHIBITION: Jon Satrom – Poruchy / Glitches – The US multi-media artist and performer Satrom uses video, icons, animation mixed in shocking combinations. The exhibition, curated by Katarína Gatialová, is part of the Fest Anča festival of animated cartoons. Open: weekdays 12:00-17:00 until July 17; ± 0,0 gallery, Hurbanova 11. Admission: free. More info: www.plusminusnula.sk; http://jonsatrom.com.





LIVE MUSIC: Cluster Ensemble – The concert – which is part of the Ars Nova festival – presents a selection from inter-media projects, performances and happenings by this group. Focused on works of contemporary classical music (Steve Reich, Martin Burlas, John Cage, Galina Ustvolskaja, Erik Satie, Morton Feldman). This concert brings the Slovak premiere of Music with Changing by Philip Glass. Starts: July 4, 19:00; Kasárne Kulturpark barracks, Kukučínova 2. Admission: €6-€9. More info: www.k13.sk.


CITY GUIDED TOUR: Jewish Košice – On Saturday, a new route presents a so far unexplored Jewish monument in this once thriving diaspora (three former synagogues – visit to one of them, former Jewish school, a restaurant, B’nai Brit lodge, etc.), while on Sunday, the already established route (visit to synagogues, mikveh, personalities, etc.) is on offer. At 17:00, guided tour in English is possible. For entering a synagogue, the head should be covered (a kippa can be borrowed). Starts: July 4-5, 17:00; scientific library in the Main Street. Admission: €1.99 in advance)-€2.99. More info: www.potulka.sk; www.mazaltov.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes Košice – The world-renowned US musician will play in Košice, with nonetheless famous pianists Maki Namekawa and Anton Batagov, performing his complete 20 piano etudes (1994-2013). Starts: July 5, 19:00; Kunsthalle / Hall of Arts, Rumanova 1. Admission: €29. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk, www.k13.sk.


TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: EĽRO – The European Folk Craft / EĽRO international festival’s 25th year focuses on the guilds of cloth- and rope-makers. Starts: July 10-12; downtown Kežmarok. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.


EXHIBITION: Ján Berger - Esencia farby / Essence of Colour – The exhibition, curated by Carmen Kováčová, presents the works of a passionate, sensitive painter who enjoys playing with colours, tints and their combinations. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until July 17; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. More info: www.galeriauanjela.sk.


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