Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between July 10 and 19, including a Latin Danube cruise, foreign cultures (French Day, Asia cooking, mix of foreign music), a combination of classical music and improvised dance, biggest Slovak open-air music festival, jazz festival, biggest European hip-hop festival, festival of independent culture, hill-climb car race, and more. 

Jozef Lupták plays Bach, accompanied by Hungarian choreographer/dancer Krisztián Gergye.Jozef Lupták plays Bach, accompanied by Hungarian choreographer/dancer Krisztián Gergye. (Source: Sme)




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:,

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 (, 16:00 – visit of the Bojnice castle; 19.00 – visit to a Wine Bar in Nitra (

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


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:,; tickets at shops CD-LP bazár Mjuzik, Puškinova 2; Hummel Music, Klobučnícka 2, and one hour before the concert on the site.


JAZZ: Summer Jazz Workshop – the already traditional workshop invites to the July jam sessions big names of Slovak, Croatian, US and Czech jazz who will take turns in offering their master skills: Robert Balzar (CZ)– double bass, Jiří Levíček (CZ) – keyboard, Martin Valihora (SK)– drums, Daniel Čačija (HR)– vocals Karel Ruzicka CZ/US) – sax, Lukáš Oravec (SK) – trumpet. Starts: July 7-10, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). More info:      


INLINE SKATING: This time, there will be two city mass rides across Bratislava – for kids/beginners at 17:00, and the traditional, Do Not Celebrate  Before You Jumped over the Rails leading through Petržalka. Starts: July 10, 17:00 (behind Aupark, through Sad Janka Kráľa park); 21:00 (meeting at 20:00, behind Aupark). Admission: free. More info:


LATIN MUSIC/CRUISE: Hudba na Dunaji/ Music on the Danube – This time, the “musical ship” offers on its cruise Latin music by Inca Cumbia. Starts: July 13, 19:00-21:00; Martin ship, passenger harbour. Admission: €8. More info:  


CLASSICAL MUSIC/DANCE IMPROVISATION: Hungarian choreographer  Krisztián Gergye will improvise modern dance to the music of J. S. Bach played by cellist Jozef Lupták (cello, vocals, rhythmic). Starts: July 13, 20:30; Primate’s Palace, Primate’s Square. Admission: €7 sold on the site from 19:00). More info:


INTERNATIONAL MUSIC, DANCE: Festival Music Square – The summer festival brings dance to the Main Square (contemporary dance theatre – Brigham Young University Performance Tour 2015 from the US; folklore ensemble Shorashim from Jerusalem; Roma/classical/ethno/jazz band Bohemiens /SK/ and Agata Siemaszko /PL/; and youth orchestra Kfar Saba Orchestra from Israel. Starts: July 13, 20:30 (dance); 18, 19:00 (Shorashim); 19, 20:00 Bohemiens); 20, 19:00 (Kfar Saba Orchestra); Main Square. Admission: free. More info:


FRENCH NATIONAL DAY: National French holiday, celebrating the conquest of Bastille, offers this year a programme for children (15:30-18:00); and a mixed French-Slovak programme (18:00-22:00: Les Gars d’en Bas - CZ-FR-SK, Balkan, jazz, swing; Dreamdancers - Fire & Moving Arts, flag show, SK; Roc’hann -SK-FR, Breton music; and Le Syndrome Du Chat (FR). Starts: July 14, 15:30-22:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:  


ASIA COOKING: Cooking various exotic meals is the main goal of this workshop; you will be cooking various dishes from Thai and Indian cuisine, while also socialising in a natural way. Starts: July 15; cookery school Chefparade, Košická 58 corner of Miletičova). More info:


EARLY MUSIC: Corna Musica ensemble plays early music from the 14th-17th centuries, on replicas of Renaissance instruments, in possibly the most authentic environment compared to the original, historical one. Starts: July 16, 20:30; Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: €5. More info:


LIVE MUSIC: The festival of Chanson – French-style authorial songs – brings three evenings with one Slovak (BonBon Trio) and two Czech (Annešanté;  František Segrado) performers and bands. Admission is free, but due to capacity, tickets must be obtained in advance, at University Library Bratislava (UKB) Exhibition Hall, Michalská 1 July 13-15, 15:00-19:00). Starts: July 17-19, 20:30; Baroque Courtyard of the UKB/Liszt garden Klariská 1/A. Admission: free. More info:     


ETHNO MUSIC: Festival Eurovea – One of the open-air summer festivals – this one spread over the whole season – brings an Exotic Summer Party with Senegalese DuoJam on July 17 and Flamenco by El Moro on July 18. The Ťula Bata – aka El Moreno – band plays and dances Flamenco, music from Mediterranean, Balkan and other sites worldwide, with Oriental inspirations. Starts: July 17 20:00), July 18 (18:00); Eurovea complex. Admission: free. More info:


OPEN-AIR MUSIC: Music in the Square – The festival brings Croatian minority culture in the Dobro došli programme on July 18, and benefit concert with Maroš Bango and Marek Gernát, two sight-impaired musicians playing a mix of various genres on July 19. Starts: July 18, 18:00; July 19, 18:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info:   


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;


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;


EXHIBITION: Urban Habitats – The joint exhibition of Katarína Balúnová, Zuzana Križalkovičová, Slovak artists living and working in Slovakia, Austria and Italy, curated by Denise Braun, explores the city as a defined space, resulting from the impact of humans, both negative and positive. The issue has been translated into the language of architecture and expressed in geometrical abstract art. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until August 30; Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Admission: €2-€3.50. Tel: 02/5443-3627;  


MUSIC FESTIVAL: Pohoda – The most visited Slovak music festival combines many genres and styles, offering as the biggest headliners Slovaks Le Payaco, Slavo Solovic a Sendreiovci, Čercheňora, Malalata, Komara, Transmusic Comp., Stručné dejiny vesmíru project and Swingless Jazz Ensemble; Martina Javor, Carpet Cabinet, Saténové ruky, Vogjektraik a Dalekko; Puding Pani Elvisovej, Bez ladu a skladu, Korben Dallas Symphony, Para, Fat White Family, Elektro Guzzi, Fallgrapp, Vec & Škrupo + band, SĽUK. Foreign performers include British DJ Hudson Mohawke, Die Antwoord, Björk, FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks), Einstürzende Neubauten, A-Trak, Roni Size Reprazent, CocoRosie, Young Fathers, Eagles of Death Metal, Beardyman, Tom Vek, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Ibeyi, Les Ambassadeurs, Of Montreal, Turbo-wolf, Irie Révoltés, Kiasmos, Heymoonshaker, Bilderbuch, Kate Tempest, Charlotte OC, Omar Souleyman, Koven, Too Many Zooz, and more. Starts: July 9-11; Trenčín airport. Admission: €99-€119 (on the site). More info:  

Nové Mesto nad Váhom

JAZZ OPEN-AIR: Open Jazz Fest – The 8th year of the open-air summer jazz festival will offer two days of music, with Jazz-Start-Up winner Andrej Urminský Quartet /SK/, Vojtěch Dyk & B-Side band /CZ/, Carmen Souza & Theo Pascal Epistola /POR/ and Special Providence /HU/ on Friday, and Sisa Feher Quartet a.k.a. Fehero Rocher /SK, CZ, IT/, Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio /CZ/, Wojtek Pilichowski Band /PL/ and Brassballett /D/ on Saturday. Starts: July 17-18; 19:00; Zelená voda complex. Admission: €19 (one day)-€35 (both days). More info:





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:

Banská Bystrica

HIP-HIP FESTIVAL: Outbreak Europe is the biggest hip-hop contest; and its 6th year will be part of the Legits Blast Festival. A host of competitions (by participants from 70 countries), events, bboys and bgirls battles (Slovaks vs foreigners) will take place; also Catch the Flava summer camp, and performances of Kontrafakt (SK) and M.O.P aka Mash Out Posse, from Brooklyn) – as part of the Legits Blast Concert on July 25.  Starts: July 19-26; Banská Bystrica. Admission: various. More information can be found at


THEATRE/DANCE FESTIVAL: The 8th year of the KIOSK festival of independent culture, focused on new Slovak theatre and dance, this time explores the contradiction/harmony of Personal vs Political in the modern performing art. Participants include Miroslav Tóth and Marek Kundlák; ME-SA; František Kowolowski, Jiří Stanislav Dobák, Jamie Lee; Zuzana Juhásová ExBurianová, Kristína Chmelíková, Maja Danadová; filmmaker Zuzana Piussi; Milan Tomášik; Divadlo koňa a motora; Pominuteľné divadlo; Adam Hanuljak; and Debris Company.  

Starts: July 23-26; Stanica Žilina – Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €3-€5 (one performance); €13-€17 (for all performances, in advance) - €15-€20. More info:


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





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:

Spišská Nová Ves

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS/MARKET: Spiš Market – The revived traditional local market offers folk artefacts, traditional crafts and local delicacies. Starts: July 16-19; downtown Spišská Nová Ves. More info: www.kamdomesta,


HILL-CLIMB CAR RACE: Dobšinský kopec – The only Slovak race of its kind included in the FIA hillclimb European Championship series, The Dobšiná Hill / Dobšinský kopec, takes place in mid July. Starts: July 17-19; Dobšiná. Admission: free for onlookers. More info:


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:

Spišská Nová Ves

EXHIBITION: The 2in1, or two exhibitions from the Šariš Gallery in Prešov, include the Fifth Side of the World (Slovak artists Andrej Barčík; Miloš Alexander Bazovský; Štefan Bednár; Juraj Collinásy; Ľudovít Čordák; Michal Dubay; Elemír Halász-Hradil; Štefan Hapák; Vincent Hložník; Viliam Chmel; Viera Kraicová; Michal Jakabčic; Oľga Johanidesová; Ferdinand Katona; Milan Lahula; František Malý; Ladislav Medňanský; Dezider Milly; Vladimír Popovič; Vojtech Seliga; Armand Schönberger; Ester Šimerová-Martinčeková; Miloš Šimurda; Ernest Špitz; Imro Weiner-Kráľ; Viera Žilinčanová; as curated by  Jozef Ridilla; Graphics: Ivana Betková, focus on balladic leitmotifs) and School – Basis of life? (Tibor Honty; Martin Brezina; Vojtech Vilhan; Bohumír Prihel; Igor Didov; Miroslav  Cipár; Karol Rosmány; Jan Meisner; Jozef Pokorný; Pavel Blažo; Peter Lehocký; Ľubomír Longauer; Svetozár Mydlo; Vladislav Rostoka; Jozef Dóka Jr.; František Burian; and Palo Choma - 17 Slovak designers as curated by Mária Rišková, Maroš Schmidt, Ľubomír Longauer, and Lívia Pemčáková, Graphics -  Róbert Paršo, Ivana Betková) present a vast overview of modern Slovak visual art and design. Open: Mon: 08:00-16:00, Tue-Sat 09:00-16:30, Sun 11:00-16:00, until July 25. Admission: €1. Spiš Art Gallery, Zimná 46. Tel: 053/4464-710, 0910 873 046;

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