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Tips for events in Slovakia between July 17 and 16, including international horse race, open-air concerts and festivals, a vegan party, international youth music festival, athletic races in nature, a theatre festival, an international hip-hop festival, and more.  

Horserace in Bratislava(Source: SITA)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

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: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

CLASSICS/LIVE BROADCAST: André Rieu: Live in Maastricht 2015 – André Rieu, dubbed “King of Waltz”, plays each year several times in his hometown, Maastricht, and this time, his performance (directed by Leda Volleburg) with Johann Strauss Symphonic Orchestra and guests will be broadcast live in the Cinemax movie theatre. Starts: July 18, 20:00; Cinemax Bory Mall. Admission: €12. More info: http://www.cine-max.sk/204/program.  

Bratislava

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: ww.citylife.sk.   

Bratislava

OPEN-AIR MUSIC: Concerts at Kuchajda – Live music each Saturday in summer at the popular downtown lake this time brings “Dixieland Festival”:  Leliwa Jazz Band, Funny Fellows and guests (swing). Starts: July 18, 18:00; Kuchajda lake. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

JAZZ: Eric Rothenstein – Rio Danubio – The baritone-sax player Rothenstein will play his Latino-jazz music mixed with mainstream jazz. Starts: July 21, 20:00; San Marten Bar & restaurant. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Les Garçons Trottoirs, or “the street singers from France”, play a unique combination of French songs, traditional music and dance music (Paul d’Amour-guitar, vocals; Fred Villard-cajon; Bruno Derpmann- double bass; and Jean-René Mourot-accordion).

Starts: July 21, 20:00 (concert begins 21:30); Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €5. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.     

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Church concert – One of the performers of this series is the Lincolshire Youth Orchestra (UK). Starts: July 22, 20:30; Franciscan Church of Annunciation of the Lord; Franciscan Square 3. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

HORSE RACE: 50th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix brings to the Slovak capital top horses and jockeys within the CSIO-W*** series the Nations’ Cup (teams) and Grand Prix (individuals) of the FEI. Starts: July 23-26; Racecourse Petržalka-Ovsište, Starohájska 29. Admission: free (except for VIP tent). More info: www.csio.sk.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Within the Bridges of Dreams / Mosty snov project, visually impaired singer Maroš Bango (SK) will join forces with singer of Slovak origin from Hungary, Levente Galda, to show Slovak-Hungarian ties. Starts: July 24, 19:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY/PARTY: InterNations Bratislava community organises events for foreigners and expats, with the July offering specialties from grill, a DJ with live music (Tone Le Bone), a welcome drink, a special summer drinks menu including draught beer, a new exciting ice-breaker game; and raffle with great prizes (a voucher for 1 night and dinner for 2 people in hotel Lindner, 3 vouchers to a female gym by – www.expreska.sk; a voucher for a delicious cake from Zeppelin Café; and a pack of luxurious Belgian beers). Starts: July 24, 20:00; Lindner Hotel, Central, Metodova 4. Admission: €8 (basic member)-€10 (non-member), free for Albatross Member. More info: www.facebook.com/events/1067514483278409; www.internations.org/event/promotion/details/1003927?ref=nw_cl

Bratislava

LIVE/CLASSICAL MUSIC: The second benefit concert to raise finances for the Cancer research Foundation will bring to Bratislava two British brass orchestras, Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band, conducted by Bradley Turnbull; and Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band, conducted by Peter Smalley. Programme: County Youth Brass Band –Julius Fučík: Florentiner March; Andrew Lloyd Weber: Pie Jesu (arr. J. H. Pearson); (Soprano Cornet – Louise Charity, Flugelhorn  – Tom Stoneman); Tom Stoneman: Serenity; Joseph Turrin: Hymn for Diana; Dean Jones: Glorifico Aeternum; County Youth Concert Band – Samuel Hazo: Exultate; Hayato Hirose: Fantasy for Marimba (Solo Marimba – Jemma Sharp); Eric Whitacre: October; Nigel Clark: Mata Hari – 3 Symphonic Scenes; Dancer in the Shadows – Deceit and Seduction – Evasion and Capture; combined bands: Richard Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Minster from Lohengrin. Starts: July 24, 19:00; Big studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free; but bookings are to be made through jan@juras.sk, text message at 0905 716 851, or www.ticketportal.sk, www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Miki Skuta – The Slovak pianist/composer will play in a rock/disco club within his project Future Symphony Orchestra: Skuta plays live (Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, John Adams) to computer-arranged orchestral music. The evening is part of the Viva Musica! Festival and includes a debate and an after-party. Starts: July 24, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). More info: www.vivamusica.sk; www.nuspirit.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY/PARTY: Summer warm-up party, preceding the Vegan Feast, combines good, meat-free meals with good music – The Ugly Selectors, Rocksteady, 2-Tone, Herry, Frenky and Basha, Brigada Rakija, DJ Wychitawacs (ragga/breakbeat/dn). Afternoon event is free, evening is paid – admission will be specified later. Starts: July 25, 15:00; Fuga, Továrenská 14. Tel: 0914 /267-889; fuga.forumabsurdum.sk.

Bratislava

MUSIC FESTIVAL: BeeFree 2015 – The summer city music festival returns to its old site of its heyday (2001-2004), Incheba. However, the 17th year will play at four venues in Bratislava simultaneously, for the first time in its history. Starts: July 25, 20:00-06:00 (Incheba, Loft Club and Subclub), 12:00-02:00 – beach under the UFO café. Admission: free. More info: www.beefree.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Festival Music Square – Within this series, the international band Canned Beat (Juraj Burian-SK, guitar; Ondrej Juraši-SK, trumpet; Jan Fabricky-SK/CH, – drums; Pete Simpson-UK, vocals; Yvonne Park-UK, vocals; Julian Crampton-UK, bass; Martin Wöss-AT, keyboard; Andy Ross-UK, saxophone. Starts: July 26, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

CLASSICAL-MUSIC FESTIVAL: The only music festival of youth in Slovakia fully open to all genres, presents in its second part choirs and orchestras from Hong Kong, Latvia, China, Cyprus, Israel, Russia, the USA, and Indonesia. Starts: July 26-28; various sites. More info: www.citylife.sk, www.choral-music.sk/sk/Festivaly/view/id:15.   

Bratislava

LATINO: Lazaro de Jesús Hodelin Thomas, Cuba-born musician now lives and works in Slovakia; playing with his – otherwise Slovak – band, Lazaro Y Su Sabor Latino music. Starts: July 26, 18:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

THEATRE/DANCE: Belgian dance group Aglaja will perform contemporary dance in the open air. Starts: July 26, 19:00; Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Marco Gerbi - “SLR” (Sopra le righe) – The exhibition of contemporary art in a design studio explores the visual side of Italian contexts and connotations. Open: workdays between 9:00 and 18:00 (17:00 on Fridays) until July 31; Kabinet showroom, Račianska 22. Admission: free. More info: www.kabinet.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Letná výstava / Summer Exhibition 2015 – The last exhibition before the summer recess includes Slovak artists František Demeter, Lucia Dovičáková, Peter Kalmus, Lucia Nimcová, and Erik Šille. Open: Monday-Friday 15:00-19:00 until August 2; KROKUS gallery, 1st May Square 3. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2072-8131; www.krokus-galeria.sk.

Bratislava

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Danica Dakić - CÉU – The exhibition of works by Serbian video/photo artist Dakić revolves around the project CÉU. The starting point of the video CÉU (Heaven), commissioned for São Paulo Biennial (2014), is the space of Colégio de Santa Inês in São Paulo. The project was realised in an open process in collaboration with the children and the staff of the Colégio de Santa Inês, and the photographer Egbert Trogemann. Open: Wed-Fri: 14:00-18:30; Sat by appointment only until July 31; Gandy Gallery, Sienkiewiczova 4. Admission: free. Tel: 0915/203-082; www.gandy-gallery.com

Bratislava

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.

Bratislava

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; www.gmb.sk.  

Nitra

INLINE SKATING: Nitra, the first city outside Bratislava to have hosted mass inline rides, is opening this season on July 18, with a route apt for beginners, families and athletic skaters. Starts: July 18, 18:00; parking lot near ice stadium in Podzámska (start at 19:00). Admission: free. More info: www.facebook.com/bratislavainline; www.bratislava-inline.sk.

Holíč

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cibula fest 2015 – The open-air music festival this year hosts Czech and Slovak musicians (IMT Smile, ako Rytmus, Wanastowi Vjecy, Arakain and Lucie Bílá, Zóna A, Temperance, Tristana; Swede Mats Levén), including some performers with physical disabilities such as The Tap Tap grouping, wheelchair-bound rapper Bekim, or visually impaired rappers NH6. Starts: July 23-25; Holíč airport. Admission: €20 (one day)-€30. More info: www.cibulafest.eu, tickets www.predpredaj.sk.  

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Žilina

LIVE MUSIC: The Ukrainian G.D.R. trio was established in 2014 from members of the successful Tango Tempo grouping. In Zilina, they will play their typical combination of experimental dance music with funk. Starts: July 17, 20:00; Stanica Žilina – Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €2-€3. More info: www.stanica.sk.

Telgárt-Donovaly

RUN: Nízkotatranská stíhačka – The ultra-trail race of two-member teams, the most difficult race in its category (100 kilometres in 26 hours), celebrates its 6th year as a qualifier for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. Starts: July 18, 5:30; Telgárt. More info: stihacka.hiking.sk/English.

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 www.thebboyspot.com/outbreak

Žilina

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:www.kioskfestival.sk.

Jasná

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: The Cultural Summer in Jasná offers weekends full of shows, education and entertainment, with the Saturday of July 25 being an “Adrenaline Day of Family”, including a tour, competitions, making of a ghost at a workshop, and a night parade of ghosts. Starts: July 25, 11:00; Vrbické pleso, Jasná. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.  

Banská Štiavnica

EXHIBITION: RESET 2015 – The 11th triennial of small objects and drawings (curators Svätopluk Mikyta and Zuzana Bodnárová of Banská Stiavnica, artists: Matthias Beckmann, Radovan Čerevka, Jan Čumlivski, Lucia Dovičáková, Andrej Dúbravský, Jiří Franta a David Böhm, Svetlana Fialová, Mira Gáberová, Oto Hudec, Milan Houser, Peter Jánošík, Marek Kvetán, Tomáš Klepoch, Patrik Kovačovský, Daniela Krajčová, Martin Kochan, Jaroslav Kyša, Zsófia Keresztes, Botond Keresztesi, Michal Moravčík, Jarmila Mitríková, Slavomíra Ondrušová, Štefan Papčo, Rastislav Podoba, Rastislav Podhorský, Béla Remák, Tomáš Roubal, Zuzana Sabová, Richard Senesi, Adéla Součová and Radim Labuda, Adam Šakový, Erik Šille, Martin Špirec, Milan Vagač, Jaroslav Vargais), is accompanied by two other exhibitions – Dominik Hlinka – KraftGwerk, and Juraj Gábor – Chlapec s kamerou / Boy with a Camera. Open: workdays 9:00-16:00 until August 9; Jozef Kollár Art Gallery, Námestie sv. Trojice 8. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 045/6913-431; www.banskastanica.sk; www.muzeumbs.sk

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

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.kamdomestawww.spisskanovaves.eu.

Dobšiná

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: www.dobsinskykopec.com.

Poprad

SWING: Fats Jazz Band – The concert within the Poprad Cultural Summer festival brings a swing/traditional jazz band of 9 members, playing the music of the 1930s and 1940s, both in the USA and in Slovakia. Starts: July 24, 19:00; Námestie sv Egídia / St Aegid Square. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

Prešov

CHAMBER MUSIC: Artis – The festival of chamber music offers several events in summer, this time presenting, in a concert called Hava Nagila, a musical cocktail of Jewish traditional music and works by famous Jewish composers, Lenny Bernstein and George Gershwin, as performed by Janette Zsigová from Košice opera and her guests, Dionýz Zsiga on piano and Radovan Česnek on clarinet and sax. Starts: July 17, 19:00; Orthodox Synagogue, Okružná 32, tickets PKO Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. More info: www.pkopresov.sk

Košice

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Free Summer 2015 – The music festival lasting for more than 12 hours on three stages, with 50 DJs, bands and troupes (e.g. Judge Jules-Fresh booking/UK, Juan de Marco of Hungary, Irish duo Tekmate) brings many different styles (trance, electro, house, drum and bass, hip-hop).

Starts: July 18; the meadow under Bankov, near the KVP housing estate. More info: www.freesummer.sk, Facebook.  

Prešov

EXHIBITION: I Am a Woman Architect – In(Visible) Women Architects in Slovakia – The exhibition is a follow-up of a similar one in the Balassa Palace in Bratislava, presenting the works of 10 Slovak female architects (Dana Čupková, Zuzana Dolobáčová, Gabriela Fukatschová, Michaela Hantabalová, Andrea Klimko, Ľubica Koreňová, Andrea Ambrovičová Mikulajová, Katarína Viskupičová, Tatiana Buijs Vítková, Edita Vráblová). Open: workdays 10:00-12:30; 13:30-16:30 until July 30; Štefánikova 24. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/441-270; www.cdgallery.sk.  

Košice

EXHIBITION/MUSEUM: Where “Si” resounds / Tam, kde znie “SI” – The journey takes visitors to all depths, corners and realms of the Italian language. Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00, Sun 12:00-17:00 until August 2; Slovak Technical Museum, Hlavná 88. Admission: €1.50-€3. Tel: 055/6224- 035; www.stm-ke.sk.  

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; www.gus.sk

 

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