UPDATED 20. AUG 2015, AT 19:15

Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between August 21 and 30, including a lot of ethno/world music, jazz,  a cruise to the Gabčíkovo dam, exclusive car race; country, opera and rock music festivals, vintage cars rally, beer festival, festival of humour, and more.  

BOBA Jazz Band will perform at the Golden Age Festival BOBA Jazz Band will perform at the Golden Age Festival (Source: Courtesy of J. Dekánková)



CHOIR MUSIC FESTIVAL: The international Bratislava Cantat festival attracts six choirs – from Bulgaria, Indonesia, Finland, Poland and Slovakia – performing at various sites over four days. Starts: Aug 20-23; various sites (including in churches on Aug 23). More info:www.spevackezbory.sk/?page_id=537


MUSIC/TANGO: Ivana Ecetová Trio – Ivana Ecetová specialises in Tango Nuevo, and this trio (Ivana Ecetová-vocals, Iveta Vojtušová-violin, Matúš Ferko-piano) plays this genre, including the tunes of Astor Piazzolla. Starts: Aug 21, 18:00; summer reading site At the Red Cancer / U červeného raka. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.


WORLD/ETHNO MUSIC: Pressburger Klezmer Band – The famous Slovak grouping plays the central and eastern European Jewish music, Klezmer, while also merging it with jazz, reggae, Latino, folklore, ethno music, etc. Starts: Aug 21, 19:30; Bratislava city walls, close to St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: free. More info: www.inba.sk


ETHNO MUSIC: Indonesian music – The concert of traditional Indonesian music, this time by a gamelan orchestra, with insturment called anklung. Starts: Aug 21, 17:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk


REGGAE FESTIVAL: Uprising 2015 – The 8th year of the summer reggae (and ska, dub, hip-hop, jungle or drum & bass) festival in Bratislava brings foreign musicians: Jamaicans Bunny Wailer, the last remaining member of original The Wailers, Anthony B, Chuck Fenda and Cham; US Matisyahu and Onyx; as well as hip-hop legends Dope D.O.D., Snak The Ripper and Slovaks Boy Wonder, AMO, Supa, Strapo, Bekim and Majk Spirit; UK’ beat-boxer Beardyman; Shy Fx & Stamina Mc. On Saturday Macedonian Balkan beat performer and producer Kiril Djaikovski will perform, as well as Mad Professor & Earl 16, Soom T & J Star, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Brother Culture, Demolition Man; Irie Maffia, Sara Lugo and Skarra Mucci, along locals Medial Banana, Smola a Hrušky, Fast Food Orchestra, Cocoman, Dr.Kary, Rida Radar, N3O Akustika and others. Starts: Aug 21-22; Zlaté piesky complex. Admission: €50-€120 (VIP). More info: www.uprising.sk. Tickets: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.  


CLASSICAL MUSIC: String band Indigo Quartet from the Czech/Moravian city of Brno this time performs with guests, Andrea Buršová – vocals, Zdeněk Král – piano. Starts: Aug 23, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.   


JAZZ: The second concert from the series in the Botanical Garden offers jazz, as performed by Slovak musicians – Nikolaj Nikitin on saxophone and Hana Gregušová singing. Starts: Aug 23, 18:00; Botanical garden, Karloveská. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

CANCELLED Bratislava

ORGAN MUSIC: Slovak organist Monika Melcová, who has a good name among organists abroad, will appear at the Cathedral Organ Festival with world famous Spanish countertenor Carlos Mena, one of the best of his generation, performing the works of F. Couperin, J. Cabanilles, G. F. Sances, S. Šurin, R. Vaughan Williams, L. Vierne. Within the second concert, Italian organist Donato Cuzzato will play the compositions of A. Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn, O. Ravanello, M. E. Bossi. Starts: Aug 23 (Melcová, Mena); Aug 27; 19:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €1-€12 Melcová, Mena); €1-€8. More info: www.citylife.sk, www.tribusmusicae.sk.   

Cancelled due to hospitalisation of Carlos Mena


ETHNO/WORLD MUSIC: Within the Festival Music Square, the Norwegian Gjertruds Gypsy Orchestra will give an open-air concert.

Starts: Aug 24, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.     


LIVE MUSIC: Jadie Zazie (IT/DE), and Slovak Open Stage Ensemble will bring an evening of experimental music and unusual sounds.

Starts: Aug 24, 20:00; A4 Nultý Priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/5292 -4470; www.a4.sk.  


LIVE MUSIC: The series of cruises on the Danube combined with music offers this time round SwinGang, swing music onboard the Martin ship. Starts: Aug 24, 19:00-21:00; Martin ship, pontoon No. 52, passenger harbour. Admission: €8. More info: www.bkis.sk.   


JAZZ: Polish trio Agnieszka Derlak (piano) – Tymon Trąbczyński (double bass) – Bartosz Szablowski (drums) was established in December 2012, playing their own compositions as well as jazz standards in innovative arrangements. Starts: Aug 25, 20:30; Martinus bookshop, Obchodná. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk


JAZZ: Austrian jazz trio Julia Seidl will feature Slovak double bass player Pišta Bartuš as guest. Starts: Aug 26, 18:00; Austrian Cultural Forum (RKF), Astoria Palace, Hodžovo Square 1/A. Admission: Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.


FLAMENCO: The Chillout on the Danube series will present, among others, Slovak Flamenco guitarist with Spanish roots, Martin Bies.

Starts: Aug 26, 18:00; Eurovea Galleria. Admission: free. More info: www.bkis.sk.    


HIP-HOP: Homeboy Sandman from Brooklyn, NY, USA, is a rising star of the rap/hip-hop genre mixed with electronic music and witty lyrics. Starts: Aug 26, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €9.90. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.


SWING: The Golden Age festival is the only Slovak festival of early jazz, focused on the music of the 1920s to 1940s, from early ragtime through hot-jazz to Dixieland and swing. This concert brings Paper Moon Trio (SK); Fats Jazz Band (SK), and Boba Jazz Band (PL). Starts: Aug 27, 19:00; V-club, SNP Square. Admission: €15-€19. Tickets. www.ticketportal.sk, more info www.jazz.sk


WORLD MUSIC: Serigne CM Guye & Abu Djigo play Senegalese music crossing the border also to Mali and Gambia. Starts: Aug 27, 19:00; Gamekeeper’s Lodge in Horský park. Admission: More info: www.citylife.sk.  


LIVE MUSIC: Holly Johnson & Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Leader of the 1980s’ iconic band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Holly Johnson, comes to Bratislava to play hits like Relax, The Power of Love, and others. Starts: Aug 27, 20:00; Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25. More info: www.citylife.sk.  


DANUBE CRUISE: A three-hour-long cruise with a speedy ship to the Gabčíkovo waterworks, including passing the ship lock chamber.

Starts: Aug 29, 12:30-15:30; passenger harbour. Admission: €13(children aged 2-15)-€19. More info: www.lod.sk/ponuka-plavieb/mimoriadne-plavby/gabcikovsky-okruh.


LIVE MUSIC/GASTRONOMY: Summer warm-up party with alternative, progressive music (Hank The DJ & Tana Deformed, King Dubois & Ba’al (Flight to Jamaica DJs) + King Shaba Kong & Pokyman (Fayah Soundsystem) and good, vegan food. Starts: Aug 29, 15:00; Fuga, Továrenská 14. Admission: voluntary (proceeds will go to support the Vegan Feast). More info: www.citylife.sk.    

Orechová Potôň

CAR RACE/FORMULA 1: Grand Prix Slovakia brings, for the first time, Formula 1 (ToroRossoSTR1 of Austrian team Top Speeds with Cosworth V10 engine from 2006, which had been driven by Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed) to the Slovakia Ring venue in Orechová Potôň in southern Slovakia. Starts: Aug 21-23. More info:www.slovakiaring.sk/novinky/detail/velka-cena-sr-preteky-cestnych-automobilov


MUSIC FESTIVAL: Lodenica – The festival of country, tramping and folk music Lodenica presents a host of Slovak and some foreign performers, including the Swedish band Rednex. Starts: Aug 27-29, camp Lodenica. Admission: €12(one day)-€19(in advance)-€22. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk, more info: www.lodenica.sk.  




Banská Bystrica

OPERA FESTIVAL: Operalia Banská Bystrica – The opera festival that was once part of the Zvolen Castle Plays has separated, moving to Banská Bystrica and shifting in date from late June to late August. The programme includes Verdi’s Nabucco on the first evening (with Dalibot Jeenis, Csilla Boros, Roberto Scandiuzzi, and others); the Operalia Talent concert of young musicians on the second evening (Katarína Flórová, Judita Andelová, Pavol Kubáň, and Róbert Pechanec on piano); and the Gala-convert of Visegrad Four singers on the third evening (Terézia Kružliaková-Slovakia; Katarzyna Mackiewicz-Poland; Attila Fekete-Hungary; Jakub Kettner-Czech Republic, with the State Opera Orchestra conducted by Igot Bulla). Starts: Aug 20-22, 21:00; Faculty of Political Sciences of the Matej Bel University, Kuzmányho Street – Aug 20 and Aug 22; Banská Bystrica city hall, SNP Square – Aug 21). Admission: €15-€20 (Aug 20, 22); €6 (Aug 21). Tel:  048/2457-123, or www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Štiavnica

LIVE MUSIC: Fedor Frešo & The Badge – The band (Fedor Frešo-bass, vocals; Marián Lucký-guitar, vocals; Peter Szapu-drums; Jakub Tvrdík-piano, vocals) plays 1960s music, mostly of The Beatles, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Starts: Aug 21, 19:00; ERB theatre, Novozámocká 27. More info: www.pivovarerb.sk/pivovar-erb/divadlo/pripravujeme/rez-70-fedor-freso-a-the-badge.html.

Banská Bystrica

EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE/ART: Cross the Lands & Lens in the Eyes – The works of a Slovak-Turkish team of art students combine exhibition/performance art/installation. Starts: Aug 22, 18:00; Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). More info: www.zahradacnk.sk


ROCK FESTIVAL: Terchovský budzogáň – After one year’s break, the rock festival named after a typical Slovak weapon, the mace, brings bands from Slovakia (Horkýže Slíže, Slobodná Európa, Stormclear, The Paranoid, Ine-kafe, Dorian Gray, Arzén, Konflikt, Zóna A, Mad, Frequency, Caliber X, Everlong, Smola a hrušky, Ranná nevoľnosť), the Czech Republic (Totální nasazení, Škwor, Doga, The Snuff) Finland (Korpiklaani) and Germany (Freedom Call; Destruction). Starts: Aug 28-30; Terchová amphitheatre. More info: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www.budzogan.sk.  

Liptovský Mikuláš

VINTAGE CARS: Oldtimer Rallye Tatry 2015 – The exhibition and parade of vintage cars is combined in Liptovský Mikuláš with the 65th anniversary of the local Mikulášska chata hut. It leads across the Low and High Tatras, including several towns and cities, like Levoča and Kežmarok. Starts: Aug 20-23, (23, 11:00, parade around Liptovský Mikuláš). More info: http://slovakia.travel/oldtimer-rallye-tatry.  


HUMOUR FESTIVAL: Festival of Humour and Satire - Kremnické gagy takes place for the 35th time, bringing Slovak and foreign professionals together in theatre, visual and literary arts, a circus, etc., including humorists, with an international jury selecting 8 laureates from among 32 to vie for the Grand Prix 2015. Starts: Aug 28-30, various sites in Kremnica. More info: www.gagy.sk.


PHOTO EXHIBITION: The competition of the Association of Slovak photographers (ZSF) evaluating 797 art photos by 126 photographers (including from the Czech Republic, Austria and Ukraine who are also members of ZSF) selected one fourth of them in two categories to be exhibited in Ružomberok until end of August and then to tour Sliač, Košice, Žilina, Považská Bystrica, Senica, Prague and Krakow. Open: weekdays 8:00-17:00; weekends 11:00-17:00 until Aug 30; Liptov Museum, Štefana Nikolaja Hýroša. Admission: €1.50. More info: www.liptovskemuzeum.sk





LIVE MUSIC: In Vivo – The band combines several musical genres into a “coloured music” style, influenced by jazz, Balkan and Latino music stressed by the use of an accordion. Starts: Aug 21, 19:00; St Aegidius Square. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.


BEER FESTIVAL: Beer Festival – This event brings to Košice good-quality beer – more than 50 types, from all over Slovakia. Starts: Aug 21-23, 12:00 (Fri); OC Galéria shopping mall. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: After a US tour, the Bratislava Hot Serenaders will play in Slovakia, this time in PKO Prešov. Starts: Aug 30, 19:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. More info: www.pkopresov.sk; tickets: www.ticketportal.sk


EXHIBITION: Martin Augustín – All that I Like / Všetko čo mám rád – The solo exhibition of Slovak poetic painter whose works are combined with the lyrics of Slovak poet/songwriter Kamil Peteraj. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until September 10; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. More info: www.galeriauanjela.sk


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