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Countrywide events

Tips for events in Slovakia between October 9 and 18, including many festivals (of visual art, literature, film, world music, development aid, foreign and minority cultures), animal shows, a lot of jazz, classical music, opera, ballet, etc. 

Andrej Dúbravský: Rural Desires (artist will give a guided lecture on Oct 9, at 18:00)(Source: Courtesy of Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) )

 Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

ART FESTIVAL: Blaf 2015 – The Bratislava Art Festival (BLAF) is a festival bringing visual art to the wider population, enabling perception, experience, comprehension and debate. The leitmotif of this year is the “symbolic capital” of an artist, i.e. the potential that can, if developed properly, lead him/her to a certain social status; but also the reputation-based economy, the role of a CV – and where art has been left in this whole process. The four-day festival includes a host of events in the Slovak National Gallery, the Bratislava City Gallery, as well as in other galleries, e.g. the Kunsthalle Bratislava house of art, where The Kunsthalle, Communities and Social Relevancy – a lecture of deputy head of the Museum of European Cultures in Berlin, Leóntine Meijer-van Mensch – will target museology in Europe, in English, on October 7 at 17:00, in Kunsthalle KLUB. Starts: Oct 8-11, various venues and events (including Urban Art Session vol. 1: Bike Society on Oct 10 in Slowatch and Fuga). More info: www.blaf.sk/en.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jazz in Stories / Nights with Jazz Idols – This edition of the popular series, called Gypsy Jazz, will be dedicated to French idol Django Reinhardt and his music, as performed by Jana Gavačová Quartet (Jana Gavačová-vocals, Ľuboš Brtáň-guitar, Martin Kapusník-bass and Juraj Raši-drums), with guest Czech saxophonist Mára Prokop as guest. Starts: Oct 9, 20:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5 (students: free). Tel: 0948/327-333; club@hlava22.sk; www.hlava22.   

Bratislava

LITERARY FESTIVAL: Days of Slovak Literature – Five-day festival focused on Slovak literature will offer more than 40 events in eight venues around Bratislava, including readings, debates, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, visual and experimental poetry, book sales, and a concert by Marián Varga. Foreign authors are also expected as guests. Starts: Oct 7-11; various venues. More info: www.dnislovenskejliteratury.sk.          

Bratislava

FILM FESTIVAL: BE2CAN 2015 will bring to Bratislava winning films from Berlinale, Cannes, Venice festivals and other outstanding movies (Taxi, The Pearl Button, Victoria, Chronic, Dheepan and others) in a week full of cinematography. The Video-on-demand service enables couch potatoes to enjoy 18 films at home (and 92 films at Film Europe Channel). Starts: Oct 7-14, three Bratislava cinemas. More info:http://www.be2can.eu/en/program-2.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: The evening is a a combination of jazz and hip-hop. M - Tri and DJ Leecy from Brooklyn will present hip-hop from their new album Monday Morning Music. Slovak hip-hop will be represented by Rišo zo Žužulaty, Džukej z Podunajských Biskupíc, and DJ Tenato. Eugen Vizváry Trio (jazz) will join forces with DJ David zo Senca. Starts: Oct 9, 21:00; Hopkirk, Chillout and Culture Bar, Karpatská 2. Admission: €6. Tel: 0944/720-420; www.hopkirk.sk.      

Bratislava

WORLD/ETHNO MUSIC FESTIVAL: World of Drums – The fourth year of this festival of percussions comprises music and rhythms in their various forms, from jazz, ethno and world music to ambient music and its many fusions: Tortola Drums Markéta Mazourová (CZ), Szilvia Bognár & etNoe (HU), Banda (SK) feat. Eddy Portella on Friday, percussion workshops for children and adults on Saturday afternoon, and in the evening Acoustic Gangsters (SK), Martina and František Ďuďas (SK), Ŝanĝo (PL) and workshop of pizzica taranta (Etno Dance), Officina ZOE (I) and Afterpárty at 23:00. Starts: Oct 9-10, 18:00; Cultus Ružinov House of Culture, Ružinovská 28.  Admission (predpredaj.sk): €21 for the whole festival; €11 Friday, €13 Saturday. More info: www.shiraz.skwww.cultus.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY: Jablkové hodovanie / Apple Feast – This gastronomy event focuses on apples and delicacies made from them, but also offers a cultural programme, competitions and more; taking place in 14 venues – western-Slovak towns of Modra, Senec (cultural centre), Pezinok, Svätý Jur, Malacky, Stupava, Limbach, Jablonové, and others, while also in some of the Bratislava suburbs: Vajnory, Petržalka, Devínska Nová Ves (local library, Istrijská 6) and the borough of Nové Mesto. Starts: Oct 10, 10:00/11:00; various sites. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

ART FESTIVAL: White Night /Nuit Blanche 2015 – The first year of the international festival of contemporary art in the Slovak capital offers walks around Bratislava lined by visual installations, concerts, films, theatre performances, dance, literature, live performance – all at some unusual venues like courtyards, parks, bridges, stations, shopping centres, etc. Every participant gets an art map following 150 artists at 50 points in downtown capital. Starts: Oct 10, 19:00-02:00; Šancová Street through the city centre to the SNP Bridge. More info: bielanoc.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: This concert of experienced jazzmen and young talents is the culmination of musical workshops taking place in the beginning of October, led by Pavol Bodnár-piano, Štefan (Pišta) Bartuš-double bass and Marián Ševčík-drums, with lecturers and students of the music department of the Academy of Performing Arts VŠMÚ: Stanislav Masaryk, Vladimír Češek, Barnabáš Kollárik, Alen Petras, Tereza Vyvijalová, Ján Kružliak and Daniel Herich, playing the works of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Cole Porter, and others. Starts: Oct 11, 20:00; DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: free. More info: www.kzp.sk; 0918/355-439; beaseberini@gmail.com.   

Bratislava

JAZZ: Erik Truffaz Quartet – Renowned French jazz trumpeter Truffaz comes to give a concert – with works from his soon to be released album, Doni Doni, together with his quartet (new drummer Arthur Hnatek, Marcello Giuliani-bass; and Benoît Corboz-piano / Fender Rhodes / Hammond B3). Starts: Oct 13, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk.   

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: The Big Nose Attack – The second blues show in the Museum of Trade within the Rock in the Museum cycle brings a duo from Greece (since 2011) – brothers Boogieman-guitar, vocals and Little Tonnie-drums, play hard blues-rock inspired by the 1960s. Starts: Oct 13, 19:00; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical Evenings at the Castle (from the Bratislava Goes Classical Series) this time offer the Triango ensemble (Peter Breiner-piano; Boris Lenko-accordion; Stanislav Palúch-violin) playing tango as well as a chamber version of Breiner’s Slovak Dances – folklore inspired – with guest Milan Rendoš. Starts: Oct 13, 19:00; Bratislava Castle. Admission: €15 (in advance)-€20. Tickets – www.ticketportal.sk; more info www.bagoclassical.sk.  

Bratislava

DEVELOPMENT/FOREIGN CULTURES: Rozvojový deň / Development Day 2015 – On this occasion, NGOs working in less-developed countries present their work to the public through film screenings, debates, exhibitions and food tastings. The culmination is a benefit concert of Jamadan band (African music) and “Katarína Koščová na šnúre” (i.e. on a tour) hosted by Adela Banášová. Starts: Oct 10:00-22:00(concert); Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will present the 15 pieces from his new instrumental album Shockwave Supernova. His well-established band (Mike Keneally-keyboard, Bryan Beller-bass, and Marco Minnemann-drums) will accompany him. Starts: Oct 14, 19:00; NTC Aegon Arena, Príkopova 6. Admission: €29-€45. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

ORGAN MUSIC: Organ concert of the Church Conservatory presents the music of its students. Starts: Oct 14, 17:00; Historical Museum of SNM, Bratislava Castle. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

BALLET: Romeo and Juliet – The staging of the classic ballet Rómeo a Júlia / Romeo and Juliet, inspired by the tragedy by William Shakespeare and set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, will be choreographed and directed by Massimo Moricone, conducted by Rastislav Štúr and characterised by dynamic and demanding dance with authentic acting. Starts: Oct 14, 19:00; new Slovak National Theatre (SND) building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€16. More info: www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: A series of concerts will feature the Slovak string Mucha Quartet, playing in the Nedbalka art gallery in downtown Bratislava, this time called Dekameron, with Alfréd Swan reciting this work by Boccaccio, and the quartet performing works by Vivaldi, Francois Couperin and Jean Philippe Rameau. Starts: Oct 15, 18:00; Nedbalka Gallery; Nedbalova Street. Admission: 5. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE BLUES: Pavol Plevčík will open the next season of intimate, club concerts in the Ticho a spol. theatre. The harmonica player will perform blues with Erich “Boboš” Procházka (harmonica) and marek Wolf (guitar). Starts: Oct 16, 19:00; Ticho a spol., Školská 13. Admission: €5-€8.Tel: 0918/328-733; www.tichoaspol.sk.

Bratislava

WORLD-MUSIC FESTIVAL: Slovak world music representative, the Preßburger Klezmer Band, celebrates 20 years in 2015; and this concert marks the anniversary, while also presenting the new album and opening the Slovak part of the KlezMORE Vienna & Bratislava festival (two more concerts are organised later in the Slovak capital).

Starts: Oct 16, 19:30; P.O. Hviezdoslav City Theatre, Laurinská 16. Admission: €8 (in advance)-€10. More info: www.klezmer.sk/index.php/koncerty/?lang=en.

Bratislava

THEATRE: Umbilical Brothers - Kid’s Show – Umbilical Brothers (Dane-David) and Shavid-Shane) return to Bratislava with their new show which is anything but meant for children. Starts: Oct 17, 20:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €15 €- €45(VIP). Tickets: www.predpredaj.sk; info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Nu:Classic series of contemporary classical music introduces two artists, British composer, pianist and violinist Poppy Ackroyd, and – for a second time – Carlos Cipa of Germany; both combining piano and classical music with innovative experiments, loops, electronics, etc. Starts: Oct 18, 20:00; Atelier Babylon, SNP Square 14 (Kolárska 3). Admission:  €20-€25.  More info, tickets: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

THEATRE: Robert Wilson: 1914 The co-production of National Theatre Prague, Slovak National Theatre (SND) and Hungarian Vígszínház Budapest commemorates the beginning of the 20th century – which was, in fact, the start of World War I. Written, directed and created (stage and light design) by US artist/author Robert Wilson, it combines the Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek, with Karl Kraus’ Last Days of Humankind, with English subtitles. Starts: Oct 18-20, 19:00 drama hall of the SND, new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk

Bratislava

OPERA: Salome – The one-act opera premiered more than 100 years ago, hails the 150th anniversary of its composer, Richard Strauss. Directed by German Hans-Joachim Ruckhäberle, musically rehearsed and conducted by head of the SND opera, Friedrich Haider (alternately with Ondrej Olos); stage design by Uwe Kuckertz and Helmut Staubach, costumes by Ngozi Unamba-Oparah; with choreographer Igor Holováč. The cast includes Jan Vacík as Herodes, Denisa Hamarová as Herodias, Jolana Fogašová as Salome, Anton Keremidtchiev / Pavol Remenár as Jochanaan (John the Baptist), and Tomáš Juhás as Narraboth. Starts: Oct 18, 19:00; SND new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

TERRARIUM SHOW: Aqua-Terra – The show and sale of fish and exotic pets gives a chance to sell, buy, exchange animals, equipment, food, vitamins, and get some advice from experts. Starts: Oct 18, 10:30; Cultus Ružinov House of Culture, Ružinovská 28. Admission: €2. More info: www.cultus.sk.   

Bratislava

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Retrospektíva – The Retrospective – The photo exhibition with more than 100 photographs comprises the development of the Secondary School of Art and Design in Brno (now the Czech Republic) from the 1940s to 2014. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Nov 1; SEDF, Prepoštská 4. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5441 -8214; www.sedf.sk/en.  

Bratislava

ROMA CULTURE/EXHIBITION: Khatar san? – The exhibition documents the migration and life of Slovak Roma in the Czech lands of former Czechoslovakia) and is a result of applied sociological research of 20 Roma elders and their memories of how this group migrated after World War II. Open: 15:00-00:00; weeklong; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 4. Admission: free. More info: www.kcdunaj.sk.  

Bratislava

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Donbass – Alexander Chekmenev – The exhibition – curated by Zuzana Lapitková – of the Ukrainian photographer who recently won the European competition of documentary photography Vevey in Switzerland for his series Ukrainian Passport, and received the title Ukrainian Photographer of the Year 2013, represents the long-term systematic documenting of the life and work of Donbass region coal miners, in black-and-white photos. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Nov 1; Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Admission: €2-€3.50. Tel: 02/5443-3627; www.gmb.sk.

Pezinok

THEATRE FESTIVAL: Bridgin’ V4 – The festival of English-speaking drama is organised by a language school and supported by the Visegrad fund, comprising four countries (the Czech Republic- The Bear Educational Theatre, Slovakia- Bridgin’ Drama, Poland- Alatyr Theatre, and Hungary- the Turkey Theatre Troupe) that show their works, and also offers workshops for teachers. The guest of the festival is Open House Theatre from Austria. Starts: Oct 15-16, Pezinok.  More info: divadlo.thebridge.sk/en

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Žilina

CLASSICAL/CHOIR MUSIC: Voce Magna – The international festival of choir music presents local (Sursum Corda, Rosina; ARCUS, Žilina; La Famiglia, Žilina; Zbor sv. Ladislava, Rajec) choirs on the first day, opening concert (OMNIA, Žilina; Žilina mixed choir; Cambiar La Música, Pohronská Polhora, and Podkarpatský mužský zbor – Sub-Carpathian Male Choir from Poland on the second day. On the third day, in the evening the concert introduces foreign guests (Choir Association of Moravian Teachers-Czech Republic; mixed choir POMLAD of Nové Mesto-Slovenia; and Podkarpatský mužský zbor (PL); Paulaetus ensemble (SK) and the Choir of Slovak Teachers. The fourth day, “Singing of the Nationa” will take place in Mariánske Square and in the New Synagogue; as well as the Gala concert, by male choirs of the festival and the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina. Starts: Oct 7-10; various sites. More info:www.vocemagna.sk.

Banská Bystrica/other cities

LIVE MUSIC: Jana Kirschner – Moruša Čierna tour 2015 – Slovak singer with international presence and collaborators (who also sings in English) presents her second album, within the second part of a bigger project, with a Slovakia-wide tour – and two concerts in Banská Bystrica. Starts: Oct 9, 18:00, 20:00, Záhrada Centrum nezávislej kultúry, (later also Žilina, Martin, Trenčín, Nitra, Prešov, Košice and Bratislava, earlier Banská Bystrica). More info:www.ticketportal.sk.

Banská Bystrica

CAT SHOW: 13th and 14th International Cat Show brings – as every autumn – many cats of various breeds from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Austria, including international champion from Slovakia, called WW14 Aresa de Ville, to be judged by an international jury. Cats from rescue shelters will seek to find new homes. Starts: Oct 10-11, 10:00; Dukla sport centre, Na Štiavničkách. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.  

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Rigoletto – The famous work by Giuseppe Verdi is premiered in Banská Bystrica, as rehearsed and conducted by Marián Vach, directed by Anna Osipenko, with stage design by Viktor Grigorev, costumes by Vera Marinina, choreography by Michail Čajkasov and choir work by Iveta Popovičová, with cast including Martin Popovič / Zoltán Vongrey; Katarína Procházková / Mariana Hochelová a.h.; Robert Smiščík / Dušan Šimo and others. Starts: Oct 16-17, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €12. More info: www.stateopera.sk.

Žilina

EXHIBITION: Strach, pôvod štátu / Fear, The Origin of State – This exhibition, curated by Slovak Fedor Blaščák and Austrian Christian Kobald, explores the phenomenon of a decent citizen who wants to stay humane, also in this weird world full of trenches and borders, between individuals and countries. The exhibition is one of the last opportunities to get to see the interior of the New Synagogue by Paul Behrens) in Žilina during its reconstruction. Open: weekdays 12:00 – 18:00 until Oct 28; new Synagogue, J. M. Hurbana 220/11. Tel: 0907/137145; www.novasynagoga.sk.   

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS, ETHNICITIES: Rozmanitosť / Diversity 2015 – The festival striving to show the diversity and colours of the multi-ethnical city, as well as its many cultures in many genres brings four days of programmes, including a debate on what it feels like to be a Košice inhabitant in Slovak and English, by Milan Kolcun) on October 9 at 18:00 in Alpha building, many other debates, workshops, concerts (Mango Molas, BBoying Kamikadze crew, Krakow Street Band), and the culmination – the Soup Festival, competition in cooking, and the tasting (and later voting on) of various soups by various national and ethnic groups on October 10. Starts: Oct 8-11; Kasárne Kulturpark barracks, Kukučínova 2. More info: www.k13.sk.    

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Dvořák – hudba života / The Music of Life – The concert within the Days of Czech Culture brings works of Antonín Dvořák, as sung by Marián Lukáč, played by Júlia Grejtáková on piano and recited by Peter Cibula who also will direct the evening). Starts: Oct 12; 19:00; Slovak State Philharmonics Košice, House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €3-€6. Tel: 055/2453-123; vstupenky@sfk.sk; www.sfk.sk.

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: The solo concert of famous Slovak living in Canada, Peter Breiner. Starts: Oct 18, 19:00; GES Club, L. Novomeského 13. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.   

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