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Tips for events taking place in Slovakia between October 16 and 25, including charity events, a lot of modern dance, opera, jazz, opening of philharmonic season, and more.

Dangerous Games, show of Lord of the Dance(Source: Courtesy of Lord of the Dance)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

HISTORY/MILITARY: Tracing Petržalka Bunkers / Po stopách petržalských bunkrov – The visit and lecture concerning the BS 4 bunker in the Petržalka borough of the capital is combined with a barbecue (ingredients must be brought by visitors). Starts: Oct 16, 9:00; begins at Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.   

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Ensemble Levante – Petra Lechtová on flute, Damiano Scarpa on cello and Agnes Wolf on piano (i.e. Ensemble Levante) will play chamber music, from Hayden through Hummel to contemporary composer Wolfram

Wagner. Starts: Oct 16, 18:00; Austrian Cultural Forum (RKF), Astoria Palace, Hodžovo Square 1/A. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5930-1500; www.rakuskekulturneforum.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Miloš Biháry & Jazz Funk Brothers – The young jazz band (Miloš Biháry-piano; Matej Korbelič-trumpet; Marek Taraj-bass; and Ivan Horňák-drums) will play a wide range of tunes, from jazz standards by Miles Davis, Chick Corea and others, to funky, groove or fusion. Starts: Oct 16, 20:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC/CHARITY: Concert without Barriers – The Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, led by Ewald Danel performs Vivaldi, and Á. Piazzolla / Leonid Desiatnikov, Four Seasons. Proceeds will go to the physically disabled. Starts: Oct 17, 16:00; Reduta building of SF, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €2-€8. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: The Lone Looper featuring Melanie Scholtz – The electronic-jazz project of South-African singer Scholtz combines her songs with loop technology. Starts: Oct 17, 21:00; Kafé Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €5. Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk (rezervacie@scherz.sk).

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

OPERA: Viva Opera! – The last concert of Viva Musica! was postponed due to the illness of tenor Pavol Bršlík who will perform famous arias – as well as duets with soprano Adriana Kučerová, accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra Viva Musica, conducted by Martin Leginus. Starts: Oct 19, 19:00; Reduta building of SF, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €39-€49. More info: www.vivamusica.sk; tickets www.ticketportal.sk.      

Bratislava

MODERN DANCE: Petra Fornayová & Cluster Ensemble: Dance with Changing Parts – Minimal dance choreographed by Petra Fornayová to the music of Philip Glass “Music with Changing Parts”, with programming and VJ-ing by J. Pišek, light design by J. Ptačin; dance S. Ferienčíková, P. Fornayová, J. Tereková, B. Janáková, elledanse theatre and TŠ Abrazo dancers. Music played by Cluster Ensemble (artistic director, electric organ-I. Šiller; intermedia director, electric organ-F. Király; electric organ-Z. Biščáková; tenor and soprano saxophone-N. Nikitin, clarinet, bass-clarinet-B. Dugovič; clarinet-M. Adámek; flute, piccola-V. Vitázková, flute-F. Franco Ramirez; trumpet-R. Kolář, marimba-L. Novosedlíková). Starts (premiere): Oct 19, 20:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.a4.sk, www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Chris Botti – The Italian-US trumpet player and composer will present his work – instrumental pop, together with his band. Starts: Oct 20, 19:00; Incheba Expo Arena. Viedenská cesta. Admission: €39-€59. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.   

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Tujiko Noriko (JP), N.M.O. (NO, ES) – Japanese musician, singer and filmmaker Noriko brings her unique music style, joining forces with N. M. O., i.e. Norwegian drummer Morten J. Olsen and Spanish electronic musician Ruben Patiño, in a humorous, vivid, rhythmic performance. Starts: Oct 21, 20:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Slovak Philharmonics (SF) will open the 2015/2016 season with a concert conducted by Leoš Svárovský with Josef Špaček on violin, playing the work Stimmung by Anton Steinecker (in premiere), and works by Josef Suk and Antonín Dvořák. Starts: Oct 22, 19:00; Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €13. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.      

Bratislava

FASHION EVENT: Fashion LIVE! – The third edition of the event offering an insight into the young, progressive Slovak fashion scene offers new designers in the Signal fresh Fashion Contest, three days of fashion shows, debates, showrooms, and more, all under the motto Treasure of Tradition, bringing an overview of Slovak traditions. Starts: Oct 21-23, various sites (shows in Old Market-hall, with symbolic admission fees). More info: www.fashionlive.sk/fashion-live-2015.   

Bratislava

FILM FESTIVAL: Filmový festival Inakosti / Slovak Queer Film Festival – The film festival with LGBTI themes offers, for a ninth time, stories of gays, lesbians, bi-sexual, trans-gender and inter-sexual people, relations, families. Starts: Oct 21-25; Lumiére and Kino Film Europe cinemas. More info: www.ffi.sk.   

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Načo pôjdem domov Tour / What to Go Home for Tour – This tour, comprising several venues in Slovakia, including the capital, combines the Slovak bands PaCoRa Trio (with a Moldovan cimbalom player) and Vidiek, also featuring the Czech/Moravian band Čechomor, playing a wide variety of styles and genres including folk, jazz and rock. Starts: Oct 22, 19:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €15-€30. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk.       

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC/CHARITY: Piano without Barriers – Famous pianist Jozef Hollý will play his Piano Show with singer Mária Čírová, offering a typical show. This time, the proceeds will go to support the disabled. Starts: Oct 22, 20:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €10-€20. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk/sk/listky/4645/klavir-bez-barier.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Korben Dallas, the Slovak band recently grown to fame, looks to repeat last year’s success with the Czech band Zrní on an autumn tour. Starts: Oct 22, 20:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. More info: www.majestic.sk.  

Bratislava

DANCE SHOW: Lord of the Dance, the renowned show of Irish traditional dance, has been revived in a modernised form by its founder Michael Flatley, and has embarked on a wider tour called Dangerous Games. Starts: Oct 25-26, 19:00; Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta. Admission: €29-€99. More info:  http://predpredaj.zoznam.sk/sk/listky/2361/lord-of-the-dance--dangerous-games.   

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.

Trnava

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Hudba Trnave 2015 / Music to Trnava – The 13th year of the music festival brings, in three days, the Moyzes Quartet (and reading by writer Veronika Šikulová), with the Mucha Quartet performing works of classical composers in three different venues. Starts: Oct 16-18; Kopplova villa, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava; Dolná Krupá mansion of the Slovak National Museum / Musical Museum; new wing of Kopplova villa. More info: Ján Koniarek Gallery, www.gjk.sk.   

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

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.

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE: Bakkheia, Dancing the Edge – Peter Šavel – The original performance of modern dance (Gyula Cserepes, Soňa Ferienčíková, Tereza Ondrová) to the music by Bach. The Knife, Henry Purcell, light design by Ints Plavnieks, video by Rochard Chomo, Peter Kotrha and Algis Kaveckis explores the borders of geniality and insanity. Starts: Oct 20, 19:00; Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture (CNK), SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). More info: www.zahradacnk.sk.    

Žilina

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Ľudovít Śtúr Concert – To commemorate the Slovak linguist, politician and cultural revivalist, Ľudovít Štúr, the Slovak Sinfonietta Orchestra from Žilina accompanied by poems written by the Slovak national revivalists gathered around Štúr and recited by actors Dušan Jamrich and Štefan Bučko, will play the work Pilgrims / Pútnici, a melodrama by contemporary Slovak composer Egon Krák, as conducted by Rastislav Štúrand with Jakub Čižmarovič on piano. Starts: Oct 22, 19:00; ŠKO Zilina, Dolný val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info: www.skozilina.sk.   

Žilina

JAZZ: Bratislava Jazz days in Žilina – The jazz festival will move to the city of Žilina, bringing Snarky Puppy, Alain Caron, Bob Mintzer Quintet – with Slovaks Lukáš Oravec and Marián Ševčík and foreigners Kálman Oláh, Tomáš Baroš; as well as Gábor Winand with Elsa Valle and NBS TRIO. Starts: Oct 23-24, 19:00; Žilina City Theatre – big hall. More info: www.jazzaky.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

 

Poprad

FILM FESTIVAL: 23rd International Festival of Mountain Films – The festival screens 54 films (out of more than 100), including seven Slovak ones, with some of the filmmakers (Slovak Pavol Barabáš, Scottish climber Sandy Allan and Dutch writer Bob A. Schelfhout) attending in person. Starts: Oct 14-18; city office Poprad. More info: www.mfhf.sk.  

Košice

OPERA: The premiere of Il Trovatore – the Košice version of the romantic opera in three acts in Italian, by Giuseppe Verdi – is conducted by Peter Valentovič, with directing, stage and costume design by Zuzana Gilhuus. Starts (premiere): Oct 16, 17 (re-run on Oct 23), 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. More info: www.sdke.sk

Košice

BLUES: Erich “Boboš” Procházka on harmonica and Marek Wolf on guitar will “launch into life”, or baptise, their album “Live Concert Košice”. Starts: Oct 17, 20:00; Smelly Car Cafe & Bar, Zvonárska 6. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 055/6220-656; www.kamdomesta.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.   

Prešov

JAZZ FESTIVAL: Jazz Festival in Prešov includes, in two days, a host of musicians – Barrtosz Dworak Quartet /PL/; The Blessed Beat /I, SK/; and Fats Jazz Band /SK/, as well as Otto Hejnic Trio /CZ, SK/; Kirk Lightsey – Paul Zauner Quintet /USA, and Juraj Griglák & Company feat. Poogie Bell, Chris Hemingway /USA, SK/. Starts: Oct 21-22, 18:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. More info: www.jazzpresov.sk.   

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