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Tips for events in Slovakia between November 6 and 15, including a book fair, a festival and a discussion forum commemorating Velvet revolution and solving pressing issues of democracy/democracies, a travel festival, a lot of classical and operatic music, jazz, the last car rally of the season, exhibitions and more.   

Enikő Ginzery, to perform at the Melos-Étos festival of contemporary classical music (Source: Jan Varchola)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

BOOK FAIR: Bibliotéka – The book fair in the capital brings not just all kinds of books but also accompanying events like presentations, readings and discussions with authors, translators and publishers. Starts: Nov 5-8; Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3-7. More info: www.incheba.sk.

Bratislava

FLAMENCO: Ponte Pardo – The musical and dance performance of a band/dance group with guests takes place in once popular, re-opened club. Starts: Nov 6, 19:30; V-klub, SNP Square 12. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.  

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jazz for Sale – Three jazz evenings in the City Theatre bring jazz to this venue, starting on November 6 with Czech Pavel Jakub Ryba Band; Polish Leszek Mozdzer; and Criss Cross Europe (musicians from 7 countries - Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Austria and Slovakia). Starts: Nov 6, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €15 (balcony)-€20, €39 for all three concerts. Tel: 02/5910-3107;www.mestskedivadlo.skwww.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: The Makropulos Case, an opera by Czech composer Leoš Janáček inspired by his compatriot Karel Čapek ad his dark historical myth, will premiere in the Slovak National Theatre, as directed by famed German Peter Konwitschny and conducted by Ondrej Olos, with Linda Ballová as soloist. Starts: Nov 6, 19:00; historical building of the SND; Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Devakant – The famous composer, singer and Indian flute player whose music is thought to have healing and meditative effects, will visit Bratislava to offer a concert and a workshop. Starts: Nov 6, 19:30 – concert, Nov 7 workshop; Gaštanová 19. Admission: €14-€18 (concert), €40 workshop. More info: www.devakant.sk

Bratislava

TRAVEL FESTIVAL: Cestou necestou – The travel festival brings, in its 2015 Bratislava edition (before moving to other sites around Slovakia) films, discussions, presentations about Mongolia, Iceland, Cuba, northern Iraq, Oman, New Zealand, India, western China, Argentina, Georgia, Norway, Nepal, Seychelles and Maldives, as well as a presentation about South Africa, Namibia, dance performance of the Indonesian Embassy and a concert of Martin Geišberg. Starts: Nov 6-8, Cultus Ružinov House of Culture, Ružinovská 28.  More info: www.cestounecestou.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Melos-Étos - The festival of classical modern music brings to Bratislava a total of 11 concerts of the crème de la crème of Slovak and world compositions in this genre. Already the opening concert offers a taste of what is to be expected: the Electronic Joystick Orchestra, and Serge de Laubier bring to the Main Square music, interactive VJing in the Old Town-hall and a performance, called Bratislava 360. Until November 13, concerts of various ensembles and soloists will take place around Bratislava. Starts: Nov-7 (19:00; Main Square)-13; various venues. Admission: various. More detailed information can be found at www.hc.sk/melos-etos

Bratislava

OPERA: Voci da Camera – The recital of renowned soloists of the Slovak National Theatre-SND, Ľubica Vargicová and Peter Mikuláš, offers a chance to hear arias and duets they do not usually perform, as accompanied by Jana Nagy-Juhász and Róbert Pechanec on piano, Jana Gazdíková on flute, Katarína Turnerová on harp and Filip Jaro on double bass. Starts: Nov 8, 17:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk.      

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Early Music 15 – The cycle of early music with an intro explaining the context and a glass of wine during the break, this time revolving around the leitmotif of Venice and performed by Musica Aeterna led by Peter Zajíček (Vivaldi, A. Caldara, A. Lotti, Alessandro Severo, T. Albinioni). Starts: Nov 8, 18:00. Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 47. Admission: €5-€7 (one hour before the concert). More info: www.musicaaeterna.skwww.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

MULTI-GENRE FESTIVAL: Festival slobody / Festival of Freedom – The multi-genre festival that strives to commemorate the Velvet Revolution which toppled the communist regime will this year include exhibitions, movie screenings (especially documentaries), theatre performances, discussions, and more. Starts: Nov 9-15, various sites and times. Admission: free. More info: www.festivalslobody.sk.    

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Brahms-Sonatas & Waltzes – Musical Evenings at the Castle – The series within Bratislava Goes Classical cycle this time brings Johannes Brahms’ sonatas as performed by cellist Jozef Lupták,violinist Milan Paľa (both Slovak), with guest pianists, Bulgarian Ivo Varbanov and Italian Fiammetta Tarli. Starts: Nov 9, 19:00; Bratislava Castle. Admission: €8-€12 (in advance)-€20 (on the site). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Classical Music Maniacs – This ensemble led by J.E. Ružička, plays classical music in a less classical and more open way, this time Anglo-Saxon ballads for string orchestra – works by Elgar, V. Herbert, G. Holst and R. Vaughan Williams. Starts: Nov 11, 18:00; Small Concert Hall of Reduta building of SF, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: The Widowbirds – The Australian blues-rock band will perform in an unusual venue, the Museum of Trade. Starts: Nov 11, 19:00; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jaga Jazzist – The Norwegian band, or rather orchestra, playing experimental jazz-electronic music, comes to the Slovak capital to perform for local audiences. Starts: Nov 12, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14/Kolárska 3. Admission: €21 (in advance)-€23. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk.    

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Second Concert of the Season – This time, conductor Mario Košik and violin soloist Dalibor Karvay bring, with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak radio (SOSR), the works of Lejava, Béla Bartók, and Sergei Prokofiev. Starts: Nov 12, 19:00; big concert studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

OPERA: King Theodore in Venice, a heroic-comic opera in three acts in Italian language that premiered at the end of last season in the Slovak National Theatre-SND, by Giovanni Paisiello as adapted by Hans Werner Henze, conducted by Marián Lejava and directed by Lenka Horinková; casting Blanka Jílková / Kristýna Vylíčilová, Reinhild Buchmayer / Alena Kropáčková / Andrea Nemcová, Štefan Horváth / Klaus Dieter Paar / Marek Tokoš, as well as others, will be re-run in the SND Studio in the new building. Starts: Nov 12, 19:00; historical SND building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk.      

Bratislava

ROCK: Gábor Presser Tour – Within a wider tour, famous Hungarian rock singer, composer and keyboard/vibraphone player Gábor Presser visits Bratislava. Starts: Nov 13, 19:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14/Kolárska 3. Admission: €25-€35. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk.    

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC/LITERATURE: Piano virtuoso Elena Letňanová offers a concert inspired by the music of the mid-19th century, the time of Slovak linguist, language codifier and political activist Ľudovít Štúr. Starts: Nov 13, 19:00; Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 4. More info: http://juras.sk/pozvanky/hudba-v-dobe-ludovita-stura

Bratislava

DISCUSSION FORUM: Stredoeurópske fórum / Central-European Forum – This discussion platform connects intellectuals of the “East” and “West” of Europe to debate contemporary society, current situation, and especially current topical issues, including the one dividing Europe again into two – the migration crisis. Starts: Nov 13-16; Astorka Korzo’90 theatre, SNP Square 33. Admission: free. More info: www.ceeforum.eu.    

Bratislava

LATIN FIESTA: Fiesta Latina of Miguel Mendéz, Reunion V – Another edition of the famous Latino parties of the founder of this genre in Slovakia offers dance, music, DJs, drinks, all in the style and spirit of this region. Starts: Nov 14, 20:00; DK Ružinov (Ružinov House of Culture), Ružinovská ul. 28. Tel: 02/4333 0523, www.inba.sk.    

Bratislava

JAZZ/SWING: Speakeasy – The Fats Jazz Band, led by Ladislav Fančovič, organises a party in the 1930s style of prohibition clubs in the US, with the B-swing dance school, a vintage photo-corner, period outfits, and jazz and swing music. Starts: Nov 14, 19:00; The Square, Trnavské mýto 3. Admission: €6-€8. Booking: 0911/731-123; more info: www.fatsjazzband.com.

Bratislava

GLASS EXHIBITION: Martin Hlubuček – Teritorium – The Nova gallery, specialising in glass, this time exhibits the works of the contemporary Czech artist. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Dec 6; Gallery NOVA, Baštová 2. Admission: free. More info: www.galeria-nova.sk.  

Bratislava

PHOTO EXHIBITION: OFF_Festival – The festival running parallel to the Month of Photography presents students, young talents and beginning photographers of several countries, including Finland and Korea. Open: weekdays 13:00-19:00, weekends 10:00-19:00 until Nov 20; Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova Street. Admission: free. More info: www.offfestival.sk.   

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: 10 rokov Maľby / 10 Years of the Painting – The 10th anniversary of the competition for young Slovak artists, organised annually by the VÚB Foundation and selected by international jurors, is marked by a comprising exhibition, offering an overview of the decade, with artists Andrea Bartošová, Michal Bôrik, András Cséfalvay, Michal Czinege, Eva Činčalová, Dávid Demjanovič / Jarmila Mitríková, Andrej Dúbravský, Jarmila Džuppová - Sabová, Matej Fabian, Alexandra Fazekašová, Juraj Florek, Ľudmila Hrachovinová, Katarína Janečková, Marek Jarotta, Juraj Kollár, Juliana Mrvová, Monika Mikyšová - Pascoe, Csilla Poláková, Viliam Slaminka, Erik Šille, Lucia Tallová, Ján Vasilko, and Ivona Žirková. Open: 10:00-16:00, workdays, until Nov 22; Bratislava Castle, exhibition hall of the SNM Historical Museum. More info:www.malbaroka.sk/en.

Orechová Potôň

CAR RACE/RALLY SHOW: Auto Show – The season at the Slovakia Ring ends with the 6th Auto Show, a combination of circuit race and a rally show. Starts: Nov 14, 9:00-16:30; Slovkia Ring. Admission: €3 (online sale). More info, tickets: www.slovakiaring.sk.   

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Maria Suarda – The opera by Gaetano Donizetti has never been played before in Slovakia; last season, it premiered at the State Opera. This staging is directed by famous Italian director Gianfranco de Bosios (films: Terrorist, Moses, Tosca with Placido Domingo) and conducted by Igor Bulla, with the cast including Adriana Kohútková/Dana Pěnkava Koklesová, Cristina Baggio/Jolana Fogašová, Luciano Mastro, Ondrej Šaling, Ivan Zvarík/Ondrej Mráz, and others. Starts: Nov 13, 18:30; State Opera in Banská Bystrica, Národná 11. Admission: €10. Tel:  048/2457-123; www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Bystrica

CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Roots – This performance, directed by the author of music Jozef Vlk and choreographed by Stanislava Vlčeková shows the story of two men wandering home, overcoming obstacles, and diverting from their direction. Starts: Nov 11, 19:00, Divadlo štúdio tanca, DŠT, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info: www.studiotanca.sk.

Zvolen

EXHIBITION: Jindřich Halabala Award – The design award for furniture and interior design is an international competition of students and their works, whose result is the exhibition shown at Slovak National Gallery’s venue in Zvolen. Open: Wed-Sun 10:00-17:30 until Nov 29; Zvolen Castle. Admission: €1-€2.70. More info: www.sng.sk; www.facebook.com/cenaprofesorahalabalu.  

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Ars Nova - The festival of classical music “offers the taste of new, modern art, especially classical music”. After July, the autumn part follows in November, offering a host of concerts, presenting works by Slovak and foreign composers – the exhibition Velvet Dunkelheit documentary movies about composers, and a concert of conservatory students. Starts: Nov 5-15, various venues in Košice. More info: www.hudbanovejchuti.sk; Facebook. 

Košice

OPERA: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana / Ruggiero Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci – The two shorter operas (a one-act and a two-act piece), both premiered in the end of the 19th century, are often combined to offer a full Italian opera evening. In Košice, they are conducted and adapted by Peter Valentovič, directed by Michael Tarant, with stage and costume design by Dana Hávová and choreography by Jiří Pokorný. Cast includes Jolana Fogašová, Anita Jirovská, László Boldizsár, Jaroslav Dvorský, Martin Bárta, Zoltán Vongrey, Lenka Čermáková, Gabriela Hübnerová, Andrea Nemcová, Erika Šporerová, László Boldizsár, Titusz Tóbisz, Anton Baculík, Peter Malý, Martin Bárta, Zoltán Vongrey, Tatiana Paľovčíková, Janette Zsigová, Marek Gurbaľ, and Marián Lukáč. Starts: Nov 7, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58.  More info: www.sdke.sk; tickets: www.navstevnik.sk.  

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: José González – Swedish musician presents his latest album Vestiges & Claws, acoustic version of pop/rock with intimate atmosphere and emotional guitar. Starts: Nov 7, 320:00; Tabačka Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €20-€25. More info: www.tabacka.sk.  

Prešov

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kamil Mihalov – Piano Recital – Slovak pianist now working and lecturing in Žilina will perform the works of Johannes Brahms, Starts: Nov 11, 19:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50(historical hall). Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.pkopresov.sk;

Košice

FOLKLORE: Košice Folklore Days – The 20th year of this festival includes all folklore ensembles in the city, children as well as adults, engaging in sports and competitions together, including the Štefan Mráz Award, while offering also a children’s programme at 14:00 for the public and a gala evening for adults at 17:00. Starts: Nov 14-22, for the public Nov 22 (14:00, 17:00), State Theatre Košice, (SDKE), Hlavná 58. More info: www.sdke.skwww.kamdomesta.sk

 

 

 

 

 

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