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Tips for events in Slovakia between November 13 and 22, including those hailing the anniversary of Velvet Revolution-November 17, theatre and film festivals, ballet-dance performances, exhibitions stressing the Month of Photography, and more.

Black and White, National Theatre Brno guest performance in SND(Source: Courtesy of SND)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

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

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

JAZZ: Jazz in Stories / Nights with Jazz Icons – Jana Gavačová organises already the second series of musical evenings, this time combining talks on the phenomenon of jazz with a concert (Jana Gavačová – vocals, host; Samuel Hošek – vocals, host; Ľuboš Brtáň – guitar; Vlado Máčaj – double bass; Cyril Zeleňák – drums, as guest) and an ensuing jam session for all visitors who come with an instrument. Starts: Nov 14, 21:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mozart Festival 2015 – Gran Partita – The second evening of the Mozart Festival 2015 offers Mozart’s Serenade No 10 Gran Partita, as performed by Bratislavskí bandisti, an ensemble composed of soloists from Bratislava orchestras; on oboes, clarinets, basset horns, French horns, faggots, and double bass. Starts: Nov 15, 18:00; Dvorana music hall of the VŠMU Academy of Performing Arts, Zochova 1. Admission: €5-€7 (in advance), €10 one hour before the concert. More info: www.htf.vsmu.sk, www.citylife.sk.

UPDATED: Concert cancelled Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Curtis Harding – The sloppin’ soul representative, US singer combining soul, rock and even punk, Curtis Harding comes to perform in the Slovak capital. Starts: Nov 16, 20:00; Nu Spirit Club; Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: €25-€30. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jazz is Back – Tuesdays in the music club Re:fresh offer all forms of jazz, this time compositions and re-arrangements of jazz classics by NikiStein Jazz Sextet (Nikolaj Nikitin, Erik Rothenstein, Ondrej Juraši, Matúš Jakabčic, Peter Korman and Marián Ševčík). Starts: Nov 17, 20:30; Re:fresh Club, Ventúrska 5. Admission: free. More info: www.refreshclub.sk.

Bratislava

BALLET/DANCE: Black and White - The guest ballet/dance performance of National Theatre Brno, from the Czech Republic is a modern version of a classical story, the Swan Lake, which offers the male view of Prince Siegfried (suffering from cancer) and innovative visual perception. Choreographer and director of the piece made to the music of Tchaikovsky is Mário Radačovský, stage design by Marek Hollý, costumes by Patricia Barker. Starts: Nov 19 at 19:00; historical building of the Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €10-€27. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk

Bratislava

JAZZ: The Cinematic Orchestra – The legendary nu jazz/electronic band has embarked on a tour that makes a stop also in downtown Bratislava, offering also guests apart from its staple musicians (Jason Swinscoe, Heidi Vogel, Larry Brown, Tom Chant, and Luke Flowers). Starts: Nov 18, 19:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: €20-€25. More info: www.citylife.sk, tickets www.tixy.sk

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mucha Quartet - The concert of famous Slovak string quartet presents a portrait of F. Schubert, Dekameron (Vivaldi - Couperin - Rameau – Boccaccio) and a tribute to Slovak composer J. L. Bella. Starts: Nov 19, 18:00; Nedbalka Nedbalova 17. Admission: €5. More info: www.nedbalka.sk.

Bratislava

THEATRE FESTIVAL: Drama Queer – The theatre festival focused on works with LGBTI themes and issues of minorities opens with a dance performance Duet padlo tö, choreographed by Lukáš Bobalík, danced by Lukáš Bobalík, Martin Lukáč to the music of Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake). Information on more performances can be found at the festival website. Starts: Nov 20-25 (opening Nov 19, 20:00); A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.a4.sk, www.dramaqueer.sk.

Bratislava

REGGAE FESTIVAL: The sixth winter edition of this reggae/ska festival offers cult US rapper Afu-Ra and Jamaican icons Tanya Stephens and Anthony B as headliners, with locals Serpico Acoustic with leader Erik Šulc, as well as DJ Fadda Ekop.

Starts: Nov 20, 19:00; Ateliér Babylon, SNP Square 14. Admission: €18. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.atelierbabylon.sk, tickets www.ticketportal.sk.      

Bratislava

THEATRE NIGHT: The Night of Theatres takes place around Slovakia, with a host of venues in the capital participating, offering special performances, a quiz, a look into the backstage and a joint applause at 19:00. Starts: Nov 21, various times and venues. More info: www.nocdivadiel.sk.

Bratislava

CHARITY/DIPLOMATIC EVENT: Christmas Bazaar – The traditional event offering gastronomy, products and atmosphere of various countries represented in Slovakia returns after one year’s break; the proceeds go, again, for charity. Starts: Nov 22, 10:00-17:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.iwc.sk; Facebook. 

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: And Now for Something Completely Different 5 – The current exhibition in the Kunsthalle Bratislava Lab, the smaller, open space inviting passers-by, presents Slovenian duo Nika Oblak & Primož Novak who use kinetic objects, video and photography to explore the modern society and its contemporary media; and in the fifth edition of their And Now for Something Completely Different series, they surprise with humorous pneumatic video installations. Open: Wed-Mon, 12:00-19:00 (21:00 on Fri) until Dec 6; Kunsthalle / Hall of Art, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.

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.   

Nitra

FILM FESTIVAL: Vysoké hory Nitra 2015 – High Mountains Nitra – This year of the festival bringing documentaries featuring mountains, expeditions, climbing and nature also presents lectures, discussions, presentations, and a photo-exhibition, all revolving around hiking, climbing, running, travelling and nature. Starts: Nov 21, 9:00; City Office, Nitra. Admission: various. More info: www.vysokehory.nihos.sk.

Nitra

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Eva Vlasičová – Žijeme spolu, sníva každý sám / We Live Together, But Dream Separately – The exhibition of a young Slovak amateur photographer depicts complex relations between men and women through historical photographic technologies. Open: weekdays 12:00- 23:00, Sat 15:00-24:00, Sun 15:00-22:00 until Dec 3; Photo gallery Trafačka, Janka Kráľa 65. Admission: free. More info: www.trafacka.sk.  

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Maria Stuarda – 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

MUSICAL EVENT/ POLITICAL DISCUSSION: Freedom Inventory Check – November 17 – The day on which Slovakia commemorates the Velvet revolution that ended the communist regime, the Puppet Theatre on the Crossroads / Bábkové divadlo na Rázcestí organises a concert and a discussion from the Stop Extremism! series, featuring the Geišberg Trio of actors/musicians, artist Peter Janků and CEO of the Open Society Foundation, Ján Orlovský. Starts: Nov 17, 19:00; Bábkové divadlo na Rázcestí, Skuteckého 14. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Žilina

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Chamber Ensembles of Slovak Sinfonietta / Komorné ŠKO – The Suchoň Quintet (Ján Figura, Jozef Kováčik, Bibiána Bieniková, Ida Chovanová, and Jozef Sokol) and Piano Trio of ŠKO Žilina / Slovak Sinfonietta (Michal Dírer, Miroslav Baloga, Michal Kvitkovský) will play works of Mozart, Ferenc Farkas; Eugen Suchoň; Jean Francaix; Gene Raskin; Joseph Kosma; Jerry Bock; Grigoras Dinicu; and Astor Piazzolla, as well as Slovak folk song Macejko and improvisation on folk instrument fujara. Starts: Nov 26, 19:00; ŠKO Zilina, Dolný val 47. Admission: €6. More info: www.skozilina.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

POLITICAL FESTIVAL: Matrioshka Festival – The second year of this multi-genre festival aimed at reviving democratic values through cultural and artistic events has the leitmotif Do Not Let Absurdity Destroy Humanity and comprises seven days of seven different events, including exhibition, discussion, an audio-visual evening, and more. Starts: Nov 11-17; various sites in Košice. More info: www.matrioshka.sk.

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: Peter Bič Project - Just a Tour 2015 - The historically first tour of Slovak band in a caravan-bus will start in its hometown Košice, continuing to cities like Banská Bystrica, Prešov, Poprad, Bratislava, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Nitra, Trenčín, and Žilina. Starts: Nov 24, 20:00; historical City Hall. Admission. €9.90-€12.90. More info: www.peterbicproject.sk., tickets www.predpredaj.zoznam.sk/en

Prešov

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Prešovskí fotografi 2015 – In the month of Photography, local Atrium Gallery presents works of 28 photographers from Prešov and its vicinity, as curated by Ladislav Cuper. Open: until Dec 2; Átrium Gallery, Floriánova 4. Tel: 0903/900-986; www.galeriaatrum.eu.   

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