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Tips for events in Slovakia between November 20 and 29, with opening of Christmas markets, charity Christmas Bazaar, a lot of classcial (especially early) and jazz music, dance, opera, the Night of the Theatres, and more.

Christmas market in Bratislava, older edition(Source: Sme)

Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava

JAZZ: Sax and Wine in the City – Jazz festival in the biggest historical Small-Carpathian wine cellar, in Rača, is organised by Slovak jazz musician and producer Milo Suchomel, combining music involving saxophone (Jazz, but also klezmer, Latino, etc.) with local wines. Starts: Nov 20-21, 21:00; German Cultural House, Barónka 3, Rača. Admission:  €16-€25. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.   

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jazz for Sale – The third in the series of jazz evenings in city theatre will bring Kaltenecker Trio (HU); Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio (CZ); AMC Trio & Bill Evans, Patchie Stewart (SK, US). Starts: Nov 20, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €15-€20. Tel: 02/5910-3107; www.mestskedivadlo.sk.

Bratislava

INTERNATIONAL PARTY: Black and White November at Sheraton - This event is part of  Internations Monthly Event, a social meeting, inviting expats and fans of  InterNations to join others "at this stylish venue for a fun evening of meeting internationally minded people, mingling and dancing". This edition is marked by a special dress code – the colors of this night will be Black & White. Starts: Nov 20, 20:00; Amber's bar, Sheraton Bratislava. Admission: 10 Eur.  More info: www.facebook.com/events/1667528416828043. 

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: Uprising Winter Edition - 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

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Bratislava will have several Christmas markets close to each other, the ones in the Main and the Primate’s Square lasting until December 22, and the one in the Franciscan Square until January 2. The Old Town Christmas market in Hviezdoslavovo Square features also an artificial ice rink and a Christmas tree, lasting until December 23. Starts: Nov 20-Dec 22/Jan 2; downtown Bratislava. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Chorus Salvatoris – 25 Years on Jesuit Loft – One of the longest performing church choirs in Bratislava, Chorus Salvatoris is 25; and it celebrates with a festive concert, offering also the chamber instrumental ensemble Collegium Musicum Salvatoris. The programme includes works by Claudio Monteverdi; Jacob Handl Gallus; Leo Hassler; Francis Poulenc; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Mária Jašurdová; Mirko Krajči; Paul Inwood: Misericordes sicut Pater (Slovak premiere); Zachariáš Zarevúcky, and Mikuláš Schneider Trnavský. Starts: November 21, 19:30; Church of Holiest Saviour, Františkánske Square. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

FILM FESTIVAL: Festival of Tibetan Films – The second year of this festival presents a host of movies from, and about Tibet, as well as accompanying events like debates, a lecture, a book presentation, a photo competition, and more, over two days. Starts: Nov 21 (10:30)-22 (12:00); KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 4. Admission: €3 (one day)-€5(both days). More info: www.kcdunaj.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

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Early Music 15 – This edition of less-known but good-quality early music focuses on the works stemming from Naples and Rome (L. Leo; F. Durante; G. B. Pergolesi; A. Corelli; and G. F. Handel as performed by Musica Aeterna (Peter Zajíček-violin; Peter Zelenka-violin; Gabriel Szathmáry-violin; Ján Gréner-viola; Michaela Čibova-cello; Ján Prievozník–violone; Jana Zelenková–spinet; Igor Herzog–teorba). Starts: Nov 22, 18:00; Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 4. Admission: €5-€7 (one hour before the concert). More info: www.earlymusic.sk.      

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Saxophone Syncopators – The four sax players (Pavol Hoďa, Ján Gašpárek, Ladislav Fančovič and Frederika Babuliaková) will give a concert of ragtime music arranged for four saxophones, and will also launch their album Good Morning Ragtime. Starts: Nov 22, 19:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €6. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.

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

LIVE MUSIC: Pedal Steel Guitar – The evening dedicated to this instrument features David Babka, Zbyněk Bureš, Jan Malý, Peter Szabadoš, and Peter Mečiar; as well as accompanying ensemble: Radka Križanová; Peter Lipa Junior; Michal Šimko; Michal Fedor; Roman Mečiar; and Martin Burza. Starts: Nov 23, 20:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €8-€10. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The 2nd Charity Concert organised by solo tenor of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) Martin Gyimesi, dedicated to all prematurely born babies (hailing November 17, World Prematurity Day), will have as guests Katarína Juhásová-Štúrová and Tomáš Juhás, as well as Opera SND soloists, accompanied by pianist Júlia Grejtáková, singing the works of Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi, Massenet, Lehár, Kálmán). Starts: Nov 23, 18:00; Bratislava Castle. Admission: €10 (in Hummel Music shop in Klobučnícka 2 and on site). More info: www.citylife.sk.   

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Su Yeon Kim – The Korean pianist will perform works by famous composer Fryderyk Chopin: Balada No 4 f Minor, op. 52; Fantasy f Minor, op. 49; Waltz As Major, op. 34-1; Waltz cis Minor, op. 64-2 Andante spianato; and Grande Polonaise, op. 22 Four Mazurkas, op. 24 Sonata No 3 h Minor, op. 58. Starts: Nov 24, 19:00; Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: One Day Jazz Festival – The popular event is divided into two evenings, again: featuring on the first day (at the Stage of Young Slovak Talents) Cosmic Days (SK: Peter Bulík, Marcel Gulyáš, Julián Ratica, Tomáš Grečko, Miloš Bulík, and Luboš Ezo Ambrozai; and on the main stage Anita Soul feat. Martin Valihora, Eugen Vizváry, Michal Bugala, Peter Raitl, and Richard Csino (all Slovaks); Antonio Sánchez & Migration (MX) feat. Seamus Blake, John Escreet, and Matt Brewer; José James (USA) feat. Solomon Dorsey, Takeshi Ohbayashi, and Nate Smith. The next day, young Slovak talents will be represented by Sisa Fehér & Fehero Rocher; while the main stage will host Pavel Morochovič Trio (SK feat. Martin Valihora, Juraj Griglák; Ben Williams & Sound Effect (USA) feat. Marcus Strickland, Matt Stevens, Christian Sands, and John Davis; and Volcán (CU) feat. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Jose Armando Gola. Starts: Nov 24-25, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Admission: €19-€36. More info: www.onedayjazz.sk; tickets www.ticketportal.sk.  

Bratislava

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Next Festival – The festival of new, inspirational and experimental music brings radical melodies, intriguing sounds, vivid improvisations and various multi-media projects in four days, featuring for example Nurse With Wound (US, UK); Lorenzo Senni (IT); Kathy Alberici / Bocca al Lupo (IT, DE); Sote (IRAN); S.L.Á.T.U.R. (ICE); Martin Burlas & Musica falsa et ficta (SK); Wilhelm Bras (PL); James Welburn (UK); Thomas Lehn & Marcus Schmickler (GER), etc. Starts: Nov 25-28; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. More info: www.a4.sk; www.nextfestival.sk

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: J. S. Bach – Small Book of Compositions for Anna Magdalena Bach is an event within the “Students Meet Professionals” project. It includes a seminar, a workshop and a concert revolving around this theme, and is organised by the Church Conservatory. Starts: Nov 25, 17:00 (concert); Bratislava Castle. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

BLUESROCK: The Record Company – The Los Angeles trio Record Company plays bluesrock inspired by John Lee Hooker, The Stooges and the Rolling Stones. Starts: Nov 25, 19:00; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.

Bratislava

FILM FESTIVAL: Jeden svet / One World – The international festival of socially engaged films gathers, in its 16th year, documentaries, discussions, concerts and exhibitions including exotic countries and cultures. Starts: Nov 26-Dec 1; Lumiére, Mladosť cinemas, KC Dunaj club and Quo Vadis House. Admission: €3 (one film, festival pass in advance for three days)-€13 (on the spot, whole festival). More info, programme: www.jedensvet.sk/en.  

Bratislava

BALLET PREMIERE: Nijinsky – The God of the Dance – The world premiere introduces the work and life of famous dancer/choreographer Nijinsky, to the music of Carl Davis, authored by Christopher Gable, choreographed and directed by Daniel de Andrade; with stage setting and costume design by Mark Bailey and Dušan Štefánek; plot director, co-director: Patricia Doyle and Pavel Procházka. Starts: Nov 27-28; 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€22. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.  

Bratislava

FLAMENCO/CHARITY: Flamenco for an Apple – Instead of doing some shopping, people can celebrate the Buy Nothing Day by attending a flamenco lesson, with an experienced instructor, a concert of Ponte Pardo band, morning photo exhibition of the European competition Food Vision, and local currency Bratislava živec. The admission is fresh fruit, to be eaten during breaks and the rest to be given to the Vagus civic association working with the homeless. Starts: Nov 27, 19:30; Impact Hub, Rudnay Square (close to St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: fresh fruit. More info: www.citylife.sk.   

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Bez Ladu a Skladu / Para – The former of the two Slovak musical legends celebrates its 30th anniversary, while the latter has turned 20 this year. The concert hauling both of them is part of a tour and includes also a light/design show. Starts: Nov 28, 19:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: €17. More info: www.citylife.sk.   

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Solamente Naturali – Slovak Christmas – The ensemble (Miloš Valent-violin, viola, art director; Rita Papp-cembalo; Marek Špelina-flutes; Stanislav Bartko-baritone; Andrej Štafura-organ; Ľuba Habart-violin; Peter Vrbinčík-viola, and Michal Sťahel-cello) plays early music on historical instruments, this time bringing the Missa Pastoralis by Slovak composer Juraj Zrunek (1736-1789). Starts: Nov 29, 18:15; Slovak National Gallery, Esterházy Palace, Ľ: Štúra Square 4. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.solamentenaturali.sk.     

Bratislava

JAZZ: New Faces of Slovak Jazz – The concert brings the finals of a competition seeking young Slovak jazz talents. Starts: Nov 29, 15:00; Nu Spirit Club, Luxor Passage (Štúrova 3). Admission: free. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.  

Bratislava

ART OF MIME: Milan Sládek – Antigone – Slovak mime artist Sládek, now living in Germany, returns to his homeland with his whole team, presenting his new project inspired by the famous play by Sophocles. In German, with Slovak subtitles. Starts: Nov 29, 17:00; historical building of the Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. More info: www.snd.sk.   

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.

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

THEATRE/EVENT: What Is Decadent? – The Night of the Theatres will be marked in the Štúdio tanca dance theatre and Puppet Theatre On the Crossroads by a discussion about the financing of culture, politicising it and the alleged “decadence” of art as stated by regional politicians. Starts: Nov 21, 22:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca (DŠT theatre), Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: free. More info: www.dst.sk; www.kamdomesta.sk.

Banská Bystrica

THEATRE/OPERA: Verdi - The musical-dance play by Dana Dinková celebrates the world-famous operatic composer of the same name, whose 200th birthday was celebrated last year. The pla made for the State Opera in Banská Bystrica is conducted by Igor Bulla and performed by Ján Kožuch, Šimon Svitok, Helena Becse-Szabó, Katarína Vovková a.h. Starts: Nov 25, 18:30; State Opera Banská Bystrica, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 048/2457- 123 or www.stateopera.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.  

Žilina

MODERN DANCE: Soliloquy – Debris Company - This dance-theatre performance is a brief staging of the last chapter of James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, focused on the thoughts of concert singer Molly Bloom, the wife of advertising manager Leopold Bloom, as choreographed by Stanislava Vlčeková, Directed by Jozef Vlk and performed by Vlčeková and Vlado Zboroň. Starts: Nov 27, 19:00; MP15 Hall of the Puppet Theatre, Kuzmányho 6. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

Banská Bystrica

LIVE MUSIC: René Lacko & Big Bang – Slovak bluesman awarded in 1996 at the Jimi Hendrix Festival will play with his Downtown Band in a club. Starts: Nov 28, 20:00; Klub 77, Horná 54. More info: www.kamdomesta.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.skwww.facebook.com/cenaprofesorahalabalu.

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Prešov

BLUES: Slovakia 2015 Prešov – The festival of blues will feature Klena & Klenoty; East Beat; Octopus; Veteráni zo Salon Doré and Čulí predskokani, as well as awards: Bluesman of the Year, Feat of the Year, Discovery of the Year. Starts: Nov 21, 19:00, Bizarre club, Prostějovská 37/A. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Košice

CHOIR MUSIC: Ecumenical Concert – The Festival of Sacral Art hails – in Košice – also local patron saint, St Elisabeth, and culminates with an Ecumenical Concert of choirs of various ecumenical religions, but also young talented Košičans. Starts: Nov 22, 18:00; Kunsthalle / Hall of Art, Rumanova 1. Admission: free. More info: www.K13.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

CLASSICAL MUSIC FEST: Arie Antiche – The chamber concert of the Prešov Musical Autumn 2015 brings arias of the 17th and 18th centuries, as performed by Igor Kucer-tenor; Cassovia Baroque Trio (Jozef Bikár-Baroque violin; Róbert Kováč-Baroque cello; Pavol Farkas-cembalo. Starts: Nov 25, 19:00; PKO historical hall, PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.pkopresov.sk.

Košice

OPERA: Richard Strauss – Ariadne on Naxos /Ariadne auf Naxos – This one-act opera is based on the principle of “theatre within theatre” and the Košice staging (based on the opera’s second version from 1916) is directed by Linda Keprtová, conducted by Konrad Leitner. Starts: Nov 26, 19:00; SDKE, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€12. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.

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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