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Tips for events in Slovakia, including many festivals - film, theatre, music, choir music - St Nicolas events, Christmas concerts, a ballet premiere, and more.

Polajka ensemble plays the works by composer Leoš Janáček in special arrangements(Source: Courtesy of RealMusic House)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

THEATRE FESTIVAL/CHARITY: Error Festival – The 9th year of the international festival of “homeless” and community theatres brings two days of various performances by theatres from the Czech Republic (Rozkoš bez Rizika), Finland (The Blessed Fools), Poland (Teatr Grodzki), Hungary (AHA), Slovenia (Carnium Legendarium), a two Slovak ensembles, Len tak tak and Divadlo bez domova, as well as a conference and two film screenings.  

Starts: Nov 27-28; Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.divadlobezdomova.sk; www.citylife.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

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Prešporské Vianoce / Prešporok Christmas – Prešporok is the old name of today’s Bratislava (as well as Pressburg or Pozsony) and the special Christmas evening brings the famous Janoska Ensemble (based in Vienna but hailing from Bratislava) and their guest, the a cappella band Fragile.  Janoska Ensemble is composed of Jánšoka brothers (Ondrej, František, Roman and Arpád) and their brother-in-law Július Darvas, playing classical and traditional music in their own, modernised and jazzed style. Starts: Dec 02, 19:30; Slovak Philharmonics, Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €39-€69. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Polajka / Nikolaj Nikitin Ensemble – The special, original version of music by Czech classical composer Leoš Janáček inspired by folk music (from the CD Tales From My Diary) will be played by two musical bodies, Polajka (Róbert Pospiš-vocals, Martin Sillay-guitar, Eva Šušková-vocals, Boris Lenko-accordion, Roman Harvan-cello) and Nikolaj Nikitin Ensemble (Nikolaj Nikitin-soprano and tenor saxophone, Ľuboš Šrámek-piano, Boris Lenko-accordion, Eugen Prochác-cello, Marián Ševčík-drums). Starts: Dec 3, 19:30; Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 23. Admission: €9. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; more info: www.facebook.com/events/761768313966699.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Zaz – The successful French singer returns to Bratislava, to play older hits (Je veux, Le long de la route, La fée a Éblouie par la nuit, On ira and Si) as well as tunes from her latest album, Paris – made with songster Charles Aznavour and US producer Quincy Jones. Starts: Dec 4, 19:00; Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Admission: €30-€55. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.  

Bratislava

OPERA: The Barber of Seville - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the comic opera in two acts in Italian language by Gioacchino Rossin, hosted by, on December 3 and 20, famous Slovak bass Štefan Kocán and soprano Adriana Kučerová. It is conducted at the SND by Rastislav Štúr and directed by Roman Polák. Starts: Dec 3, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €7-€30. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

FILM FESTIVAL: The first year of Australian films in Bratislava brings movies reciprocally – to the Czech and Slovak Film Festival in Australian cities. The “Aussie Film Festival” presents the Australian Film Production and Short Films, while also screening movies Last Cab to Darwin; Paper Planes; The Daughter; The Badabook and The Little Death. Starts: Dec 3-6; Mladosť cinema, Hviezdoslavovo Square, FTF VŠMU film hall, Svoradova 2. Admission: €4.50. More info: http://aussiefilmfest.cz.

Bratislava

CHOIR MUSIC: International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music – The festival that brings festive seasonal music to the streets and venues of the Slovak capital will span over four days. It offers choirs Highveld Ridge Regional Choir (South Africa), Olbia Folk Ensemble (Italy), The Boulevard Harmonists (South Africa), Children’s Choir of Primary Music School in Szczecin (Poland), Szczecin Choir of Nurses and Midwives (Poland), Schola Mariana - zbor “veľkých” (Slovakia), Mixed Grammar school Škofja Loka Choir (Slovenia), Chamber Choir “Val”, Rijeka (Croatia), Plzeňský dětský sbor (Pilsen, Czech Republic), Academic Choir of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb “Concordia Discors” (Croatia), Mixed choir Joakim Rakovac (Croatia), Chorus Ostrava (Czech Republic). With performances for the public part of the festival which also includes a competition. Starts: Dec 3, 17:15 – opening concert, Hviezdoslavovo Square; 19:00 opening concert, Jesuit Church of the Holy Saviour, Františkánske Square. Dec 4, 18:00 – Christmas markets, Main Square; 19:00 Advent concert Jesuit Church of the Holy Saviour, Františkánske Square. Dec 5, 16:30 – announcing results, Main Square; 17:00 Christmas markets, Main Square. Dec 9:00 – performance of children’s choir at holy mass, Franciscan Church of the Lord‘s Enunciation, Františkánske Square. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Kinga Glyk Trio – The Polish band playing jazzrock/fusion brings young bass player – only 18 years old – Kinga Glyk with her father Irek Glyk and keyboardist Kuba Gwardecki within the “Rock v múzeu” /Rock in the Museum project which recently presents Polish blues and jazzrock music in the Slovak capital. Starts: Dec 4, 19:00; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: An die Musik – German song in Slovakia is the themed evening revolving around the works of Franz Schubert, Ján Levoslav Bella, Alexander Albrecht and Peter Martinček composed to German lyrics, as performed by Jaroslav Pehal, Slovak singer at the Vienna State Opera, accompanied by pianist Daniel Simandl. Starts: Dec 4, 18:00; Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 4. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Spirit of Joy – Advent concert of singer Rachelle Jeanty accompanied by Falko Bonitz on piano presents songs and hits typical for this season. Starts: Dec 5, 19:00 House of Culture Kramáre, Stromová 8. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.skvajnorska.sk.

Bratislava/ Červený kameň

ST NICOLAS/ MUSEUM: Nicolas at the Castle – The trip into the past in the historical environment of a castle museum revives the tradition of St Nicolas, in the times of Mikuláš (Nicolas) Pálffy, the castle owner. Starts: Dec 5, 9:00 and each full hour until 16:00; Červený kameň / Red Stone castle, Častá, Modra. Admission: €1-€6. More info: www.snm.sk

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC/CHARITY: Doma dobre / Good to Be Home – This charity programme brings to the homeless’ reception centre the bands Longital Suita, My Baby and Midi Lidi, and music of Alexander Albrecht played by Filas, Milan Adamec, Slavo Solovic, and Jozef Lupták; as well as a photo exhibition of Lukáš Macek, traditional sauerkraut soup by celebrity chef Jaro Žídek, discussions about the situation of the homeless, and a painting for one of the visitors by artist Marek Ormandík, made during the event. Starts: Dec 6 13:00-18:00; homeless’ reception centre of St Vincent de Paul, Ivanská cesta 32. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.citylife.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.

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

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.

Žilina

CLASSICAL/LIVE MUSIC: There isJust One Music is a project of the Bratislava-based band Korben Dallas (Juraj Benetin, vocals, guitar; Lukáš Fila, bass; Igor “Ozo”  Guttler drums) which has let Slávo Solovic arrange their music for classical performance. Starts: Dec 3, 19:00; House of Art Fatra, Dolný Val 4. Admisison: €10. More info: www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE: Androgén / Jadro – The dual premiere of independent works presents the latest creation of the modern dance company. Androgén (choreography Tibor Trulik, music Matej Štestko) expresses the challenge of men to become truthful in life and strong in spirit and heart. Jadro (choreography Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková, music Matej Háasz) explores the mystery of the core (jadro), the fundamental part of human being, and its borders. Starts: Dec 4 and (9), 19:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €6-€9. More info: www.studiotanca.sk.

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: Andrej Šeban Trio Tour – The Slovak trio: guitarist/composer Andrej Šeban (Martin Gašpar (bass) and Marcel Buntaj (drums) have embarked on a mini-tour around Slovakia – Košice, Nitra, Bratislava, Banská Bystrica – to play Šeban’s tunes as well as arranged folk songs. Starts: Dec 2, 20:00; historical city hall, Hlavná 59. Admission: €10 (in advance)-€12. Tel: 055/6258-888; smmk@smmk.s; www.smmk.sk.

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Accordion Passion / Akordeónová vášeň – Slovak State Philharmonics Košice (ŠfK) conducted by Marián Lejava, will play with Slovak accordionist Michal Červienka Candide by Marián Lejava (premiere) and the works of Richard Galliano and Beethoven. Starts: Dec 3, 19:00; big concert hall of the House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €6-€8. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.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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