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Tips for events in Slovakia between December 11 and 20, evoking Christmas mood - many benefit and classcial/gospel concerts, ballet, modern dance, fairy-tale show on ice, Slovak folklore, special market, opera, exhibitions, and more.

Violinist Alexandra Soumm will teach, perform in Bratislava(Source: Balazs Borocz)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

FOLKLORE: Vianoce s Ekonómom / Christmas with Ekonóm – The folklore ensemble Ekonóm was established at the College of Economy in 1969, and since then, it has never ceased to perform. After the Christmas edition of their show, the traditional sauerkraut soup will be served. Starts: Dec 11, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €10. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Jana Kocianová & The Gospel Family – The soloist, Kocianová, joined forces with the Gospel Family from Nová Dubnica (led by Juraj Hort) to perform both Christmas carols and gospels. Starts: Dec 11, 19:00; Big Evangelical Church, Panenská Street. Admission: €13 (in advance)-€15. More info: juras.sk/pozvanky/jana-kocianova-and-the-gospel-family; tickets:www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

DESIGN/MARKET: Urban Market 2015 winter edition – The winter Urban Market offers children’s fashion, quality cosmetics, gifts for Christmas, but also limited designer works of local designers and hand-made presents. The Urban Market party takes place in the Nu Spirit Club. Starts: Dec 11-13; Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25. Admission: free. More info: http://urbanmarket.sk; www.nuspirit.sk.  

Bratislava

DANCE/THEATRE: Pi Story – The performance revolving around the venue where it is played, the old Pisztory Palace, tries to explore genius loci and numerous local legends, including a herbal garden, through dance body theatre and other means. The piece is choreographed by Lucia Holinová, performed by Barbara Immerová, Zuzana V. Očenášová, Zuzana Pilarčíková, Lucia Šuplatová, Magdaléna Takáčová, with music and screening by Vlado Holina, to the text of Zuzana Vasičáková. Starts: Dec 12, 19:00 Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25. Booking: info@lentaktak.sk; more info www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

JAZZ: Nikitin-Griglák-Raitl and guests – Jazz concert of a Slovak grouping (Nikolaj Nikitin-saxophone, Juraj Griglák-bass, Peter Raitl-pretzel) in a popular Bratislava music club. Starts: Dec 12, 20:30; Hlava XXII Music club, Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS/ CLASSICAL MUSIC: Art Music Orchestra – The concert of a musical body composed of 24 young people – the Art Music Orchestra from Červeník – with Slovak National Theatre soloist Daniel Čapkovič completed with – for those who have mastered some Slovak – spiritual messages of priest Ján Sucháň aptly evokes the Christmas atmosphere. Starts: Dec 12, 15:00; The Church of Ascension of Virgin Mary (Blumental, Blumentálska Street). Admission: €7. More info:www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Pressburger Klezmer Band – The first band in Slovakia to play the music of central/eastern-European Jews, klezmer, plays also ethno/world music with elements of jazz, reggae, Laitno, Slovak, Gipsy and Balkan music. Starts: Dec 12, 20:00; Art Club Kafé Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €9. Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk, (rezervacie@scherz.sk).

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS/BENEFIT CONCERT: Maják nádeje – The Christmas benefit concert for the non-profit organisation Lighthouse of Hope/ Maják nádeje which aids abused women and children brings Slovak musicians, bands and performers Desmod, Cigánski Diabli, Robo Grigorov, Adam Ďurica, Zuzana Smatanová, Dominika Mirgová, Kali, Rakby, Robo Opatovský, and Emily & Justice. Starts: Dec 13, 18:00; Hant Aréna (Sports Hall), Trnavská 29. Admission: €15-€19. More info: www.inba.sk.

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS/ CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Christmas Concert of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal– The Christmas music of days gone by was inspired by shepherds’ chants, pastorales, carols, like the famous Czech Christmas Mass by Jan Jakub Ryba and Christmas Mass by Czech/Slovak Jozef Zrunek. Slovak Chamber Orchestra will be joined by the Lúčnice folk ensemble. Starts: Dec 13, 16:00; Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8-€10. Tel: 02/2047-5233;www.filharmonia.sk.   

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Christmas in Bratislava – The concert of Bratislavský chlapčenský zbor / Bratislava Boys’ Choir, Slovak National Symphonic Orchestra and Choir conducted by Rastislav Štúr, with guests Martin Valihora and Róbert Puškár, Ľubica Vargicová, Jana Kurucová, Richard Šveda will present the Christmas carols – Slovak and foreign, classical, seasonal music, operatic arias and more. Starts: Dec 13 19:00; Slovak National Theatre-opera, new SND building, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/2047-2289; rezervacie@snd.sk. 

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Čechomor – The Christmas concert in Bratislava is part of the Czech/Moravian folk-rock band’s (František Černý, Karel Holas, Taras Vološčuk, Michal Pavlík a Lukáš Pavlík) Christmas Tour 2015. Starts: Dec 13, 16:00, 19:00; Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €18. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

THEATRE/DANCE: YouMake Remake – The Slovak Elledanse troupe performs a multi-genre show inspired by YouTube, choreographed and directed by Israeli Renana Raz. Starts: Dec 13, 19:00; Štúdio 12, Jakubovo Square 12. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Piaf! The Show – French songstress Anne Carrere – with a voice strikingly resembling that of late legendary singer Edith Piaf – will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Piaf with a show presenting her famous hits like Non, Je ne Regrette Rien or La Vie en Rose. Starts: Dec 13, 19:00; NTC Aegon Arena, Príkopova 6. More info: www.vagaboond.com, Facebook.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Béla Bartók – This concert pays tribute to composer Béla Bartók on the 70th anniversary of his death, stressing his importance for Hungarian and European, as well as global music, as performed by students and professor of Bratislava Conservatory. Starts: Dec 14, 18:00; Staromestské centrum / Old-Town Centre KaV – Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

MODERN DANCE/THEATRE: Debris Company: Epic – The piece by Slovak grouping Debris company is a paraphrase of Brecht-ish theatre in the 21st century, exploring the conflicts of modern people, choreographed by Stanislava Vlčeková, directed by Jozef Vlk, performed by Juraj Hrčka, Daniel Raček, Nikoleta Rafaelisová, Stanislava Vlčeková. Starts: Dec 14, 14:00, 20:00; A4 – priestor súčasnej kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: €2, 20:00 - €5-€7. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC/BENEFIT CONCERT: Alexandra Soumm - The famous violinist will give a master-class for young Slovak talents on December 15, with a gala-concert on the same day, in the concert hall of the Slovak Philharmonics, with Ismael Margain on piano. The next day, she will give a charity concert in the Big Evangelical Churcht, with Slovak violinist Dalibor Karvay and an orchestra of students. The proceeds will go for children’s oncological research. Starts: Dec 15, 19:30; Slovak Philharmonics’ Reduta building in E. Suchoňa Square 1; Dec 16, 19:00; Big Evangelical Church on Panenská Street. Admission: free for the second concert. More info: www.sinfonietta.sk; www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hilaris Chamber Orchestra – Christmas Concert / Vianočný koncert – The classical chamber music ensemble led by Alan Vizváry will play works of A. Corelli, Mozart, and Vivaldi in this Christmas concert.

Starts: Dec 16, 19:00 Moyzes Hall, Vajanského nábrežie 12. Admission: €15 (in advance)-€17. More info: www.citylife.sk

Bratislava

BALLET: Royal Russian Ballet: Swan Lake – Probably the most famous ballet in the world by P.I. Tchaikovsky will be performed by a classical Russian ballet troupe. Starts: Dec 16, 19:00; Incheba – Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3. Admission: €19-€79 (VIP). More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

GOSPEL: The Golden Voices of Gospel – The Christmas show from New York tours Slovakia with its gospels, making stops in Vranov nad Topľou (Dec 13), Rožňava (Dec 14), Košice (Dec 15), Bratislava, Dunajská Streda (Dec 17), and Nove Zámky (Dec 29). Starts: Dec 16, 19:00; Evangelical Church Bratislava-Petržalka. Admission: €24. More info: www.citylife.sk, www.kamdomesta.sk.

Bratislava

BALLET: Sleeping Beauty – The fairy tale ballet that combines the genius of Russian composer Tchaikovsky and French choreographer Marius Petipa is marked, in this staging, also by the director Vladimir Malakhov. Starts: Dec 16, 19:00; SND new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€17. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

ICE SHOW: Disney on Ice – The world-famous ice show commemorates 25 years of tradition, offering all popular characters from Disney cartoons: Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy, lion Simba, and Peter Pan. Starts: Dec 16, 17:30; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, (Slovnaft Arena), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €19-€34 (children under 2 years of age do not need ticket if accompanied by 2 parents and sitting on their lap). Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Manu Delago – The Austrian percussionist playing also a special instrument, the hang, returns to play in Bratislava, presenting his new album Silver Kobalt within the Handmade project and NouveaunuNight.

Starts: Dec 17, 19:00; A4 – priestor súčasnej kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: €12. More info: More info: www.a4.sk, www.citylife.sk;    www.facebook.com/events/1650752445167099

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas Concert of the Bratislava City Choir / Vianočný koncert Speváckeho zboru mesta Bratislavy – This event brings the festive works zaznejú of Slovak (and one Czech) composers Mikuláš Schneider – Trnavský, Antonín Dvořák, Alexander Moyzes, Vladimír Godár and Ján Cikker. The choir is conducted by Ladislav Holásek, with – Peter Mikula on organ. Starts: Dec 18, 19:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/5910-3107; www.mestskedivadlo.sk.  

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Suzi Quatro – The rock diva is on a tour she claims is her last after 51 years in showbiz, making a stop also in the Slovak capital, with a two-hour show. Starts: Dec 19, 19:00 (entrances open at 18:00); AEGON Arena, Príkopova 6. Admission: €29-€45. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Vianočný Dobrý trh / Good Market Christmas Edition – The Christmas edition of this popular event offers gifts as well as books, design, meals, foodstuffs, and more, including musicians, dancers and a theatre programme. Starts: Dec 19, 10:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. More info: http://dobrytrh.sk/stara-trznica.

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Vianočný koncert / Christmas Concert – The festive concerts are performed by Slovak Philharmonics conducted by Rastislav Štúr and Boys’ Choir led by Magdaléna Rovňáková with soprano Katarína Juhásová Štúrová, offering works of Leroy Anderson, Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Alexander Glazunov, William Gomez, Léo Delibes, Giulio Caccini, and PerErik Moraeus. Starts: Dec 20-21, 19:00; Reduta building of SF, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €16-€20. Tel: 02/2047-5233; or www.filharmonia.sk (www.ticketportal.sk).

Bratislava

CHRISTMAS/FOLKLORE: Vianočný koncert SĽUK-u / Christmas Concert of SĽUK, female ensemble Trio z Chotára and Ťažká muziky (o.e. Heavy Music) z Terchovej. The folk troupe of the SĽUK ensemble focuses on Slovak traditional music and dances; this time, it has joined forces with two other ensembles to give an idea of the music from Terchová and wider northern Slovakia around the festive season. Starts: Dec 20, 20:00; St Martin’s Cathedral. Admission: €1-€7. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Ondřej Michálek Cesta z bodu A do bodu A / The Way from A Point to A Point – The exhibition of Czech artists curated by Jana Šindelová shows the ways and labyrinths of modern-era humans. Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-19:00 until January 17; Gallery 19, Lazaretská 19. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5292-6651; www.galeria19.sk.

Bratislava

GRAPHIC ART EXHIBITION: Jozef Dóka Jr – Lautrec from Trnava – The exhibition of posters by Jozef Dóka Junior is the last accompanying event of this year’s Trnava Poster Triennial, organised by the Slovak Design centre and curated by Ľubomír Longauer as selection of classical-size posters and big-size digital prints. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until February 7, 2016; Satelit, Hurbanove kasárne (Hurban’s Barracks), Kollárovo Square 10. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-247;www.sdc.sk.      

Bratislava

DESIGN EXHIBITION: XY – Pavol Capik / Martyn Žabka – The exhibition of two young Slovak designers presents their promising artworks which tell stories, point to some traditional crafts or experiment with materials in applied design.Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00 until Jan 21, 2016; Dizajn štúdio ÚĽUV, Dobrovičova 13. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5273-1349; www.uluv.sk.

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Banská Bystrica

MUTLI-GENRE FESTIVAL: Festival of Light / Festival svetla – The multi-genre festival with the subtitle Light and Shadow in Art and Science strives to include wider public, students and fans of this theme into outdoor workshops, playing with light and its role in several different art genres presented in public space. Starts: Dec 11-13, various sites in Banská Bystrica. More info: www.svetlo-tien.sk.

Brezno

JAZZ: Melanie Scholtz – The South-African singer Scholtz comes to the noted Slovak jazz club. Starts: Dec 12, 20:00; Bombura Club, M. R. Štefánika Square 16. Tel: 0905/347 -415; www.bombura.sk. 

Žilina

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Christmas Concert – The special concert of the Žilina-based chamber orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, is repeated four times, bringing – in cooperation with – UK conductor Simon Chalk, Pavol Praženica on piano and Žilina Mixed Choir, Faculty Mixed Choir Omnia led by Štefan Sedlický, with soprano Michaela Jančaříková and Marta Gáborová on organ performing the works of Antonín Dvořák, Haydn, Tomasso Albinoni, Ola Gjeilo, Handel, Mozart and two X-mas songs by Peter Špilák (Joy to the World and Ding Dong). Starts: Dec 16-19, 19:00; House of Art Fatra, Dolný Val 4. Admission: €11-€15. More info: www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE: Posed – The piece exploring the core of movement and dance is the work of Slovak/Spanish duo Olga Csobos and Peter Mika (CobosMika Company), performed by Denisa Benčaťová, Lucia Horváthová, Tibor Trulík, Lenka Rajchmanová, Petra Péterová, Tomáš Nepšinský as guest. Starts: Dec 18, 19:00;  Divadlo štúdio tanca, DŠT, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info: www.studiotanca.sk.

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE: Dance Company Artyci/Milan Kozánek: PURE – The premiere of a dance performance without a story focuses on physicality and its forcefulness, choreographed by Milan Kozánek, danced by Radoslav Piovarči and Petr Ochvat (CZ/AT) to music by Andrej Jurkovič. Starts: Dec 19, 19:00; Záhrada – Centrum nezávislej kultúry, SNP Square16 (Beniczkého pasáž). Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Žilina

EXHIBITION: Juraj Gábor Práve teraz / Just Now – The Plusmínusnula Gallery will become a”transit depository” of Gábor’s ideas and works connected with the Sight Pyramid monumental work to be installed in the landscape overseeing the village of Súľov. Open: Tue-Fri 15:00-18:00 until Jan 8, 2016; Plusmínus Gallery, galéria ± 0,0, Hurbanova 11. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/365-149; plusminusnula@gmail.com; www.pgu.sk.

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

ETHNIC/WORLD MUSIC: Cailleach – The concert of Irish and Scottish folk music performed by an Irish folk music band based in Košice creates an apt atmosphere. Starts: Dec 11, 20:00; HalmiCaffe, Hlavná 21. Admission: free. More info: http://halmispace.sk/newsletter; www.kamdomesta.sk.

Košice

JAZZ: Karavána – Funny Fellows (Roman Féder, Marek Berky, Milan Ruček, Pali Ivičič, Daniel Valášek) will perform works from the album which received the jazz prize Esprit 2014 for European music from 1920s-1940s. Starts: Dec 11, 20:00; Jumbo Centre, Masarykova 2. More info: www.jazz.sk.

Košice

SPORT: Kayakers’ Pool – This course for mastering a kayak is meant for both beginners and advanced water sport fans, for children as well as adults, with experienced trainers and coaches. Starts: Dec 11 (booking at least two days in advance), 19:00; city indoor pool, Protifašistických bojovníkov 4. Admission: €5 (entry to the pool), €15 rental of kayak and equipment, €20/person (entry, rental and insturctor – one for people – incldued). a 1 instruktor na 2 ľudí). Booking: 0949/422-835; rieku@splavujeme.sk; more info: www.splavujeme.sk/sk/kurzy/kajakarsky-bazen-kurz-eskimovania.  

Košice

OPERA: La Sonnambula - The opera in two acts, in Italian language, written by composer Vincenzo Bellini to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani, is based on an older ballet-pantomime. The piece directed in Košice by Václav Málek, conducted by Peter Valentovič will feature Michaela Várady, Michal Onufer, Andrea Nemcová, Ondrej Šaling, Tatiana Paľovčíková, Marián Lukáč and Anton Baculík. Starts: Dec 14,19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); or www.sdke.sk. 

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The 1st Christmas Concert of State Slovak Philharmonic Košice presents the Christmas editions of works by M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco and J. J. Ryba. The concert will be conducted by Zbyněk Müller, with soloists Miriam Rodriguez-Brüllová, Michaela Kušteková, Alena Kropáčková, Dušan Šimo, Marek Gurbaľ, and the Košice Choir of Teachers led by Maroš Potokár. Starts: Dec 20, 19:00; ŠfK Košice, House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: 8-€12. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk.   

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