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Tips for events around Slovakia including Christmas, St Stephen Day's and New Year Eve's concerts, performances, sporting events - runs, swimming marathon, a climb, a lot of operas, theatres, Slovak folklore, and more.

The special concert includes excerpts from SND ballets.(Source: Courtesy of SND)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC:  Christmas concert – The Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SKO) Bohdan Warchal, led by Ewald Danel, and the Adoremus choir give a concert in one of the dominants of the Slovak capital, the St Martin Cathedral, with the Christmas-themed works of Jozef Halmo, A. Corelli and F. Gruber. Starts: Dec 26, 15:00; St Martin Cathedral. Admission: €5 (in advance). More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

THEATRE/BALLET: Carmen à la Gypsy Devils –The famous work by George Bizet, Carmen, has got a new form thanks to the adaptation by Ernest Šarközy and the performance by the Gypsy Devils band, the ballet of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) and CreDance group. The famous tunes by G. Bizet will all be sung in the Roma language. Starts: Dec 26, 19:00, Dec 30, 17:00; historical building of the SND, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €14-€39. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: Mozart – The Magic Flute – the opera in two acts by the musical genius, a so-called Singspiel, is conducted by Freidrich Haider, directed by Svetozár Sprušanský and sung by Jozef Benci, Tomáš Juhás, Ján Ďurčo, Ľubica Vargicová, Helena Becse Szabó, Eva Hornyáková and others. Starts: Dec 27, 11:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €5-€16. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

MUSICAL: Rómeo a Júlia – The world-famous 2001 musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Gérard Presgurvic (originally titled Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine a l’Amour) comes to Slovakia, and is choreographed and directed by Ján Ďurovčík and performed by Peter Makranský / Milan Šimek / Patrik Vyskočil, Romana Dang Van / Miroslava Drínová / Nela Pocisková, Lukáš Pišta / Thomas Puskailer / Václav Púčik, Martin Hudec / Ján Slezák and other dancers of the theatre. Starts: Dec 29, 19:00; Divadlo Nová Scéna, Živnostenská 1. Admission: €19-€26. Tel: 02 /2048-8510; www.nova-scena.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco – The classical opera, dramma lirico in Italian, with Slovak subtitles, is directed by Zuzana Gilhuus, and returns to the Slovak National Theatre in a new, more modern version. Cast includes Sergej Tolstov, Tomáš Juhás, Jozef Benci, Jolana Fogašová, Monika Fabianová, Martin Mikuš, Ján Babjak, Eva Šeniglová and others. Starts: Dec 29, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €12-€39. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

 Bratislava

SPORT: Traditional ascent of Devínska Nová Ves inhabitants and visitors to the Devínska Kobyla hill offers a chance for every participant who makes it all the way to the top to receive a commemorative souvenir. Starts: Dec 31, 9:00; in front of Istracentrum, Hradištná 43, DNV. More info: www.inba.sk.  

Bratislava

OPERA: Barbiere of Sevilla – Opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini is directed in the Slovak National Theatre (SND) by Roman Polák, conducted by Rastislav Štúr/Martin Leginus and performed by Juraj Hollý, Gustáv Beláček, Štepánka Pučálková, Aleš Jenis, Jozef Benci, Katarína Polakovičová, Martin Mikuš and others. Starts: Dec 31, 18:00; historical building of the SND, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: (special New Year’s Eve edition) €30-€65. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

SPORT: New Year’s Eve Run Across Bratislava Bridges – The 27th year of this sporting event lures all runners, beginners and advanced, of all ages, to celebrate this day in a less traditional way. Starts: Dec 31, 10:00 (registration www.starz.sk, www.vos-tpk.sk, or 8:30-9:30 on site; Economic University, Dolnozemská 1. The route: Prístavný bridge – Apollo bridge – Danube Embankment – SNP bridge /pedestrian footbridge towards Petržalka/ – Danube Embankment – Lafranconi bridge – finish. More info: www.starz.sk.

Bratislava

NEW YEAR’S EVE/CONCERT: New Year’s Eve(or Silvester, in Slovak) concert of the Opera and Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) brings a special holiday edition, offering the works of Gioacchino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Jacques Offenbach, Charles Gounod as performed by solo singers Eva Hornyáková, Denisa Hamarová, Tomáš Juhás, and Peter Kellner conducted by Mário Košík, with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak radio; solo dancers Romina Kołodziej, Artemyi Pyzhov, Erina Akatsuka, and Yuki Kaminaka. Starts: Dec 31, at 16:00 and 19:00; new SND buildining, Pribinova 17. Admission: €30 - €65. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvestrovský concert – Slovak Philharmonic organises the traditional seasonal concert, conducted by Rastislav Štúr, accompanied by the Slovak Philharmonic Choir led by Jozef Chabroň, with compositions of  Jacques Offenbach, Joseph Hellmesberger, Pietro Mascagni, Leroy Anderson , Camille Saint-Saëns, Franz Schubert, Emils Darzins, Gioachino Rossini, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Zequinha de Abreu, Niccolo Paganini, Grigoras Dinicu, Dmitriy Kabalevsky, Otto Nicolai, Fryderyk Chopin, Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar. Starts: Dec 31, 16:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €19-€24. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.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

RUN: Bystrické mosty / Bystrica Bridges – The 3rd year of Štefánsky beh, or the run on St Stephan’s Day, offers three routes, from 500 metres, through 2.5 kilometres to 6 kilometres. Starts: Dec 26 at 11:00; complex under the SNP Museum. Admission: starting fee €5 (in advance), €7. Registration, more info: ACTIVE PLANET outdoor centre, ČSA 23; or www.activeplaet.sk.  

Banská Bystrica

FOLKLORE/CHRISTMAS: Shepherds’ Christmas – The folk rituals and habits during Christmas time that used to be observed in Slovakia will be introduced by central-Slovak folklore ensembles. Starts: Dec 27, 18:00; Church of Virgin Mary the Helper, Tatranská 38/A. More info: http://podujatiabb.sk/banskobystricke-vianoce-2015-radujme-sa-veselme-sa

Banská Bystrica

SPORT/SWIMMING: 24-Hours’ Swimming Marathon (Banskobystrická plavecká 24-hodinovka) is an event inviting all inhabitants and visitors of Banská Bystrica to swim their part of the swimming relays. Starts: Dec 29, 12:00 to December 30, 12:00; Štiavničky indoor pool. Admission: free. More info: http://podujatiabb.sk/banskobystricke-vianoce-2015-radujme-sa-veselme-sa

Žilina

WINTER OUTDOOR SWIMMING: The New Year’s Eve will be marked by a traditional winter swimming event, plus baptising and introducing new members of the Tučniaky Žilina club. Starts: Jan 1. More info: www.tucniakyzilina.szm.com.  

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

CHRISTMAS/BALLET: The Nutcracker / Luskáčik – The beautiful fairytale-turned-ballet to the music of Tchaikovsky marks the holiday season in the State Theatre Košice (SDKE), as choreographed and directed by Ondrej Šoth and conducted by Miloslav Janíček and Igor Dohovič. Starts: Dec 26, 27, 16:00; SDKE, Hlavná 58. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.  

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: St Stephen Bashavel – The festive edition of a Gipsy feast, bashavel – St Stephan’s Day is celebrated on December 26 – features the Roma band Sendreiovci (aka Kokavakere Lavutara), DJ Matthew (Balkan Beats / Gadjodelic-SK), and DJ Julah (Balkan Beats / Shalatribe-SK). Starts: Dec 26, 22:00; Timeout Lounge Bar, Timonova 4. More info. www.kamdomesta.sk.

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: The New Year’s Eve concert of the Slovak a capella band Fragile (B. Kostka, S. Norisová, J. Golisová, H. Krajčiová, S. Rymarenko, S. Košecký, V. Csontos, K. Mikulčík) will sing on this special day their own arrangements of famous hits. Starts: Dec 31, 19:00; GES Klub. L. Novomeského 13. Admission: €13-€25 (GES Club, MIC Hlavná 32, Jazz Café in Optima). More info: www.fragile.sk; 055/6224-303; www.ges.sk.  

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: New Year’s Concert – The first concert of 2016 will host organist František Beer playing the works of Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart, Reger and Messiaen. Starts: Jan 1, 18:00; Seminar Church of St Antonio of Padova, Hlavná 81. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

Košice

LIVE MUSIC: The New Year’s Eve concert in Vojtech Löffler Museum brings Terézia Šofranková and Mater Arendárik with guest Karol Petróczi welcoming the year 2016 in a musical way. Starts: Jan 3, 17:00; Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk, www.lofflermuzeum.sk. 

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