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Tips for events taking place around Slovakia between January 15 and 24, with a lot of rock, jazz, world and alternative music, as well as classicsc, opera, a musical, modern dance, a drumming session, exhibitions and more.

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Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

JAZZ: New Year’s Concert of well-established Slovak jazz musicians (Eugen Vizváry – piano, Richard Csino – double bass, Štefan Bugala – drums) with renowned singer Anita Soul. Starts: Jan 15, 20:00; Kafé Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Admission: €6. Tel: 0918/ 724-379; www.kafescherz.sk  (rezervacie@scherz.sk).

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bokes, Liszt, Dvořák - These composers' works will be played in this concert of Slovak Philharmonics, Slovak Philharmonic Choir (led by Jozef Chabroň), conducted by Leoš Svárovský, with Ashley Wass on piano, soprano Eva Šušková, alto Eva Garajová, tenor Maxim Kutsenko and bass Martin Gurbaľ. The programme of these concerts includes Vladimír Bokes’ Missa Posoniensis (premiere), Franz Liszt’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra No 1 Es Major, S. 124, and Antonín Dvořák’s Suite A Major, op. 98b. Starts: Jan 14-15, 19:00; Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tickets: www.navstevnik.sk; more info: www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava

FOLK, WORLD MUSIC: Festive New Year’s concert of world music and folk music, with bands Banda, ĽH Muzička, and singer/dancer Štefan Štec. Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: The Slovak National Theatre (SND) brought back to its repertoire some of the works of recently deceased director Jozef Bednárik, including Puccini’s famous Turandot, conducted by Rastislav Štúr, with a cast including Anda Louise Bogza, Michal Lehotský, Adriana Kohútková, Peter Mikuláš, Daniel Čapkovič, Ján Babjak, Bratislava Boys’ Choir and others. Starts: Jan 15, 19:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

FOLKLORE: Tanečný večer / dance Evening – The musical/dance folklore evening is organised in collaboration with the Folk Music of Maroš Mikuš. Starts: Jan 15, 20:00; V – klub, SNP Square 12. Admission: €3. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Marián Varga, the legend of Slovak rock/pop music who merges genres (including classical music, jazz, etc.) will play shortly before his 69th birthday within his project Marián Varga – Solo in Concert. Starts: Jan 16, 19:00; House of Culture Devín, Rytierska 2. Admission: €10-€13. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: Opera: Live in HD – The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles), opera about passion and desire by George Bozet, returns to the Met stage after 100 years; this time directed by Penny Woolcock; conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and sung by Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Nicolas Testé and Mariusz Kwiecien. Live broadcast from the Met in New York. Starts: Jan 16, 18:45; Divadlo Aréna theatre, Viedenská Cesta 10. Admission: €15. Tel: 02/6720-2550 or www.divadloarena.sk.

Bratislava

GASTRONOMY/FOOD MARKET: Trh – Piac – Markt – The regular weekly market in downtown Bratislava offers organic food and farmers’ products, educational and cultural programmes, antiques/vintage commodities, and fun. Starts: Jan 16, 10:00-15:00; Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: free. More info: www.staratrznica.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Schrödinger's Cat [In vivo (meta)physics] – Every year, around the world, at this very moment on this day the birthday celebration of art is taking place with happenings, concerts and performances. This concert is part of the world stage through a live broadcasting from A4 to the satellite network EBU concert dramaturgy RTVS / Rádio Devín.  The book “Schrödinger’s Cat” is an unconventional way to look at physical phenomena which is still mind-boggling the greatest scientists living today. The concert is a constellation of a variety of musicians who attempt to transform these complicated theories into musical forms, to evoke Schrödinger’s Cat to sing. Starts: Jan 17, 19:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: €4. More info: www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Fragile – The group (B. Kostka, S. Norisová, J. Golisová, H. Krajčiová, S. Rymarenko, S. Košecký, V. Csontos, K. Mikulčík) singing a cappella arrangements of famous hits will perform three concerts on two consecutive days, onboard a ship anchored on the Petržalka bank of the Danube. Starts: Jan 17 (16:00, 19:00), Jan 18 (19:00); Loď Café/Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €12.50. Tel: 0903/449-650; www.adylod.sk.

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Them Vibes – The US band from Nashville plays underground rock; now they visit Bratislava within the Rock in the Museum project. Starts: Jan 18, 19:00; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167; www.rockvmuzeu.sk.

Bratislava

FILM: Patricio Guzmán: Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz) – The French/Chilean film in Spanish, with English subtitles, is screened within the retrospect overview of the works of Patricio Guzmán. The Chilean Atacama desert is the starting point for a film about astronomy and the Pinochet dictatorship. At a height of 3,000 meters above sea level scientists from around the world come together to observe the universe and to explore the possibility of extraterrestrial life. If the giant telescope would look down, it would see women, who after years are still seeking the bodies of Pinochet’s victims. The film is organised by Kino Inak in collaboration with the French Institute. Starts: Jan 18, 20:00; A4 Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: free. More info: www.a4.sk.

Bratislava

THEATRE/DANCE: Paved Life / Vydláždený život – Five dancers comment on life at the beginning of the 21st century, from the point of view of physicality and physical communications. Written, choreographed and directed by Rotem Tashach (Israel), performed by the Elledanse company. Starts: Jan 19, 19:00; Štúdio 12, Jakubovo Square 12. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

THEATRE/MUSICAL: Pokrvní bratia / Blood Brothers – The musical once staged in a cult version by Jozef Bednárik has been re-made after 22 years by Ľubomír Paulovič to cast talented young Slovak performers. Starts: Jan 19 (22, 29), 19:00; Nová Scéna theatre, Živnostenská 1. Admission: €19-€26. Tel: 02 /2048-8510; www.nova-scena.sk.

Bratislava

OPERA: Salome – The one-act opera premiered more than 100 years ago, hails the 150th anniversary of its composer, Richard Strauss. Directed by German Hans-Joachim Ruckhäberle, musically rehearsed and conducted by head of the SND opera, Friedrich Haider (alternately with Ondrej Olos); stage design by Uwe Kuckertz and Helmut Staubach, costumes by Ngozi Unamba-Oparah; with choreographer Igor Holováč. The cast includes Jan Vacík as Herodes, Denisa Hamarová as Herodias, Jolana Fogašová as Salome, Anton Keremidtchiev / Pavol Remenár as Jochanaan (John the Baptist), and Tomáš Juhás as Narraboth. Starts: Jan 20, 19:00; SND new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

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Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Dutilleux, Debussy, Szymanowski – Slovak Philharmonics and Slovak Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Darrell Ang, with Jozef Chabroň as choir-master and Ladislav Szathmáry on cello, Simona Houda-Šaturová – soprano, Stella Grigorian – mezzo-soprano, and Tomáš Šelc – baritone will perform Henri Dutilleux – Tout un monde lointain, Claude Debussy – La damoiselle élue and Karol Szymanowski – Stabat mater. Starts: Jan 21-22,19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk. 

Bratislava

THEATRE/DRAMA: Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre – The novel written by the English writer under her pen name in 1847 has been constantly fascinating viewers in many of its film, TV and theatre adaptations. The Bratislava staging directed by Marián Amsler (dramaturgy: Darina Abrahámová, Marie Špalová; set: Juraj Kuchárek,; costumes: Martin Kotúček; music: Ivan Acher; stage movement instructor: Stanislava Vlčeková) will be on this evening with English subtitles. Starts: Jan 21, 19:00; SND new building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €5-€17. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

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Bratislava

DRUMMING SESSION: Bubnovačka orchestra – The “school of ethno-drumming” tries to awaken creativity and thirst for rhythm as well as to discover rhythms surrounding every human being through playful drumming and percussion sessions, without professional ambitions. Starts: Jan 21, 18:30; DK Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 02/6383-5404; www.kzp.sk.

Bratislava

WORLD MUSIC: Musica Medica – The music of two musicians, Boris Čellár and Rami Shaafi, goes back to the very roots of musical production, to its meditative and even healing effects. Starts: Jan 22, 17:00; Bratislava Yoga House, Panenská 33 (Goethe Institute, 2nd floor). Admission: €10. Tel: 0905/604-753; info@yogahouse.sk.     

Bratislava

JAZZ/BLUES: The band of diatonic harp player and singer Juraj Schweigert – The Groove Time (Zsolt Szitási – guitar, Martin Kapusník – double bass, Juraj Raši – drums) – performs since 2011, as the only one in Slovakia playing west coast blues typical with swinging and shuffling rhythms with jazz elements. Starts: Jan 22, 21:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.

Bratislava

MUSIC FESTIVAL: PUNK/HC – Two-day festival of punk, oi and ska bands brings musicians from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Poland and Slovakia (Volxsturm-GER; Berlin Blackouts-GER; Lazy Class-PL; Jenny Woo-CA; Skafander-SK; Sat: The Crack-UK; Začiatok Konca-SK; Seaside Rebels-UK; Avgå!-SWE. Starts: Jan 22-23; Fuga, Továrenská 14. Admission: €19 (in advance)-€29; ticket booking tickets@oirebels.com. More info: www.citylife.sk.    

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; Boris Čellár as guest–guitar; Vlado Máčaj – double bass, Marián Ševčík – percussions; Gábor Winand as guest – vocals) focusing on evergreens and jazz standards of the 20th century. Starts: Nov 14, 21:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.

Bratislava

SWING: Bratislava Hot Serenaders - This big orchestra plays 1920s US and European swing, jazz and Slovak music (featuring famous songs by František Krištof Veselý) from the 1920s to 1930s. Starts: Jan 24, 19:00; SD Nivy house of culture, Súťažná 18. More info: www.citylife.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Pavla Sceranková – Collision of Galaxies - The exhibition at the break of 2015/2016 in Lab venue is a solo show of Pavla Sceranková (born 1980), a Slovak sculptor and current finalist of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award which examines the recent work of this non-traditional artist, as curated by Nina Vrbanová. Open: Wed-Mon, 12:00-19:00 (21:00 on Fri) until Dec 6; Kunsthalle / Hall of Art, Lab, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.

Bratislava

EXHIBITION: Gyula Kosice – Hydrokinetik – The Slovak-born, world-renowned multimedia artist living in Argentina exhibits his objects curated by Vladimír Beskid (many borrowed from the famous Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and museums in Grenoble), before they proceed to be exhibited in the East-Slovakian Gallery in Košice. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Jan 24; Mirbach Palace of GMB, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443- 1556(-8); www.gmb.sk.  

Trenčín

EXHIBITION: Nikolaj Feďkovič Tour – Marking the jubilee of the Slovak painter who lived 20 years in Germany, his “touring exhibition” is a retrospect selection of works that travel around Slovakia (as curated by Carmen Kováčová) while making a stop also in the Trenčín gallery. Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, weekends 11:00-17:00 until Jan 31; Gallery of Miloš Alexander Bazovský, Palackého 27. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 032/7436-858; www.gmab.sk

 

Central SLOVAKIA

 

Žilina

CLASSICAL MUSIC: New Year’s concerts of Sinfonietta Žilina bring Volker Schmidt Gertenbach (GER) as conductor, mezzo-soprano Angelina Shvachka (UKR) performing the works of Johann Strauss Jr, Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, Jacques Offenbach, Grieg, Edvard Elgar, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Gioacchino Rossini, Moritz Moskowski, Georges Bizet and Johann Strauss Sr. Starts: Jan 14-15, 19:00; House of Art Fatra, Dolný Val 47. Admisison: €10-€14. More info:www.skozilina.sk.  

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Epiphany Concert – The concert organised by the Faculty of Performing Arts of the Art Academy in Banská Bystrica and Don Bosco Salesians presents Orchestra Camerata Novisoliensis conducted by Pavol Tužinský. Starts: Jan 17, 19:15; Church of Virgin Mary the Helper at Don Bosco Salesians, Tatranská 38, Banská Bystrica – Sásová. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Banská Štiavnica

JAZZ: Sisa Feher &Antonín Dlapa – Slovak singer Sisa Fehérová with guitarist Antonín Dlapa will offer the repertory of Fehero Rocher jazz band in more intimate, acoustic versions, as a fusion of jazz, soul, alternative and Slovak folklore. Starts: Jan 20, 19:00; Archanjel Bar, Radničné Square 10 B. More info: www.jazz.sk

Žilina

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gala-concert of singer stars – Slovak Sinfonietta as conducted by British conductor Simon Chalk, US soprano Sarah Joy Miller, and US tenor David Miller is an opera-musical recital of famous tenor of the Il Divo grouping with his wife. Starts: Jan 21-22, 19:00; ŠKO Žilina, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €11-€15. More info: www.skozilina.sk.

Zvolen

EXHIBITION: Reyhaneh Ghavipanjeh – Zákutia ženskej duše / Corners of the Female Soul – Iranian artist who lived in Malaysia where she met her Slovak husband; now she exhibits her 18 exotic paintings in the local gallery owned by Jozef Klement. Open: weekdays 8:00 -17:30, Sat 9:00-11:45 until Feb 5; Galéria na Tehelnej, Tehelná 4. Admission: free. More info: http://zv-podujatia.com/2016/01/09/zakutia-zenskej-duse-irancanky-ghavipanjeh-vas-ocaria; Facebook.  

 

Eastern SLOVAKIA

 

Košice

SPORT: Kayakers’ Pool II – 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: Jan 15 (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 instructor – one for people – included). Booking: 0949/422-835; rieku@splavujeme.sk; more info www.splavujeme.sk/sk/kurzy/kajakarsky-bazen-kurz-eskimovania

Poprad/High Tatras

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Vertical Grand Tour – The successor of Skialp Grand Tour, this new race invites ski-Alpinists as well as cross-country skiers to compete in a night event, about 7 kilometres long, part of the wider project Tatras in Movement. Starts: Jan 16, 16:30; Tatranská Lomnica-Skalnaté Pleso. Admission: free for onlookers. More info: www.pretekaj.sk/sk/podujatia/vertical-grand-tour-2015.

Košice

MODERN DANCE: Io E Yo - Katarína Rampačková – The “performance for one woman and one egg” is the work of Košice native Rampáčková who after living many years abroad returns to give a performance exploring the female world revolving around the phenomenon of an egg. Starts: Jan 18, 19:00; Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukučínova 2. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mozart’s Birthday – State Slovak Philharmonic Košice, conducted by Stanislav Vavřínek and with alt Petra Noskaiová will celebrate the birthday of ingenious composer, W.A. Mozart, with a fine selection of his operatic and symphonic works. Starts: Jan 21, 19:00, ŠfK, House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €7-€9. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk.

Košice

EXHIBITION: PFky – The New Year’s Greetings (called PFky in Slovak, from French phrase Pour Féliciter) of Slovak, Czech and foreign – from Brazil to Uzbekistan – origin (e.g. by Slovak artists Koloman Leššo, Dušan Kállay, Kamila Štanclová, Janko Gľonda, Jozef Hudák, Andrej Mišanek, Marcel Krištofovič or Marcel Čižmár; Czechs Adolf Born, Vladimír Suchánek, Josef Pospíchal, Lubomír Vaněk, Milan Lipovský or Jiří Žáček; and French René Bouschet; Serb Aleksandar Blatnik; Spaniard Manuel Junco; Brazilian Amorin; Dutch Rasing; Russian Nikolaj Račkov; or Egyptian Morsy Fawzy) are exhibited in the Czech Union in Košice. Open: Mon, Thurs 10:00-13:00; Wed 13:30-16:30 until Feb 10; Czech Union, Hlavná 70. Admission:  free. Tel: 0903/403107; www.cske.sk.

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