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Tips for events in Slovakia between January 22 and 31, including a lot of music, modern theatre and dance, winter bird-watching, figure-skating European Championship, operas, urbanism conference, exhibitions and more.

Slovakia’s representatives Lukáš Csölley (r) and Federica Testa (l) with the mascot(Source: TASR)

Western SLOVAKIA

 

Bratislava

OPERA: Così Fan Tutte – The dramma giocoso in two acts by W.A. Mozart opens in the Slovak National Theatre as conducted by Friedrich Haider, directed by Marek Weiss, with stage, costumes by Hanna Szymczak, choirmaster Ladislav Kaprinay and dramatic advisor Martin Bendik. Cast includes Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Monika Fabianov, Daniel Čapkovič, Juraj Hollý, Jana Bernáthová, Peter Mikuláš, and others. Starts: Jan 22-23, 19:00; historical SND building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Tickets: €7-€30. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

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 22,19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.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 bookingtickets@oirebels.com. More info: www.citylife.sk.    

Bratislava

BIRD-WATCHING: How Eagles Overwinter – This time the bird-watching focuses on Eastern Imperial Eagles and their wintering sites, while also following other species which stay in western Slovakia over winter. The three walks are not demanding, and binoculars can be borrowed. Starts: Jan 23, 10:00; 12:00; and 14:00; site on the dam between the municipalities of Zohor and Vysoká pri Morave (coordinates are 48.297663, 16.926195). Admission: free. More info: www.watching.sk.  

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Metropolitan Orchestra Bratislava: Russian operetta – The soloists of Moscow State Academic Theatre of Operetta, Yulia Goncharova and Maxim Katyrev, will sing accompanied by the Metropolitan Orchestra Bratislava the works of Isaak Dunajevskij, Tichon Chrennikov, Semion Zaslavskiy, Rauf Gajiev, Alexander Kolker, Yevgeniy Ptichkin, and Nikolai Strelnikov. Starts: Jan 24, 17:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €12-€15. Tel: 02/5910-3107; www.mestskedivadlo.sk.   

UPDATED Bratislava

CINEMA: Eva Nová - The Slovak/Czech movie which received the International Critics' Arawd/FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, exploring the late life's ups and downs of an ageing actress who struggles with her alcoholic addition and consequences of past decisions, will be screened with English subtitles. Starts Jan 24, 18:30, Jan 26, 18:00; Jan 27, 18:30; Jan 29, 16:00; Jan 30, 15:50; Jan 31, 16:15; Lumiére cinema, Špitálska 4. Admission: €3-€4. More info: www.aic.sk/kino-lumiere. 

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Akkoord – At the opening concert of the trio (the Netherlands, Slovakia, Malta) presidency of the Council of Europe, Akkoord, the Slovak National Theatre’s orchestra will play Your Memories Will Remember You by Dutch composer Micha Hamel who has included a solo for the local instrument, fujara; Musica Slovaca by local composer Ilja Zeljenka, and the Four Compositions for String Instruments by Peter Zagar. SND Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Slovak Anton Popovič, with Raphaela Danksagmüller (NL) and Milan Paľa (SK) as soloists. Starts: Jan 25, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €3-€8. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Solamente Naturali – Carnival Concert – The ensemble playing Early Music, Solamente Naturali, will this time play works from the Almanac from Lubeník, seasonally adjusted to suit the Carnival, with Teatro Posoniensis, a traditional puppet theatre. Starts: Jan 26, 19:00; Slovak Philharmonics, Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.      

Bratislava

MEMORIAL EVENT/CLASSICAL MUSIC: Concert commemorating the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) takes place on the eve of this day, on which the first permanent exhibition of the Holocaust in Sereď will be opened. The concert in Bratislava features Jana Orlická (vocals), Pražský jazzový septet (Prague Jazz Septet), Moravský komorný zbor (Morava Chamber Choir), and conductors Jiří Šimáček and Petr Kořínek. Starts: Jan 26, 19:00; Moyzes Hall, Vajanského nábrežie 12. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

JAZZ: Jazz Is Back! Regular Tuesday nights led by jazzman Erik Rothenstein introduce also his guests, this time the Sineline band (Martin Noris-guitar, Michal Šimko-bass; Juraj Šušaník-drums) play their own jazz fusion/pop instrumental compositions, as well as covers of the Beatles, Sting, etc. Starts: Jan 26, 20:00; Re:fresh Club, Ventúrska 5. More info: www.citylife.sk.  

Bratislava

URBANISM CONFERENCE: WhatCity? Our Street – How could streets look and work differently, is the theme of a town-planning conference which includes lectures in English by foreign experts - Andreas Delleske (GER; co-author of a carless street in Freiburg);  Mattijs van ’t Hoff (NL; advisor of STIPO);  Eva Kail + Clarissa Knehs (AT; Vienna-based urbanist and cu-author, with Knehs, of Maria-Hilfer Strasse); and Zuzana Kuldová (CZ; in charge of public spaces in Prague), as well as discussions in Slovak on Jan 27 and a workshop for those invited on Jan 28. Starts: Jan 27, 18:00; Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: €5 (in advance)-€7 (on site). Tickets: www.tixy.sk. More info: www.punkt.sk.

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra – This edition of the series of concerts presenting Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Martin Händler (with soloists Mischa Maisky on cello, Sascha Maisky on violin and Lilly Maisky on piano) offers works by Beethoven and Dvořák. Starts: Jan 27, 19:30; Slovak Philharmonics, Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €50-€160 (for the whole cycle, including a shuttle-bus to Vienna concert and receptions in Bratislava). More info: www.ticketportal.sk; www.gesamtkunswerk.eu.

Bratislava

FIGURE-SKATING: European Championship ISU takes place in Bratislava after 15 years, Apart from bringing tourists and sports fans to the Slovak capital, it also offers locals a chance to watch the best European skaters compete and perform in the final gala-show. Starts: Jan 27-31; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, (Slovnaft Arena), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €19-€325 (VIP, for the whole event); www.ticketportal.sk. More info:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_European_Figure_Skating_Championships, www.facebook.com/ECBratislava2016. 

Bratislava

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Homage á Warchal – The Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SKO) Bohdan Warchal, led by Ewald Danel, with Martina Karnoková (violin) and Kiril Stoyanov (marimba) will play the works by Slovak Ilja Zeljenka, Bach, Emmanuel Séjourné, and Czech Antonín Dvořák. Starts: Jan 28, 19:00:  Reduta building, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava

TOURISM, HUNTING & FITNESS FAIR: ITF Slovakiatour/ Poľovníctvo a oddych / Wellness a fitness – The International fair of tourism, hunting and wellness/fitness is reserved for the expert public on January 27 and for the wider public on January 28-31. Starts: Jan 27-31; Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3. Admission: €4-€15. More info: www.incheba.sk, www.citylife.sk. 

Bratislava

FILM FESTIVAL: Festival of Iranian Films – The 5th year of this festival moves, for the first time, also to Bratislava, offering movies with Czech and English subtitles (Taxi Tehran, Today, etc.) in three days. Starts: Jan 28-30; Kino Film Europe, Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25. Admission: €3 (one movie). More info: www.citylife.sk, kino.filmeurope.sk.  

Bratislava

JAZZ: Sax in the City – The project of jazz saxophonist Milo Suchomal, brings to local music club also Pavol Bereza (bass), Peter Raitl (percussions), Juraj Raši (drums). Starts: Jan 30, 21:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €7. Tel: 0911/193-382; www.hlava22.sk (booking club@hlava22.sk).

Bratislava

LIVE MUSIC: Richard Clayderman – World-renowned French pianist (inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being “the most successful pianist in the world” thanks to the Ballade pour Adleine) comes to Bratislava  with an entire orchestra and his mixture of piano classics and pop songs. Starts: Jan 31, 19:30; Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3. Admission: €29-€45. More info: www.incheba.sk, 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 Feb 14; Kunsthalle / Hall of Art, Lab, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info:www.kunsthallebratislava.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

MODERN DANCE/BODY THEATRE: BOD.Y: SOTTY – The body theatre / movement performacen by Soňa Ferienčíková shows the process of creation, as lighted by designer Ints Plavnieks, to the music of Gašper Piano, with collaboration of Martina Hajdyla Lacová and dramatic consultacy by Marc Olivé. Starts: Jan 22, 19:00; Stanica Žilina – Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.stanica.sk, www.bodyngo.com.

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 22, 19:00; ŠKO Žilina, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €11-€15. More info: www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: L’Amico Fritz / Priateľ Fritz - The lesser-known work of Italian Pietro Mascagni which was successful following its opening in 1891 but has gradually been losing popularity, is being staged in the Banská Bystrica opera house, as conducted by Marián Vach and directed by Dana Dinková. Starts: Jan 26, 18:30; State Opera building, Národná 11  Admission: €10. Tel: 048/2457-123; www.stateopera.sk.

Žilina

THEATRE: Epic – The unusual theatre genre takes inspiration from creative workshops focused on puppetry, stage movement and music, all expressing the Epic of Gilgamesh and its core motifs, not requiring much verbal understanding. Starts: Jan 29, 19:00; Puppet Theatre, Kuzmányho 6. More info: www.kamdomesta.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

CHOIR MUSIC: Baroque Concert – The reformed religious communities organise a new year’s Baroque concert, with soloists Brigita Tivadarová-vocals, Miklós Nyéky-organ, with students of the Jozef Adamovič Conservatory in Košice. Starts: Jan 24, 16:00; Reformed Church, Hrnčiarka Street. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Poprad

ORIENTAL DANCE: Explosion of Dance and Light – Under the Moonlight – The dance performance tries to express the phenomenon of moonlight, in Oriental dance and other dance forms, performed by Bella Arabia and ARtDanse grouping. Starts: Jan 30, 18:00; House of Culture, Štefánikova 99. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.visitpoprad.sk. 

Prešov

LANGUAGE CAFÉ: Jazyková kaviareň / Language Café - International party organised by AIESEC enables chatting in English and getting to know some other cultures in an informal way. Part of the evening is a performance of Good Flow band. Starts: Jan 30, 18:00; Wave Club, Hlavná 121. More info: www.wave.sk. 

Košice

PHOTO EXHIBITION: I Saw All the Churches of Slovakia – The photo exhibition by Zdenko Dzurjanin, comprising photos of 4,124 churches in 2,927 Slovak cities and villages, travels around the country, making a stop also in Košice. Open: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 16:00, Wed 8:00 - 17:30 until Jan 29; Cultural-Educational Centre, Pribinova 1. More info: www.kostolyslovenska.sk.

Poprad

EXHIBITION: Two exhibitions, a photo-exhibition showing the development from analogue through digital to mobile and internet apps, curated by Tomáš Agat Blonski (until Jan 31), and Printemps / Prime Time by Slovak painter Marko Vrzgula (until Feb 7), coincide in the Tatra Gallery. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until Jan 31 (Feb 7); Tatranská galéria / Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. Admission: €1-€1.50. More info: www.tatragaleria.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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