UPDATED: Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for events in the capital between February 12 and 21, including a lot of classical music, dance premiere, dance performance, organised hike, ballet, oper,a jazz and world music, and more.

Metropolitan Orchestra BratislavaMetropolitan Orchestra Bratislava (Source: Courtesy of Ticketportal)

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kolman, Schmidt, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Performed by Slovak Philharmonic, Zsolt Nagy – conductor, Jasminka Stancul – piano, the programme will consist of parts: Peter Kolman - The Concerto for Orchestra, Franz Schmidt – The Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1. Starts: Feb 12, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Opernball – A carnival dance performance -  “bread and circuses or just let us rejoice on and on...” – is inspired by dance inputs from a famous ball of the Vienna opera. Choreographed and directed by Petra Fornayová; co-created and performed by Péter Cseri, Soňa Ferienčíková, Petra Fornayová, Monika Haasová, Adam Hanuljak, Richard Imrich. Booking: a4.interticket.sk. Starts: Feb 12, 20:00; A4 – Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry / Space of Contemporary Culture, Karpatská 2. Admission: €5 -€7. More info: www.a4.sk, www.citylife.sk.

WORLD MUSIC: Hudba sveta / Music of the World – Diverse styles of music under one roof; multiple world music genres in one place. The popular multi-genre band La3no Cubano brings tempting melodies from all the continents combined with native folklore; the fresh new music is ensured by DJ couple Rakija and Johansson. La3no Cubano have been performing for over a decade, playing Arabic, African, Latin-American, Gipsy and Balkan rhythms on guitar, saxophone and violin. Rakija plays various genres as well, such as Ostblok reggae, electro swing, 90s trash. DJ Johansson brings DnB, Nu Jazz and Brazil-electro. Starts: Feb 12, 21:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €5. More info: www.citylife.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Live concert – Swedish band Movits! arrives and presents their new album. All guests will be able to see and hear their new album They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn't Know We Were Seeds. It will be all about mixture of electro, swing and hip-hop in cooperation with Swing Thing & Papa Django. Starts: Feb 12, 20:00; Majestic music club, Karpatská 2. Admission: first 100 tickets €14, others €16. More info: www.predpredaj.zoznam.sk or juraj@openrock.sk.

WORLD MUSIC: The prominent band representative of ethno and world music, Pressburger Klezmer Band, the first Slovak klezmer band, plays its first concert of 2016, called Tsvantsik Yorn, in the V klub. The band started in 1995 and they focus mainly on klezmer (folklore music of eastern-European Jews), but with their own original interpretation, combined with other musical styles such as jazz, reggae, Latino, Slovak, Balkan and Gypsy folklore and a touch of Orient. Emotional and dance music. Starts: Feb 12, 19:30; V – klub, Námestie SNP 12. Admission fee: €8 (advance booking), €10 (in the site). Tel: 0918/817-141, 02/2047-1217;www.citylife.sk, www.nocka.sk.

FAIR: Svadobný veľtrh / Wedding Fair, Interbeauty – The 11th wedding trade fair will welcome visitors from Slovakia, as well as from abroad; and exhibitions focusing on cosmetics are present, too. Starts: Feb 12-13, 10:00-19:00, 10:00-18:00; Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenska cesta 3-7. Admission: €6. More info:www.svadobnyveltrh.sk, or www.incheba.sk.

INDOOR BIKE SHOW: DownMall – Great opportunity to ride a bike without traffic risks; with a lot of fun. As part of the 2016 Tour in Slovakia, Central shopping centre hosts racers on their one and only stop in Slovakia. Visitors will be able to see top downhill riders from Europe such as Tomáš Slávik, Tomáš Zejda, Johannes Fisbach, and many others. Unique showcase of speed, jumps and adrenaline is divided into three categories: MTB Freestyle, BMX freestyle and speed bike DownMall. Starts: Feb 13, 13:00; OC Central shopping centre, Metodova 6. Admission: free. Tel: 02/3211 5121. More info: www.central.sk.

SWAP MEET: Valentine’s Retro Swap Meet – Visitors will be able to choose from a variety of creative pieces including handmade products from skilled authors of the portal SAShE.sk, each is unique. Earrings, headbands, brooches, rings, clothing and lot of other items can be bought. Event includes also snacks and a creative workshop. Starts: Feb 13, 10:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

HIKE: Winter Ascent to the Top of Vápenná (753 m n.m.) – The winter season is generally considered to be a period when nature is asleep, however, there are so many things to observe also at this time. Vápenná is the third highest peak of the Small Carpathians. Join CK watching.sk for a walk to explore the winter nature of this mountain range. On the steep slopes of Vápenná flocks of moufflon occur, and it will be possible to watch also various species of birds and on the way up, you will enter the wildlife reserve overgrown with old forest, well-preserved at least from 1953. The duration is four hours, the route is moderately difficult and it is possible to borrow binoculars. Starts: Feb 13, 11:30; bus stop Plavecké Podhradie – Post Office (bus departs from Bratislava station Mlynské nivy at 10:00). Admission: voluntary. More info: www.watching.sk.

SWING/DANCE: Valentine’s Swing – Not only for lovers! Lightness, full dance floor and positivism of live music performed by Swing Orchestra Fats Jazz Band led by Ladislav Fančovič marks the special day; a part of the evening will be also a fashion show of original-period clothing and a dance workshop with lecturers from dance school B-Swing. This all will take you almost one hundred years back. Starts: Feb 13, 19:00; V-klub, Square SNP 12. Admission: €13 (€8 seniors and students, €1 disabled). More info: www.citylife.sk.

OPERA: MET Opera Live in HD: The Magic Flute – An oeuvre from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart conducted by James Levine, directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Marke Dendy. Ying Huang and Matthew Polenzani will be starring in one of the most famous operas worldwide, where prince Tamino is trying to win the love of the charming princess Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, whose traps test the power of their love. Starts: Feb 13, 19:00; Arena Theatre, Viedenská cesta 10. Admission: €15. More info: www.ticketportal.sk, www.divadloarena.sk.  

GASTRONOMY: Valentine’s brunch in the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) – It is possible to invite whoever you like – family, children, friends or acquaintances, and have a splendid Sunday morning, with a nice atmosphere, good food and an interesting programme. An interactive exhibition ”Uchovávanie sveta. Rituál múzea v digitálnom veku/ Preserving the World. Museum Ritual in the Digital Age” will be shown by SNG. Special musical programme is also awaiting – romantic and cheerful melodies from vinyl records played by Futurit DJ Maroš Schmidt. Starts: Feb 14, 11:00; Berlinka, Esterházy palace, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: €20 per person (children up to 10 free entrance). Booking: zuzana.palicova@sng.sk. More info: www.sng. 

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Dittersdorf, Haydn, Borodin – Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SKO) Bohdan Warchal, Ewald Danel – art director (violin), Peter Zwiebel – violin, Albert Hrubovčák, Jakub Zívalík – trombone, Marián Bujňák – double bass. The programme will consist of: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf - Sinfonia Concertante for Doublebass, Viola & String Orchestra, Michael Haydn - Concerto in D Major for 2 Trombones & String Orchestra, Alexander Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (version for orchestra). Starts: Feb 14, 18:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Fragile – The vocal interpretation of the well-known world rock, pop, and jazz hits in an extraordinary a cappella arrangements  – voices without accompaniment by musical instruments. Performed by B. Kostka, S. Norisová, J. Golisová, H. Krajčiová, S. Rymarenková, S. Košecký, V. Csontos and K. Mikulčík.Starts: Feb 14, 16:00, 19:00; tickets are available only directly on site. Admission: €13. Tel: 0903/449-650; lodteatro.inviton.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bach and Dance – This concert is an organ recital, especially dedicated to admirers of Johann Sebastian Bach. It consists of three major parts, Bach’s compositions, dances of the court of Louis XIV of France and Hungarian dances. In the beginning, the Symphony from Cantata No. 29 will be heard. Starts: Feb 14, 16:00; Slovak Philharmonics, Reduta building, Eugena Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047 5233. More info: www.citylife.sk. 

LIVE MUSIC: Voila!, Horehigh - Swing, twist, chanson, jazz, as well as hip-hop and reggae. Prague band Voila plays multi-genre music inspired by styles of the 20th century. Members of the band with Slovak singer Zdenka Trvalcová will perform also songs from their debut album Décollage but also new ones prepared for their second album. Starts: Feb 17, 19:00; Cultural centre BNM, Vajnorská 21. Admission: €4. More info: www.ticketportal.sk,  www.citylife.sk. 

UPDATED: Due to lack of interest, the lecture by curator Alexandra Kusá will be held in Slovak 

EXHIBITION/ART TALK: Art Talk – Preserving the World; Museum Ritual in the Digital Age – This exhibition project is one of the outcomes of the project Digital Gallery, deliberating the roles of museums (depositing, preserving, treating, exhibiting, installing, etc.) in the present age of digital technology and the methods of the sensitive use of the digitising of art in museums and galleries with respect to the preservation of the authentic aura of the original work of art. It is held in English and guides visitors at the eponymous exhibition. Starts: Feb 17, 18:00; Slovak National Gallery, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: €4-€6. Bookings: dasa.pestova@sng.sk; more info: www.sng.sk. 

OPERA: Giovanni Paisiello: King Theodore in Venice / Il Re Teodor in Venezia – This Heroic-comical drama in two acts adapted by Hans Werner Henze in Italian language, a project of Opera Studio, comes to its conclusion on February 17. It is conducted by Marián Lejava and directed by Lenka Horinková, Kristýna Vylíčilová, Reinhild Buchmayer, Marek Tokoš, Juraj Kuchar, Csaba Kotlár, Boris Prýgl, Igor Bečár, Michaela Sojčáková, Dominika Výberová, Marián Hrdina, Matej Benda, as well as others. Starts: Feb 17, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www.snd.sk. 

CINEMA: KolNoa – Israeli Film Festival – This event takes place for the third time in Bratislava, bringing the newest and most fundamental Israeli movies of various genres. All films are shown in their original version, some of them also with English subtitles. Booking: www.navstevnik.sk. Starts: Feb 18 - 20; Lumiére cinema, Špitálska 4. Admission: €3-€4 per movie. More info: www.aic.sk/kinolumiere.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Schubert, Knecht, Beethoven - Performed by Slovak Philharmonic, with Christian Benda (conductor). The programme offers works by Franz Schubert – Der Teufel als Hydraulicus, Overture, D. 4, Justin Heinrich Knecht - Le Portrait Musical de la Nature, Symphony no. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 Pastoral Symphony. Starts: Feb 18, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11.8. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

JAZZ: Jazz in Aréna – Jazz concert performed by Jaka Kopač / NY Quartet – Present Thoughts. Members: Jaka Kopač – alto sax (SLO), Danny Grissett – piano (US), Vicente Archer – bass (US), Willie Jones III – drums (US), as guest, Michal Bugala – guitar. Booking: obchodne@divadloarena.sk. Starts: Feb 18, 20:00; Arena Theatre, Viedenská cesta 10. Admission: €8. More info: www.ticketportal.sk, www.divadloarena.sk.           

DANCE SHOW: Oriental Night’s Dream – An event full of Oriental dances performed by Slovak and foreign dancers with epic costumes and unique atmosphere. Starts: Feb 19, 19:00; Cultural Centre Bratislava - Nové Mesto, Vajnorská 21. Admission: €12. More info: www.citylife.sk,  www.skvajnorska.sk. 

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Slovak Philharmonic Choir – The festive concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of this choir, led by Jozef Chabroň, will offer a fine selection of works from its repertory, including one tailor-made for this occasion and premiered. Starts: Feb 19, 19:00; Reduta building of Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €11. Tel:  02/2047-5233; or www.filharmonia.sk (www.ticketportal.sk).            

BALLET: Slovak Dances (premiere) – Thirteen orchestral suite dances by Slovak composer living in New York, Peter Breiner, based on Slovak folk songs and similar suites by other composers, e.g. Bartók, Dvořák, Brahms, Beethoven, Kodály, Borodin and others. Music inspired by folk songs mainly from eastern Slovakia is full of colourful contrasts, energy, humour and unusual instrumentation. Conducted also by Peter Valentovič, libretto written, choreographed and directed by Natália Horečná. Starts: Feb 19, 20, 19:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€20. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

FOLK MUSIC: Folklore in the Head/Catch with folk band Muzička / Folklór v Hlave s ľudovou hudbou Muzička – This event starts with performance of Muzička, and later offers a chance to dance to this music or bring your own musical instruments (violins, cymbals, double basses, clarinets, accordions, ozembuch, etc.) and join in. Music and singing until early morning. Starts: Feb 19, 20:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. Admission: €5. More info: www.citylife.sk,  www.hlava22.sk. 

CONCERT: We are the Champions - Within the cycle of family concerts, Slovak Philharmonics invite to the programme We Are the Champions; performed by Classical Music Maniacs, Jarolím Emmanuel Ružička (art director – violin) and narrated by Martin Vanek. Programme presents talented children from Schools of Art. Starts: Feb 20, 16:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €7-€9. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Metropolitan Orchestra Bratislava – The atmosphere of traditional balls in Bratislava will be revived in this concert, led by Metropolitan Orchestra Bratislava art director Peter Uličný. Bringing you a mixture of classical dances that Bratislava balls saw in the past, also with leading junior dancers from Nové Zámky dance school VIVA - Patrícia Piešťanská and Lukáš Bačkády. Starts: Feb 21, 17:00; City Theatre of P. O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €15 (€12 seniors, students). More info: www.ticketportal.sk. 

EXHIBITION: Roky bojov, obetí a nádejí / Years of Battles, Victims and Hopes (1914-1920) – The situation in World War I will be presented to the public as of the beginning of February. The history of the one of the deadliest European wars will be available to library card holders until the end of the month. Exhibited will be documents commemorating the 100th  anniversary of WWI and activities of the Czechoslovak foreign legion and constitution of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. Open: Mon 12:00-21:00, Tue-Fri: 9:00-21:00, Sat: 9:00-15:00 until Feb 29; University Library, Ventúrska 11. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2204-6618. More info: www.ulib.sk or www.citylife.sk.    

EXHIBITION: Ján Hlavatý: Dance with Paints – More than three decades of paintings of Ján Hlavatý are displayed in this exhibition curated by Eva Trojanová, from expressionism in the beginning through intense work with colour to his latest works, figural, meditative, symbolic and landscape paintings.Open: Tue-Sun 10:00- 20:00, until Feb 28; Danubiana Gallery near Vodné dielo/ Waterworks Čunovo. Admission: €3-€6. Tel: 02/6252-8501; www.danubiana.sk.

PHOTO EXHIBITION: High Tatras – The Polish Institute in Slovakia, in cooperation with the Polish photographer Krzysztof Wojnarowski from Krakow, presents his experimental photographic production, mix of impressions and picture reports, based on locations in the High Tatras. The exhibition titled Between The Monk And The Devil – Tatra’s Lights and Shadows) will also feature works of Michal Jagiella, Polish writer (who worked with Wojnarowsky previously), his complex set of poems called Tatras – a concert for two in 2012. Open: Feb 11-28, 17:00; Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. More info: www.citylife.sk.

  By Adriana Petková

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