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Tips for events in the Slovak capital between March 11 and 20, including a lot of music of various genres, bird watching, a vegan dinner, festival of anime, games and modern Japanese culture, cat show, exhibitions and more.

Birdwatching near Bratislava(Source: Sme)

LIVE MUSIC: Space Recorder, The Surgey – A formation of five musicians from the Space Recorder band presents their world of alternative rock. They released their debut album Backup Universe in 2009 and currently collaborate with the French group The Surgey. Featuring Sasha – Alexandra Malá (vox), Rucho – Richard Ďurana (guitar), Roman Piska (guitar), Timo – Timotej Stries (bass), Milan Hvizdak (drums). Starts: March 11, 20:00, Kafe Scherz Palisády. Partizánska 2. Booking: 0918 724 379; more info: www.kafescherz.sk.

WORLD MUSIC: Ondřej Smeykal - Didgeridoo Solo – Spring concert of Ondřej Smeykal, world-renowned didgeridoo player, offers the electro-version of his music, unlike the winter unplugged performance. Starts: March 11, 19:30; DK Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/6383-5404; www.kzp.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Philip Jeck (Touch, UK), Jonáš Gruska – The British soloist belongs to one of the most classical personalities in collateral music. Many people know this Liverpool native thanks to his gramophonic impressive multimedia performances as well. He played in Bratislava already in 2004. Jeck revives melodies from the 20th century. Jonáš Gruška, Slovak associate of Holland Institute of Sonology, is well-known for his variety of music from field recordings to site-specific projects. Gruška also focuses on making experimental electronic tools. Starts: March 11, 20:00, A4-Space for Contemporary Culture / Priestor súčasnej kultúry; Karpatská 2. Admission: €6-€8. More info: www.a4.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Ultimate 3 Guitars Session – The night full of different kinds of guitar styles, solos, duets: with Pavol Bereza (guitar) who aside from his jazz performance also works with rare cooperation and fusions; Ľuboš Brtáň (guitar and jazz specialist) who performs in foreign countries the Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, France, Slovenia; and Peter Kravárik (17-years-old, guitar) who prefers solo finger-style, has been influenced by musicians like Bon Iver, Passenger and Sufjan Steves. Starts: March 11, 21:00; Rustique, Obchodná 7. Admission: €3. More info: www.citylife.sk.    

LIVE MUSIC: Ado Juráček and Mysami – The Slovak singer, surfer and traveller connects the impact of folk, blues and surf music. Songs inspired by his own life, love and travelling. Ado plays acoustic guitar and ukulele. Starts: March 11, Fri 19:00, Ticho and spol. Theatre, Školská 14; Admission: €4(students/pensioners)-€8. More info: www.tichoaspol.sk.

FOLKLORE MUSIC: Folklore Evening – The night of pure Slovak folklore music presents interactive music-dance entertainment organised by students of the Department of Dance of the Faculty Music and Dance of the Academy of Performing Arts (HTM VŠMU). Starts: March 11, 20:00; V-club, SNP Square 12; Admission: €3. More info: www.nocka.sk.

LANGUAGE/MEETING: Month of Francophony – March is annually a month of French language and culture when the French Institute organises a series of events and tries to popularise this language in Slovakia. A week of French films, Crème de la Crème, exhibitions, presentations and performances from this Francophony Month in 2016. A complex set of films divided into 4 sections (Crème de la Crème contemporary, Homecomings, 3xMarion and For Children) will be presentedbetween March 10 and 16 in cinemas across the city (Film Europe, Mladosť, Lumiere) within Crème de la Crème. Starts: Feb 27 - April 5; various locations. Admission: various. More info: www.citylife.sk; www.institutfrancais.sk.  

PARTY: Swing party – Big dose of jazz and swing presented by the SwinGang orchestra, created in 2013, playing specific jazz Manouche and Gypsy swing. This kind of jazz was popular in the 1920s and 1930s thanks to guitar player Django Reinhardt, violinist Stephane Grappelli, musicians like Angelo Debarre, or the Rosenberg brothers, Schmitts. Dance fans are welcome. Memorable night offered by DJ Matwe Drappenmadchenfeller and famous New Model Radio DJs. Unique contemporary style decoration and special drinks. Starts: March 11, 20:00; Atelier Babylon, SNP Square 14 (Kolárska 3). Admission: €12-€22. Tel: 02/2090-1900; www.babylonatelier.sk.

ROCK MUSIC: Heavy metal – The Heavy Metal Vomit Party invites people for Grindcore Parade n.2 with American bands Magrudergrind (grindcore trio from Brooklyn) and Primitive Man (doom, sludge), Austrian Indoctrinate (grindcore) and Slovak-based Unattended Funeral (power-violence). Starts: March 11, Fri 21:00; Fuga, Námestie SNP 24; More info: www.citylife.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Andrea Zimányiová & Juraj Burian – A good musical match is this combination of a popular male musician, a guitar virtuoso, a studio player with a young female, multi-genre singer. This duet brings new renditions of world-famous songs. French-songs style is a combination of guitar and singing, with a lot of improvisation. Starts: March 12, 21:00; Rustique. Obchodná 7. Admission: €3. More info: www.citylife.sk.    

PARTY: Za šporákom / Behind the Cooking Stove – The Klub Dole welcomes a group of DJs: Mayla, Nada El a Kevi Anavi. Dj Mayla, Czech-born musician living in Bratislava will play prevailingly dynamic techno. She has played with DJ James Ruskin, Toky, Dalo, Hu, Pelacha, Takaaki Itoh or Agent. DJ Keni Anavi plays primarily house and techno. They usually perform in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the UK. Nada El (slu:t) is one of the best-known DJs in Slovakia, with an unexpected mix of minimal and techno music. Starts: March 12, 22:00; Klub Dole, SNP Square 30. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.klubdole.sk.

OPERA: Così Fan Tutte – The dramma giocoso in two acts by W.A. Mozart opened recently 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: March 12, 19:00; historical SND building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Tickets: €7-€30. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

PARTY: Depeche Mode Party – Celebration of darkness and of one of the most popular bands: in this Black celebration trio Matejčík (harp) – Drahovská (vocal) – Špiner (keys) will play, as well as DJ Diablo & Krto & Gabriel. They will offer popular hits, but also rare songs and live recordings. Starts: March 12, Sat 21:00 Hopkirk, Chillout and Culture bar, Karpatská 2; More info: www.citylife.sk.

BIRD WATCHING: Water Birds at Hrušovo Catch Basin – The watching.sk travel agency organises a trip to learn about life of water birds living at the Hrušovo Catch Basin, the most important locality for wintering of birds in Slovakia. Starts: March 13, 9:00; meeting point under SNP bridge, bus stop No 91 at 8:10; or Čunovo whitewater sports complex at 9:00. (Lasts for about 4 hours, route cca 5 kms long.) Admission: voluntary. More information: www.watching.sk.

GASTRONOMY: Vegan Dinner – This community welcomes all people who are interested in cooking. Everyone who wants to join brings vegan food (without meat, eggs, milk/milk products, honey and animal substances. Starts: March 13, Sun 18:00; A4 – Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry / Space of Contemporary Culture, Karpatská 2. More info: www.a4.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: The Eben Brothers – The legendary brothers come to Bratislava. They focus on modern folk, jazz and rock music and use unconventional and inimitable musical tools. This combination creates an absolutely new and unique “eben” sound, which is rare in combination with their lyrics on the folk scene. Starts: March 14, 19:00, Teatro Wüstenrot. Trnavské mýto 1; Admission: €15-€18. More info: www.gedur.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Selah Sue – The young Belgian, new laureate of the Flemish MIA Award  for the Best Female Soloist will play in Bratislava . An icon of recent reggae and soul shows started her career on YouTube. Her songs are influenced by soul, funk and reggae; inspired by her idols: Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Bob Marley. Starts: March 14, 20:00, Majestic Music club. Karpatská 2; Admission: €20-€35. More info: www.majestic.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Eros Ramazzotti – Famous Italian singer embarks on another world tour with his latest album Perfetto, making a stop also in the Slovak capital. He will also play his older hits. Starts: March 15, 19:00; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, (Slovnaft Arena), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €35 – €199. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www.citylife.sk.

ROCK METAL: The Skull – This band developed from doom metal band Trouble but they still play this kind of music in combination with their own songs.  The Skull includes Eric Wagner (vocals); Ron Holzner (bass); Lothar Keller (guitars); Sean Saley (drums); Rob Wrong (guitars). Starts: March 15, 19:00, Rock v múzeu – Múzeum obchodu / Rock in Museum – Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. More info: www.rockvmuzeu.sk, or www.citylife.sk.

BALLET: Le Corsaire – Adolphe Charles Adam – The ballet, written by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, and composed by Adam is a masterpiece of the Romantic era of ballet; choreographed by Jospeh Mazilier and connected with the heyday of classical Russian ballet. The version staged in the Slovak National Theatre is inspired by the version of legendary Marius Petipa, while staged by Vasily Medvedev. Starts: March 15, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk. 

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Piano Recital III. – Christopher Hinterhuber – The piano recital of Austrian pianist Christopher Hinterhuber presents the works of world-renowned composers, including the Bratislava pianist, Johann Nepomuck Hummel. Other names include Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt. Starts: March 15, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047-5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gala of Young Artists at Zichy – In cooperation with the Pedagogical Faculty of the Comenius University in Bratislava, young Slovak musicians (Josef Sládek – vocals, Zuzana Székelyová and Cindy Stehlová – guitar, Jana Svepešová and Tomáš Boroš – piano) present their skills. Starts: March 16, 18:00; Old-Town Centre KaV, ZichyPalace, Ventúrska 9. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

OPERA: The Barber of Seville - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the comic opera in two acts in Italian language by Gioacchino Rossini, conducted at the SND by Rastislav Štúr and directed by Roman Polák. Starts: March 17, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €7-€30. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or www.snd.sk.

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THEATRE/DANCE: YouMake Remake – The Slovak Elledanse troupe performs a multi-genre show inspired by YouTube, choreographed and directed by Israeli Renana Raz. Starts: March 18, 19:00; Štúdio 12, Jakubovo Square 12. Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.citylife.sk.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Music of Famous Composers in Bratislava – This concert presents works of composers who had some kind of connection to Slovakia and its capital via their music. The goal of this project of the Bratislava Chamber Opera is to spread knowledge and the image of music, culture and history in Bratislava as a coronation city of Marie Therese before 1830. The concert is conducted by Adam Sedlický and Marco Vlasák. Starts: March 18, 19:00; Moyzes Hall, Vajanského Nábrežie 12. Admission: €12. More info: www.citylife.sk.

GAME FESTIVAL: Anime Show 2016 & Game Expo 2016 – This year of this multi-genre festival brings a variety of sections(anime, comics, manga; Japanese culture; sci-fi, fantasy & horror; artworks, games, karaoke, cosplay, DDR, board games, PC games, card games and L.A.R.P, and more), as well as tea culture, typical gastronomy, etc. in three days. Starts: March 18-20; Cultus-The House of Culture Ružinov, Ružinovská 28. Tel: 02/4333 0523, www.citylife.sk.

REGGAE: Flight to Jamaica – After a long break, the 2-stage indoor festival takes place; a festival full of the best reggae and dub, all under the same roof. The spring edition Flight to Jamaica will support sound-system Dub Settlers hi-fi; with an exclusive new film focused on the sound-system culture in the Czech and Slovak Republics called A Year of Dub 2; live band; foreign headliner; vegan food; vinyl distro, and more. Starts: March 19, 21:00, Nu Spirit Club, Passage Luxor, Štúrova 3. More info: www.nuspirit.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Unexpected – Drums, bass, house, neuro, trap, electro and dubstep. All these genres will be heard at the party led by Bass Down Low crew, featuring Cyantific (headliner, UK), supported by Sinister Souls (NL), Trilo (PL) and Slovak DJs. Starts: March 19, 22:00, Klub Loft, Továrenská 14. Admission: €8.5-€20. More info: www.klubloft.sk.

BLUES: Livin’ Blues 2016 – The 24th year of this festival hailing the popular genre presents an attractive and interesting programme, mostly focusing on Slovak southern blues, old school with interpretation of the most popular blues standards, dark Moravian soul, and earthy blues with “beefhertov-style” vocals. Performers include Feri Šajtoš and his blues-rock band Joint Venture from Nové Zámky, Old School Band, ZVA 12-28 Band, Petra Poláková with Mothers Follow Chairs, Polish Gruff! and US guitarist Leburn Maddox. Starts: March 19, 16:30, DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €12-€15. More info: www.kzp.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Solamente Naturali – Bach: Johns’ Passion – Another concert of the J.S. Bach cycle offers Johannespassion, version from 1725, reminding of the upcoming Easter time. Solamente Naturali ensemble playing early music on replicas of period instruments will be led by Miloš Valent; Vocal Ensemble SoLa, and Evangelist Jan Petryka. Starts: March 19, 18:00, Great Evangelical Church, Panenská Street. More info: www.solamentenaturali.sk

CAT SHOW: International Cat Show – The spring cat show will bring feline beauties from Slovakia and abroad, including the Best In Show competition of nominated animals for the primacy in FIFe categories. Starts: March 19-20, 10:00-17:00 (10:00 o Saturday); DK Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €1.50 (children)-€3 (on the site). Tel: 02/6381-1328 or www.kzp.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ recital of renowned Czech musician Pavel Kohout offers works by Bach, Slovak Ivan Sokol, Czech Josef Klička and Liszt. Starts: March 20, 10:30; Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free. More info: www.citylife.sk.

EXHIBITION: Strach z neznámeho /Fear of the Unknown – The migration crisis which we are facing is the most serious since the WW2. Millions of people have to leave their homes because of war or extreme poverty. The experience with other cultures is new and practically unknown for the post-communist countries. This exhibition is trying to break the barrier in communication between them. The native and foreign artists are focusing on refugees and our attitude towards them. Open:  Wed-Mon, 12:00-19:00 (21:00 on Fri) since March 18 until July 31; Kunsthalle Bratislava, House of Art, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.

EXHIBITION: On the Freakshow - Andy Pheby Paintings – Andy Pheby is a contemporary figurative painter who portrays people or things that can stand for people – benches, objects, animals. Chance plays a role in many works where liquid paint is pooled and thrown across the work. Pheby is influenced by painters such as Manet and Goya, whom he refers to in his work, as well as the colours used in Indian miniatures. Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-16:00 until March 31; City Library Bratislava, Klariská 16. Admission: free. More info: www.mestskakniznica.sk/sk/1-andy-pheby:-on-the-freakshow.

EXHIBITION: Hľadanie identity / Searching for Identity – The art of painter with Slovak origin Arnold Peter Weisz-Kubínčan, representative of the period between the two world wars in art, can be seen in the Mirbach Palace. He created expressionist paintings of Slovak rural areas in Orava, Liptov and Turiec. He was born as a Jew, but diex as a Christian in a Nazi concentration camp. All his life, the author was searching for his own identity. The exhibition seeks to present his work to the public, based on numerous image- and documentary materials. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until April 24; Mirbach Palace of GMB, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443- 1556(-8); www.gmb.sk.

EXHIBITION: Caricature and Jazz – The exhibition focused on the blending of jazz and cartoon was presented as a support event of Dodo Šošoka Festival in Piešťany (commemorating the jazzman of this name). In Ticho you can see a complex set of cartoons created during five years according to the concept of Bobo Pernecký. Collection of artworks by 24 artists come from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine. Open: weekdays 8:00-20:00 until March 31; Ticho and spol. Theatre, Školská 14. More info www.citylife.sk.

PHOTO EXHIBITION: World War I – The Central-European House of Photography (SEDF) presents the third part in a series of international exhibitions from WW1. The series of photos called Red Poppy Fields are reflections of these terrible times in Europe. Curators (Miha Colner  & Dejan Sluga, both Slovenian); Michaela Bosáková (SVK), Katarzyna Majak (PL), Gabriella Uhl (HU). Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until April 4; SEDF Prepoštská 4. More info: www.sedf.sk.

EXHIBITION: Spiders and Scorpions – More than 40 living animal species with safe inaccessible glass terrariums can be seen, cameras are allowed. Among other species, people can see one of the most dangerous spiders, the black widow (Lathrodectus mactans), the biggest one (Theraphosa stirmi) and the large scorpion (Pandinus imperator). The exhibition corrects widespread myths and mistaken facts about these species. Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00: March 12 until June 26, last entry 16:30; Natural History Museum of the Slovak Naitonal Museum (SNM), Vajanského nábrežie embankment 2; More info: www.snm.sk.

EXHIBITION: Silent and Glass/ Ticho a sklo – Exhibition hailing almost 25 years of the existence of this private gallery focused on glass presents several generations of glass artists - the best works of students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava-VŠVU – and their works which are diverse, with a wide spectrum of technological and philosophical variations in design and creation. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Mar 27; Galéria NOVA, Baštová 2. Admission: free. More info:www.galeria-nova.sk.  

By Michal Hlúbik

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