Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances, exhibitions and other events in the Slovak regions between July 8 and 17, including festivals, classical music, concerts, riding, outdoor events, competition and more.

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Western Slovakia
Trenčín - FESTIVAL: Pohoda Festival 2016; Starts: the festival is underway and lasts until Jul 9
Šamorín - Čilistov - COMPETITION: Open European Championship of children and youth in agility; Starts: the festival is underway and lasts until Jul 10
Kežmarok - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: European Folk Craft; Starts: Jul 8 - 10
Nitra - FOLK FESTIVAL: Academic Nitra; Starts: Jul 8, 18:00, 9, 12:00
Modra - CONCERT & GASTRONOMY: Provencal Night at Zochova Cottage; Starts: Jul 9, 19:00
Central Slovakia
Banská Štiavnica - CONCERT: BachTribute 2016; Starts: Jul 7, 19:00, 22:00; Jul 8, 19:00; Jul 9, 18:30
Strečno - FESTIVAL: Strečno Castle Festivities; Starts: Jul 9 – 10, 9:00
Liptovský Mikuláš - FESTIVAL: Flower Festival; Starts: Jul 10, 12:00 - 18:00
Beckov - FESTIVAL: Beckov Festivities; Starts: Jul 15 – 17
Eastern Slovakia
Košice - CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mischa Maisky - Recital Košice; Starts: Jul 10, 20:00
Košice - CONCERT: Krzystof Kobylinski (PL); Starts: Jul 11; 19:00
Prešov - MOTORCYCLE RIDING: Harley Days; Starts: Jul 16 – 17; 10:00
Poprad - EXHIBITION: Edgar Degas: The naked truth; Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until Sep 18
Programme of events in Bratislava can be found here

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Western Slovakia


FESTIVAL: Pohoda Festival 2016 - The twentieth year of the art festival Pohoda brings alternative, indie, electronic, world music and punk, literature, dance, visual arts, film and theatre. Performers are: The Prodigy (GB), Sigur Rós (IS), PJ Harvey (GB), James Blake (GB), Flying Lotus (US), Parov Stelar (AT), The Vaccines (GB), Nina Kraviz (RU), Gogol Bordello (US), Savages (GB), Odesza (US), Ernest Ranglin & friends (JM), Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NL), Poliça (US), SPOR (GB), Easy Star All-Stars (US), Monsieur Periné (CO), Saul Williams (US), Dub Pistols (GB), Thundercat (US) and others. Starts: the festival is underway and lasts until Jul 9, Trenčín Airport. Admission: €99 (in advance until Jul 7) €119 on site. More info:

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Šamorín - Čilistov

COMPETITION: Otvorené majstrovstvá Európy detí a mládeže v agility/ Open European Championship of children and youth in agility - Šarmorín will become a city of cynology. Man's best friends and their owners from around the world will join the championship, including from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, across Europe and Russia. Agility is a cynology sport, where the dog with the help of his handler overcomes various obstacles. It will be possible to see various dog breeds. Starts: the festival is underway and lasts until Jul 10; Areal X-bionic sphere. Admission: free. More info: Dubová street 33, More info:


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: Európske ľudové remeslo/ European Folk Craft - Lovers of history, culture, folk traditions and also supporters of summer festivals can await the biggest cultural event in Kežmarok, which will be dedicated to a pottery guild and Kežmarok bookprinters. A rich three-day program in the historic centre of Kežmarok is traditionally the purpose of meetings of craftsmen and fencers, domestic and foreign folklore groups, as well as actors, lovers of classical and modern music, falconers, honoured guests, but especially people from near and distant surroundings. Starts: Jul 8 - 10; Hviezdoslavova street. Admission: €5 in advance. More info:


FOLK FESTIVAL: Akademická Nitra/ Academic Nitra - Already begun international festival of folk ensembles is a competitive exhibition of the creation of domestic and foreign groups. Visitors can await eleven Slovak and five foreign academic ensembles which are connected with Slovak ones for many years. Programme of the last days of the festival includes foreign ensembles and is titled “Hosť do domu, Boh do domu/ Guest to the house, God to the house”. Performers are: FS Promni (Poland - Jarok), FS ADMIU (Azerbaijan - Podhorany), FS Gergana (Bulgaria - Zlaté Moravce), LTD Sukhishvilebi (Georgia - Malá Lehota). Starts: Jul 8, 18:00, 9, 12:00; in the area of University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, City of Nitra and Theatre of Andrej Bagara in Nitra. More info:

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CONCERT & GASTRONOMY: Provensálska noc na Zochovej chate/ Provencal Night at Zochova Cottage - Visitors can spend a night or weekend in the style of the French countryside and enjoy the concert of talented singer and actress Jana Gavačová titled “Šansón v príbehoch/ Chansons in Stories” in a romantic atmosphere on the summer terrace. A 3-course chef's menu will be prepared by Peter Rupčík. Starts: Jul 9, 19:00; Restaurant Terrace of the Zochova Cottage. Admission: free (Requirement is a reservation of 3-course tasting dinner €39 / person  by or +421 33 2633 314. More info:

Central Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica

CONCERT: BachTribute 2016 - This is the fifth year of the festival of music by significant composer of the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach. The programme includes Organ Concert of Pavol Valášek and Guitar Concert of Ondrej Veselý (Jul 7), Gabriele Marinoni - organ (IT), Filip Holacký - viola (CZ) and Marek Štrbák - organ, Adam Stráňavský -
piano, Ondrej Veselý - guitar (SK), (Jul 8). The concert also welcomes a special guest -  Gabriele Marinoni from Italy, who currently lives in Germany. His concert is planned for the last day and it is titled Organ Concert Gabriele Marinoni. Starts: Jul 7, 19:00, 22:00; Church of St. Catherine. Jul 8, 19:00; Church of St. Catherine. Jul 9, 18:30; Parish Church of the Virgin Mary Assumption. More info:


FESTIVAL: Strečianske hradné slávnosti/ Strečno Castle Festivities – A group of historical fencing Wagus, Považské Museum in Žilina and Strečno Castle welcomes everyone to a weekend full of history and romantic atmosphere. Visitors can await a rich programme in the Stečno Castle and also under it, featuring Fencers, falconers, knights and theatres or old crafts. For Saturday evening a galaprogram is prepared featuring the best fencing groups and a fire show. Starts: Jul 9 – 10, 9:00 (both days); Hrad Strečno. Admission: €8 (one-day ticket). More info:

Liptovský Mikuláš

FESTIVAL: Festival Kvetov/ Flower Festival - The first year of the Flower Festival brings an exhibition of floral objects of professional and non-professional artists, Liptov Gallery of P. M. Bohúň, school of arranging, workshops, musical accompaniment and picnics. The festival is about flowers and people who love them. That is also the reason why every visitor decorated with a flower has a 50% entry discount. Competitors have the possibility to register their flower object or arrangement for the competition in categories: children, professionals, non-professionals hand-made creation and seniors. Registration open until Jul 4 ( +421 (0) 44/5522758. Starts: Jul 10, 12:00 - 18:00, Garden of Liptov Gallery of Peter Michal Bohúň, Tranovského 3. More info:


FESTIVAL: Beckovské slávnosti/ Beckov Festivities – Under the Beckov Castle in the pleasant village of Beckov cultural and historical events will take place over three days. The programme includes music of Slovak bands, performances of knights, children's workshops, craft fair, inflatable paddling kingdom, discussions and other attractions. Starts: Jul 15 – 17; Beckov. Admission: €5 (in advance), €7 (on site). More info:

Eastern Slovakia


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mischa Maisky - Recitál/ Recital Košice - Mischa Maisky belongs among the world’s most famous and most desirable artists in the field of classical music. He will perform a solo recital accompanied by his daughter - pianist Lily Maisky in the framework of the twelfth year of festival Viva Musica! 2016. Mischa Maisky studied with two legendary Russian cellists - Gregor Piatigorský and Mstislav Rostropovič, who described him as one of the greatest talents of his generation. His performance  is connected with poetry and softness with great temperament and virtuoso technique. Starts: Jul 10, 20:00, Kunsthalle - Art Gallery, Rumanova street. Admission: Admission: €12. More info:


CONCERT: Krzystof Kobylinski (PL) - Krzysztof Kobyliński is a Polish composer, pianist, and author of albums of mostly jazz, ethno, classical and electronic music. This year the musician will present his works in the solo piano version. The concert is organised within the Summer Music Festival Hevhetia. Starts: Jul 11; 19:00; Eastern Slovak Gallery, Hlavná 21. Admission: €5. More info:


MOTORCYCLE RIDING: Harley Days – The most interesting part of the event Harley Days will be free rides on the current model line of iconic Harley-Davidson, that will be brought to Prešov by specially modified truck in the framework of the Europe-wide Harley on Tour. Opportunity to try 23 Harley models, stationary Jump Start for non-riders and children have the possibility to drive by Harley in a sidecar. The programme includes also competitions, a stunt show or concerts featuring Megadeth, The Carburetors, Meredith or Signum Regis. Starts: Jul 16 – 17; 10:00 both days; place behind the Tatran Handball Arena. Admission: €35 (standing) and €39 (sitting). More info:


EXHIBITION: Edgar Degas: The naked truth - Edgar Degaswas one of the the most important painters, cartoonists, graphic artists, innovative sculptors and photographers of the 19th century. The exhibition of his works from a private collection is titled The naked truth, heliogravura series of cycle La Famille Cardinal. Collection of illustrations offers a view of French society, Paris streets and nightlife through the works of this impressionist master. Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until Sep 18; Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. Admission: €3. More info:

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