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Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between September 30 and October 9, including classical, jazz and modern music, operas, gastronomy event or exhibitions.

State Theatre Košice: La Bohéme by Giacomo Pucini(Source: Joseph Marčinský)

Western Slovakia



CLASSICAL MUSIC: Two of the concerts from the Slovak festival of art, Hudba Trnave / Music to Trnava take place in the local Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art: on Friday, Miriam Rodriquez-Brüllová on guitar and the Moyzes Quartet will play the works of Antonio Vivaldi, Nicolo Paganini, Federico Moreno Torroba and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedecso. On Sunday, at the same venue, the Matúš Jakabčic Quartet (Ondřej Štveráček – tenor- &soprano saxophone, Matúš Jakabčic – guitar, Tomáš Baroš – double-bass, Marián Ševčík – drums) will perform the compositions of Jakabčic and two evergreens. The concert on Saturday, at the mansion in Dolná Krupá, will be performed by the Bratislava Guitar Quartet and the Moyzes Quartet, with Martin Krajčo on the guitar and Ján Slávik on cello. They will play works by Vladimír Godár, Luigi Boccherini, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Domeniconi, and Andrew York – . Starts: Oct 7, 19:00; Oct 9, 19:00; Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2. More info: www.gjk.sk.


EXHIBITION: Newrope – This exhibition, closely connected with the Divadelná Nitra theatre festival, explores the phenomenon of contemporary Europe, the European Union, the Slovak presidency within the Council of the EU, as well as the role of art and artists in the contemporary world, in everyday life and social engagement. Genres of works, mostly created specifically for this exhibition, vary from drawings, through to videos, site-specific installation and objects, to intervention in public space. The curator is Omar Mirza; artists include Marcin Berdyszak (PL), Martinka Bobríková & Oscar de Carmen (SK/ES/NO), Anton Čierny (SK), ex-artists’ collective (Tamás Kaszás & Anikó Loránt, HU), Guma Guar (CZ), Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová (RO/SK), Kulturdrogerie (Markus Hiesleitner & Franz Tišek, AT), Oto Hudec (SK), Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), Jan Kostaa (SK), Patrik Kovačovský (SK), Nicolas Malclès Sanuy (FR), Jana Mináriková (SK), Vlad Nancă (RO), Ilona Németh (SK), Andrea Palamarčuková (SK/CH), Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn (RU/DE), Tomáš Roubal (CZ), Erik Sikora (SK), Marek Schovánek (CZ/CA), Juliana Irene Smith (US) & Claudia Berg (CH). Open: Tue - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat - Sun 13:00 - 18:00 until Nov 13; Nitra Gallery / Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €3. More info: www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.

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Central Slovakia


Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: La Rocca/Moretti: Ancient Future – The Italian group, Ancient Future, play a repertory of their own compositions as well as re-arranged traditional folk songs, their style combining ethno-folk, jazz and improvisation. In Banská Bystrica, they will be supported by the local pianist Minjo. Starts: Oct 7, 19:00; Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3. More info: www.zahradacnk.sk.



CONCERT/PARTY: These two consecutive concerts/parties bring together a fine selection of Slovak DJs: Strapo; D-Fly; DJ Spinhandz; DJ Crxo. Start: Oct  7, 8, 21:00; Smer Music Bar, R. Zaymusa 72/8. Admission: €5 (in advance: bit.ly/StrapoPredpredaj), €6 on the site. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.



CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gala-concert of the Voce Magna festival – EU Countries-Belgium – The concluding concert features the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO) Žilina, the children’s Choir, Jitro, the Male Choir of Béla Bartók from Pécs, the Avademic Choir of VŠB-TU Ostrava and Cambiar la Música as conducted by Štefan Sedlický. Starts: Oct 8, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €5. More info: www.skozilina.sk.  

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Tosca – The State Opera Banská Bystrica premieres the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini, as rehearsed and conducted by Fabio Mastrangello, directed by Martin Huba, with stage design by Jozef Cille, costumes by Peter Čanecký and choir-master Ján Procházka; the cast includes Patrícia Macák Solotruková / Jolana Fogašová a.g.; Dušan Šimo / Paolo Lardizzone a.g.; Šimon Svitok / Zoltán Vongrey; Ivan Zvarík / Matúš Bujňák a.g. Martin Popovič / Marián Lukáč a.g., etc. Starts: Oct 14, 15, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €12. More info: www.stateopera.sk.


Eastern Slovakia



GASTRONOMY/FESTIVAL: Soup Festival / Polievkový festival 2016 – This autumnal gastronomic feat offers the opportunity to various communities, minorities and ethnicities living in Košice to present their unique culture, and especially their cuisine. Starts: Oct 8, 14:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. More info: 055/ 3009-501; festival@k13.sk; www.tabacka.sk.



OPERA: La Bohéme – The recently premiered iconic opera by Giacomo Puccini is rehearsed and conducted by Maroš Potokár (alternated with Jan Novobilský), directed by Michael Tarant, stage and costumes by Tomáš Moravec, the choirmaster is Lukáš Kozubík and the choreographer, Ivana Kučerová, with a cast including Lucie Kašpárková / Janette Zsigová, Aneta Hollá / Michaela Várady,  Jaroslav Dvorský / Jozef Gráf, Marek Gurbaľ / Marián Lukáč, Martin Kovács / Marek Pobuda, Michal Onufer / Jiří Přibyl, František Balún / József Havasi, František Balún / József Havasi. Starts: Oct 8, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €2 - €4. More info: www.sdke.sk.


EXHIBITION: Trvalosť plynúceho času / the Persistence of Passing Time – The exhibition, part of the Visegrad Days, presents a variety of graphic artworks by various artists (Zoltán Palugyay, Mikuláš Galanda, Martin Benka, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and more) and statues by Lestyán Goda János, curated by Štefan Kúsek. Open: Tue-Sat 10:00- 18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00, Oct 6-Nov 6; Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Admission: €0.50-€1. More info: 055/6223-073; www.lofflermuzeum.sk.


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