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Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

Rce in krňačky sleighing, Turecká 2017(Source: Sme - Ján Krošlák)

Western Slovakia

Nitra

CONCERT: David Koller & Friends 2017 – Czech musician David Koller has embarked on a tour, in which his songs are performed by other Czech and Slovak musicians and bands who are guests at his concerts: Katarzia, Korben Dallas, Vladimír 518 & Mike Trafik, Kato of Prago Union, Hentai Corporation, Android Asteroid and Ben Cristovao, among others. In February, they will tour Slovakia, making a stop in Žilina, Jasná, Trenčín, Košice and Banská Bystrica, with a Valentine concert in Bratislava, and finishing at Nitra. Starts: Feb 17, 20:00; Nájomná jednotka 210, Chrenovská 30. Admission: €20. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk; more info: www.davidkoller.cz.

Nitra

CONCERT: Carnival Concert of Gipsy Devils / Cigánski Diabli – The Carnival season brings many cultural and social events and one of them is the concert of the renowned Slovak orchestra (Štefan Banyák – first violin, Ernest Šarközi - cymbalom, Silvia Šarközi – cello and Zoltán Grunza – clarinet) playing classical music, operettas in fusion with jazz, flamenco, and gipsy music. After Nitra, they will also give concerts in Zlaté Moravce, Bytča, Šúrvce and Nové Mesto nad Váhom. Starts: Feb 17, 20:00; Nájomná jednotka 210 club, Chrenovská 30. Admission: €13. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk; more info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Trnava

JAZZ: Winter Jazzfest Trnava 2017 – The one-day jazz festival brings two Slovak groups and a foreign one: the Pacora Trio (Stanislav Palúch, Marcel Komendant, Róbert Ragan), Partnership Unlimited II (Oskar Rózsa – Michal Bugala – EugenVizváry – Lukáš Oravec) and the Austrian/Italian Raphael Wressnig & The Soul Gift Band. They offer various genres, from jazz and folkl fusion (Pacora Trio) through electronic jazzrock (Partnership Unlimited II) to blues-funk (Raphael Wressnig & The Soul Gift Band). Starts: Feb 18, 19:00; Music a Cafe Trnava, Športová 1 (City Arena Trnava). Admission: €15. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk; more info: 0948/253-240; 0918/651-734.

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Central Slovakia

Martin

CONCERT: Movits! - The Swedish band with three members combines swing and hip-hop in a unique way. Since 2007, they have released four albums and made numerous tours – which lead them also to Slovakia. Starts: Feb 17, 20:00; Mestská scéna (City Stage), M.R. Štefánika 54. Admission: €12 (in advance)-€15 (on the door). More info, tickets: www.mestskascena.sk/klient-254/kino-66/stranka-1882/film-119749.

Banská Bystrica/Staré Hory

SLEIGH RACE: The race of vintage wooden sleighs, krne or krňačky brings fun, as well as a sporting thrill. In Staré Hory near Banská Bystrica, there is a new track which will host the 9th year of the international race of Staré Hory and the Slovak Krňačky Race Cup.

Starts: Feb 18, 9:00-16:00; Staré Hory. Admission: free for onlookers. More info: www.krne.sk.

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: Swinging Gentlemen – A Slovak group (Michal Zápotocký – guitar, Martin Uherek – saxophone, Róbert Ragan Jr. double bass, Emanuel Görči – piano) will take visitors back to the era of nice, soft but vivid music, good manners and decent clothes - when swing was the king. Starts: Feb 18, 20:00; Jazz klub 12 Horná 12. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Georges Bizet – The Pearl Fishers / Lovci Perál – This lesser-known opera is considered by experts the second best, after Carmen, from the work of this French composer. This version is conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Andrea Hlinková, choreographed by Ladislav Cmorej and performed by Katarzyna Mackiewicz, Peter Malý as guest, Šimon Svitok, Ivan Zvarík, and others. Starts: Feb 21, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 048/2457-123 or www.stateopera.sk.

Žilina

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Alphorn, or Alpine horn, is an instrument not typically associated with classical music but this concert offers the works of Leopold Mozart (Sinfonia Pastorela for Alphorn and Orchestra), and Giovanni d'Aquila (The Great Horn of Helm for Alphorn and String Orchestra). Also on offer are Antonín Dvořák and his Romance for Volin and Orchestra, Op. 11, Mazurka for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 49, and Beethoven' Symphony No 8 F Major, Op. 93). They will be performed by the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO) conducted by Maroš Potokár, with Carlo Torlontano, Italy, on alphorn and Czech Julie Svěcená on violin. Starts: Feb 23, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info: www.skozilina.sk.

Banská Štiavnica

FILM FESTIVAL: 4 Živly / Four Elements – The 6th winter film festival has Fate as its leitmotif, and brings – apart form movies – guests and music at various sites in this town (Kino Akademik, Sv. Trojice Square 1; Art Café, Akademická 2, and Galéria Schemnitz, A. Sládkoviča 53/2). Starts: Feb 24-26; three sites. Admission: €17 (accreditation for whole festival. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk, Facebook.

Eastern Slovakia

Košice

CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Evening of Modern Dance – The dance theatre Bralen of Bratislava presents a selection of its performances. Currently, its comprises of 90 young people aged 10 to 35, and in more than 40 years of its existence, it has experienced 53 dance lecturers from12 countries, has performed 60 creations by 21 choreographers from seven countries, etc. Starts: 18, 18:00, Kasárne/Kulturpark, Alfa building, Kukučínova 2. Admission: €3 (in advance)- €5. Tel: 0908/965-287. More info: www.k13.sk.

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Quasars Ensemble & Košice – This concert by the Slovak orchestra commemorates Jozef Sixta, the bard of Slovak avant-garde, within the seventh year of the cycle Quasars Ensemble & Košice. Apart from the ensemble conducted by Ivan Buffa, it will feature Polish composer Marcel Chyrzyński whose work Reflection No. 4 will be performed in a Slovak premiere. Other works to be performed include Bohuslav Martinů – Kitchen Revue, Jozef Sixta – Noneto, and Oto Ferenczy – Concertino pre 10 Stromenti.

Starts: Feb 20, 18:00; Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Admission: free. More info: www.lofflermuzeum.sk.

Košice

CONCERT: Postman – The Ukrainian musician, lead singer of the indie-rock band, 5 Vymir Konstantin Pochtar, has a solo project called Postman, in which he tells stories about his friends and acquaintances, accompanied by acocustic guitar, accordion and violin. Starts: Feb 21, 20:00; Fabricafe, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €3. More info: www.tabacka.sk.

Košice

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Operatic Evening – This concert by the State Slovak Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) brings famous arias from Italian and Russian operas, as performed by ŠfK conducted Viktor Ploskina, with tenor Mikhailo Malafij. The compsoers whose works will resound include Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, P.I. Tchaikovky, M.I. Glinka, and M.P. Mussorgsky. Starts: Feb 23, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €3-€13. Tickets: 055/2453-123; vstupenky@sfk.sk, www.navstevnik.sk. More info: www.sfk.sk.

Prešov

CONCERT: GrooveHub & Cha Bud! – Two Slovak bands offer an evening of musical mergers: GrooveHub (Ľubomír Šramo – keyboard, composer; Radovan Vallach – drums; Adam Hudec – bass) plays a fusion of jazz, Latino and film music (and its Enter the Hub received the Jazz Album of the Year award). Cha Bud! (Eat a Lot! in Roma) is composed of Viktor Balog – drums, Matej Lazár – keyboards, Peter Šafránek – guitar, talkbox, Adam Richter – bass, Filip Molčányi – altSax, Viktor Vaitovič – tenorSax, Pavol Jeňo – trumpet František Beneš – percussion and plays also a fusion of jazz, groove, funk and dub. Starts: Feb 24, 21:00; Wave, Hlavná 121. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Košice

OPERETTA: Johann Strauss: Night in Venice – One of the most successful operettas of the famous composer will be premiered at the State Theatre Košice (SDKE) as directed by Dagmar Hlubková, conducted by Igor Dohovič, Jan Novobilský, with stage designer Jaroslav Milfajt, costume designer Danica Hanáková and choreographer Ivana Kučerová. Cast includes Václav Morys/Titusz Tóbisz, Anton Baculík/Zsolt Vádasz, Oľga Bezačinská/Tatiana Paľovčíková, Marek Gurbaľ/Marián Lukáč Lucia Bujňáková/Aneta Hollá, Lilla Dégner/Eva Nováková and others. Starts: Feb 24, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4- €17. More info: www.sdke.sk.

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