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CONCERT: Cigánski Diabli / Gipsy Devils – Cigánski Diabli, a group established in 1991, have been accepted as a world/ethno music orchestra playing a mix of Roma, classical and folk music in a typical fusion. Touring Slovakia, they will also play in a jazz club. Starts: March 31, 20:00; Blue Note Club, Blue Note music club, J. Hašku 18. Admission: €10. More info: www.bluenote.sk; www.ciganskidiabli.sk.
SPORT: Open Day for Trnava Softball and Baseball – The SK (Softball Club) Trnava Panthers and BK (Baseball Club) Angels Trnava are organising an afternoon full of competitions, a goulash cooking competition (softball team against baseball team), and more, including the recruitment of new players, especially those aged between six and 10 years. Starts: April 1, 13:00 – 18:00; Primary School J. Bottu 27. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trnava Musical Spring /Trnavská Hudobná Jar – The 49th year of the festival of classical music starts on March 26. On April 1, in Homage a Miroslav Válek, Kamil Mikulčík will sing songs composed by Stanislav Šurin, hailing this famous Slovak poet. Starts: Apr 1 19:00, Synagogue, Halenárska 2. More info: www.vitajtevtrnave.sk.
CONCERT: Lucie Bílá – Hana – Famous Czech singer/actress/producer Lucie Bílá – laureate of 19 Czech Nightingale / Český Slavík awards, as well as TV awards and other prizes – tours Slovakia, promoting her latest album called Hana (which is her real first name). The diva, apart from concerts, also sings in musicals and plays in movies. Starts: April 5, 19:00; Holiday Inn Trnava, Hornopotočná 5. Admission: €35-€39. Tickets: www.ticketportal.sk; more info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
EXHIBITION: Sepp Laubner (AT): Mirroring / Spiegelung – The exhibition of Austrian artist Sepp Laubner who has exhibited internationally – curated by Róbert Němeček – presents his abstract paintings which invite viewers to communicate and visitors to find their own meaning in the artworks. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thur 10:00-18:00; Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until May 4; Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3. Admission: €0.80-€1.50. Tel: 033/5511- 659; www.gjk.sk.
CONCERT: Oker (NOR) – The concert brings Oker, an acoustic improvisation quartet from Oslo, playing standard instruments with non-standard techniques, and with open tones and destructive grooves. Oker: Fredrik Rasten – guitar, Torstein Lavik Larsen – trumpet, Adrian Fiskum Myhr – double bass, Jan Martin Gismervik – drums. Starts: April 1, 20:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €3. More info: www.stanica.sk; www.okerband.com.
MODERN DANCE: Me-Sa, Andrej Petrovič: L/One Of The Seven – The one-woman performance of modern dance represents the first in a series that tries to embody the seven deadly sins. L stands for Lust, for desire, passion, fornication. Choreographer Andrej Petrovič (international works, ex-Akram Khan Company) and dancer Martina Hajdyla Lacová, founder of ME-SA and Dancer of the Year 2015 from Prague try to physically express the concept of sins and sinners. Concept/choreography: Andrej Petrovič; costume: Maroš Baran; light design: Katarína Ďuricová; music: Ben Frost, Amon Tobin; external eye: Karolína Hejnová, Markéta Perroud; dance: Martina Hajdyla Lacová. Starts: April 2, 7:00-22:00; Záhrada – Centrum Nezávislej Kultúry, (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3-€5. More info: www.zahradacnk.sk; www.me-sa.cz.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Allegretto Žilina – The opening concert of the 27th year of the festival of the classical music, Allegretto Žilina, will bring the host, the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, conducted by Briton Kerem Hasan, with Hungarian Timea Acsai on flute and Russian Alexey Stadler on cello playing Mozart’s Overture to the opera La Clemenza di Tito, Concert for Flute and Orchestra in G Major, Joseph Haydn’s Concert for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in C Major, and Zoltan Kodály’s Dances from Galant. The festival continues until April 8, offering 13 performers form nine countries. Starts: Apr 3, 19:00, Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info: www.skozilina.sk, http://hc.sk/allegretto; tickets: www.navstevnik.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Allegretto Žilina – The festival of classical music Allegretto Žilina continues, with one of the concerts featuring the winners of the Competitions of Slovak Conservatories 2017 in the afternoon and a chamber concert (Italian guitarist Davide Giovanni and the Slovak Mucha Quartet – Juraj Tomka, Andrej Baran, Veronika Prokešová, Pavol Mucha – playing the works of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dionisio Aguado y Garcia, and Giulio Regondi) in the evening. Starts: April 4, 16:00 (conservatorists), 19:00 (chamber concert); Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: free for afternoon concert, €6 for evening concert. More info: www.skozilina.sk.
CONCERT: Robo Opatovský – Unplugged Tour – The Slovak pop musician takes a tour around 12 Slovak cities and towns, playing his greatest hits from 20 years of his career and making a stop in the mining town of Banská Štiavnica. Musicians: Štefan Bugala (percussions,vibraphone), Andrej Urminský (acoustic guitar), Ondrej Jurasi (trumpet). Starts: April 7, 20:30; Trotuar Cafe, Andreja Kmeťa 14. Admission: €25. More info: www.tootoot.sk; www.kamdomesta.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert – The State Opera Banská Bystrica has organised the already popular, traditional Easter Concert, this year with the Choir and Orchestra of the State Opera, soloists Dušan Šimo and Ivan Zvarík conducted by Ján Procházka, performing Messa di Gloria by G. Puccini. Starts: Apr 8, 19:30; St Francis of Xaver Cathedral. More info: www.stateopera.sk.
EXHIBITION: Staré / Nové – Old / New – The exhibition co-organised by the Gallery of Spiš Artists and the House of Photography, and curated by Lucia Benická shows old photographic techniques and processes used in a modern, experimental way. Artists include: Tomáš Agat Błoński (PL), Katarína Hudačinová, Robo Kočan, Gabriel Kosmály (all SK), Víťa Krejčí, Jaroslav Malík (both CZ) Jozef Sedlák (SK), Jirka Šigut (CZ) and works from the archives of the House of Photography (gum-bichromate processes), and Bratislava- and Krakow-based academies of fine arts, VŠVU.sk and Polish KSA.edu.pl (experiment). Open: weekdays 9:00-15:00 until April 22; Town Gallery Rimavská Sobota, Hlavné námestie (Main Square) 5. More info: www.mgrs.sk, www.domfoto.sk, www.gus.sk.
CONCERT: Infinity Quartet – The Slovak band Infinity Quartet (Róbert Naď – bass, Zsolt Schreiber – guitar, Imi Nagy – drums) plays cover versions of hits like Fields of Gold, Fragile, Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Night Bird, All of Me, Isn't She Lovely, Quando Quando Quando, Mas que Nada, as well as their own compositions. Starts: March 31, 19:00; Old Irish Pub, Slovenská 39. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
MUSICAL: Frida – To Paint and To Love – The musical written by Daniel Hevier, choreographed by Rudolf Geri and directed/co-authored by Karol Vosátko tells the story of the Mexican painter, bohemian and legendary personality. Cast includes Katarína Ivanková, Mirka Partlová, Natália Puklušová, Tomáš Palonder, Marcel Ochránek, Jakub Ružička, and others. Starts: April 1, 18:30; J. Záborského Theatre, Legionárov Square 6. Admission: €20. More info: www.djz.sk.
HISTORICAL TRAIN RIDE: With a Train to UNESCO-Gothic Spiš – The popular rides on an historical train with an historical engine is enhanced with new destinations: the April 2 ride will take passengers to several UNESCO sites in the Spiš Region – Spiš Castle, the village of Spišské Podhradie, the Spiš Chapter (Spišská Kapitula) and the Church of the Holy Spirit in nearby Žehra. Natural sites include reservation, Dreveník and the mineral spring, Sivá Brada. The day includes a return train ride, a tourist guide, a mobile app of the Košice Region and a digital guide of the whole region. There are four routes, from 2 to 7 hours long. Starts: Apr 2, 7:20 (Košice)-17:00 (departure from Spišské Podhradie back to Košice). More info: www.detskazeleznica.sk/-prihlaska.
MODERN DANCE: Lupe – Lupe is a poly-duet which reflects the collaboration of artists/choreographers René Alejandro Huari Mateusa (CO/ DE) and Zuzana Žabková (SK/DE) with performers, exploring the limits of contemporary choreography, relations between audiences and performers, and stereotypes-hierarchies implying this relation. Starts: April 5, 19:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €6. More info: www.tabacka.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert – The State Slovak Philharmonic Košice conducted by Marek Štryncl, with soloists – Lucia Knoteková, soprano, Petra Noskaiová, alto and the Vokálny súbor Gregoriana choir (led by Marek Klein) will perform Suita D Major, Op. 14 by local composer Jozef Podprocký, Temple Windows by Neo-Classicist Ottorino Respighi and Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Starts: April 6, 19:00; ŠfK House of Arts, Moyzesovaa 66. Admission: €5-€10 (€15 VIP loge). Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.navstevnik.sk; tel: 055/2453-123; www.sfk.sk.
CONCERT: Úlfur Úlfur (ICE) – The concert by the Icelandic band Úlfur Úlfur (established in 2010) shows how they break the border, mix rap with humour, and enjoy music and life. Its members Arnar and Helgi (Úlfur Úlfur) are technically good rappers and philosophically good lyric writers, albeit in their mother tongue. This concert is the last in the series “Crossing the Borders – Culture, Way of Mutual Understanding”, supported from EEA Grants and the Slovak state budget. Starts: April 6, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €2-€3. More info: www.tabacka.sk.
TATOO/OTHER EVENT: Tattoo Show Prešov – The tattoo competition with international participation and accompanying programme, in which more than 40 tattooers present their art, including the New Zealand guest Brent McCown. Starts: April 8, 11:00; PKO - Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.
High Tatras/Veľká Lomnica
SPORT: Ski & Golf Slovakia – The 8th combined competition takes place in the High Tatras, with five winners proceeding to the Austrian world finals in Zell am See – Kaprun. Registration possible until March 31. On April 8, the skiing and the first round of golf takes place, while on the next day, the second round of the golf tournament begins. Starts: April 8-9, 8:00-19:00 (Saturday). 10:00-16:00 (Sunday); Štrbské Pleso ski resort, Black Stork golf resort, A PGA Golf Course. Admission: €160 for competitors, free for onlookers. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk, conditions and registration www.international.sk.
EXHIBITION: Ivan Köhler – Residence of Death – Rezidencia smrti – This exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of the first transport of Jewish citizens from Slovakia to the Auschwitz death camp. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until April 23; Tatranská galéria / Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. Admission: €1-€1.50. More info: www.tatragaleria.sk.