Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between June 23 and July 2, including historical fencing bouts at a castle, shows of traditional crafts, music in an open-air museum, gold-digging in a museum, and a lot of dance and music, including open-air events.

Medieval Days 2016 in Hlohovec Medieval Days 2016 in Hlohovec (Source: TASR)

Western Slovakia

Trenčianske Teplice

FILM FESTIVAL: The Park Film Fest – International Film Festival Trenčianske Teplice – will have two competition sections: Her View – focused on women filmmakers (jurors are British director Rupert Murray, Spanish director and cameraman Jeronimo Molero and Slovak actress Zuzana Mauréry); and Great Hopes, presenting talented, hopeful European filmmakers (jurors are film reviewer Pamela Pianezza, film reviewer Matej Sotník and director Daniel Rihák). Starts: June 23 – 26; various sites in Trenčianske Teplice. More info:


HISTORICAL FESTIVAL: Stredoveké dni v Hlohovci / Medieval Days in Hlohovec – The 4th year of this festival evoking the spirit of Middle Ages in this town will offer the story of the young knight who goes for training to a master – while visitors will be able to follow his apprenticeship, they will experience, court entertainment, hunting and the knight’s duel in which he seeks revenge for the murder of his father. Starts: June 24-25, 10:00; Castle Garden. Tickets: More info:

Trnava/Kamenný Mlyn

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Ekofest – This music festival offers Slovak musicians and bands, including Horkýže Slíže, Inekafe, Zóna A, Heľenine Oči, etc. Starts: June 24, 15:30 hod., Kamenný mlyn – Trnava. Admission: free for children, seniors over 65 – free; €8. Tickets: More info:


HISTORICAL BARBECUE: Raňajky v tráve 2017 / The Luncheon on the Grass 2017 – The open-air picnic near the cult Romanesque church in Drážovce has become an annual tribute to the era of impressionism, French painters and the savoir vivre – enjoying life. In case of bad weather, the participants are asked to take umbrellas and take a walk to the church where an exhibition of the works of Ester Šabíková will be placed, and music performances will be organised. Starts: June 25, 10:00 Romanesque Church in Drážovce; (start of a biking tour at 9.30 from the A. Bagar Theatre). More info:; Facebook.


SPORT: Rugged Race Street – The fourth year of the obstacle race in the streets, and around the town of Myjava. The route is 7.5 km long and has more than 25 obstacles. Starts: June 25, 12:00; 1. mája 555/4. More info:


HISTORICAL FESTIVAL: Hradovanie na Nitrianskom hrade / Castle Games at the Nitra Castle – The Nitra tourism agency, the non-profit organisation Castellum and the Bojník historical fencing troupe bring five performances called Hradovanie na Nitrianskom hrade during the 2017 tourist season. The day at Nitra Castle includes fencing, historical dances, courses in both disciplines, period cuisine, a fashion show of historical costumes, falconers, games for children and adults, as well as dubbing of knights, a Turkish café, Oriental dances and more. This time, the theme is A Renaissance Day. Starts: June 25, 13:00-18:00; Nitra Castle. Admission. €2.50-€5. More info: 0911/392860;


CONCERT: Space A – The concert of the US band Space A – which is part of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band (USAFE) based in Germany and which has been performing for more than 60 years – brings American pop in a huge show as part of its European tour, stopping for an open-air concert in Nitra. Starts: June 30, 18:00; Na Sihoti city park. Admission: free. More info:

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Central Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica/Nová Baňa

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Strunobranie 2017 – After several years’ break, the nation-wide competition for non-professional musicians, bands and soloists, of folk, jazz, and rock, will continue this year: registration takes place on June 22 and the competition itself on June 23-24. Starts: June 22 (registration, 17:00), June 23 (14:00)-24 (10:00); amphitheatre near the Tajch lake, Nová Baňa.

Banská Bystrica

MUSIC EFSTIVAL: Rockscape 2017 – The 5th year of the music festival in the city centre offers three days of rock, ethno, and other music genres, performed by Slovak and foreign musicians. Performers include Cascabel, Acid Force, Incanrit (SWE), Konfront (CZ), Heľenine Oči, Horkýže Slíže, Mr. Teddy & The Sidekicks, Para, N3O Akustika, Chiki Liki Tu-a, Malalata, Stromboli (CZ), ZVA 12-28 Band. On Sunday, there will also be a barbecue with concerts, a theatre performance, and more. Starts: June 23 (19:00) -25, Klub 77, Horná 54, (Sunday barbecue in the garden of the Skutecký Villa). Admission: €3-€5 (Friday only), €15 (in advance)-€17 for Saturday and Sunday, two-day tickets €20-€25. Tickets: More info:


MUSEUM/EVENT: Čičmany Enlivened – Oživené Čičmany – The Považské Museum in Žilina has prepared a series of short cultural events for the 2017 season which bring singers and instrumentalists of the region to the open-air museum of folk architecture in Čičmany (on June 25, July 16, August 20 and September 17). Starts: June 25, 13:00; Raden’s House, Čičmany. Admission: free. More info:

Banská Bystrica

SPORT: International Yoga Day – The June 21, International Yoga Day, will be celebrated later in Banská Bystrica – on the morning of June 25 by a series of free yoga classes between 9:30 and 12:00. Bring your own roll mat. Also, between June 19 and 25, all courses of Jóga v dennom živote will be free. Starts: June 25, 9:30; park under the SNP monument. Admission: free. More info:

Banská Bystrica

DANCE: Ufftenživot (CZ): Loneliness&Stuff / Lukáš Homola: Solus – The two joint performances explore loneliness versus togetherness, sharing and caring, one versus a couple, and more. Loneliness&Stuff has been created by Sára Arnstein, Jiří Šimek (ufftenživot), music by Ivo Sedláček (reproduced music Forest Swords, Perfume Genius, La Femme, WhoMadeWho), light design Štěpán Hejzlar, David Prokopič. Solus is debut performance of Lukáš Homola, made with director Jakub Mudrák. Visual design – David Javorský, costume - Larisa Gombárová, music – Marcela Vilhanová, light design – Milan Slama. Starts: June 29, 19:00-22:00; Záhrada - Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3-€5. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gala-concert from the Slovak Sinfonietta and Adriana Kučerová in the Château Gbeľany – This special concert from the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO Žilina) is conducted by the UK’s Simon Chalk; with Adriana Kučerová ( soprano), Lukáš Szentkereszty (violin), performing Gioacchino Rossini: pieces from Barbeiere of Siviglia; Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Charles Gounod’s Je veux vivre of Romeo and Juliet, Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Jules Massenet’s Thais; Vincenzo Bellini’s La Somnabula: Mozart’s Figaro’s Wedding; John Williams’ soundtrack to Schindler’s List, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto; Johann Strauss’ Ritter Pázmán. The audience can then select their choice from Georges Bizet: overture to Carmen; Johann Strauss: Unter Donner und Blitz; Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 5; Leo Delibes: Les filles de Cadix. Starts: June 29, 19:00; courtyard of the Château Gbeľany. Admission: €20-€24 (welcome drink included). More info:

Eastern Slovakia

Tatranská Lomnica/Tatras

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS: Demonstrations of the traditional crafts and hand-made produce of the shepherd’s culture. Starts: June 23, 13:00; ÚĽUV Gallery, Tatranská Lomnica 36. Admission: free. More info:


FOLKLORE: Cassovia Folkfest – The 36th year of the city folklore festival in Košice offers the traditional attempt at a record in mass dancing of the karička dance, the festival of halušky, Ján’s Evening, children’s folklore ensembles, craft markets, dance performances of Slovak and other folklores, exhibitions, and more. Starts: June 22-25; various sites in Košice, mostly the Main (Hlavná) Street and adjacent sites. More info:

Hniezdne/Stará Ľubovňa

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Nestville Open Fest 2017 – The summer festival celebrates its 6th year – with Slovak, Czech and foreign musicians and performers like Lucie Bílá, Helena Vondráčková, Michal David, Boney M, Tublatanka or Dara Rolins. Starts: June 23-24; Nestville Park, Hniezdne 471, Stará Ľubovňa. More info:


DANCE: Let Me Die in My Footsteps – Four dancers explore the crisis in the sound-land of Gasper Piano (live music), contrasting with their exhausting energy. Choreography: Renan Martins de Oliveira; creation and dance: Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Soňa Ferienčíková, Karolína Hejnová and Benjamin Pohlig; live music: Gasper Piano; light design: Ints Plavnieks (alternation: Helena Araujo); costumes: Victor Perez Armero. Starts: June 26, 19:00; big hall, Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €4-€6. More info:


MUSEUM/EVENT: Gold fever in the Museum – The Eastern-Slovak Museum organises a series of outside events and this year present the Košice Golden Treasure exposition. This time, gold-digging for children and adults will take place, with an afternoon for public and families with children. Starts: June 27-28, 13:00-17:00; Eastern-Slovak Museum (Východoslovenské múzeum v Košiciach), Maratónu mieru Square 2. Admission: €2 (children)-€3 (€5 families). Booking (until June 23) at or 0917/965016.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Final Concert of the Season – Slovak State Philharmonic Košice conducted by Zbyněk Müller, with Filip Jaro on double bass, will play S. Koussevitzky: Concerto for Double Bass in F Sharp Minor, Op. 3; A. P. Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor; M. Ravel: Bolero; P. I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, overture-fantasy. Starts: June 29, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission. Tickets: €4- €9. - 8- Tickets: More info:

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