Prepare for a summer of culture in Bratislava

See some of the highlights of this year's cultural summer.

(Source: Courtesy of the city of Bratislava)

The Slovak capital will be soon taken over with music, concerts, dance and theatre performances, fairy tales, creative workshops, readings and discussions.

The multi-genre Bratislava Cultural Summer and Castle Festivities will take place from June to September for the 44th time at various spots such as streets, parks and gardens, courtyards and city boroughs.

“I love the summer atmosphere in Bratislava, when life slows down and moves out to the public spaces,” said Mayor Matúš Vallo, as quoted in a press release. “Cultural summer helps this. Places whose genius loci work mostly in summer, come alive thanks to this.”

What can be seen in June?

  • The concert of the Bratislava Boys Choir: June 15
    The choir has won several national and international awards. Its members often perform at the Slovak National Theatre but they have also had concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York. They can also be seen at church and Christmas concerts. The choir, with more than 80 singers aged seven to 30, sings in several languages, including Italian, English, German, Swedish, Finnish, Turkish, Hungarian, and Chinese.
  • The Day of Music: June 21
    Inspired by Fête de la musique and prepared in cooperation with the Music Centre. Music of all styles and genres will be performed by both professional and semi-professional artists.
  • Bratislava Fashion Days: Fashion in the City: June 20
    The summer version of the non-traditional open-air fashion show will present the works of Slovak fashion designers and their summer collections for children and women.
  • BRaK 2019: June 14-16
    Multi-genre book festival held in Nová Cvernovka
  • Sleeping Places: June 15
    Prepared by the non-formal civic initiative, the focus is on empty and abandoned buildings and their potential use for cultural projects and community events.
  • Concert by the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra: June 23: A beneficial concert held at the Slovak Radio building.

Highlights:

  • International Choir Festival: June 13-16
    14 choirs from seven countries (the US , Finland , Singapore , Norway , the Czech Republic , Latvia , and Slovakia ) will perform.
  • J.K. Mertz Guitar Festival: June 16-21
    The best guitar players from nine countries will perform at one of the oldest guitar festivals in the world.
  • One Day Jazz Fest: June 18
    A concert will be held at Bratislava Castle. Other jazz concerts will be held in P. O. Hviezdoslava City Theatre on June 24 and July 2.
  • Summer Shakespeare Festivities: July 5-August 8
    Bratislava Castle will host plays by William Shakespeare. This year it will be Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (or What You Will), and Othello.
  • International Bratislava
    The arts and traditions of various cultures will be presented in the Main Square and in the Old Town Hall. There will be Japanese Day (July 6), French Day (July 12), Irish Day (July 17), Turkish Day (July 20), and Indonesian Day (August 24). There will also be the Asian Weekend (August 2-3), presenting the gastronomy of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.
  • Cathedral Organ Festival: July 25-September 5
    Artists from Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway and Slovakia will perform at St Martin’s Cathedral.

Click here for the complete programme.

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