Top 10 February events outside Bratislava

Enjoy Japanese films in Košice, or visit the Orava Castle to win a wedding, plus much more.

Pohoda Festival organisers and Slovak musicians will take over numerous Slovak pubs across Slovakia in February to show Slovaks are not racists. Pohoda Festival organisers and Slovak musicians will take over numerous Slovak pubs across Slovakia in February to show Slovaks are not racists. (Source: The Slovak Spectator)

Did you know that February 2 is considered to be part-way through winter? Yet, people in Slovakia always wish for a cold February, otherwise, winter will drag on and the harvest would be poor.

Regardless of outside temperatures, Slovakia will get to offer a number of events suitable for foreigners in its regions, including on Valentine's Day.

1. CONCERT: Festival Slovak Pub, Feb 4-16, pubs across Slovakia
2. EXHIBITION: Entrotopia 2.0, Feb 6-Mar 22, Synagogue – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Trnava
3. SPORT: Big Air, Feb 7-8, Štefánik Square, Kremnica
4. CONCERT: MOLLY, Fjordwalker & Anacle, Feb 8, cultural centre Malý Berlín, Trnava
5. PRESENTATION: Global Village: Get to Know the World in the Garden, Feb 9, cultural centre Záhrada, Banská Bystrica
6. FILM: Japanese Film Festival, Feb 13-16, cinema Úsmev, Košice
7. CASTLE TOUR: Old Love Does Not Rust, Feb 15, Orava Castle, Oravský Podzámok
8. EXHIBITION: Painter and Boy, until Feb 16, Ľudovít Fulla Gallery, Ružomberok
9. BEER: Košice Beer Fest, Feb 19-22, brewery Hostinec, Košice
10. CONCERT: Blanch, Feb 22, cultural centre Tabačka, Košice

1. SLOVAK PUB

Organisers of the most successful Slovak music festival Pohoda came up with another event full of music, Slovenská krčma (Slovak Pub), in response to former PM Robert Fico’s statement. In his statement, Mr Fico embraced the far-right politician Milan Mazurek, whom the Supreme Court convicted of racism in September 2019, by saying law enforcement authorities would have to also lock up drinkers in Slovak pubs, where people, according to Mr Fico, often spite the Roma minority. The event, Slovak Pub, is to show Slovakia is not a racist country. Follow Facebook for more information.

Place: see a list of Slovak towns involved
Venue: see a list of venues involved
Date: February 4-16
Hour: depends on a venue
Admission: free

2. ENTROTOPIA 2.0

Civil association Publikum.sk from Trnava and Helsinki Artists’ Association (HTS) have joined up and created a project within which artists work with a problem of their own together with and collective identity and memory in the context of global citizenship. Presented artworks include paintings, sound art, bio art, and spatial installations. The exhibition opens on February 6 at 18:00. A tour with commentary is planned for February 27 at 17:00.

Artists: Laura Beloff, Teemu Korpela, Pia Mannikko, Mari Mäkiö, Ville Mäkikoskela, Jukka Virkunen

Place: Trnava
Venue: Synagóga – Centrum súčasného umenia
Date: February 7 – March 22
Hour: closed (Monday, Saturday), 9:00 – 17:00 (Tuesday-Friday), 13:00 – 18:00 (Saturday)
Admission: free

3. BIG AIR

The city of Kremnica, central Slovakia, will host a sporting event during which European freestyle skiers and snowboarders will perform their best. The event is part of FIS Europa Cup and FIS Race. This free event will take place right on the square, where music performances will also be held. Club Akropola will host paid parties and gigs at night. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, February 8. More information is on the official website.

Place: Kremnica
Venue: Štefánik Square and club Akropola
Date: February 7-8
Hour: all day (Friday start at 10:00/Saturday start at 11:00)
Admission: free. Party tickets at Akropola can be purchased here.

4. MOLLY, Fjordwalker & Anacle

The ambient Austrian duo MOLLY put out a debut album, All That Ever Could Have Been, last summer. Now, they are on tour, and stop in Slovakia. They will play in Trnava alongside synthwave-ambient performer Fjordwalker from Russia and a DJ trio Anacle.

Place: Trnava
Venue: cultural centre Malý Berlín
Date: February 8
Hour: 20:00
Admission: €5 (pre-sale) or €7 (on the site)

5. GLOBAL VILLAGE: Get to Know the World in the Garden

Cultural centre Záhrada (Garden) will host a meeting of international volunteers from Indonesia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. They will showcase traditional dances, dishes and tradition. Come and meet them! A similar event will take place on February 8 in Bratislava.

Place: Banská Bystrica
Venue: cultural centre Záhrada
Date: February 9
Hour: 16:00 – 19:00
Admission: free

6. JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

Japanese film culture will take over the eastern Slovak city of Košice in mid-February. Prior to the festival arriving to Košice-based cinema Úsmev (Smile), Bratislava will enjoy four Japanese films within the same festival. Provided the movies do not change, cinema goers can look forward to the drama Oshin (2013), in which a father sends his little girl Oshin to work for a rich family, in order to help her own family with the finances. Also showing is the animation Rudolf the Back Cat (2016). Can a cat lost in Tokyo survive in the big city and find its way home one day? The festival is organised by the Embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation.

Place: Košice
Venue: cinema Úsmev
Date: February 13-16
Hour: 13:00 – 16:00
Admission: free

7. OLD LOVE DOES NOT RUST

A night castle tour, accompanied by music and theatre performances, is dedicated to those in love. Orava Castle does not say if the tour will be held also in English, hence, having a Slovak friend to translate is a good idea. Come explore what aristocratic engagement looked like and what wedding traditions have been preserved to the present day. In addition, on that day you can win a wedding at Orava Castle!

Place: Oravský Podzámok
Venue: Orava Castle
Date: February 15
Hour: 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30
Admission: €7/adult and €3.50/child, student, pensioner. A ticket is available online only!

8. PAINTER AND BOY

A gallery in Ružomberok is putting illustrations by Simona Čechová on display within an exhibition called Maliar a chlapec (The Painter and the Boy). The artworks are featured in a book by Slovak writer Michal Hvorecký. The book recounts a story of a little hero who gets lost in a magic-filled house full of pictures on holidays. The book is inspired by the life and story of Slovak painter Ľudovít Fulla.

Place: Ružomberok
Venue: Ľudovít Fulla Gallery
Date: until February 16
Hour: 10:00 – 17:30 (closed on Monday)
Admission: €1.70

9. KOŠICE BEER FEST

Beer lovers will want to opt in for the eighth edition of a beer festival in Košice. Organisers promised to present more than 50 beers from 29 breweries in eight different countries. Most beers will enjoy their Slovak premiere in Košice! Those interested in a tour of the Hostinec (Inn) brewery can contact them by phone: +421 902 580 580 or DM organisers on Facebook.

Place: Košice
Venue: brewery Hostinec and two other venues. More information on Facebook.
Date: February 19-22
Hour: 16:00 – 2:00
Admission: free

10. BLANCH

Blanch, a band of four, is a new artist on the Slovak music scene. Bianca Macková, who formed the band, started her career only in 2016. Pop, folk and soul are music genres Blanch blends in its production.

Place: Košice
Venue: Tabačka
Date: February 22
Hour: 20:30
Admission: €5. Buy a ticket here.

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