SLOVAKIA CANTAT 2014
24 - 27 April 2014
MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NAMESTOVO
May 16 - 18, 2014
MUSICA SACRA BRATISLAVA
June 12th - 15th 2014
YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 10th - 13th, 27th- 30th 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia
SLOVAKIA FOLK 2014
July 3rd - 6th 2014
BRATISLAVA CANTAT I.
21st - 24th August 2014
BRATISLAVA CANTAT II.
2nd -5th october 2014
The 5th INTERNATIONAL GREGORIAN CHANT FESTIVAL
October 23rd – 26th 2014
IX. International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, December 4th – 7th, 2014
BRATISLAVA MUSIC AGENCY
841 06 Bratislava 4
tel. : 00421 908 693 395 (English)
tel.: 00421 905 657 131 (Russian)
fax: 00421 2 65957054
Welcome to Bratislava!
Bratislava is a beautiful city full of culture that is gradually being discovered by visitors from all over the world. In addition to many beauties and places of interest, the Slovak capital has a reputation of the city of music, offering its visitors and citizens rich and colourful music events throughout the year. It is very well situated only 60 km from Vienna and 150 km from Budapest.
We invite you to the Slovak capital to live a wonderful music experience too with your choir, orchestra or folklore group. Discover the city of music and have a good time!
1. Primatial /Archbishop/ Palace
The monumental Renaissance palace rebuilt in Classicist style used to be the seat of Cardinal Jozef Batthyányi. The palace´s function is symbolized by a black cardinal´s hat that can be seen on the top of the roof.
In the past the palace witnessed many crucial moments of the country´s history, e.g. signing of the Peace of Bratislava after Napoleon´s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.
Today it houses a collection of royal paintings and precious tapestries with ancient Greek motives that were discovered by chance during the palace reconstruction.
2. Hviezdoslav Square
The city´s beautiful promenade with plane trees, fountains and cafes is a favourite going-out place for both home dwellers and visitors.
The square´s is full of music because there are the two impressive buildings of the old Opera House and Slovak Philharmony, and an open-air music stage for popular, folk and jazz music performances.
The square is named after one of the most important Slovak poets Pavol Ország Hviezdoslav whose monumental statue dominates the square.
3. St. Martin´s Cathedral
This Gothic cathedral from the 14th century served as coronation place of Hungarian kings from 1563 to 1830, which is commemorated by a huge gold-plated replica of the St. Stephen Crown situated on the top of the cathedral´s steeple. It is Slovakia´s 2nd largest cathedral and one of the most important Bratislava highlights. With its new organ it regularly hosts top world musicians on organ and sacred music concerts.
4. Bratislava Castle
The Slovak capital is dominated by its castle situated on a green hill overlooking the Danube river. The first human settlement of the area dates back to the times of Celts. The castle was the seat of Hungarian kings, but the archaeological research shows that the castle had had a crucial historical role already in the period of the Great Moravian Empire in the 9th century. Today the castle is undergoing a big reconstruction and it has recently acquired its original baroque white walls.
5. Jesuit Church
The church was built in 1638 and is one of the biggest Bratislava churches. Its simple exterior decoration contrasts to the beautifully ornated interior. The side naves are adorned with baroque altars from the 18th century. The main altar with monumental pillars comes from the 19th century. One of the church´s highlights is a unique Rococo pulpit from 1753 made of unusual combination of wood, lead and gold. The church has a very good accoustics and is often a venue of classic and sacred music concerts.
6. Main square
The history of the square dates back to the early Medieval period when it served as the old Bratislava´s happening place - there used to be a market and the place of citizens´ meetings and trials.
The Old Town Hall with Gothic interiors and baroque steeple today houses the city museum and often hosts concerts of classic, jazz of folk music in the courtyard.
The square´s main highlight is the fountain with the statue of the famous knight Roland who, as the legends say, used to dwell in Bratislava for a long time.
7. Franciscan church
The oldest gothic sacred construction preserved in Bratislava hides one of the most precious gothic sight in Slovakia – the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist. The church used to serve for ceremonies and gatherings of Hungarian magnates and knight. The gothic steeple of the church was damaged by an earthquake in 1897 and it was replaced in the Janko Kráľ Park on the right bank of Danube River.
8. Klarisky Concert Hall
Formerly a church, this impressive Gothic construction with very good accoustics now serves as concert hall for various classic and sacred music performances. Its ancient Medieval walls breathe with old knight legends that are annually revived by actors during Bratislava Cultural Summer. The preserved interior decoration help increase the majesty of this place. Klarisky hall often also hosts displays of photographies or modern paintings and other events.
9. Devín Castle
On Bratislava outskirts, situated on a high castle rock, you will find impressive ancient ruins overlooking the confluence of Morava and Danube rivers that frame the Austrian-Slovak border. The castle exhibition preserves Bratislava´s oldest history and earliest settlement dating back to the times of Celts and old Slavs.
10. Moyzes Concert Hall
The impressive building on Danube river bank with four towers on the corners and a dome vault in the middle was built in 1911-1912 as a representative army headquarters. Today it is the seat of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Commenius University and it houses also a remarkable concert and dance hall, known as Moyzes Concert Hall, decorated in the style of Vienna Secession. Designed by Vienna architect Josef Rittner, the representative hall nowadays serves to various cultural and academic purposes.