Cultural Directory of Slovakia - music

Banská Bystrica Music Days was established in 1994 with the aim of making the State Opera in Banská Bystrica known as a central institution of Central Slovak music life. Originally the festival was conceived as an opera festival (Banská Bystrica Opera Days), however after the third year it was altered into Banská Bystrica Music Days. The opening event of the festival is usually a premiere of an opera work. In addition to musical-dramatic works it also presents a wide range of music genres and music groups. The festival is held annually in October.
The Musica Slovaca Slovak Music Store specialises in selling works (music, books, CDs) published by the Music Fund featuring work by Slovak composers and from the Archive of the Music Fund.
Launched in 1984, Divertimento musicale is the national advancement competitive festival of chamber and symphonic music. The mission of the festival is to encourage talented instrumentalists in different chamber and instrumental groupings, and to promote and further develop their artistic and concert activity in the area of classical music and compare their results.
The Folk Music Instruments in Slovakia exhibition is located in the State Scientific Library at Banská Bystrica and includes over 250 folk musical instruments from different regions of Slovakia, together with objects connected with their fabrication and utilisation, plus numerous pictures and other documents relating to leading musicians, producers and interpreters.
Established in 1994, the Evenings of New Music International Festival presents current happening in the area of new music. It is a small festival but since its inception its organisers have managed to add Bratislava to the list of European cities which keep up to date with current trends in musical art.
Established in 2004, Viva Musica! is the biggest open air summer festival of classical and jazz music in Slovakia. Its main ambition is to bring the highest level of artistry out into the streets and thus present this style of music to the largest possible audience.