Art Film Fest packed with concerts

While Art Film Fest is primarily a celebration of cinema, we always offer fans of great music something to look forward to as well. As in previous years, the festival’s nineteenth edition, held from 17 to 25 June in Trenčianske Teplice and Trenčín, will feature concerts both outdoors and at the Festival Café, and as usual, they’ll all be free.

On Sunday, June 19th, Trenčín’s main square will welcome the legendary Czech musician Michal David, who has reigned as "Disco King" for over three decades. Arriving at Art Film Fest with a large band in tow, he will offer fans a programme similar to his sold-out fiftieth-birthday concert at Prague’s O2 Arena last year, at a show dubbed “bash of the year”. Trenčín’s audiences will be led through David’s entire musical career, from his solo output to his showtune repertoire. The concert is brought to Art Film Fest by Pilsner Urquell.

Every evening of the festival will be accompanied by music at Trenčianske Teplice’s Festival Café. The festival’s opening Saturday night will feature The Cellmates, a band steeped in the tradition of classic 1950s rock’n’roll, with clear blues, gospel and country influences.

From Sunday on, Art Film Fest’s musical programme will be in the capable hands of versatile musician Oskar Rózsa, who will personally introduce every concert.

Sunday will be brought to a sweet finish by perennial Radio_Head award winners – members of the group Billy Barman, who will offer visitors a playful mix of indie and rock’n’roll.

The week will be kicked off by jazzman Oskar Rózsa, who will appear with his quartet, featuring distinguished musicians such as percussionist Martin Valihora, guitarist Andrej Karlík and pianist Arpád Farkaš, guaranteed to fascinate listeners with their delectably jazzy improvisations.

On Tuesday, Art Film Fest will break into song with a concert by Czech musical personality Ivan Hlas and his trio. Winner of awards such as singer of the year and the Czech Lion for best soundtrack, Hlas has composed music for films such as “Big Beat” (Šakalí léta), “How to Deserve a Princess” (Jak si zasloužit princeznu) and "The Blissful Years of Lousy Living” (Báječná léta pod psa).
Wednesday evening will belong to a Slovak musical evergreen: the band Hex, who have entertained for over two decades now with their witty, enjoyable tunes. The quartet of Ďuďo, Fefe, Yxo and Tybyke will doubtlessly cater to fans with hits like “Chvíľu áno, chvíľu nie“ (Yes One Minute, No the Next), "Nikdy nebolo lepšie“ (Never Been Better) and “V piatok podvečer“ (Early Friday Evening).

On Thursday, festival audiences will be captivated by the border-crossing Slovak audio explorers Longital. Thanks to Shina’s enchanting voice, Daniel Salontay’s virtuoso bowed guitar work and their use of an out-of-this-world electronic instrument, Longital has become one of the Slovak music scene’s most original artists.
After that, Art Film Fest will introduce “Silné reči” – the famed stand-up comedy show helmed by Ján Gordulič and his guests. “Silné reči” is presented by Slovakia’s first internet television station:
On Friday, the festival’s concert series will be brought to a close with a performance by the group Home Made Mutant, founded by Maroš Hečko after the break-up of his popular band Free Faces. This acoustic-electronic project is bound to fascinate visitors with its sheer originality. Home Made Mutant & DJ Lixx are presented by Rádio FM.
Concerts at the Festival Café will be held every day at 9 pm, and will be followed by a live DJ. 

The 19th Art Film Fest’s Accompanying Programme:

Saturday, June 18th – The Cellmates and DJ Steve – opening of the Festival Café in Trenčianske Teplice
Sunday, June 19th – Michal David and his band – large-scale concert on Trenčín’s main square

Every Evening Live with Oskar Rózso
(Festival Café, TT – Art Film Fest 2011)

Sunday, June 19th – Billy Barman
Monday, June 20th – Oskar Rózsa Quartet
Tuesday, June 21st – Ivan Hlas Trio
Wednesday, June 22nd – Hex
Thursday, June 23rd – Longital and “Silné reči”
Friday, June 24th – Home Made Mutant and DJ Lixx – Rádio FM Evening
The 19th Art Film Fest International Film Festival 2011 is made possible by the financial support of the Audiovisual Fund.

Organizers: ART FILM, n.o., FORZA, a.s. 

Co-organizers: The Town of Trenčianske Teplice, Trenčianske Teplice Spas

General Sponsors: Omnia Holding SE, AquaCity Poprad

Main Sponsors: Tatra banka, Slovnaft, VUJE, OHL ŽS

Official Transport Provider: Lancia

Logistics Sponsor: DHL

Free student cinepasses provided by: Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa (First Housing-Construction Savings Bank)

Sponsors: TIPOS, Ernst & Young, AVI studio, Penzión Baske, Cinemax, Santovka

Official Suppliers: Pilsner Urquell, HUBERT J.E., Pax Spa Hotel, A Briliant, Esterle&Esterle, MF team, LampART

Main Media Sponsors: Slovenská televízia, televízia JOJ, Rádio FM, Pravda,

Media Sponsors: Central Europe Television, Kino CS, Muzika CS, Doku CS, Rádio Europa 2, Rádio Hit FM, .týždeň, Eurotelevízia, Pardon, OK!, Kinečko, Kam do mesta, Focus, Boomerang Media, SITA,, BlueSky, Televízia Trenčianske Teplice, euroAWK, Willmark

Partners: The City of Trenčín, the Trenčín Self-governing Region, the Embassy of Israel in Slovakia, the European Commission Representation in Slovakia, the United States Embassy in Bratislava, the Office of the Embassy of Sweden in Bratislava, Sodec Quebec, the Slovak Film Institute, Cinecitta, the Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava, Omnia, RONA, Celtima SK,, Flóra Hotel