On our trip to Slovakia in September (fully described in another post), my son and I will be in the Prešov and Poprad areas, with travel in between (e.g., Levoča), and a visit to Dukla Pass from Prešov. There will of course be much art and architecture associated with historic buildings and churches. But we would like to learn even more about Slovakia, and experience art and music in the area. I see Poprad has the Podtatranské museum and the Tatra Gallery, and Prešov has a wine museum and the salt and opal mines nearby. Anyone have other suggestions (or reviews of those spots)? As for music, I don't see any major festivals going on Sept. 18-25, but there must be places to hear a few local musicians. Anyone have a favorite?
I would mention Dukla battlefield - one of the big battlefields of WWII. Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce. His family was from there. Open Air Folk Museum in Svidnik. Vihorlat Museum of Humenne. Northeast Slovakia is a very folklife rich area called Saris (read Sharish). Even if you speak Slovak you won't understand their dialect. Folk songs are very characteristic for the area and very lively. Although there is no major festival going on at the time you'll be there, inquire locally of folk music performances. Almost certainly something somewhere will be happening. These local performance I like sometimes better than major festival. You would be probably the only foreigners there and no Ricknicks.