The 14th annual festival of Blues and Rhythm & Blues music, Livin' Blues, will take place in Bratislavaon March 18. Apart from Slovak musicians, including the ZVA 12:28 Band from Zvolen, René Lacko and his Downtown, and Erich Boboš Procházka and his Frozen Dozen, the festival also brings bluesmen from foreign countries both near and far. The Czech Republic exports Jiří "Little Root" Kořínek and young singer Petra Börnerová. American Big Daddy Wilson and his Mississippi Grave Diggers will be the highlight of the programme. Next to the main stage, the small hall of the culture house will feature Slovak bands Strempek&Križan Blues Band, Second Band and Octopus. The festival starts at 17:30 in Dom kultúry Lúky at Vígľašská 1 in the Bratislava suburb of Petržalka. Tickets cost Sk200 in advance and Sk250 at the door. For more information call 02/6382-3930.
photo: Courtesy of Kultúrne zariadenia Petržalky


International Festival of Francophone Films - The eight year of the festival offering some 40 films from France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Romania, attempts to detect new directions in contemporary cinematography.
Runs: 16-22 March. Admission: Sk70. Kino Tatra (Tatra Cinema), Nám. 1. mája. Tel: 02/5927-2151.

Comedians and Magicians on Board - Actors, clowns, magicians and fine artists join the Bratislava cruise on the Danube River.
Starts: March 19 at 15:30. Admission: Sk150. Žilina Vessel. Osobný prístav (Passenger port), Fajnorovo nábr. 2, Tel: 02/5443-1707.

World of Ibiza - Grammy award winning DJ David Morales from New York comes to Bratislava.
Starts: March 17, at 21:00. Admission: Sk790, Sk990. Dopler Multicentrum club, Prievozská 18.

Space in Glass - Lukáš Mjartan presents his glass artworks.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until March 31. Admission: free. Galéria Nova (Nova Gallery), Baštová 2. Tel: 02/5443-3039.
EXHIBITION: Záboj Bohuslav Kuľhavý - The founder of post-modern fine arts in Slovakia and the former Czechoslovakia and a student of one of the most important Slovak painters of the 20th century, Martin Benka, Kuľhavý displays more than 40 paintings, graphic works and drawings.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00 and Sat 10:00-16:00 until March 31. Admission: free. Ardan Gallery, Dobrovičova 7. Tel: 0905/443-106.

Christian Eder - The Austrian painter exhibits works, in which he contemplates relationships and influences between geometrical surfaces and strips.
Open: Mon-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-16:00 until April 29. Admission: free. Austrian Culture Forum, Zelená 7. Tel: 02/5930-1533.

Le Payaco - Young Slovak band nominated for Aurel (Slovak Grammy) plays songs from its latest album Všetko sa dá zjesť (Everything is Edible).
Starts: March 17 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. Klub Lúč, Ul. K. Pribinu 2. Tel: 0915/275-652.


Concert - The Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina performs works by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert under the baton of French conductor Victor Emanuel von Monteton.
Starts: March 17 at 19:00. Admission: Sk60-Sk120. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.

Banská Bystrica
Butterfly Collection - French photographer Virginie Marnat-Leempoels displays her figural and portrait cycles of colour and black-and-white photos from 1999 until present.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until April 9. Admission: Sk40. Štátna galéria (State Gallery), Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4126-208.


St Patrick's Day - Irish Rose band and dance ensemble Roonah prepare jamboree to celebrate the national day of Ireland.
Starts: March 17 at 20:00. Admission: Sk60, Sk80. IC Culture Train culture centre, Vyšné Opátske. Tel: 055/6424-488.

Bibandlo - The display presents over 60 marionettes from various countries, of which the oldest date back to the 19th century.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until June 30. Admission: Sk40. Spišské múzeum (Museum of Spiš), Nám. Majstra Pavla 40. Tel: 053/4512-786.

photo: Courtesy of Stanica Žilina-Záriečie

The international theatre ensemble Farma v jeskyni (Farm in Cave) arrives in Slovakia to deliver two shows. The first takes place at Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre on March 16 at 20:00, the second at the Theatre of Alexander Duchnovič in Prešov on March 17 at 19:00. Farma v jeskyni, led by the director of Slovak origin, Viliam Dočolomanský, will perform Work Demonstration that joins fragments of its previous shows. The play will screen audio and video samples from the ensemble's expeditions, training and inspiration resources. Spectators will travel with the actors to places and among people who inspired them in creation, such as toreadors in Rondo, female hired mourners from Slovak Vernár, songs of Ruthenians (Rusyns) in emigration, and fiesta of Andalucian Romanies in Benalua de Guadix. In Žilina, the tickets cost Sk100/Sk150 and in Prešov the admission is Sk50. For more information call 0907/425-221.

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