photo: Slovak National Gallery

THE SLOVAK National Gallery in Bratislava presents Science Fiction, Delight and Zen, an exhibition about the eventful life and work of Vladimír Havrilla, a Slovak artist whose oeuvre includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, films, and computer graphics. The exhibition expresses a burning desire for harmony and integration into the absolute, despite social or personal obstacles and a trace of irony and scepticism. His major themes are Views through Matter, 550 BC, Crashed Airplanes, Prayer, Labyrinth, Pentagram, Corner Man, Mimicry, The Return of Odysseus, Miss Moon, Mr Yang and others. The exhibition shows a highly aesthetic work created in the tradition of great classics, such as Raphael, Brancusi or Galanda. Set against the backdrop of Slovak Conceptual Art, it is a fusion of irony, virtue and clever naiveté. The Slovak National Gallery sits in the Esterházy Palace at Nám. Ľ. Štúra 4, in Bratislava. For more information, call 02/5443-2081.


Kaltenecker Trio - Hungarian band gives a jazz-rock concert.
Starts: Apr 10 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150. Klub za zrkad-lom, Rovniankova 3 (Petržalka). Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Easter Concert - The Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra and Mixed Choir of the Bratislava Conservatory perform works by George Frideric Händel, Romuald Twardowski, Joseph Haydn and Ján Levoslav Bella.
Starts: Apr 12 at 19:00. Admission: Sk140-170. Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall, Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

Colours of Japan - Michi Washizu from the Japanese Embassy to Slovakia, karate fighter Kenji Miura, SND soloist Nao Higano, folk expert Yasuna Sebestyen Higuma and piano player Mayuko Kida perform in an event held within the Evenings of Nations cycle.
Starts: Apr 12 at 19:00. Admission: free. Zichy palace, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5443-1681.

Peha - The band that won Aurel (Slovak Grammy) awards for best song, best female singer, best album and best band tours Slovakia with lead singer Katarína Knechtová.
Starts: Apr 12 at 20:00. Admission: Sk249. Hudobný klub (Music Club) Babylon, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

Entry Point - An exhibition showing new video art created by students of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Banská Bystrica.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until April 21. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Tel: 02/5441-3316.

123 min. - The recipient of the Anděl award for best Czech band of the year tours Slovakia.
Starts: Apr 11 at 20:00. Admission: Sk149. Kultúrne centrum (Culture Centre), Holubyho 42. Tel: 033/6413-949.

The Dream - The SĽUK dance and music folk ensemble performs.
Starts: Apr 11 at 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Kult. a metod. centrum Ozbroj. síl SR (Culture centre of the Slovak Army), Hviezdoslavova 16. Tel: 032/16-186.


Taking Away of Muriena - Folk ensemble Liptov performs a spring tradition.
Starts: Apr 11 at 15:30. Admission: free. City centre. Tel: 044/4313-111.

Banská Bystrica
Exhibition of the Dragon - Acrobats from the Chinese National Circus complete their tour of Slovakia.
Starts: Apr 10 at 18:00. Admission: Sk250, Sk450. Park kultúry a oddychu (Culture and Leisure Park), Lazovná 19. Tel: 048/4125-887.


Cham-ber Concert - Daniela Varínska plays piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Starts: Apr 11 at 19:00. Admission: Sk80. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66. Tel: 055/6227-216, 6220-763.

Karel Votipka - Prominent Czech jewellery designer presents his works with black and red corral, black pearl, malachite and other precious stones of unique size, shape, colour and cut.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-17:00, San 9:00-13:00 until May 28. Admission: Sk15. Východo-slovenské múzeum (East-Slovak Museum), Námestie maratónca mieru 2, Hviezdoslavova 3. Tel: 055/6223-061.

The Golden Keg - A competition presenting winning samples from the 12th annual beer cartoon contest.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thur 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-18:00 until May 21. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51. Tel: 051/ 772-5423.

Falconry days at Červený Kameň castle between April 15 and 16 will open the summer season at Slovak castles. Throughout the weekend, visitors can see falcons, eagles and other birds of prey by the Astur club, St Bavon and Acquila groups in period clothing between 10:00 and 17:00. In the past, these birds were used for hunting, but nowadays, they prove useful, for example, at airports, where they scare away birds that might cause airplane collisions. Falconry shelters also serve as a rescue station for injured wild animals. During the castle event, handicraftsmen will display their arts and a rich programme for children, including a pony ride or carriage ride, will also be available. Those interested can also visit exhibitions at Červený Kameň castle. For more information, call 033/6905-827.
photo: Astur

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