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By music terms, Bratislava reaches at least the European average. The BeeFree party, which will be dee-jayed by three aces of their trade: John Acquaviva, Terry Francis and Nathan Coles, is another proof of this. The master of progressive house, Acquaviva, will highlight the grandiose party taking place in the Incheba Expo Arena on May 7. Canadian by origin, he has dee-jayed since the late 1970s and now is regarded as one of the world's most innovative DJs. Acquaviva will be joined at the party by local DJs Fester, Pico and Titan. Tickets costs Sk480 in advance or Sk500 at the door. Incheba Expo Arena is located at Viedenská cesta 3-7. For more information visit www.beefree.sk.
photo: John Acquaviva / Courtesy of Drive


The Plastic People of the Universe - The legendary dissident band from the Czech Republic performs.
Starts: May 3 at 20:00. Admission: Sk120, Sk160. Klub za zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

Spiritual Music from the Time of Mozart - Soprano Helga Varga-Bach and organist Mário Sedlár perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers.
Starts: May 7 at 19:00. Admission: Sk40-Sk80. Malý evanjelický kostol (Small Evangelical Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

Barbie and Lego - The biggest display of Barbie and Lego in Europe shows the development of the doll and the brick-box.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-20, May3-17. Admission: Sk200 (children), Sk300 (adults). Istropolis - Dom odborov, Trnavské mýto 1. Tel: 02/5557-7065.

Pavol Hlôška - The Slovak artist exhibits his latest glass creations.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until June 6. Admission: free. Galéria Nova (Nova Gallery), Baštová 2. Tel: 02/5443-3039.

150 Years of Sigmund Freud - The exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Austrian doctor and founder of psychoanalysis.
Open: Mon-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-16:00, May 5 - 26. Admission: free. The Austrian Forum of Culture, Zelená 7.
Tel: 02/5464-1337.

Riverside - The Polish heavy-prog-art-rock band arrives in Slovakia to play music from its latest CD, Second Life Syndrome.
Starts: May 4 at 18:00. Admission: Sk299. Stará pekáreň (Old Bakery), Rázusova 2. Tel: 037/161-86.

Techno Terror - Mega-clubbing features headliner Sven Wittekind and sets of DJs, who represent the top of techno and hard techno in their native countries.
Starts: May 6 at 21:00. Admission: Sk250. Piano Club, Pod sokolice 12 - 16. Tel: 032/7445-081.


Filhar-monie Bohuslava Martinů Zlín - The Philharmonic Orchestra of Bohuslav Martinů performs works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Eduard Lalo to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the admission of the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the European Union.
Starts: May 5 at 19:00. Admission: Sk80-Sk160. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.

Banská Bystrica
Apron - Young Slovak artist Rastislav Podoba exhibits his latest works, which include portraits and landscapes.
Open: Thu-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until May 28. Admission Sk20. Bethlenov dom - Štátna galéria, (Bethlen House - State Gallery) Dolná 8.
Tel: 048/4124-167.


Spišské Podhradie
Opening of the Summer Tourist Season - The rich programme takes you back to medieval times.
Runs: May 6-7. Admission: Sk100. Spišský hrad (Spiš castle). Tel: 053/4541-336.

photo: Courtesy of Košice State Philharmonic

The 51st Košice Music Spring Festival that opens on May 4 commemorates the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth and the Year of Slovak Music. The event will start with the premiere of composer Norbert Bodnár's Apeiron and will include works by Mozart almost daily. On May 11, the Košice State Philharmonic orchestra and Slovak choir Collegium Technicum will present the maestro's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor and Great Mass in C Minor. Visitors can look forward to hearing Shéhérazade, a set of musical gems by Maurice Ravel, and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky on May 18, as well as early and modern music works by Solamente Naturali, featuring English flutist Marten Root on May 16. Among other international guests on stage, the festival hosts the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra playing works by Béla Bartók, and the Košice Hungarian national choir with Nemzeti Filharmonikus Énekkar philharmonic orchestra closing the event with Carmina Burana by Carl Orff on May 25. The main festival venue is the Košice's Dom umenia (House of Arts) at Moyzesova 66. Tickets are from Sk100 to Sk350. For more information call 055/6226-541 or visit www.sfk.sk.

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