photo: Omega/Elokoncert

Hungary's most successful rock band, Omega, will give two concerts in Slovakia during its European tour, in Bratislava and Košice. The band was one of those rare entities known outside the Eastern bloc during Communism. Its releases in multiple languages won it international success and the 1969 song Gyöngyhajú lány became a worldwide hit that was later covered by the Scorpions on their 1995 live release, with new lyrics and the title White Dove. The two shows in Slovakia will also feature renowned Slovak keyboardist Marián Varga. The Bratislava concert will take place at the National Tennis Centre at Príkopova 6 on May 23 at 19:30. Omega will play in Košice in the amphitheatre at Festivalové námestie 2 on May 24 at 19:30. Tickets range between Sk550 and Sk1,300. For more information, call 031/5516-342.


Organ Concert - Austrian organist Ludwig Lusser plays works by Mozart and Franz Schmidt, as well as some of his own compositions, in a concert dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the Mozart's birth.
Start: May 28 at 16:30. Admission: Sk80, Sk50. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelical Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

Radůza - This young, fragile-looking woman with a raw and deep voice, one of the popular Czech singers, stops in Bratislava during her Slovak tour.
Starts: May 24 at 20:00. Admission: Sk199. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567. (Nitra - May 26, Banská Bystrica - May 27)

Čechomor and Guests - The Czech band that plays rock versions of folk songs, Čechomor introduces tunes from its latest CD and hosts the popular Czech band Divokej Bill.
Starts: May 28 at 20:00. Admission: Sk249, Sk299. Incheba Open Air, Viedenská cesta 7. Tel: 02/6727-1111.

Slovakia - Students of the School of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, led by Ľubo Stacho, present their documentary project.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until June 4. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Tel: 02/5441-3316.

The Way There and Back Again - This display is subtitled Or How Not to Lose One's Way and teaches children the principle of labyrinths.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until September 30. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308.

The Earth is Singing - Legendary photos by Karol Plicka depicting life in Slovakia before World War Two.
Open: 10:00-15:30 until May 31. Admission: free. Galéria Jána Plesníka Galéria VÚŽV (Slovenské centrum poľnohospodárskeho výskumu), Hlohovská 2, Nitra-Lužianky. Tel: 037/161-86.

Pendragon - The Prog-art-rock band from Great Britain gives a concert.
Starts: May 23 at 18:00. Admission: Sk449. Stará pekáreň (Old Bakery), Rázusova 2. Tel: 037/161-86.


International Children's Folk Festival - Children's ensembles Bobocelul from Moldova, Grandinélé from Lithuania, Zoračka from Belarus, Hořenáček from the Czech Republic and Turiec, Radosť and Zornička from Slovakia highlight the festival.
Starts: May 26 at 18:00. Admission: Sk60. Divadlo JG Tajovského (JG Tajovského Theatre), Divadelná 3. Tel: 045/5332-191.

The Day of Dance - Almost 200 children from the Orava region perform modern, country and traditional dance.
Starts: May 28 at 14:00. Admission: Sk20. Kultúrny dom (House of Culture), Rabča. Tel: 043/5864-978.

Liptovský Mikuláš
Homeland is Just Around the Corner - Photos by 14 artists including Erwin Wurm, Muntean/Rosemblum, Lois Renner and Elke Krystufek, show today's Austria.
Open: Tue-Sun 09:00-17:00 until June 18. Admission: Sk15. The House of Photography at Galéria PM Bohúňa (PM Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3. Tel: 044/5624-454.


Final Concert of the Košice Music Spring Festival - The Slovak State Philharmonic Košice and Nemzeti Filharmonikus Énekkar perform Lieutenant Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
Starts: May 25 at 19:00. Admission: Sk250-Sk350. Dom Umenia (The House of Arts), Moyzesova 66. Tel: 055/16-186.

Emotions of Gothic Style - Vladimír Linder shows his photos.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until August 11. Admission: Sk50. Spišské múzeum (Spiš museum), Historická radnica (Historical City Hall), Nám. Majstra Pavla 40. Tel: 053/4512-449.

photo: Courtesy of Orava Gallery

photo: Courtesy of Orava Gallery

Prominent Slovak film director Dušan Hanák (Pictures of Old Word, 322, Rose Dreams and Paper Heads) introduces a lesser known facet of his work - photography - in an exhibition entitled Records and Messages, which takes place in the northwestern town of Dolný Kubín. Hanák draws inspiration from urban settlements, town folklore and street galleries on the outskirts. The Records cycle depicts objects, still-lives and people living beyond the generally accepted norms. The Messages are the photos of original and unusual texts. The exhibition is open daily, except Monday, between 10:00 and 17:00 until June 18. Tickets cost Sk20. The Oravská galéria (Orava Gallery) sits at Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11 in Dolný Kubín. For more information, call 043/5863-212.

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