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Jiří Stivín, a versatile Czech musician who specialises in wind instruments, especially the flute, will celebrate the Year of Mozart in Bratislava on June 13 at 19:30. "I would like to pay tribute to Mozart not only by performing his works well but by improvising a bit for his greater fame," said the artist. The Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestrawill accompany him. The centerpiece of the concert will be the Mozart Quodlibet, a playful collage of well-known extracts from Mozart's compositions. A performance of the Bratislava men's choir Aureus Cantus and soprano Katarína Löfflerová with Czech organist Petr Kolař will enrich the first part of the concert. Tickets for the concert, which takes place in the Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great evangelic church) at Panenská ulica, cost Sk200 and Sk150. The concert will repeat in Piešťany's Dom umenia (Art house) on June 27 at 19:30. For more information, call 02/5932-7716.


Days of Early Music - The Hungarian Purcell choir under the baton of György Vashegyi performs Baroque music at the closing concert of the festival.
Starts: June 13 at 19:30. Admission: Sk100-Sk200. Jesuit church, Františkánske námestie. Tel: 02/4598-7125.

Massive Attack - The music legend plays the greatest hits of its 15-year career, which combine jazz, hip hop and rock.
Starts: June 14 at 20:00. Admission: Sk990, Sk1,290. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 0904/666-363.

Fajn Fest - The new music festival features 30 singers and bands, including Zuzana Smatanová, Gladiátor, Peha, Desmod and Zdenka Predná.
Runs: Jun 16-24 at 16:00. Admission: Sk199-450. Areál R1 Centrum, Rožňavská 1. Tel: 02/4463-8924.

Kostolište Celebrations - One of the oldest villages in the Záhorie region celebrates the 800th anniversary of the first written reference of the village with folk and country music performances and theatre plays.
Starts: June 17 at 13:00. Admission: free. Kostolište.
Tel: 0908/520-074.

International Folk Festival - The rich programme of an open-air folk festival welcomes dance ensembles from Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as handicraftsmen.
Runs: Jun 16-18. Admission: Sk40-90. Amphitheatre, Trnovce. Tel: 034/6213-389.

Top Cup - Professional bartenders compete in the second year of an international competition.
Runs: June 17-18. Admission: free. In the front of the Satelit Hotel. Tel: 0908/553-222.


We Understand, But We Do not Speak - Two Polish visual artists, Alexandra Went and Alicja Karska, take visitors for a city tour, during which they show them places beaming nostalgia, but neglected by Žilina citizens.
Starts: Jun 16 at 19:00. Admission: free. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.

Liptovský Mikuláš
Project G Design - Young designers present visualised projects of the modernised interior and exterior of PM Bohúň Gallery.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until July 12. Admission: Sk10. Galéria PM Bohúňa (PM Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3. Tel: 0 44/5514-032.


Vranov nad Topľou
Choir Festivities - The 14th year of the festival encompasses five presentations, culminating with a gala concert by a choir from Vojvodina.
Runs: Jun 15-16. Dom kultúry (House of culture), M. R. Štefánika 875/200. Tel: 057/4463-950.

photo: Sanctuary Intersect/Ján Koniarek Gallery

The Ján Koniarek Gallery (GJK) in Trnavahosts two exhibitions. Its premises in the Koppel Manor House hold Supernova, an exhibition of 14 contemporary British artists. A supernova is a stellar explosion, the result of which is a destruction of the star, or its radical transformation. In this case, the name points out a certain "failure" of modernism and its transformation from the viewpoint of younger artists. The exhibition brings large-scale geometric compositions by Gary Hum, Sarah Morris and Toby Ziegler, an architectonical object from aluminium and perplex by Liam Gillick, videos by Jane and Luise Wilson and Haluk Akakce and computer interactive animations by Dan Norton. Within the second display, New Yorker Thomas Lail created exactly for the space of the Synagogue, the Centre of Contemporary Art, Sanctuary Intersect project. It references the idea of the traditional Jewish structure called a sukkah - a temporary outdoor construction built for the week of feast that follows Yom Kippur. Both exhibitions run until July 2. Kopplov Kaštieľ (The Koppel Manor House) at Zelený kríček 3 is open Tue-Fri between 10:00 and 18:00 and Sat-Sun between 13:00 and 18:00. The synagogue at Halenárska 2 is open Tue-Fri 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information, call 033/5514-657.

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