The Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) presents probably the most significant personality of the Czech post-war abstract scene, graphic artist Vladimír Boudník (1924-1968). The exhibition Between Avant-garde and Underground is the most complex presentation of the artist's graphic works from the 1950s and 1960s compiled to date. The display shows his innovative graphic techniques, as well as experiments in photography. Boudník, nicknamed the Gentle Barbarian, is said to have opened a new chapter in the history of arts. The exhibition takes place in Pálffy Palace at Panská 19. It is open daily, except Monday, between 11:00 and 18:00 until September 10. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information, call 02/5443-3627.
LIVE MUSIC: Vaerloose Garden - A Danish all-girl marching band plays military marching music, jazz and classical music within the International Bratislava cycle.
Starts: Jul 10, 13:30, Jul 12 at 19:15, Main Square, Jul 13 at 12:30 at the courtyard of Bratislava Castle. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: Misha - The Slovak singer shows off her style of rhythm and blues.
Starts: Jul 11 at 20:30. Admission: Sk150. Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: Robert Balzar Trio - The No 1 Czech jazz band plays within the Jazz under the Tower cycle.
Starts: Jul 12 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. The courtyard of the Old City Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
FOLKLORE: Technik - One of the leading Slovak folk music and dance ensembles performs.
Starts: Jul 15, 16 at 19:30. Admission: Sk290. The courtyard of the Old City Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
EXHIBITION: Autoboom SK - The exhibition presents works by students of the Transport Design Atelier at VŠVU, as well as works by Štefan Klein, who has been working on designing a futuristic aeromobile for more than 15 years.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00 until July 16. Admission: free. Design Factory, Bottova 2.
EXHIBITION: Lithographs and Drawings - Slovak prominent graphic artist Vladimír Gažovič displays his works.
Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-17:00. Admission: free. Prokop Gallery, Potočná 5. Tel: 033/6411-166, 0915/815-712.
EXHIBITION: 53 & 53 - Slovak photographer Ľubo Stacho exhibits photographicdiptychs that capture ordinary life in unusual contexts.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until September 17. Admission: Sk20. Galéria MA Bazovského (MA Bazovský Gallery), Palackého 27. Tel: 032/7436-858.
LIVE MUSIC: Euromuse - Twenty young musicians from Serbia, FYR Macedonia, France and Slovakia meet for a jam session to play anything from Balkan traditional music to rock.
Starts: Jul 18 and 20. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Music Under the Diamond Vault - The Chamber Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinů, and violinists Juliana Gregorová, Lucie Pavlíková and Peter Michalica play under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek.
Starts: Jul 14 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Františkánsky kostol, (Franciscan Church), Štefánikovo square, Kremnica.
FESTIVAL: Animatus Lusus - The chess festival culminates on July 15 and 16 with live chess matches in which local volunteers in historical costumes serve as chess figures.
Runs: Jul 8-16. Admission: free. Banská Štiavnica downtown. Tel: 045/6949-422.
EXHIBITION: Founders of Modern Art and the Mikuláš Galanda Group - The display presents 45 oil paintings, drawings and sculptures by Mikuláš Galanda and members of his group including Miloš A Bazovský, Vladimír Kompánek, Milan Laluha and Milan Paštéka.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 until September 23. Admission: Sk20. Tatranská galéria (Tatra Gallery), Alžbetina 30. Tel: 0907/949-956.
FESTIVAL: Escape of Móric Beňovský from the Castle - Visitors will be acquainted with the life of the most known prisoner of the Stará Ľubovňa castle, Móric Beňovský, as well as the beginning of his adventurous journey.
Runs: Jul 15-16. Admission: Sk50-120. Ľubovnianske mu-seum at Ľubovňa Castle.
Tel: 052/ 4322-422.
The international festival of folk culture, The Shepherds' Days in Malatiná, in the Orava region, will run between July 15 and 16. As is the tradition, expect the woodcarving exhibition Beauty Enchanted in Wood, a display and market of typical Malatiná carpets, and a rich cultural programme. Those courageous enough can join the whip cracking competition or taste samples of fine sheep milk products. Farmers from the Orava region can enroll their animals in the Miss Sheep contest and amateur photographers can compete for the Most Beautiful Photo of Shepherds' Days. For more information, call 043/5864-928.