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The Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) continues in its presentation of Czech art. Following the Gems of Czech Modern Painting 1907-39 project that showed at the beginning of the year, it now exhibits 74 paintings and sculptures from the collection of prominent Czech businessman Vladimír Železný. The set includes works of minimalist, pop art and abstract styles by Theodor Pištek, Mikuláš Medek, Jiří Kolář, Adriena Šimotová, Vladimír Preclík, Jan Koblas and Stanislav Kolíbal. Gems of Czech and Slovak Modern Art II, 1956-1978 at Pálffy Palace at Panská 19 runs daily except Monday, between 11:00 and 18:00 until August 20. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information, call 02/5443-3627. 19.jpg####photo: Mikuláš Medek/GMB##


Wycombe High School - A British girls' choir and a chamber orchestra sing and play classical and modern music, spirituals and gospels.
Starts: Jul 18 at 18:00. Admission: free. The Franciscan Church, Františkénske námestie. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Ekonóm - The prominent Slovak folk music and dance ensemble performs traditional dances from Zemplín and Parchovce, as well as the Topoľčany, Liptov and Nitra regions.
Starts: Jul 21, 22, 23 at 19:30. Admission: Sk290. The courtyard of the Old City Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Hommage a Bach - Chamber soloists from Bratislava play Bach under the baton of Marek Štryncl at a benefit concert for the Cancer Research Foundation.
Starts: Jul 20 at 20:00. Admission: Sk130. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelical Church), Panenská. Tel: 02/5443-3740.

Danube Project - German artist Andreas Müller-Pohleho took photos along the 2,000-kilometre flow of the Danube from above-water and underwater perspectives, accompanying each with information on water pollution.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until July 30. Admission: Sk20. The Central European House of Photography, Prepoštská 4. Tel: 02/5441-8214.

From Contem-porary Glass - Ľubomír Arzt, Miloš Balgavý, Pavol Hlôška, Štepán Pala, Zory Palová, Vladimír Zbyňovský, Marek Brincko and Lenka Šimonyiová present their latest glass artworks within the Sculpture and Object exhibition.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until August 18. Admission: free. Galéria Nova (Nova Gallery), Baštová 2. Tel: 02/5443-3039.

Summer Evening of Music - The Triton band plays jazz inspired by folk music, Peter Lipa and Frozen Dozen join in.
Starts: Jul 22 at 18:30. Admission: Sk120-200. At Home Gallery, Mliečňanská 6. Tel: 031/5627-999.

Punk Island - This open-air festival features 40 bands from across Europe, including the Slovak punk scene.
Starts: Jul 21 at 9:30. Admission: Sk350-Sk590. Dobro-hošť. www.punkisland.sk.

Rudava - Malé Leváre
Summerbeach Rudava - A sport-music festival combining music and a beach volleyball tournament.
Runs: Jul 21 to 23. Admission: Sk280 (all three days of the festival), Sk150 (one day). Rudava, recreation area in Malé Leváre (near Malacky). www.rudava.sk.

Trenčianske Bohuslavice
Žákovic Open - The festival with a home atmosphere features jazz singer Peter Lipa, ska bands Ska2tonics and Polemic, Czech world-music band Čechomor, Italian group Persiana Jones and Slovak Vidiek.
Runs: Jul 21-22. Admission: Sk250-Sk400. Žákovic pension. Tel: 0905/640-784.

Music Under the Diamond Vault - Mezzo soprano Agnieszka Czastka, soprano Eva Hornyáková, pianist Viera Bartošová and violinist Peter Michalica give the final concert of the festival.
Starts: Jul 21 at 19:00. Admission: Sk200, Sk100. Dom Komorského Grófa (Count Comes Mansion), Kollárova 541. Tel: 045/6742-856.

Egyptian Jewel - Designer Ahmed Badawy from Cairo presents a collection of untraditional Egyptian necklaces, rings, wristlets, earrings and brooches made from gold, silver and other precious metals.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until August 30. Admission: Sk10-20. Lesnícke a drevárske múzeum (Museum of Wood and Forestry), Nám SNP 31. Tel: 045/5321-886.


Modrá nad Cirochou
Modra's Horseshoe - Horse lovers and their pets compete in farmer's disciplines.
Starts: Jul 22. Admission: free. Modrá nad Cirochou. Tel: 0905/147-402.

Hip Hop Day - Czech and Slovak DJs including Ali, Mec Vrabec, H16 and Rytmus, bring hip hop to the recreation area.
Starts: Jul 22 at 16:00. Admission: Sk160. Zemplínska Šírava, the amphitheatre in the recreation area Hôrka/Lúč.
Tel: 0910/973-160.

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The second year of Drotária, a three-day festival of Czech and Slovak country and folk music, will start in the Turzovka amphitheatre (near Čadca) on July 21 at 15:00. Soňa Horňáková and Country Team will represent the Slovak scene, while Czech guests will include Honza Nedvěd, Lenka Filipová, Neřež, Poutníci and Mloci. The Polish guest, Rawa Country, will demonstrate what style of country music is played north of Slovakia. Part of the festival is a market of utensil menders (drotári), after whom the festival was named. The ticket for the whole festival at the door costs Sk420. For more information, visit www.drotaria-fest.sk or call 41/4352-308.

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