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The Czech Leica Gallery of Photography has dispatched its gallery train to bring an exhibition by prominent American photographer of Czech origin, Antonín Kratochvíl, to Czech, Slovak and Austrian cities. The exhibition Persona will be in Bratislava between August 3rd and 13th and will afford all visitors the chance to view these delighful works. The display includes 60 black-and-white portraits of celebrities in a different light. Kratochvíl presents them in what could even be considered a surreal light, creating a portrait that moves a famous if not remote person into the normal everyday world around us. With his portrait of Willem Dafoe, Kratochvíl won in 1998 the World Press Photo first prize. The collection contains photographs of such famous faces as Liv Tyler, David Bowie, Jean Reno, Keanu Reeves, Harvey Keitel and Johnny Depp. The gallery train will stay at Hlavná stanica (Main station) and is open daily between 10:00 and 20:00. For more information call 02/2029-5983.


Princess Rosemary - Comedian Tramtarína with her marionettes perform a fairy tale story of vanity that will be very entertaining for young viewers.
Starts: Aug 7 at 17:00. Admission: Sk30. The courtyard of the Old Town Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Marián Varga and the Moyzes Quartet - The keyboardist plays with the prominent Slovak string ensemble.
Starts: Aug 8 at 20:00. Admission: Sk299, Sk350. Courtyard of Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Greetings from Israel - During the current turbulent situation in Israel and Lebanon eight contemporary Israeli visual artists bring their mission of peace reflecting the traditional greeting Shalom alechem (Peace be with you).
Open: Sun-Fri 11:00-17:00 until August 20. Admission: Sk60. Múzeum židovskej kultúry (Museum of Jewish Culture), Židovská 12. Tel: 02/5934-9142.

Vektory-art - Artists inspired by modern techniques of seriography and digital print Jozef Jankovič, Lýdia Jergušová - Vydarená, Ondrej Rudavský, Vojtech Kolenčík, Tamara Kolenčíková, Marko Blažo, František Blažo and Marcela Kupčíková exhibit their works.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until August 23. Admission: free. Exhibition Hall of Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Dostojevského rad 2. Tel: 02/5296-2402.
FESTIVAL: Pezinok Mine Dwarf - The festival of gold-panning in streets of Pezinok includes an international exhibition and collection of minerals, fossils and precious stones.
Runs: August 12-13. The Centre of Culture and streets of Pezinok. Tel: 033/6412-550,

Červeník - The festival, whose slogan is "music for all generations", offers all kinds of music from folk, brassbands and country to pop and rock. The list of performers includes Czech Support Lesbiens, Kabát, Mig 21 and Slovak Richard Müller, Para and Modus.
Runs: August 11-13. Admission: Sk500. Local amphitheatre in Červeník, close to Leopoldov. Tel: 033/7729-715,

Me100X - Young Slovak painters Roman Bicek, Michal Černušák and Erik Šille depict a contemporary city, its streets and night life.
Runs: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat and Sun 13:00-18:00 until August 27. Admission: Sk20. The Ján Koniarek Gallery at Koppel House, Zelený kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659.


Echoes of the old Slovenian language below Kráľova Hoľa - The festival includes polyphony (choir), folk and sacred music.
Runs: August 12-13. The House of Culture, the local church and other premises in Telgárt. Tel: 048/4125-206,

Očová's Folklore Clod - The 70th anniversary of the local Očovan folk ensemble is celebrating another year of traditional folklore that is dedicated to keeping the local folklore traditions alive.
Runs: August 12-13. Očová, football stadium. Tel: 045/5349-069,

Chinese Mosaic - Miroslav Štrba, a photographer with the experiences of both a trader and a diplomat presents about 70 photos of places in China that are not usually visited by tourists.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30 until August 16. Admission: Sk50. Zvolen Castle. Tel: 045/5321-903.


Lokal Life - The festival focuses on 60 different interpretions of electronic music not very well-known in Slovakia - nu jazz, break-beat and hip hop. The festival offers performances that include Australian Loonaloop, Italian Ruggero Robin, Slovak gypsy band Kokavakere Lavutára, Polish Magiczne Karpaty and Slovak Zóna A and Hudba z Marsu.
Runs: August 11-12. Admission: Sk499, Sk399. Kežmarok, amphitheatre. Tel: 052/4522 166,

Folk Architecture in Photography - Ethnographer Ján Lazorík exhibits photos documenting architecture in regions of eastern Slovakia from 30-50 years ago.
Open: Tue 9:00-17:30, Wed-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 14:00-18:00 until August 31. Admission: Sk10. Krajské múzeum (Regional museum), Hlavná 86. Tel: 051/7734-708.

The fifth international open-air workshop of woodcarvers that will emphasise folklore, entitled Return to Siváň, takes place in Babín close to Námestovo in the Orava region between August 9-12. Fifteen woodcarvers from Poland and Slovakia will transform poplar logs into sculptures. On Sunday, August 13, a five-year effort of the organisers will culminate in the opening of the Gallery of Folk Woodcarving. The permanent exhibition of artworks by Slovak and Polish woodcarvers will commemorate prominent Slovak woodcarver Štefan Siváň and his son Štefan Siváň Jr, who is also a woodcarver. For more information call 043/5864-928.

photo: Courtesy of Osvetové Stredisko DK

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