Martin Luther - Reformer is the name of this travelling exhibition that arrives in Bratislava 460 years after the death of this major personality of church and world history. Arranged chronologically, the exhibit leads visitors through Luther's life and leaves them pondering his impact. Available are gorgeous reproductions of woodcuts and paintings by Cranach and Dürer, illuminated manuscripts, architectural models, items from the Luther household, the tombstones of Luther, his wife and Katharina von Bora, and even Luther's death mask. The exhibit portrays Martin Luther as a pious monk, courageous reformer, eloquent preacher, brilliant teacher, loving family man and theologian who not only transformed western Christianity but the German language and culture. The exhibition takes place in Dvorana Ministerstva kultúry (Exhibition Hall of the Ministry of Culture), at SNP Square 33. It is open daily, except Monday between 10:00 and 18:00 until September 10. The admission is free. For more information call 02/5443-2842.
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Chamber Jazz Trio - The Czech-Slovak trio consisting of contrabass player Juraj Kalász, guitarist Vilém Spilka and tenor saxophone player Radek Zapadlo plays within the Jazz Under the Tower cycle.
Starts: Aug 23 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. Courtyard of the Old City Hall, Hlavné námestie. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

The National Youth Choir - This 110-member choir from Great Britain, considered one of the best youth choirs in the world, performs under the baton of Mike Brewer.
Starts: Aug 25 at 19:00. Admission: free. Jesuit Church, Kostolná 1. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Roomster Tour - The most successful Slovak bands. IMT Smile and Desmond, with guest star Samo Tomeček, kick off the Roomester Tour across Slovakia.
Starts: Aug 26 at 19:00. Admission: Sk199, Sk249. Incheba Open Air, Viedenská cesta 7.
Tel: 02/6727-1111.

How Kalo Dant Got to the Seventh World - The International House of Art for Children performs a story inspired by a Roma fairy tale about a Gypsy boy.
Starts: Aug 27 at 17:00. Admission: Sk30, Sk20. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308.

T-Com Fiesta - Hip-hop, jazz musicians and fire-twirling acrobats enliven downtown streets within the summer programme T-Com Fiesta.
Runs: Aug 26, 20:00-22:00. Admission: free. Streets of the city centre. Tel: 02/5881-0425.

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Aquabeatz - This open-air party hosts German, Hungarian and British performers, as well as musicians from countries as far away as Kenya, on four stages: Disco, Hip-Hop, Techno and Drum and Bass.
Starts: Aug 26 at 19:00. Admission: Sk190, Sk260. Termálne kúpalisko E. Tatarka (Thermal poll Strand).

Fashion of the 20th Century - This exhibition presents more than 50 pieces of clothing and accessories from the museum's collection and its employees' wardrobes.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 until December 31. Admission: Sk20. Západoslovenské múzeum (Museum of Western Slovakia), Múzejné námestie 3.
Tel: 033/5512-913.


Kremnické Gagy - This weekend full of humour and satire offers numerous theatre and music performances and exhibitions of cartoonists and kitsch.
Runs: Aug 25 to 27. Kremnica venues. Tel: 045/6744-388.

Draught horses and their Drivers - After a ceremonial march through Detva, horse drivers compete for a valaška (shepherd's hatchet) in various disciplines.
Starts: Aug 26 at 8:30. Local amphitheatre. Tel: 045/5455-528.

Farewell to Summer -Traditional folklore festivities take place.
Starts: Aug 27 at 11:00. Admission: free. Vlkolínec premises. Tel: 044/4321-096.


Crow of Košice - This competition in precision flying occurs within the "Centennial of Flying in Košice".
Runs: Aug 25-27, starting at 8:00. Aeroklub Košice, Airport Košice. Tel: 095/6423-153.

Festival of Gemer Folklore - As part of its 33rd year, this biggest folklore festival in the region includes, apart from performances by dance and music folklore ensembles, a presentation of traditional handicraft products and local meals, a competition for the best homemade spirits, exhibitions and visits to local wooden houses (drevenica).
Starts: Aug 26 at 10:00. Admission: Sk60. Local amphitheatre and village premises. Tel: 058/7324-258.

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Lodenica (Shipyard), near Piešťany, will close out the summer season of large open-air festivals in Slovakia between August 31 and September 2. The three-day festival focusing on country and folk music will feature Czech musicians Waldemar Matuška, Ivan Mládek and František Nedvěd. The Pressburger Klezmer Band and Taktici will represent the Slovak scene and the Cassidys will present Irish music. The programme also includes a performance by an amateur theatre ensemble, the Club of Unlawfully Bold. Oproti Theatre will put on a piece based on short stories by Daniil Charms using the principles of Laterna Magica, this time in the form of a slideshow. Sport fans can play beach volleyball and those looking to strike it rich can pan gold. Country culture lovers can learn traditional country dances or ride on horses. Tickets for the whole festival cost Sk650. For more information, call 032/7773-057 or visit

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