photo: Iberica

THE IBERICA Spanish culture festival brings an exciting show to Bratislava full of flamenco rhythms by top flamenco dancer Carmen Cortés and Spanish flamenco guitarist Gerardo Núnez. Cortés is one of the most sought-after flamenco dancers in the world, and is highly regarded for her unusual expressiveness of movement and excellent dance technique. Music critics consider Núnez to be the most technically advanced flamenco guitarist who masters not only the art of flamenco, but also classical and jazz music. In different local venues, visitors can see the flamenco and jazz inspired world music performances of Los Remedios. For those who want to be more involved than just seeing and listening to this wonderful music, the organizers have prepared a dance school to be led by Zuzana Čorejová. The festival takes place in Istropolis at Trnavské mýto 1. Tickets cost Sk300. For more information call 02/5557-7065.


Simply Red - Successful English pop band Simply Red, with leader Mick Hucknall, with music that is influenced by pop, jazz and blue-eyed soul, will enrich the summer music air in Slovakia.
Starts: Aug 29 at 20:00. Admission: Sk890-Sk1,400. Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 0910/666-310.

Tango Trio - Keyboardist Peter Breiner, violinist Stano Palúch and Boris Lenko will perform a special concert.
Starts: Aug 30 at 20:00. Admission: Sk299, Sk350. Courtyard of the Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6651.

Days of Masters at the Castle - More than 90 craftspeople will present traditional Slovak crafts. The programme includes performances of folk dance and music ensembles and workshops for children.
RUNS: Sept 1 - 2. Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Mattafix - Apart from thier hits Big City Life and To & Fro, the British duo Mattafix plays works from its latest CD, Signs Of A Struggle. The group, who combines urban music with hip hop and reggae, will perform their postponed concert.
Starts: Sept 2 at 20:00. Admission: Sk340. Incheba Open Air, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Pictures of Fantasy - A selection of illustrations of children's books from last year's 23rd annual Italian Sardem exhibition will be hosted by Bibiana. The exhibit will feature works by artists who hold some of the most important international book illustration awards.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until September 15. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308.

European Day of Jewish Culture - A tour of the local synagogue, the ritual bath mikve and the Jewish cemetery, lectures and a concert by the Caston Band is all part of this day long event.
Starts: Sept 3 at 10:00. Admission: free. Komárno premises, the synagogue and the Hall of Zoltán Wallenstein. Tel: 035/7731-224.

Rock-Pop-Jazz in Photography - Amateur as well as professional photographers will present nearly 150 photos of internationally well known Slovak musicians during this third annual exhibition.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-16:00 until September 9. Admission: Sk30. Katov Dom (The House of Executioner), Matúšova street, under Trenčín Castle.
Tel: 032/7434-431.


Svätý Anton
St Hubert Days - The hunters' festival, which celebrates this patron of hunters, is accompanied by a number of competitions and attractions. Some of the competitions will include the nicest hat, the longest beard and best recipe events.
Runs: Sept 2-3, starting at 8:30. Admission: Sk100, Sk50. Múzeum vo Sv. Antone (St Anton Museum). Tel: 045/6913-932.

Recordings of the Vanishing World - Milan Laluha uses his favourite colours of red, blue and green to frame his works. Laluha is a member of the Mikuláš Galanda group.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-16:00 until September 30. Admission: Sk10. Galéria Márie Medveckej (the Gallery of Mária Medvecká), Medvedzie 1/1. Tel: 043/5322-793.


Children Kesaj - A Romany children's folklore ensemble performs.
Starts: Aug 28 at 16:00. Admission: free. Hlavné námestie. Tel: 052/4524-047.

Aero-weekend - The opening ceremony of the expanded Museum of Aviation will be accompanied by an air show.
Starts: Sept 2 at 13:00. Admission: Sk100 (adults), Sk20 (children). Košice airport. Tel: 055/6224-035.

photo: Urban Park

THE MULTIMEDIA festival Urban Park has the goal of addressing local suburban youth and will take place in the public spaces of a housing estate in Humenné on August 31. The music section of the festival offers performances by the Hungarian Uzgin Üver, the Czech kNot Photogenic, the Polish Baaba and Slovak bands Longital / Dlhé Diely and Žena s blchou. Hungarian DJ Sztyepp and Slovak DJs Matylda and Romo will be playing music as well. Vihorlatská knižnica library will be transformed into a cinema, where Basque films, animated Slovak films and a French short film will be screened. As part of the photographic section a slideshow entitled At the End of the Housing Estate about life in Humenné during the years 1960-1999 will take place. Simultaneously, an exhibition of this project will be opened. Admission to this event, which starts at 13:00 and ends at 22:00, is free. For more information visit

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