PROFESSIONAL freestyle motocross riders will show off their skills for the first time in Slovakia at the Incheba Open Air Arena in Bratislava on September 9 at 20:00. Nokia Freestyle Motocross will offer acrobatic jumps 12 metres high and 25 metres long by men riding 100-kilogram motorcycles and doing tricks such as back flips. The two-hour show will be performed in the spirit of combat between North America and Europe. Spectators can look forward to Jake Windham and Matt Buyte from the US and Reagan Rieg and Jeff Fehr from Canada. Czech riders Martin Koreň, Libor Podmol, Zdeněk Fusek and David Rejsek and Italian Alvaro Dal Farra will represent Europe. Czech Petr Kuchař, who in 2003 became the first European to make a flip on a motorcycle, will also be among the riders for this breathtaking event. The Incheba Open Air Arena is located at Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tickets cost Sk499 and Sk299. For more information call 02/4341- 5517.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bach and Mozart - Solamente naturali, an ensemble playing on authentic instruments performs compositions of JS Bach and WA Mozart in a series dedicated to Bach.
Starts: Sep 4 at 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk100. Nový evanjelický kostol (New evangelical church), Legionárska 4. Tel: 02/5932-7716.
LIVE MUSIC: The Eldad Tarmu Jazz - The tradition of concerts in the Bratislava's Jazz Club continues with a performance by the Eldad Tarmu Jazz group, an international assemblage featuring US vibraphone player Eldad Tarmu, a Romanian string quartet and Israeli Yoni Halevi on drums.
Starts: Sep 8 at 19:00. Admission: Sk199. Astorka Theatre, Námestie SNP 33. Tel: 02/5443-1707.
FESTIVAL: Fiesta Latina De Miguel Méndez - The seventh year of this festival features local and foreign Latin-American music and dance ensembles that will also be offering dance lessons to passers-by.
Runs: Sep 9 between 15:00-22:00. Admission: free. Rybné square and streets and squares of the Old Town. Tel: 02/5920-1605.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Music Days of Bruno Walter - Students and teachers of the European Music Academy ceremonially open this festival dedicated to conductor and humanist Bruno Walter.
Starts: Sep 10 at 17:00. Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5464-4061.
LIVE MUSIC: Jay-Z - The legendary American rapper gives his only show in Central Europe.
Starts: Sep 10 at 20:00. Admission: Sk690-Sk1,090. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 02/6727-1111.
EXHIBITION: Identities of Petržalka - Juraj Chlpík exhibits photographs of the citizens of Slovakia's biggest concrete housing estate, the Bratislava suburb of Petržalka, and their households at an unusual venue - the Nový most (New Bridge) bridge over the Danube River.
Open: until September 15. Admission: free.
EXHIBITION: Persona - A train gallery with black-and-white photos of celebrities photographed on board by Antonín Kratochvíl continues to travel across Slovakia.
Open: 10:00-20:00 until September 10. Admission: Sk50. LGP photo gallery, railway station. Tel: 02/2029-5983.
FESTIVAL: Town Days - This western Slovak town commemorates its elevation in 1372 to the status of a free royal town with a rich cultural programme and a historical market.
Runs: Sep 9-17. Admission: Sk500 for the whole festival, tickets for individual shows rank from Sk40 to Sk250. The whole town of Skalica is the location. Tel: 034/6645-341.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: The opening of the 33rd Concert Season - The Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina under the baton of Karol Kevický with pianist Regina Majtánová performs various works by Ľudovít Rajter, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn.
Starts: Sep 7 at 19:00. Admission: Sk70-Sk130. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.
TOWN DAYS: Market of Radvaň - The 349th annual traditional market is part of Banská Bystrica days. The programme includes drummers from the Congo and Ivory Coast, dance ensembles Twist and Pomáda and performance of Romany songs and dances by Horúce srdcia.
Runs: Sep 8-10, starting at 15:30. Admission: free. Radvaň, city centre of Banská Bystrica.
MARCH: Salamander Days - Citizens of Banská Štiavnica dress in traditional costumes and weave their way lizard-like through the streets of old town. This annual parade recalls the town's past as a leading mining centre in Europe.
Runs: Sep 7-9. Streets of Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6949-653.
STEAM ENGINES: Grand Prix Slovakia - Crews of historical steam engines from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Poland and Slovakia compete in this old timer Grand Prix.
Starts: Sep 9 at 10:30. Železničná stanica Zvolen nákladná (cargo railway station in Zvolen). Tel: 02/2029-7788.
CONCERT: U.S. Steel Talent night - The first concert in the multifunctional Steel Arena features the six finalists of a project to support young artists along with performances by Arash & Band, Peha, Jana Kirschner, Peter Cmorík, Marián Čekovský, and Oskar Rózsa.
Starts: Sep 4 at 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk200. The Steel Arena - Ladislav Troják Stadium. Tel: 055/6734-006.
THE JUBILEE puppetry festival Bábkarská Bystrica will host more than 20 local and foreign puppetry groups in Banská Bystrica between September 8 and 12. The biennial competition between Slovak puppetry groups and groups from other countries in Europe will feature for the first time productions groups from Austria and Burgundy. French guests, Compagnie José Manuel Cano Lopez, Le Théa#tre du Risorius and Compagnie En attendant, will be the headliners of the festival. Two exhibitions, 200 Years with Czech Puppets in the State Gallery and Theatrical Costume in Historical Periods in Thurzo's House, will accompany the 15th biennial festival. Individual festival performances, which include shows for children and adults, will take place in the State Opera, specially constructed tents downtown and the Villa Dominika, headquarters of the main organizer of the festival, Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads (BDNR). Prices of tickets range from Sk20 to Sk80. For more information call 048/4125-623 or go to www.bdnr.sk.