photo: Continental Film

The fourth year of the Minority Film Festival will take place at the Tatra and Mladosť cinemas in Bratislava from October 5-8. The four-day festival opens with the screening of Chačipe, a Czech film about orphans, and Ninas resa (Nina's Journey), a Swedish-Polish production about a Polish girl who survived the Warshaw Ghetto. The second day of the festival will be dedicated to commemorating Czech documentary filmmaker Pavel Koutecký. During a round-table discussion to be held the same day, a group of Finnish writers and playwrights writing in Swedish will discuss the coexistence of national minorities. The section Roads of Hope on Saturday will feature documentaries by Czech film director Kristína Vlachová on three topics: the deportation of Jews from Slovakia during the Second World War; the life of Romanies in the Czech Republic; and Ján Langoš, the director of the National Memory Institute, who died in a car crash earlier this year. Other films to be screened during the festival include award-winning films Hotel Rwanda by Terry George, Mój Nikifor by Krysztof Krauze and The Secret Life of Words by Isabel Coixet. The Tatra cinema is located on Nám. 1. mája 5 and the Mladosť cinema is at Hviezdoslavovo nám. 17. Admission is free.


Spirituál Kvintet - This Czech formation sings spirituals.
Starts: Oct 3 at 19:00. Admission: Sk224. Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Tel: 02/5727-3111.

Klezmer Night - De Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Pressburger Klezmer Band give a double concert.
Starts: Oct 5 at 20:30. Admission: Sk190. Klub za Zrkadlom, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Dvorský Brothers Sing Slovakia - Four Dvorský brothers - Peter, Pavol, Miroslav and Jaroslav - are accompanied by the Orchestra of the State Theatre in Košice under the baton of conductor Dušan Štefánek.
Starts: Oct 7 at 19:30. Admission: Sk950-Sk1,800. Sibamac aréna, Príkopova 6.

French Song - A competition on who can sing the best French song.
Runs: Oct 8, 8:00-22:00. Dom kultúry (House of Culture) Ružinov, Ružinovská 28. Tel: 02/4333-0523.

Lost Free Space - This exhibition presents works by the attendees of the Summer Workshops that depict the surroundings of Zlaté Piesky, former industrial premises and a recreation area.
Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-20:00 until October 11. Admission: free. 13 m3 Gallery, Studená 12. Tel: 0918/648-099.

Industrial Bratislava - Photographer Anton Sládek focuses his lens on the capital's old industrial sites and uncovers their hidden beauty.
Open: Mon-Sun 11:00-10:00 until October 12. Admission: free. Galéria Veža (Tower Gallery), Továrenská 14.

Jazz Below the Castle - The 13th annual festival pays tribute to Czech-Slovak jazz musician Vlasta Průchová. Featuring jazz stars Peter Lipa from Slovakia, Dan Bárta and his Illustratosphere from the Czech Republic and the Rainer Böhm Quartet from Germany.
Runs: Oct 5-8. Admission: Sk500 for the whole festival. Piano Club, Pod Sokolice. 032/7442-420.

Breath of the Earth - This festival offers meditations, lectures, discussions, presentations, ecology workshops, spirituality and lessons on healthy eating, the healing power of nature and "food" for soul to teach the public how to live more in harmony with nature.
Runs: Oct 7, 9:00-22:00. Admission: Sk120. The Centre of Culture, Veterná 8. Tel: 0905/342-122.

Nové Zámky
Blues Jamboree - British Ten Years After, which performed at the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969, headlines the second year of this ambitious blues festival. Other performers include US singer Sharrie Williams, Dutch guitarist Lefthand Freddy and The Aces, young Polish formation Siódma and Hungarian harmonica player Mátyás Pribojszki.
Runs: Oct 6-7. Admission: Sk350, Sk450. Sports Millennium hall. Tel: 0905/327-961.


Dolný Kubín
The Kolčáks - A trio of exhibitions presents artworks by the Kolčák family. Painter Ignác exhibits landscapes, portraits and figural works; his wife Běla paints about the coexistence of people and nature; and their daughter Karina is fascinated with light.
Open: Tue-Sun between 10:00-17:00 until November 5. Admission: Sk20. Oravská galéria (Orava Gallery), Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11. Tel: 043/5863-212.


Fashion Show JKlett - Jitka Mikulová presents her models and Czech singer Helena Vondráčková sings.
Starts: Oct 6 at 20:00. Admission: Sk290. A tent at Námestie osloboditeľov. Tel: 055/6258-888.

Ars Antiqua Europae in Via Gothica - Performances by the Lords of Spiš fencing group and the Musa Ludens chamber ensemble complete the fifth year of this festival, which is dedicated to preserving historical European music.
Starts: Oct 2 at 17:30. Admission: free. The courtyard of the Dardanelles Pavillion, Markušovce. Tel: 055/7299-605.

photo: CTK

Rock fans can start looking forward to a heavenly serving of international music. This time, British band Deep Purple, with lead singer Ian Gillan, will arrive to promote its latest album, Rapture of the Deep. Apart from Gillan, original drummer Ian Paice will play in Slovakia, along with bassist Roger Glover, guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey. The legendary group will give two concerts in Slovakia: first at Bratislava's Incheba Expo Arena on Viedenská cesta 7 on October 4, then at the Steel Arena, Ladislav Troják Stadium, in Košice. Tickets cost Sk890. For more information call 0904/666-363.

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