photo: Gathering of Drummers

FOR the fifth time, drummers and other percussionists from various styles are gathering in Český Šumperk in the Czech Republic for a week-long workshop and tour. Bratislava is traditionally a stop. The Gathering of Drummers takes place on October 10 at 20:00. This year's composition of musicians includes - apart from the event's founder, Czech drummer Pavel Fajt - Czech musicians Miloš Vacík, Alan Vitouš and Miloš Dvořáček. Percussionist Mohamed Bangoura represents Australia, while singer Yumiko has arrived from Japan, and percussionist Ephramin Goldin from Canada. The concert takes place in the Randal Club at Karpatská 2. For more information, go to


Dust of the World - The premiere of a movie by Zen master Kaisen, head of the Ho Sho Ji monastery in France and the Ko Myo Ji monastery in Poland, will be followed by a discussion with Mister Kaisen and a concert.
Starts: Oct 10 at 17:30. Nu Spirit (former Budha Bar), Medená 16. Tel: 0918/638-675.

Live Water for Malawi - A charity concert to raise funds to build wells in 124 catering centres for children in Malawi features Vašo Patejdl, the Bratislava's Boys Choir, jazz singer Peter Lipa, Close Harmony Friends, baritone Martin Babjak, Benjamin Mamudo and Amigos Calientes, harmonica player Erich Boboš Procházka, organ player Stanislav Šurin, the Chorus Alea and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Starts: October 11 at 18:00. The Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

Dance Bazaar - Visitors can learn to dance the czardas, salsa, belly dancing, gypsy dances and other dance types at 17 workshops (10:00-19:30), learn to sing or attend a dance show performed by folklore dancers from Slovakia and abroad (20:00-03:00).
Runs: October 14, 10:00-03:00. Admission: Sk220. Park Kultúry a Oddychu (Culture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3.

Duran, Duran - The British rock legend and one of the most successful bands of all times, performs with its original lineup: Simon le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor.
Starts: Oct 15 at 20:00. Admission: Sk890-Sk1,890. Incheba Expoarena, Viedenská cesta. Tel: 02/121-11.

FunkPunk Project - This project by one of the best Slovak drummers, Martin Valihora, who currently lives in New York, brings together the best the Slovak jazz-funk scene has to offer: Valihora, bass guitarist Juraj Griglák, keyboardist Luboš Šrámek and guitarist Michal Bugala.
Starts: Oct 15 at 19:00. Admission: Sk170. Astorka Theatre, Namestie SNP 33. Tel: 02/5263-2434.

Fantastic World of Albín Brunovský - This exhibition presents 80 colourful book illustrations by prominent Slovak graphic artist Albín Brunovský.
Open: Mon- Fri 13:30-18:00 until November 2. Admission: free. Galéria Artotéka, Panenská 13. Tel: 02/5930-5721.

Blind Guardian - German power metal players Hansi Kürsch (vocal), Marcus Siepen (guitar), André Olbrich (guitar), Frederik Ehmke (drums) promote their latest album at their only concert in Central Europe.
Starts: Oct 15 at 20:00. Admission: Sk690. Športová hala (Sports Hall). Tel: 032/161-86.


Banská Bystrica
Music Days - A premiere of Giuseppi Verdi's Il Trovatore opens a festival that also features Mozart's lesser known works.
Run: Oct 13-19. Admission: Sk60-Sk220. State Opera, Národná 11. Tel: 048/4124-418.

Banská Štiavnica
Štiavnica Native in the World - This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of painter Jozef Viktorián Pituk's birth, whose oeuvre bridged Slovak and Hungarian arts in the middle of the 20th century. Pituk was one of the most prominent European painters and graphic artists of the 20th century.
Open: until October 30. Admission: Sk40. J. Kollár Gallery, Kammerhofská 2. Tel: 045/6913-431.


Traditional crafts - Traditional handicraftsmen present their products at the second year of this event.
Starts: Oct 12 at 9:30. Admission: free. Town centre. Tel: 051/16-186.

Cool 2006 - The multimedia fashion show presents models by Jana Berg for autumn and winter that were inspired by photos by her friend, Czech actor and fan photographer Marek Vašut.
Starts: Oct 13 at 20:00. Tempus Bavaria, Železiarenská 49. Tel: 055/6222-628.

photo: 4(+1)Days

THE 4 (+ 1) Days 4 You Festival brings the best in contemporary dance to Banská Bystrica between October 10 and 14. Over five days, the fifth year of the festival presents 10 performances, including The Evening of Future Professional, which features students of the dance school at the J.L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica. The contemporary dance school Kunsthomanior from Belgium and the Hungarian Budapest Dance Academy will open the event. On October 11, the DAJV ensemble, led by Marta Poláková, one of the leading figures of contemporary Slovak dance, performs Spontánne Nekompatibilní (Spontaneously Incompatible), to be followed by the performance of the Debris Company's Dolcissime sirene. The third day will feature Artyci and Zuzana Kozánková in Cocoon Invisible, the Debris Company in Soliloquy and Juraj Korec in New bit - new beat. On October 13, Milan Tomášik will perform Within and Bubla Company Cosmonauts. The Les Slovaques group with its show A už to šlape, páni! and Štúdio tanca (Dance Studio) with Inner Eye will complete the festival. The festival is accompanied by workshops for dance students, as well as the general public, and an open door at the J.L. Bella Conservatory. The performances will be held in the Komorné divadlo Domu kultúry (Chamber Theatre of the Community Centre) at Námestie Slobody 3. For more information, visit or call 048/4146-540.

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