photo: Danubiana

The Danubiana Meuleensteen Art Museum located at the Čunovo water works in Bratislava has opened exhibitions of paintings by Slovak abstract expressionist Ján Kelemen and Austrian figurative expressionist Herwig Zens. Kelemen's paintings oscillate between the points of departure of Art Informel and Action Painting and the meditative levels of Abstract Expressionism. Zens is convinced that "the arts come not from knowledge, but necessity". His works are inspired by expressionist painter Oskar Kokoscha and, later, by Spanish painter Francisco Goya. The current exhibitions in Danubiana are open daily, except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00, until December 10. Tickets cost Sk60. For more information call 02/6252-8501 or visit


Biennial of Animation of Bratislava - Animated films for children compete for the top award, the Viktor Kubal Prize, during the eighth year of this festival.
Runs: Oct 17-21. Tatra Cinema, Nám. 1. mája, Film Club 35 mm, Svoradova 2. Tel: 02/5443-1314,

Oktoberfest in Bratislava - An event in the style of the largest, best-known beer festival in the world. Includes authentic "Wiesnmusik" (traditional Oktoberfest music). Advance booking recommended.
Runs: Oct 19-29. Admission: Sk790. The heated, decorated tent in the garden of the Primi restaurant, Michalská 19. Tel: 0907/351-351,

Ekotopfilm - This 33rd international film festival dedicated to ecology features films from Slovakia and abroad, as well as seminars, conferences and discussion forums. The festival moves to Košice's Historical City Hall from November 7-9.
Runs: October 23-27. Admission: free. L+S Studio, Tatra Cinema, Námestie 1. Mája 5. Tel: 02/6353-0336.

Evenings of New Music - The 17th year of this festival features contemporary music with guest artist British composer Gavin Bryars.
Runs: Oct 13-17, at 19:00. Admission: Sk70, Sk140 for individual concerts, Sk200, Sk400 for the whole festival. Štúdio 12, Jakubovo námestie 12., Tel.: 02/5930-4720,

Ikonotropia - Maroš Rovňák, a laureate of the prestigious Oskár Čepán Award for young artists, exhibits some of his recent works that point out that every period of time has its own interpretation of truth and decency.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until October 20. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Tel: 02/5441-3316.

Hommage to Oboe - Oboe player Igor Fabera, the Moyzes Quartet and the Chamber Ensemble of Modra get together within the Trnava Music Autumn to pay tribute to the oboe.
Starts: Oct 22, at 18:00. Admission: Sk50, Sk100. The Ján Koniarek Gallery at Koppel House, Zelený kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-022.

Rock Autumn - The fourth year of this festival features a rich programme, which, apart from Czech and Slovak rock stars, features hip-hop band Kontrafakt & Rytmus and ska group Polemic. The rock ensembles include Slovak formation Peha, Gladiátor, Arzén and Liquid and Czech Cliché.
Starts: Oct 20 at 17:00. Admission: Sk280. Mestská športová hala (Town sports hall).

Cithara Aediculae - This international festival presents classical guitar performances in the setting of a confrontation between young interpreters and renowned guitarists from Europe, as well as overseas. This year the list of performers includes the guitar duo La Barre, Thibault Cauvin, guitar duo Awao, Toti Soler, Alexander Swete, guitar-bandoneon duo Giampaolo Bandini and many others.
Runs: Oct 16-21, 19:00. Admission: Sk60, Sk90. St Holy Spirit Church, Sládkovičova 12. Tel: 037/161-86.


Jiloskere Hangóro - Performances of Roma folklore ensembles, a workshop and exhibition are part of the 14th festival of Roma folk song.
Starts: Oct 21. The House of Culture, Detva. Tel: 045/5455-581.

Respect ! - A series of performances in the city's Stanica Záriečie by an international project held in Münster, Germany under the direction of the renowned Argentinean Crear Vale la Pena Theatre. The project's aim is not only to promote art but to address society's political and social problem. The main theme is to respect others in all ways possible.
Starts: Oct 20 at 20:00. Admission: Sk50. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0908/491-222.


Rally Košice - Organizers of the 32nd year of this two-day competition have prepared a a 522.7 kilometre-long track for 46 teams.
Runs: Oct 20-22 starting at 16:00. Tempus Autoland, Rastislavová street 110. Tel: 055/6256-362,

photo: Sme - Miroslava Cibulková

Fields of Shameis a travelling photo exhibition about totalitarianism and oppression that arrived in Slovakia from Poland and Germany. The exhibition features unique pictures of concentration camps, prisons, and rallies in Northern Korea, China, Burma, Cuba and Belarus, as well as stories from political prisoners. It is displayed in the centres of nine Slovak cities until October 23. After Slovakia, the exhibition heads to Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The Pontis Foundation is organizing the presentation in cooperation with the Hlava 98 civic association and the Polish Centre for Theory and Practice of Democracy in the hope of increasing the Slovak public's awareness of its solidarity with people suffering under totalitarian regimes. The photos will be shown on Hlavná ulica in Prešov between October 17 and 19 and in Košice between October 20 and 23. For more information call 02/5710-8130.

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