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Visitors can enjoy design novelties from abroad, as well as Slovakia, during the sixth year of the Design Days in Bratislava between October 17 and 29. Admission to individual events held in design studios, galleries and exhibition premises is free, except the Design Salon 2006 exhibition, which is the most extensive display within the festival, and takes place within the fair Moddom 2006. The exhibition is open daily between 10:00 and 19:00 from October 18 to October 22 in the Hall B in the fair area Incheba Expo on Viedenská cesta 3-7. Visitors will find the latest furniture designs from Slovak manufacturers, garden furniture by Czech designers and an exhibition of works by Czech and Slovak students. One of the most attractive events, which takes place October 26 and 28, is an open door visit to the first low-energy intelligent house in Central Europe, built at Matúšova 27 in Bratislava. Other events of the festival of design, housing and lifestyle, include an exhibition of glass artworks by Patrik Illo in K.Gallery on Ventúrska 8; the exhibition Austrian Typography in the Austrian Culture Forum on Zelená 7; and the exhibition of industrial products in Techo Centre on Tovarenská 14. For more information, visit www.designdays.sk or call 02/5564-0716.


Lipa Sings Lasica - Slovak jazz singer Peter Lipa sings from his latest CD, Lipa Sings Lasica, an exceptional mix of Lipa's music and Milan Lasica's lyrics, which was awarded several Aurel (Slovak Grammy Awards) for 2005.
Starts: October 26, 27, 28 at 19:00. Admission: Sk350. Štúdio L+S, Námestie 1. Mája 5. Tel: 02/ 5296-7552.

Moyzes Quartet - This prominent string ensemble hosts composer and pianist Vladimír Godár and clarinetist Branislav Dugovič in works by Alexander Moyzes, Vladimír Godár, Marek Spusta and Mozart.
Starts: Oct 27 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Moyzesova sieň (Moyzes Concert Hall), Vajanského nábrežie 12. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Octagon - The premiere of a play directed by Uršula Kowalyk and Patrik Kreb that was created with the help of some of the homeless people who sell Nota Bene magazine on street corners. The play is about one way someone could become homeless. Octagon is a kind of battle that takes place in an eight-sided cage. The only rule is that, in the end, only one fighter can leave the cage.
Starts: Oct 27 at 19:00. Štúdio 12, Jakubovo square 12. www.studio12.sk.

DJ Tiesto - A year after his last appearance in Slovakia, this Dutch DJ, who is among the most prominent DJs in the world, returns to Bratislava with his latest show, performing with Austrian DJs Tom Snow and Pete Brooks.
Starts: Oct 28 at 20:00. Admission: Sk550, Sk1,590. Incheba, Viedenská cesta 4-7. Tel: 02/5293-3321.

Autumn Mile - This season's last horse races take place.
Starts: Oct 29 at 12:30. Admission: Sk40. Závodisko (Racecourse), Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504.

Real Celebrities - Douglas Kirkland, American photographer of Look and Life magazines, exhibits about 50 photos of Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and other celebrities.
Open: Tue-Sun 12:00-18:00 until November 5. Admission: free. Z Gallery, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 0903/468-776.

Anticipation - Ivan Bukovský exhibits his expressive painitings.
Open: Mon-Sun 15:00-18:00 until October 31. Admission: free. Merum Gallery, Štúrova 108. Tel: 02/5478-9416.


Commemoration of the 80th Birthday of Martin Ťapák - This event marks the anniversary of a Slovak film director, actor, dancer and choreographer devoted to folk dance.
Starts: Oct 29. Dom kultúry (The House of culture), Liesek, the Tvrdošín district. Tel: 043/5864-928.

The Theatre: Passion, Body and Voice - This large exhibition offers a backstage look at the history of Slovak theatre.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until March 18. Admission: Sk15, Sk25. The Slovak National Museum, Malá Hora 2. Tel: 043/4131-011-12.


Galaconcert of Štefan Margita - Tenor Štefan Margita gives the only concert in Slovakia marking his 50th birthday. Other performers are mezzosoprano Andrea Kalivodová, harp player Kateřina Englichová and the State Philharmonic Košice conducted by Leoš Svárovský.
Starts: Oct 29 at 19:00. Admission: Sk300-Sk500. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66. Tel: 55/6258-888.

Rákóczi in Košice - The exhumed remains of Ferenc II. Rákóczi, who led anti-Habsburg uprisings in the 18th century, and his comrades return to Košice for a ceremonial reburial.
Starts: Oct 29 at 9:30. Admission: free. Košice downtown. www.rakoczi.kosice.sk.

CERAMICS Workshops Beladice 1999-2006 presents a selection of works created by prominent artists during the seven years of the international ceramics workshops in Beladice, a picturesque manor house close to Nitra. The exhibition in the Nitra Gallery presents works by almost 50 international artists. The artists created interior minor plastics and exterior sculptures from various materials, mostly fire clay, with the help of various technologies. These include artworks created by the Japanese raku technique, glazed sculptures, porcelain and many others,

as the workshops never limited the artists in terms of theme, style or creative approach. The gallery is located on Župné Square 3 and is opened between Tuesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. The exhibition will finish on November 5. Tickets cost Sk30. For more information call 037/6579-641-3.

photos: Beladice workshops

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