photo: ÚĽUV

THE GALLERY of the Centre of Folk Art Production (ÚĽUV) in Bratislava presents Rings in Water 2006, an exhibition of the winners of the 4th biennial competition for crafts-oriented design. This time, a record 254 artists entered almost 800 works, demonstrating an unprecedented interest in the competition, which supports and promotes traditional crafts blended with contemporary design. Almost one-half of the entries advanced to the second round, of which 35 were chosen for awards. The competition entries were divided into two sections, professionals and secondary schools students, with

photo: ÚĽUV

professionals competing in categories (1) dining and interior design, (2) clothing accessories and jewellery, and (3) ÚĽUV souvenirs. The fourth year of the competition was rich in fresh and creative works and showed that young people can put themselves in the right frame of mind for design and applied art with a touch of folk crafts. The exhibition on Obchodná 64 is open between Monday and Friday from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 until January 15. Admission is free. For more information call 02/5273-1344.


Meeting with Valér Novarina - French actress Laurence Mayor reads excerpts from the plays of contemporary French playwright, director and visual artist Valér Novarina, and famous French accordion player Christian Paccoud plays parts from the musical play Imaginary Operetta.
Starts: Nov. 28 at 19:00. Admission: free. Theatre Astorka Korzo '90, SNP Square 33. Tel: 02/5443-2093.

Waking Vision - The original trio of schoolmates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, bassist Mitch Cohn, guitarist John Shannon and Slovak drummer Martin Valihora, enriched by keyboardist Peter Stoltzman, returns to Slovakia after a one-year absence.
Starts: Nov. 29, 20:00. Admission: Sk250 in advance, Sk300 at the door. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Pet Jazz - The 6th year of the jazz festival features As Guests, Lucia Lužinská and All-Time Jazz Trio, and Milo Suchomel Quintet.
Starts: Nov. 30, 19:00. Admission: Sk120 in advance, Sk150 at the door. Klub za Zrkadlom music club, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Terchová Christmas - More than 80 natives of Terchová, the picturesque birthplace of Slovak outlaw and folk hero Juraj Jánošík, exchange the local church for a Sport Hall and arrive to perform their traditional Christmas folklore program.
Starts: Dec. 2, 18:00. Admission: Sk299. Športová hala Pasienky (Sports Hall), Trnavská 29.

Swing Ball - Czech Ondřej Havelka & Melody Makers, Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Serenader Sisters, trumpeter Juraj Bartoš and crooner Miloš Stančík play for your listening or dancing pleasure.
Starts: Dec. 2, 19:00. Admission: Sk2,100. Hotel Carlton, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 3.
Tel: 02/5443-5667.

Magic Pencil - The displays bring illustrations from children's books by Angela Barrett, Patrick Benson, Stephen Biesty, and many others selected by Quentin Blake.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00. Admission: Sk10. M.A. Bazovského Gallery, Palackého 27.
Tel: 032/7436-858.

Central Slovakia

Mikuláš in Open-Air Museum - Presentations of St. Nicholas folklore traditions, ceremonial opening of the winter season and performance of children's folklore ensemble Belanka.
Starts: Dec. 3 at 14:00. Múzeum liptovskej dediny (The Museum of the Liptov Village). Tel: 044/5222-485.

Liptovský Mikuláš
Czechmania - This display of photos by collaborative photographers Štěpánka Stein and Salim Issa living in the Czech Republic reflects the trends of the young generation, which accepts today's fashion and design and at the same time transforms it in their own creative way.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until January 14. Admission: Sk15. The House of Photography at P.M. Bohúň Gallery, Tranovského 3. Tel: 0905/974-855.


Dog Eat Dog - The legendary American crossover group performs.
Starts: Nov. 29, 20:00. Admission: Sk390 in advance, Sk450 at the door. IC Culture Train culture centre, Vyšné Opátske. Tel: 055/6424-488.

Festival Meeting of European Theatres and Culture - The 8th year of the festival hosts 20 theatre ensembles from Europe and Congo.
Runs: Nov. 25 - Dec. 3. Admission: Sk40-120 for individual performances, pass for the whole festival Sk300-Sk700. Staromestské divadlo, Stará Baštová 1 in Košice and theatres in Prešov, Spiššská Nová Ves, Rožňava, Levoča, and Michalovce. Tel: 055/6221-107.

photo: Bratislava City Gallery

THE PETER Michal Bohúň Gallery in Liptovský Mikuláš presents a display of artworks by important Slovak artists connected with the Liptov region. The exhibition, "Personalities of Visual Arts", features works by Ester Martinčeková-Šimerová, Martin Martinček, Miroslav Ksandr and Michal Kern. A generous gift from the painter Ester Martinčeková-Šimerová, ("the first lady of Slovak visual arts"), who donated a unique art collection to Liptovský Mikuláš, enabled the gallery to create the exhibition. The gallery, at Tranovského 3, is open daily, except Mondays, between 10:00 and 17:00. For more information call 044/5514-032.

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