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Juraj Oravec
photo: Danubiana

TWO SLOVAK masters of the brush meet in the Danubiana Meuleensteen Art Museum located at the Čunovo water works in Bratislava. Štefan Polák's paintings set out on journeys into the world of dreams and phantasy and let people gaze inside. Polák is an artistic nomad, who draws inspiration from various corners of the world. Apart from paintings, his bronze sculptures are part of the Terra inCognita (Earth Unknown) exhibition.

Juraj Oravec puts his feelings onto large paintings full of positive impulses. He does not need figures; he proceeds with colors, into which he incorporates fragments of stories, experiences, and emotions. The About

Štefan Polák
photo: Danubiana

Feelings exhibition also showcases his graphic works.

Both exhibitions run until March 11. The museum is open daily except Monday between 10:00-18:00. Tickets cost Sk80. Fro more information, call 02/6252-8501 or visit www.danubiana.sk.


Kysuce Shrovetide Ball - The Crown Band of Š Maták; folk ensembles Orchester ľudových nástrojov mesta Čadca, Kelčovan, and Nebantuj; and Marcela Laiferová play at the Kysuce region ball.
Starts: Feb 17, 18:00. Admission: Sk1,000. Dom Kultúry Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

Szidi Tobias & band - Slovak actress Szidi Tobias, recognized everywhere for her distinctive, raucous voice, acts out sung "stories" composed by Milan Vyskočány and written by her life partner, Peter Lipovský.
Starts: Feb 17, 19:00. Admission: Sk150. Astorka Theatre, Nám. SNP 33. Tel: 02/5443-2093.

Szabolcs Olah Quartet - A jazz quartet of gifted Hungarian musicians performs as part of a jazz cycle.
Starts: Feb 18, 19:00. Admission: Sk150. Astorka Theatre, Nám. SNP 33. Tel: 02/5443-2093.

15th UBS Members Exhibition - Seventy-four members of the Umelecká Beseda Slovenská (UBS) artistic forum present their paintings, photos, sculptures, and other works from over the last two years at the biggest exhibition since the forum was revived in 1990.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until February 27. Admission: free. Národné Osvetové Centrum, SNP Square 12. Tel: 0902/942-142.

Valternatives 007 - Slovak visual artist Ján Valter, who's also a well-known cartoonist published in the Slovak press, displays his graphic works and paintings.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until March 4. Admission: free. Michalský Dvor Gallery, Michalská 3. Tel: 02/5441-1079.

Shrovetide in Modra - A genuine hog slaughter offers a taste of traditional local meats and wines during Shrovetide festivities.
Starts: Feb 17. Vincúr Association, Dukelská 36. Tel: 0903/128-327, 0904/910-105, www.vincur.sk.

Považská Bystrica
KE-BA-BB - Students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (VŠVU) present paintings, sculptures and site installations based on new technologies.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 3. Admission: Sk10. Považská galéria umenia (Považie Gallery of Arts), MR Štefánika 2. Tel: 041/5622-522.


Banská Bystrica
Bystrica Shrovetide Festivities - Folk dance and music ensembles Matičiarik, Partizán, Urpín, S. Marišler perform, and teach those interested how to dance.
Starts: Feb 15, 18:00. Admission: Sk50. SMH, Skuteckého 4. Tel: 048/4155-085.

Čierny Balog
Shrovetide Comes to an End - This 12th annual folklore festival offers a variety of performances by folk dance and music ensembles. Visitors can attend a folk ball on Feb 16 and shop at a folk handicrafts market on Feb 17. On the same day, they can also compete in a wood sawing contest and cook trhance, a traditional meal. Look for the Gala Programme prepared by the Marína folk ensemble of Zvolen on Feb 18.
Runs: Feb 16-20. Kultúrny Dom (The House of Culture) in Čierny Balog and other premises in the village. Tel: 048/6190-153.


Prago Union - This evening with Czech hip-hop legend Prago Union (formerly Chaozz), British DJs MC Emdee and DJ Tuco, Czech megastar DJ Maztah, and Slovak DJ Spank guarantees quality and fun.
Starts: Feb 16, 20:00. Admission: Sk150. IC Culture Train culture centre, Vyšné Opátske.
Tel: 055/6424-488.

Tatranská Lomnica
The Ball of the mayor of the High Tatras - The 10th edition of this attractive ball features Czech pop singer Dalibor Janda, an ABBA show, and Gruppo Caliente.
Starts: Feb 16, 20:00. Grandhotel Praha. Tel: 052/4780-4013.

photo: TASR

DRAUGHT horses and their drivers will compete in various disciplines under the statue of Jánošík in Terchová on February 17. The competitions include speed and endurance, a slalom, and drawing a load, as well as others. Any driver in a folk costume gets a financial reward, and those who lose their hats during the individual races will be penalized. A presentation of masks and traditional habits from this region during Shrovetide is part of the event. The ninth year of the competition starts at 10:00. For more information, call 041/5695-129.

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