photo: ÚĽUV

THE GALLERY at the Centre of Folk Art Production (ÚĽUV) in Bratislava presents Dimensions, a visual arts exhibition about tinkering that displays utensils and works of art made from wire. Tinkering originated in Slovakia as a source of supplemental income for the residents of infertile mountainous lands in the northwest and Spiš region at the end of 17th century, and remains a unique part of Slovak folk culture. Originally, tinkers reinforced and fixed earthenware by embedding it into wire nets. Later, they switched to producing simple farm and household utensils. The contemporary artworks have borrowed elements from the construction of old tinkering products and the traditional binding of earthenware. The display presents the contemporary form of tinkering, as well as exhibits from the Museum of Tinkering in Žilina. The exhibition at Obchodná 64 is open between Monday and Friday from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 until April 21. Admission is free.

photo: ÚĽUV

For more information call 02/5273-1344.


The House of Traditional Dances - Slovak folk dance fans can learn the traditions of the Ruthenian (Rusyn) minority from the eastern Slovak village of Kyjov and the Romanies from Petrovany.
Starts: Feb 22, 19:00. Admission: Sk70. Dom Kultúry Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

Bratislava Kooperatíva Jazz - Matúš Jakabčic and his guests, Luboš Šramek & His 5 Reasons, give another concert as part of a jazz series.
Starts: Feb 22, 20:00. Admission: Sk129. Divadlo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 10. Tel: 02/6720-2550.

Buty Jukebox - This popular Czech band, famous for its light songs set to amusing lyrics, celebrates its 21st anniversary by playing whatever the audience requests.
Starts: Feb 22, 20:00. Admission: Sk250 (in advance), Sk300 (at the door). PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5910-3101.

Raekwon - One of the original members of hip-hop band the Wu-Tang Clan performs.
Starts: Feb 23, 20:00. Admission: Sk490 (in advance), Sk690 (at the door). Dopler, Prievozská 18. Tel: 0903/550-011,

Jazz Jam Session - Jazz trio Ondrej Krajňák, Tomáš Baroš and Marián Ševčík perform.
Starts: Feb 25, 19:00. Admission: free. Hlava XXII, Bazová 9. Tel: 0902/879-935.

13/14 - A photography exhibition by three students from Vienna, who spent time in Slovakia during its 13th and the 14th years of independence, and visited places beyond the usual tourist paths to document its people, countryside and architecture.
Open: Mon-Tue 10:00-18:00, Wed 9:00-18:00, Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 9:00-16:00 until March 2. Admission: free. The Austrian Culture Forum, Zelená 7.
Tel: 02/5464-1337.

Etnofestival - This one-day festival features documentary films, travel stories, slide shows, exhibitions and a world music concert on the theme of how the world's people and cultures can coexist peacefully.
Starts: Feb 24. Admission: Sk180. Kultúrne centrum (Culture Centre), Holubyho 42. Tel: 033/6423-179.

Dialogues - Five Dutch visual artists from Zoetermeer, Nitra's European partner town, exhibit their works, including pictures "completed" by Slovak artists.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 4. Admission: Sk30. Nitra Gallery, Župné nám. 3. Tel: 037/6579-641.


An evening at the museum - A guide with a lantern takes visitors of an open-air museum in Zuberec, a village in Orava, on a tour of a wooden church from Zábrež, where they can listen to short pieces of organ music and taste local delicacies. Booking required.
Starts: Every Wednesday from 16:30 to 19:00 until March 31. Admission: Sk100. Múzeum Oravskej Dediny. Tel: 043/5395-149.

Liptovský Mikuláš
Portrayed a Little Differently - Five Slovak photographers display 25 portraits they created through staged, digitally manipulated and expressive photography.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 11. Admission: Sk15. The House of Photography at P.M. Bohúň Gallery, Tranovského 3. Tel: 0905/974-855.


Yamato - Japanese percussion group Yamato performs a spectacular drum show.
Starts: Feb 22, 20:00. Admission: Sk490-Sk1,190. Steel Arena. Tel: 055/6224-303.

VeĽké Kapušany
Napkins - Antónia Kozáková displays her spectacular collection of almost 30,000 napkins, which has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Open: until February 28. Admission: free. Mestské Kultúrne Stredisko (The Town Centre of Culture), Námestie Istvána Dobóa 2. Tel: 056/6382-485.

photo: Feeling

ABBA Mania brings all the music of the Swedish pop megastars to Slovakia with original costumes and a rotating white piano. Hits like Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All, and Money, Money, Money will make the crowd go wild. The first performance is at the Steel Arena in Košice on February 23 at 20:00. Tickets cost between Sk790 and Sk1,990. Bratislavans can see it on February 26 at the Expo Arena at Viedenská Street starting at 20:00. Tickets cost between Sk790 and Sk1,990. For more information, call 12-111.

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