photo: SNM

THE NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM of the Slovak National Museum (SNM) in Bratislava offers a unique look into the life of beavers. At the exhibition The Life of Beavers, visitors can see 30 large and 30 small colourful photographs depicting the joys and sorrows of the family of Rachel, a female beaver living near the Morava close to Devínska Nová Ves. The authors of the display, evironmentalist Tomáš Hulík, zoologist Fedor Čiampor and architect Andrej Šutek, watched the beaver family for more than 1,000 nights (8 years). After one-and-a-half years of watching, Rachel, as they called the female beaver, allowed them to take pictures of and even touch her and her offspring. A documentary film Hulik und die Biber, which the display authors made for the Austrian ORF television, is part of the exhibition. The museum, at Vajanského nábrežie, is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 9:00 and 17:00 and the display lasts until June 30. Tickets cost Sk100. For more information, call 02/5934-9122.


The Prize of Three-Year-Old Mares - Another competition from a rich program for 2007.
Starts: Apr 22, 14:00. Admission: free. Závodisko (Racecourse), Starohájska 29.
Tel: 02/6241-1504.

BBC Philharmonic - One of the most prestigious British orchestras and a soloist of Slovak origin, soprano Simona Houda-Šaturová, perform a classical-romantic program consisting of works by Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Schubert.
Starts: Apr 20, 19:00. Admission: Sk420-440. The Slovak Philharmonic, Palackého 2. Booking at 02/5920-8233 or 02/5920-8211.

Bratislava Cham-ber Guitar - The festival, in its third edition this year, aims to not only to enrich the tradition of chamber music concerts in Bratislava but also to introduce the guitar in various rare musical formations and genres and to stimulate the interest of young people in this instrument.
Runs: Apr 19-22, 19:00. Admission: Sk120. CC Centrum, Jiráskova 3, DK Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3.

Lively Dances - The two-day festival offers performances by folk, classical, and modern dance groups from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
Runs: Apr 19-20, starting at 19:00. Admission: Sk299 (tickets for the Gala Evening in the Slovak National Theatre on April 20 are already sold out). Dom Kultúry Ružinov (The House of Culture Ružinov), Ružinovská 28, SND Opera, Hviezdoslavovo Square.
Tel: 02/4341-3145.

The Slovak-Hungarian Mouth Harp Festival - The first day of the two-day festival features harmonica players Matyás Prybojszki from Hungary, Erich Boboš Procházka from Slovakia, Tomek Kaminski from Poland, Karel Charlie Slavík from the Czech Republic and the band The Frozen Dozen. Next day workshops how to play mouth harp take place.
Runs: Apr 20-21, 19:00. Admission: free. Klub za zrkadlom music club, Rovniankova 3.
Tel: 02/6381-1328.

Silk - Júlia Zelená presents her cheerful and colourful silk paintings.
Open: Mon-Sun from 10:00 to 19:30 until May 2. Admission: free. Akcent Gallery, Kúpeľná 4.
Tel: 037/6517-604.

Lumen - The two-day gospel music festival features Dutch performers Susanna Fields and Gospel Boulevard, Czech group Groom's Friends, and British singers Jahaziel and The Sons of Light, among others.
Runs: Apr 20-21, 18:00. Admission: Sk190 (one day), Sk290 (two-day pass). City Sports Hall, Rybníková 15.


Aurel 2006 - The Slovak Grammy awards are handed out.
Starts: Apr 18, 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Ice Stadium Podháj. Tel: 043/4222-411.

Banská Bystrica
Untitled - The exhibition offers a selection of works created by painter Vladimír Ossif, known for
his elemental and playful geometry, over the last 12 years.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until May 6. Stredoslovenská Galéria (Central Slovak Gallery), Nám. Š. Moysesa 25. Tel: 048/4124-864.


Opening - The Museum of Aviation, holding collections of original aircraft, aircraft engines, and related equipment, opens for the summer season.
Starts: April 15, 10:00. Admission: Sk30, Sk80. Košice Airport. Tel: 055/6832-272 or 0903/747-595 or at STM Košice 055/6224-035.

photo: Multiplace

THE SIXTH ANNUAL Multiplace festival, subtitled the Festival of network culture, a culmination of activities of a network of people and organizations interested in the interaction between media, technology and arts, culture and society, takes place from April 13 to 22 in several locations at the same time. Visitors can attend workshops, installations, discussions, concerts, performances, exhibitions, presentations, and screenings in Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Košice, Brno, Budapest and also in Kielce, Poland, Cluj, Romania, and Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The Cobra Killer and Jan Jelinek will be among the headliners in Bratislava. The festival will take place not only in cultural spaces, clubs, galleries and artists' studios, but also on the Internet. Jumping into the network - an experimental part of the program that is open to participation will be an essential part of the festival. In cooperation with the Altart association in Romania, the organizers prepared a series of psychogeographical games that it will be possible to join online. The main part of the festival in Bratislava takes place in A4- Zero Space. For more information, go to (also in English).

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