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Gonzalo Cienfuegos
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Roberto Matta
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THE BRATISLAVA City Gallery presents works by two of the most remarkable Chilean artists, Roberto Matta and Gonzalo Cienfuegos. Roberto Matta has played an important role in art history as a member of the surrealists and as a mentor for artists such as Gorky, Pollock, De Kooning, Rothko, and Motherwell. Gonzalo Cienfuegos, painter and sculptor, is a member of the Academy of Arts in Chile, and has taught painting since 1976 at the Catholic University in Santiago. His works frequently contain quotations from or references to masterworks, and do so without inhibiting his unmistakable personal style. The exhibit is open daily, except Monday, from 11:00 to 18:00 until August 5. Tickets cost Sk80. The Mirbach Palace is located at Františkánske Square 11, Bratislava. For more information, call 02/5443-1556.


Pavol Bodnár & Interjazzional Band - A jazz concert that's part of the Jazz under the Tower cycle.
Starts: Jul 4, 20:00. Admission: Sk150. The courtyard of the Old City Hall, Main Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Booomerang Return - DJs Sasha from the UK and Steve Porter from the US, and others, hit the main stage, and UK DJ Inigo Kennedy and others perform on the techno stage.
Starts: Jul 4, 20:00. Admission: Sk350. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu, Old Town. www.booomerang.sk.

We Play for You - The seventh year of this international festival of alternative and marionette theatres for children features ensembles from Slovakia, Japan, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
Runs: Jul 1-Sept 2. Admission: Sk20, Sk30. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308, www.bibiana.

Mastersingers USA - An 80-member male choir based in the US sings folk songs and spirituals from around the world.
Starts: Jul 2, 19:00. Admission: free. Main Square if the weather is good and in the cathedral if it is raining. Tel: 033/3236-440.

Hodokvas - British rock group Placebo and US nu-metal band Korn are the highlights of this multi-media festival, which also features Machine Head, the legendary Marky Ramona from cult band the Ramones, Spanish ska-punk group The Locos, and many others.
Runs: Jul 4 to 5. Admission: Sk999 (one day), Sk1,599 (festival pass). The local airport. www.hodokvas.sk (also in English).

Červený Kameň
The Festival of Historical Fencing - The fifth year of this festival takes place.
Runs: Jul 7-8. Červený Kameň Castle, close to Častá. Tel: 033/6905 801, 033/6905 803.


Čierny Balog
The Day of Čiernohronská Railway - The railway operator celebrates with a rich cultural programme.
Starts: Jul 7. The House of Culture in Čierny Balog. Tel: 048/6191-500, 048/6112-108.

Folk Festivities of Lower Orava - The 10th year of this folk festival presents the region's tradition of basket weavers, tinkers, ginger bread producers and woodcarvers.
Starts: Jul 7 at 9:00. Veličná. Tel: 043/5864-928.

Festivities Under Poľana - This traditional folk festival features performances by music and dance folk groups, as well as workshops from dancers and producers of music folk instruments.
Runs: Jul 6 to 8. The amphitheatre and the House of Culture in Detva. Tel: 045/5455 581.

Banská Štiavnica
Jazznica - This jazz festival features jazz upstarts Equinox (Hungary), Avishai Cohen Trio (Israel-US), Anna Maria Jopek (Polish), Eldard Tarmu (US), Peter Lipa (Slovakia), Lucia Lužinská and her international All Time Jazz, Andrej Šeban, and Martin Valihora, among others.
Runs: Jul 5-8, starting at 19:00. Admission: Sk550 (three-day pass when bought in advance), Sk250 (a daily ticket when bought in advance). The amphitheatre. Tel:045/6949-653, www.jazznica.sk.

Kremnica Castle Organ - Slovak organ player Štefan Ternóczky opens the 10th year of the European organ festival with his own compositions as well as some by Petr Hapka, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Franz Liszt.
Starts: Jul 8 at 18:00. Admission: Sk80. Castle church of St Catherine, Kremnica. Tel: 045/6744-388.


Domaša - Holčíkovce
Orange Music Summer Domaša - The fourth year of this festival features Czech and Slovak pop bands and musicians like Zuzana Smatanová, David Koller, Desmod, Peha, No Name, Gladiator, Hex, Nocadeň, Polemic, Lavagance and Tublatanka. Its Saturday night belongs to hip-hop.
Runs: Jul 6-7. Admission: Sk499 (festival pass), Sk299 (for one day). The recreation centre Eva close to the Domaša reservoir in the district of Vranov nad Topľou. www.domasafest.sk.

Jung:de - An untraditional exhibition on the life and opinions of young Germans. The main themes of the display are music, media, family, free time, and social problems, such as addiction, crime, and poverty.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-14:00 until September 2. Admission: Sk20. Východoslovenská galéria (The Eastern-Slovak Gallery), Hlavná 27. Tel: 055/6226-667.

photo: SITA

THE ANNUAL European Folk Craft (EĽRO) Festival in Kežmarok from July 6 to 8 focuses this year on weavers. Organizers expect over 200 handicraftsmen from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to arrive in the historical centre of the royal town to show their skills. Cheese and bread producers will also demonstrate their craft. This year's programme offers performances by folk dance and music ensembles from Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Italy, and Russia. The visitors can also attend day and night tours of the castle, or see exhibitions in the town's galleries. Music lovers can attend a concert in the historical wooden church by Czech pop singer Lucie Bila and Diabolské Husle (Devil's Violin), the gifted ensemble of Slovak violin virtuoso Ján Berky-Mrenica. Admission to the festival in the Old Town is Sk80, and Sk199 for the concert in the wooden church. For more information, visit www.elro.kezmarok.sk or call 052/4660-112.

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