photo: SEDF

ANYONE curious about how Bratislava looked in the 1960s should head to the Central European House of Photography (SEDF) in Bratislava, which is hosting an exhibition by Bohumil Puskailer called Photography of the Sixties. His pictures capture the spirit of the time with images like rundown sections of the city waiting to be torn down or a meeting between Slovak hippies and villagers dressed in traditional clothes. Puskailer also took dynamic portraits of personalities from the era's cultural scene, many of whom were just starting their careers. All these photos document the atmosphere during the short period of freedom in the country. On Tuesdays and Thursdays between 16:00 and 18:00, visitors can meet Puskailer, who eventually emigrated to the Netherlands and Canada, and worked as a dentist. The House of Photography is also presenting the second year of the Frame 006 project, a series by nine young photographers from the Czech and Slovak Republics on the theme of The Road, Manipulation and Beauty. Both exhibitions are in the gallery at Prepoštská 4 and are open daily, except Monday, from 13:00 to 18:00 until August 28. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information, go to


Juraj Griglák and Company, Martin Palonder and Anita Soul - Another concert from the Jazz under the Tower cycle.
Starts: Jul 18, 20:00. Admission: Sk120. The courtyard of the Old City Hall, Main Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Gulo Čár - The fiery Roma band performs.
Starts: Jul 19, 21:00. Admission: Sk200. Sparx club, Cintorínska 32. Tel: 0903/403-097.

Hom-mage a Bach - The Bratislava Chamber Soloists Orchestra and violinists Ivana Pristašová and Igor Karško play works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Alfred Schnittke.
Starts: Jul 20, 20:00. Admission: Sk130. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Large Evangelical Church), Panenská Street. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Summer! Boom! Party - This hip-hop festival features Rytmus, Kontrafakt, Tina and others.
Starts: Jul 20, 20:00. Admission: Sk199. Zlaté Piesky recreation area.

Punk Island - This punk festival hosts 38 representatives of the punk scene and other maverick genres. British Sham 69 and Menace headline.
Runs: Jul 20-21, 9:00. Admission: Sk350 (Saturday), festival pass Sk500 (in advance), Sk590 (at the door). The artificial island betweem the old and new Danube bed, Dobrohošť.

Marián Varga and the Moyzes Quartet - The phenomenal Slovak keyboardist and the renowned string quartet perform.
Starts: Jul 16, 20:00. Admission: Sk249. Open-air pool. The next concerts will take place in Liptovský Mikuláš (17.7), Kežmarok (19.7), and Banská Štiavnica (20.7).

World Cham-pionship - The European and world motorcross championships draw the world's top riders to Slovakia.
Runs: Jul 21-22, 11:30. Admission: Sk350 (for both days), Sk120-Sk250 (for one day). The National Motocross Centre.

Mexico - Slovak contemporary artist Daniel Bidelnica displays his colourful oil paintings, tapestries and sculptures.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until August 5. Admission: Sk40. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Koppel House, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659.


Drotária - The third year the Drotária country and folk music festival features performances by singers Pavol Hammel, Žalman a spol., Věra Martinová, and Lenka Slavíková, who is bringing along a British guest, Jamie Marshall. Artwork by tinkers will also be shown.
Runs: Jul 20-21, 17:00. Admission: Sk400 (festival pass), Sk240 (daily ticket). The amphitheatre in Turzovka (near Čadca).

Metal Universe - Blind Guardian headlines the guest list of 20 bands appearing at this new festival that aims to create a special atmosphere of metal music.
Starts: Jul 20, 13:00. Admission: Sk790. Divín Castle (near Lučenec). Tel: 0911/805-407.


UP Šírava Fest - Slovak singer and guitarist Robo Grigorov gives one of two concerts he'll perform during the current open-air festival season. Other performers include Czech singer Aneta Langerová, Slovak bands IMT Smile, Peha, Tublatanka, and many others.
Runs: Jul 20-22. Admission: Sk299. Kamenec recreation area at the Zemplínska Šírava lake (near Michalovce).

photo: Oravské osvetové stredisko

THE ORAVA Summer of Culture continues with the Folk Festivities under Pilsko and Babia Hora. This festival is dedicated to Gorals, an ethnic group living in southern Poland, northern Slovakia, and the north-eastern part of the Czech Republic. The 15th edition of the festival takes place in the local amphitheatre in Sihelné on July 22. The programme starts at 10:30 in the local church with a mass attended by the performers in folk costumes. At 13:00, the children's programme begins with ensembles from Slovak, Czech, and Polish villages. Folk ensembles Rozsutec, with singer Helena Záhradníková, from Žilina, Liepavots Koknese from Latvia, Praslicu from Kozárovce, Povoju from Piešťany, and Kovalíček from the Czech Republic, will perform in the gala programme. For more information, call 043/5864-928.

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