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THE ERDÖDY Palace in Bratislava's Old Town has opened an extensive exhibition of works by Andy Warhol. Visitors can see 94 works by "The King of Pop Art", all of which came from private collections. Torso, an acrylic on canvas from 1977, is the most valuable piece at the exhibition, according to curator Viktor Jasaň, who told the ČTK news wire it is difficult to obtain Warhol's art in Slovakia. Warhol created four such paintings of torsos, for which the model posed by standing on his head. Warhol's famous prints of Cambpell's Soup cans is also there, as are the portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Vladimir Lenin, and Michael Jackson. The exhibition is enriched with items and photos borrowed from the Andy Warhol Museum in Medzilaborce. The exhibition takes place in the Zoya Gallery at Ventúrska Street 1. It is open on Sundays and Mondays from 10:00 to 17:00 until August 26. Tickets cost Sk120. For more information, call 02/2092-2811 or visit www.zoyagallery.sk.


Joung Music Caravan - Performances by the Jazz Band, Balkan Band and Spanish-Scandinavian folk ensemble, which feature musicians from six European countries.
Starts: Jul 25, 19:00. Admission: free. Main Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Dodo Šošoka Jazz Trio - This legendary Slovak drummer's trio, featuring Polish jazzman Piotr Baron, performs as part of the Jazz under the Tower cycle.
Starts: Jul 25, 20:00. Admission: Sk150. The courtyard of the Old City Hall, Main Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Glik - The French klezmer band plays as part of the Afternoon at Red Crayfish cycle.
Starts: Aug 2, 18:00. Admission: free. City Library's Čitáreň u Červeného Raka, Michalská Street. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Szidi Tobias - The popular Slovak singer/actor gives a concert.
Starts: Aug 2, 19:30. Admission: Sk120. Primate Palace, Courtyard of St. Ján Nepomucký, Primaciálny Palác. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Knights Errant at Beckov - Historical fencing group Knights Errant prepares a rich programme consisting of fencing shows and an exhibition of historical weapons. Visitors can try firing a crossbow and longbow.
Runs: Jul 28-29. Beckov Castle. www.bludni.sk. Tel: 032/6553-921.

Trenčianske Bohuslavice
Žákovic Open - This festival with a comfortable atmosphere features Slovak singer Meky Žbirka and the Žákovic Open Allstars Band, Tata Bojs and Mig 21 from the Czech Republic, and others from the Slovak scene, such as Vidiek, Živé Kvety, Družina, Mango Molas, Para, and Hex.
Runs: July 27-28. Admission: festival pass Sk450 (in advance), Sk490 (at the door), Saturday ticket Sk350 (in advance), Sk390 (at the door). www.zakovicopen.sk.

Malé Leváre
Summerbeach Rudava - The eleventh year of this festival that combines music and a beach volleyball tournament welcomes musical guests Peha, Horkýže Slíže, and Para. Support Lesbiens and Vypsaná Fixa represent the Czech Republic.
Starts: July 27-29. Admission: festival pass Sk390 (in advance), Sk490 (at the door). Rudava, recreation area in Malé Leváre (near Malacky). www.rudava.sk.

Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Orange HIPHOPFEST - The second year of this hip-hop festival features top Czech and Slovak musicians. The dance ring offers workshops and shows, including one by Marty Kudelka, a world dancing star and choreographer for Justin Timberlake.
Runs: August 3-4. Admission: festival pass Sk390 (in advance), Sk490 (at the door). Zelená Voda recreation area close to Nové Mesto nad Váhom. www.hiphopfest.sk.


Banská Štiavnica
Nice Music Festival - Historical venues in this former mining town host another year of the classical music festival.
Runs: July 27-29. Old Castle and churches in Banská Štiavnica, the Manor House in Sv. Anton. www.banskastiavnica.sk. Tel: 045/6920-535.

Podroháčske Folk Festivities - The 31st edition of this folklore festival offers a rich programme full of performances by folk music and dance ensembles from Slovakia and abroad as well as a traditional handicrafts market.
Runs: August 3-5. Zuberec and Oravský Biely Potok villages. Tel: 043/5395-103, www.zuberec.sk.


Lokal Life - The fifth year of this festival brings together Slovak bands Zverina, Chiki LikiTu-a, jazz man Peter Lipa, Slovak rapper Vec, as well as Másfél from Hungary, Sultan Soliman and Green Smatroll from the Czech Republic, Bibi Ribozo & The Banditos from Poland, and Lay Out The Traps! from Great Britain. There will also be a stage and party tent with dance music.
Runs: Jul 27-28. Admission: Sk259-Sk399. Local amphitheatre and the city centre. www.lokallife.sk

photo: SITA

JÁNOŠÍK DAYS, an international folk music and dance festival in the birthplace of Slovak folk hero Juraj Jánošík, takes place in Terchová between August 1 and 5. Visitors to the 45th year of the festival can attend performances by folk dance and music ensembles from Slovakia and Poland, a fireworks show, and a parade of horse-drawn carriages from Terchová to Vrátna. The event's gala program on August 5 at 15:00 features a children's troupe playing squeeze boxes (heligónka) and string instruments, folk ensemble SĽUK, the Terchová Symphonic Orchestra and Choir, opera singer Martin Babjak, and singers Janko Kuric and Sisa Sklovská. Admission to the individual shows, as well as the whole festival, ranges from free to Sk300. The festival takes place in the local amphitheatre Nad Bôrami. For more information, call 041/5695-129 or go to www.janosikovedni.sk.

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