ANY dog could win the Duo Danube Dog Show, which is coming to the Incheba Expo Centre in Bratislava on August 18 and 19. The dogs will compete in various contests, including Junior Handling, the Most Beautiful Pair, and the Most Beautiful Breeder's Group. The 11th Slovak Agility Championship is part of the event. Incheba is located at Viedenská cesta 3-7. Daily tickets for adults cost Sk60 and tickets for children older than 7 cost Sk20. For more information, call 02/5249-2298.
LIVE MUSIC: Al Di Meola - One of the world's best jazz guitarists performs.
Starts: Aug 14, 20:00. Admission: Sk690-Sk990. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: FunkPunk Project - Slovak musicians Martin Valihora, Juraj Tatár, Michal Bugala, and Juraj Griglák give a concert as part of the Jazz under the Tower cycle.
Starts: Aug 15, 20:00. Admission: Sk150. The courtyard of the Old Town Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
FESTIVAL: Days of Organ Music by Ján Levoslav Bella - Organ players Ourania Gassiou from England, Kaoru Hiyama from Japan, and Ulrich Stierle Jr. from Germany perfrom.
Runs: Aug 16-30, 19:00. Admission: Sk120. Music Hall at Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
FESTIVAL: Festival of Historical Fencing, Music, Dance and Handicrafts - The fourth year of this festival features fencing groups from the times of the Vikings up to Baroque, period music bands, and a fire show, among other events.
Runs: Aug 17-19. Devín Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: Roma Culture - Cespom from Lučenec and Rigoletto from Šárovce present Roma culture as part of the Festival of Minority Summer of Culture.
Starts: Aug 19, 17:00. Admission: free. Hviezdoslavovo Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
MOTOR RACING: The Grand Prix Slovakia - This popular event for fans of race cars celebrates its 31st year.
Runs: Aug 17-19. Admission: Sk400, Sk550. Piešťany Airport. Tel: 02/6428-7341.
EXHIBITION: Enamels and Paintings - Czech artist Olina Francová and Slovak Marek Vrzgula present their works at a joint exhibition.
Open: Mon-Sun 8:30-17:30 until September 9. Admission: Sk125 (whole castle). Trenčín Castle. Tel: 032/743-657.
FESTIVAL: Hontianka Paráda Festival - The traditional lifestyle and culture of Slovakia's south-central Hont region is the focus of the 12th year of this festival. Visitors can observe typical harvest gathering and straw thrashing, taste freshly baked bread, and see performances by local folk groups.
Runs: Aug 17-18. Streets and the local amphitheatre in Hrušov. Tel: 047/4880-122.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kremnica Castle Organ - Prominent Slovak organist Ján Vladimír Michalko plays works by Buxtehude, Schumann, Bella, and Merkel, as well as his own compositions.
Starts: Aug 19 at 18:00. Admission: Sk80. Castle church of St Catherine. Tel: 045/6744-388.
EXHIBITION: Sculptures and Drawings - Slovak-American artist Zuzana Rudavská presents her works.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until August 26. Admission: Sk40. Jozef Kollár Art Gallery, Námestie sv. Trojice 12. Tel: 045/6913-431.
FESTIVAL: Days of Master Paul - The almost two-month festival named after a well-known carver who lived in Levoča in the 15th and 16th centuries culminates with a rich weekend programme that features concerts, a handicrafts market, and a light show entitled Mysterius Levoča (Aug 18, 21:15).
Runs: Aug 17-18. Venues in Levoča. Tel: 053/4513-763.
MOTOSPORT: World of Motorcycles - Motorcycle fans meet at the sixth edition of this successful event, which boasts a programme that includes competitions, concerts, and an erotic night show.
Runs: Aug 17-18. Admission: festival pass Sk300 (bought in advance), Sk350 (at the door). Vinné - Hôrka recreation resort at Zemplínska Šírava. www.sirava.net.
FOLKLORE: Zemplín Festivities - The 48th festival of traditional culture of the Zemplín region takes place.
Runs: Aug 18-19. The stage in front of the town office at Námestie Osloboditeľov. Tel: 056/6441-348.
FORTY-TWO young Slovak sculptors are presenting their works at the Biennial of Small Sculptures in Pezinok, a three-month event that marks a new beginning in the presentation of small sculptures after 16 years of stagnation. The exhibition presents a complex view of the post-revolution development in this segment of art. The collection of 75 works is on display in the Renaissance House at Štefánikova 2. The biennial was organised by the Ateliér PK civic association and is hosted under the auspices of prominent Slovak sculptor Jozef Jankovič. The display is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12:00 to 20:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 by 20:00 until September 23. For more information, call Viera Moravčíková of Ateliér PK at 0907/700-601.
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