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THE GALLERY at the Centre of Folk Art Production (ÚĽUV) in Bratislava presents an exhibition of embroidered works by textile artist Otília Kopecká, who worked for ÚĽUV for more than thirty years. Kopecká specialised in experimenting with folk art embroidery patterns. Of the abundant variations in regional folk embroidery, she was inspired by the Slovak regions of Horehronie, Detva, Liptovská Lužná, and Záhorie, among others. Kopecká also borrowed from the historical embroidery of the 18th century. The artist is acclaimed for incorporating embroidery patterns from Slovak folk costumes (bonnets, aprons, etc.) into interior textile designs in the 1960s. The artist preferred designs with a simple selection of colours.

photo: ÚĽUV

With several exceptions, Kopecká expanded the motifs into delicate one-, two- or three-colour combinations, usually on a white or unbleached fabric. Simple colours, white and clean light tones are typical features of her textile designs. The exhibition at Obchodná 64 is open between Monday and Friday from 12:00 to 18:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 until September 8. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.uluv.sk or call 02/5273-1344.


Chanson Ship - Andrea Zimányiová performs during a ride down the Danube as part of the Music on the Danube series.
Starts: Aug 20, 19:00. Admission: Sk200. The Martin, at the Passenger Port. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Pavol Hammel and Radim Hladík - Another concert from the Concerts at the Castle series takes place.
Starts: Aug 20, 20:00. Admission: Sk199 (in advance), Sk250 (at the door). The courtyard of Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Lucia Lužinská and Old Time Jazz Trio - A Slovak jazz singer and her band perform as part of the Jazz under the Tower series.
Starts: Aug 22, 20:00. Admission: Sk120. The courtyard of the Old City Hall. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Turf Award - One of the most interesting events from the rich programme for 2007.
Starts: Aug 26, 14:00. Admission: Sk40. Závodisko (Racecourse), Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504.

Polish Folk Costumes - This display of 42 folk costumes represent all regions of Poland.
Open: until August 25. Admission: free. The Polish Institute, SNP Square 27. www.polinst.sk.

My Gardens and Photography - This double display presents paintings by Jitka Bezúrová-Mošková and photos of Banská Štiavnica by Ivo Binder.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until September 2. Admission: free. Galéria Michalský Dvor Gallery, Michalská Street 3. Tel: 02/5441-1079, www.gallery.sk.

Stupavský Širák - This festival of folk and country music brings the Wild West to Slovakia.
Runs: Aug 24-25. Admission: festival pass Sk300 (in advance), Sk450 (at the door); daily ticket Sk300. Amphitheatre Borník. www.stupavskysirak.sk.

Knights' Games - Červený Kameň, one of the most popular castles in Slovakia, hosts the Knights' Games, during which visitors can see performances in historical costume by fencing groups and the Astur falconers.
Runs: Aug 25-26. Červený Kameň Castle, near the village of Častá. Tel: 033/6495-236.

Festival on the Bank - The first urban festival in the town of Handlová features music of various styles. The Divozell band represents ethno music, Jozef Dodo Šošoka and the Slovak Jazz Trio are jazz, and the Devil's Violin by Ján Berky Mrenica, Jr. plays folk, Roma, and world music.
Starts: Aug 25 at 15:00. Lúka pri Rybníku (Meadow at the Pond). Tel: 046/5192-511.


Kremnické Gagy - The only festival of humor and satire in Slovakia offers numerous theatre and music performances and exhibitions of cartoonists and kitsch.
Runs: Aug 23-26. Kremnica venues. Tel: 045/6742-856, www.gagy.sk.

Terchovský Budzogáň - This mini-festival returns to Terchová, the birthplace of Slovak folk hero Jánošík, and brings along Czech rock band Kabát, as well as local band Arzén, and Aya with Tomáš Bezdeda.
Starts: Aug 24. Admission: Sk350. Amfitheatre Nad Bôrami. Tel: 041/5695-129, www.terchova.sk.

Draught Horses and their Drivers - After leading a procession through the village of Detva, horse drivers will compete for a valaška (shepherd's hatchet) in various disciplines.
Starts: Aug 25. Local amphi-theatre. Tel: 045/5455-581.

More Than Fest - A rock-metal festival with headliners Kreyson and Greek Rotting Christ from the Czech Republic and Theatres Des Vampires from Italy.
Starts: Aug 25 at 15:00. Admission: Sk690. Recreation resort Ružiná close to Lučenec. www.epg.sk.


Shark Tuning - The first year of this festival of tuned cars offers competitions of remodeled cars and a hot-air balloon.
Runs: Aug 24-25. Admission:
free (competitors pay a Sk200 registration fee). The local airport. www.sharktuning.php5.sk.

Drupi - The Italian star from the '70s and '80s performs to promote his latest album, Fuori Target.
Starts: Aug 24, 19:00. Admission: Sk300. Cassosport sports hall, Alejová 11. Tel: 055/6258-888.

Walk via the Old Town - Štefan Schmidt, a photographer with the Staromestské Listy, exhibits his photos of Košice.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-15:30 until August 31. Admission: free. KOS Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 7. Tel: 055/7299-605.

photo: TASR

THE CENTRAL Slovak Gallery presents paintings by more than 50 Slovak artists in Slovak Painting of the 20th Century, an exhibit that explores the themes and motifs of Slovak visual art in the twentieth century. The exhibit includes works by Ladislav Medňanský, Mikuláš Galanda, Zoltán Palugyay, Ján Želibský, Miloš Alexander Bazovský, and Edmund Gwerk, as well as those by Július Koller, Robert Urbásek and Stano Bubán. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday between 9:00 and 17:00 and on weekend days from 10:00 to 16:00 until September 9. The gallery is located at Nám. Š. Moysesa 25 in Banská Bystrica. For more information, call 088/7248-64.

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