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BRATISLAVA recalls its Roman history on September 8 with the Roman Games, which will celebrate the re-opening of the restored Roman Gerulata military camp in Rusovce. The programme portrays Romans not as warriors and gladiators, as it did last year, but as educated people, orators, philosophers, and artists. The Roman Games start at 10:00 and peak with a two-hour night show at 18:00. The programme includes entertainment and information on what life was like in Roman times. There will also be competitions for families. The camp's Antic site is opening after more than 18 months of reconstruction. For more information, call 02/5920-5111 or go to www.muzeum.bratislava.sk.
photo: SITA


Freestyle Motocross - The world's best freestyle riders from Canada, the US, Sweden, New Zealand, and the Czech Republic compete in an adrenaline-packed show to prove who has the baddest tricks.
Starts: Sept 8, 20:00. Admission: Sk350-Sk690. Incheba Open Air, Viedenská Cesta. www.gsma.sk.

Johann Strauss on the Danube - The Johann Strauss Orchester Coburg, Czech soprano Luisa Albrechtová, Slovak tenor Ivan Ožvát, and German-Czech violin player Jiří Presinger play compositions by Strauss, Gejza Dusík, Emmerich Kálmán, Franz Lehár and others under the baton of Slovak conductor Adrián Kokoš, with wine tasting during intermission.
Starts: Sept 3, 20:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk250. The courtyard of the Primate's Palace, Primaciálne Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Jazz Concert - The Adam Pieronczyk Trio and Tariška & Štveráček Saxophon perform.
Starts: Sept 5, 19:00. Admission: Sk120. The courtyard of the Old Town Hall.

Night of Fighters - International martial arts stars battle the toughest fists in Slovakia.
Starts: Sept 7 at 19:00. Admission: Sk800-Sk2,500. Pasien-ky Sports Hall, Trnavská cesta 29. Tel: 02/5443-3715.

Janko Kuric & Vidiek - A concert to mark the official opening of a reconstructed music club.
Starts: Sept 8, 20:00. Admission: Sk200. Metroklub, Hlavná. Tel: 0905/605-150.

Musica Sacra - Hungarian organist Déri András and Slovak singer Juraj Peter perform works by Brahms, Bach, Dvořák, Wiedermann, and Liszt as part of the second year of the international festival of sacred music.
Starts: Sept 9, 17:00. The Franciscan Church. Tel: 034/6645-341.

Traditional Market of Trnava - This weekend event features a market with traditional products and a rich cultural programme that includes performances by bands the Funny Fellows, Bukasovy Masív, and Second Band, among many others.
Runs: Sept 7-9. Admission: free. The centre of Trnava. Tel: 033/3236-110.


THE INTERNATIONAL Cinematik Film Festival in Pieštany returns on September 4 with more than 50 films and 29 documentaries meant to improve young film viewers' "film literacy". Its main competition section, Meeting Point Europe, features a collection of the best European films from 2006-2007, including Andrea Arnold's Red Road; Stephen Frears's The Queen; Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep; and Jiří Menzel's Obsluhoval Jsem Anglického Krále (I Served the King of England). Concerts by Martin Bies and the Flamenco Clan, Diego, Puding pani Elvisovej, and Tiny Tits Teens are also part of the festival. A festival pass costs Sk180 in advance and Sk200 at the door. A daily pass costs Sk70. The five-day festival takes place at the Fontána cinema, the House of Arts, and other venues in Piešťany. For more information, go to www.cinematik.sk.
photo: Courtesy of Cinematik

Liptovský Mikuláš
World Festival of Amateur Film - A festival showing 132 films totalling more than 1,700 minutes.
Runs: Sept 1-9. Venues in Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 0918/716-049.

Banská Štiavnica
The Night at the Old Castle - Don't miss the last opportunity to enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the Old Castle during night tours that include performances by historical fencing group Bojník, a fakir, period music, dancing, and a torture demonstration.
Starts: Sept 8 at 20:30 (next shows take place every 30 minutes. The last show starts at 22:30). Admission: Sk120. Starý Zámok (Old Castle). Tel: 045/6949-472.


Slovanstvo Bratrské - This display presents for the first time in Slovakia a series of 56 drawings by Alfons Mucha from the collections of the City Gallery Prague. The topic is the Slavonic Brotherhood, a celebration that took place in Prague in July 1926.
Runs: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until September 30. Admission: Sk30, Sk60. The Historical Town Tower, Námestie Majstra Pavla 2. Tel: 053/4512-786.

Parade in Masks - People in masks marching through the city centre is part of the Festival of Theatres of Central Europe.
Starts: Sept 5, 15:30. Admission: free. Historical centre of Košice. Tel: 055/6228-233, www.kosicefest.eu.

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