IMNA BRAUER, a phenomenal singer of Jewish-Yemeni origin, and her husband, Israeli jazz pianist Elias Meiri, are performing at a double concert with the Pressburger Klezmer Band in Bratislava on September 15. Their show, which is entitled the Songs from Jerusalem, presents Jewish music in all its richness and variety of style, with Arabic, Balkan, Spanish and Indian influences. The Pressburger Klezmer Band will host Bratislava-based Armenian singer and composer Karine Sarkisjan. The double concert takes place in the Klub za Zrkadlom music club at Rovniankova 3 and starts at 19:00. The concert includes a sampling of Jewish delicacies. Tickets cost Sk250 when bought in advance or Sk280 at the door. For more information, go to www.kzp.sk or call 02/6381-1328.
photo: Timna Bauer Archive
LIVE MUSIC: Peter Lipa and Milan Lasica - Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa and singer/entertainer Milan Lasica perform.
Starts: Sept 10, 20:00. Admission: Sk299 (in advance), Sk350 (at the door). The courtyard of Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5935-6650.
LIVE MUSIC: Finland Dig this! - Finnish DJ Hesh and homeboy DJ C.O.D.E. perform groove, hip-hop and funk.
Starts: Sept 14, 21:00. Admission: Sk80-Sk100. Nu Spririt Bar and Lounge, Medená 16. Tel: 0905/865-566. www.nuspirit.sk.
EXHIBITION: International Cultural Heritage Through The Eyes of Young Photographers - More than 40 countries around the world, including Slovakia, participated in the 12th year of the project, which uses photography to familiarise countries with each others' cultures. This display presents the winning images.
Runs: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until September 23. Admission: Sk20. The Central-European House of Photography (SEDF), Prepoštská 4. Tel: 02/5441-8214.
EXHIBITION: Contem-porary Norwegian Architecture - This exhibition shows 50 highlights of Norwegian contemporary architecture completed in 2000-2005 and reflects the original approaches of Norwegian architects to their works, which are so often influenced by a strong relationship to nature.
Open: Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00 until September 23. Admission: free. Design Factory, Bottova 2. www.designfactory.sk.
FESTIVAL: Days of Skalica - This three-day festival celebrating the granting of the status of free royal town offers many traditional music and dance performances, exhibitions, sports events and fun for all ages.
Runs: Sept 14-16. Admission: Sk200 (festival pass), Sk100-150 (daily tickets). The centre of Skalica. Tel: 034/6645-341.
BAGPIPERS from around Europe are gathering for the eighth year of Gajdovačka, which takes place between September 14 and 16. The event features more than sixty bagpipers from Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, England, the Netherlands and Slovakia, who will perform in the Slovak village of Oravská Polhora, the town of Dolný Kubín, and the Polish village of Wadowice. The programme on Friday includes a morning concert for schoolchildren in Oravská Polhora performed by Polish instrumentalist Jozef Broda and a competition of folk singers at 18:30. Saturday's programme begins at 11:00 with the opening of a exhibition of bagpipes by Vladimír Kovářík from Prague and paintings of folk ensembles by Slovak artists Mária Auerová - Griešová. Afterwards, Lindsay Davison, a Scot living in Poland, will lead a workshop on bagpipe playing. At 15:00 that day, the bagpipers will play in Wadowice's Main Square. Then at 19:00, young players will meet in Oravská Polhora for a bagpipe competition. The festival continues at the Arena of Bagpipers at 21:30. The event closes on Sunday with a gala programme in the House of Culture in Oravská Polhora starting at 13:30. For more information, call 043/5864-928.
photo: Courtesy of OOS
FESTIVAL: Slovak Festival of Squeeze Box Players - The 14th year of this festival features squeeze box players as well as other folk instruments and folk singers.
Starts: Sept 15. Korytárky, a village close to Detva. Tel: 0905/869-576.
EXHIBITION: Metercia of Rožňava and Mining in Gemer - This display highlights Gemer region's mining history with a Baroque painting Metercia of Rožňava.
Open: Mon-Sun 9-17 (September), 8:00-16:00 (October) until November 2. Admission: Sk40. J. Kollár Gallery, Nám. sv. Trojice 8. Tel: 045/6920-535.
FESTIVAL: Košický Pijáles - This two-day beer festival offers pop and folklore concerts as well as a performance by rodeo champion Maroš Hvizd and his horse, Zafír.
Runs: Sept 14-15. Stará Sladovňa (Old Malthose), Štúrova 33, and other venues in the town. Tel: 055/6258-888.
FESTIVAL: Day of Humenné and Days of the Drugets in Slovakia - The eastern Slovak town of Humenné recalls the contributions made by the aristocratic Drugets family.
Runs: Sept 10:00-14:00. Admission: free to Sk150. Venues across the town. Tel: 057/7881-051.
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