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JACQUES SAELENS - or Kobe, as he is professionally known - is one of Belgium's most renowned contemporary sculptors. The Nova Gallery in Bratislava is exhibiting 10 of his bronze sculptures, which were inspired by the human body and come from his latest artistic period. The gallery at Baštová 2 is open daily except Monday from 13:00 until 18:00. Admission is free. The exhibition is open until October 21. For more information, call 02/5443-3039 or go to www.galeria-nova.sk.


Under Guarantee - Visual artists and photographers from Slovakia and China, among other countries, display their works for two weeks before auctioning them off. The Slovak artists include Dorota Sadovská, Juraj Puchovský, Mária Filová, Ernest Zmeták, and photographers Karol Kállay, Judita Csáderová, Jana Hojstričová, and Marek Horban. The Chinese artists are Shao Mingsen, Hua Yin, Lihua Chen and Chen Tingyou.
Starts: Sept 30, 14:00. Exhibition hall of Slovenská Výtvarná Únia (the Slovak Union of Visual Arts), Dostojevského Rad 2. Tel: 02/5296-2402, www.svu.sk.

Bratislava Jazz Club - A performance by US-Slovak bands Waking Vision and the Dan Brantigan Quartet, featuring Slovak drummer Martin Valihora.
Starts: Sept 25, 20:00. Admission: Sk250 (in advance), Sk300 (at the door). PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Evening of Authentic Folklore - Folk dance and music bands Kicora and Gorolska Muzyka introduce the folklore of Lendak, a northern Slovak village.
Starts: Sept 28, 19:00. Admission: Sk180. The House of Culture Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

Track Suit Trousers Ball - The band Lojzo, which always performs dressed in comfortable trousers, celebrates its 25th birthday. Peter Lipa, Hop Trop, Pavol Hammel, the Funny Fellows, and Vidiek will also perform.
Starts: Sept 29, 19:30. Admission: Sk395. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Beautiful Things - World star DJ Johan Gielen from the Netherlands performs his energetic music in Slovakia for the first time.
Starts: Sept 29, 21:00. Admission: Sk299, Sk499. Dopler club, Prievozská 18. www.dopler.sk.

400 Years since the Granting of Town Privileges - The western Slovak town of Modra is celebrating this anniversary with a three-day programme full of performances by folk, country and pop bands, exhibitions, and a presentation of local wines.
Runs: Sept 28-30. Venues in Modra. Tel: 033/6472-312.

Švihadlo - The popular Czech reggae band performs.
Starts: Sept 28, 20:00. The Lúč Club at the Hviezda Cinema. Ulica K. Pribinu 2. Tel: 0903/027-910.


Liptovský Hrádok
Days of the Town and Horný Liptov Market - This five-day celebration starting on September 24 includes over 30 shows and performances by folk dance and music bands, country groups, and a fireworks display, as well as various competitions. The following two-day market offers folk handicrafts and local delicacies.
Runs: Sept 24-30. Venues in Liptovský Hrádok. Tel: 044/5225-060.

Stamicovo Quartet - This Czech quartet plays as part of the Autumn of Music in the magnificent space of an 18th-century wooden church.
Starts: Sept 25, 18:00. Admission: Sk100. Hronsek, 5 km from Banská Bystrica. Tel: 02/5935-6650, 048/4155-085.


Festivities of Wine - Nearly 50 winemakers from Hungary and Slovakia present their wines.
Starts: Sept 29, 14:00. Hlavná Street and the stage at Dolná Brána. Tel: 055/6258-888.

The Complainer - Polish musician Wojciech Kucharczyk, who performs on the underground, electronic, and psycho-folk scene, presents a musical-cultural programme.
Starts: Sept 28, 20:00. Admission: Sk100. IC Culture Train, Nižná Úvrať 25, Vyšné Opátske. Tel: 055/6424-488, www.icct.sk.

photo: ČTK

WINE LOVERS have a special chance to taste delicious Tokay wine in the region of its origin on September 29 - the Day of the Open Tokay Cellars. Wine makers in the villages of Viničky, Malá Tŕňa, and Veľká Tŕňa have prepared 16 kinds of this unique wine, four in each of the open cellars. As well as tasting, participants will also hear all about how Tokay wine is produced. The festivities include handicrafts markets and performances by folk dance and music ensembles. Like last year, a special train, the Tokay Express, will take wine lovers from Košice to Čerhov, from where free buses will drive them down the Tokay Wine Path. Tickets cost Sk400 and organisers recommend booking in advance, as the number of tickets is limited to 700. For more information, call 0905/313-352.

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