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NUJAZZDAYZ, the popular festival of nu-jazz music, features headliners Ninja Tune and DJ Food, who will open the festival with a colourful kaleidoscope of abstract hip-hop, neofunk, future jazz and ambient music on October 5. Other opening acts include Boozoo Bajou, who combines Latino, blues, jazz, reggae, dance floor and soul, and Czech singer Dan Bárta with his successful group Illustratosphere. On Saturday, jazz lovers can look forward to Austrian trio Cidequa, Irish singer Nina Hynes, who's already quite well known in Slovakia, and funky-underground band 100 Múch, which is a new face on the Slovak scene. The two-day festival starts on Friday at 20:00 in Incheba Expo Arena at Viedenská cesta in Bratislava. The festival pass costs Sk550 and daily tickets go for Sk330. For more information, go to www.vresk.sk. (Nina Hynes)


Mamma Mia! - Timeless songs by ABBA, including Dancing Queen, I Have a Dream, Voulez-Vous, and Take a Chance on Me, are ingeniously woven into a musical that tells an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
Starts: Oct 2-7. Admission: from Sk1,000. Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 12-111, www.xl.sk.

Wiener Jeunesse Orchester - This orchestra performs Symphony No. 3 in D-minor by Gustav Mahler under the baton of Herbert Böck.
Starts: Oct 2, 19:00. Admission: Sk200. The Concert Studio of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Dance for Life - The third year of this festival includes competitions in various dance genres, including standard and Latin-American.
Runs: Oct 6-7, 10:00. Admission: Sk100-Sk200. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Egon Bondy in Bratislava - This display presents texts, films, photos, and fragments of unpublished works by Egon Bondy, a Czech philosopher and poet and one of the leading figures of the Czechoslovak underground, who has lived in Bratislava for 13 years.
Open: Wed-Sat 15:00-18:00 until October 25. Admission: free. Tranzit Workshops, Studená 12. Www.tranzit.org.

Breath of Earth - The aim of this festival organised by environmental group Živica is to make people think about living more in accordance with nature and oneself. A performance by Indian musician Ashish Sankrityayan is part of the event.
Starts: Oct 6, 9:00. Admission: Sk150. Mestské kultúrne stredisko (The Town Centre of Culture), Veterná 8. Tel: 0907/726-961 or www.zivica.sk (in Slovak).

Cabbage Festival - The western Slovak town of Stupava hosts a festival that celebrates the most popular vegetable in this region. A competition for the best cabbage soup and an exhibition of jack-o'-lanterns are part of the event.
Runs: Oct 5-7. Admission: free. In front of the House of Culture, Agátová Street, Mlynská Street, and other venues in Stupava. www.stupava.sk (in Slovak).

Agrofilm - This international film show focussing on farming and the environment includes almost a hundred films.
Runs: Oct 1-5. Admission: free. Výskumný ústav živočíšnej výroby (Research Institute of Animal Production), Hlohovská 2, Nitra. Www.agrofilm.sk.

Neues Zürcher Orchester - The Nitra Autumn of Music continues with a concert by the Neues Zürcher Orchester playing works by Rossini, Mozart, Wettstein, and Schubert.
Starts: Oct 7, 19:00. Admission: free. Piaristic Church, Piaristická Street. Tel: 16-186.


Liptovský Mikuláš
Triango - Pianist Peter Breiner, currently living in Canada, accordion player Boris Lenko, and violinist Stano Palúch play jazz, blues, ethno and world music as part of their Slovak tour.
Starts: Oct 1, 19:00. Admission: Sk200. Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture), Hollého 4. Tel: 044/5564-000.

Street Art Summit Autumn - A workshop of street artists Biok, Pank, Maros, Wektor, and many others culminates with an exhibition.
Runs: Oct 8-15 (official opening followed with a jungle/dnb/eighties party takes place on Oct 6 starting at 19:00. The Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, the Žilina-Záriečie railway station, Závodská cesta 3. Tel: 0904/047-441.


Košice Peace Marathon - Runners compete in the 84th Košice marathon, which is the oldest in Europe and the second oldest in the world (after the Boston Marathon).
Starts: Oct 7, 10:00. The start and finish line is in front of the Slovan Hotel at Hlavná Street. www.kosicemarathon.com.

International Jazz Festival - The Miloš Zelezňák Trio opens the 13th year of the jazz festival, followed by the Veronika Harcsa Quartet from Hungary and the Peter Lipa Band from Slovakia. The next two days features music by Adriena Bartošová, Neco Novellas from Mozambique, Polish group Soundcheck, the Emil Viklický Trio from the Czech Republic, with Belgian artist Stene Houben as a guest, and others.
Runs: Oct 4-6. Admission: Sk500 (three-day pass), Sk200 (one-day ticket). GeS, Laca Novomeského 13. Tel: 055/6224-303.

photo: EMI - Braňo Šimončík

TINA, a winner at the 2006 Slovak Grammy Awards, resumes promoting her latest album, Chillin, after health problems with her vocal chords forced her off stage for two months. She's now singing soul, gospel, and hip-hop and back on tour, which re-started in Senec on September 28. Next she goes to Nitra (Oct 3), Košice (Oct 4), and Pezinok (Oct 6). DJ Biely, a Slovak producer active in London, is her special guest at the concerts. The concert in the Stará Pekáreň music club at Rázusova 2 in Nitra starts at 19:30. Tickets cost Sk99 when bought in advance and Sk120 at the door. For more information, go to www.starapekaren.sk.

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