Dobrofest Trnava 2001
Trnava, the western Slovak city which calls itself 'Little Rome', will host its annual Dobrofest world music festival from August 28 to September 2. The festival pays homage to John Dopyera, a musician born in Trnava who invented the Fine Resophonic guitar known as the dobro in 1926. More than 200 musicians will fill the six days with music ranging from blues, jazz and bluegrass to country and ragtime.
Musicians this year include British blues singer Papa George, American showman Bob Brozman, German dobro-player Slidin' Tom B and the bluegrass band Shady Mix. Because Dopyera first constructed his guitars for Hawaiian guitar players, the festival will also host several Hawaiian musicians such as guitarists Ken Emerson and Michaelle Edwards.
The stages around the Trnava city centre will also see several Czech and Slovak bands (Czech folk guitarists Wabi Daněk and Miloš Dvořáček, Slovak blues bands Ján Litecký Šveda & Víťazný Traktor and Frozen Dozen). Dance exhibitions and contests round out the offer.
Dobrofest starts Tuesday, August 28, at 17:00 with an exhibition on Dobrofest's history. Most of the performances are for free, but tickets for those held indoors cost between 50 to 150 Sk. The festival performances are centred around the Trnava and Hlohovec Old Towns. For more information visit either the Trnava Information Centre or the DKO Trnavia Information Centre, both located on Trojičné námestie in Trnava. Also, see www.dobrofest.sk, or call 02/5441-1049 or 033/551-1000.
Organ Days in Bratislava, Trnava and Piešťany
Two German organists will perform on the Bratislava Castle organ during the 25th anniversary of the capital city's Organ Days festival, now in its final week. The beautiful tones of such composers as Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi will pipe from Slovakia's largest organ within the castle's stone walls August 27 and 28.
Johannes Unger will perform Dietrich Buxtehude's Passacaglia in D on Monday. Regularly performing with well-known ensembles such as Dresdner Kammerchor, Limburger Domchor and Leipziger Universitätschor, Unger will also play Mozart, Rheinberger Bartholdy and several works by Bach.
Tuesday, August 28 belongs to Michael Schönheit, a member of the Bach Orchestra of Genwandhaus in Leipzig. Schönheit will close out Organ Days with Bach's Fantasy and Fugue G Minor, BWV 654.
Concerts begin at 19:00 at the Bratislava Castle Concert Hall. Tickets (70 Sk) are on sale in advance at the Town Culture Centre on Uršulínska 11, or can be bought upon entry one hour before concerts. For more information, call Tel: 02/5443-2942.
Meanwhile, at the Trnava Organ Days, Czech Peter Eben of the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis will perform Thursday, August 30 on Námestie Sv. Mikuláša (Saint Mikuláš Square). The performance begins at 20:00. Tickets (50-100 Sk) are on sale at the Trnava Information Service on Trojičné námestie (Trojičné Square). Tel: 033/551-1022.
At the Piešťany Organ Days, Hungarian István Koloss will perform works by Bach, Franz Liszt and Hungarian composers at 19:30, August 29 at Dom Umenia (Culture House) on Nábrežie Ivana Krasku 1. Tickets cost 110 Sk. Tel: 033/762-5571.
Historical tram ride through Bratislava Old Town
The Bratislava Information Service (BIS) invites you every Wednesday to a one-hour tour of the Bratislava city centre aboard a historical tram. A professional guide points out and explains the history of the centre's most interesting sites. The tram starts on its route at 16:00 and 19:00 from Hurbanovo námestie. For more information contact Anna Dovičovičová at the BIS information office at Klobučnícka 2. Tel: 02/ 5443-3101, 5443-4059.
American football club
The only American football club in Slovakia, the Bratislava Monarchs, is looking for players, coaches, and all-purpose volunteers to participate in the development of American football in Bratislava and Slovakia. The club offers senior, junior flag-football and full-contact programmes. Contact Ľudovít Galka at 0903 425-712 for more information, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Považský Marathon on asphalt begins at 14:00 on September 1 at Štadión AFC (AFC Stadium) in the western Slovak town of Nové Mesto nad Váhom. For more information call Eduard Predinský at 032/771-1013.
The Topoľčanský Half Marathon on asphalt begins at 14:00 on Námestie M. R. Štefánika (Štefánik Square) in the western Slovak town of Topoľčany. Tel: Ladislav Kmeť at 038/532-7315.
The Tatras' Magistrála 2001, a gruelling mountain run, begins at 9:30 at the Štrbské pleso Sport Area in the High Tatras. Tel: Marián Rajčan at 052/442-2425.
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