Biennial illustration celebration
More than 2,315 children's book illustrations by 290 authors from 43 countries are exhibited at the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) at Národné Osvetové Centrum (National Culture House) on Námestie SNP 12. Admission: 5-20 Sk. Open daily from 9:00 to 21:00 until the end of October. Tel: 02/5921-4111.
1001 European lecture series in Bratislava
Guy Le Queux, the security attaché at the French Embassy in Slovakia, will give a lecture entitled Opening and Control of Borders: Schengen's Borders. He will explain the context behind the contract on mutual border controls signed by Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium in Schengen (Luxembourg) in 1985, and evaluate the role of the contract in the context of European development. The lecture starts at 17:00 on Monday, September 17 at Mozartova sieň (Mozart Hall) in the Austrian Embassy on Ventúrska 10. Tel: 5443 3130.
Organ days in Košice and Bardejov
German and Austrian organists Ekkerhard Richter (from Hamburg) and Bernhard Gfrerer (from Salzburg) will perform at Dóm Svätej Alžbety (Saint Elizabeth Cathedral) in the centre of Košice September 17 and 20, respectively. Richter will devote most of his Monday performance to German composer Johann Sebastian Bach; Gfrerer will perform music by Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, fugues by Franz Schubert and sonatas by Friedrich Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Both concerts begin at 20:00. Tickets on sale for 30-60 Sk at Informačné centrum (Information Centre) on Hlavná 8. Tel: 055/6258 888.
Richter will also perform in eastern Slovakia's Bardejov at 20:00 Tuesday, September 18 at Chrám Svätého Egídia (Saint Egidius Cathedral), Radničné námestie. Tickets: 20-40 Sk. Tel: 054/472 3013.
Austrian culture forum exhibition
The exhibition Neither Laurel Nor Beggar's Stick, capturing the life of Austrian dramatist and actor Johann Nestroy (1801-1862) and theatre development in the 19th century, opens 17:00 Tuesday, September 18. Photographs, posters, watercolours, props and private letters will open a window into Nestroy's life and the theatre of his time. The exhibition runs at Divadlo P. O. Hviezdoslava (Hviezdoslav Theatre) on Laurinská 21 in Bratislava until October 5. Tel: 5443 2985.
Three young Slovaks who studied music in Austria - flautist Jozef Hamerník, violinist Dalibor Karvay and pianist Ladislav Fančovič - will perform at the Mozartova sieň (Mozart Hall) on Vajanského nábrežie 12 with the Pressburger Philharmoniker orchestra. The concert begins at 19:00 on Thursday, September 20. Tel: 02/5443 3130.
Goethe Institute concerts and exhibition
Guten Tag, Lieber Feind! (Good Afternoon, Dear Enemy), an international exhibition of illustrations on peace and tolerance, runs at the Goethe Institute Inter Nations on Panenská 33 in Bratislava until September 28. Tel: 02/5443-3130 (2).
National month of Mexico
Twenty-three black and white photographs of ordinary Mexicans by Christa Cowrie, an Australian-born Mexican photographer, are on display in the exhibition Echoes of Mexico. They reveal Cowrie's concern with ecological issues and with the icons of Mexican life in danger of extinction. Some depict Tarahumara Indians carrying wood and women baking tortillas. Echoes of Mexico runs at Focus Gallery on Štúrova 9 (near the downtown Tesco department store in Bratislava) until the end of September. For more information call 02/5296-4192.
The Run to Veľká Rača, a 6.5-kilometre forest sprint up Rača hill with an altitude difference of 573 metres, starts at 10:00 on September 23 at Oščadnica - Dedovka, in the north-western Slovak town Čadca. For more information call Ladislav Sventek at 041/432-3454.
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