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THE WORLD'S largest Roma orchestra - the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, also called A Hundred Gypsy Violins - will perform in the capital on October 10. A hundred musicians, including around 50 violinists, several viola players, cellists, double bassists, clarinets, and dulcimer players, will perform with well-known Slovak opera singer Martin Babjak. Since 1996, the orchestra has performed in Slovakia every year. And apart from the size, it is the way the musicians perform and the instruments they play that distinguishes them from other symphony orchestras. "Everything the musicians play, they play by heart, without sheet music, as it's part of their Roma tradition to perform without it," the orchestra's president, Jószef Raduly, told The Slovak Spectator last year. The concert starts at 19:00, at the Športová hala Pasienky (Bratislava Pasienky sport hall) at Trnavská cesta 29. Tickets cost Sk500 and Sk700. Tel: 02/4437-1633.
photo: Courtesy of Grafis Studio

LIVE MUSIC: Densé ju - Čankišou group from Brno presents their program at a concert of ethno-world music.
Starts: Oct 9 at 20:00. Tickets: Sk100, Sk120. Klub za zrkadlom (Za zrkadlom Club), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

LIVE MUSIC: Grunge Nite - Grunge bands Navel, MLÖ and Interhroch perform.
Starts: Oct 10 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk60. Dom Kultúry Lúky (Lúky House of Culture), Vígľašská 1. Tel: 02/6382-3930.

LIVE EVENT: Crave - Project inspired by the play written by Sarah Kane and directed by Aleksandar Ivanovski from Macedonia.
Starts: Oct 8 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk80. Studio 12, Jakubovo nám. 12. Tel 02/5930-4715.

EXHIBITION: Wickerwork - Young Košice designer, Miroslava Lešková, knits interior furniture by using natural materials, such as willow tree rods.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00 until October 30. Admission: free. Dizajn štúdio ÚĽUV (Design Studio ÚĽUV), Dobrovičova 13. Tel: 02/5296-4153.

EXHIBITION: Per Ardua Ad Astra - A display of photographs, maps, documents and artefacts captures 321 Slovaks who worked in the Royal Air Force during the second world war.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until October 31. Admission: Sk10 and Sk20. Slovenské Národné Múzeum (Slovak National Museum), Vajanského nábrežie 2. Tel: 02/5934-9122.

EXHIBITION: From the History of Bratislava Castle - The exhibition uncovers the castle's past.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until December 30. Admission: Sk60. Bratislavský hrad (Bratislava Castle). Tel: 02/5441-1444.

EXHIBITION: New York, New York - Anna Ondrušková presents her photographs of New York.
Open: Tue-Fri, and Sun 11:00-17:00 until January 5. Admission: Sk200. Múzeum židovskej kultúry (Museum of Jewish Culture), Židovská 17. Tel: 02/5441-8507.


LIVE MUSIC: Muž Davu, Strana 156, ČAD, KPL - Concert of young alternative Slovak bands.
Starts: Oct 10 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk60. Runway - Rock Club, Ľ. Štúra, Modra.

FESTIVAL: Jazz under the Castle - 10th annual jazz festival organized by the Trenčín Jazz Society together with the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Starts Oct 10, 11 and 12 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk300 (for the three days), Sk150 (one-day ticket for Friday and Saturday), and Sk200 (Sunday). Kino Hviezda (Hviezda Cinema), Kniežaťa Pribinu 3, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7433-505.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trenčín Musical Fall - The Friends of Classical Music Club perform at the Evangelical Church.
Starts: Oct 12 at 18:00. Admission: free. Evanjelický Church, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7433-505.

EXHIBITION: Naive art from Kovačice - Amateur painters exhibit their works.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-16:00 until October 30. Admission: Sk20. Katov dom - Trenčianske museum (Executioner's House - Trenčín Museum), Mierové nám. 46, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7434-431.


The ŠARIŠ Gallery in Prešov currently holds the exhibition Puppet Theatre Designs: In Space and Out of Time, prepared by the students of the puppet creation department at Bratislava's University of Performing and Drama Arts. The students have turned the gallery into a scene full of fantasy and games with aims of attracting children and refreshing the childhood memories of their parents. There are historical costumes, puppets, houses on magpie legs, and shadow theatres. The gallery, which sits on Hlavná 51 in Prešov, is open (Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-18:00) until November 2. Admission is Sk20. Tel: 051/725-423.
photo: Gabriela Kutajová

LIVE MUSIC: P.S. + Smola a hrušky - Two Slovak bands hold a joint concert.
Starts: Oct 11 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk100. Rondel Club 23, Závodská 6, Žilina. Tel: 041/7641-929.


LIVE CONCERT: Fall Folk-Country Pohoda - Concert of Prešov bands playing American-style country music; Country Pohoda and Hrdza.
Starts: Oct 9 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk50. Agentúra GES (GES Agency), Nám. L. Novomeského 13, Košice. Tel: 055/7299-211.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Chamber Concert - Piano duo Ľudmila Kojanová and Pavel Novotný play works by Bach, Hensel, Schubert, Goetz, Janáček, and Bodnár.
Starts: Oct 7 at 19:00. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66, Košice. Tel: 055/6226-541.

LIVE MUSIC: Modus Reunion Concert - Popular Slovak band gets together to play their hit songs, from the 1970s and 1980s.
Starts: Oct 11 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk200. Jumbo centrum, Masarykova 2, Košice. Tel: 055/6335-895.

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