THE SEVENTH annual international festival of children's folk dance and music ensembles, Bratislava 2004, will start at 19:00 on June 17, at the Bratislava Culture and Information Centre (BKIS, formerly the PKO - Park of Culture and Leisure) at Nábrežie L Svobodu 3. For four days, local and foreign children's ensembles will present to the public. Among the foreign ensembles, visitors will see programmes by Colle Delverdicchio from Italy, Kusadasi from Turkey, Rodničok from Russia, and Mlody Torun from Poland. On June 18 and 19, the event moves to Hviezdoslavovo Square, starting at 16:00 and 15:30 respectively. June 18 will also see groups perform in Pezinok and Záhorská Ves, starting at 10:00. The festival will close on June 20 at the BKIS. Tickets to the Bratislava shows cost Sk30 and Sk50. The festival in Pezinok takes place at the Cultural Centre at Holubyho 42, and in Záhorská Ves at the House of Culture (admission is free). Tel: 02/5441-6608.
photo: Bratislava 2004
FESTIVAL: Stein Račifest - Sixth annual music festival presents Schola Gregoriana Pragensis from the Czech Republic and the St Roman Sladkopevec Choir from Slovakia.
Starts: June 18 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk70. Kostol sv Filipa a Jakuba v Rači (St Philip and Jacob Church in Rača), Alstrová 121. Tel: 02/4488-9971.
FESTIVAL: Stein Račifest - The festival's second day features 10 Czech and Slovak bands, including Laura a její tygři, MIG 21, Love 4 Money, and Chiki liki tu-a.
Starts: June 19 at 13:00. Tickets: Sk159, Sk199. Amphitheatre, Knižková dolina. Tel: 02/5934-9111.
EXHIBITION: Walled-up Photograph - One of the founders of post-war Slovak photography, Magda Robinsonová, displays photo-
graphs she took in Israel in the 1960s.
Open: daily, except Mon, 9:00-17:00 until September 30. Admission: Sk20, Sk40. Slovenské národné múzeum (Slovak National Museum), Vajanského nábr. 2. Tel: 02/5934-9111.
FESTIVAL: Bajakfest - Local amateur bands compete for the Bajak Award.
Starts: June 19 at 16:00. Tickets: Sk50. Amphitheatre, Hlohovec. Tel: 033/7424-390.
EXHIBITION: Amfo and Diafoto - Winners of the regional amateur photo competition display their photographs.
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30-20:30, Sat 7:30-12:00, 15:00-20:30 until June 27. Admission: free. Kultúrne centrum (Cultural Centre), Holubyho 42, Pezinok. Tel: 033/6433-489.
AN EXHIBITION entitled Thousands of Years of Battles displays firearms from ancient times through the Middle Ages to the first world war. Taking place at the Stredoslovenské múzeum (The Central Slovak Museum) in Banská Bystrica until August 29, it primarily exhibits weapons from that region, including armour and swords from the bronze age, helmets from the Roman period, and lances, spring guns and riffles from the Middle Ages. The main idea behind the display is to present the weapons as objects that save lives rather than destroy them. The museum is located in the Thurzov dom (Thurza House) at Námestie SNP 4 in Banská Bystrica, and is open daily except Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00. Admission is Sk10 and Sk20. Tel: 048/4125-897.
photo: Stredoslovenské múzeum
FESTIVAL: Staroprameň: More Than Fest Festival - Second annual metal music festival presents Slovak and Czech bands, including Editor and Lunatic Gods.
Starts: June 18 and 19 at 12:00. Tickets: Sk850 (for both days), Sk450 (just for Saturday). AMFIKO, Letné kino (Amphitheatre), Šoltésova ulica, Martin. Tel: 043/4223-041.
EXHIBITION: Students from the Art Department of the Ján Levoslav Bella Elementary Art School display drawings and textile objects.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until July 8. Admission: free. Galéria Petra M Bohúňa (Peter M Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5522-758.
FESTIVAL: Second Roma Festival - Five Roma folk dance ensembles from eastern Slovakia perform.
Starts: June 19 at 14:00. Tickets: Sk50. Amphitheatre, Gorkého 1, Humenné.
LIVE MUSIC: Jana Kirschner Avon Tour 2004 - Popular Slovak singer performs.
Starts: June 15 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk290, Sk340. Jumbo Centre, Masarykova 2, Košice. Tel: 055/6005-143.
Prepared by Kristína Havasová