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Prepared by Jana Liptáková

BRATISLAVA


THE BRATISLAVA City Gallery hosts WOLS: Photos, Aquarelles, and Graphic Works, an exhibition of work by Alfred Wolfgang Schulze (aka Wols). Wols is considered the pioneer of Tachisme (from the French word "tache," which means spot), a French style of abstract painting current in the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition consists of 40 black-and-white photos, 33 etchings and 12 aquarelles, which show influences from the Surrealist Paris circle. Photos depict scenes from everyday life, people, and strange or morbid still lives. In his etchings, some of which were used to illustrate first-edition texts by Jean Paul Sartre and Franz Kafka, Wols incorporates real animal and plant structures. WOLS: Photos, Aquarelles, and Graphic Works runs daily except Mondays from 11:00 to 18:00 until October 3 at the Galéria mesta Bratislavy (Bratislava City Gallery - GMB), Mirbachov palác (Mirbach Palace), Františkánske námestie 11. Admission is Sk60. Tel: 02/5443-1556.
photo: GMB

FESTIVAL: Sunset Fest - More than 30 musicians play in Petržalka to conclude the summer season of Propeler Rock Garden's music festival, which is in its fifth year.
Runs: Sep 10 and 11, starting at 18:00. Admission: free. Propeler Rock Garden on Tyršovo nábrežie (the Danube River embankment) in Petržalka. www.rockgarden.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Coro Piccole Colone - The Children's Choir from Trent, Italy, performs.
Starts: Sep 10 at 19:30. Admission: free. Hlavné námestie (Main Square). Tel: 02/5443-3715.

HAPPENING: Danubia Circuit - Vintage cars compete in speed and beauty during the second annual car show.
Starts: Sep 11 at 8:00. Admission: free. Car park located in front of the Danubia Shopping Park on Panónska cesta in Petržalka. Tel: 0903/359-395.


WESTERN SLOVAKIA

LIVE MUSIC: Omega Tour 2004 - The legendary Hungarian band plays its first concert abroad in more than 30 years, promising a three-hour extravaganza and fireworks.
Starts: Sep 11 at 20:00. Admission: Sk790, Sk890, Sk2,200. Soccer stadium DAC, Dunajská Streda. Tel: 031/5516-342.

HAPPENING: Traditional Market - Visitors can enjoy a wide range of handicrafts, traditional dishes, and cultural and sporting spectacles such as juggling and acrobatics during the oldest craft market in Slovakia.
Runs: Sep 9-12, starting at 15:00 the first day, then at 8:00. Admission: free. Trnava. Tel: 033/5906-204.


CENTRAL SLOVAKIA

FESTIVAL: Summer on Old Castle - The Addams Family and Canterville Ghost attend the ghost festival at a castle.
Starts: Sep 11 at 20:30. Tickets: Sk120. Starý Zámok (Old Castle), Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6949-474.

FESTIVAL: Pele-mele of Turiec - Fans of model airplanes, kites, and other flying objects meet for an air show.
Runs: Sep 12, from 10:00 to 16:00. Admission: Sk60. Múzeum Slovenskej Dediny (The Slovak Village Museum), Jahodnícke háje, Martin. Tel: 043/4131-011.


EVERY second weekend in September the citizens of Banská Štiavnica dress in traditional costumes and weave lizard-like through the streets of old town in an annual parade known as Salamander Days. The event recalls the town's past as a leading mining centre in Europe. Legend has it that a poor shepherd first discovered silver in the Banská Štiavnica hills when he noticed silver dust on the backs of lizards. The procession starts its march on Friday at 19:00. During the event, taking place downtown between September 10 and 12, musicians and handicraftsmen ply their wares. Beer lovers can slake their thirst in various competitions. For more information, call 045/6949-650.
photo: Banská Štiavnica Town Council

EXHIBITION: Association Experiment II - Svetozár Ilavský exhibits his paintings inspired by works of Koloman Sokol.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until September 19. Admission: Sk30. Centrum Kolomana Sokola (Koloman Sokol Centre), Námestie osloboditeľov 28, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5620-035.


EASTERN SLOVAKIA

FESTIVAL: Days of Crafts and Folk Traditions - As part of this traditional festival celebrating local handicraftsmen and folklore, visitors can compete in the 9th annual pirohy cooking competition.
Runs: Sep 11 and 12, starting at 10:00. Admission Sk60. Múzeum Ukrajinsko-Rusínskej kultúry - skanzen (The Museum of Ukrainian-Ruthenian Culture - open-air museum), above the amphitheatre, Svidník. Tel: 054/7882-101.
EXHIBITION: Ferdinand Katona - A project dedicated to the life work of Ferdinand Katona celebrates the 140th birth anniversary of the painter.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-17:00 until September 25. Admission: Sk15. Vila Flóra, Starý Smokovec. Tel: 052/4422-388.


Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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