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A CONCERT by the legendary temperamental Cuban performer Ibrahim Ferrer will be the highlight of the autumn music scene in Slovakia. The voice and the heart of the cult Cuban project, Buena Vista Social Club, can be heard at a concert in Incheba Hall on October 3 at 20:00. The performance is part of his tour to promote his latest CD, Buenos Hermanos, which bagged him a Grammy Award this year. It is said that Ferrer is probably the last of the great singers of bolero, a musical genre born in Cuba in the 19th century out of the Cuban "canción", or song. Ferrer, now in his 70s, will take to the stage accompanied by a 16-piece band. Incheba Hall is at Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tickets cost from Sk790 to Sk1,690. For more information call 0904/666-336.
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FOLKLORE: From Under Poľana a Rozsutec - Folk ensembles perform traditional music and dance.
Starts: Sep 28 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Dom kultúry Zrkadlový háj (Culture House) Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

PERFORMANCE: Love in Motion - This dance performance premieres at the international festival of poetry, Ars Poetica.
Starts: Sep 29 at 20:00. Admission: Sk100. Dom kultúry Zrkadlový háj (Culture House), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.
LIVE MUSIC: Heavy Blues-Rock - The American/Italian Twin Dragons and Slovak Boboš and his Frozen Dozen Band hold a concert.
Starts: Sep 30 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150. Klub za Zrkadlom (the Club Behind the Mirror) on Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328.

LIVE MUSIC: Forever Young - The synth-pop legends Alphaville perform a concert as part of its world tour 2004.
Starts: Oct 1 at 19:00. Admission: Sk550, Sk750, Sk1,450. Národné tenisové centrum (National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. Tel: 0915/744-798. (Another concert takes place in Prešov on October 3 at 19:00, at the City Town Hall, 051/733-581).

FESTIVAL: Bratislava Castle Days - This diverse programme offers lively performances of historical fencing, falconers, singers, dancers as well as various competitions for the attending visitors.
Runs: Oct 2-3, starting at 10:00. Bratislava Castle. Tel: 02/5934-1626.


LIVE MUSIC: Thoughts Enchanted in Tones - The Experimental Studio of Slovak Radio performs a concert of electro-acoustic music.
Starts: Sep 27 at 17:00. Synagogue, Ulica pri Synagóge, Nitra. Tel: 037/1618-6.

FESTIVAL: Final Filling - Over a hundred vintage cars will set off on a round trip (from Pezinok via Šenkvice, Budmerice and Častá, back to Pezinok) in this latest event of the season.
Starts: Oct 3, starting out at 9:30, with return planned for 15:30. Admission: free. Radničné námestie, Pezinok. Tel: 0903/231-421.


ORAVSKÁ Gallery has opened two new exhibitions recently. Light is Quicker Than Life unveils the latest works by Ivan Csudai a significant exponent of Slovak visual art, and the Fragile Design exhibition presents works by the young glass-designer Patrik Illo. Csudai's collection of pictures represents another development in his work, infusing his art with more sophisticated composition and colour than his previous pieces. Illo's objects oscillate between abstract art and functional design. Both exhibitions are open daily to the public, except Mondays, between 10:00 and 17:00 until November 7. The Oravská Gallery is located in Župný dom, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11, Dolný Kubín. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information call 043/5863-212.
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FESTIVAL: Detva Market - This traditional event hosts folklore ensembles and Slovak artisans offering a rich assortment of arts and crafts at their stalls.
Runs: Oct 2-3. Admission: free. Námestie SNP, Detva. Tel: 045/5455-581.

EXHIBITION: Talks with Wood - Moravian artist Jaroslav Strnad exhibits his photographs.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until October 10. Admission: Sk5, Sk10. Mestská galéria (Town Gallery), Mierové námestie 22, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7442-245.


CLASSICAL CONCERT: International Organ Festival - The Austrian organist Wolfgang Riegler-Sontacchi performs.
Starts: Sep 29 at 20:00. Admission: Sk60. St Elisabeth Cathedral, Košice. Tel: 055/6224-514.

EXHIBITION: Photography - Dutch photographer Richard Morsman introduces his collection of photographs capturing nature and everyday life.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-17:00 until October 10. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská Galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 53, Prešov. Tel: 051/7725-423.
Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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