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Prepared by Jana Liptáková


THE GLORY Gospel Singers from New York, one of the world's most successful vocal-instrumental ensembles, will tour Slovakia in February. The highly professional seven-member ensemble presents the unique energy of black American religious culture. In songs full of passion, love and life they express their sincere and deep faith. The enthusiasm they convey often gets the audience dancing in the aisles. The choir's Slovak tour starts February 5 in Bratislava. The concert starts at 19:00 at Istropolis on Trnavské mýto 1. Tickets cost Sk300. Other concerts follow in Košice (Feb 6), Zvolen (Feb 7) and Trenčín (Feb 8). For more information call 02/5292-0068.
photo: Feeling Agency

DANCE EVENT: The House of Traditional Dances - Professional folk dance teachers invite you to another dance lesson with live music, this time focussing on dances from the Upper Liptov region.
Starts: Feb 1 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk70. A4-Zero Space, Námestie SNP. Tel: 0905/316-272.

BALL SEASON: Carnival Ball - The Bratislava district of Petržalka is organizing a masked ball accompanied by the band Senzus.
Starts: Feb 4 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk700. Dom kultúry (Culture House) Zrkadlový háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

LIVE MUSIC: Grunge-rock Live - Sap, Iba Ryba, Dream and Death Blind Dumb bands play grunge rock.
Starts: Feb 4 at 18:00. Tickets: Sk50. Dom kultúry (Culture House) Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Tel: 02/6382-3930.

LIVE MUSIC: Silent Duo - Guitarist and vocalist Rithie Bruder performs with harmonica player Maťo Psotka.
Starts: Feb 2 at 19:00. Admission: free. Café Studio Club, Laurinská. Tel: 02/5443-4974.

EXHIBITION: I'm a Child of the 1960s - Michal Studený displays his paintings, which he created using quatrefoil, glass and pottery pieces as well as old medals.
Open: Tue-Sun 14:00-18:00 until February 13. Admission: Sk20. Pálffy Palace, Zámocká. Tel: 02/5443-2336.

EXHIBITION: Winter Journey - Austrian Herwig Zens presents graphic etchings based on Schubert's song cycle Winter Journey.
Open: Mon-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-16:00 until February 28. Admission: free. Austrian Culture Forum, Zelená 7. Tel: 02/5464-1337.Nový Život Turca


CARNIVAL SEASON: Modra Pig Killing - Visitors to the traditional pig feast held within the carnival can buy traditional meat specialties.
Starts: Feb 5 10:00. Admission: free. Modra town centre. Tel: 033/6472-112.

CASSICAL MUSIC: Violin Strings of Johann Straus - Ambassador Orchestra Pressburg featuring soloist of the State Opera in Ostrava, soprano Oľga Bezačínska, performs pieces from operettas.
Starts: Feb 1 at 19:30. Admission: Sk150. Kongresová hala (Congress Hall), Kúpeľný Ostrov, Piešťany. Tel: 033/7752-146.

EXHIBITION: Sapara2 - Silvia and Juraj Sapar display their works.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 6. Admission: Sk40, Sk20. Nitrianska galéria (Nitra Gallery), Župné námestie 3, Nitra. Tel: 037/6579-642.


SHROVETIDE Is Closing, a carnival folk festival in Čierny Balog with roots in ancient peasant traditions and superstitions, enters its 10th year. The programme, running from February 4 to 8, will start with a children's masked parade and a carnival ball. Handicrafts will be on sale the morning of February 5. There will be a trhance (a kind of traditional pasta) cooking competition in the afternoon. Folk music and dance ensembles will perform on the Saturday as well as on the Sunday. On Tuesday February 8, starting at 20:00, the traditional "burying of the double bass" will mark the end of the joyful Shrovetide period and start of the 40-day fasting Lent. For more information call 048/6190-153.
photo: Komunitné centrum, Čierny Balog

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Evening of Beethoven Sonatas - Pianist Daniela Varínska plays Beethoven.
Starts: Feb 3 at 19:00. Admission: Sk40-Sk80. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47, Žilina. Tel: 041/5620-979.

EXHIBITION: Diving Yesterday and Today - Peter Ferdinandy, highly qualified diving instructor, presents the world of diving.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00 until February 15. Admission: Sk20. Gemersko-malohontské múzeum (Gemer-Malohont Museum), Námestie Mihálya Tompu 24, Rimavská Sobota. Tel: 047/5632-741.

EXHIBITION: Torso (in) the Whole - The first profile exhibition of Slovak contemporary visual artist Dana Sochorová presents portraits, self-portraits, colourful prints of the human body and abstract paintings.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until February 27. Admission: free. Galéria Petra M Bohúňa (Peter M Bohúň Gallery), Tranovského 3, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5514-032.


LIVE MUSIC: Horkýže Slíže - Slovak rock band gives a concert.
Starts: Feb 1 19:00. Admission: Sk100, Sk120. House of Culture, MR Štefánika 875, Vranov nad Topľou. Tel: 057/4463-950.

EXHIBITION: Firefighting with a Smile - Sergej Igor Laborecký presents cartoons and post stamps on the theme of firefighting.
Open: Tue 9:00-18:00, Wed-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-18:00 until February 28. Admission: Sk40, Sk20. Krajské múzeum (Regional museum), Hlavná 86, Prešov. Tel: 051/7734-708.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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