THE BEER tradition in Slovakia has made it into the arts. Cartoonists from around the globe annually join the international The Golden Keg competition. The humorous results are exhibited at two venues - the Šariš Gallery in Prešov and the Miro Gallery in Bratislava. The Šariš Gallery at Hlavná 51, displays the best of 600 works submitted by 197 artists from 27 countries this year. Fedor Vico, the founder of the competition and one of the jurors says that the jury evaluates "the visual value and originality of the idea, which is especially important in the case of this competition as its theme does not change". He also made it clear that even though artists from different parts of the world arrive with similar ideas, there are some surprisingly original entries this year. The Šariš Gallery Prešov is open on working days except Monday between 9:00 and 16:30 (until 17:30 on Thursday) and between 14:00 and 18:00 on Sunday (closed on Saturday). The exhibition runs until May 16. For more information call 051/7581-121. The Bratislava Miro Gallery at Košická 56 hosts a selection of the best works from the previous year. Visitors can see them from Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 17:00 and on Saturday between 9:00 and 13:00 until April 30. An addition to the Bratislava section is a screening of the documentary Golden Keg by Laco Csiky. For more information call 02/5070-2866.
photo: Pawel Kuczynski

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Johann Sebastian Bach - Young interpreters and their teachers play Bach within the JS Bach: Slovensko 2005 festival.
Starts: Apr 13 at 18:00. Admission: voluntary. Pálffyho palác (Pálffy Palace) Zámocká. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

DISCO: House Evolution Party - The revived Duna music club holds the first party, at which the best talents on the Slovak house scene perform.
Starts: Apr 15 at 19:00. Admission: Sk120. Duna Gallery, Radlinského 11, Tel: 02/5296-5037.

COUNTRY: Traditional Country Ball on the Danube - The popular American country music event hosts several music and dance groups from Slovakia as well as abroad.
Starts: Apr 16 at 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Park Kultúry a Oddychu (Culture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5441-6608.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ Concert - Students of the Music and Dance Department at Bratislava's Academy of Performing Arts play Bach within the JS Bach: Slovensko 2005 festival.
Starts: Apr 17 at 17:00. Admission: voluntary. Evanjelický kostol (Evangelical Church), Prievoz. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

EXHIBITION: Moon to Be Seen - The display presents works by Czech and Slovak contemporary painters and sculptors Andrej Augustín, Peter Balhar, Peter Faltus and Milan Lukáč.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until April 25. Admission: free. Dvorana Ministerstva kultúry, (Exhibition Hall of the Ministry of Culture), SNP 33. Tel: 02/5939-1170.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vieni o Mio Diletto - Mezzo-soprano Eva Garajová and pianist Marian Lapšanský play Vivaldi, Schubert and Mahler at a benefit concert to raise money for Asian countries hit by the December earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves.
Starts: Apr 13 at 18:00. Admission: Sk100. Dôstojnícky pavilón (Pavilion of Officers), Námestie Gen. Klapku, Komárno. Tel: 035/7713-550.

MARKET: Wine Markets Pezinok 2005 - About 100 wine producers from Slovakia and abroad offer their products for tasting and sale.
Runs: Apr 15 and 16, 14:30. Admission: Sk100. Kultúrne centrum (Centre of Culture) Holubyho 42, Pezinok. Tel: 033/6411-132.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trenčín Music Spring - Jana Bernáthová and Martin Babjak sing and Daniel Buranovský plays piano.
Starts: Apr 17 at 18:00. Admission: Sk130. Refektát kolégia Piaristov (Refectory of the College of Piarists), Mierové námestie, Trenčín. Tel: 032/1618-6.


LIVE MUSIC: Nikki Tresor - The fourth Kofola session features a unique nu jazz- drum'n'bass band Nikki Tresor.
Starts: Apr 13 at 20:00. Admission: Sk80. Záriečie Station culture centre, Žilina. Tel: 0908/491-222.

EXHIBITION: Batik - Textile artists Helena Kalová, Jana Lišaníková and Nataša Bauzová present their works created using different batik techniques.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00 until April 29. Admission: Sk10, Sk5. Horehronské museum (Horehronoe Museum), Námestie MR Štefánika 13, Brezno. Tel: 048/ 6112-453.


LIVE CONCERT: Trip into Inside - Rock band Slepé črevo and pop-underground band Orchester nového primitivizmu play.
Starts: Apr 15 at 20:00. Admission: Sk50, Sk70. Klub mladých Ponorka, Kežmarok. Tel: 052/4523-797.

EXHIBITION: Traces of Time and Bad Weather - Painter Milka Závacká and photographer Berco Cisár display their works.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00 and Sun 12:00-17:00 until April 27. Admission: Sk15. Slovenské technické múzeum (Slovak Technical Museum), Hlavná 88, Košice. Tel: 055/6224-035.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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