Prepared by Jana Liptáková


FLORA Bratislava 2005, the 26th international show of flowers, plants, gardening tools and decoration techniques will take place at the Kongresové centrum Incheba (Incheba Congress Centre) at Viedenská cesta 7 between April 27 and May 1. The exhibition will display flowers, plants, decorative trees, and artistically arranged bouquets of which some will also be for sale. The congress centre will be open daily between 9:00 and 18:00 and tickets will cost Sk80 and Sk40. For more information call 02/4341-3329.
photo: Kulla Gardening Centre

TOURNAMENT: Istrobot 2005 - While robots from Slovakia as well as abroad compete in various categories, real sumo fighters from SC Bears club Bratislava perform their arts.
Starts: Apr 27 at 10:00. Admission: free. Fakulta elektrotechniky a informatiky STU (Faculty of Electrotechnics and Informatics of STU), Mlynská Dolina. Tel: 02/6029-1411.

LIVE MUSIC: The Exploited - The Scottish punk band, which first burst Slovak listeners' drums last year, returns.
Starts: Apr 27 at 20:00. Admission: Sk290. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

SHOW: Transvestite Show - Queens of the Nights, considered the best transvestite group in the Czech Republic, deliver their outrageous show.
Starts: Apr 30 at 19:00. Admission: Sk300. Ružinov Culture House. Tel: 02/4333-0523.
HORSE RACE: Grand Prix of Three-year-old Stallions - The Bratislava horse race season continues with another event.
Starts: May 1 at 14:00. Admission: Sk40. Závodisko (Racecourse), Stahohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504.

FESTIVAL: Chopper Show - Organizers of the 13th year of the festival of motorbikes, which includes contests, concerts, rodeo and entertainment programmes expect more than 3,000 motorbikes from the whole of Europe.
Runs: Apr 29 to May 1. Admission: free. Zlaté Piesky recreation area. Tel: 0904/967-545.


LIVE MUSIC: Lumen 2005 Gospel Festival - Slovak and overseas singers perform within the international gospel music festival.
Runs: Apr 30 - May 1, starting at 18:00. Admission: Sk290 (for two days), Sk150 (Friday), Sk190 (Saturday). Trnava Sports Hall, Rybníkova 15/A, Trnava. Tel: 033/5906-1110.

PERFORMANCE: Opening of the Summer Season - Folk performers put up a maypole, play music and dance, and a steam engine will be on hand to drive people around the open-air museum.
Starts: Apr 29 at 10:00. Admission: Sk40. Slovenské Poľnohospodárske Múzeum, (Slovak Agricultural Museum), Dlhá 94, Nitra. Tel: 037/6572-553.

OPEN HOUSE: Anniversary of the Establishment of the Lippizzan Breed - During the traditional open house the stud farm celebrates the 425th anniversary of the establishment of the beautiful Lipizzan horse.
Starts: May 1 at 9:00. Admission: free. Národný žrebčín (National Stud Farm), Topolčianky. Tel: 037/6301-613.


BECKOV castle will officially open the summer tourist season 2005 on April 30 at noon. The organizers of the event, the association of Knight Errants, have prepared performances of traditional fencing displays and castle tours with guides dressed in historical costumes. Visitors will also have an opportunity to try historical weapons, like the bow and arrow, and crossbow, and compete in axe-throwing contests. A display of historical firearms and medieval music will add to the atmosphere. The ruins of Beckov Castle are located southwest of Trenčín. Tickets cost Sk50 and Sk20. For more information call 032/6553-921.
photo: Anton Frič

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Castle Music Spring - Jozef Lupták plays violoncello as part of the second year of the festival.
Starts: April 30 at 19:00. Admission: Sk60. Chapel of Zvolen castle, Zvolen. Tel: 045/5429-268.

EXHIBITION: Overlapping - Photographer Judita Csáderová presents three periods of her oeuvre, including artefacts from the 1970s and 1980s and her latest works created with help by computer graphics.
Open: Thu-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until May 8. Admission Sk20. Bethlenov dom - Štátna galéria, (Bethlen House - State Gallery) Dolná 8, Banská Bystrica. Tel: 048/4124-167.

EXHIBITION: Doubts and Certainties - The display presents works by one of the most significant characters of Slovak modern visual art - Milan Paštéka.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17-00 until June 19. Admission: Sk20. Oravská galleria (Orava Gallery), Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11, Dolný Kubín. Tel: 043/5863-212.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Košice Music Spring - The Košice State Philharmonic featuring violinist Dalibor Karvay and contralto Alina Gurina perform Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Falla during the opening concert of the 50th year of the festival.
Starts: Apr 28 at 19:00. Admission: Sk160-250. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66, Košice. Tel: 055/1618-6.

EXHIBITION: Tamáš Kótai - The prominent Hungarian visual artist exhibits paintings, drawings and graphic works, onto which he applies esoteric motifs.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 13:00-17:30, Sun 14:00-17:30 until May 1. Admission: Sk20. Východoslovenská galleria (Gallery of Eastern Slovakia), Hlavná 27, Košice. Tel: 055/6266-67.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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