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WORKS by phenomenal Czech artist Josef Váchal - woodcutter, painter, poet and writer - are now on display at the Bratislava City Gallery's Pálffy Palace. Symbolism, art nouveau, naturalism and expressionist movements influenced Váchal, who used the creative process as his struggle for freedom. The unique collection of graphic works, oil paintings and book illustrations has never been exhibited to such an extent in Bratislava before. The display runs at Panská 19 until August 28. Pálffy Palace is open daily except Monday between 11:00 and 18:00. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-1556.
photo: Bratislava City Gallery


FOLK MUSIC: Dance House - Professional folk-dance teachers Dragúni invite you for the final dance lesson prior to the summer holiday.
Starts: Jun 7 at 19:00. Admission: Sk70. A4 - Zero Space, SNP Square 12. www.tanecnydom.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Avril Lavigne - Young megastar with hard rock chick image gives a concert.
Starts: Jun 7 at 20:00. Admission: Sk690-Sk1,290. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta 7. Tel: 02/6727-1111.

LIVE MUSIC: Kiss Me on My Ego - The funky Czech band Monkey Business arrives on the Bratislava leg of its tour.
Starts: Jun 8 at 20:00. Admission: Sk199, Sk249. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

FESTIVAL: Junifest - Visitors to the second year of Slovakia's largest beer festival can sample various beers in one-litre mugs.
Runs: Jun 3-12 14:00-2:00. Admission: Sk50. Incheba Congress Centre, Viedenská cesta 7. Tel: 02/5249-3975.

FESTIVAL: International Festival of Children's Folk Ensembles - The youngest generation revives traditional folk dances.
Runs: Jun 9-12 starting at 19:00. Admission: Sk30, Sk50. Park Kultúry a Oddychu (Cul-ture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5441-6608.

EXHIBITION: The Essl Award - Results of the international art student competition from academies of fine arts in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia are on display.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-16:00 until June 10. Admission: free. Galéria Médium (Medium Gallery), Hviezdoslavovo square 18. Tel: 02/5443-5334.

EXHIBITION: Lover of Truth, Beauty and Knowledge - The display presents works by sculptor Tibor Bartfay.
Open: until June 30. Salla Terena Gallery, Presidential Palace. Tel: 02/5443-4788.

COLOURFULLY decorated big-rig trucks, heavily muscled truck-pullers, country dancers and musicians will meet at Truck Country, an open air event with a wild west accent organized for truck lovers between June 10 and 12 in Piešťany. On Saturday decorated big-rigs will be showcased in the town centre. Next day they will compete in the parallel slalom and in the evening there will be a Miss Wet T-shirt contest. Belasí band and František Nedvěd, performing in a country and folk style complete the event with music. Tickets for the whole festival, taking place at Camp Lodenica and airport in Piešťany, cost Sk300. For more information call 033/7720-891(3).
photo: Cali



FESTIVAL: Musica Sacra - The 15th year of the international festival of sacral music features the Slovak Trnava Chamber Orchestra, Cantus choir, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, ŠKO orchestra Archi di Slovakia with highly rated Czech violin player Václav Hudeček, Austrian trio Ensemble Sentire and Polish chamber choir Cantores Viridimontani.
Runs: Jun 5 to Jul 4. Admission: free. St Ladislav's Piarist Church, Nitra. Tel: 037/161-86.

MARKET: Pottery Market - Potters from around Slovakia offer their products for sale within the second year of the pottery and ceramics market.
Starts: Jun 10-11. Admission: free. Pezinok downtown. Tel: 033/6413-347.


FESTIVAL: Revište - The festival of alternative music hosts Vidiek and the Pressburger Klezmer Band on an island below the ruins of a medieval castle.
Runs: Jun 10-11 at 16:00. Admission: Sk249 for one day and Sk399 for both days. Revi-šte, close to Žarnovica. Tel: 0905/347-415.

EXHIBITION: Lea Fekete - Fashion designer presents her textiles as art works.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until July 24. Admission: Sk15, Sk30. Koloman Sokol Centre, Námestie osloboditeľov 28, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5620-035.


CHILDREN'S DAY: Ľubovňa Castle Likes Fairy Tales - The castle and the open-air museum presents a programme for children, including mime performances and demonstrations by folk handicraftsmen.
Runs: Jun 7-9 starting at 9:00. Admission: Sk100, Sk60. Ľubovnianske museum (Ľubovňa Museum), Zámocká 22, Stará Ľubovňa. Tel: 052/4322-030.

FESTIVAL: Tokay Festival - While tasting delicious Tokay wine people can enjoy performances from folk music and dance ensembles.
Runs: Jun 11 to 12. Borša downtown (in Tokay wine region). Tel: 055/6227-552.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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