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LIVE MUSIC: Natasha Bedingfield - International pop star performs.
Starts: Jun 29 at 19:30. Admission: Sk599, Sk699. Sibamac Arena, National Tennis Centre, Príkopova 6. Tel: 02/4920-9888.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Original and Adaptation - Austrian tenor Bernhard Berchtold, accompanied by pianist of Russian origin, Irina Puryshinska, on the piano used by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, performs works by Schubert and Liszt at a closing concert of the Days of Early Music.
Starts: Jun 30 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Pállfy Palace, Zámocká. Tel: 0905/439-541.

CLASSICAL-JAZZ MUSIC: Bach's Smile - Bach's Big Band led by guitarist Matúš Jakabčic, Cappella Istropolitana chamber orchestra, pianist Peter Breiner, cellist Jozef Lupták, singers Peter Lipa and Adriena Bartošová, the Bratislava Conservatory Choir among others play pieces by Bach in jazz arrangements.
Starts: Jul 1 at 19:00. Admission: free. Hviezdoslavovo square. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

EXHIBITION: Memento - Photo portraits of Bratislava artists juxtaposed with scenes from the city.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:30-24:00, Sat 14:00-24:00, Sun 14:00-23:00 until July 16. Admission: free. Galéria Café Parnas, Panská 12. Tel: 02/5443-1228.


THE LARGEST Slovak folk festival, Východná, will celebrate its 51st anniversary. This year the festival, taking place above the village of Východná near Liptovský Hrádok, welcomes guests from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Hungary. The festivities start Friday, July 1 at 14:00 with folk group Družba luring visitors at Liptovský Mikuláš' square to Východná, where the programme starts at 17:00. The main Friday programme starts at 19:30 with Flowering Youth, followed by a one-hour show performed by the festival's international guests at 20:30. Saturday's programme will feature children's ensembles introducing folk culture of individual Slovakia's regions at 17:30 and culminating with a wedding ceremonies' show at 22:00. Sunday will close with a gala programme featuring most folk groups attending the festival. Tickets: Sk450 (whole festival) and Sk100 to Sk200 (individual performances). Tel: 02/5921-4113.
photo: Zuzana Habšudová


FESTIVAL: Topvar Rock Fest - Finnish Apocalyptica, British Morcheeba and Brasilian-American Soulfly headline the festival.
Runs: Jul 1 and 2, starting at 13:00. Admission: Sk550 (one day), Sk700 (two days). Ardea Zelená Voda, Nové Mesto nad Váhom. www.topvarrockfest.sk

FESTIVAL: World & Etno Fest Levice - The fifth year of the festival, part of The Three Suns Festival, which also runs in the Czech Republic and Poland, features Czech and Slovak musicians Luboš Beňa & Charlie Slavík, Dlhé diely, Fru Fru, Vlasta Redl and Soňa Horňáková Band.
Runs: Jul 1 and 2, starting at 16:00. Admission: Sk199. Levice Castle. Tel: 036/6312-467. www.worldetnofest.jazzbluesclub.sk.

EXHIBITION: In the Captivity of Beauty - Amateur painter Hanka Jankovská, whose work is linked with music, presents her latest paintings.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-16:00, Sat 9:00-15:00 until July 31. Admission: free. Ľudovít Štúr Museum, Štúrova 54, Modra. Tel: 033/6472-765.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Žilina Slovak Sinfonietta - The ensemble, with violinist Peter Michalica, plays Beethoven under the baton of French conductor Yves Cayrol within the Music Under the Diamond Vault festival.
Starts: Jul 1 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Františkánsky kostol, (Franciscan Church), Štefánikovo square, Kremnica. Tel: 045/6742-856.

FESTIVAL: Zvolen's Castle Plays - In the opera segment of the theatre festival, the Banská Bystrica State Opera performs Verdi's Attila.
Starts: Jul 2 at 20:00. Admission: Sk180-200. Nádvorie Zvolenského zámku (The courtyard of Zvolen Castle), Zvolen. Tel: 045/533-1781.


LIVE MUSIC: Nina Hynes - The Irish musician and singer with the expressive voice performs.
Starts: Jun 27 at 20:00. Admission: free. Námestie sv Egídia, Poprad. Tel: 052/7722-255.

FESTIVAL: Štrba Festivities - Shows by local and foreign folk ensembles followed by a weeklong workshop for children.
Starts: Jul 2. Admission: free. Štrba, Štrbské Pleso. Tel: 052/7781-461.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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