THE GRAND Slam exhibition at Danubiana is a "tennis-art" project from two very different personalities - visual artist Juraj Králik and tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Under Králik's supervision, Navratilova "painted" the pictures with tennis balls and footprints during breaks between matches in Grand Slam tournaments in New York, Melbourne, Paris and London. The two worked within the concept of "zero" art, a combination of Minimal Art and Action Painting. The action element came not from brush and paint but a tennis racket and ball dipped in paint. The exhibition runs at the Danubiana Modern Art Museum at the Čunovo Water Works until September 4. It is open daily except Monday between 10:00 and 18:00. Tickets cost Sk60. Tel: 02/6252-8501.
LIVE MUSIC: Acoustic Journey Through Electronic Soul - Musicians united in German re:jazz formation invite local jazz-meets-electronica band The Hermit and Ferryman, featuring Oskar Rózsa.
Starts: Jul 8 at 18:00. Admission: Sk320. Vodná veža (Water Tower) on the Danube embankment close to the Nový most bridge. www.nuspirit.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic - Eccentric singer George Clinton and his 30-member funk band perform.
Starts: Jul 9 at 20:00. Admission: Sk499. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.
OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL
PERFORMANCE: Lúčnica - One of the best Slovak folk ensembles performs.
Starts: Jul 4 at 19:30. Admission: Sk220. Dom Umenia (House of Arts), Nábrežie Ivana Krasku 1, Piešťany. Tel: 033/7725-063.
FESTIVAL: Festival of Historical Fencing - The fifth year of the successful festival takes us back to the 16th and 17th centuries featuring fencing, a historical market, medieval music, an inquisitional trial, the burning of a witch to death [simulated], a field battle and fire shows.
Runs: Jul 9 to 10. Admission: Sk100. Červený Kameň castle. Tel: 033/6495-236.
FESTIVAL: Beckov Summer Fest - The 7th year of the festival turns back time as warriors from various historical fencing groups re-enact battles fought over the Beckov castle, while medieval dancers liven things up.
Runs: Jul 9 to 10, first battle starts at 14:10. Admission: Sk60. Beckov castle, Beckov. Tel: 032/7777-125.
BLACKSMITHS from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will show their arts and skills in the second annual European Roma Symposium of Blacksmiths in Dunajská Lužná on July 9, starting 9:00. The site of the symposium was not selected by chance. The roots of smithery in the "iron village" date back to the 14th century. Dunajská Lužná has for decades exported artistic blacksmiths, who participated in the restoration of buildings such as the Mirbach Palace, the Pálffy Palace and Devín Castle, and whose masterpieces include the gate of the president's Grassalkovič palace. The blacksmiths' products are for sale at the symposium, which takes place at the Hefaiston smithy courtyard. For more information call 02/4598-0228.
photo: Kristína Magdolénová
Runs: Jul 7 to 10. Admission: Sk70. Amphitheatre, Detva. Tel: 045/5455-581.
FESTIVAL: Folk Festivities of Lower Orava - The eighth year of the folk festival, which aims to present traditional handicrafts from the region, introduces basket weavers, tinkers, ginger bread producers and woodcarvers.
Starts: Jul 9 at 9:00. Veličná. Tel: 043/5864-928.
FESTIVAL: Kremnica Castle Organ - Italian organ player Francesco Finotti opens the ninth year of the European organ festival with Fantasy and Fugue - Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, by Franz Liszt.
Starts: Jul 10 at 18:00. Admission: Sk80. Castle church of St Catherine, Kremnica. Tel: 045/6744-388.
FESTIVAL: Orange Summer Domaša - The festival with the focus on Slovak music features finalists from the Slovak version of Pop Idol (Slovakia is Searching for a SuperStar), as well as already established singers such as Jana Kirschner and Zuzana Smatanová, and bands IMT Smile, Tublatanka, Desmod and Horkýže slíže.
Runs: Jul 8 to 9. Admission: Sk299 (two days), Sk199 (one day). Vodná nádrž Domaša (Water reservoir Domaša), Holčíkovce. www.hitproduction.sk
FESTIVAL: European Traditions in the Tatras - Folk ensembles from Serbia, Estonia and Slovakia perform in the third year of the international folk festival.
Starts: Jul 9 at 10:00. Admission: free. Main square, Nová Lesná (near Poprad). Tel: 052/7732-140.
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