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EVENTS COUNTRYWIDE

BRATISLAVA City Gallery presents works by Ján Vasilko, the winner of the 10th annual Slovak contest for contemporary young artists, the Oskár Čepan Prize, and the three other finalists until September 4. The jury granted the prize to the 26-year-old painter for his creative treatment of the history of arts with his ironic comments on geopolitics and social facts. While Vasilko presents paintings, the remaining finalists present work in new media: Radovan Čerevka with video-films, Radim Labuda with video-installations, and Ingrid Višňovská with a light-sound installation. The gallery's Pálffy Palace is open daily Tuesdays to Sundays 11:00-18:00. Tel: 02/5443-1556.
photo: Bratislava City Gallery

BRATISLAVA

HORSE RACE: Slovak Derby - The Slovak horse racing season continues with another peak event at the Petržalka racecourse.
Starts: Jul 17 at 14. Admission: Sk40. Závodisko (Racecourse), Starohájska 29. Tel: 02/6241-1504.

EXHIBITION: Summer Saloon - Professional visual artists exhibit paintings, drawings, sculptures, and glass works.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-16:00. Admission: free. Ardan Gallery, Dobrovičova 7. Tel: 0905/443/106.


OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL


WESTERN SLOVAKIA

LIVE MUSIC: Bonzo and The Resonators - The Trnava band plays acoustic country blues to pay tribute to resophonic "dobro" guitar inventor, John Dopyera, thanks to whom Trnava annually holds Dobrofest festival.
Starts: Jul 16 at 18:00. Admission: donation. Kaštieľ (Manor House) Dolná Krupá (near Trnava). Tel: 033/5577-271.

EXHIBITION: Spanish Arts in Slovak Collections - The 80 or so exhibited paintings, ceramics, pieces of furniture and weapons form a precious collection and an introduction to Spanish art.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until August 31. Admission: Sk130. Bojnice castle. Tel: 046/5430-535.
CENTRAL SLOVAKIA

GALLERY of Naive Art in Schaubmar's Mill in Pezinok exhibits Myths and Rituals in African Art, Ivan Melicherčík's collection, until October 16. More than 100 sculptures and masks made from wood, stone, and bronze from nearly 20 countries are on display. They form the biggest private collection of African tribal art in Slovakia. A series of two-metre tall dance masks from Burkina Fasso, massive sculptures with animal motifs from the Ivory Coast, and fetishist woodcarvings from Congo rank among the most interesting exhibits. The gallery is located at Cajlanská 255, open daily except Monday between 10:00 and 17:00. Tickets cost Sk30. For more information call 033/6404-035.
photo: Slovak National Gallery

FESTIVAL: Shepherds' Days - The international festival of folk culture offers performances from Czech, Polish and Slovak folk ensembles, a handicraft market, exhibitions of wooden sculptures and local carpets, whip cracking competitions and tastings of sheep milk products.
Runs: Jul 16 to 17. Admission: free. Malatiná (Orava region). Tel: 043/5864-928.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Music Under the Diamond Vault - Sopranos Katarína Šilhavíková and Adriana Kučerová, baritone Ľubomír Popik, violinist Peter Michalica, and pianist Viera Bartošová give the final concert of the festival.
Starts: Jul 15 at 19:00. Admission: Sk200, Sk100. Dom Komorského Grófa (Count Komes Mansion), Kollárova 541, Kremnica. Tel: 045/6742-856.
EASTERN SLOVAKIA

FESTIVAL: International Festival of Historical Martial Arts - The festival re-enacts historical martial arts, life in a military camp, traditional customs and handicrafts and historical forms of entertainment.
Runs: Jul 16 to 17. Admission: Sk100. Spišský hrad (Spiš Castle). Tel: 053/4541-336.

EXHIBITION: Homage á Jules Verne - An interactive project with submarines and extensive photographs, commemorating the centennial of the French author's death, introduces children as well as adults to the legedary fantasy writer.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until August 31. Admission: Sk20 and Sk40. Elektráreň TG, Hviezdoslavova 12, Poprad. Tel: 052/ 7722-617.


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