STEFAN Sagmeister is one of today's most important graphic designers. He is well known for his work in the music industry, designing graphics and album covers for such clients as The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and Aerosmith. The Bratislava exhibition presents his most important works from the early stages of his career: controversial posters for design lectures, with which he shocked the American graphics scene, and his latest projects. Visitors will also see CD covers, book graphics, brochures, invitations and business cards. The legendary body-art poster of the artist with all the type cut into his skin is on display as well. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00, until July 25, in Dvorana Ministerstva kultúry (Exhibition Hall of the Ministry of Culture), at SNP 33. Tickets costs Sk30. For more information call 02/5939-1170.
photo: Slovak Design Centre


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hommage á Bach - Bratislava Chamber soloists, Slovak violist Ivana Pristašová and Austrian oboist Markus Deuter and flautist Vera Fischer, play Bach within the JS Bach festival.
Starts: Jul 19 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelic Church), Panenská ulica. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

LIVE MUSIC: Blues: Dusty Fort Band - Erich Boboš Procházka plays harmonica and sings, Štefan Lengyel and Lori Maliňák play guitars.
Starts: Jul 24 at 16:00. Admission: free. Horáreň (Ranger's house), Horský park, Lesná 1. Tel: 0903/710-888.

EXHIBITION: Six Cycles - Significant Czech painter, graphic artist, sculptor, set desinger and illustrator Stanislav Kolíbal, working with the language of geometry, presents his drawings on paper.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00- 18:00 until July 31. Admission: Sk80. Bratislava City Gallery, the Mirbach palace, Františkánske námestie 11 Tel: 02/5443-1556.

EXHIBITION: Milan Lukáč - Prominent sculptor exhibits a specially created cycle of reliefs, Botanic Dream.
Open: Tue-San 13:00-18:00 until July 30. Admission: free. Nova Gallery, Baštová 2. Tel: 02/5443-3039.

EXHBITION: Transformations of Baroque Altar - The exhibition aims at tracing the typological transformations of altars in the 17th and 18th centuries and their relationship with Central Europe.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30 until October 28. Admission: Sk80. Slovenská národná galéria (Slovak National Gallery), Water Barracks, Rázusove nábrežie 2. Tel: 02/5443-4587.



SLOVAK Forests (Lesy SR) will celebrate their day, the Day of the Tree on July 23. The fourth year of the festival offers a view of the development of the noble occupation of forester until today and the relationship foresters create between society and forests. The Forestry Open Air Museum in Vydrovo Valley, Čierny Balog, has prepared a rich programme for visitors, presenting various viewpoints: forestry protection, the use of forests, and the work and lives that go on in them. The main part of the programme will be held in the spirit of a great forestry festival, featuring cultural and social personalities. An attempt for a Guinness record in pushing a wagon up a hill will be part of the Day as well. Access to all events within the Day of the Tree starting at 8:00 is free, while transport by the forest railway between Čierny Balog and the open-air museum is free of charge as well. For more information call 0918/444-278.
photo: Lesy SR

FESTIVAL: Summerbeach Rudava - A sport-music festival combining music and a beach volleyball tournament, featuring Slovak and Czech bands.
Runs: Jul 22 to 24. Admission: Sk280 (for all three days of the festival), Sk150 (for one day). Rudava, recreation area in Malé Leváre (near Malacky).

FESTIVAL: Žákovic Open - One of the smallest summer festivals in Slovakia features mostly Slovak bands including Zóna A, Hex, Mango Molas and Le Payaco.
Runs: Jul 22 to 23. Admission: Sk299 for both days. Pension Žákovic, Trenčianske Bohuslavice (near Trenčín). Tel: 0905/640-784.


FESTIVAL: Rock Summer of Sliač - The rock festival hosts Pražský Výběr, Chikiliki-tu-a, Družina, Le Payaco, and Palo Chodelka & Liquid Boogie Roll.
Starts: Jul 22 to 23. Admission: Sk400. Soccer stadium, Sliač (near Zvolen). Tel: 045/5443-606.

FESTIVAL: Folk Festivities under Babia Hora - The Goral folk festival features local folk ensembles and Arnika from Latvia and Wierka from Poland.
Starts: Jul 24. Admission: free. Amphitheatre, Sihelné. Tel: 043/5864-928.

PERFORMANCE: Variations on Shakespeare - Amateur actors and members of the Bojník historical fencing group, perform parodies of well-known stories by Shakespeare.
Starts: Jul 23, Aug 6, 13 every 30 minutes starting at 20:30. Admission: Sk120. Starý zámok (Old castle), Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6949-472.


LIVE MUSIC: Kerman Mandolin Quartet - Virtuoso musicians from Israel play violin and mandolin compositions.
Starts: Jul 19 at 19:00. Admission: donation. MsKS, Gorkého 1, Humenné. Tel: 057/7882-130.

LIVE MUSIC: Straupe - The Latvian folk ensemble performs.
Starts: Jul 21 at 17:00. Admission: free. The podium above Dolná brána, Hlavná, Košice. Tel: 055/1618-6.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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