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EVENTS COUNTRYWIDE

BRATISLAVA

AMERICAN singer Anastacia, "a little woman with a big voice", will call in to Bratislava on August 7 as part of her European tour. The blonde star is one of the hottest acts around at the moment. Her third album, simply entitled Anastacia, has sold so well it puts her second on the European album sales charts. The concert takes place at the Artmedia football stadium in Petržalka at 20:00. Tickets cost between Sk790 and Sk4,990. For more information call 0904/666-363.
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LIVE MUSIC: Dave Weckl Band - US band plays jazz, fusion and world music.
Starts: Jul 25 at 20:00. Admission: Sk399. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. Tel: 0915/200-567.

FESTIVAL: Bee Free - More than 80 Slovak DJs perform at the seventh year of this event dedicated to electronic music and lasting until dawn.
Starts: Aug 6 at 14:00. Admission: free. Zlaté Piesky recreation area. beefree.rave.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Music of the Strauss family - Capella Harmónia plays evergreens from the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy.
Starts: Aug 7 at 16:00. Admission: free. Horáreň (Ranger's house), Horský park, Lesná 1. Tel: 0903/710-888.

EXHIBITION: The Country of My Soul - Psychiatric patients display their artworks.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00 until August 30. Admission: free. Nezábudka Gallery, Ševčenkova 21. Tel: 02/6381-5592.


OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL


WESTERN SLOVAKIA

TERCHOVÁ, a distinctive village nestled in central Slovakia, will host a folk dance and music festival, Jánošíkove dni (Jánošík Days), between August 4 and 7. It is named after Jánošík, a legendary hero, who was reportedly born in this village. Apart from Slovak ensembles, the 43rd annual festival will also welcome foreign performers. The list, among others, includes Latvian Cesis Castle Choir and Sadancis, Czech Ida Kelarová and Slovak Terchovská muzika Vila Mešku, Družina, Zlaté husle and Nebeská Muzika. Presentation of Terchová in visual arts and wooden sculptures by Vilo Meško will accompany the event. A one-day ticket costs Sk150, a ticket for the whole festival costs Sk200. The festival takes place at the local amphitheatre of Terchová and enclosed premises. For more information call 041/5695-129.
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FESTIVAL: Svätojurský Rá-mus - The sixth year of the festival for all age groups hosts bands Karpatské horké, Ska2tonics, Para, Vetroplach, Malevil and American Sabot.
Runs: Jul 29 to 30. Admission: Sk300 (for two days), Sk180 (for one day). Svätý Jur. www.ramus.sk.

PERFORMANCE: Magisterial - The Mexican folk ensemble from Slovakia performs.
Starts: Jul 30 at 19:00. Admission: free. Mierové square, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7435-193.


CENTRAL SLOVAKIA

FESTIVAL: Festival of Nice Music - The fifth year of the classical music festival under the baton of renowned cello player Eugen Prochác features cello music.
Runs: Jul 29 to 31. Admission: Sk120. Starý Zámok (Old Castle), Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6949-470.

FESTIVAL: Bystrica Fest - Marathon rock concert on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the town features Czech and Slovak rock and world music bands.
Starts: Aug 5 at 15:00. Admission: Sk350. Amphitheatre,
Banská Bystrica. www.bystricafest.sk.

FESTIVAL: International Novohrad Folk Festival - The music and dance folk festival takes place concurrently in Slovakia's Lučenec, Radzovce, Fiľakovo, Divín, and in Hungary.
Runs: Jul 27-31. Lučenec, Radzovce, Fiľakovo, Divín, Tel: 047/4331-534, 4512-703.
FESTIVAL: Podroháčske Folk Festivities - The 30th year of the festival offers a rich programme full of performances by folk music and dance ensembles from Slovakia, Poland, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Runs: Aug 5 to 7. Admission: Sk60. Zuberec, Oravský Biely Potok. Tel: 043/5321-020.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kremnica Castle Organ - Slovak organist Štefan Ternóczky plays Franz Liszt.
Starts: Aug 7 at 18:00. Admission: Sk80. Castle church of St Catherine, Kremnica. Tel: 045/6744-388.

COMPETITION: O habovský kardan (For Habovka's Transmission Shaft) - Homebuilt tractors compete.
Starts: Jul 30 at 8:00. Admission: free. Habovka, close to Tvrdošín. 043/5395-142.
EASTERN SLOVAKIA

FESTIVAL: Rock Below Stone of Snina - Rock bands Desmod, No Gravity, Družina and others perform.
Starts: Jul 29 to 30. Admission: free. Sninské rybníky (Snina's lakes), Snina. www.rockpodkamenom. 057/7623- 635.

FESTIVAL: Spišský Salaš (Spiš Shepherd's Hut) - Slovak cooks and chefs meet to make another attempt at cooking the largest piroh, a potato dough sack filled with bryndza sheep cheese.
Runs: Aug 3 to 7. Admission: free. Spišský salaš (Spiš Shepherd's Cottage), Levočská cesta 11, Spišské Podhradie. 053/4541-202.


Prepared by
Jana Liptáková

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