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GREAT August Spirituals annually introduces the original spiritual songs of African-Americans as well as modern gospels. The 10th annual event features American-German ensemble Melvin Canady Gospel Singers performing along with Slovak bassist Juraj Griglák and drummer Cyril Zeleňák on August 18 at 19:00 at the Štrkovec recreation area. Slovak Aftertee, with harmonica player Boboš Procházka, will also appear that day. The following evening will see performances from the Slovak Choir Cantus, conducted by Blanka Juhanáková, Zuzana Suchánková and her Spiritual Jazz Band, and Kenyan singer Lydiah Wairimu Njoroge with Danish ensemble Gospelation. Tickets for concerts cost Sk200. For more information call 02/5932-7716.
photo: Gospelation (Courtesy of AP projekt)

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Walk Through Musical Bratislava - Prominent Slovak musicians, such as organist Ján Vladimír Michalko and the Music for a While ensemble, perform.
Starts: Aug 23 at 20:00. Admission: Sk50. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelical Church), Panenská ulica. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

EXHIBITION: ŠUR + ŠUP + ŠUV = 75 - The exhibition presents works by graduates of the Josef Vydra School of Applied Arts, in celebration of its 75th anniversary.
Open: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 until September 7. ŠUV Gallery, Dúbravská cesta 11. Tel: 02/5930-6211.

EXHIBITION: 40 Grafika Opera Prima - The collective display presents initial and final works by 40 constructivists and neo-constructivists from Europe, America, and Russia.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until September 15. Admission: Sk45. Milan Dobeš Museum, Zámočnícka 13. Tel: 02/5443-2305.

EXHIBITION: Illustrations From BIB Treasury - The display presents a selection of works by 47 artists from over 20 countries awarded during Biennials of Illustrations of Bratislava (BIB) between 1967 and 2003.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until October 31. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Arts for Children, Panská 4. Tel: 02/5443-1308.



MUSIC lovers will pitch camp on a meadow close to Pezinok to attend one of Slovakia's largest music festivals, Hodokvas, between August 18 and 20. The British funky-groove formation The Brand New Heavies will headline the three-day multimedia festival. Other musical attractions on the bill include German punks Die Toten Hosen, Swiss crossover act Clawfinger and hip-hoppers The Herbaliser. A two-day CS Hip Hop Park will be the festival's novelty. In total, the number of performers will exceed 1,000, with over 80 acts performing on three open-air stages and 30 DJs in a dance arena. Four theatre troupes will also perform and a group of sculptors will work on a special festival sculpture. Tickets cost Sk799 for the entire event. For more information visit www.hodokvas.sk (in Slovak and English).
photo: The Brand New Heavies (Courtesy of A-Media)

EXHIBITION: Steve Gullick - The official photographer to The Prodigy, presents his works.
Open: Tue-Sat 9:00-16:00 until the end of August. Admission: Sk30. Matúšova 14, Trenčín. Tel: 032/7434-431.

FESTIVAL: Trnavská Brána (Trnava Gate) - The fourth year of the international festival of folk dance and music takes place.
Runs: Aug 19 to 21. Admission: free. Trojičné námestie, Trnava. Tel: 033/5906-110.

FESTIVAL: Stupavský širák (Stupava Hat) - The festival of folk and country music brings the Wild West to Slovakia.
Starts: Aug 19 to 20. Admission: Sk400 (whole festival), Sk250 (one day). Amphitheatre Borník, Stupava. Tel: 0903/474-560.


FESTIVAL: Kremnická Bašta - The festival of folk and country music features Czech and Slovak musicians.
Runs: Aug 19 to 20. Admission: Sk40-Sk70. Biely Bocian wine cellar courtyard, centre of Kremnica. www.webpark.sk/tajf. Tel: 045/6744-388.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kremnica Castle Organ - The highly popular organ player László Fassang from Hungary gives the final concert of the festival.
Starts: Aug 14 at 18:00. Admission: Sk80. Castle church of St Catherine, Kremnica.
Tel: 045/6744-388.


FESTIVAL: World of Motorbikes - Lovers of motorbikes meet at an event full of fun, musical performances and competitions.
Runs: Aug 19 to 20, starting at 12:00. Admission: Sk150. Zemplínska Šírava, Hôrka.
Tel: 0905/427-608.

FESTIVAL: Zemplínske Slávnosti (Zemplín Festivities) - Regional folk festival takes place.
Runs: Aug 20 to 21. Michalovce. Tel: 056/6441-348.

SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM: Open Air Symposium of Master Pavol - About 40 carvers, painters and stonecutters from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia create their pieces in front of the visitors' eyes.
Runs: Aug 11 to 20. Admission: free. Levoča. Tel: 053/4512-467.

Prepared by
Jana Liptáková

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