THE SLOVAK National Gallery is tracing the history of Slovakia's leading artists by exhibiting their works. As part of that programme, the gallery is presenting an extensive collection of "touching allowed" sculptures by Mária Bartuszová. Bartuszová (1936-1996) represents the "organic line" in Slovak sculpture in the latter part of the 20th century. The gallery is suspending its ban on touching to let visitors physically appreciate the sculptor's intent. The exhibition also includes tactile sculptures for the blind. The Bartuszová exhibition is being held at the recently reconstructed Esterházy Palace on Námestie Ľ Štúra 4. The gallery is open daily except Mondays between 10:00 and 17:30 until October 2. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-4587.
LIVE MUSIC: Pressburger Klezmer Band - Bratislava's ensemble plays Jewish and world music.
Starts: Aug 28 at 16:00. Admission: free. Horáreň (Ranger's house), Horský park, Lesná 1. Tel: 0903/710-888.
EXHIBITION: Fragile! (About Glass) - A playful exhibition teaches children and adults the history, beauty and utility of glass.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until October 30. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Arts for Children, Panská 4. Tel: 02/5443-1308.
OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL
LIVE MUSIC: Music in the Town - Swedish Bottleneck John and Estonian Bullfrog Brown Band play the blues.
Starts: Aug 25 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100. Dom kultúry (The House of Culture), Ná-mestie slobody 10, Skalica.
EXHIBITION: Naive Painters from Kovačica - The display presents masterpieces by the oldest generation of naive painters from Kovačica, including Martin Jonáš and Zuzana Chalupová.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00 until August 31. Admission: Sk30. Mestské múzeum (Municipal Museum), Námestie republiky 1177/8, Sereď.
FESTIVAL: Súľov Yeoman Games - A unique chance to join non-traditional competitions in pea spitting, jumping backwards and washbasin tossing, while hiking the Súľovský Hrad.
Runs: Aug 27 to 28. Admission: free. Súľov-Hradná.
FESTIVAL: Kremnické gagy - Weekend full of humour and satire offers numerous theatre and music performances as well as exhibitions of cartoonists and kitsch.
Runs: Aug 26 to 28. Kremnica venues. 045/6744-388.
PERFORMANCE: Dracula - A "vampire" tour through Orava castle with a presentation of FW Murnau's 1922 silent movie Nosferatu, which was filmed at the castle.
Starts: Aug 26. Admission: Sk150. Oravský Hrad, Oravský Podzámok. Tel: 043/5816-116.
EXHIBITION: LOCO 2001-2005 - Thirty-three artists from the region present their latest works.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until September 11. Admission: Sk40. State Gallery, Nám. Š Moysesa 25, Banská Bystrica. Tel: 048/4124-167.
FESTIVAL: Gemer Folk Festival - Folklore ensembles present local traditions and crafts.
Starts: Aug 27. Admission: Sk60. Amphitheatre, Rejdová. Tel: 058/7324-258.
FESTIVAL: Hornozemplínske Folk Festivities - The 36th annual folk festival takes place.
Runs: Aug 27 to 28. Admission: free. Stage in front of the House of Culture, MR Štefánika 875/200, Vranov nad Topľou. Tel: 057/4422-871.
EXHIBITION: Starting Points and Inspirations - The display presents graphic works by Ernest Zmeták (1919-2004), one of Slovakia's foremost modernist painters.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 13:00-17:30, Sun 14:00-17:30 until August 28. Admission: Sk40. Východoslovenská galéria, (Gallery of Eastern
Slovakia), Hlavná 27, Košice. Tel: 055/6226-667.
EXHIBITION: Folk Costumes in Šariš - Traditional folk clothing comes to Prešov.
Open: Tue 9:00-17:30, Wed-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sun 14:00-18:00 until October 31. Admission: Sk15. Krajské múzeum (Regional museum), Hlavná 86, Prešov. Tel: 051/7734-708.
Prepared by Jana Liptáková
22. Aug 2005 at 0:00