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THE THEME of climbing dominates the 13th year of the International Festival of Mountain Films, taking place in Poprad from October 12 to 16. Other themes include extreme sports, hiking and life in the mountains. Four films by Slovak filmmakers - including the latest documentary by Pavol Barabáš, Pururambo - compete for the Grand Prix with 31 foreign films. The rich accompanying programme includes the Slovak Bouldering Cup and a photo exhibition entitled Mystery of Mountains by Pavol Jurčo. The festival takes place in Poprad's and Kežmarok's cinemas. Tickets cost Sk20 to Sk80. For more information call 052/7721-060.
photo: Horský film

Two Guitars from Paris - Michel Sadanowsky and Thierry Lebre perform Spanish and Latin-American pieces as well as jazz arrangements within the Musica Nobilis festival, also featuring the Istropolis Quintet.
Starts: Oct 11 at 19:00. Admission: Sk80-130. Malá sála Slovenskej filharmónie (Small Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic), Palackého 2.
Tel: 02/5920-8233.

Dance or Die - Professional folk-dance group Dragúni teaches traditional dances from Slovakia, Hungary and Romania as well as oriental and modern adaptations, while music artists Věra Bíla, Jano Kuric, Zuzana Mojžišová, Oskar Rósza and Martin Valihora perform.
Starts: Oct 15 at 10:00. Admission: Sk120, Sk270, Sk350. Babylon Music Club, Karpatská 2. www.tanecnydom.sk.

Comics Salón 2005 - The international festival of comics, Japanese culture, electronic games, animation and films introduces modern Japanese pop culture - manga, anime and karaoke - along with the traditional arts of bonsai, the kimono and the tea ritual.
Runs: Oct 14 from 14:00 to midnight and Oct 15 from 9:00 to midnight. Admission: Sk100-220. SÚZA, Drotárska cesta 46.
Tel: 0907/165-787.

Momen-tum Musicum - Trio Istropolis performs Dmitry Shostakovich, Bohuslav Martinů and Vladimír Godár.
Starts: Oct 16 at 16:00. Admission: Sk80. CC Centrum, Jiráskova 3. 02/6382-4390.

2 x Ritual - Students of photographer Milota Havránková exhibit their works.
Open: Mon-Fri, 13:00-18:00 until October 28. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5.
Tel: 02/5441-3316.

Slovak Art in Cité Internationale des Arts - Slovak artists who have spent time at the Paris arts centre exhibit their works.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00 until October 31. Admission: free. French Institute, Sedlárska 7. Tel: 02/5934-7777.

Inter Legere - Prominent Slovak graphic artist Vladimír Gažovič displays his latest work.
Open: Tue-San 13:00-18:00 until November 5. Admission: free. Nova Gallery, Baštová 2. Tel: 02/5443-3039.

Trenčín Musical Autumn - The Moyzes Quartet performs within the annual festival.
Starts: Oct 16 at 18:00. Admission: Sk100. Evangelical Church, Rozmarínova ulica. Tel: 032/161-86.

Nová Dubnica
Historical Ear - A 101-year-old gramophone is among the highlights of the fifth annual exhibition of more than 150 antique radios, gramophones and other apparatuses.
Open: Oct 13 from 11:00-18:00, Oct 14-15 from 10:00-18:00 and Oct 16 from 10:00-16:00. Admission: donation. Panorex cinema, Nám. SNP 15/43. Tel: 042/4433-051.


THREE artists try to define the word "ethno" through their product and fashion designs. They mix local traditions with contemporary design trends. Tibor Uhrín's set of saltboxes, bowls and jewellery shows the sophisticated use of traditional woodcraft techniques. Designs from Michaela Ľuptáková and Marcel Holubec offer an unconventional take on clothes worn by rural Slovak women. The designs are exhibited as part of the To Be /Etno/ Apartment project, which opens at ÚĽUV Dizajn štúdio on Dobrovičova 13 on Tuesday, October 11 at 17:00. The exhibition will run until November 18, open daily from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 18:00. Tel: 02/5296-4153.
photo: ÚĽUV Design štúdio

Radůza - Unconventional Czech singer plays accordion and sings for Žilina audience.
Starts: Oct 15 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk100. Žilina-Záriečie Station culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.

Experimental Comics - Twenty-one young people from Latvia, Belgium, France, Great Britain and Slovakia create comics.
Runs: Oct 14-23. Admission: free. Žilina-Záriečie Station cultural centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.


Festival Musica Nobilis - Baritone Martin Babjak sings and pianist Marcel Štefko plays.
Starts: Oct 10 at 19:00. Admission: Sk99. Mestské divadlo (Town Theatre), Nám. Majstra Pavla 54. Tel: 053/4510-416-8.

Fashion Music Dance Show - Italian, Spanish, American and Danish fashion designers introduce their works at the event organized by Lujza Flešar Kafka, an American designer of Slovak origin.
Starts: Oct 14 at 20:00. Admission: Sk480. OC Cassovia, Pri prachárni 4. Tel: 55/6807-377.

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