DANCE: THE AMERICAN Folk Dance Ensemble will demonstrate American music and dance in Bratislava on May 2, at its only performance in Slovakia. The ensemble, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has been presenting American music and dance at stages around the world for more than 50 years. Prominent Slovak folklore dance and music ensemble Lúčnica will perform as a guest act. Tickets cost Sk250 and Sk350. The show starts in Istropolis at Odborárske Square at 19:00. For more information, call 02/5292-0068.
FESTIVAL: Chamber Days of J.N. Hummel - The third year of this festival dedicated to J.N. Hummel features Slovak and foreign musicians including Andrew Brownell (USA), the winner of the J.N. Hummel International Piano Competition; Slovak opera singer Adriana Kučerová; and Slovak pianist Marián Lapšanský.
Runs: April 27-May 31. Admission: Sk40-Sk100. Venues in Bratislava. www.hummel-festival.sk.
FESTIVITIES: Feasts of Bratislava - The first year of this new city festival, which aims to kick off the season of cultural and social events, offers a rich programme on both banks of the Danube. Among the performers are the Gypsy Devils, Horkýže Slíže, Zuzana Smatanová, Para, and Czech bands David Koller & Band and Olympic.
Runs: May 2-3. Admission: free. Main Square, PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3, Tyršovo nábrežie. www.bratislavskymajales.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Amnesia Ibiza - Les Schmitz, resident DJ of the Amnesia Club on Ibiza, and other DJs from Slovakia and abroad perform.
Starts: May 2, 20:00. Admission: Sk290, Sk990. Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská Cesta. www.incheba.sk.
EXHIBITION: Small Sculptures - Slovak sculptor Oto Bachorík exhibits his marble and bronze works from the last two years.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until May 11. Admission: free. Nova Gallery, Baštová 2. www.galeria-nova.sk.
EXHIBITION: Eva Eisler - This versatile artist, designer, and architect exhibits her jewellery.
Open: until May 9. Admission: free. České Centrum (Czech Centre), Na Vŕšku 1. Tel: 02/5441-8215, www.czc.sk.
FESTIVAL: Cruel Bird - The 15th annual Festival of Ghosts and Spirits takes place, focusing this time on the story of Anna Rosina Listhiusová, "the queen of witches".
Runs: May 1-4, 8-11. Admission: Sk20-Sk200. Bojnice Castle. www.bojnicecastle.
FESTIVAL: Traditional Days of Music - The 18th year of this festival welcomes the Budapest Klezmer Band (April 30); Istropolis, a piano trio from Bratislava (April 30); the Szakcsi Trio from Budapest (May 6); and Finally-jazz from Bratislava (May 8), among others.
Runs: April 21-May 8. Venues in Dunajská Streda. Tel: 031/5522-686.
LIVE MUSIC: Dalibor Karvay and Golden Violin - Former child prodigy Dalibor Karvay is all grown up, and a better violinist than ever. This time he performs with the Golden Violin Orchestra in a tour across Slovakia.
Starts: April 29, 19:00. Admission: Sk250, Sk190. Europa Culture Centre, Námestie slobody 3. www.zlatehusle.sk.
EXHIBITION: Folklore Gravestones of Gemer-Malohont and Novohrad Regions - This display presents rock and wooden gravestones used in the Gemer and Novohrad regions from the mid 19th century until the 1950s.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 9:00-16:00 until June 2. Admission: Sk40. Gemersko-malohontské Múzeum (Gemer-Malohont Museum), Nám. Mihálya Tompu 24. Tel: 047/5632-741.
FESTIVAL: Košice Musical Spring - The Slovak Philharmonic Choir and State Philharmonic Košice, under the baton of Czech conductor Petr Vronský, accompany Russian pianist Sergej Kudriakov and Slovak tenor Michal Lehotský in works by Eugen Suchoň and Franz Liszt.
Starts: Apr 4, 19:00. Dom Umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66.
FESTIVAL: Feats of Knights - More than 100 performers re-enact medieval battles.
Starts: May 3, 15:00, 19:30. Mestský Park (City Park). www.viacassa.sk.