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EXHIBITION: THE CENTRAL European House of Photography (SEDF) in Bratislava offers two photo exhibitions. Metropolis is a photo series by Joan Villaplana from Spain, who, over the course of several years, focused his camera on people waiting at subway stations throughout Europe. His project resulted in group portraits, or rather "theatralisations", of the act of waiting that offer a wide range of interpretations. The Personal Landscape exhibition presents black-and-white photos by Radek Čermák from the Czech Republic. The depth of his photos, which are shaken and exposed many times over, comes from the multiple repetition of one motif on the same negative combined with the author's poetry, which creates a higher, more universal and spiritual reality. The SEDF at Prepoštská 4 is open daily, except Monday, between 13:00 and 18:00. Tickets cost Sk20. The exhibitions last until May 11. For more information, go to www.sedf.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Bratislava Jazz Club - The US-Hungarian jazz Borbély-Fonda-Bágyi Trio presents a mixture of avant-garde music with deep roots in the jazz tradition and Hungarian ethno music.
Starts: May 6, 19:00. Admission: Sk200. A4 - Nultý priestor, Nám. SNP 12. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

FOLKLORE: Hafirovica - Folklore dance lovers can learn the nachytro and trasák, folk dances from the Horná Nitra region.
Starts: May 6, 20:30. Admission: Sk50. Dom Kultúry Zrkadlový Háj (The House of Culture), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

FESTIVAL: Buddhas in Bratislava - This five-day festival consists of lectures, films, music and other sources about Diamond Way Buddhism.
Runs: May 5-9. Admission: Sk90 (per day), Sk400 (the festival pass). Film Club Charlie Centrum, Špitálska 4. Tel: 0902/910-373.

LIVE MUSIC: Zucchero - Italian singer Adelmo Fornaciari, who goes by a stage name that means "sugar", is best known internationally for his hit song Senza una donna (Without a Woman). He returns to the Slovak capital after almost a year to promote his album, All The Best.
Starts: May 7, 20:00. Admission: Sk1,199-Sk1,999. Sibamax Arena (The National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. Tel: 02/5293-3321.

EXHIBITION: Another Face of Bratislava Castle - Five photographers from Israel (Mattias Shape), Italy (Silvia Cabib), and Slovakia (Tibor Borský, Šimon Kliman and Júlia Šimáková) present their images of the castle's underground premises.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00 until May 9. Bratislava Castle's western courtyard. www.nrsr.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musica Sacra - Austrian organ player Johann Trummer performs as part of the sacred music festival.
Starts: May 11, 17:00. Admission: free. St Michael Church, Námestie Slobody. Tel: 034/6645-341.

vEXHIBITION: Fragments - Slovak artist Marta Majlátová exhibits her stained glass artworks.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-11:30, 12:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 until June 1. Ponitrianske Múzeum, Štefánikova 1. Tel: 037/7419-771.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Peter Michalica - Slovak violin virtuoso Peter Michalica performs in the historical wooden church accompanied by Viera Bartošová on piano and Jozef Šimonovič with poetry.
Starts: May 6, 19:00. Admission: Sk89. The wooden church in Hronsek. Tel: 0907/838-236.

Banská Bystrica
FESTIVAL: International Dixieland Festival - The 13th year of this festival, which is part of the United Europe Jazz Festival, features Slovak LC Traditional Jazz Band Lučenec, the Klaus Paier Trio from Austria, the Jazz Band Ball Orchestra from Poland, with American singer Harriet Lewis, and many other artists at concerts, exhibitions, and jam sessions. A venture car show on May 10 is part of the event.
Runs: May 9-11. Venues throughout the town. Tel: 048/4155-085.

Banská Bystrica
EXHIBITION: FINNISH artists Sanni Seppo and Ritva Kovalainen are in Banská Bystrica to present Trees and People, an exhibition on forests and trees. The display of photos accompanied by texts is a journey into the world of ancient mythology and Finnish traditions, when forests were boundless and full of spirits of many kinds. Seppo and Kovalainen were drawn to this project, which they worked on between 1993 and 1997 and for which they received the prominent Suomi "Finland" prize, by the shocking destruction of Finland's forests. The exhibition takes place in the Stredoslovenské Múzeum's Thurso House at SNP Square 4. Tickets cost Sk30 and Sk15. The display is open Mon - Sat from 9:00 to 17:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00 until June 1. For more information, call 048/4125-895 or visit www.puidenkansa.net.


LIVE MUSIC: Andrea Bocelli - The world-renowned Italian tenor performs his only concert in Central Europe.
Starts: May 7, 19:30. Admission: Sk990-Sk3,990. Steel Arena. Tel: 055/6258-888.

EXHIBITION: Nikifor from Krynica - This display presents paintings by famous Polish amateur painter Nikifor.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-18:00, Sun14:00-18:00 until June 8. Admission: Sk20. Šarišská Galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51. Tel: 051/7725-423, www.sgpresov.sk.

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