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GRAPHICS by nine outstanding Slovak and foreign artists are on show at the Krokus Gallery in Bratislava until September 18. Although none of the artists, which include for example Jozef Jankovič, Jürgen Messensee, Fabrizio Plessi or Emilio Vedova, have devoted their work solely to the graphic arts, each of them considers this technique to be an essential part of their lives. Whether their graphics serve as a preliminary stage in the creation of some other artwork, a commentary or a kind of postscript, they never fail to bring a new point of view on both the genre and the artist. The exhibition entitled Graphics is available for free at Námestie 1. mája 3 Monday through Friday between 15:00 and 19:00. For more information, call 02/2072-8131 or go to www.krokusgaleria.sk.

FESTIVAL: Viva Musica – A festival of classical music and jazz featuring some of the most renowned Slovak and foreign musicians.
Runs: July 24-31. Admission: usually €5, but free for some concerts. Main Square; Primate’s Palace Courtyard. Tel: 02/5935-6650, www.vivamusica.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Super Bass Battle – Two talented bass guitarists, Eugen Botoš and Eugen Vizvári, meet at this informal competition where no awards – except the applause – are conferred.
Starts: July 28, 20:00. Admission: €5. Hlava XXII (Catch XXII), Bazová 9. Tel: 0903/725-557, www.hlavaxxii.sk.

CATS: International Cat Show – A weekend full of purring and meowing awaits visitors to this interesting competition.
Runs: August 1-2, 10:00-18:00. Admission: €3. Cultus Palace of Culture, Ružinovská 28. www.isterfellis.wbl.sk.

DANCE: Dance and Poetry – A dance performance inspired by Persian poetry combining traditional and modern features.
Starts: August 2, 19:00. Admission: €8.50. Karlova Ves Cultural Centre, Molecova 2. Tel: 0908/143-956, www.shiraz.sk.

EXHIBTION: Petrographs – Peter Roller, one of the most noted Slovak artists, whose works have been on display all around the globe, invites all modern art enthusiasts to see his latest paintings and unusual sculptures.
Open: Fri-Sun 14:00-19:00, until September 10. Admission: free. Artgallery Devín, Brigádnická 27. Tel: 02/6030-0277, www.artgallery-devin.sk.

LIVE MUSIC: Jubilee Concert – Tankcsapda, a legendary Hungarian rock band, will celebrate their 20th birthday with a magnificent show.
Starts: July 31, 18:30. Admission: €13. Pomle Park. Tel: 031/5900-418, www.samorin.sk.

EXHIBITION: Self Narration – A talented, fresh graduate from Prešov, Martin Kudla, puts on show his collection of works of different genres and forms.
Open: Tue-Fri 09:00-17:00, until August 30. Admission: free. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659, www.gjk.sk.


THE POPULAR Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre at Závodská Cesta 3 in Žilina will again host the Fest Anča, or the International Animation Festival between July 31 and August 2. In spite of having only a two-year history the festival has been gaining increasing interest from both professionals and the wider public. This year, 25 animated movies from 18 countries will compete for the Anča Award. Together with the screenings of 2-D and 3-D feature films as well as shorts (such as Sita Sings the Blues, in the graphic, by Nina Paley from the US), several other attractive events are available for visitors. Among them are concerts and exhibitions and also the Animation Karaoke Battle, which can be joined by anyone interested in doing so. Its aim is to creatively accompany a randomly selected animated film. A one-day ticket is €5, a festival pass €10. More information can be found at 041/5005-064 or www.festanca.sk.

FESTIVAL: International Folklore and Gastronomic Festival – Traditional fairs, parades and performances by folklore ensembles from different European countries are on the programme.
Runs: July 27-August 2. Admission: free. Various venues in Fiľakovo. Tel: 047/4512-703, www.noslc.sk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ Concert – Professor Roberto Antonello from Treviso, Italy performs compositions by César Franck.
Starts: August 2, 18:00. Admission: €3. St. Catherine’s Church, Zámocké Square 1. Tel: 0903/719-654, www.kremnickyhradnyorgan.sk.

EXHIBITION: Ciślak3 – A display of paintings, drawings and graphic designs by three members of the Ciślak family from the southern Polish town of Zywiec.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, until August 28. Admission: free. Palace of Culture, Štefánikova 208/7. Tel: 043/5522-247, www.dkno.sk.


Spišský Hrhov
FESTIVAL: Having Fun in Hrhov – The 7th edition of this popular festival includes attractive events such as concerts by Drišľak and Paľo Hammel, a tractor race and two attempts to break the world records for the biggest valaška, a traditional Slovak hatchet, and for the most people playing pipes at the same time.
Runs: July 31-August 1. Admission: €1 (one-day ticket). Tel: 053/4592-238.

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