PAINTINGS and graphics by Ludwik Wincenty Gadomski, a Polish artist living in Serbia, are on show at SNP Square 27 in Bratislava until August 24. The artist, who gained distinction in the 1990s as a caricaturist and illustrator for satirical journals, is a co-founder of Naša Borba and Danas, two periodicals that sharply criticised Serbia’s Milošević regime. Today, he has returned to traditional oil painting on canvas, but he also uses drawer bottoms, handkerchiefs, match boxes and flour bags as his surfaces. The display is available for free Monday through Thursday between 10:00 and 17:00 and on Fridays between 9:00 and 15:00. For more information, call 02/5443-2013 or go to www.polinst.sk.
THE SPECTACULAR village of Terchová, birthplace of Slovak national hero Juraj Jánošík and a popular tourist destination, will be hosting the Terchovský budzogáň festival, named after a traditional mace appearing in legends and fairy tales. The festival runs August 14 and 15. Some of the most famous Slovak rock bands, including Slobodná Európa, Horkýže Slíže and Konflikt, will perform at the Nad Bôrami Amphitheatre. The highlight of the festival is a concert by the world-known American band The Offspring who will arrive in the country for the first time. One-day tickets cost between €15 and €20 and a festival pass is €25. More information can be found at www.budzogan.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Music on the Danube – Slovak singer Anita Soul and her band, who call themselves Deep n’ Space, perform right on the Danube within the Bratislava Cultural Summer festival.
Starts: August 10, 19:00. Admission: €7. Ship Martin, Passenger Port, Fajnorovo nábrežie 2. Tel: 02/16-186, www.bkis.sk.
PARTY: Summer Disco Party – Hits of the 80s and 90s can be enjoyed until the early morning hours.
Starts: August 14, 19:00. Admission: €10. Loď Café, Tyršovo Nábrežie. Tel: 0903/449-650, www.adylod.sk.
EXHIBITION: Dtance – Talented photographer Lea Lovišková offers an unusual view of dance and the feelings it evokes in an artist.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00, until January 15, 2010. Admission: free. GUBA Gallery, Galvaniho 15. Tel: 0907/150-345, www.guba.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: The Nedvěds – Two legendary Czech singers and musicians, Honza and František Nedvěd, arrive in Slovakia with their attractive repertoire of folk music.
Starts: August 12, 20:00. Admission: €9.90. Zelená Voda Relax Centre (near Nové Mesto nad Váhom). Tel: 032/7715-858, www.zelenavoda.com.
FESTIVAL: Venetian Night – Slovak and foreign performers invite all fun-seekers to spend a night among three stages offering different music genres.
Starts: August 14, 20:00. Admission: €8. Emil Tatárik Thermal Bath, Bezručova 21. Tel: 035/6400-225, www.msks-nz.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Tribute to Freedom – Several noted musicians and singers such as bass guitarist Oskar Rózsa and Jon Anderson, leader of the British rock band Yes, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Starts: August 15, 18:00. Admission: €9. Devín Castle Central Courtyard. www.abbyart.sk.
WORKSHOP: Space, Object, Installation – Creative children and their parents have a rare opportunity of learning from professional lectors during this 5-day summer school of visual arts.
Runs: August 10-14. Admission: free. The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel: 0907/178-756, www.stanica.sk.
HIKE: Mount Kriváň Hike – Some of the most precious treasures of Slovak nature can be admired during this traditional mountain hiking trip meant both for individuals and families.
Starts: August 15, 6:00. Admission: €5-€7. Račková dolina Campground (near Liptovský Mikuláš). Tel: 02/4445-1121, www.kst.sk.
EXHIBITION: Tolerance – The US Embassy in Slovakia presents photographs by students of four local arts academies focusing on topics such as respect for fellow human beings and religious tolerance.
Open: Mon 8:00-16:00, Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 9:00-12:00, until August 18. Admission: free. State Library of Science, Lazovná 19. www.svkbb.sk.
HISTORY: A Call to Arms – Fencers from the Via Cassa historical ensemble bring to the city a breathtaking demonstration of living in the Middle Ages, and its horrors.
Starts: August 15, 18:00. Admission: free. Košice City Park, Rumanova Street. www.viacassa.sk.
FESTIVAL: Cassovia Country Party – Concerts by Chris Helton from the United States and Wabi Daněk from the Czech Republic are the highlights of this popular open-air event.
Runs: August 15-16. Admission: free. Alpinka Recreation Area. Tel: 0905/486-479, www.countryparty.sk.