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JAPANESE singer and multi-instrumentalist Shugo Tokumaru, famous for using more than one hundred traditional instruments, has started a European tour following the success of his Port Entropy album – and now comes to Slovakia to play on April 16 at 20:00 in the recently-open KC Dunaj cultural centre, Nedbalova 3 in Bratislava. Tickets cost €7 in advance, or €9 on the door, and can be purchased through www.tixy.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: Bratislava-based band Longital celebrate their 10th year by holding a concert, with guests Martin Zajko and Ajdži Szabo; the supporting band is Šramot.

Starts: April 14, 19:00; Ma-lá Scéna Theatre, Dosto-jevského rad 7. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/2042-0020; www. malascena.sk.


FOLKLORE DANCE: Tanečný dom / House of Traditional Dance – The latest workshop teaching Slovak folklore dance will take place in Bratislava’s new cultural centre. Muzička and M. Noga will play and the Dragúni folklore group with V. Michalko and F. Merong will demonstrate how to dance the Čikó čardáš from Zvolenská Slatina.

Starts: April 14, 19:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €3.50. More info: www.kcdunaj.sk.


EXHIBITION: Busta Jozefa Pollaka – The Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) exhibits a rare bust of Jozef Pollak made by famous sculptor Viktor Tilgner lent to the gallery by Pollak’s heirs in the USA.

Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until April 17; Pálffy Palace, Panská 19. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443-3627; www.gmb.sk.


EXHIBITION: Tradície a vízie Ľubice Poncik / Traditions and Visions of Ľubica Poncik – The ÚĽUV Centre for Folk Art Production presents an exhibition by this textile artist and designer at the Slovak Government Office; the exhibition is focused on traditional textiles and folk embroidery.

Open: Weekdays until April 30; Government Office, Námestie slobody 1. Admission: free. More info: 02/5273- 1349; www.uluv.sk.


EXHIBITION: Afrika - divočina v srdci / Africa - Wilderness in the Heart – The third and most extensive collection of photographs by National Geographic far shown in Slovakia represents the creme de la creme of pictures from the “dark continent”.

Open: daily 10:00-19:00 until May 15; Gallery of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Dostojevského rad 2. Admission: €2-€3. More info: www.svu.sk.


EXHIBITION: Where did this Christmas Tree Come From? – The combined multimedia projects of Eva Shemba Janovská (who is also the curator), A.Huťková, H. Bratová, L.Voda Balleková, Javá, J. Kučová, D. Gershom strive to find the individuality and true core of a human being, thus showing the diversity of perception, not only of art but also of other notions and phenomena.

Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 1; Bunker / Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3. Admission: €0.50-€0.70. Tel: 037/6579-641-3; www. nitrianskagaleria.sk.



JAZZ grouping Štefan “Pišta” Bartuš & JazzBrothers (Bartuš on double bass, Michal Bugala on guitar, Klaudius Kováč on piano and Peter Solárik on drums) present their works during a 33rd Birthday Tour. Their tour guest is famous US saxophone player Andy Middleton. A series of five concerts begin on April 12 at 19:00 in Club Orava in Lučenec, with other gigs in Nitra, Piešťany and Bratislava. Their music fuses latino, classical and free music, and leaves a lot of space for improvisation. For more information, please visit www.skjazz.sk.

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Indigo - Johann Strauss – This comic operetta in three acts played in the Slovak language is reaching the end of its run: this is the last chance to see it.

Starts: April 14, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €3.50-€5. Tel: 048/ 2457-101; www.stateopera.sk.

Banská Bystrica

LIVE WORLD MUSIC: Pri prastarom dube / By the Ancient Oak – A concert by the world/folklore/traditional yet untraditional Slovak band Žiarislav a bytosti brings ancient as well as less traditional instruments and polyphonic singing combining Carpathian music with a unique flair.

Starts: April 14, 18:00; Town Hall, SNP Square 1. Admission: €3.50 (in advance) or €5 (on the door). Tel: 0850/ 003-004 (ticket sales), www. pkobb; www.kisbb.sk.



PHOTO-EXHIBITION: V tieni Tretej ríše / In the Shadow of the Third Reich – Official photographs of the wartime Slovak State between 1939 and 1945 show, as part of the 12th Year of the Week of Slovak Libraries, and the DOCsk festival of documentaries, pictures from a controversial period in Slovakia’s history.

Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-17:30 until April 21; FotoGaléria No-va, J. Bocatio Public Library, Hlavná 48. Admission: free. Tel: 055/6223-291; www. vkjb.sk.


EXHIBITION: Vajíčko maľované, z lásky darované / Painted Egg, Given with Love – An exhibition of decorated Easter eggs from the museum’s collection, plus those made by pupils of the local Elementary Artistic School of D. Štrauch.

Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00 until April 30; Ethnography Museum, Krátka 5. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 0917/746- 336; www.muzeumspisa.com.

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