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(Source: Courtesy of M. Varholík)


Sealing the Holes – Upchávanie dier – is the name of an exhibition by Miroslav Csölle from Poland, and Matej Gavula and Milan Tittel from Slovakia in the OPEN Gallery in Baštová 5, Bratislava. Until August 5 on weekday afternoons, visitors can view the exhibition that is focused on performance and presented mainly via videos, photos and objects. Admission is free; for more info please call 02/5441-3316 or go to www.scca.sk.

Bystrík unplugged – Bystrík plays live, cover tunes and original pieces in a tavern in downtown Bratislava.
Starts: July 21, 21:00; Beer Palace, Gorkého 5. Admission: free. Tel: 0903/499-499; www.beerpalace.sk.

Martin Bies & Flamenco Clan – The Slovak-Spanish masters of Flamenco offer their esoteric styling, both for connoisseurs and the general public.
Starts: July 24, 18:00; Summer House in Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. Tel: 02/3304-6142; www.bkis.sk.

Barbecue Speed Dating – An original way to meet other people and potential partners is learning how to make barbecue under professional guidance.
Starts: July 22, 18:00; Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hodžovo Square 2. Admission: €30. Tel: 0904/679-873, 0904/679-873; www.randepreteba.sk.

Latin Night Fever – DJs Farrapo (contemporary global grooves from Italy) and Kinet (Slovakia) will lead you through the world of salsa, samba and other exotic grooves.
Starts: July 22, Nu Spirit Club, Šafárikovo Square 5. Admission: €5. Tel: 0948/855-449; www.nuspirit.sk.

Viva Klasika! – The initial concert of the Viva Musica! festival brings Bohuslav Martinú Philharmonics from the Czech town of Zlín conducted by SND conductor Martin Leginus playing Shostakovich, Grieg, Smetana, Dvořák, Khachaturian, Anderson and Ravel.
Starts: July 23, 20:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

The 17th year of the Expo Sciences International competition arrives in Bratislava to display the best projects and their creators from 50 counties of the world. The competition of secondary school students is open to the public in the form of panel presentations, workshops, excursions, lectures, etc.
Starts: July 19-22; Expo Incheba, Viedenská cesta. Admission: free. More info: www.esi2011.sk, www.esi2011.eu.

Sny situace hry / Dreams Situations Games – Works by Joska Skalník, curated by Laco Teren, can be seen in the Tvorivé dielne avant-garde gallery and workshop. Skalník is a Czech progressive artist and dissident and this exhibition is an overview of his creations.
Open: Thu-Fri 15:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 14:00-18:00 until July 31, Studená 12 (Zlaté piesky). Admission: free. More info: sk.tranzit.org.

Jana Benkovská, Tribute to Mr. Born – The summer reading space at the Red Cancer (Letná čitáreň U Červeného Raka) will be decorated, until September, by witty and less-traditional garden pottery as a tribute to Adolf Born, Czech graphic artist, illustrator and painter.
Open: daily, 9:00-19:00 until September; Summer reading space at the Red Cancer, Michalská 25. Admission: free. More info: baportal.sk, www.bratislavskenoviny.sk.

Czech Press Photo – The Slovak Culture Ministry, the Czech Embassy, the Faculty of Mass-Media of the Pan-European School, Czech Photo, Czech Centre and National Education Centre present the winning works of the Czech Press Photo competition.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until August 14; House of Culture, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info: www.nocka.sk.

Country Rock Fest – The music festival in a venue near Bratislava brings country, bluegrass and rock music, dance theatre and much more.
Starts: July 23, 13:00-22:00; Borník amphithreatre. Admission: €1-€3. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Nové Zámky
XXL Fest – This music festival offers bands and musicians from the Netherlands (Dash Berlin, Hardwell), the UK (Pendulum, Dr Alban), the US (Coolio), and DJ Tonka (Germany) as well as Hungarian and Slovak musicians, along with a thermal pool, a fun fair, and more.
Starts: July 21-23; airport in Nové Zámky. Admission: €9 (one day) to € 22 (whole festival). More info: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.xxlfest.sk.

Punkáči deťom / Punkers to Children – More than 60 bands and musicians from all over the world will perform punk, ska and reggae pieces. The festival includes vegetarian food, NGO presentations, movie screenings, lectures, and more.
Starts: July 21-24; Lodenica (Harbour). Admission: €21. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.punkacidetom.sk.

Dunajská Streda
Duna Fest 2011, Festival tolerancie – This festival aims at merging and reconciling various ethnicities, nationalities, and musical genres. Bands from Slovakia and Hungary star such as Desmod, Tankcsapda (H), Horkýže Slíže, Demjén Ferenc (H), Polemic, Deák Bill Gyula (H), Konflikt, PASO (H), Tublatanka, Rómeó Vérzik, Zorall (H), Arzen, Bloody Roots (H), Bank of Joe, Hrana, and others.
Starts: July 22-23; Marketplace. Admission: €12-20. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk, www.dunafest.sk.

Nový Tekov
Horse races are organised at various venues this summer, including harness racing at Nový Tekov.
Starts: July 24, 14:00; Race course Nový Tekov. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

[ : POPOVIČ : ] – Curated by Barbora Geržová, this exhibition presents 40 paintings by Vladimír Popovič from the last ten years. Each of the paintings carries a story.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18 until July 31; Nitrianska Galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €0.35-€0.70. Tel: 037/ 6579-641-3; www.nitrianskagaleria.sk.


High Tatras
The exhibition project iPOP by artist Milan Varholík, known under the pseudonym Varho, can be seen in Casa Dolce in Starý Smokovec 65, Vysoké Tatry, until August 15. Varholík is a mixed-media artist whose works are presented as adapted photos, collages, and similar artforms. For more info, please call 0905/813-796 (0907/394-374 to get info about the artist) or go to www.casadolce.sk.

Banská Štiavnica
Hudobné leto na Počúvadlianskom jazere – Within the Musical Summer at Počúvadlo Lake series, Slovak folklore-inspired group Žiarislav a Bytosti will play, as well as Czech folk-rock band Čechomor.
Starts: July 22, 20:00; Amphitheatre under the ski-lift. Admission: €3. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Banská Bystrica
Festival obrích bábok – The Festival of Giant Puppets combines street show, circus performance and theatre on stilts.
Starts: July 24, 16:00; SNP Square. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Banská Bystrica
Z4 – Club music introduces Miroslav Pazdera on guitar, Dušan Považan on bass, and Milan Jančovič on drums.
Starts: July 22, 21:00; Klub 12, Horná 12. Admission: free €4. Tel: 048/4198- 953; www.icbb.sk, www.kamdomesta.sk.

Letné príbehy hradu Strečno & Hudobné impresie – Summer stories of the Strenčo Castle & Musical Impressions – Each day during summer vacation, the Strečno Castle offers musical and theatre performances along with traditional tours.
Open: 9:00-18:00 until August 31; Strečno Castle. Admission: €2-€3. Tel: 041/5697- 400; www.pmza.sk.

Zabudnuté stavebné konštrukcie – The Forgotten Building Constructions – The last project within the Slovak-Polish cross-border cooperation 2007-2013 (organised in cooperation with Regional Museum in Polish Kamojówka) shows traditional buildings and traditional construction methods in the Monument Reserve in Čičmany. Visitors can learn how to cut shingles, how to grind flour using millstones, or how to crush grain in a mortar.
Open: Daily 9:00-17:00 until July 31; Raden’s House (Radenov dom) Čičmany. Admission: €1-€1.50. More info: www.pmza.sk.

Orange JOJ Music Summer – Another summer music festival, this one presenting pop- and rock bands like IMT Smile, Desmod, Gladiator, Hex, Hudba z Marsu, Helenine oči, Billy Barman, Hafner, Puding pani Elvisovej, A.M.O. Banana Band, Nocadeň a Get Explode.
Starts: July 22 and 23; Ružín water reservoir, municipality of Divín, near Lučenec. Admission: €17.90. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk,

Jemen objektívom českého lesníka Františka Okáča - Yemen through the lens of Czech forester František Okáč – This exhibition shows exotic nature of this less-known Middle-Eastern country as seen by a member of Pentax Prague photo-amateur group.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 until August 12; Forestry and Timber Museum, SNP Square 23/35. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 0918/828-709; www.ldmzvolen.sk.


Fiesta Caliente on the Street – Salsa Caliente invites locals and visitors to join in a Latino party, learn exotic dances, new rhythms, sport-dance capoiera and enjoy the atmosphere and summer fun with Michel & Beny Perez (Cuba), Latino Dancing shows: Salsa, Capoeira, Samba, Bachata; Live DJ Jose Garcia (Peru); Salsa Caliente Dance Co.; Capoeira Oxumare; conga & percussion players. etc.
Starts: July 22, 12:00-22:00; Hlavná 90 - 94, La Ventana Rest. & Piano Bar. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk. www.salsacaliente.sk.

VIPzone Summer Latino Fest – Miguel and DJ Rollo promise a hot Latino night with dances such as salsa, meringue, bachata... Dors and Leon Bembo will run the dance show.
Starts: July 22, 20:00; Tempus Bavaria, Rastislavova 110. Admission: €5. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Príbehy v oblakoch – Stories in Clouds – Theatre on stilts presents a traditional Slovak story of three bandits who meet up with an unexpected guest. Suitable for both children and adults.
Starts: July 24, 16:00; summer house in park of Tatranská Lomnica. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Trumpeter Pavol Zvirinský of Poprad plays jazz, Latino, and hits from around the world.
Starts: July 23 19:00-23:00; Smokovec Hotel, Starý Smokovec. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

High Tatras
EURORCHESTRIES SLOVAKIA 2011 – Within the 3rd year of the international festival of chamber orchestras and choirs, this concert will acquaint music-lovers with the Symphonic Orchestra of S. Moniuszek from Walbrych (Poland).
Starts: July 24, 17:00; sanatorium yard (in case of bad weather, sanatorium hall), Tatranská Kotlina. Admission: free. More info: www.kamdomesta.sk.

Nová Lesná
Ján Still Memorial – The XIIth year of the memorial competition in running on the tarmac surface up a hill, in memory of the famous Slovak mountain guide, Ján Still. Route: Nová Lesná - Pod le¬som - Dolný Smo¬ko¬vec - Horný Smoko¬vec - Pekná Vy¬hliadka - Starý Smo¬ko¬vec – Hrebienok.
Starts: July 23, 14:30; Nová Lesná. Admission: €5 for runners under 60; free for observers. Tel: 0911/876-123, 052/4780-455-6; www.novalesna.sk.

50 rokov Tatranskej glaérie – Z arhcívu a depozitu I – 50 years of the Tatranská Gallery – From archives and deposit – This retrospect of past exhibitions presents an overview of the gallery’ s half-century of existence.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00. Sun 13:00-17:00 until July 30; Hviezdoslavova 12. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 052/7721-968; www.tatragaleria.sk.

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