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BLAF 2011, Fashionshow(Source: Sme- Vladimír Šimíček)


BLAF 2012 - THE Bratislava Art Festival 2012 – is an event offering a wide range of concerts (such as the opening Business Leaders Rock’n’Roll Band, Billy Barman and Chiki liki-tua on Oct 5), workshops, debates, meetings with artists, film-music-art performances, guided tours, lectures, discussions, the Crazycurators Biennale, and more. Between October 4 and 7 the public can visit 19 various galleries and sites in Bratislava to enjoy the 3rd year of the festival, which is free of charge. For more information, please go to www.blaf.sk.

Maria Theresia – The world premiere of the Austrian composer Roland Baumgartner’s three-act, German-language opera is preceded by a matinée to offer a taste of the neo-romantic work. The opera is conducted by Paul Maffray, who also arranged its musical composition, and directed by Laco Adamik.
Starts: Oct 7, 10:30; historical building of the Slovak National Theatre (SND), Hviezdoslavovo Square 4. Tel: 02/2047-2299, www.snd.sk.

Gernot Winishhofer (violin, AT) and Albina Siksniute (piano, Lithuania) play works of Beethoven, Brahms, Alexander Zemlinsky, Paul Fuerst, Gerhard Track, and Fritz Kreisler.
Starts: Oct 2, 18:00; Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 47. Admission: free. More info: www.rakusko.eu.

A debate on Iranian traditional music will be followed by a concert by the Ashtee Ensemble, which also plays Kurdish and Turkish music. Songs are arranged for an ensemble of five, and the dominant vocals of Sahar Lotfi will be accompanied by traditional Persian instruments and a piano.
Starts: Oct 1, 18:00 (discussion), 20:00 (concert); KC Du-naj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: discussion free, concert €5. More info: www.kcdunaj.sk.

Bubnovačka orchestra – Visitors can become performers by trying their hand at djembe, cajon, congas, bongas, darbouka, cavasa, guirro, vibraslap, cowbell and many more percussion instruments.
Starts: Oct 3, 18:00; DK Lúky, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €3. Tel: 02/6383-5404; www.kzp.sk.

koNIEc - cirkúsok srdca / Circus(Circle) of the Heart - A re-run of the piece by Atak dance theatre tells the story of a small family circus that tours the world, with a clown who suddenly faces his younger self.
Starts: Oct 5, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/6829- 9217; www.kzp.sk.

Bossa Nova Music - Glenda Lopez (singer) & Milo Suchomel (saxophone and jazz guitar) – Tenor-saxophonist Milo Suchomel, a famous Slovak jazz musician, introduces his guest for the evening, Glenda Lopez, a Cuban singer and musician.
Starts: Oct 6, 21:00; LemonTree restaurant & bar, Hviezdoslavovo Square 7. Admision: free. Reservation: 02/54411244; www.lemontree.sk/events.

Radničkine trhy - Radnička's Markets - Radnička, the cafe placed in the town-hall, organises markets of products made by 35 social institutions from all over Slovakia, especially small hand-made souvenirs and decorations.
Starts: Oct 5-6, courtyard of the Bratislava Old Town-hall. Tel: 0905/785-200; www.inkluzia.sk.

Rastislav Podoba - doma, vonku, blízko, hore, sevrovýchodne, ďaleko, dolu / At Home, Outside, Close, Above, North-easterly, Far Away, Down – This intimate exhibition of the artist Podoba reflects his recent work, which is dominated by motifs of nature.
Open: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 until Oct 19; Krokus Gallery, Námestie 1. Mája 3. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2072-8131; www.krokusgaleria.sk.

Tekutý čas / Liquid Time – This exhibition, in the Slovak National Gallery, maps the artistic results of the 20 year existence of the Ateliér kov a šperk / Metal and Jewel Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, Thurs 12:00-20:00 until Oct 21; SNG, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: €1.30-€3.50. Tel: 02/2047-6270; www.sng.sk.

Jana Andevska (violin) and guests Jakub Hittrich on drums and Filip Hittrich on double bass will give a concert in the Ján Koniarek Gallery. Andevska took part in the recording of the Grammy-nominated album Radio Retaliation by Thievery Corporation.
Starts: Oct 6, 19:00; GJK Synagóga, Halenárska 2. Admission: €5. Tel: 033/5514 -657; www.gjk.sk.


Banská Bystrica
Bábkarská Bystrica / Puppeteers’ Bystrica – The 18th year of the international festival of contemporary puppeteer art is called Double Impulse; the First Impulse is aimed at children aged between seven months and 16 years old, while the Second Impulse is designed for all visitors aged 17 and over.
Starts: Sep 28 - Oct 3; various sites, mostly Bábkové divadlo na Rázcestí Skuteckého 14. Admission: €3-4 (First Impulse), €6 (Second Impulse). Tel: 048/4155-085, 048/4152-533; www.www.bdnr.sk.

Cage a Hu(d)by / Cage and Mu(sic)shrooms – The project, by musicology students, includes an exhibition, lectures, a concert by Cluster Ensemble and more, all focused on eccentric avant-garde artist/composer John Cage.
Starts: Oct 4, 18:00; Forestry and Wood-processing Museum, SNP Square 23/35. Admission: free. Tel: 045/ 5321-886; www.ldmzvolen.sk.

Streetart Summit 2012 5na5je10 – 5to5is10 means that five men and five women will face each other in a “battle of sexes” on a wall, with the form of expression being open and the motif being “Men vs. Women”.
Starts: Oct 3-6; wall under the overpass Rondel. Admission: free. More info: www.stanica.sk.

Rimavská Sobota
Marián Straka - Mentálna krajina / Mental Landscape – This exhibition presents installations made by Straka from natural substances, tree roots and wooden objects.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 until Oct 19; Town Gallery ú Mestská galéria, Hlavné námestie/Main Square 5. Admission: free. Tel: 047/5624-351; www.rimavskasobota.sk.


THE XVIIIth MEDZINÁRODNÝ džezový festival / International Jazz Festival Košice 2012 will offer a host of musicians and concerts: from Adriena Bartošová, Gabriel Jonáš & Friends (SK) on Thursday, October 4, through Funk de Nite (PL), Peter Lipa Band (SK), Bastian Stein Group (AT), Farkaš Spišiak International Project (SK, LT, BGR) and Neco Novellas (Mozambique) on Friday, to Pitch Bender (CZ, SK - see photo), (Kaltenecker-Piri-Désa) (HU), Benito Gonzalez feat. Dávid Hodek, and Radovan Tariška & Tomáš Baroš (Venezuela, SK, CZ) on Saturday. Jazz fans can enjoy a weekend full of the genre at the GES club in L. Novomes-kého 13 in Košice. More information, tickets: 055/6224-303; www.ges.sk.

42. Medzinárodný organový festival Ivana Sokola / 42nd International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol – The closing concert sees Slovak Peter Sochuľák play works by Bach, Bartholdy, Liszt, Jozef Grešák, and César Franck.
Starts: Oct 2, 18:00; Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows (Konkatedrála Sedembolestnej Panny Márie). Admission: €2. Tel: 055/6224- 509; www.sfk.sk.

Biela noc - Nuit Blanche – The 3rd year of this event brings 130 artists from nine European countries to less traditional sites around the European Capital of Culture 2013.
Starts: Oct 6, 21:00-02:00; various sites. Admission: varies. More info: http://www.visitkosice.eu/en/events/top-events-in-2012/nuit-blanche.

Musica Nobilis 2012 - The 17th year of the classical-music festival takes part in various towns and cities in the Spiš region, culminating on October 7 with clarinetist Branislav Dugovič and pianist Ladislav Fančovič playing works of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Godowski and Brahms.
Starts: Oct 7, 18:00; theatre hall of the House of Culture. Admission: €2-€4. More info: www.poprad.sk.

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