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THE HOPE Gospel Singers’ concert on April 30, at 19:00 at the Ateliér Babylon in SNP Square 14 Bratislava, will feature famous local jazzman Peter Lipa together with musicians Pavol Bodnár (piano), Juraj Gregorík (bass) and Štefan Bugala (drums). The vocal-instrumental ensemble The Hope Gospel Singers and Band, led by Iveta Viskupová, perform not just gospels but also vocal jazz arrangements. Tickets for the concert cost €12 and can be bought via; more information can be found at

THE AQUILA falconry troupe from Bojnice presents, in cooperation with the Locus historical troupe and the Slovak National Museum, the 20th International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits, which includes a fire show and a demonstration of a witch hunt, on May 1-5 (as well as the weekends of May 12-13 and 19-20). Pagans believed that on the night of April 30, witches and supernatural forces gained special, magic powers. The show will take place in the open-air amphitheatre by Bojnice Castle from 9:00-18:00. Part of it is also an exhibition of ghost costumes (see picture). Tickets cost €3-€10; more information can be found at

Milan Sládek - Best Of – The world-famous Slovak mime, Milan Sládek, celebrates his 75th birthday by offering the best of his life’s work, encompassing the serious and the satirical, and covering classical pantomime, Kabuki and Biblical stories.
Starts: May 5, 19:00; Hall of Drama, New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €27-€47. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.

Beh pre život / Run for Life – The 6th year of the biggest national non-competitive sports charity event aims to raise €85,000 to buy the Incucyte laboratory device. After Bratislava, it will move to five more cities.
Starts: May 4, 11:00; Parti-zánska lúka. Admission: €3-€6 for runners, free for spectators. More info: www.

Music Club – La3no sessions – The La3no Cubano band, consisting of Slovak musicians playing ethno and world music, will perform with Tomáš Hafner, Milo Suchomel and Medial Banana, with the Jamadan band playing African rhythms and the Transglobal Refugees Crew from Congo, which includes two dancing singers and a percussionist.
Starts: May 3, 19:00; DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľaš-ská 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/6383-5404;

Bratis-lavský majáles / The Bratisla-va Feast celebrating the 1st of May features a host of events over three days, including discussions; Slovak bands like Zlokot, Vec, Zóna A, Hex, Polemic and others, legendary Czech singer Dan Bárta (on Saturday), Iranian Ashtee Ensemble (on Sunday at 17:00); as well as a bicycle ride, a boat connection across the Danube, fireworks and more.
Starts: May 3-5, Tyršovo nábrežie. Admission: free. More info: www.

Sivá zóna / Grey Zone – Slovak artist Pavla Sceranková, along with Hungarian and Romanian artists Péter Puklus and Mihut Boscu, respectively, attempt to map the “borderline, an intermedial situation in which things cannot be clearly defined”, curator Zita Sárvári said. Their works include art objects, photographs and videos.
Open: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 until May 10; Krokus Galéria, Nám 1, mája 3. Admission: free. Tel: 02/2072-8131;

Krajský súd v Banskej Bystrici - Kráľovská sedria / Regional Court in Banská Bystrica – Royal Sedria – This exhibition is devoted to Banská Bystrica’s recently reconstructed Regional Courthouse, which is a national monument in Slovakia.
Open: Mon- Fri 11:00-17:00; Union of Architects of Slovakia, Balassa Palace, Panská 15. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5443-1078;


Banská Bystrica
Medzinárodný deň tanca / International Dance Day – The Theatre Studio of Dance is organising a day full of dance, movement, body theatre and other surprises. Free admission for anyone interested.
Starts: Apr 29, 17:30-19:30; Divadlo štúdio tanca / Theatre Studio of Dance, Na Kačici, Komenského 12. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4146- 540; www.

Nabucco - Live Broadcast – Verdi’s famous opera Nabucco will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London, starring Placido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska, and directed by Daniele Abbado.
Starts: Apr 29, 20:15; Ster Century Cinemas, A. Hlinku Square 7B. Admission: €13. More info: www.stercentury. sk.

Power Fest 2013 – The most powerful cars and motorbikes will race on a 201 metre-long track, in an event featuring some of the best racers as well as adventurers in drift demonstration.
Starts: May 4, 10:00; Boľkovce near Lučenec. Admission: €8. More info:

Liptovský Mikuláš
V4 Mojimi očami / V4 Through My Eyes – A photography exhibition presenting the work of David Cysař (CZ), Magdalena Ciszewska (PL), Zsuzsanna Kemenesi (HU) and Robo Kočan (SK), focusing on their views of foreign countries.
Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00; Dom fotografie / House of Photography, Tranovského 3. Admission: €0.50-€1. Tel: 044/5522-758, 0905/288-717;


S hudbou ma baví svet / With Music, I Enjoy the World – Within the 37th Popradská hudobná jar / Poprad Musical Spring festival of classical music, students and teachers from the Elementary Artistic School on Štefánikova Street will perform pieces conveying joy and pleasure in life.
Starts: May 2, 18:00; Dom kultúry, Štefánikova 99/72. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 052/ 7722-255; www.

Kto je na svete najkrajší / Who Is the Most Beautiful of All – This musical fairytale based on the stories of Daniela Hivešová-Šilhanová will be performed by the country’s only professional Roma theatre, and is intended for both children and adults.
Starts: Apr 30, 10:00; Romathan, Štefánikova 4. Tel: 055/6224-980; www.

Kaktusy a sukulenty - pichľavá krása rastlín / Cacti and Succulents - The Thorny Beauty of Plants – In cooperation with the cactus-growers’ club, the Botanical garden is organising a special exhibition of cacti from all over Slovakia.
Open: 9:00-15:00 until May 1; Botanical garden of P. J. Šafárik University, Mánesova 23. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 055/2341-667; botanicka-zahrada.

Obrazy z minulosti / Images from the Past – This performance will be premiered by the Lúčnica folklore troupe; choreographed by Ján Blaho, Stanislav Marišler, Peter Mezei, Vladimír Michalko, František Morong and Ervín Varga; and directed by Štefan Nosáľ.
Starts: May 3, 19:00; Jonáša Záborského Theatre, Legio-nárov Square 6. Admission: €15. Tel: 051/7733-991;

Central-European Paintball League – The Central-European tournament of the paintball sports league will take place in the riding area of the Jazdecký race track.
Starts: May 4, 8:00; Jazdecký areál, Jazdecká Street. More info:

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