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Gypsy Fest 2012 Gypsy Fest 2012 (Source: Roma Production)


THE INTERNATIONAL Gypsy Fest, a festival of Roma culture, enters its 6th year in 2013 and offers a debate on the Roma Holocaust, a fashion show by a Roma designer, a meeting of Roma youth, a parade of Roma performers in downtown Bratislava and a lot of music, culminating in a gala show on August 3 at 20:00 in the Majestic Music Club, offering Roma musicians from Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and India. Many musical performances also take place in Main Square – on August 1 and 2 – and are for free. More detailed information can be found at: and

Tribute to Freedom – The concert Pocta slobode / Tribute to Freedom, which is being held close to the former Iron-Curtain border infamous for the many refugees killed during attempts to escape to the West, headlines singing legend Jennifer Rush and features Czech Dan Bárta & the Illustratosphere and Slovak band The Cellmates.
Starts: Aug 3, 18:00; Devín Castle. Admission: €33. Tel: 02 /5293-3321; www.

International Cat Show – The most varied and impressive cats from across Slovakia and abroad will compete before an international jury in this feline beauty contest.
Starts: Aug 3-4, 10:00-16:00; Ružinov House of Culture Cultus, Ružinovská 28. Admission: €1.5-€3. Tel: 02/4333-0281;

Chinese National Youth Orchestra – This orchestra will perform both traditional and contemporary Chinese music, as well as western classical music and world music, including works by renowned Chinese composers and new arrangements of the opera Turandot by Puccini and the Tritch-Tratsch polka by Johann Strauss.
Starts: July 31, 19:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:

Festival Divokej vody / White-water Festival – The 2nd year of this unique sports festival aims to involve whole families and groups, both actively and passively, in competitions, games, relaxation, music, fun, gastronomy and more.
Starts: Aug 3-4, 10:00; White-water complex in Ču-novo. Admission: free for spectators. More info: www.

SĽUK – As part of the Folklór U červeného raka / Folklore at the Red Crayfish series, this space opens for dance-music performances, this time bringing the famous folklore troupe and its vivid dances from across Slovakia. Starts: Aug 2, 18:00; Summer Reading Space at the Red Crayfish, Michalská 25 (entrance via smelly passage). Admission: free. More info:

TiNG – The international band TiNG from Prague, led by American MC Turner, draws on reggae, ska, rock, dancehall, drum’n’bass and, by merging these styles, delivers its own distinctive sound.
Starts: Aug 1, 20:00; U Očka, Karpatská 3. Admission: €4. Tel: 0910/799-353;

Tropical Hula Bailadora – A spectacular show by the Tropical ensemble introduces a native Hawaiian dance.
Starts: Aug 3, 18:00; Štrkovec complex at the lake of the same name in Ružinov. Admission: free. More info:

SLOW/SLOV – This exhibition project aims to introduce domestic design within the wider context of theory, practice and research. The basic motif is slow design as a combination of the most current trends focusing on local materials, technologies and know-how.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Aug 28; Satelit, Hurbanove kasárne (Hurban’s Barracks), Kollárovo Square 10. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-247;

Petr Malina - Dva svety / Two Worlds – Curated by Roman Popelár, this exhibition, the second solo show by Czech painter Malina, presents a selection of his works from 2003-2013 in a confronting view of two worlds, the gallery world and the world of landscapes, both urban and rural.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00 and weekends 13:00-18:00 until Aug 31; Ján Koniarek Gallery, Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3. Admission: €0.80-€1.50. Tel: Tel: 033/5514-657;


Musica d’Orgeno – Slovak Stanislav Šurin performs as part of an organ festival, with Júlia Burášová on flute, works of Marcello, Vivaldi, Fauré, Bartholdy, Poulenc and more.
Starts: Aug 3, 19:00; Roman Catholic Church of St Martin, SNP Square 1. Admission: free. More info: www.

Country-cross and Enduro-cross – Both amateurs and licensed motorbike racers are welcome to compete in various categories of country-cross and endu-ro-cross.
Starts: Aug 3, 11:00; Vidiná. Admission: free for spectators. More info:

Umenie na hrade XXXI. - Mi(a)krosvet ticha / Art at the Castle 31st - Mi(a)cro-world of Silence – This photo exhibition by Eduard Hladký exploring the marine world is the latest from a cycle called Podmorský svet / Submarine World.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-18:00 (last entry 17:00) until Aug 7; Strečno Castle, Hradná 1. Admission: €2.50-€4. Tel: 041/5697-400;


GUIDED TOURS in Košice on August 3 (including a bilingual tour in English and Slovak, at 17:00, led by Milan Kolcun) focus on the phenomenon of water in the city under the title Ako bolo mesto blízko vode / How Close the City Was to Water. The tours will explore Košice’s rivers, streams, fountains, lakes, ponds, pools and baths, not to mention its new “Water Kunsthalle” and the recently revived Millrace. The tours start in front of the State Library (Hlavná 10); tickets cost €1.75 in advance (from MiC in the Dargov Shopping Centre or Carrefour SC), or €2.99 at the meeting point. For more information call 055/16-186 or visit

Festival of Chamber Music Artis – In summer four classical music concerts will take place in the Orthodox Synagogue; the one on July 31, entitled Flight, is a classical guitar performance offering works by Johann Jo-seph Vilsmayr, Carlo Domeniconi, Iris Szeghy, and Erik Satie, performed by Ondrej Veselý.
Starts: July 31, 18:00; Orthodox Synagogue, Okružná 32. Admission: €3 (in the Hudobný nástroj shop, Hlavná 62, in advance or one hour before the concert on the door). More info: www.

La Noche del Tango – Tango Live Show, animations and Latino Party with DJs Miguel, Dexter and Spotty.
Starts: Aug 1, 20:00; Jazz Club, Kováčska 49. Admission: €4. Tel: 0917/919-050; www.

Andy Warhol Pop Art Party – This year’s party commemorating the US king of pop art, whose family hailed from eastern Slovakia, will try to evoke the atmosphere of his phenomenal factory with retro clothes, furniture, screenings, innovative comic games, and more.
Starts: Aug 2, evening; Urban’s Tower. Admission: free. More info: www.

Pivný festival / Beer Festival – In 2012, this festival was visited by 25,000 people, who between them downed 27,000 litres of beer from Slovak and Czech breweries. This year the festival will last for 9 days.
Starts: July 26-Aug 4; riding complex at the Sídlisko III housing estate. Admission: free. More info:

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