Western SLOVAKIA

Bratislava
CONCERT:
WORLD-RENOWNED tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing a mix of operatic arias and bel canto songs as well as Christmas carols and new pop hits from his second album Passione in his first ever concert in Bratislava. It takes place in the Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, Odbojárov 9, on December 29 at 19:00. Bocelli will sing with Slovak soprano Adriana Kučerová. Tickets cost €89-€199 and can be obtained through 02/5293-3321 or www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava
LIVE MUSIC:
Christmas Concert – Slovak songster Jana Kocianová will perform traditional songs of the season along with the Art Music Orchestra (of 23 musicians).
Starts: Dec 27, 19:00; St Vincent de Paul’s Church, To-mášikova 8, Ružinov. Admission: €7. More info: www. citylife.sk.

Bratislava
GOSPEL:
The Golden Voices of Gospel – A Christmas gospel show by African-American vocalists and musicians led by Reverend Dwight Robson offers many famous songs of this genre.
Starts: Dec 28, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské Mýto 1. Ad-mission: €22-€33. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Bratislava
CLUBBING:
Balkan Beats – This edition of favourite party music brings Slovenian band Leni Kravac, offering a fusion of ethno and Gipsy music, drum’n’bass and rock, supported by the Slovak Malalata Sound System.
Starts: Dec 28, 21:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €5. Tel: 0904/330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk.

Bratislava
OPERA:
Silvestrovský Koncert v Opere / New Year’ s Eve Opera Concert – The Slovak National Theatre (SND) has prepared for the last event of 2013 popular arias and choirs from Verdi’s operas sung by SND soloists and by the Orchestra of the SND Opera conducted by Dušan Štefánek.
Starts: Dec 31, 16:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €13-€35. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava
RUN:
Silvestrovský Beh cez Bratislavské Mosty / New Year’s Run across Bratislava Bridges – The 25th year of this popular city run has several categories for both men and women. Until Dec 27, online registration can be made via www.starz.sk (for a lower fee). On Dec 31, direct registration is possible at 8:30.
Starts: Dec 31, 10:00; University of Economics, Dolno-zemská Cesta 1 (the route is about 10 km). Admis-sion/registration fee: €8 (in advance) or €10 (on site). More info: info@starz.sk.

Bratislava
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Silvestrovský Koncert / New Year’s Eve Concert – This special concert marking the end of this year offers the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic Choir and soprano Andrea Vizváry performing – conducted by Rastislav Štúr – the works of Verdi, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Otto Nicolai, Luigi Arditi, Jacques Offenbach, Léo Delibes, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Wagner, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Albert Lortzing.
Starts: Dec 31, 16:00; Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Ad-mission: €15-20. Tel: 02/2047 -5233; www.filharmonia.sk.

Bratislava
OPERA: Mozart
– The Magic Flute – the opera in two acts by the musical genius, a so-called Singspiel, is conducted by Freidrich Haider, directed by Svetozár Sprušanský and sung by renowned soloists of the Slovak National Theatre.
Starts: Jan 4, 17:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €10-€35. Tel: 02/2047-2299; www.snd.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Drôtené Rozmary – Wired Whims – The works of young women artists Silvia Fedorová, Iveta Mihá-liková and Blanka Šperková are inspired by the uniqueness of Slovak wire art craft and combine traditional tech-niques with modern design.
Open: Mon-Fri 13:00- 18:00, Sat 10:00-14:00 until Jan 18; Dizajn štúdio ÚĽUV, Dob-rovičova 13. Admission: free. Tel: 02/5273-1349; www. uluv.sk.

Bratislava
EXHIBITION:
Od Wedritzer Thor po Vár – From Wedritzer Thor to Vár – Daniela Krajčová presents her recent projects focusing on social issues, multi-cultural and local history in the genre of animation, installation and drawings. The themes span from the ethnic past of Bratislava to the capital’s image in the eyes of migrants temporarily living at the Rohovce camp.
Open: weekdays 10:00- 18:00; Sat 9:00-17:00; T-Galle-ry, Panská 24. Admission: free. Tel: 0903/601-656; www. tgallery.sk.

Červený Kameň
FESTIVAL:
CHRISTMAS at the Castle / Vianoce na Hrade are special, festive castle tours at the old, well-preserved castle of Červený Kameň near Modra-Častá (not far from Bratislava) showing national traditions and the lives of the nobility during this season. Between December 27 and 30 (11:00 – 15:00), these presentations will be made in Slovak and after phone or online arrangements (033/6905-803 or www.hradcervenykamen.sk), tours can be made on other days in English. Tickets cost around €8.

Nitra
PHOTO EXHIBITION:
Pestrý čierno-biely svet ženy / The Colourful Black-and-White World of a Woman – This exhibition is formed as a cycle showing photo-technologies since the mid-19th century, presented by Evla, aka Eva Vlašičová, who uses old technologies in her creations.
Open: weekdays 12:00- 23:00, Sat 15:00-24:00, Sun 15:00-22:00 until Jan 16; Pho-to gallery Trafačka, Janka Krá-ľa 65. Admission: free. More info: www.trafacka.sk.

Central SLOVAKIA

Žarnovica
EVENT:
AUTOSLIDE, the popular motor event, takes place on January 5, 2014 – for the last time in Žarnovica at the cinder track. The 11th edition of this event, starting at 10:30, will involve winners of last year’s races as well as new drivers. Tickets cost €13-€45 and can be obtained through www.ticketportal.sk. More information is available at www.autoslide.sk.

Žilina
MUSICAL:
Maľované na Skle / Painted on Glass – The cult musical of Ernest Bryll and Katarzyna Gärtner (a hit at the Slovak National Theatre), has been re-staged on a rockier note in Žilina, as adapted by Pavol Cabadaj, choreographed by Marián Hlavatý and directed by Anton Šulík. The main character, Jánošík, is played by leader of the Arzén band, Jaroslav Gažo.
Starts: Dec 27, 19:00; Town Theatre, Horný Val 3. Admission: €10.50. Tel: 0903/510-671; www. divadlozilina.eu.

Banská Bystrica
SWIMMING MARATHON:
Banskobystrická Plavecká 24-hodinovka / Banská Bystri-ca 24-hour Swimming Marathon – The marathon is designed to attract amateur swimmers, with each being asked to swim for 100 metres. Free snacks for every participant.
Starts: Dec 27 (12:00 for the next 24 hours); Štiavničky pool, Cesta na štadión 30. Admission: free. Tel: 048/4230- 340; www. plavarenstiavnicky.sk.

Banská Bystrica
LIVE MUSIC:
Žiarislav a Bytosti / Žiarislav & Beings – A post-solstice concert of the grouping that plays “dynamic continuation of Slovak folk-lore” as well as some “more experimental world music”.
Starts: Dec 28, 20:00; Klub 77, Horná 54. Admission: €5. More info: www.klub77.eu.

Brezno
CHRISTMAS/EXHIBITION:
Ľudový Betlehem / Folk Nativity Scene – The Nativity scene, popular as an artistic symbol of Jesus’s birth and first designed for a special Christmas mass by St Francis of Assisi in a cave, has become very popular in Slovakia and has been used widely in folk tradition. The large scene (2x2.5 metres with 17 figures) in Brezno was created during two woodcarving workshops in 2003 and 2004 by nine Slovak and Czech craftsmen.
Open: 8:00-16:00 weekdays until Jan 6; Horehronské múzeum / Upper Hron Museum, M. R. Štefánik Square 55/47. Admission: €1. Tel: 048/6112-453; www.horehronskemuzeum.sk.

Eastern SLOVAKIA

Košice
EXHIBITION:
KOŠICE Modernism is a notion in the world of art presenting the creations of artists who lived there, worked there or just visited the city. Artworks from the 1920s and 1930s are coming from Slovak and foreign museums, institutions and individuals, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Regional Museum in Uzhhorod. The exhibition “Košice Modernism” is open until May 2014 on Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00-18:00 in the East Slovak Gallery, Hlavná 27, in Košice. The admission fee is €2, phone number 055/6222-647.

Košice
MODERN DANCE:
Chaotica – The choreography of renowned Hungarian artist Pál Frenák, who also worked in France, is expressed through the language of contemporary dance with the help of a sophisticated stage design and presents the issues of solitude, desire, power, contact, and violence in their whole complexity. The piece is directed by Frenák to the music of Attila Gergely and is performed by the ballet troupe of the State Theatre Košice (SDKE).
Starts: Dec 27, 19:00; State Theatre, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3-€8. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.

Prešov
RUN:
Pivný Beh / Beer Run – The 5th year of a beer walk through Christmastime Pre-šov offers the chance to form a team of three or four, give yourselves a funny name and make a tour of five beer pubs in the city.
Starts: Dec 28, 17:00 (16:30 registration); Bizarre club, Prostějovská 37/A (finish is at the 263 Pub, Slovenská 30). Admission: free. More info: sk-sk.facebook.com/events/592928474108049/permalink/593056344095262.

Poprad
NEW YEAR PARTY:
Fun White Party – In the AquaCity waterpark in Poprad, visitors will be able to welcome the New Year with singer Dara Rolins in its pools and facilities, with aqua-aerobic exercise, dance, tombola and many competitions. White attire and swimsuit are obligatory for the event.
Starts: Dec 31, 19:00; Aqua-City, Športová 1397/1. Admission: €69. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www.aquacity.sk.

Košice
BALL:
Silvestrovský Ples / New Year’s Eve Ball – The ball in the Jumbo Centre offers food, drinks, a DJ, live band and Magic Dance Group – with a dance choreography of a fashion show, the Eliah troupe with cancan and more.
Starts: Dec 31, 19:30; Jum-bo Centrum, Masarykova 2. Admission: €49. Tel: 02/5293- 3321; www.ticketportal.sk.

Košice
BALLET:
The Nutcracker / Luskáčik – The beautiful fairy tale-turned-ballet to the music of Tchaikovsky returns to the State Theatre Košice (SDKE) as choreographed and directed by Ondrej Šoth and conducted by Miloslav Janíček and Igor Dohovič.
Starts: Jan 5, 14:30 (and al-so Dec 29, 19:00); SDKE, Hlav-ná 58. Admission: €1.50-€3. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); www.sdke.sk.

Košice
CITY TOUR:
Barokové Košice / Baroque Košice – This special-themed city tour is focused on curved buildings, statues and decorations typical for the Baroque period.
Starts: Jan 4, 17:00 (in English); starting at the State Scientific Library, Hlavná 10, and ending at Seminar Church. Admission: €1.75 (in advance); €2.99 (on site). Tel: 055/6229 -904, www.potulka. sk.