SLOVAK capital Bratislava, sometimes dubbed PartySlava by those who yearn to promote it as THE centre of parties, discos and clubbing, has prepared a host of various programmes for the last say of the year 2013. The New Year’s Eve celebrations will concentrate downtown, primarily around the Main Square and the Hviezdoslavovo Square.

The celebrations will open with a live broadcast of the special festive concert of the Slovak Philharmonics at 16:00 screened on the stage at Hviezdoslavovo Square.

“We are happy we were able to bring the true festive atmosphere which should be part of the last day in a year, to the streets of the Old Town,” mayor of this borough of Bratislava Tatiana Rosová said, as quoted in a press release. Since 19:00, the Silvester (New Year’s Eve) programme starts on the artificial ice rink in the Square, offering DJ Tusom and later, after midnight, an “Open Air Party” lasting until 2:00 on January 1.

Not just the Old Town, the Bratislava city council also organised a host of events for December 31, from a traditional run across the city bridges (starting at 10:00 at the University of Economics in Petržalka), through the concerts in both Hviezdoslavovo and Main Squares of Cigánski diabli Roma band, and Slovak pop and rock bands Medial Banana, Le Payaco, Hex or Para. In the Main Sqaure, the host Ludwig Bagin will also speak in English, the SITA newswire wrote. At midnight, there will be fireworks over the Danube river. On the New Year’s Day, the programme will start again in downtown Bratislava, opening at 14:00 with the energetic music of Cigánski Diabli, followed by Funny Fellows and Marián Greksa.

More – and more updated – information can be found at www.bratislava.sk and www.staremesto.sk.