Big One!is a chance to see Slovak Polemic, German Dr Ring-Ding and Hungarian Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra playing ska, reggae and dancehall in a concert that starts at 19:00 on February 26. Each band is a pioneer of the Jamaican music genre in its country. Tickets cost Sk280 in advance and Sk300 at the door. The event takes place at the recently-opened Multicentre Dopler at Prievozská 18, Bratislava. For more information call 02/5293-3323.

photo: Courtesy of Polemic


Slovakia's Dance Championships - Pairs compete in Latin-American dances.
Starts: Feb 25 at 10:00. Admission: Sk150-Sk200. Park Kultúry a Oddychu (Culture and Leisure Park - PKO), Nábrežie L Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/5910-3101.

Winter Pig Killing Festivities - Visitors can taste and buy traditional pork delicacies, which butchers prepare in front of their eyes.
Starts: Feb 25 at 10:00. Admission: free. Area of Štrkovec lake, Drieňová 9. Tel: 02/4333-7449.

Shrovetide Ball of Kysuce - Zlaté husle (Golden violin) ensemble, soloists of the folk ensemble Lúčnica and musicians from Kysuce perform at the ball of the Kysuce region.
Starts: Feb 25 at 18:00. Admission: Sk1,000. Dom kultúry (House of Culture) Zrkadlový háj, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/5292-2789.

Parisians - Andrej Ďuríček exhibits photos of Parisians.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00 until February 28. Admission: free. French Institute, Sedlárska 7.
Tel: 02/5934-7777.

Intimate Studies - Painter Stano Bubán displays drawings inspired by the film Intimacy directed by Patrice Chéreau.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00 until February 28. Admission: free. Foyer of Linea building, Drieňová 34. Tel: 02/4342-0202.

Amfo and Diafoto - Winners of the oldest competition of amateur photography in Slovakia exhibit their works along with the winners of the Czech national competition.
Open: Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00 until February 28. Admission: free. Bratislava Castle, western terrace. Tel: 0918/716-049.

Shrovetide in Modra - Visitors can taste traditional pork specialities and local wines and enjoy shrovetide programmes.
Starts: Feb 25. Admission: free. Spolok Vincúr, Štúrova 84.
Tel: 0904/910-105.

Contemporary Hungarian Illustration - The exhibition presents a selection of works by members of the Association of Hungarian Illustrators from Budapest.
Open: until February 28. Admission: free. Dom kultúry (the House of Culture), Mierová 40. Tel: 036/7711-099.


Počuvadlianske jazero
Sitnianska Krne-Rallye - The competition on krňačky, traditional wooden sleds used by woodcutters for transporting logs out of remote forests, takes place with a rich cultural programme.
Starts: Feb 25 at 8:30. Admission: free. Ski centre above Počúvadelské jazero (Počúvadelské lake), close to Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6949-653.

Draught Horse Competition - Horse drivers and their beasts show off their abilities while competing in various disciplines during the eighth annual draught horse competition.
Starts: Feb 25 at 10:00. Admission: free. Local football stadium. Tel: 041/5695-138.


Miro Žbirka - The Zlatý Slávik (Golden Nightingale) winner plays and sings with his guests when touring Slovakia.
Starts: Feb 24 at 19:00. Admission: Sk249. Mestská hala (City Hall), Pod Kamennou bránou. Tel: 051/161-86.

Metamorphoses - Photos by Viera Kamenická document changes of the Mausoleum of Chatam Sofer, a significant Jewish scholar and Pressburg (Bratislava) Rabbi.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00, Sun 12:00-17:00 until February 28. Admission: Sk40. Slovenské technické múzeum (Slovak Technical Museum), Hlavná 88. Tel: 055/6224-035.

photo: Courtesy of Pezinok Culture Centre

The Culture Centre of Pezinok hosts the fifth annual Etnofestival, an event highlighting the coexistence of various nations, ethnic groups and in particular different cultures sharing one space. Its aim is to bring visitors closer to remote cultures and to present the experiences of travellers, documentary films, and folk, ethnic and world music. This year the festival, held under the slogan How to Live Together focusses on Europe. On February 25, prominent documentary photographer Andrej Bán presents his view on Northern Ireland. Those who missed the One World Festival that toured the country earlier can see a selection of the festival's documentary films. Renowned advertising photographer Martin Črep has prepared the Fragmented Italy exhibition. Czech band Czaldy-Waldy, performing Ruthenian (Rusyn) chansons and dynamic Hungarian Korai Öröm, takes care of the music section. The Culture Centre is at Holubyho 42. Tickets cost Sk170. For more information call 033/6403-405.

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