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A BLESSING of this year's wine will open the three-day Festivities of Young Wine that starts in Bratislava on November 9. After the festival's official opening, citizens and visitors of Bratislava can taste wines from the capital's various districts and the Low Carpathians region. Winemakers expect that last year's summer and sunny autumn have given the wines an exceptional quality. Apart from wine, attendants can also taste local delicacies, buy folk handicrafts and watch performances by folk ensembles and other artists. The event - which is the result of efforts by Bratislava, wine makers from the Low Carpathians and the festival of Bratislava's patron, St. Martin - will take place at the Primaciálne námestie and the courtyard of the Old City Hall. For more information call 02/161-86.


Last Christmas Tour - Karel Gott, a Czech pop singer whose career began in 1963, performs with Peter Kolář, who starred in musicals, and musical and opera singer Terezka Mátlová.
Starts: Nov 7 at 19:00. Admission: Sk800-Sk7,500. Športová hala Pasienky (Sports Hall), Trnavská 29. Tel: 02/5293-3323.

Organ Concert - US organist Stephen Roberts plays works by Myron Roberts, William Albright, Marcel Dupré and Benjamin Carr, among others.
Starts: Nov 8 at 19:00. Admission: charity. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great evangelical church), Panenská. Tel: 0905/716-851.

Kool and the Gang - After the enormous success of their last concert in Bratislava, the legendary Kool and the Gang, led by Robert Kool Bell, returns with hit songs Victory, Ladies' Night, Fresh, Joanna, Cherish, Get Down on it, Celebration and Tonight, among others.
Starts: Nov 9 at 19:00. Admission: Sk750-Sk1,200. Športová Hala Pasienky (Sports Hall), Trnavská cesta 29. Tel: 02/5293-3323.

Poetry of Oriental Dance and Reality of Life - Top Czech dancer Rena Milgrom and US drummer Hearn Gadbois present the rhythms of Central East to close out the One World Festival.
Starts: Nov 11 at 19:00. Admission: Sk195. Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. Tel: 02/5443-1681.

Martin's Market - A presentation by folk ensembles and handicraftsmen.
Runs: Nov 10-11. Admission: free. Pavilion of Music, Hviezdoslavovo square. Tel: 02/5443-1677.

Carnival Ship of Bugaboos - Families with children can join a voyage in Bratislava along the Danube in Halloween masks.
Starts: Nov 12 at 15:00. Admission: Sk180. Žilina ship, Passenger Port, Fajnorovo nábrežie 2. Tel: 02/5293-2226.

Homage to Mozart - The Animo Quartet and the Adoremus choir perform under the baton of Dušan Bill to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Starts: Nov 10 at 18:00. Admission: Sk50. Concert and exhibition hall Synagogue, Pri Synagóge. Tel: 037/161-86.


Oravské Veselé
In Veselé Cheerfully - Folk ensembles, solo singers and musicians, including the Pilsko children's ensemble and Polish musicians from Ślemieni, meet for the ninth time in Oravské Veselé, a village whose name means "cheerful" in Slovak.
Starts: Nov 12 at 15:00. Miestne kultúrne stredisko (Local Centre of Culture). Tel: 043/5864-928.

Ethno Festival - This biennial Slovak film festival dedicated to documentary and feature films abour folklore, community lifestyles, ethnography and social anthropology features works by filmmakers from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia and Iran, among others.
Runs: Nov 8-11. Admission: free. House of Culture, Matičné námestie 11. Tel: 041/4321-386.


Košice Folk Days - The 11th year of this festival features folk ensembles from Košice and other parts of Slovakia in a programme consisting of educational concerts, dance shows, dance lessons, exhibitions and sport competitions.
Runs: Nov 10-19. GES, Nám. L. Novomeského 13, Hotel Kohal, Jumbo Center and other premises in Košice. Tel: 055/7894-717.

Déja Vu - A copy of the first exhibition of the Museum of Spiš devoted to the town's history and its development marks the 120th anniversary of the museum.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until March 2007. Admission: Sk50, Sk30. Town Hall, Nám. Majstra Pavla 40. Tel: 053/4512-786.

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ZIKMUND and Hanzelka- Photos is a unique exhibition of photos taken during the travels of the famous Czech duo Miroslav Zikmund and Jiří Hanzelka. The display in the Slovak Technical Museum in Košice presents about 150 images from their two major trips, during which they traveled across Africa, Central and South America (1947-1950), the Middle East, Asia and the former Soviet Union (1959-1964). Curator Radovan Koděra attempted to select photos that communicated atmosphere and emotion. "We were surprised at how many literally artistic images Hanzelka and Zikmund's archive holds." The legendary Tatra 805 and Tatra 87 that the duo rode around in during their trips is part of the exhibition. The display at Hlavná 88 is open Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-14:00, Sun 12:00-17:00 until November 26. Tickets cost Sk40 and Sk20. For more information call 055/6231-801.

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