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THE VIA SONY EYES competition, during which more than 2,600 photographers recorded 6,607 digital photos, is proof of the increasing popularity of digital photography in Slovakia. The photographers competed in Human Being, Photographic Experiment and Nature categories. The high volume of photos in the Human Being category surprised the jury, which consisted of professional photographers. "It's obvious people are not only taking more pictures, but also trying to edit the photos [in computers] more. This is the basis of good digital photography," said jury head Pavol Kastl. Boris Michaliček from Poprad won the competition with a photo titled Yosemite. "This is the first time a landscape has won. This one is unique because it combines a mystical atmosphere with technical perfection," said Milota Havránková from the jury. Visitors can see the competition's 50 best photos in the Polus City Centre at Vajnorská street in Bratislava until November 30. For the winning images and a short video, go to


After Party Nu Jazz Dayz - The Cinematic Orchestra adds the finishing touches to the fifth year of the nu-jazz festival.
Starts: November 23 at 19:00. Admission: Sk590 in advance, Sk680 at the door. Klub za Zrkadlom music club, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6381-1328,

European Fashion Show - The second year of the country's biggest charity fashion show features creations by fashion designers from Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and many others, as well as singers Peter Dvorský and Daniela Hůlka. All money raised will go to benefit the completion of a cancer centre.
Starts: Nov 21 at 19:30. Admission: Sk800. Sibamac Aréna in the National Tennis Centre, Príkopova 6. Tel: 02/4920-9890.

Camouflage - The German trio continues its tour to promote its seventh album, Relocated, which combines old and new times.
Starts: November 24 at 20:00. Admission: Sk570 in advance, Sk790 at the door. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3.

Opened Sky - Musicians Bratia Zajačkovci, folk ensemble Ľudová hudba Miroslava Dudíka, the Bratislava Children's Choir, organist Anna Predmerská-Zúriková, flutist Soňa Urbaničková and others perform Advent and Christmas songs.
Starts: Nov 25 at 18:00. Admission: Sk200, Sk100. Veľký evanjelický kostol (The Great Evangelic Church), Panenská 28. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

Something Happened - This display presents contemporary Italian art.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30 until November 26. Admission: Sk80. The Slovak National Gallery (SNG), Esterházy Palace, Nám Ľ. Štúra. Tel: 02/5443-2081,

Welcome, and Keep Your Shoes on, Please - This display, subtitled Our Residences in the 50s, offers insight into a 1950s middle-class family in the city.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 until February 4. Admission: Sk50. Múzeum mesta Bratislavy (Bratislava City Museum) in Stará Radnica (Old City Hall), Radničná 1. Tel: 02/5920-5111.

Festival of Choirs Dedicated to Jozef Rosinský - The ninth international festival takes place.
Runs: Nov 24-26, 17:00. Admission: free. Kostol Ducha Svätého (Church of the Holy Spirit), Sládkovičova 12. Tel: 037/161-86.

Favelas e Carnaval - Prominent Slovak photographer Tibor Huszár shows photos on the lifestyle of Brazilians.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 13:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-18:00 until November 30. Fontána Gallery, Beethovenova 1. Tel: 033/7718-992.

Sports Cartoons - A total of 43 artists from nine European countries showcase about 150 cartoons on the theme of sports within the 6th Biennial of Cartoons Fraštacký Tŕň.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-16:00, Sat/Sun 13:00-18:00 until December 2. Vlastivedné museum, Exhibition hall at Rázusovej 6. Tel: 033/7300-337.


Concert - Prominent Slovak musician Andrej Šeban performs in the world premiere of his Opus No. 1 for guitar, the traditional Slovak folk instrument fujara and orchestra under the baton of conductor Peter Breiner.
Starts: Nov 23 at 19:00 (premiere within the Year of the Slovak Music), Nov 24 at 19:00. Admission: Sk90-Sk160. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.

From Advent to Epiphany - This series of Sunday culture programmes presents Christmas customs and traditions.
Runs: Nov 26 - Jan 1. Kultúrny dom Samka Dudíka (The House of Culture of Samko Dudík), Ul. M. R. Štefánika 4. Tel: 034/6213-389.


Streets of Crocodiles - The Teatr Pantomimy from Wroclav, Poland performs during the Visegrad Days 2006.
Starts: Nov 21 at 19:00. Small Hall of the State Theatre, Hlavná 76. Tel: 055/16-186.

BRYAN Adams is returning to Slovakia, this time to the country's second-largest city, Košice. On November 22, the Canadian rocker will sing his biggest hits, as well as some his newest songs, in the Steel Arena. Adams's team of musicians includes keyboardist Gary Briet, drummer Mickey Curry, guitarist Keith Scott and bassist Norm Fisher. Tickets cost Sk699-1,499. For more information call 0908/598-749.

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