photo: Bastart Gallery

EIGHT young female artists have taken over the recently-opened contemporary art gallery Bastart in Bratislava with an exhibition graphically entitled "F*ck the guilt". Their works are anything but "women's art". Barbora Klímová, this year's laureate of the Czech Republic's prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký Award for Young Visual Artists, presents here her winning project, Replaced, in which she compares the impact of public performances from the 1970s and 1980s with their contemporary "reconstructions" and records the reflections of the original authors. Slovak artists Láďa Gažiová presents works spray-painted on the gallery walls and Zuzana Surkošová exhibits oil on canvas graffities. Czech painter Jana Kalinová offers a cult work 'Dad can dance', Slovak Slávka Sobotovičová is present here via her video-aesthetics. A collection of post-conceptual works by Frenchwoman Sharon Kivland deals with language. British artist Roxy Walsh exhibits large drawings on paper, and Sarah Warden, also from Great Britain presents her work with texts. The exhibition is open until December 15 on Tuesday and Friday from 14:00 to 18:00 or by appointment. The Bastart gallery is on Štetinova 1. For more information call 0911/656-016 or visit


Moyzes Quartet - This prominent string ensemble plays works by Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.
Starts: Dec 5 at 19:00. Admission: Sk130. Small hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

Workshops for Children - Children can create Christmas decorations inspired by decorations from the 1950s within the exhibition on housing in that period of time in Slovakia.
Starts: Dec 6, 14:00-17:00 and Dec 9, 14:00-18:00. Old City Hall, Primaciálne Square 3. Tel: 02/5443-4742.

Winter Žákovic Open - A winter music festival featuring the Slovak bands Para, Le Payaco, and Hex, and the Czech Mňága a Žďorp.
Starts: Dec. 6, 19:00. Admission: Sk250. Stará Tržnica (Old Market Place), Námestie SNP 25.

Christmas Carols in English - The choir of the British international school sings as part of the Christmas in Town cycle.
Starts: Dec 7 at 16:45. Admission: free. Main Square. Tel: 02/161-86.

Italian Nights - The display presents about 30 models wearing clothing designed by prominent Italian fashion designers Valentino, Versace, and Capucci between 1950 and 1990, whose owners, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, and Halle Berry, are regarded as symbols of elegance and charm.
Runs: Mon - Sun 10:00-18:00 until December 10. Café Múzejka, Múzejná 2. Tel: 02/5934-9146, 02/5934-9141.

Jiří Stivín and Golden Violin - This exceptional project, which does not fall easily into any genre, operates on the premise that there is only good or bad music. Top musicians including the phenomenal Czech flautist Jiří Stivín and the Zlaté Husle (Golden Violin) string orchestra play music ranging from variations on Bach to Vivaldi, Telemann, Paganini and jazz and folklore songs.
Starts: Dec 7 at 19:30. Admission: Sk280. Dom Armády (The House of Army), Hviezdoslavova 16. Tel: 032/7430-619.


Christmas in Village - Presentation of traditional Christmas customs including making Christmas decorations, baking traditional Christmas wafers, decorating honey cookies, and others.
Starts: Dec 10. Admission: Sk60. Múzeum slovenskej dediny (The Slovak Village Museum), Jahodnícke háje. Tel: 043/4132-686.

Talking to a Brick Wall - The display by artists Radovan Čerevka, Mário Chromý, Juraj Dudáš, Jan Nálevka, Peter Vrábel, Matúš Lányi, Tomáš Makara, who deal in their work with political and social questions, presents a reflection of Slovakia's political presence on the occasion of the local elections.
Open: until December 31. Admission: free. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.


Traditional Christmas Market - More than 200 merchants offer their products at the fourth annual market linked with demonstrations of folk handicrafts, Christmas traditions and a fire show.
Runs: Dec 12, 10:00-17:00. Admission: free. St. Egídius Square. Tel: 052/161-86.

Travestite Show and Ladies Party - The Rangers and Scandal Ladies give a joint performance.
Starts: Dec 8 at 19:00. Jumbo Centre, Masarykova 2. Tel: 055/6258-888.

photo: Orava Culture Centre

THE ORAVA region will host the third Visegrad Christmas international festival of Christmas traditions and crafts between December 9 and 12. At the event, folk ensembles and soloists and handicraftsmen from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia will present their traditional Christmas traditions and their typical products. A market, workshops and an exhibition of Christmas cards created by children will be part of the festival. Czech, Polish and Slovak attendants will open the festival with a show of native traditions in Dolný Kubín on December 9 at 16:00. The festival will continue the next day in Zázrivá with a Christmas programme by children and adults from Zázrivá, Žilina, Martin, Polish Milowka and Czech Uherský Brod. The last two days of the festival in Dolný Kubín will be dedicated to folk crafts. The international market and workshops will start at 9:00 both days and will present more than 30 craftsmen from three countries. For more information call 043/5864-978.

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