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THE ALEŠ Votava (1962-2001) exhibition presents the work of a diverse artist who died at a young age. He was one of the leading figures of Slovak stage design in the 1990s and his stage designs brought Slovakia close to world trends. As a jewelry artist he contributed to the change in the understanding of art jewelry in Slovakia. The exhibition also focuses on other art disciplines of his professional interest - theatre photography, film, graphic design, exhibition design and others. The exhibition in the Slovak National Gallery in Esterházy Palace at Ľ. Štúr Square in Bratislava is open daily except Monday between 10:00 and 17:30. It will close on February 25. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-2081.


Bee Connection and Berco Balogh - Another part in this series of jazz concerts connects singer Berco Balogh, guitarist Matúš Jakabčic, bassist Juraj Griglák, saxophonist Radovan Tariška, trumpetist Ondrej Juraši, keyboardist Peter Preložník and drummer Oldo Petráš.
Starts: Dec 12 at 20:00. Admission: Sk129. Aréna Theatre, Viedenská cesta. Tel: 02/6720-2557.

Moyzes Quartet - Prominent Slovak keyboardist Marián Varga introduces the CD he recorded with the string quartet.
Starts: Dec 13 at 19:00. Admission: Sk190 (in advance), Sk250 (at the door). Moyzesova sieň (Moyzes Concert Hall), Vajanského nábrežie 12. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Christmas Party! - Sarah Keys holds another workshop for children within the Fun For Under Fives cycle.
Starts: Dec 13, 10:30-11:45. Admission: Sk60. Slovak National Gallery (SNG), Water Barracks, Rázusovo nábrežie 2. Tel: 0907/537-091.

Sean Paul - This native of Kingston, Jamaica performs for fans of dancehall and reggae styles.
Starts: Dec 13 at 20:00. Admission: Sk300-Sk1,190. Incheba, Viedenská cesta 4-7. Tel: 02/6727-1111.

Mizrach and Shiviti - Ester Shilo, using an old technique of paper cutting, presents her Mizrach paper-cuts.
Open: Sun-Fri 11:00-17:00 until December 31. Admission: Sk60. The Museum of Jewish Culture, Židovská 12. Tel: 02/5934-9142.

Christmas at the Castle - One of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia holds its regular Christmas programme, during which guides dressed as the Three Kings of the Orient, David and the Queen of Saba take visitors through castle halls and rooms decorated with Christmas trees, nativity scenes and characters from the Old and New Testament to show how nobles used to spend the Christmas holiday.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-16:00. Admission: Sk140, Sk79, Sk30. Bojnice Castle. Tel: 046/5430-535.


Dolný Kubín
VIDMO - The first year of the international festival of mountain and adrenaline films presents movies from eleven countries and consists of four sections: documentary, feature, animated and experimental films. The theme is mountains, mountain sports and extreme performances.
Runs: December 16-17. Admission: Sk150, Sk50. Mestské Kultúrne stredisko (Town Centre of Culture), Námestie Slobody 1. Tel: 0904/679-310.

Banská Bystrica
Slovak Graphic Arts of the 20th Century - The recently opened permanent exhibition displays more than 300 graphic works by almost 100 artists, including Mikluáš Galanda, Ľudovít Fulla, Albín Brunovský, Ivan Csudai and many others.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00. Admission: Sk80. Štátna Galéria (State Gallery), Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4124-167.


Legends in Steel Arena - An Elán concert takes place within a four-day Masters Cup of amateurs and veterans (Dec 14-17) that follows an exhibition match between teams of ice-hockey legends from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany.
Starts: Dec 16 at 16:00. Admission: Sk590-Sk990. Steel Arena. Tel: 0905/971-725.

Jiří Stivín and Golden Violin - This exceptional project, which does not really fall into any one 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 will play music ranging from variations on Bach to Vivaldi, Telemann, Paganini to jazz and folklore.
Starts: Dec 11 at 19:00. Admission: Sk400. Jumbo Centre, Masarykova 2. Tel: 055/625-8888.

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THE RUSSIAN State Ballet of Siberia arrives for the first time in Slovakia to perform the most popular ballet, Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, in Bratislava and Košice. This new production of the story of the love between Prince Siegfried and the beautiful princess Odette, who takes human form at night and is turned into a swan each morning by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, was restaged by Sergei Bobrov in October 2002. The stop in Slovakia will be the only one in Central Europe prior to their tour in Italy, Great Britain, USA and other countries. In Bratislava, the ballet will take place in Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta, on December 12 starting at 20:00. Tickets costs Sk690-Sk990. The classical Russian ballet ensemble performs the ballet in Steel Arena in Košice on December 13 at 20:00. Tickets cost Sk249-Sk899.

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