photo: Interel

THE SHAPES and Faces of Formula 1 exhibition at the City Gallery of Bratislava introduces Martin Trenkler, a 24-year old Slovak photographer who has been capturing the magic images of F1 racing for F1 Magazine since 2004. Trenkler focuses his camera lens not only on the big names of Grand Prix competitions, but backstage as well, on the beautiful women who make up an inseparable part of the world of fast cars. The exhibition in the Mirbach Palace on Františkánske Square 11 is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 11:00 and 18:00 until January 14. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-1556.


The Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra - The prominent chamber orchestra and mezzo soprano Eva Garajová perform works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Edward Elgar, Ottorino Respighi, and Béla Bartók.
Starts: Jan 14, 16:00. Admission: Sk150. Small Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

Plug_in Café - A sound workshop with that collectively searches for new sounds and media.
Starts: Jan 14, 18:00. Admission: free. A4 Club, Nám. SNP 12.

New Year Concert - Folklore ensembles Hájenka, Lúčka, Jarabinka, and Poleno celebrate the New Year.
Starts: Jan 11, 19:00. Admission: Sk60. Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

Evening of Modern Dance - The Bralen Dance Theatre and Bohemia Ballet from Prague perform.
Starts: Jan 13, 19:00. Admission: Sk150. Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture), Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776.

I Wish to God that ... - Fero Lipták, an artist whose works bind theatre and film's interchangeable styles, exhibits his imaginative paintings.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until January 14. Admission: free. Michalský Dvor Gallery, Michalská 3. Tel: 02/5441-1079.

Evergrey - The progressive metal/power metal band from Sweden arrives during a stop on its Monday Morning Apocalypse Tour.
Starts: January 11, 20:00. Admission: Sk399. Stará Pekáreň music club, Rázusova 2. Tel: 0905/702-971.

From Jerusalem to All Nations - This display introduces Christianity's early history through 46 panels and unique portrayals of Palestine from the time of Christ.
Open: Tue 13:00-18:00, Wed and Thu 9:00-12:00, 13:00-18:00, Sat and Sun 13:00-18:00 until January 31. Admission: Sk10. Exhibition hall of the Synagogue, Pri Synagóge. Tel: 037/161-86.


New Year Concerts - The Žilina Slovak Sinfonietta, with soprano Alžbeta Trgová and baritone Šimon Svitok, plays popular melodies from operas and operettas under the baton of Árpád Krämer.
Starts: Jan 9 and 10, 19:00. Admission: Sk150-Sk250. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.

Vincent Hložník - A selection of almost 30 masterpieces by one of the most prominent representatives of the Slovak visual arts. The works are from a collection of more than one hundred paintings that the artist donated to the Slovak nation in 1993 through the Matica Slovenská, the Slovak national and cultural heritage organization.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-15:00 until February 15, phone appointment recommended 043/4133-092, 043/4133-012, or 043/4230-377. The first historical building of Matica Slovenská and new exhibition premises of Matičný Dom, Divadelná 23.


Starý Smokovec
Miloš Semančík's Christmas in the Tatras - This exhibition offers an overview of woodcarvings and other works of art Semančík has created over the last 30 years.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-16:00 until February 18. The Tatra Gallery in the Vila Flóra. Tel: 052/4422-388.

photo: Sme - Ján Krošlák

THE WINTER season always recalls the tradition of racing on krňačky, a wooden sledge once used by woodcutters for transporting logs out of remote forests. Nowadays, machinery does the job the sledge used to, but this remarkable means of transport remains invaluable to those seeking an adrenaline rush. In winter, villages across central Slovakia hold krňačky races. Daredevils take to the wooden sledges in teams of two to see who can reach the bottom of a hill the fastest. The track is usually between 1,000 metres and 2,500 metres long. The next race takes place in Kordíky on January 13 at 10:30. For a list of upcoming races, visit

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