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BRATISLAVA hosts the ninth year of the International Festival of Francophone Film(FIFFBA) 2007 between March 15 and 25. The concept of this year's festival will be significantly different from last year's successful edition. This year, for the first time, the festival will be divided into two parts, with films from France being screened as an independent section. The traditional festival of francophone film will take place in the Tatra cinema at Námestie 1. mája 5 between March 15 and 20. It will present 18 movies from 11 countries, including the Canadian film Maurice Richard by Charles Binamé and the Belgian film Ordinary Man by Vincent Lannoo. The new Festival of French Film will take place in the Tatra Cinema and in the Palace Cinemas multiplex in the Aupark shopping centre. Its featured films include Arthur et Les Minimoys (Arthur and the Minimoys) by Luc Besson. Tickets cost Sk70. For more information, go to www.fiff-bratislava.sk (in Slovak and French).


Ron Affif Trio - This concert by the unusual trio of American guitarist Ron Affif - whose music has been compared to that of George Benson - Slovak guitarist Juraj Griglák and talented slovak drummer Martin Valihora promises fun for the performers as well as the public.
Starts: March 13, 20:00. Admission: Sk180 (in advance), Sk220 (at the door). The Slovak Radio, Studio 1, Mýtna 1. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Bratislava-Prague Chamber Concert - Slovak guitarist Miriam Rodriguez-Brullová and the Talichuv chamber orchestra from the Czech Republic perform.
Starts: March 15, 19:00. Admission: Sk50, Sk100. Mirror Hall of the Primate Palace, Primaciálne Square. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Dance Fever - The Culture and Information Centre of Bratislava and the Jagermajster Dance School organize a ballroom dancing event for the public.
Starts: March 18, 17:00. Admission: Sk50. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.

Defected in the House - Sam Holt and Gavin 'Face' Mills, rising stars of the Defected house music label, perform under the artistic name Copyright to introduce their latest compilation, Defected In the House@MIAMI 2007.
Starts: March 17, 21:00. Admission: Sk350. Dopler Club, Prievozská 18. www.dopler.sk

Supernova - Works by female artists - half from Austria, the other half Slovak - are joined together into one project.
Open: Mon, Tue, Thur 10:00-18:00, Wed 9:00-18:00, Fri 9:00-16:00 until April 17. Admission: free. Austrian Culture Forum, Zelená 7. Tel: 02/5464-1337.

Solo concert - Phenomenal singer and violin player Iva Bittová begins her tour across Slovakia with a solo project prior to her long stay in the USA.
Starts: March 15, 19:00. Admission: Sk249. Staré Divadlo, Ul. 7. pešieho pluku. Tel: 037/6524-091. For more tour dates, go to www.bittova.com.

Becky Buller and the Blue Velevet Band - The US bluegrass singer and her guests perform.
Starts: March 17, 19:00. The Culture Centre, Holubyho ul. 42. Tel: 033/6412-093.

Castles Liven Up - This display transports history lovers to the 13th century and behind the walls of medieval castles to show them what life at such places was once like.
Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-11:30, 12:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 23. Ponitrianske Múzeum (Nitra Museum), Štefánikova trieda 1. Tel: 037/6510-000.


Piano Recital by Mikuláš Škuta - The prominent piano player plays works by J.S. Bach.
Starts: March 14, 19:00. Admission: Sk60, Sk80, Sk100. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.

Morena, Morena - Folklore ensemble Šťastné Detstvo performs spring folk traditions, including the casting away of Morena, a straw figure in female clothing that symbolizes winter, into a river.
Starts: March 18, 15:00. Admission: free. Main square in Brezno. Tel: 048/6111-534.

Hardware Jewellery - Bring parts from old computers and keyboards and have them recycled into jewellery and accessories under the auspices of Zuzana Černáková.
Starts: March 17, 15:00. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture centre. Tel: 0907/137-145.


David Kollar Band and Guests - The Czech band plays from its latest CD, The Way from East.
Starts: March 15, 19:00. Admission: Sk80. Ges Club, Laca Novomeského 13. Tel: 055/7299-211.

International Festival of Dance and Music of Children and Youth - Ensembles from Ukraine, Belarus and Slovakia perform at the 4th year of the festival.
Runs: March 17-20, 14:00. Admission: Sk10. Úsmev cinema, Nám. Majstra Pavla 58. Tel: 053/4512-208.

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MIXED MEMORY, the latest project by Slovak visual artist Peter Rónai to appear in the Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, mixes several artistic styles, ideas and means of expressions. Black-and-white, often deformed self-portraits of the artist dominate the video installations. Into each of the portraits, Rónai placed a small video screening various situations, enabling visitors to peer inside the artist's micro-world. The exhibition takes place in the Ján Koniarek Gallery at Koppel House on Zelený kríček 3. It is open between Tuesday and Friday between 10:00 and 18:00 and on Saturday and Sunday between 13:00 and 18:00 until March 27. Tickets cost Sk20. For more information, call 033/5511-659.

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