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THE ORGANISERS of the biggest open-air music festival in Slovakia, Pohoda, are again showing their dedication to music and fans. After French electronic duo Air, the planned headliner at this year's Pohoda, failed to perform due to technical reasons, the festival organisers arranged a special concert for them on November 25 in Bratislava. Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are in Bratislava as part of their tour to promote their latest album, Pocket Symphony. But since Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon, who perform on the CD as guest artists, will not be along for the tour, the duo plans to perform only four songs from the album. They will also play and sing selections from all their albums. The concert takes place in the PKO (Culture and Leisure Park) at Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu starting at 19:00. Tickets cost between Sk399 and Sk599. For more information, go to www.bazantpohoda.sk.


50 Cent - Members of G-Unit, DJ Whoo Kid, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, sing backup for American rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson during his first concert in Slovakia, which is part of the promotion of his third studio album, Curtis.
Starts: Nov 20, 20:00. Admission: Sk1,099. Sibamac Aréna, the National Tennis Centre, Príkopova 6. www.vivien.sk.

Christmas Market - The lights hanging on the huge Christmas tree on Bratislava's Main Square will be switched on to mark the opening of the city's annual Christmas market. This year, residents and visitors to Bratislava will be able to buy Christmas presents, decorations, handicrafts, and food and drink at more than 100 different stands. A stage on the main square will host a rich programme of Christmas events.
Runs: Nov 23-Dec 23. Admission: free. Main Square, Františkánske Square.

Festival of New Russian Films - This festival, whose programme includes masterclasses with professors from the Moscow State Film Academy VGIK and meetings with Slovak and Russian film producers, opens the season of Russian culture in Bratislava.
Runs: Nov 22 - 25. Admission: free. Tatra cinema, 1. mája Square. Tel: 02/4342-2902.

Andy Fletcher - The co-founder and keyboardist from Depeche Mode performs for the Slovak public as a DJ.
Starts: Nov 23, 20:00. Admission: Sk490. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta. Tel: 02/12-111. www.xl.sk.

Swing Ball - The Bratislava Hot Serenaders and Ondřej Havelka and His Melody Makers from the Czech Republic treat everyone to a Swing Ball.
Starts: Nov 24, 19:00. Admission: Sk1,900 and Sk2,100. Hotel Carlton, Hviezdoslavovo Square. Tel: 02/5443-5667, www.serenaders.sk.

Alexander Dubček Prize - About 500 international couples of various ages compete in standard and Latino dances. Gala programmes start at 19:00 on both days of the competition, which is on the list of the International Dance Sport Federation.
Runs: Nov 24-25, starting at 10:00. Admission: Sk300 (daily ticket). Sibamac Arena (The National Tennic Centre), Príkopova 6. www.cad.ktc.sk.

I am I - Popular Czech singer Marta Kubišová, who gained fame before the Prague Spring and only returned to the stage after the fall of communism, gives a concert.
Starts: Nov 20, 19:00. Admission: Sk500. Staré divadlo (The Old Theatre), 7. Pešieho Pluku Street. Tel: 0905/702-971, www.staredivadlo.sk.


Liptovský Mikuláš
Jarek Nohavica - The Czech songwriter and singer gives a concert.
Starts: Nov 19, 19:00. Admission: Sk330. Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture), Hollého 4. Tel: 0903153-838.

Banská Bystrica
Teodor Jozef Mousson - This display features works by this painter from the eastern Slovak region of Zemplín that depict landscapes, reflections of light, the world of markets, and others.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until December 2. Admission: Sk40. Stredoslovenská Galéria (The Central Slovak Gallery), Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4124-167.


Slovak Triptych - Famous Slovak dance and music folk ensemble Lúčnica performs a show inspired by three aspects of traditional Slovak culture: shepherding, handicrafts and peasantry.
Starts: Nov 22, 19:00. Admission: Sk290-Sk590. Steel Arena. Tel: 055/6258-888.

Intimate Distances, Distanced Intimacies - This display presents works by naive painter Anna Ličková and her granddaughter Alena Kolesárová-Ličková.
Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00 until January 30. Admission: Sk30, Sk15. Spišské Múzeum (The Spiš Museum) in the historical town hall, Námestie Majstra Pavla 40. Tel: 053/4512-786.

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THE SLOVAK Dance Theatre and Štúdio L+S have prepared a stylistically diverse show called Labuťko, which is connected to one of the best-known and beautiful works of classical ballet, Swan Lake, by Piotr Tchaikovsky. The ballet serves only as background, as spectators find themselves backstage at a theatre that's staging it. There, an ageing dancer, performed by Marián Geišberg, is watching the theatre's star ballerina, a charming swan full of innocence and talent. He falls in love with her, but due to his age, he must assume the role of a Cyrano. Labuťko is directed and choreographed by Ján Ďurovčík. Within the Slovak tour, Dom Kultúry (The House of Culture) at Hollého 4 in Liptovský Mikuláš stages the show on November 25. The performance starts at 19:00. Tickets cost Sk250 (in advance) and Sk300 (at the door). For more information about the show, call 02/5464-5811.

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