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THE NINTH year of the Flamenco Festival, the only one of its kind in Eastern and Central Europe, takes place in Bratislava from November 28 to December 1. The festival opens with Guitar Confrontations, a concert featuring jazz guitarist Peter Luha, flamenco guitarists Morenito de Triana and Flaco de Nerja (both from Slovakia) and Spanish guitarist Rubén Campos, at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (VŠMU) on November 28. The next day, Slovak flamenco troupe Remedios is performing Entre el Sol y la Luna, a show that combines flamenco, opera and chamber music, at the Pálffy Palace at Zámocká Street. On November 30, Remedios is performing from its latest album, Kardamón, which is spiced by singer Ismael Fernandéz and other artists that have cooperated with the troupe since its inception. The final show of the festival features world-class dancer Juan Polvillo and his Compania Flamenco in a performance called Compás a DOS. Dance and percussion workshops are part of the festival as well. Tickets cost from Sk50 to Sk400. For more information, go to www.flamenco.sk.


Chemical Brothers - This Grammy Award-winning British duo arrives in Slovakia to play from its latest album, We Are The Night.
Starts: Nov 26, 20:00. Admission: Sk1,199-Sk1,599. Sibamac Arena (The National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. www.equinoxe.sk.

Jape and Venca Václavek and Miloš Dvořáček - A double concert by the Irish band and the newest show by Czech singer Venca Václavek takes place.
Starts: Nov 27, 19:00. Admission: Sk200. A4 - nultý priestor (A4 - Zero Space), Nám. SNP 12. www.a4.sk.

Rihanna - The beautiful and talented 19-year-old singer from Barbados, who won the MTV Video Music Award for best video and best single of 2007, performs in Bratislava at her only concert in Central and Eastern Europe.
Starts: Nov 27, 20:00. Admission: Sk1,399-Sk2,099. Sibamac Arena (The National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. www.equinoxe.sk.

Winter Žákovic Open - The winter version of this popular open-air music festival features Slovak and Czech bands such as Hex, Polemic, Mig 21, Vetroplach, and Cliché.
Stats: Nov 30, 18:00. Admission: Sk330. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. www.zakovicopen.sk.

Ghymes - The Hungarian world music band gives a Christmas concert.
Starts: Dec 2, 19:00. Admission: Sk290. The Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Tel: 02/5293-3321.

Rock Freeze - This rock festival features Nazareth from Britain, Arakain and Face of Agony from the Czech Republic, and Konflikt, Načo Názov, and Arzén from Slovakia.
Starts: Nov 30, 19:00. Admission: Sk300. Sports Hall. www.rockovemrazenie.sk.

Dolná Krupá
Festivities of Roses - This performance by children from the local primary school and exhibition of works by children from local art schools in Bratislava complete the revitalisation of the local rose garden established by Mária Henrieta Choteková, who was known as the Rose Countess in the early 20th century.
Starts: Dec 2, 15:00. The manor house in Dolná Krupá.
Tel: 02/5972-4212.

Vladimír Kompánek and Ladislav Moško -Two prominent Slovak artists, a sculptor and a painter, exhibit their works.
Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until December 2. M.A. Bazovského Gallery, Palackého 27. Tel: 032/7436-858.


St. Nicolas in Circus - This show features clowns, jugglers, animals and their trainers from around Europe.
Starts: Dec 1, 16:00. Admission: from Sk150.
Bôrik Sports Hall, Bôrik.
Tel: 045/5394-447.

Liptovský Mikuláš
Signals - This exhibition presents the project by well-known Slovak stage designer Boris Kudlička that won him the gold medal at the Prague Quadrennial earlier this year.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until March 2. Admission: Sk20. Peter Michal Bohúň Gallery, Tranovského 3. Tel: 044/5514-032.


Andre Ochodlo and Atelier Klezmer Band - The Polish singer and klezmer band give a concert.
Starts: Nov 26, 19:00. Admission: Sk140. The Historical City Hall. Tel: 055/6258-888.

Tommy Emmanuel - The Australian guitarist, best known as a master of playing fingerstyle, performs.
Starts: Nov 28, 19:00. Admission: Sk990. GeS, Laca Novomeského 13. Tel: 055/6224-303.

Starý Smokovec
Miroslav Potoma - The next exhibition in a cycle of naive art from eastern Slovakia takes place.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-17:00 until January 12. Admission: Sk20. The Tatra Gallery in the Vila Flóra. Tel: 052/4422-388.

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HOLIDAY on Ice, the biggest ice show in the world, is coming to Košice with Peter Pan on Ice, the world famous tale about the boy who could fly and never grew up. In the show, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy and her brothers do battle with Captain Hook and his pirates, with action taking place on and above the ice in beautiful costumes, special effects, spectacular flying acts, comedy and magnificent figure skating. Performances in the Steel Arena take place from November 29 to December 2. Tickets cost from Sk290 to Sk990. For more information, call 055/6224-303 or visit www.ges.sk.

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