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International Children's Day

International Children's Day on June 1 kicks off a rainbow of events in Bratislava. Slovak animated films will be shown at 10 o'clock and 11:30 Sunday morning at Kino Mladosť, while Bibiana, Bratislava's "Children's Museum," will host an exhibition of fantastic art, "Bienale Fantazie," and a stage performance of the Norwegian imp Pipi Longstocking and her mysterious twin Cin Cin. For times call Bibiana at 07/582-1648.

Proud young pet-owners are encouraged to enter mixed-breed specimens of the K-9 persuasion in Eko-Iuventa's "Bratislava Mixed Dog" contest, a subjective beauty pageant for un-licensed lesser cousins of those scrupulous pedigrees who keep their identity papers in strict order. The cuddly curs will be awarded prizes for most bowed or crooked legs, biggest ears, most original performance, and the degree of their resemblance to their owners. Prizes include a free trip to the pound for registration, with a bath thrown in. For more contact Eko-Iuventa at Budkova cesta 2 (near Slavin).

Singing Swedes

The Spanish Renaissance music ensemble from Sweden, "Ensemble Villancico," will play on May 27 at the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace in Bratislava. The 11-member group's performances have been resoundingly hailed in Sweden as "fresh, dazzling cascades that delight the ear and eye. . . anyone who thinks Spanish renaissance music is boring will be disabused at once of this erroneous impression."

The group's scheduled performance will be "Cancionero de Upsala," a choral work produced in Spain during the 16th century, printed in Venice and brought from Prague during the Thirty Years War to Stockholm (where it was lost for four centuries). Tickets for the show are available starting May 19 at Hviezdoslavovo nam. 24 from May. For information contact Ruben Kemeny, the Consul General of Sweden, at tel. 07/533-3867.

Junior executives to compete in Tokyo

Baťa Junior Achievement League's Business Academy in Levice has advanced to the third round of the Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge of 1997, placing Levice's team with 12 others from Slovakia now poised to compete at the worldwide playoffs in Tokyo, Japan next September. The international student business academy's global program sponsors computer-simulated management and marketing exercises where teams of motivated youngsters heading virtual companies compete with each other for profit, sales and market share. For more about Baťa's activities in Slovakia and more than 30 other countries, contact Silvia Pinterová, Baťa's marketing assistant at tel. 07/378-9252 or 378-9254.

MBA via Portugal

The University of Navarra, Portugal's international MBA program, IESCE, is promoting a new bilingual MBA program through joint MBA fairs with participating business schools in central Europe. The program includes a summer internship as part of the training process and an international exchange program with the best MBA schools in North America, Europe, and China. IESCE has been active for four years in Slovakia and elsewhere in central Europe promoting health service management development by exposing health-sector managers to new financing systems, and providing assistance in the pharmaceuticals sector. For more information contact Maria de la Puerta, the manager of IECE in Barcelona, Spain at tel. (343) 253-4200, or fax (343) 253-4343.

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