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EUROPARTY, which bears the motto With a Voice to Europe, takes place at the National Tennis Centre on April 28 and 29 in celebration of Slovakia's entry to the EU. On the first day of the party, German techno band Scooter will hit the stage at 19:00. The next day at the same time, Chico and the Gypsies will perform. The band's founder, Chico, is a former member of the legendary Gipsy Kings. The other guests of the event, the Slovak bands Flamenco and Devil's Violin, will both perform before the party begins and after it ends. The National Tennis Centre is located at Príkopova 6. Tickets are Sk990 and can be purchased at the centre or via www.ticketportal.sk. Tel: 0903/776-686.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ondřej Kukal and featuring violinist Ivan Ženatý, performs music by Antonín Dvořák and Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
Starts: Apr 28 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk160-Sk190. Koncertná sieň Slovenskej filharmónie (Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic), Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5443-3352.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Peter Keuschnig, performs music by Johannes Brahms and Arnold Schönberg.
Starts: Apr 29 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk140-Sk170. Koncertná sieň Slovenskej filharmónie (Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic), Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5443-3352.

EXHIBITION: The Most Beautiful Books of Slovakia 2003 - Display of the best-looking Slovak books released last year.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until June 6. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-4986.

EXHIBITION: Under the Castle - The Bratislava castle area is depicted in photographs, graphic works, and paintings from the Bratislava City Gallery collection.
Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until June 27. Admission: Sk30, Sk60. Mirbachov palác (Mirbach Palace), Františkánske nám. 11. Tel: 02/5443-1556.

EXHIBITION: Thousand Eyes - Photographer Soňa Macejáková captures the relationship between a guide dog and his blind master.
Open: Mon-Thu 9:00-18:00, Fri 9:00-15:00, Sat 9:00-17:00 until May 12. Admission: free. Club 22, Vavilovova 22. Tel: 02/6224-4789.


EXHIBITION: Hurray to Europe - Slovak caricaturists display their political satire works.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 13:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 6. Admission: free. Kultúrno-spoločenské centrum Fontána (Fontána Cultural-Social Centre), Beethovenova 1, Piešťany. Tel: 033/7718-990.


THE 14TH annual May Cultural Festival will take place on April 30 and May 1 in the western Slovak city of Partizánske. The country band Dukát from Topoľčany will start the programme at 17:30 on Friday, at SNP Square. Folk ensemble Jánošík will perform afterwards, followed by the popular band Senzus. A mega dance party will start at 22:00 with a performance by the Modance dance group. The next day, May 1, the events start at 9:00 with a concert by the brass band Hradišťanka. An hour later, political parties and the city's representatives will welcome the citizens. Folk ensemble Marína from Zvolen closes the programme with a performance that starts at 10:30. Tel: 038/7493-815.
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LIVE MUSIC: Berkley College International Jazz Friends - Slovak bass guitarist Oskar Rózsa, American guitarist John Shannon, and Slovak drummer Martin Valihora perform jazz.
Starts: Apr 29 at 20:00. Tickets: Sk100, Sk130. Rondel Club 23, Závodská 6, Žilina. Tel: 041/7641-929.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Banská Bystrica State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Pavol Tužinský and featuring clarinettist Bibiana Bieniková, performs music by international composers to celebrate the country's entry to the EU.
Starts: Apr 30 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk120. Štátna opera (The State Opera), Národná 11, Banská Bystrica. Tel: 048/4155-715.

EXHIBITION: Milan Sokol - Artist from Banská Bystrica displays collages made of stamps he creates himself.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 until July 8. Admission: Sk15, Sk30. Centrum Kolomana Sokola (Koloman Sokol Centre), Námestie osloboditeľov 28, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5620-035.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Košice State Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mirko Krajči Cilea and featuring soloists from the Košice conservatory, performs music by Gaetano Donizetti and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Starts: Apr 28 at 19:00. Tickets: Sk60, Sk70, Sk80. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66, Košice. Tel: 055/6220-763.

EXHIBITION: Euro-top-anka - Artists Ivana Pančáková and Viktor Žigik document a children's project featuring 430 paintings of shoes on a local pedestrian zone.
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thur 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-18:00 until May 16. Admission: Sk10, Sk20. Šarišská galéria (Šariš Gallery), Hlavná 51, Prešov. Tel: 051/7581-121.

Prepared by Kristína Havasová

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