PERFORMANCE: Welcoming of Spring - Folk dance and music ensemble Lipa performs spring folk traditions, including the casting away of Morena, a straw figure dressed in female clothing symbolizing winter, into the Danube River.
Starts: Mar 21 at 16:00. Admission: free. Bratislava centre - streets Ventúrska, Sedlárska, Rybná brána, Hviezdoslavovo square, Mostová, Vajanského nábrežie, passenger port. Tel: 02/4488-6302.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert - The Slovak ensemble Musica Aeterna, which specializes in baroque and classical pieces, performs works by Vivaldi, Durante and Pergolesi.
Starts: Mar 22 at 19:00. Admission: Sk130. Malá sála Slovenskej Filharmónie (Little hall of the Slovak Philharmonic), Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

LIVE MUSIC: Soundbridges - The biggest concert so far within the Digitopia series, introduces the world experimental scene, featuring German-British electro-acoustic trio TOOT, French pairing Jerome Noetinger and Erik M, plus British musicians Kaffe Matthews and Leafcutter John.
Starts: Mar 23 at 20:00. Admission: SK200. A4-Zero Space, Námestie SNP. Tel: 0905/316-272.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Stabat Mater - The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir perform Antonín Dvořák's masterpiece.
Starts: Mar 24 at 19:00. Admission: Sk210-250. Koncertná sieň Slovenskej filharmónie (Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic), Palackého 2. Tel: 02/5920-8233.

PERFORMANCE: Easter Passion Play - The performance depicts the last days of Christ on earth.
Starts: Mar 24 at 19:00. Admission: free. Hlavné námestie. Tel: 02/5924-6111.

DANIEL Brunovský, brother of renowned Slovak graphic artist Albín Brunovský, presents works he created over the last decade as part of the Graphic Works 1996-2005 exhibition. They include cycles of Biblical Motives, Searching for Eden, the Dream of Don Quixote, Hell and Heaven and the Art of Loving. Daniel Brunovský says that his style is a family style since his works resemble those of his more famous brother to a certain extent. The exhibition takes place at Ardan Gallery, Dobrovičova 7. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 until April 8. Admission is free. For more information call 0905/443-106.
photo: Ardan Gallery

EXHIBITION: Self-portraits - Artist Karol Pichler's work is inspired by the short stories of Ján Lenčo.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until April 2. Admission: free. Nova Gallery, Baštová 2.
Tel: 02/5443-3039.

EXHIBITION: The Stations of the Cross - Photo display by Vladimíra Sidorová.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 April 9. Admission: free. F7 Gallery, Františkánske square 7. Tel: 02/5443-3335.


MARKET: Easter Market - Craftsmen sell traditional Easter products and folk ensembles perform.
Runs: Mar 18-24, 9:00-19:00. Admission: free. Námestie slobody, Prievidza. Tel: 046/5414-671.

EXHIBITION: Painted Spring Greeting - The display showcases more that 300 painted Easter eggs.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:30 until March 24. Admission: Sk15. Tríbečské múzeum (Tríbeč Museum), Krušovská 291, Topoľčany. Tel: 038/ 5323-253.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Eas-ter Concert - The Žilina mixed choir, piano player Bernadetta Šuňavská and Ukrainian soprano Natalia Melnik perform pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anton Bruckner
and Jan Křtitel Vaňhal,
under the baton of Oliver Dohnányi.
Starts: Mar 24 at 19:00. Admission: Sk100-200. Dom Umenia Fatra (Fatra House of Arts), Dolný Val 47, Žilina. Tel: 041/5620-979.

EXHIBITION: Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage in Caricature - The display presenting works by 88 artists from Slovakia and abroad is one of the highlights of the Slovak Mining Museum's year.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00 until March 31. Admission: Sk30. Berggericht, Námestie sv Trojice 6, Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6912-544.


THE SLOVAK Agricultural Museum in Nitra is opening an exhibition dedicated to traditional Easter folk customs, Colourful Days of Easter. During the March 22 opening at 10:00, children's folk ensemble Nitranček will demonstrate traditional spring customs and Easter plays. Visitors can learn Easter egg decoration and how to braid a whip. In the past, girls used to present decorated eggs to boys after the boys whipped them with wicker whips and doused them with water. Other activities include decorating honey cakes and making wire ornaments. Traditional folk decorations will also be on sale. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 and 15:00, and on Sunday between 13:00 and 16:00. Tickets cost Sk40 and Sk20. For more information call 037/6572-553.
photo: Ján Svrček

PERFORMANCE: Lord of the Dance - The phenomenal dance ensemble performs a show based on traditional Irish folk music and dance, enhanced by fast pop melodies, step and modern dance.
Starts: Mar 24 at 16:00 and 20:00. Admission: Sk1,299, Sk1,099. Mestská športová hala (Town Sports Hall), Pod Kamennou baňou 31. Prešov. Tel: 0907/696-486.

EXHIBITION: Milan Paštéta - The display presents oil paintings and graphic works by the co-founder of the Mikuláš Galanda group.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-13:00 until March 29. Admission: Sk5, Sk10, Sk20. Tatranská galéria (Tatra Gallery), Alžbetina 30, Poprad. Tel: 052/7721-968.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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