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BRATISLAVA City Gallery presents an almost complete collection of prints by Belgian artist James Ensor (1860-1949). His unique portrayals of grotesque humanity made him a principal precursor of 20th-century expressionism and surrealism. Typical for the work of the great artist, who was never fully accepted as a painter during his life, are grotesque, masked and semi-fantastic scenes. Symbols of death are often present in his work. The display also shows a print alternative to his famous large canvas Christ's Entry Into Brussels. The exhibition in the Mirbach palace at Františkánske námestie 11 is open daily except Monday between 11:00 and 18:00 until June 19. Tickets cost Sk80. For more information call 02/5443-1556.
photo: Bratislava City Gallery

SHOW: Children to Children - Slovak ice-hockey stars compete and Russian polar bears on skates dance during a benefit ice-hockey match.
Starts: May 23 at 17:00. Admission: Sk100, Sk200. Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, Odbojárov 9. Tel: 02/4437-2828.

LIVE MUSIC: Sako, Stares, Cliché - Bratislava rock bands hold a concert.
Starts: May 26 at 20:00. Admission: Sk50. Stoka theatre, Pribinova 1.

COMPETITION: Nice Mile - Sprint into 242 steps is part of the tenth year of a public running competition attended by diplomats and ex-politicians.
Starts: May 29 at 8:30. Admission: free. Horský park area. Tel: 02/5478-9050.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Momentum Musicum - Violoncellist Jana Englerová, flautist Linda Sakálošová, and pianists Juraj Růžička and Vasilena Verbovská play Mouquet, Beethoven, Fauré and Saint-Saěns.
Starts: May 29 at 16:00. Admission: Sk80. CC Centre, Jiráskova 3. Tel: 02/6382-4390.

EXHIBITION: New Works - Artist Viktor Hulík, sculptor behind the legendary Čumil, Bratislava's landmark sculpture of a man peering out of a sewer, presents his latest works.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00 until May 31. Admission: free. Francúzsky inštitút (French Institute), Sedlárska 7. Tel: 02/5934-7777.

EXHIBITION: Res Publica - Nineteen young artists from the In atelier of Ilona Németh depict the loss of direct communication, pseudo-values, social hypocrisy and other problems of contemporary society in a visual arts exhibition.
Runs: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00 until June 5. Admission: free. Open Gallery, Baštová 5. Tel: 02/5441-3316.



EXHIBITION: And Death Arrived on Wings - A display of historical photos from between 1944 and 1945 recalls the bombing of Nové Zámky, and its consequences.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat 9:00-13:00 until June 30. Admission: Sk30. Vlastivedné museum (History museum), Pribinova 6, Nové Zámky. Tel: 035/ 6400-626.


DAYS of Dance will feature more than 250 children from 17 dance groups from the Orava region performing in culture houses in Rabča and Oravská Jasenica on May 28 and 29. The third year of the event - divided into modern, country and ballroom dancing - will start Saturday at 17:00 in the culture house in Oravská Jasenica. The second day will take place in the culture house in Rabča, with shows starting at 15:00. A two-day workshop for those interested in children's non-folk dance starts at 9:00 in Rabča. For more information call 043/5864-928.
photo: Oravské osvetové stredisko

FESTIVAL: International Folk Festival - Apart from Slovak ensembles, Italian Gli Paes Mei, Ukrainian Polisjanočka, Hungarian Tücsök and Indian Darshali perform during the fifth year of the children's festival.
Runs: May 23-28. Public areas and schools in Zvolen and its surroundings. Tel: 0903/521-845.

LIVE MUSIC: What New Has Happened - Czech world-music band Čechomor promotes its latest CD.
Starts: May 29 at 20:00. Admission: Sk200. Sports hall Štiavničky, Švermova 32, Banská Bystrica. Tel: 048/4155-085.


LIVE MUSIC: Laco Déczi - The world-renowned jazz trumpeter of Slovak origin and his band Celula New York plays a concert within his European tour.
Starts: May 26 at 20:00. Admission: Sk150. Route 66 restaurant, Belopotockého 4, Liptovský Mikuláš. Tel: 044/5623-017.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Košice Music Spring - The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir perform Beethoven and Mozart at the final concert of the 50th year of the festival.
Starts: May 27 at 19:00. Admission: Sk250-350. Dom umenia (House of Arts), Moyzesova 66, Košice. Tel: 055/6220-763.

Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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