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WELCOME to Partyslava! By this slogan Bratislava invites foreigners as well as its citizens to spend the last night of the year in the city's downtown. The programme is rich, offering performances for all generations. Traditionally, the Main Square hosts the programme's highlights, featuring Slovak pop-stars, such as Peha, Ghymes and Hex. A Silvester disco takes place at Hviezdoslavo námestie. Jazz, retro and world genres are planned to sound on Námestie Ľ Štúra. The evening peaks with the countdown to midnight and a fireworks display, designed by Art2Architecture from London, will light up the Danube embankment. The 20-minute light-acoustic-pyrotechnic show accompanied by live drumming starts on Rázusovo - Vajanského nábrežie at 23:50. For more information call 02/5935-6155.


Christmas Concert of Karol Malý - Singer and guitar player Karol Malý has invited baritone Martin Babjak, jazzman Peter Lipa, Jewish songs' performer Ervín Schönhauser, Octet Singers, Pavel Zajáček Band & Christmas Strings and children's choir Canens among others to perform at a charity concert for the Foundation for Cancer Research.
Starts: Dec 20 at 19:00. Admission: charity. Dom kultúry (Culture House) Dúbravka, Saratovská 2/A. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

- Final Concert of JS Bach Festival - Organist Ján V. Michalko plays.
Starts: Dec 21, 19:00. Admission: Sk100, Sk150. Veľký evanjelický kostol (Great Evangelic Church), Panenská ulica. Tel: 02/5932-7716.

The Fugees - The hip-hop band finally arrives to play its postponed concert.
Starts: Dec 22 at 20:00. Admission: Sk1,090-Sk1,590. Expo arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 02/6727-3031.

Hana Hegerová - The Czech chanson legend sings.
Starts: Jan 5 at 19:00. Admission: Sk600-Sk700. Nová Scéna, Živnostenská 1. Tel: 02/5292-3341.
EXHIBITION: Nativity Scenes from Krakow - The exhibition presents the most beautiful nativity scenes created by a special guild of creators of nativity scenes from the second half of the 19th century.
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00 until January 5. Admission: free. Poľský inštitút (Polish Institute), Námestie SNP 27. Tel: 02/5443-2013.

Figure in Contemporary Norwegian Ceramics and Contemporary Norwegian Glass - The display consists of over 50 masterpieces of modern Norwegian glass and ceramic arts.
Open: Mon-Sat 12:00-18:00 until January 8. Galéria Z, Zichy palace, Ventúrska 9, Tel.: 0903/468-776.


Autoslide 2006 - The huge automotive show including a competition of cars on a speedway track, opens the motorist's 2006 season.
Starts: Jan 8 at 11:30. Admission: Sk200. Castrol Arena, Potočná 9. Tel: 033/7720-891.

Banská štiavnica
Christmas at the Old Castle - The display presents nativity scenes from wood, ceramics, paper, textile and cornhusks (šúpolie) and documents the rich tradition of creating nativity scenes with mining motifs in the region.
Open: Mon-Sun 8:30-16:00 until January 31. Admission: Sk60. Slovenské banské museum (Slovak Mining Museum), Starý zámok (Old castle), Starozámocká 11. Tel: 045/ 6913-113.


Brothers Dvorský - The brothers, including prominent opera singers Peter and Miroslav, sing Silent Night and other Christmas songs.
Starts: Dec 21 at 20:00. Admission: Sk595. Dóm Sv Alžbety (St Elisabeth's Cathedral). Tel: 055/6258-888.

Csermely Choir's New Year Concert - Hungarian and Slovak singers perform.
Starts: Jan 7 at 18:00. Admission: Sk120-Sk200. Dom Umenia (The House of Arts), Moyzesova 66. Tel: 055/6227-216.

Gypsies in Old Cards - A unique selection of original postcards with a gypsy topic from 1900 till 1930 comes from the private and public collections of the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire (Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Hungary).
Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-14:00 (closed 23.12.-2.1.) until January 15. Admission: Sk15. Dom Fotografie (House of Photography), Námestie sv Egídia 3633/44. Tel: 052/7723-818 .

Karol Baron (photo: Stanislav Bodorík)

THE ORAVA Gallery in Dolný Kubín celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the event, Slovakia's third most visited gallery holds two exhibitions. The first, entitled Hommage a Karol Baron, honours the painter who used to live in Dolný Kubín and who always pointed out the important role that the town played in his artistic career. The second, Baroque Sculptures of Orava, presents local baroque masterpieces that bear traces of the region in which they were created: a bit mysterious and different from artworks from other regions. Both exhibitions are open between Tuesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 until January 8. Tickets cost Sk20. The Orava gallery (Oravská galéria) is situated in Župný dom at Hviezdoslavovo námestie 11. For more information call 043/5863-212.

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