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EXHIBITION: THE SERBIAN brass ensemble Boban Markovic Orkestar returns to Bratislava to give a concert on January 30. The 13-member band will play songs from its latest album, The Promise - King of Balkan Brass, released in 2005, as well as its hit Buba Mara from the movie Black Cat, White Cat by Emir Kusturica. Markovic and his brass band have received world acclaim and won numerous awards. The concert in the Arena Theatre at Viedenská 10 starts at 20:00. Standing room tickets cost Sk799 and seats cost Sk1,299. For more information, call 02/6720-2550.


LIVE MUSIC: Ida Kelarová - Ida Kelarová, the first lady of Czech Roma music, finally gives her concert that was postponed in September due to illness. She is accompanied by top Czech and Slovak professional musicians: singer and guitarist Desiderius Dužda, keyboardist Ondrej Krajňák, saxophonist Radovan Tariška, drummer Marián Ševčík and bassist Tomáš Baroš, who again combine the Roma music with jazz elements and Latin American rhythms.

Starts: Jan 29, 19:00. Admission: Sk200 (in advance), Sk250(at the door). PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie Ľ. Svobodu. Tel: 02/5935-6650.


LIVE MUSIC: Desoriental Evening - Oriental dancers Inga Matulová and Zuzana Zelinová and their students perform to music by the Slovak popular Latino music band Mango Molas. Czech ethno/world music band Gothart is the special guest of the evening.

Starts: Feb 1, 19:00. Admission: Sk320. Zrkadlový Háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Tel: 02/6383-6776, www.orientalnytanec.sk.


BALL: BSK Ball - The second edition of the charitable Ball of the Bratislava Regional Government takes place. The programme features Czech music stars Karel Gott, Lucia Bílá and Dan Nekonečný.

Starts: Feb 1, 19:00. Admission: Sk3,000. Incheba, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Tel: 0903/239-624.


FOLKLORE: Pictures from Slovakia - The prominent folk dance and music ensemble SĽUK presents its latest show.

Starts: Feb 3, 19:00. Admission: Sk350-Sk500. Nová Scéna Theatre, Živnostenská 10. Tel: 2/5296-7638.


EXHIBITION: Euro, Our Currency - This interactive exhibition displays general information about the currency that Slovakia expects to adopt on January 1, 2009.

Runs: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00 until February 7. Admission: free. The Café Museum at the Slovak National Museum, Vajanského 2. www.snm.sk.


EXHIBITION: Sto-Sto-Stone - This exhibition, which is subtitled Stone over Gold or What is Hidden inside Stone, is the fifth of a multi-volume series of exhibitions devoted to materials.

Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until April 27. Admission: Sk10. Bibiana, the International House of Art for Children, Panská 41. Tel: 02/5443-1308.


EXHIBITION: The Museum of the Slovak National Parliaments - The museum has opened three exhibitions. The Path to Independence display (until June 2008) presents the Slovak Republic's progress since the split of the Czech-Slovak Federal Republic. The second exhibition, We Got as Gift, presents about 30 gifts that past speakers of parliament received. It will last until the end of September 2008. The Silk Dreams exhibition presents painted silk works by locals.

Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00. Admission: Sk20, Sk60. The Museum of the Slovak National Parliaments, Štúrova 2. Tel: 034/6541-411.



EXHIBITION: THE ART Gallery in Žilina presents works by young Slovak artist Barbara Kubániová in the exhibition Spot/Spod. Kubániová is a graduate from the Faculty of Arts at the Technical University in Košice, where she studied in the atelier of prominent Slovak artist Rudolf Sikora. The exhibited series of her latest photos is a continuation of her diploma thesis, in which she dealt with the deformation of the human body. The artist perceives deformation as a result of looking at reality from a different point of view. Thus in her photos she displays a figure from below, which completely changes its proportions. This also changes the point of gravity of the human body. Moreover, the fact that the body in the picture does not have a head symbolises the loss of identity. This attitude also highlights the artistic line she pursues in her photos, when it is not understandable on first viewing what the photos depict. The exhibition in the gallery at M. R. Štefánika 2 is open between Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Tickets cost Sk10. For more information, call 041/5622-522.


LIVE MUSIC: There is Only One Music - This concert featuring Slovak violin player Stano Palúch, Moldavian cymbalist Marcel Comendant and Slovak double-bassist Róbert Ragan combines classical music with jazz, ethno and world music under the baton of Czech conductor Eduard Tomaštík.

Starts: Jan 31, 19:00. Admission: Sk150, Sk200, Sk250. The House of Art Fatra, Dolný val 47. Tel: 041/5620-979.


EXHIBITION: Lithography as Message - Austrian graphic designer Dieter Josef exhibits his graphic works, in which he overlays various ethno motifs captured while wandering around the globe.

Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-12:30 and 13:00-16:00 until February 29. Admission: Sk10. The Museum of Coins and Medals, Štefánikovo Square 33/40. Tel: 045/6743-261.



FILM: Search for Message - The presentation of documentary films by Dana Rusnoková, Róbert Šveda and Peter Pikna from the European international project Search for Message.

Starts: Jan 30, 19:00. Admission: Sk33. IC Culture Train, Nižná úvrať 25, Vyšné Opátske. Tel: 055/6424-488, www.icct.sk.


EXHIBITION: And Years Went By - This photo display commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Šariš Gallery.

Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-18:00, Sun 14:00-18:00. Admission: Sk20. The Šariš Gallery, Hlavná 51. Tel: 051/7725-423.

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