Western SLOVAKIABratislava FESTIVAL:THE FIRST week of December traditionally belongs to the popular Flamenco Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary by filling Bratislava with steamy Latin rhythms from December 3 to 7. As well as a number of performances by talented Slovak, Czech, Spanish, Cuban and even Israeli artists, the closing gala concert will feature guitarists Flaco de Nerja and Antonio Heredia, as well as dancers Ramon Martinez and Carmen Rios. Parts of the festival will also take place at the VŠMU Cinema Hall (Ventúrska 3), the Austrian Embassy’s Mozart Hall (Ventúrska 10), the Slovak Radio Concert Hall (Mýtna 1), the Hlava XXII music club (Bazová 9) and the PKO Culture and Leisure Park (Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3), starting usually at 19:00. Tickets cost between Sk100 (€3.32) and Sk550 (€18.25) for one performance. For more information, go to www.flamenco.sk.
OPERA: Orfeo ed Euridice – The Slovak National Theatre (SND) Opera performs two premieres of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s groundbreaking 18th century opera based on the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Starts: Dec. 5-6, 19:00. Admission: Sk400 - Sk1,100 (€13.28 - €36.51). The Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova 17. Tel: 02/5778-2534, www.snd.sk.
FESTIVAL: Country Night – Renowned Slovak and Czech country musicians including Allan Mikušek, Divozel and Pavel Dobeš perform.
Starts: Dec. 6, 19:00. Admission: Sk300 (€9.96) in advance, Sk340 (€11.29) at the door. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3. www.bkis.sk.
DANCE: IMT Smile & Slovak Dance Theatre – A unique combination of popular music and modern dance choreography.
Starts: Dec. 6, 19:00. Admission: Sk490 - Sk590 (€16.27 - €19.58). Heineken Tower Stage, Pribinova 25. Tel: 0907/401-880, www.heinekentowerstage.sk.
CRUISE: Cruise with Santa Claus – Santa exchanges his sledge for a ship to meet his little friends and give them small gifts.
Starts: Dec. 7, 15:00. Admission: Sk180 (€5.97). Ship Žilina, Passenger Port, Fajnorovo nábrežie 2. Tel: 02/5293-2226, www.lod.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Christmas Tour – The Gypsy Devils kick off a series of attractive concerts that will be taking place in several Slovak cities throughout December.
Starts: Dec. 2, 20:00. Admission: Sk349 (€11.58). Topoľčany Palace of Culture, Čs. armády 1. www.ciganskidiabli.sk.
EXHIBITION: Illusion of Space – Seventeen Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, German and British artists focus on the concept of illusion and portray space from a completely new perspective.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until February 2. Admission: Sk20 (€0.66). Nitrianska galéria (Nitra Gallery), Župné námestie 3, Nitra. Tel: 037/6579-641.
DANCE: Buticcula and Melting into Reality – Jaro Vinařský and Tomáš Krivošík, both renowned choreographers, present two dance performances. They tell the stories of those who are not able to “fit” into reality and so have had to “melt” into it.
Starts: Dec. 7, 20:00. Admission: Sk100 (€3.32). The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk.
EXHIBITION: Reconstruction of Your Face – This display by Marimekko Lumimarja, a Franco-American visual artist, examines the “female mind” by exploring the life of his mother and grandmother.
Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00, until December 10. Admission: free. Central Slovak Gallery’s Room 19-21, Skutecký Villa, Horná 55. Tel: 048/4701-625, www.ssgbb.sk.
CONCERT:THE LEGENDARY Electric Light Orchestra will visit Košice on December 1. This symphonic rock group from Birmingham plays a rare combination of popular and classical music, which earned them a reputation as “English guys with big fiddles” in the United States. Although the ELO officially disbanded in 1986, they have recently reunited to tour Europe, and have even released new hits. Having sold over 100 million albums, they are still among the world’s top-selling bands. The concert will be held at the Steel Arena at Nerudova 12 at 20:00, with tickets costing between Sk490 (€16.27) and Sk690 (€22.90). For more information, go to www.steelarena.sk.
OPERA: Nabucco at Steel Arena – This exciting rendition of Verdi’s famous opera, directed by Michael Tarant and conducted by Norbert Baxxa, features such noted singers as Richard Haan, Pauleta De Vaughn, David Szendiuch and Andrea Kalivodová.
Starts: Dec. 4, 20:00. Admission: Sk999 - Sk1,990 (€33.16 - €66.06). Steel Arena, Nerudova 12. Tel: 055/16-186, www.mickosice.sk.
EXHIBITION: 10-20-30 – Artists from the nearby Tatras exhibit their works to mark the 10th anniversary of the TG Exhibition Hall.
Open: Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00, until December 31. Admission: Sk20 (€0.66). The Tatra Gallery Exhibition Hall, Alžbetina 30. Tel: 052/7721-968, www.tatragaleria.sk.