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Bratislava CONCERT:

TWO-TIME Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, a successful Australian guitarist with a professional career spanning almost five decades, will appear in Bratislava on November 21. The 54-year-old artist’s particular style of playing, which consists in using all ten fingers, has made him one of the most respected guitarists worldwide and enabled him to cooperate with stars such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Eric Clapton. Emmanuel will share the stage with his special guest, the Martin O’ Connor Trio, named after its leader, noted Irish accordionist. The concert will be held at the Istropolis Culture Centre at Trnavské mýto 1, starting at 20:00. Tickets cost between €25 and €35. For more information, call 02/50 22 87 39 or go to www.gedur.sk.


LIVE MUSIC: A Concert for the Aware – The Pohoda Agency and the Fair-Play Alliance watchdog NGO have prepared this mini-festival celebrating the fall of the Iron Curtain. The concert by The Plastic People of the Universe and the screening of a new Slovak documentary, Good Morning, are the highlights.

Starts: November 17, 17:11. Admission: €15 in advance, €17 at the door. PKO (Culture and Leisure Park), Nábrežie L. Svobodu 3. Tel: 02/2070-8251, www.pohodafestival.sk.


THEATRE: Shinnai Joruri & Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo – The Japan Embassy in Slovakia has invited a group of Japanese artists, who will perform short puppet-theatre plays and traditional Shinnai songs.

Starts: November 20, 19:00. Admission: €5 - €7. Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav Theatre, Laurinská 2. Tel: 02/5910-3122, www.mestskedivadlo.sk.


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mendelssohn at Pálffy’s – Moyzes Quartet, the well-known string ensemble from Skalica, gives a concert at the 200th anniversary of the birth of Slovak composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Starts: November 18, 19:00. Admission: €5. Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 47. Tel: 02/5935-6650, www.moyzesquartet.sk.


SPORTS: Ritro Slovak Open – This women’s and men’s tennis championship offers dramatic matches between some of the most successful players from both Slovakia and abroad.

Runs: November 16-22. Admission: €1 - €3 (one-day ticket). Sibamac Arena (National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. www.ritroopen.sk.


FUNDRAISING: Organissimo – A series of four chamber concerts, the proceeds of which will be used for the renovation of a precious 19th century organ at the Pezinok Parish Church.

Runs: November 19-22. Admission: voluntary. Various venues. Tel: 0904/161-513, www.auc.sk.


FAIR: Europaschau – Nitra resounds with all imaginable croaks and trills as the 26th international exhibition of poultry, pigeons, rabbits, guinea pigs and exotic birds arrives.

Runs: November 20-22. Admission: free. Agrokomplex Exhibition Hall, Výstavná 4. Tel: 02/5557-1156, www.agrokomplex.sk.


EXHIBITION: Sweet City – Young artist Lucia Tallová presents her latest paintings.

Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, until January 10, 2010. Admission: €1.30. Ján Koniarek Gallery, Zelený Kríček 3. Tel: 033/5511-659, www.gjk.sk.



EXHIBITION:A NEW permanent exhibition has been opened in Žilina, showcasing the works of one of the most outstanding artists in Slovak history, Vincent Hložník. Placed in the Považie Art Gallery, it is a collection of oil, watercolour and crayon paintings produced between the 1940s and 1990s. Portraits, still lifes and scenes of everyday life, though reflecting strong cubist and Civilist influences, have such a distinctive style that they gave rise to a completely new artistic movement, which asserted itself in Slovakia in the middle of the 20th century. The exhibition can be viewed for the admission of €1 Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 17:00 at M. R. Štefánika 2. Further information on 041/5622-522 or www.pgu.sk.


FESTIVAL: Memory Kontrol – Žilina hosts performances, concerts, displays, screenings, workshops, lectures and discussions focused on the former regime.

Runs: November 17-22. Admission: €10 (festival pass). The Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Culture Centre, Závodská Cesta 3. Tel.: 041/5623-564, www.stanica.sk

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy – One of numerous events celebrating the Velvet Revolution, with compositions by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Joaquín Rodrigo, Martin Jánošík and Antonín Dvořák.

Starts: November 16, 19:00. Admission: €5. The State Opera, Národná 11. Tel: 048/4154-544, www.stateopera.sk.



LIVE MUSIC: Terror – Alice Cooper, who calls himself the King of Theatre Rock, takes the audience on a journey which should be terrific in all senses of the word.

Starts: November 18, 19:00. Admission: €25 - €31. Cassosport Sports Hall, Alejová 11. Tel: 0915/383-068, www.cassosport.sk.


EXHIBITION: Pars Pro Toto – Drawings and jewels by Karol Weisslechner, contemporary architect and art designer.

Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, until January 31, 2010. Admission: €1. The Electricity Plant of the Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 12. Tel: 052/7722-617, www.tatragaleria.sk.

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