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AFTER SUCCESS abroad, the acrobatic and dance show Argolla 5th Element will give two performances in Bratislava on January 18 and 19 at 19:30, in the Aegon NTC Arena on Príkopova Street. The visually impressive production of the story of searching for the 5th element is packed with action, acrobatics, dancing, singing and acting. Tickets cost €25 to €40 and can be bought through www.ticketportal.sk, where additional information can also be found.

Svetové operné hviezdy / World Operatic Stars – The series features Polish baritone singer Mariusz Kwieceň, who will sing with the Brno Philharmonic, conducted by Lukasz Borowitz, with operatic roles and duets with Slovak soprano Simona Houda Šaturová.
Starts: Jan 16, 19:30; Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €59-€139. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.

Chamber Music from the Bard College Conservatory of Music - Musicians from the US-based Bard College Conservatory of Music will perform works by Mozart, Schubert, Sunbin Kim (Two Mirrros, premiere) and Ernst von Dohnányi within their central-European tour.
Starts: Jan 14, 19:00; Pálffy Palace, Zámocká 47. Admission: free. More info: www.bard.edu/conservatory/; www.usembassy.sk/arc/calendar.

Let it Roll Winter Slovakia 2013 – The winter edition of the popular drum’n’bass festival features musicians such as Sub Focus & ID (UK), Calyx & Teebee (UK/NOR), Culture Shock (UK), Black Sun Empire (NL) and more.
Starts: Jan 19, 20:00; Refinery Gallery, Vlčie Hrdlo 1. Admission: €16.90-€29.90. Tel: 02/5293-3321; www. ticketportal.sk.

The Slovak Philharmonic plays within the “A Cycle” Shigeasi Saegusa’s Requiem for Earthquake Disaster and works by Hector Berlioz and Mozart, with Japanese conductor Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Vilmos Szabadi on violin.
Starts: Jan 17, 19:00; Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €13. Tel: 02/5293 -3321; www.ticketportal.sk; www. filharmonia.sk.

Ludwig Aloisius Minkus, Marius Petipa: La Bayadere – This classical ballet, choreographed by Marius Petipa, premiered in St. Petersburg under the title Bayaderka. The librettist Sergei Khudekov drew inspiration from ancient Indian dramatist Kalidasa’s play Sha-kuntala. The tragic love story is ideal subject matter for an evening-length ballet with a dominating classical technique.
Starts: Jan 16, 19:00; historical building of the Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square 4. Admission: €4-€13. Tel: 02/2049-4290; www. snd.sk.

Blues na lodi / Blues Onboard a Boat – Live blues evening with renowned Slovak musicians, Boboš Procházka, Ajdži Szabó, Pišta Lengyel, Martin Zajko and guests.
Starts: Jan 20, 20:00; Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo embankment. Admission: €7. Tel: 0903/449-650; www.adylod.sk.

Rastislav Sedlačík - Random Order – The exhibition curated by Silvia Čúzyová plays with geometry, connections and connotations.
Open: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8:00-19:00, Wed 12:00-19:00 until Feb 28; City Library, Artotéka Gallery, Kapucínska 1. Admission: free. Tel: 02 /5443-3244; www.mestskakniznica.sk/artoteka.

Násilie a smrť v minulosti / Violence and Death in the Past – The exhibition presenting the “art of torture” in texts, pictures and authentic items is curated by museum library custodian Milan Ševčík, and it chronicles the development of torture from the Middle Ages to more modern “scientific violence”.
Open: Tue-Fri 8:30-17:00; Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 until Feb 28; Oláh’s Seminar/Museum of Book Culture, Múzejné Square 3. Admission: €0.50-€1.25. Tel: 033/5512-913; www.zsmuzeum.sk.


GERMAN electronic musician Barbara Morgenstern makes her Slovak debut, playing in the Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture hub at Závodská 3, on January 15 at 20:00. After moving to Berlin, she started playing mainly in small clubs and improvised bars with established musicians. Her latest album, Sweet Silence, is her first to be performed in English. Tickets cost €3-€5 (in advance) or €4-€6 (at the door) and can be purchased through www.stanica.sk

Slovenský Pohár & Veľká Cena Horehronia / Slovakia Cup and the Grand Prix of Upper-Hron Region in a special category: riding old, wooden sleighs called krne or krňačky. This competition allegedly originated in the municipality of Turecká in 1957 as part of carnival season and has become a tradition ever since.
Start: Jan 19; location will be specified on Jan 16. Admission: free. More info: www. helpa.sk; www.krne.sk.

Lucas Perný & Miloslav Kollár Project – This project of improvised experimental music is one of the first local events in 2013, featuring the special music of Perný (drums) and instrumental alternations synthesisers/electronics/sitar/violin offered by multi-instrumentalist Kollár.
Starts: Jan 19, 20:00; Šangri-La teahouse, Hriňová 1911. Admission: €3. Tel: 0948/634-335; www.peterkamensky.estranky.sk.

Banská Bystrica
Tanečná dielňa Borisa Nebylu – Dance Workshop of Boris Nebyla – This presentation and workshop introduces the former top soloist of the Vienna State Opera and the current choreographer and head of the Nebyla Dance Company and the Danceart dance school in Vienna. Visitors will gain insight into the dance training and theatre backstage.
Start: Jan 18, 19:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €3-€6. Tel: Tel: 048/2457- 123; www.stateopera.sk.

US conductor and current art-director of the Symphonic Orchestra in Venezuela Theodore Kuchar will perform with renowned Czech harpist Jana Boušková the works of Mozart, Alberto Ginastera and Beethoven.
Starts: Jan 17, 19:00; Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO), Dolný Val 47. Admission: €6-€9. Tel: 041/2451-111; www.skozilina.sk.


Tribuman – The French singer and trumpeter plays a mix of reggae, jazz, funk and ska. Other performers include DJ Selecta Halliday, Med Jam band, N30 and Sancho aka Seth, all from Slovakia.
Starts: Jan 19, 20:00; Club 1898, Hlavná 62. Admission: €3 (in advance), €4 (at the door). Tel: 0948/035-387; www. facebook.com/Club 1898.

Mozartove narodeniny / Mozart’s Birthday – The New Year’s Concert for the Slovak Aca-demy of Sciences features the State Philharmonic Košice, conducted by Ján Kučera with Pavla Reifersová on piano, performing Mozart’s works and Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana.
Starts: Jan 17, 17:00; Slovak State Philharmonic, Moyzeso-va 66. Admission: €4-€6. Tel: 055/6220-763; www.sfk.sk.

3. + 4. Medzi– národná výstava mačiek / 3rd and 4th International Cat Show – This event will bring numerous cat breeds to Košice, like the Norwegian Forest Cat, which will have a special club show.
Starts: Jan 19-20, 9:00; Jumbo Centrum, Masarykova 2. More info:
www.mackykosice.estranky.sk; www. jumbocentrum.sk.

Bohemian Betyars – Hungarian band from Miskolc blends traditional Balkan, Hungarian and Gypsy music with elements of ska and punk.
Starts: Jan 18, 21:00; Wave Club, Hlavná 121. Tel: 0905/ 896-467; www.wave.sk.

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