Countrywide events

Tips for events taking place in Slovakia between September 18 and 27, including a lot of classical music, opera, a ballet/Roma culture premiere, another ballet premiere, presentation of a new musical instrument, of exotic and foreign languages, cuisines and cultures, jazz tour and concerts, a photo-marathon, and more. 

Pressburger Dance Fest, 2014 editionPressburger Dance Fest, 2014 edition (Source: Courtesy of PDF)




OPERA: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana; Ruggiero Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci – The opening performance of the 2015/2016 opera season will feature world-renowned tenor José Cura as Canio. Two shorter operas (a one-act and a two-act piece) are often combined to offer a full Italian opera evening. Starts: Sep 18, 19:00; new Slovak National Theatre building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €55. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Mucha Quartet (Juraj Tomka-first violin, Andrej Baran-second violin), Veronika Prokešová-viola; and Pavol Mucha-cello) will perform at the first year of the Euro-Asian music festival; the concert takes place at the Musical Museum of the Slovak National Museum (SNM). Starts: Sep 19, 19:00; Musical Museum of the SNM, Brämer Manor-house, Žižkova 18. More info:


HISTORICAL FEAST: Mediaeval Barbecue in Manor-house Park – The stylish Mediaeval feast in Stupava manor-house park Zámocký park) offers a chance to bring items for a picnic and enjoy meals and drinks watching knights, historical camp, period programmes and more. Starts: Sept 19, 15:00; Stupava (close to Bratislava) park. Admission: free. More info:  


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sunday Matinee in the GMB – The series of Sunday matinees in the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) this time offers D. Šlepkovská-soprano and M. Gašparíková on piano, playing the works of M- Schneider-Trnavský, A. Dvořák, R. Gašparík, N. Skryabin, H. Berlioz and F. Obradors. Starts: Sep 20, 10:30; GMB’s Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. More info:;    


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Straussovci / The Strauss – Apart from Johann Strauss Jr. The most famous member of this family nicknamed The King of Waltz, also his brothers Josef and Eduard Strauss composed music – and a selection will be played by the Metropolitan Orchestra Bratislava, conducted by Slovak Dušan Štefánek and accompanied by soloists, Austrians Tatjana Schullern and Stefan Reichmann. Starts: Sept 20, 17:00; DPOH City Theatre of P.O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 19. Admission: €12-€15. Tel: 02/5910-3107;


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Cuore Barocco – A concert of Baroque music presents the works of Vivaldi, completed with period literature read by M. Kundlák. Starts: Sep 20, 20:00; Art Club Kafé Scherz, Palisády (Partizánska 2). Tel: 0918/ 724-379;, (


LIVE/RAGTIME MUSIC: Saxophone Syncopators – The quartet (Pavol Hoďa – soprano/alto sax, clarinet; Ján Gašpárek – alto sax; Ladislav Fančovič – tenor sax, arrangements;  Frederika Babuliaková – baritone sax) playing modern interpretations of classical music and early jazz/ragtime will give a concert in Bratislava. Starts: Sept 20, 19:00; St Germain, Rajská 7. Admission: €6. More info:   


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven – This orchestra has launched, as the first private orchestra to do so, the sale of tickets for series of concerts, with three of them taking place in the Reduta concert hall in Bratislava, and one in Vienna. All will be conducted by Jack M. Händler. In the first concert, they will perform – with Rudolf Buchbinder on piano – Beethoven’s Symphony No 7, A Major, which has been played in the historical Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava building in 1936 by Bruno Walter with Vienna Philharmonics. Starts: Sep 21, 19:30; Reduta building of SF, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Ticket (for the whole series): €50-€160 (€300 for companies). More info:;  


JAZZ: Renowned Slovak jazz musician Boris Čellár will present his new musical instrument – wood pack, a wooden box made of only natural materials. Starts: Sep 21, 19:00; Pod Pyramídou, the terrace of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: free. More info:   


LIVE MUSIC: Chris Farlowe & Norman Beaker Band – One of the UK’s top bands playing blues for more than 40 years will have, as a guest, Chris Farlowe. Starts: Sep 22, 19:00; Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16. Tel: 02/4524-3167;


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bratislava Goes Classical – A. Mayer / M. Groh – The series of concerts striving to present the crème de la crème and lure both tourists and musical fans, this time present oboist Albrecht Mayer (of Berlin Philharmonics) and pianist Markus Groch playing the works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert.  

Starts: Sep 23, 19:00; Moyzes Hall, Vajanského nábrežie 12. Admission: €15 in advance)-€20. More info:, tickets –


LANGUAGE DAY: European day of Languages 2015 hails foreign languages and cultures – 24 official languages in the European Union, and more than 60 regional and minority languages. The programme includes music, dance, film screenings in Mladosť cinema, including Hosanna by Katerzyna Gondek. Starts: Sep 25, 9:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info:


SPORTS: Box Gala Evening – Within the Ružinov (a Bratislava borough) Harvest Feast, the Box gala Evening will feature the 3rd year of international matches in Olympic boxing. Starts: Sep 25, 18:00; DK Ružinov (Ružinov House of Culture), Ružinovská ul. 28. Tel.: 02/4333 0523,      


ORIENTAL DANCE FESTIVAL: Pressburg Dance Fest 2015 - This is a festival of Oriental dance that has grown in a few years into an international event comprising three days: on September 25, workshops will take place, led by Slovak and foreign choreographers (Zaghareet, Rozalia Walocha, Mohamed El Hosseny, Christine Yaven, Dahabeya – Elena Eleftheriou). The next day, the festival culminates with an international competition – of individuals and groups, amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals – and a Gala Show. On September 27, workshops will be organised. Starts: Sep 25-27; DK Lúky House of Culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €10 (in advance) for the Gala Show  - €12 onsite); all day Saturday €12 in advance and €15 onsite. More info:; 


GASTRONOMY: Ochutnaj svet / Taste the World event will try to introduce to the wider public exotic and foreign restaurants in Bratislava, and the countries they come from - with some selected embassies, culture institutes and tourist associations presenting them as tourist destinations. On Saturday between 8:00 and 15:00, admission is free, otherwise it is €2, with the ticket being part of a lottery to win trips and food from all over the world. Starts: Sep 26-27, 10:00-22:00 (Sat), 10:00-19:00; Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25. More info:; Facebook.


HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Mobilisation 2015 – The historical re-enactment strives to revive the events and fights from September 1938 when the then-Czechoslovak army pushed back the separatists; these events formed the new face of central Europe in World War II. The programme includes two re-enactments by clubs of military history, performance of Swing Wings and Sweet Little Chicks. Starts: Sep 26, 10:00-19:00; Bunker B-S 4 “Lány”, Viedenská cesta (near the Berg border crossing), complex of the museum of Petržalka Fortification. More info:


BALLET/ROMA CULTURE: Carmen á la Gypsy Devils – The famous work by George Bizet, Carmen, has got a new form thanks to the adaptation by Ernest Šarközy and the performance by the Gypsy Devils band, the ballet of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) and CreDance group. The famous tunes by G. Bizet will be all sung in Roma language in this premiere. Starts: Sep 26; 19:00; historical building of the SND, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €14-€39. Tel: 02/2049-4290 or   


LIVE MUSIC: The guitar concert presents Uruguayan soloist Alvaro Córdoba. Starts: Sep 26, 18:00; SCKaV, Zichy Palace, Ventúrska 9. More info:


TANGO: Spoznajte argentínske tango – Get to Know Argentinean Tango – A free-of-charge seminar and mini-course led by the Tango Abrazo. Starts: Sep 26, 19:00; the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Hodžovo Square 2. More info:   


GASTRONOMY/FOR CHILDREN: Chute Japonska / Flavours of Japan – Practical gastronomy workshops for children older than five, with Natsumi Kakita, chef of Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Mr. Egawa, is part of the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2015. It will teach them to make rice ball onigiri and Japanese ice-cup. Starts: Sep 27, 15:00 (16:00 second batch); Kunsthalle House of Arts, SNP Square 12. Admission: free (€1 for the BIB exhibition), but reservations have to be made at 02/5980-0100, or by September 21. More info:


DESIGN EXHIBITION: Universal Creator Miroslav Cipár / Univerzálny tvorca M. C. – Renowned Slovak visual artist Miroslav Cipár is this time shown – as curated by Ľubomír Longauer – as an outstanding and influential creator of design. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until January 31, 2016 (opening on Sept 18); Satelit, Hurbanove kasárne (Hurban’s Barracks), Kollárovo Square 10. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/110-247;  




Banská Bystrica

DJ-ING/PARTY: Firebeatz – The famous Banská Bystrica club, Ministry of Fun, will host – for the first time – the DJ duo from the Netherlands, Firebeatz. Starts: Sep 18, 21:00; Ministry of Fun Banská Bystrica, Na Troskách 25 (Europa Shopping Centre). Admission: €16 (normal from 16 years of age)-€32 (VIP, from 18 years of age). More info:  

Banská Bystrica

MODERN DANCE: Rozmanité teórie o Zemi / Various Theories about the Earth – This dance/body theatre piece presents several traditional diagnoses, phobias and ailments perceived as modern-day civilisation disorders; directed by Jakub Nvota, music Martin Geišberg and LaBon (performers include Lenka Rajchmanová, Tibor Trulik, Marie Knapová, Jakub Jeňo, Maria Hernando Blasco). Starts: Sep 18, 19:00; DŠT, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 048/4146-540;


PHOTO COMPETITION: Photo-marathon – The globally respected format of competition that takes place at several cities and sites across Slovakia has contestants register, take a series of photographs on a certain theme (or rather 12 themes) which they learn about shortly beforehand – within a six-hour limit. The jury will be chaired by renowned Slovak photographer Tomáš Halász. Starts: Sept 19, 10:00-18:00; various sites, including Plusmínus Gallery, Hurbanova 12. More info:   

Liptovský Mikuláš

JAZZ: Piotr Wylezol Trio (Michał Barański-double bass; Łukasz Żyta-drums; Piotr Wyleżoł.pianist, composer) from Poland will bring a wide range of jazz music to local audiences. Starts: Sept 19, 19:00; Reduta music club. More info:  

Žilina (Košice, Prešov)

JAZZ: Ovsepian - Camarda - Valihora Trio represents three schoolmates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (Vardan Ovsepian, pianist & composer, born in Armenia and currently living in the USA; Daniele Camarda, double bass player from Sicily, Italy; and Bratislava native Martin Valihora on drums) who have embarked on a wider tour before they record their first album. In Slovakia, they play in Žilina, in Košice (Smelly Cat Cafe & Bar, Sep 22) and in Prešov (Christiania Club, Hlavná 105, Sep 23). Starts: Sep 21, 19:00; City Theatre Žilina, Horný Val 3. More info:




Košice region

ORGAN FESTIVAL: 45th International organ Festival of Ivan Sokol 2015 – This year is dedicated to the 330th anniversary of J. S. Bach, presenting Slovak (Imrich Szabó, Stanislav Šurin) and foreign (László Fassang-HU, Charles Andrews-UK, Arjen Leistra-NL) organ players and eight churches in Košice, Spišská Nová Ves, Kežmarok, Rožňava and Poprad. Starts: Sep 17- Oct 10; various churches. More info:


BALLET: Ludwig Minkus: Bajadéra / La Bayadére – This classical ballet premieres in the State Theatre Košice as directed by Vladimir Malakhov, stage and costume design by Jordi Roig, and assisted by Barbara Schroeder-Kozianka, Emi Hariyama, and Christine Camillo. Starts: Sept 18-19, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE) historical building, Hlavná 58. Tel: 055/2452-269, -260;  


LIVE MUSIC: Calvert (Norway) & Komasyntha (SK) – The concert of Norwegian experimental/Nordic pop band will be supported by Slovak band Komasyntha. Starts: Sept 19, 21:00; Club Wave, Hlavná 121. More info:


CLASSICAL/FILM MUSIC: Bathory – The special concert before the regular opening of the 2015/2016 season in the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice is a follow-up of the previous popular concerts of film music. This edition focuses on the movies of famous director Juraj Jakubisko, of Czechoslovak, Czech and Slovak production (Perinbaba, The Thousand-year Bee – composed by Petr Hapka, and also the legendary film Bathory, composed by Jan Jirásek), and also the music to the Post Coitum film, composed by Andrej Turok, as performed by the local philharmonics conducted by Leoš Svárovský. Starts: Sep 24, 19:00; Slovak State Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK), House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €8-€12. Tel: 055/6220-763;  


LIVE MUSIC: Eros Ramazotti returns to Košice after five years, thus fulfilling his promise to come back. This time, he will present – within the Eros World Tour 2015 – his biggest hits, but also pieces from new album to appear next spring. Starts: Sep 30, 20:00; Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12. Admission: €33-€42. Tel: 02/5293-3321;  


EXHIBITION: Rebel – The vast exhibition of avant-garde Czech painter Jiří Načeradský’s works from the collection of Ivan Melicherčík displays 120 paintings and drawings, some of them for the first time publicly exhibited. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until Sep 29; Tatranská galéria, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. Admission: €1-€1.50. More info:



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