Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for events in the Slovak capital between February 26 and March 6, including theatre performance, ballet, classcial, rock, jazz and other music genres, literary discussion, Japanese film festival, glass exhibition, and more.

Lucas van Valckenborch - Georg Flegel: Allegory of Summer, around 1595 (Netherlandish Painting exhibition, Slovak National Gallery)Lucas van Valckenborch - Georg Flegel: Allegory of Summer, around 1595 (Netherlandish Painting exhibition, Slovak National Gallery) (Source: Courtesy of SNG)

PERFORMANCE: Medea/Mothers’ Clothes and 6 Notebooks for 6 Women for 6 Years in Bratislava – British-Croatian director and performer Lena Simić will introduce her two performances. In the first one (Medea/Mothers’ Clothes) through her solo performance and an intimate autobiographical portrait, she will get closer to maternity and will give an answer to restrictions that she felt as a mother and also as a foreigner from Croatia living in the UK. And especially for the Bratislava audience, a performance was created devoted to six exceptional women that performer Lena Šimić met during her studies in Bratislava. Starts: Feb 26, 19:00; Studio 12 of the Theatre Institute (Štúdio 12 Divadelného ústavu), Jakubovo Square 12. Admission: €3-€5. Tel: 02/2048 7602;, booking

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Weber, Foerster, Zemlinsky – Performed by Slovak Philharmonic, Rastislav Štúr – conductor, René Kubelik – violin; the programme will consist of parts: Carl Maria von Weber - Overture d’Oberon, Josef Bohuslav Foerster – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Alexander von Zemlinsky – The Mermaid (Die Seejungfrau), Fantasy for Orchestra. Starts: Feb 26, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8-€11. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

JAZZ: General Assembly Vol. 2 / Valné Zhromaždenie vol.2 - The jazz grouping (Valér Miko - keys, Michal Šelep - bass, Pavol Bereza - guitar, Michal Fedor - drums) plays their arrangeemnts as well as own compositions. Starts: Feb 27, 21:00; Rustique, Obchodná 7. Admission: €3. More info: 

LIVE MUSIC: Saxophone Syncopators – Four saxophone musicians present music based on an authentic interpretation genre of ragtime in arrangements for four saxophones. For the best experience, they use period instruments from the 1920s and 1930s. The band is composed of Pavol Hoďa (soprano saxophone), Ján Gašpárek (alto saxophone), Ladislav Fančovič (tenor saxophone) and Frederica Babuliaková (baritone saxophone). Starts: Feb 28, 10:00; Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2. Tel: 02/5443-1556(-8);;

BALLET: Sylphide / Sylfida – Romantic ballet in two acts choreographed by August Bournonville. Performed by Cosmina Maria Sobota Zaharia / Viola Mariner, Orazio Di Bella / Adrian Ducin, Katarína Kaanová / Viola Mariner / Veronika Dedinská, Andrej Kremz and others. The basic work of the Romantic period of classical ballet was premiered in 1832 in Théatre de l’Academie Royale de Musique. The author of libretto telling the story of tragic love between Sylphide and James from within Scotland is Adolphe Nourrit. The second version of this work was staged in 1836 in the Danish Royal Ballet in Copenhagen, with music by H. S. Lovenskjold. Starts: Feb 28, 17:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €6-€16. Tel: 02/2049-4290;

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LIVE MUSIC: Bratislava Hot Serenaders – One of the few closely profiled ensembles in Slovakia playing music of the early 1920s and late 1930s. The successes of this ensemble include the commission to record music for musicals and theatre performances Niekto to rád horúce / Some Like It Hot (directed by Milan Lasica), Piano Revue (directed by Jakub Nvota junior), Garderobier / The Dresser (directed by Roman Polák), opera Pod cudzou vlajkou/ Under the Foreign Flag (directed by Rastislav Ballek). In 2006, the orchestra premiered an original jazz version of the world-famous work by  Georg Gershwin, Rhapsody In Blue, with the US pianist Adam Birnbaum at the summer festival Viva Musica! in Bratislava, and it still has this oeuvre as the only orchestra of its kind in Europe still on its repertoire with the pianist Ladislav Fančovič. Starts: February 28, 19:00; SD Nivy, Súťažná 18. Admission: €7-€10. Tel: 02/5596-0861; (tickets   

BLUES/ FOLKROCK: The Silent Comedy – The Museum of Trade brings to Bratislava within the project “Rock in the Museum” contemporary American folk-rock. This band was formed in San Diego, California, in 2005 by brothers Joshua (bass, singing) and Jeremiah (keys, vocals, guitar) Zimmermans. Other members of the group are cousin Chad Lee (drums) and Justin Buchanan (mandolin, banjo). Starts: March 1, 19:00; Museum of Trade Bratislava-Podunajské Biskupice, Linzbothova 16. Tickets are available directly at the museum. Tel: 02/4524 3167;,

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Lutosławski, Schubert, Tveitt, Grieg, Debussy – Performed by Marta Kowałczyk – violin and Somi Kim – piano and Ole Christian Haagenrund – piano, who will play Witołd Lutosławski – Partita for Violin and Piano (1984), Franz Schubert – Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C Major D.934 Op.159, Geirr Tveitt – Fifty Folk Tunes from Hardanger, Op. 150 – Welcome With Honour, Edvard Hagerup Grieg – Lyric Pieces Op. 54 No. 4 – “Nocturne”, Claude Debussy – Images, Book 1. – No. 2 Reflections in the Water (Reflets dans l’eau), Franz Liszt – Sonata in B Minor, S. 178, (Klaviersonate h-moll). The concert takes place in cooperation with The International Holland Music Sessions. Starts: Mar 1, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

LIVE MUSIC: Emir Kusturica and Michal Horáček – Famous Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica (who also directed globally famous films like Arizona Dream, Underground) disclosed that he has a special relation to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, as he had studied in former Czechoslovakia, and even had a girlfriend from Bratislava. He will perform in Bratislava with his No Smoking Orchestra, supported by Czech songster Michal Horáček. Starts: March 1, 19:00; Incheba – Expoaréna, Viedenská Cesta 3-10. Admission: €25. Tel: 02/5293-3321;   

JAZZ: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley - Štefan Pišta Bartuš & Jazz Brothers play within international project. Featuring Jaka Kopač (alt sax/Slovenia), Tomaž Gajšt (trumpet/Slovenia), Nikola Stanoševič (piano/Serbia), Klemens Marktl (percussions/Austria) and Slovak Štefan "Pišta" 'Bartuš (bass). Starts: March 1, 21:00; Hlava 22, Bazová 9. More info:  

BALLET: Romeo and Juliet – Ballet in three acts inspired by the eponymous tragedy by William Shakespeare, with libretto by Leonid Lavrovski and music by Sergei Prokofiev. Choreographed and directed by Massimo Moricone. This version  was originally staged in the Northern Ballet Theatre (1991) where it became the most successful production of the ensemble, and has received several awards such as the best dance productions of  Music and the Royal Philharmonic prize and it was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier prize. Conducted by Rastislav Štúr. Performers are: Viola Mariner, Adrian Ducin, Andrej Cagáň / Adrian Ducin, Andrej Szabo / Damián Šimko / Peter Dedinský, Aliaksei Kavaleuski / František Šulek / Igor Leushin, and others. Starts: Mar 2, 19:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€17. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299;

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FILM FESTIVAL: Japanese Film Festival 2016 – This festival in Bratislava will offer four contemporary Japanese movies – Dancing Karate Kid, Kanzaburo, High Kick Angels and King of Excuses – which reflect various aspects life there, connection of martial arts and dance, or show the traditional national theatre, Kabuki. All films are in Japanese, with English and Slovak subtitles. Starts: March 2-5; 18:00; Lumière cinema, Špitálska 4. Admission: free. More info:

LITERATURE: Sjón – Icelandic writer Sjón will present his novel Máni Steinn – Chlapec, ktorý nebol/ The Boy Who Never Was. The novel is a surrealistic story about a young man obsessed by cinematography who in dramatic times of the early 20th century crosses the limits set by the society. Sjón is internationally renowned and award-winning author and lyricist who wrote the lyrics also for Björk. He wrote several collections of poetry and theatre plays, too. Starts: Mar 3, 19:00; Bratislava bookshop Artforum. Admission: free. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mozart , Lekeu, Bizet – Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Augustin Dumay – conductor/violin, the programme will consist of Mozart - Adagio for Violin & Orchestra, KV 261; Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major, K.216;  Guillaume Lekeu – Adagio for String Orchestra; Georges Bizet -  Symphony in C Major. Starts: Mar 3, 4, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8-€11. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

OPERA: Lohengrin – Opera by one of the greatest opera authors Richard Wagner, in three acts, in German laguage, the music staged and conducted by Friedrich Haider and directed by Andrejs Žagars. Starts: Mar 4, 18:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299;

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BLUES: Sitra Achra – Concert from the cycle “Blues na lodi / Blues onboard the Boat” brings a live blues evening with musicians in the boat’s bar. Member of the Sitra Achra grouping: Boboš Procházka, Ajdži Szabó, Pišta Lengyel, Martin Zajko and Martin Gašpar. Starts: Mar 6, 19:00; Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €&. Tel: 0903/449-650;

LIVE MUSIC: Voci da camera – Tones of the passionate Spanish Romanticism, together with  deep, Russian romantics created the songs in the cycle of chamber concerts. The performance will introduce soloists of Slovak National Threate (SND) opera section, Denisa Šlepkovská and Pavol Remenár, accompanied by concert artists Xénia Javorová and Róbert Pechanec. The evening is completed by a guitarist specialising in Spanish music, Miriam Rodriguez Brüllová. Booking: 02/2047-2289, or Starts: March 6; 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: 4-8. Tel: 02/2049-4290;

EXHIBITION: Silent and glass/ Ticho a sklo – Exhibition hailing almost 25 years of the existence of this private gallery focused on glass presents several generations of glass artists - the best works of students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava-VŠVU – and their works which are diverse, with a wide spectrum of technological and philosophical variations in design and creation. Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Mar 27; Galéria NOVA, Baštová 2. Admission: free. More info:  

EXHIBITION/GALLERY: Dutch Painting – The Slovak National Gallery (SNG) offers more than 250 Dutch and Flemish works of art from 1500-1800. Most of them come from original collections from Slovakia. The paintings primarily focus on ethics, the short span of human life, family life and close connection to nature. Visitors can see paintings such as Sailboats in Harbour from Jan Van Goyen, Coastal Landscape with Fishermen from Salomon van Ruysdael, At a Healer from Gerrit Lundens, or Portraits of Gerrit Schapp and Johanna Vissch from David Bailly. Open: Tue-Wed 10:00-18:00, Thu 12:00-20:00, Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 22; Ľ. Štúr Square 4. Admission: free. More info: 02/2047-6111,  

By Adriana Peťková

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