Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for events around Slovakia between February 26 and March 6, including film seminar, meeting of foreign languages, Icelandic literary evening, jazz music, gastronomy and opera.

Luca Dances Quietly (Luca tantz leise, 2016)by Philipp Eichholtz (Source: Peter Gašparík) Luca Dances Quietly (Luca tantz leise, 2016)by Philipp Eichholtz (Source: Peter Gašparík)

Western Slovakia


EXHIBITION: Exposition of torture instruments – Slovak national museum (SNM)- Museum of Bojnice prolonged the duration of the exhibition due to major public interest. More than 200 pieces of the restored exhibits present the torture instruments used by the Inquisition and capital-crime courts all around the world. Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-15:00 until Mar 31; SNM – Museum Bojnice, Castle and surroundings. Admission:  €3-€8. More info:  


EXHIBITION: Tets Ohnari  Reflexia / Reflection – The re-opened synagogue in Trnava hosts the exhibition of Japanese visual artist Tets Ohnari conceived as site-specific installation reacting sensitively to local stimuli and inspirations, as curated by Peter Megyeši. Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until May 15; Synagogue - Ján Koniarek Gallery, Halenárska 2. Admission: €2. Tel: 033/5514-657;

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Central Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica

CINEMA: 4 Elements: Rebellion / 4 živly: Rebélia  – The fifth winter film seminar will show diverse film-making views on selected topics, with this year’s one being “rebellion”. It will be possible to see archival movies but also current cinematography works. The organisers prepared, in partnership with the Goethe Institute in Bratislava, also a programme section devoted to young filmmaking group that is most often known as German mumblecore. Subgenre mumblecore was created in the USA and is characterised by low budget, non-professional actors and authentic dialogues. One of the key representatives of it is Philipp Eichholtz, also host of the event, one of whose films, Luca Dances Quietly (Luca tantz leise, 2016), will have its Slovak premiere. Starts: Feb 26 - 28; Four Elements (Štyri živly); Akademik cinema, Art Cafe. Admission: €12 (advance booking for whole seminar:, €15 on the spot for whole seminar, € 3.5 for one screening. More info:

Banská Bystrica

LANGUAGE/MEETING: Babylon jazykov II / Babel of Languages – The meeting offers talks and conversations in foreign languages that helps develop skills; only requirements are good mood and passion to speak foreign languages. Starts: Mar 1, 16:00; State Scientific Library, Lazovná 9. More info:

Banská Bystrica

JAZZ: Martin Uherek - Walkin' My Own Way - The launch of album by Martin Uherek will be attended by Klaudius Kováč - piano, Peter Korman - double bass, Peter Solárik - drums. Starts: March 2, 18:00; City Hall, SNP Square 1 (afterparty, admission free, at Quentin jazz club, Horná 12). Admission: €5. More info:

Banská Bystrica

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 has written several collections of poetry and theatre plays, too. Starts: Mar 2, 17:00; Publishers Slovart and Bystrica bookshop Artforum, Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture, SNP Square16 (Beniczký passage).  Admission: free. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Ján Cikker – Juro Jánošík – The opera of Slovak composer Cikker about national hero (Jánošík) premieres in the State Opera, as rehearsed and conducted by Marián Vach, stage by Jaroslav Valek, costumes by Peter Čanecký, directed by Roman Polák. Cast includes Michal Hýrošš / Robert Smiščík, Ján Galla, Slavomír Macák, Patrícia Macák Solotruková, and others. Starts: March 5, 18:30; State Opera Banská Bystrica, Národná 11. Admission: €8. Tel: 048/2457-123 or


EXHIBITION: Osobné územia / Personal Regions – The photography set “Personal Regions” is a map of its kind. Authored by Eduard Kudláč, director of the City Theatre in Žilina, it maps the territories of human hobbies and interests, focusing more on the sense stemming from context than from experience. Starts: Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00 until Mar 11; ± Plusmínus Gallery, galéria ± 0,0, Hurbanova 11. Admission: free. Tel: 0905/365-149;;

Eastern Slovakia


OPERA: State Theatre Košice (SDKE) opens the baroque opera of Georg Friedrich Handel, Alcina, as rehearsed and conducted by Marek Štryncl (also by Jan Novobilský), and directed by Linda Keprtová (who also made the stage), costumes by Danica Hanáková; with cast including Lucie Kašpárková, Michaela Várady, Mariana Hochelová, Aneta Hollá, Maksim Kutsenko, Davide Maggioni, Viera Kállayová, Anna Manske, Andrea Nemcová, Markéta Cukrová, Myroslava Havryliuk, and others. Starts:February 26, 19:00; Košice State Theatre (Štátne divadlo Košice, SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15 (premiere), €4-€10. Tickets:; tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);

High Tatras / Skalnaté pleso

GASTRONOMY: Sky of Stars Dinner – The memorable dinner under a starry sky, at the Skalnaté pleso mountain resort, includes a welcome drink in Apresski bar in Tatranská Lomnica, a ride on a snow-grooming tractor Grand Taxi, evening ski lift ride to Skalnaté pleso, live music and a dinner of five courses in a restaurant. Starts: Feb 27, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30; Skalnaté pleso. Admission: €39-€45 (with wine tasting €45-€49). More info:


CONCERT: Scorpions – The concert of German rock band Scorpions is part of the global tour celebrating their 50th anniversary. However, their first single – Lonesome Crow – appeared only in 1972. Since then, several albums were released, including their 18th, Return To Forever, from February. Starts: Mar 2, 19:00; Steel Aréna, Nerudova 12. Admission: €39-€44. More info: (tickets


EXHIBITION: Materialising the Surreal / Zmotnenie surreálneho – The Eastern-Slovak Museum exhibits a production of the famous Spanish painter, sculptor, filmmaker and writer Salvador Dalí which should help visitors see and understand how Dalí expressed his views through the language of art. Open: Tue-Sat 09:00-17:00 and Sun 13:00-17:00 until Mar 21; Eastern-Slovak Museum Košice, Peace Marathon/Námestie Maratónu mieru 2. Admission: €6-€8. More info:


EXHIBITION: Textile Art of Today – The Tatra Gallery exhibits international triennial of textile, with almost 200 participants from 40 countries. The project – which opened first at the Bratislava Castle – sees already the fourth year of the event which then continues to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 and Sun 13:00-17:00 until Apr 10; Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 12. Admission: €1-€3(€5 family ticket). More info:


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