Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for events in the Slovak capital between March 4th and March 13th, including theatre performances, films, classical music, blues, jazz and other music genres, literary discussion, Japanese film festival, glass exhibition, and more.

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LIVE MUSIC:  The Ecetera Band – A number of musicians from Bratislava present various kinds of music genres. Audiences will hear minimalistic music, alternative music, classical music and ambient which create specific melodies and rhythms which flow at their own pace. Features Izabela Lovišková (vocals, recorder flutes, kalimbas, ukulele, author of compositions), Laura Lovišková (piano, author of music and lyrics), Jana Maria Stefancic (flute), Klára Zbožinková (violin), Hana Juríková (cello), Peter Čaputa (drums, bass guitar). Starts: March 4, 19:00, Ticho a spol. theatre. Školská 14; Admission fee: €4. More info:

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LIVE MUSIC: Coast 2 Coast – The greatest rap and hip-hop hits, primarily from the 1990s to 2000s, will be presented in downtown Bratislava; newer songs will not be missing, either. Performance by the Grammo Rokkaz DJs (DJ Roman Zámožný, DJ Metys, DJ Lkama and DJ Škrupo). Starts: March 4, 22:00. Nu Spirit club, Luxor Passage, Štúrova 3; Admission fee: €3. 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;

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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;

PARTY: Balkan Beats – The madness with a Balkan flavour. Wild dance creation will be provoked by the Slovenian band Leni Kravac; and experienced DJs Hrajnoha and Julah will impress you with a mixture of Gipsy sound, Klezmer, Balkan, Latino-American rhythms and  native folklore. Starts: March 5, 21:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. More info:

LIBRARY MARKET: Bratislava’s Book Swap Meeting - The 25th anniversary of this swap meet takes place in the downtown. For the most part, the market offers books, but in addition to that, there will also be records, postcards, magazines, CDs, and even comic books and posters will be available. The events are part of an action called Trh-Piac-Markt. Starts: March 5, 10:00-15:00; Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: free. More info:

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;

JAZZ: Stanley Clarke band – Stanley Clarke Band will play famous jazz fusion. They will offer a fusion of rock, jazz and funk. The evening will feature the phenomenal bass guitar player, the 16-year-old Beka Gochiashvili (Georgia, piano), as well as Cameron Graves (American, keys), Michael Mitchell (Canadian, battery). They will have Slovak support, jazzman Juraj Griglák (with Štefan Bugala, Peter Raitl, Eugen Vizváry and Michal Bugala). Starts: March 7, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €11(reduced)-€25. More info:

FILM: Escaping Riga – Two young men Sergei Eisenstein and Isaiah Berlin are forced to leave their hometown Riga during the First World War. Later, they become great figures of the 20th century, one becomes a film producer in Soviet Russia and another becomes the best British philosopher of his generation, mixture of feature and documentary film. Starts: March 7, 20:00; A4 – Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry / Space of Contemporary Culture, Karpatská 2 (70 minutes, English language). More info:

LIVE MUSIC: IAMX – Eccentric Chris Corner with his project IAMX return to Slovakia. He presents his new album Metanoia in MMC club. Since 2004, the singer has released six albums already. They contain a variety of genres from electro, dance, experimental burlesque to electro-pop. The most recent album Metanoia was released in October 2015, and it will be presented along with the greatest hits. Starts: March 8, 21:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €21. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Doshisha University Orchestra – Japanese symphonic orchestra plays in the Slovak Philharmonic concert hall. This orchestra from the Japanese city of Kyoto is made up of 120 students from the University of Danisha, one of the most prestigious Christian schools in Japan, as conducted by Hiroyuki Odano. Starts: March 9, 18:00; Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta building, Eugena Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €3-€6. More info:

LIVE MUSIC:  Spanish music – Flamenco and commemoration of Paco de Lucia. A night full of Latin music, primarily flamenco, Spanish temperament and passionate rhythms. Played by Morenito de Triana, aka Stano Kohútek (guitar), Michal Caba (cajon and percussions). They present their own compositions, as well as works of the best masters of flamenco guitar. Starts: March 9, 19:00; Loď Café/Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €9. Tel: 0903/449-650;;

LIVE MUSIC: Ado Juráček and Mysami – The Slovak singer, surfer and traveller connects the impact of folk, blues and surf music. Songs inspired by his own life, love and travelling. Ado plays acoustic guitar and ukulele. Starts: March 11, Fri 19:00, Ticho and spol. Theatre, Školská 14; Admission: €4(students/pensioners)-€8. More info:

FOLKLORE MUSIC: Folklore Evening – The night of pure Slovak folklore musicepresents interactive music-dance entertainment organised by students of the Department of Dance of the Faculty Music and Dance of the Academy of Performing Arts (HTM VŠMU). Starts: March 11, 20:00; V-club, SNP Square 12; Admission: €3. More info:

PARTY: Swing party – Big dose of jazz and swing presented by the SwinGang orchestra, created in 2013, playing specific jazz Manouche and Gypsy swing. This kind of jazz was popular in the 1920s and 1930s thanks to guitar player Django Reinhardt, violinist Stephane Grappelli, musicians like Angelo Debarre, or the Rosenberg brothers, Schmitts. Dance fans are welcome. Memorable night offered by DJ Matwe Drappenmadchenfeller and famous New Model Radio DJs. Unique contemporary style decoration and special drinks. Starts: March 11, 20:00; Atelier Babylon, SNP Square 14 (Kolárska 3). Admission: €12-€22. Tel: 02/2090-1900;

ROCK MUSIC:  Heavy metal – The Heavy Metal Vomit Party invites people for Grindcore Parade n.2 with American bands Magrudergrind (grindcore trio from Brooklyn) and Primitive Man (doom, sludge), Austrian Indoctrinate (grindcore) and Slovak-based Unattended Funeral (power-violence). Starts: March 11, Fri 21:00; Fuga, Námestie SNP 24; More info:

PARTY: Depeche Mode Party – Celebration of darkness and of one of the most popular bands: in this Black celebration trio Matejčík (harp) – Drahovská (vocal) – Špiner (keys) will play, as well as DJ Diablo & Krto & Gabriel. They will offer popular hits, but also rare songs and live recordings. Starts: March 12, Sat 21:00 Hopkirk, Chillout and Culture bar, Karpatská 2; More info:

GASTRONOMY: Vegan Dinner – This community welcomes all people who are interested in cooking. Everyone who wants to join brings vegan food (without meat, eggs, milk/milk products, honey and animal substances. Starts: March 13, Sun 18:00; A4 – Priestor Súčasnej Kultúry / Space of Contemporary Culture, Karpatská 2. More info:

LANGUAGE/MEETING: Month of Francophony – March is annually a month of French language and culture when the French Institute organises a series of events and tries to popularise this language in Slovakia. A week of French films, Crème de la Crème, exhibitions, presentations and performances from this Francophony Month in 2016. A complex set of films divided into 4 sections (Crème de la Crème contemporary, Homecomings, 3xMarion and For Children) will be presented in cinemas across the city (Film Europe, Mladosť, Lumiere) within Crème de la Crème. Starts: Feb 27 - April 5; various locations. Admission: various. More info:;  

EXHIBITION: Hľadanie identity / Searching for Identity – The art of painter with Slovak origin Arnold Peter Weisz-Kubínčan, representative of the period between the two world wars in art, can be seen in the Mirbach Palace. He created expressionist paintings of Slovak rural areas in Orava, Liptov and Turiec. He was born as a Jew, but diex as a Christian in a Nazi concentration camp. All his life, the author was searching for his own identity. The exhibition seeks to present his work to the public, based on numerous image- and documentary materials. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until April 24; Mirbach Palace of GMB, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443- 1556(-8);

EXHIBITION: Caricature and Jazz – The exhibition focused on the blending of jazz and cartoon was presented as a support event of Dodo Šošoka Festival in Piešťany (commemorating the jazzman of this name). In Ticho you can see a complex set of cartoons created during five years according to the concept of Bobo Pernecký. Collection of artworks by 24 artists come from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine. Open: weekdays 8:00-20:00 until March 31; Ticho and spol. Theatre, Školská 14. More info

PHOTO EXHIBITION: World War I – The Central-European House of Photography (SEDF) presents the third part in a series of international exhibitions from WW1. The series of photos called Red Poppy Fields are reflections of these terrible times in Europe. Curators (Miha Colner  & Dejan Sluga, both Slovenian); Michaela Bosáková (SVK), Katarzyna Majak (PL), Gabriella Uhl (HU); Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until April 4; SEDF Prepoštská 4. More info:

EXHIBITION: Spiders and Scorpions – More than 40 living animal species with safe inaccessible glass terrariums can be seen, cameras are allowed. Among other species, people can see one of the most dangerous spiders, the black widow (Lathrodectus mactans), the biggest one (Theraphosa stirmi) and the large scorpion (Pandinus imperator). The exhibition corrects widespread myths and mistaken facts about these species. Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-17:00: March 12 until June 26, last entry 16:30; Natural History Museum of the Slovak Naitonal Museum (SNM), Vajanského nábrežie embankment 2; More info:

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  

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 Michal Hlúbik

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