Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for events around Slovakia between March 4 and 13, including live, jazz and classical music, language festival, ballet premiere, exhibitions and more.

Tets Ohnari: Reflection (installation), Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava synagogueTets Ohnari: Reflection (installation), Ján Koniarek Gallery, Trnava synagogue (Source: Courtesy of GJK)
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Western Slovakia



EXHIBITION: Slavonic Life under the Zobor in Early Middle Ages – The unique interactive exhibition brings pictures from Slavonic tribes living near the Zobor mountain. Visitors can see the culture, country and habits of the native people from the Great Moravian Empire and after its collapse (from 6th until 10th century), through many aspects of life. It is divided into various thematic parts: clothes, jewellery, economy, handicraft, living, household equipment, food and military. The dominant part of the display is the replica of a Slavonic colony. Open: Mon 9:00-15:00, Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, weekends 10:00-17:00 until March 31, Ponitrianske Museum, Štefánikova Trieda 1; Admission: €0.5-€1. 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;


MUSEUM/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: Do You Know Music Tools? – The Western Slovakian Museum / Západoslovenské múzeum brings an educational exhibition, striving to present different kinds of musical tools: string, brass instruments, drums and key instruments. The string instruments are represented by violin, viola and cello. These instruments were popular in the first decades of the 20th century.  Zither was popular in the southern part of the Hungarian Empire among Slovaks in the 17th century. Open: Tue-Fri 8:30–12:30 (bookings are necessary, 033/5512913), 13:00-14:30; weekends 11:00 – 17:00 (booked group visits) until December 31, The House of Music of M. Schneider Trnavský, Múzejné Square 3; Admission: €1.5-€3. Tel: 033/5512913;


Central Slovakia


Banská Bystrica

LIVE MUSIC: Archívny chlapec & Dobropic – Archívny Chlapec (known as well as Richard Vávra) tried rock projects singing in English before he started playing acoustic guitar. His first album Zvery was published in Slnko Records. He was nominated for the Discovery of the Year at the contest of Radio FM, the Radio_Head Awards. He cooperates with the female band Dobropic (Stanka Apfelová – ukulele, bass, Ali Kobzová – violin, Bronka Schragge – cello and cluster) which will also perform. Starts: March 11, 19:00, Záhrada – Centrum nezávislej kultúry (Garden  - centre of independent culture), SNP Square16 (Beniczkého pasáž). Admission: €3-€5. More info:


CONCERT: Chris Ellys – The indie-pop and solo English folk performer comes to Slovakia as part of his Feel The Words Tour 2016. He started with a mini-festival, followed by his first tour. Since February 19, Ellys has played in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. His second tour brings primarily his own songs, because cooperation with guitarist Nick Power has ended. Since they split, he plays solo. Songs talk about his feelings, opinions and moods. Starts: March 11, Fri 19:30; Džezva Café, Tehelná 4; Admission: €2.5. More info:

Banská Bystrica

LIVE MUSIC: Ivana Mer – The Slovak singer brings an atmosphere of poetic countries, essential songs are inspired by sea, elements and indoor world of soul. Mer started her career in Prague during her study of anthropology, and later, she performed in France, Germany and Spain. She was nominated for Discovery of the Year at the Radio_Head Awards in 2015.  In this concert, she will play with Cristian Estrella (visuals, electronics) and Marek Žilinec (drums). Starts: March 12, 19:00, Záhrada – Centrum nezávislej kultúry (Garden  - centre of independent culture), SNP Square16 (Beniczkého pasáž). Admission: €3-€5. More info:

Banská Bystrica

JAZZ: Duo Deši – This band from the Czech Republic from the Ústí nad Labem region makes instrumental performances on the European club scene. The music centre of this band lies between didgeridoo and baritone saxophone, supported by brass music rhythms. This combination shifts performance to a mixture of jazz, minimalism and world music, with stress on an acoustic approach. Starts: March 13, 19:00, Záhrada – Centrum nezávislej kultúry (Garden  - centre of independent culture), SNP Square16 (Beniczkého pasáž). Admission fee: €3. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Popular Artistic Duo Again in Žilina – Two musicians already renowned and popular among local music lovers, conductor Misha Katz (RU-FR) and pianist Timur Sergeyenia (BLR), will play with the Slovak Sinfonietta the works of Giuseppe Verdi, Camille Saint-Saëns and Georges Bizet. Starts: March 17-18, 19:00; House of Art Fatra, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €10-€14 (season tickets valid only on March 17). More info:


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



PARTY: Tabačka Nights: House id Unity W/ DMIT.RY & OL.WIZ – The Czech band brings a dance party, with interesting headliners from all over Europe and intriguing light design. Tabačka Nights re-forms the electronic scene in eastern Slovakia and the night life in Košice. Features Prague residents Groove Bar, resident HoU, JCK and Paradiso Rhythm. Starts: March 11, 22:00,Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €3. More info:


OPERA: Dialogues of the Carmelites – The French opera by Francis Poulenc in three acts from 1957 has been adapted and conducted by Ondrej Olos and directed by Linda Keprtová, featuring Ludovic Kendi, Marián Lukáč, Jaroslav Dvorský, Lucie Kašpárková, Janette Zsigová, and others. Starts: March 12, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings); or via; more info www.sdke. 


CONCERT: Banana – The DJing duo Malata and a band of six, Medial Banana, are presenting their music, a combination of Balkan beats & reggae mash-up. Malata has performed in Vienna, Berlin, Antverpen, Valletta, Tokio and Tijuana. Medial Banana is known as the most popular reggae formation, their second album being Rockin’ it. Starts: March 12, 20:00, Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €7. More info:


FRENCH MUSIC: Francophone Culture Days – This event was organised as part of the Francophone Days in collaboration with the French Alliance Košice. Janais, a Slovak composer and performer sings in Slovak, English and French language. Thanks to her song Raram ta rej in Eurovision Song Contest 2009, she is popular in Slovakia. In the same year, she made her debut album Svetaboj. Her second album Eufória was released in 2013. Starts: March 17, 20:00, Tabačka KulturFabrik,. Gorkého 2. Admission: €3-€5. More info:


PARTY: BROKENBASE XL4 – The biggest drum and bass party in Eastern Slovakia takes place in its fourth edition. On 2 stages, people will see 17 DJs and one VJ. The main stage belongs to drum and bass music; the minor presents techno and psytrance music. The party will be led by headliner Maztek from the Netherlands. Starts: March 18, 22:00, Timeout Lounge Bar. Timonova 4; More info: www.kamdomesta.


BALLET: The first ballet premiere this year in State Theatre Košice (SDKE) is Spartakus, to the music of Aram I. Khachaturian. As written, choreographed and directed by Kirill Simonov (who also made the local staging of Anna Karenina), with costumes and stage design by Pavol Juráš. Starts: March 17 (10:00), 18-19, 19:00; Štátne divadlo Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15 (premiere), €4-€10. Tickets:; tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);


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


By Michal Hlúbik





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