Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for events around Slovakia between March 18 and 27, including live, jazz, classical and world music, easter concerts, parties, ballet premiere, exhibitions and more.

Easter Concert - Eva Garajová (mezzo-soprano)Easter Concert - Eva Garajová (mezzo-soprano) (Source: Courtesy of Ticketportal)

Western Slovakia

Nové Mesto nad Váhom

JAZZ: Open Jazz Fest 2016 – Performers of spring club Open Jazz Fest 2016 are Andrej Urminský Quartet (of Slovak/Austrian jazz guitarist), Nikolaj Nikitin & Hanka Gregušova & Gabriel Jonáš (all SK) and Per Mathisen Trio (Norway). Starts: March 18, 19.00; Blue Note, J. Hašku 18. Admission: 10. More info:; booking: 0902/608-912;  

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LIVE MUSIC: Easter Concert – Performers Eva Garajová, (mezzo-soprano) and Stanislav Šurin (organ) play the programme consisting of Fantasy and Fugue G Minor (BWV 542) by Bach, Ombra Mai Fu from the Xerxes opera by Handel, Gia Sole dal Gange by A. Scarlatti, Caro Mio Ben by G. Giordani, Chorale No 3 A Minor by C. Franck and Biblické písně / Biblical Songs, Op. 99 by A. Dvořák. Starts: March 18, 19.00; House of Art, Nábrežie Ivana Kraska 1. Admission: €7. More info:  

Červený Kameň Castle

RE-ENACTMENTS/SCENIC SHOWS: Salt over Gold – The fairy-tale Slovak version of the “King Lear” story will be re-enacted on Easter in one of the oldest mediaeval castles in Slovakia. Starts: March 25-28; 10:00 and every hour until 17:00; Red Stone/Červený Kameň Castle, Modra-Častá. Admission: €4-€8. More info:


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

WORLD MUSIC: Carrousel (SUI) - After more than 450 played concerts in Switzerland and abroad from 2009 the band Carrousel will perform in Slovakia. Members are Sophie Burande (vocals, accordion, melodica, small instruments), Léonard Gogniat (vocals, guitars), Mathieu Friz (keyboards, guitar), Thierry Cattin (drums, percussion), Christian Bron (bass). Carrousel today belongs to permanent stars of the Swiss music scene. Their concert is an essential event of the Month of Francophony. Starts: Mar 17, 20:00; Záhrada - Center of independent culture, Square SNP 16 (Beniczky passage). Admission: 2. More info:  

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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:

Banská Bystrica

DANCE: Autorský divadelný dvojvečer: Androgén a Jadro/ Author;s theatrical double evening: Androgen and The core – Androgen is challenge for men if they can create a safety space for woman in their arms (choreographed by Tibor Trulik). The core, choreographed by Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková, is ment as the core of man that is a mystery hiding its true essence. Starts: Mar 18, 19:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Easter concert – State opera will present Requiem d mol by W. A. Mozart; soloists are Martina Masaryková, Adriana Kohútková, Michaela Šebestová, Ľudovít Ľudha, and Ivan Zvarík. They perform with the orchestra and choir of the State Opera. Choirmaster is Iveta Popovičová, concert-master Oldřich Husák, conductor Ján Procházka. Starts: March 19, 19:30; St Francis of Xavier Cathedral, SNP Square. Admission: €6. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Maria Stuarda – This opera was created from translation of drama by Friedrich Schiller by Andrea Maffei. The libretto for the opera is written by Giuseppe Bardari and world premiere of the opera was present on December 30, 1835 in La Scala, Milano. Conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Gianfranco de Bosio and the choirmaster is Iveta Popovičová. Maria Stuarda is performed by Adriana Kohútková, with the choir, orchestra and ballet of the State Opera. Concert-master is Oldřich Husák. The story of Maria Stuarda is of a dispute between authoritative Queen of England Elizabeth I. of the House of Tudor and lively Queen of Scots Mary Stuart whose life ends tragically. Starts: Mar 22, 18:30; State opera, Národná 11. Admission: €8. More info:

Banská Bystrica

DANCE: Rozmanité teórie o zemi/ Various Theories about the Earth – The more we know, the less we understand, suggests the subtitle of the performance written and directed by Jakub Nvota, with music by Martin Geišberg and LaBon. The performance tries to show some of the typical diagnoses, illnesses or phobias of this time with some detachment and humour. Starts: Mar 23, 19:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info:


PARTY: Easter Party – Visitors can dance also on Sunday with DJ Dave, DJ eMTy, DJ Izzy, DJ Mustee. Starts: Mar 27, 21:00; Ministry of Fun, Štúrova 3. Admission: €4. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concerts – Two identical concerts of Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO Žilina) hail the Easter holiday, conducted by Slovak/US Martin Majkut, with Ivan Gajan on piano, Dalibor Karvay on violin, Jozef Podhoranský on cello, Dominika Výberová-soprano, Judita Andelová-mezzo-soprano, Cantica Collegium Musicum Martin – female choir, Girls’ Choir of Žilina Conservatory, with choir-master Štefan Sedlický performing Ladislav Kupkovič’s Variation on the Theme of W.A. Gluck, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56; and Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater for Solos, Female Choir and Orchestra. Starts: March 31-April 1, 19:00 (seasonal tickets valid for the first); Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 42. Admission: €10-€14. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


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);


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.


PARTY/NATIONAL HOLIDAY: St Patrick’s Party hails the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick, on the occasion of his namesday, and also all colours, traditions and attributes associated with him. Starts: March 19, 21:00; Retro Cult Club, Kováčska 49. More info:


GASTRONOMY: The Taste of France / Gout de France – Within the Month of Francophony, the cuisine, wines and overall gastronomy will be offered in Košice – simultaneously with 1,500 chefs on five continents. Starts: March 21, 18:00; Olive Tree Restaurant, Hlavná 1. Admission: €79/person (of which 5% go to the organisation). More info:; bookings: 0905/878-369,


OPERA: Nabucco - Opera in four acts in Italian language by Guiseppe Verdi; conducted in SDKE by Jakub Žídek and Igor Dohovič, directed by Václav Věžník, choreographed by Oleksandr Khalbo, with choirmaster Lukáš Kozubík and performers Richard Haan, Ludovik Kendi, Marco de Carolis, Jaroslav Dvorský, Titusz Tóbisz, Gustáv Beláček, Árpád Sándor. Starts: Mar 23, 19:00; Košice State Theatre (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);


EASTER MARKET: Easter Market in Tabačka – The special Easter edition of markets which focus on this traditional holiday brings a festive atmosphere, works of local craftsmen and salesmen who use natural materials, local resources and traditional processes. Starts: March 26, 11:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Bookings for sellers:; more info:


EXHIBITION: Materialising the Surreal / Zhmotnenie 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:


EXBIHITION: Sochárky/ Sculptors - Eastern gallery in cooperation with the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava presents a selection of works of Czech and Slovak sculptor characters made by female authors. The exposition of works from the 20th century is focused on the sculptors, who attended classical sculptural studies at universities in Bratislava and Prague. Open: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00 until May 21; Eastern-Slovak Museum Košice, Hlavná 27. Admission: €. More info:

by Adriána Peťková







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