Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for events in the Slovak capital between March 25 and April 3, including meeting Shakespeare Lives, Vegan Dinner, birdwatching, stand-up comedy with Jimmy Carr, ballet, opera, a lot of music of various genres, exhibitions and more.

Broken tree by Slovak Ján Berger from exhibition Continuum Broken tree by Slovak Ján Berger from exhibition Continuum (Source: Xénia Bergerová)

OPERA: Nabucco - Opera in three acts in Italian language by Guiseppe Verdi. Nabucco is conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink, directed by Zuzana Gilhuus. Choirmaster is Ladislav Kaprinay. Performers are Dalibor Jenis, Ľudovít Ludha, Jiří Sulženko, Anda Louise Bogza and others. Starts: Mar 26, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €12-€39. Tel: 02/2049-4290;

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GASTRONOMY: Vegánska večera / Vegan Dinner – Vegans or non-vegans, newcomers or old friends, individuals or groups, everybody is invited. Vegánska večera (VV) is a community that allows everyone who wants to join in or give a direction to create social space. Instead of paying admission fees, cook vegan food (without meat, eggs, dairy products, honey and other animal substances) and bring it and share with others. Bring also plates and cutlery in order to try other dishes. Starts: Mar 27, 18:00; A4 - priestor súčasnej kultúry, Karpatská 2. Admission: free. 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 between March 10 and 16 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:;

ROCK METAL MUSIC: Avantasia – „Symphonic power metal“ or „rock opera“ describe  the music played by this German band led by Tobias Sammet, formed by some famous singers and musicians from bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray or Within Temptation. Starts: Mar 28, 19:00; Elán Sports Hall, Bajkalská 7. Admission: €28. More info:

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Tomasi, Šostakovič – Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy is the last major work of this German composer. Poetic concert was devoted to his friend Ferdinand David. The programme also consists of Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Henri Tomasi and Concerto in C Minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra by Dmitry Shostakovich, as performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Rastislav Štúr, Tibor Bertók – violin, Stanislav Masaryk – trumpet, Matias Alzola - piano. Starts: Mar 30, 18:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €6. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sheffield Cathedral Choir (VB) – In the Jesuit Church of the Holiest Saviour are regularly held concerts of classical music: This time, the Cathedral Choir of Sheffield will perform. Starts: Mar 30, 19:00; Jesuit Church of the Holiest Saviour, Františkánske Square. 4. Admission: free. More info:

OPERA: Rigoletto - Opera in three acts in the Italian language by Giuseppe Verdi. Victor Hugo’s drama Le Roi s’Amuse was an ideal story for Verdi, full of great passions, critical view on the society and touching personal line. The opera is conducted by Peter Valentovič, directed by Martin Schüler, music rehearsed by Friedrich Haider, and choirmaster is Pavel Procházka. Performers are Tomáš Juhás, Sebastian Catana, Ľubica Vargicová, Ján Galla, Denisa Hamarová and others. Starts: Mar 30, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €8-€30. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299;

BALLET: Frida – Frida Kahlo’s life story endowed with exceptional intelligence, versatile artistic talent, but on the other side affected by misfortune and suffering is the topic of the feature-length dance performance. Dance scenes from the life of this surrealist painter choreographed and directed by Robert Balogh. Music used by Elliot Goldenthal, Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton, Richard Galliano, Arvo Pärt, Benny Goodman, Keith Jarrett. Performers are Andrea Hrbková, Ivo Jambor, Sylva Pospíšilová, Dana Krajevskaja and others.  Starts: Mar 30, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €5-€22. Tel: 02/2049-4290;


PREDNÁŠKA/ MEETING: Shakespeare žije / Shakespeare Lives – An encounter with professor Martin Hilský and Ľubomír Feldek, renowned translators and interprets of the work of William Shakespeare. The event will take a place on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death, which the British Council organises worldwide. Starts: Mar 31, 16:00; University Library (Prednášková sála/ Lecture hall), Ventúrska 11. Admission: free. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Solamente Naturali – The M-Cycle of Special Concerts, Songs and Dances of Slovak, Moravian, German and English baroque manuscripts will be performed by the Solamente Naturali and Teatro Posonii (traditional puppet theatre). The ensemble of early music Solamente Naturali is led by its creator and excellent violinist Miloš Valent. Starts: Mar 31, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

WORLD MUSIC: Vandrovali hudci / How the Fiddlers Wandered – The combination of two outstanding ensembles which uniquely combine folk, big-beat and folk music - called nowadays “world music”. Vlasta Redl and Jiří Pavlica last spring decided to revive their joint performances, not only re-establishing old hits; but both bands have also prepared new songs. Starts: Mar 31, 19:00; DK Zrkadlový háj house of culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €18. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra – The M-Cycle of Special Concerts consists of the works by György Ligeti – Lontano; Béla Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2; Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 as performed by Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, led by David Afkham, with Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin). Starts: Apr 1, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €13,10. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: 3x Instruments - Drums / within the cycle called Music Club, drummers Dávid Čudek, Gábor Tokár and Michal Fedor present their skills and abilities. Starts: Apr 1, 19:30; DK Lúky house of culture, Vígľašská 1. Admission: €3. More info:

BIRDWATCHING: Za dravcami na Devínske jazero / Watching Birds of Prey at Devínske Lake – A group walk to the area of Devínske Jazero Lake, focused on the birds of prey (White-tailed Eagle, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Hen Harrier/ Northern Harrier, Goshawk and others) and birds living in floodplain forests (woodpeckers, tiny songbirds). The location is the Morava River floodplains, so particular route of walking will be therefore adjusted to the current state of water. Starts: Apr 2, 08:00; the entrance hall of the main railway station 8:16, possibility of joining others in Lamač at 8:24, or Devínska Nová Ves stations 8:31. Exit at the stop Devínske jazero 8:35. Admission: free (except for railway tickets). More info:

BALLET: Angelika – Eugen Suchoň, one of the founders of Slovak music modernism, composed Angelika as a ballet pantomime. At the time he was merely a 17-year-old student of the Music School. Mauro di Candia, the author of choreography and director of the first production presents the concept of Angelika in an original, precise and pure ballet form. Performers are Romina Kołodziej,Viola Mariner, Adrian Ducin, Peter Dedinský and others. Starts: Apr 2, 19:00; SND historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Admission: €8-€18. Tel: 02/2049-4290;

STAND-UP COMEDY: Jimmy Carr – The successful British comedian, actor, author, host and international star of stand-up comedy gives a performance in Bratislava as part of his Funny Business Tour, which crossed the English Channel after 200 performances in the UK. Starts: Apr 2, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €29-€49. Tel: 02/5293-3321;

JAZZ/SWING: Ondřej Havelka & Melody Makers – The Czech jazz/swing band Melody Makers turned 20, and this anniversary is a pretext for a new programme, combining olderhits aswell asnew compositions. Starts: Apr 2, 19:30; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €24-€29. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

RUNNING: The ČSOB Bratislava Marathon – The upcoming 11th year of ČSOB Bratislava Marathon features as its most favourite discipline with the largest number of participants also this year half-marathon, the second most numerous discipline is relay-race, followed by marathon, mini-marathon and the Ten / Desiatka. The ČSOB Bratislava Marathon is suitable for everyone and this year it opens personally for sportsmen. Starts: Apr 3, 10:00; Eurovea Bratislava. Admission: various. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vivaldi, Bach, Hatrik – The programme of this concert consists of Symphony in G Major No 2 by Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for Cello, Strings and Basso Continuo in A Major by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Water Clock for Flute, Harp, Soprano and Strings; a work by Juraj Hatrík thus premiered. Performers are The Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SKO) Bohdan Warchal, with soloists Ewald Danel as artistic leader (violin), Ľudovít Kanta (cello) and Denisa Šlepkovská (mezzosoprano). Starts: Apr 3, 16:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €8. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

EXHIBITION: Kontinuum / Continuum – The current exhibition of Bratislava City Gallery presents to the public the collection of paintings by Slovak Ján Berger, created after 2000 and not yet exhibited. The collection of paintings in mythical style has its dominants and counterpoints. Some paintings specifically included by the author come from the earlier period. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until June 19; Mirbach Palace of GMB, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €2-€4. Tel: 02/5443- 1556(-8);

EXHIBITION: Strach z neznámeho / Fear of the Unknown – The migration crisis which we are facing is the most serious since the WW2. Millions of people have to leave their homes because of war or extreme poverty. The experience with other cultures is new and practically unknown for the post-communist countries. This exhibition is trying to break the barrier in communication between them. The native and foreign artists are focusing on refugees and our attitude towards them. Open:  Wed-Mon, 12:00-19:00 (21:00 on Fri) since March 18 until July 31; Kunsthalle Bratislava, House of Art, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. More info:

EXHIBITION: On the Freakshow - Andy Pheby Paintings – Andy Pheby is a contemporary figurative painter who portrays people or things that can stand for people – benches, objects, animals. Chance plays a role in many works where liquid paint is pooled and thrown across the work. Pheby is influenced by painters such as Manet and Goya, whom he refers to in his work, as well as the colours used in Indian miniatures. Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-16:00 until March 31; City Library Bratislava, Klariská 16. Admission: free. 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 info:

EXHIBITION: The Little Prince – This book was published April 6, 1943 in New York and shortly afterwards also in French edition with illustrations. The Little Prince is the most famous work by writer, poet and pilot Antoin de Saint-Exupéry. Twenty original colour lithographs by the author come from the collection of German collector Michael Andreas Wahle. Open: Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00 until Apr 3; Bratislava City Gallery, Františkánske Square 11. Admission: €4. More info:


by Adriána Peťková


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