Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for events in Bratislava between April 1 and 10, including a host of parties and concerts, classical and jazz music, stand-up comedy in English, an interactive theatre performance, a city marathon, a conference on urban planning in English, film festivals, and more.

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JAZZ: Jazz in stories: Night with Icons of Jazz – Lovers of jazz converge as this evening of popular songs of the last century which brought emotions and poetry to America and Europe takes place with special guests, Boris Čelár (guitar) and Lucia Lužinská (vocals). Featuring a quartet of musicians: Jana Gavačová (vocals and presenting), Ľuboš Brtáň (guitar), Martin Kapustník (double-bass), Cyril Zeleňák (drums). Starts: April 1, 21:00, Hlava 22, Bazová 9; Admission: €5. 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;  

LIVE MUSIC: Pavol Hammel – Z pekla šťastie / Hellish Good Luck Tour – The spring concert tour of one of the most eminent personas in Slovak popular music starts with his show in Bratislava. Hammel has been playing for more than five decades and last year he made an eponymous album. Along with singer Hammel, the band is comprised of Juraj Burian (guitar), Petr Tichý (contrabass), Vittek Pospíšil (keys), Michal Pajdiak (drums) and special guest Andra Zimányiová (vocals). Starts: April 2, 19:00, DK Devín House of Culture, Rytierska 2; Admission: €12-€15. More info:

PARTY: Tančiareň / Dance Hall – The multi-genre party offers a variety of world genres such as reggae, dance-hall, electro swing, rock’n’ roll, twist, Balkan beats or gipsy sound. The sound will be provided by DJ duo Haftomas & Simple Sample, Brigada Rakija DJs (who play Balkan beats, gipsy sound, klezmer, “Ostblok” reggae), Voodoo Beats (featuring Trashman, Boneshaker and Hellhound) and Czech trio Freaky Swingerzzz (who combine swing and funk with house and electro music). Starts: April 2, 21:00, KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3; Admission: €5. More info:

PARTY:  Innie Party – The party full of high-level indie music with wide varieties but high quality criteria represents shelter for abandoned tracks from alternative music scenes and attested hits. The music played by DJs includes Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Beck, Billy Barman and others. The music night is operated by Dj Letom Svetom and Dj Treehugger. Starts: April 2, 22:00, Re:fresh Club, Ventúrska 5; Admission: €5. More info:

CONCERT: Ely Cathedral Choir – The concerts and tours provide extensive opportunities for rehearsals and performances which benefit the performing choir as well as those who come to listen. Since 1990, this Choir has taken its distinct “Ely Sound” to Rome, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Channel Islands, Gozo and Malta, Canada, Italy and the USA. Visits abroad are a natural and important expansion of the Cathedral’s Christian outreach, enabling audiences a first-hand experience of the magnificence of English Church Music. Starts: April 2, 20:30, Franciscan Church of Lord’s Annunciation, Franciscan Square 1; Admission: free. More info:

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 older hits as well as new 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 individually 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;

LECTURE/DISCUSSION: WhatCity? What Square - Aké námestie? – The conditions of the squares and public places in Bratislava are scrutinised by foreign and Slovak experts trying to find a better system of management. Public places reflect the state of the society. Guests include: vice-mayor of one of the neighbourhoods of Bratislava (Ľubomír Boháč) who will present an architectonic-city-planning study about Šafárikovo Square and Fajnorovo Embankment; Portuguese Carolina Leite who tells more about revitalisation; Hungarian Levente Polyak (urbanist and expert for economic models from civic initiatives); and Tomáš Kadeřábek (head of the Czech association of developers) talk about cooperation between the private and public sectors. Starts: April 4 (Apr 5-workshop on invitations), 17:00-19:30, Old Market-hall, SNP Square 25; Admission: €5-€9. More info:

THEATRE: Fast Forward: Als Ik Jou – This interactive theatre performance of Dutch and Flemish poetry will be enacted by the Fast Forward team, directed by Peter Schoenaerts. Starts: April 4, 19:00; V – klub, SNP Square 12. Admission: free. Tel: 0918/817-141, 02/2047-1217;,

INFORMAL LECTURE: Krakatoa – Talk Club [BRaK edition]: Ian Hatcher – Ian Hatcher (USA), the guest of this evening and text/sound/code/performance artists and vocalist, talks about knowledge in context of digital systems, his work, his inspiration which he also offers to share (supported by the BRaK literary festival). In English. Starts: April 04, 19:00; Goethe Institute, Panenská 33. Admission: free. More info:  

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Vivaldi, Furst, Xenakis, Stoyanov, Reiffeneder – The Slovak Philharmonics offer a good portion of classical music, playing Antonio Vivaldi’s Sonata No 6 for Trombone and Marimba (played by Kiril Stoyanov), works of Paul Walter Furst (Tromboncussion for Trombone and Percussions), Iannis Xenakis (Rebonds B), Kiril Stoyanov (Three Miniatures) and Wolfgang Reiffeneder (Crossover). Starts: April 5, 19:00, Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta building, Eugen Suchoň Square 1; Admission: €7. More info:

FILM FESTIVAL: Visegrad Film Forum (VFF) – The multi-genre festival focuses on movies produced and shot in the countries of Visegrad Group (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) as organised by VFF, an international  networking and educative platform for beginning film professionals, including Lectures, case studies and workshops. Speakers and guests include: Bartosz Konopka - Reality vs. fiction – the Boundaries of Documentary Filmmaking; Paco Delgado - EFA master class - Narration through Clothing; Agnieszka Holland - Building Bridges in the Hearts and Minds of People through Film; Katriel Schory - Developing the Audience; László Rajk - Cheating with the Perspective. Starts: April 5- 9; film hall of the Film Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU), Svoradova 2. Accreditations: €20(students)-€30. More info:

METAL:  Hollywood  Undead – The American rap-rock formation come to Bratislava, attracting audiences with their mixture of rock, rap and metal music, filled with dance and alternative features. The band, playing in masks, is not afraid of playing classical flamenco guitar as well as electro-punk beats. Recently at the top of the charts, they are considered successors of Limp Bizkit and Korn bands. Starts: April 6, 19:45, Refinery Gallery, Vlčie hrdlo 1; Admission: €17-€20. More info:

TRAVEL FILMS’ FESTIVAL: Mountains and City / Hory a mesto 2016 – The international event of mountain and adventure films offers many screenings, as well as guests – Himalaya climber Kurt Diemberger, Spanish climber Daila Ojeda, US ranger Gregg Lossinski and Slovak diver Katarína Linczényiová (diving is a leitmotif of the festival for the first time). Starts: April 6-10; multiplex Cinema City, Aupark shopping mall, Einsteinova. More info:

LIVE MUSIC: Adam Ďurica – The young, talented Slovak singer, composer and producer who participated in Slovakia Got Talent has been playing since 2006. He embarked on a Mandolina Tour with his long-term friend and multiple holder of Zlatý Slávik (Golden Nightingale) award, Zuzana Smatanová. Starts: April 7, 20:00, Istropolis, Trnavské mýto. More info:

LIVE MUSIC: Pio Squad live, Eremen & Petijee, DJs Vec & Pufaz – After five years, the Czech group known primarily for their project Čalantika come to Slovakia. They so far have made three albums: Three Stars, Punk is Dead, Interview. Pio squad has cooperated with Emeren and Petijee. Pre and post show will be under the thumb of DJs Vec & Pufaz. Starts: April 7, 21:00, KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. More info:

INDIEROCK: Indietronica + Talkshow – The indie-rock crew called Talkshow comes to Bratislava to present their third album. The band has cooperated with Slovak, English, Icelandic and Israeli musicians and has made 2 albums so far, Kunst and Talkshow. They performed at Grape, Pohoda, Waves, Rock for People, Colours of Ostrava and On the Rocks festivals. The duo Diablo & Krto (Indietronica residents) will play current songs and extracts from the best track from the past. They play music of the 1980s, indie, glamour and electropol. Starts: April 8, 21:00, KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3; Admission: €5. More info:

PARTY: Balkan Beats – A storm of hilarious rhythms of Balkan, klezmer, folk, gipsy sound and ska. The band Das Großmütterchen Hatz Salon Orkestar from Austria has been playing for six years and is known for dynamics and humour. DJs Matthew (fast tracks with energetic music) and Julah(balkan beat, gypsy sound, Spanish and South American music) secure a good atmosphere. Starts: April 9, 21:00, KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3; Admission: €5. More info:

LIVE MUSIC: Popular Night feat. Lay-Far – The DJ from Moscow and the head of the label in-Beat Ween Music, Alexander, is the initiative force of the soulful scene in Russia and he has gained attention as a sophisticated DJ and selector who combines deep, Detroit, soulful house, rare disco features and funk. He has performed from London, Tokyo, through Berlin to Mallorca and worked with many renowned musicians. Starts: April 9, 20:00, Nu Spirit Club, Pasáž Luxor/Luxor passage, Štúrova 3; Admission: €5-€8. More info:

CONCERT: Peter Cmorik & Wednesday Blues Band – The formation Wednesday Blues Band started in 2010 as a merger of the band of Boboš Procházka Sitra Achra and musician Peter Cmorik, the winner of Slovakia Got Talent. They prefer blues. Peter Cmorik (vocals, guitar), Pišta Lengyel (guitar), Martin Zajko (guitar), Martin Gašpar (bass) and Martin Tomeš (drums). Starts: April 10, 19:00, Loď Café / Divadlo v podpalubí, Tyršovo Embankment. Admission: €8. Tel: 0903/449-650;;

LIVE MUSIC: Frank Turner – The English folk singer, known for his emotionality and dynamic songs, will play in Bratislava. He sang in post-hardcore band Million Dead. In 2005, the band split up. Turner has made six albums, the most recent one Positive Songs for Negative People, in August 2015. The major part of the concert will feature songs from this album. Turner performs his music in Europe, US, Canada, now supported by The Sleeping Souls band. Starts: April 10, 20:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2; Admission: €15-€20. More info:

EXHIBITION: Phantoms of Those Socially Dead: Portraying Social Exclusion -– The goal of this exhibition is to put the problem of social inequality into an historical point of view and context. It connects different methods, from many institutions and resources dedicated to controlling economic inequality and social conflicts thanks to physical separation of people (labour, wall, fence, jail), as curated by Christian Kravagna. Exhibiting artists are Pierre Bourdieu, Robert Gabris, Mulugeta Gebrekidan, Christine Meisner, Juri Schaden, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa. Open: Wed-Sat 14:00-19:00, until May 5; Tranzit SK, Beskydská 12. Admission: free. More info:

By Michal Hlúbik

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