Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for events around Slovakia between April 8 and 17, including musical festival, dance premiere, concert and operas, beauty contest casting, fashion show, exotic food tasting, travel evening, exhibitions and more.

Exhibition KE/KR (Aleksander Szalabski)Exhibition KE/KR (Aleksander Szalabski) (Source: Milena Gašajová)

Western Slovakia


CASTING: Schwarzkopf Elite Model look 2016 – The series of castings all over the country of the Elite agency is an opportunity to become a model. Women must be between 13-22 years of age and at least 170 cm tall; while men must be between 15-23 and at least 182 cm tall. The ambassador of the competition is the top model Michaela Kocianová. She and the jury will choose the winners for the semi-final round. Starts: April 9, 15:00, Mlyny Gallery, Štefánikova trieda 61. Admission: free. More info:

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MUSIC FESTIVAL: Malacká hudobná jar/ Malacky Music Spring - This musical event takes place every year in March and April. These are series of concerts of mostly classical music and choirs. IVth concert of the 52nd volume of Malacky Music Spring brings Beatles in jazz performed by Zajaček´s Urban Trio. Starts: Apr 10, 17:00, Municipal Cultural Centre (Cinema Záhoran), Hviezdoslavova 3. Admission: €7. More info:

Orechová Potôň

RACING: FIA WTCC - Slovak racing circuit Slovakia Ring next toOrechová Potôň welcomes the prestigious race series of The World Touring Car Championship FIA WTCC. It will be the second stop on the calendar after the championship began in the French Le Castelleto. Overall, it consists of 12 events as WTTC will visit also Morocco, Argentina, Japan, China, Thailand and Qatar. In comparison with last year the famous Sébastien Loeb is not going to race this year after leaving the world of cross-country and Rally-cross. However, his ex-colleagues José María López and Yvan Muller remain. Starts: Apr 15-17, Slovakia ring, Orechová potôň 800. Admission: from €5. More info:

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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;


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

DANCE: Nemé tváre/ Výkriky do ticha/ Dumb faces/ Scream in silence - Premiere - The oeuvre from Dana Dinková is a story about harassment or bullying - virtual and also physical. As seen through the lives of young people the performance seeks to solve the serious social problem of violence, which is often inconspicuous, but a destructive current in schools and families. The main message of the performance is to be tolerant and to tolerate our surroundings. Written, choreographed and directed by Dana Dinková. Performers are: Emil Leeger Rastislav Zelina, Matej Struhár, Filip Jekkel, Veronika Szabová, Róberta Dinová and others. Starts: April 9, 18:30, 11, 10:00. State Opera Banská Bystrica, Národná 11. Admission: €6-7. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CINEMA: Barani/ Rams - The last screening at the International Festival of Film Febiofest 2016, will make a stop also in Banská Bystrica. In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep. The movie is directed by Grímur Hákonarson from Iceland. Starts: April 11, 19:30, SNP Museum, Kapitulská 23. Admission: from 2,50 €. More info:

Banská Bystrica

DANCE: From the side of a man, from the side of a woman - This is a story about brutality and cruelty, it highlights the devastation of human sovereignty, dark sides of the psyche and the limits of human action. This new form of physical-theatre, powerful testimony and performances of dancers have been shown also to viewers in Krakow (Poland), Pula (Croatia), and the Czech capital - Prague. The performance is choreographed by Jozef Fruček, music prepared by Vasilis Mantzoukis. Starts: Apr 13, 19:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Rigoletto - Victor Hugo’s drama Le Roi s’Amuse was an ideal story for its composer Giuseppe Verdi, full of great passions, a critical view on the society and a touching personal life. The opera is conducted by Marián Vach, directed by Anna Osipenko, choreographed by Michail Čajkasov and choirmaster is Iveta Popovičová. Performers are Martin Popovič, Katarína Procházková, Dušan Šimo, Marián Hadraba, Michaela Šebestová and others. In collaboration with the choir, ballet and orchestra of the State Opera, choirmaster is Oldřich Husák. Starts: Apr 14,18:30; ; State opera, Národná 11. Admission: €10. More info:


MARKET: Malý knižný trh burza kníh a platní/ Little book market exchange of books and records - Scan the library and share your old unwanted books, magazines, records, CDs etc. It is possible to sell, exchange, donate or just bring books. This day is going to be also Record Store Day so it is like a celebration of small, independent retailers of vinyl culture. Starts: Apr 16, 10:00; Station Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: free, More info:


CONCERT: Buries (UK) - This group from London plays alternative folk music. The leader is singer and poet James P Honey. Their songs have something in common with the poetry of Leonardo Cohen, or recall the work of Nick Cave or PJ Harvey from the 90s. Buriers are passionate fans of PhilosophyDIY (do it yourself), which is shown also in their EP To Speak Of One’s Own Pride. Starts: Apr 17, 20:00, Station Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3.  Admission: €3 ( or at the station). More info:

Banská Bystrica

EXHIBITION: Miera abstrakcie v konkrétnom živote klesá/ Degree of abstraction in a particular life decreases - The exhibition follows an inclined position towards contemporary abstraction concept, design and figuration. The Central Slovakia Gallery in Banská Bystrica invites viewers to look at paintings of exhibiting authors: Givan Belá (BEL/CZ), Andy Zorino (SK), Barbora Zentková (SK/CZ), Boris Vaitovič (SK), Rasmus Nilausen (DEN/ESP), Martin Lukáč (SK / CZ), Julia Gryboš (PL/CZ), Martin Hreha (SK), Lukáš Hofmann (CZ), Priscilla Hasenboehler (CHE/AT) and others. Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until: Jun 19. Bethlen's house, Dolná 8. Admission: €2 More info:


EXHIBITION: Andrej Rudavský: Subconscious Forms – The vast presentation of works of crucial representative of modern Slovak art, Andrej Rudavský (1933) is a concept following not only his sculptures, so typical for his creation, but mostly his paintings. Curated by Miroslav Haľák. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun 10:00-17:00, Thurs 10:00-19:00; Sat 12:00-19:00, until May 1; Turčianska galéria (Turiec Gallery), Daxnerova 2. Admission: €1-€2. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


FASHION SHOW: Roma Fashion Show – This event takes place in the Alfa Gallery and is a mixture of two interesting projects, Romani Suv and Roma ReštART. The main goal is to tear down the barriers, stereotypes, racial prejudices and discrimination. Students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds meet on a weekly basis. They work on costumes or discuss discrimination. Materials and photos of students will be also presented here. Starts: April 8, 17:00-19:00, Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukučínova 2. Admission: free. More info:


TRAVELLING/WORKSHOP: Travel Cuisine of South Korea – A country located very far from Slovakia, South Korea will be presented by Oleg Šuk and Dušan Silváši in an interesting presentation of Korean architecture, art, hidden Buddhist monasteries, spirituality and degustation of this exotic Asian cuisine takes place in HalmiCaffe. Starts: April 8, 19:00, HalmiCaffe, Hlavná 21. Admission: €4. More info: or www.kamdomesta.


OPERA: Figarova svadba - Comic opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in four acts in Italian language composed by the literary work of Pierr Augustín de Baumarchais is undoubtedly the highlight of the musical art of the latter half of the 18th century. The music is conducted by Paolo Gatto, directed by Gustáv Herényi, led by Peter Valentovič, choirmaster is Lukáš Kozubík. Performers are: Ludovic Kendi, Michaela Várady, Lenka Máčiková, Zuzana Rašiová and others. Starts: Apr 9; Košice State Theatre (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);


OPERA: Alcina - The High Baroque opera from 1735 shows the story of the witch Alcina, allowing us to stand on the threshold of good and evil - at a crossroads, while giving us the substantive issues that are seemingly the simplest ones. The opera is introduced in its original Italian with particular regard to so-called baroque instructive interpretations with the occupation of European reputation. The music is conducted by Marek Štryncl, directed by Linda Keprtová, led by Marek Štryncl, Jan Novobilský and choirmaster is Lukáš Kozubík. Performers are: Lucie Kašpárková, Michaela Várady, Mariana Hochelová, Aneta Hollá, Maksym Kutsenko, Davide Maggioni and others. Starts: Apr 13, 19:00; Košice State Theatre (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);


EXHIBITION: KE/KR - The Museum of Vojtech Löffler introduces the work of students of design from Polish Akademie Sztuk Pięknych from Krakow. The exhibition consists of 100 posters presenting proposals in the field of visual communication and product design. Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00. Múzeum Vojtecha Lofflera, Alžbetina 20, until May 1. More info:


EXHIBITION: 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:


EXHIBITION: Klobúk dole, pán Brunovský / Hats Off, Mr Brunovský – Interactive exhibition for young visitors brings the life and work of one of the most significant Slovak graphic artists and painters in a playful form. The exhibition is completed by original graphic artworks by Albín Brunovský. Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 until Jun 19; Tatra Gallery, Hviezdoslavova 341/12. Admission: €3. More info:


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