Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for events around Slovakia between May 6 and 15, including running, international festivals, concerts, classical music, dance, exhibitions and more.

Mile for Mum 2016.Mile for Mum 2016. (Source: Dana Valková)

RUNNING: Míľa pre mamu 2016 / Mile for Mum 2016 - The Union of Mother Centres organises the biggest celebration of Mother's Day in Slovakia. The Mile for Mum is devoted to every single mum, regardless of age or skin colour. This competition was in the first year considered as a Guinness record in pushing strollers. Later it changed its name to “Mile for Mum”. In 2015 the event was attended by 28,213 registered participants. This year it has the style of folk traditions. Starts: May 7, 15:00; Various places around Slovakia. More info:

Western Slovakia

Bojnice Castle

FESTIVAL: Medzinárodný festival duchov / International Festival of Spirits and Ghosts – A mystery surrounding the noble nobleman Pálffy family is being continued, with the sons dying in batches of two in strange deaths. According to legend ghosts still live inside the walls. Directed by Vojtech Bartko. Starts: April 27-30, May 4-8, 9:00-18:00. Groups shall book in advance. Admission: €3-€10. More info:

Central Slovakia

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: Concert ku Dňu matiek / Mother's Day concert - The guest of the evening is a famous Slovak band that plays Slovak Folk music - Slovak Tango. Dancers are Barbora Štupáková and Michal Majer. Starts: May 8, 18:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €6. More info:


DANCE: Medzi nami / Between us - Authorial, interactive, motion-visual presentation about a little girl, her family and charming granny develop the story of children who live throughout the world. Adults work, looking for the key to home, have children and they create a family with them. What does it mean home - at home for children? The story is real and fabulous at the same time. It reflects children's view of the world, which is confronted with the sight of adults. Concept is prepared and directed by Hana Strejčková, choreographed by Veronika Kacianová and Věra Ondrašíková, music prepared by Kuba Palys, Hearn Gadbois and DJ Buldog. Performers are Karolína Křížková a Andrea Vykysalá, Hana Strejčková, Eva Stará and others. Starts: May 8, 17:00, Station Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3.  Admission: €4. ( or at the station). More info:


CONCERT: Maok - hudba z iných sfér / Maok - music from other spheres - Creation of  the artist Maok is a collage of musical layers and moods, which offer the listener an opportunity to get carried away on the waves of feelings or dive safely inside, look into and open locked chambers of the world. His atmospheric production forms the background of many documentaries and feature films and rich is also his discography. His latest studio album is Inerei, which came out late last year. Starts: May 9, 20:00; Station Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3.  Admission: €8. ( or €10 (at the station). More info:

Banská Bystrica

DANCE: Biele peklo alebo Mne sa to stať nemôže /  White hell or It cannot happen to me - Music, Drama and Dance Theatre brings to the stage processing the problem of drug abuse. As a literary template the novel by Radek John - Memento was used. Young man Martin sits in a remand cell. He is accused of wilful bodily harm possibly resulting in death. He is there considering his life. The central motif of the story is a personal confession of a man, who "passed through hell" and found himself at the very bottom. He considers where drug addiction can lead and if it is possible to break out from this vicious circle of possible outcomes. The story is written, directed and choreographed by Dana Dinková, music used by W. A. Mozart – S. Wurz: Rockquiem (selection) and The Doors (selection). Performers are: Viktor Sabo, Andrej Andrejkovič, Marián Andrísek, Veronika Szabová and others. Starts: May 10, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €6. More info:

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Banská Bystrica

DANCE: Roots - The story about a man on the road, which will lead him to surprising places. He experiences striking things as someone does not want him to get where he is going. It's up to him if his trek will start to be a nightmare or cathartic return to the original place. Choreographed by Stanislava Vlčeková, directed and music prepared by Jozef Vlk. Starts: May 13, 19:00; Divadlo Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info:

Žilina/Krasňany Castle

CAR: CM TUNING VOL. 2 – A meeting of car tuning fans takes place for a second time. This time, it brings Total Dip Tuning Battle Draft, measuring of Audio Db, detection of noise level of exhaust pipe, car limbo, competitions, etc. Starts: May 14, 7:30, Castle of Krasňany. Admission: €3. More info:

Eastern Slovakia

AIR SHOW: AERO MOTO RETRO SHOW – Flying day in retro-style takes place with ground and air battles from WW2, along with historical equipment, pyrotechnic effects, night performance, cultural programme and attractions for kids. Starts: May 6, 15:00, Aeroklub Košice. Barca. More info:


FESTIVAL: Natura vinum 2016 - Two day festival of authentic wines Natura Vinum in its third year. Visitors can again experience a unique festival concept, which gives the opportunity to meet winemakers from different European countries, who are connected with the idea of traditional authentic method of producing unique wines. Visitors at the same time can enjoy gourmet specialties from local "healthy" ingredients that were prepared by well-known Slovak chefs. Starts: May 6, 16:00, May 7, 13:00; Kunsthalle, Rumanová 1. Admission: €6,90 (one-day ticket) or €9,90 (two-days ticket). More info:

FESTIVAL: School Culture Fest – Two days of cultural diversity in high schools of Košice. Students present most popular languages taught in Slovakia – French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian – and offer also Irish dance, French paintings, workshops, foreign cuisine, and more. Starts: May 7-8, 13:00-17:00, Gymnasium of St Thomas of Aquinas, Zbrojničná 3. Admission: free. More info: or


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Košická hudobná jar/ Spring Music Festival Košice - The concert is performed by Slovak Chamber Orchestra and Ewald Danel artistic leader / violin. The programme consists of Adagio and Fugue in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St. Wenceslas’ by Josef Suk, Serenade for Strings in E Major by Antonín Dvořák. Starts: May 10, 19:00; Košice Museum, Eastern Slovak Museum, Hviezdoslavova Námestie Maratónu mieru 2. Admission: €12. More


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mimoriadny koncert Michalovce / Special concert Michalovce - The concert is performed by the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Ewald Danel artistic leader / violin. The program consists of Serenade in G Major, Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade for Strings in E Major by Antonín Dvořák and Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten. Starts: May 11, 18:00; City Culture Centre Michalovce, Square Osloboditeľov 25. Admission: €12. More info:


EXHIBITION: Košické premeny / Košice’s Conversion – The interactive invitation to virtual walks around new and old parts of Košice. The photos exhibited include explosion of a barrel full of gun-power, evolution of railway system, theatre and many more sites and situations. Open: workdays 10:00-18:00 until May 27, Regional Information Point, Hlavná 48. Admission: free. More info:


EXHIBITION: Viete, že zomriete?/ Do You Know that You Die? Spiritual introduction to the the saddest architecture of Czechoslovakia and the last two decades in the design of a funeral hall. Curator Ján Freiberg. Open: workdays 16:00-18:00 until May 13; Šopa Gallery, Hlavná 40. Tel: 0911/224-391. More info:


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