Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances, exhibitions and other events in the capital between June 3 and 12, including a Slovak folklore, derniere, dance performance, classical music, design, discussion, exhibitions, meetings, festivals and more.

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FESTIVAL: Dolce Vitaj/  Sweet life or Dolce Welcome – Slovakia will welcome the ninth year of the event Dolce Vitaj this month, bringing the greatest attractions from Italian culture and gastronomy. Original architecture and design, concerts, theatres, movies and also traditional Italian delicacies come to Bratislava, Martin, Poprad and Banská Bystrica. In this multigenres festival it will be possible to see and listen to music of various genres, fine Arts and much more. Starts: throughout June; Various places. Admission: Depends of the performance. More info:

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Ode To Joy –M Cycle of Special Concerts - The ninth symphony of Ludwig van Bethoven was unique in its time and this oeuvre is a symbol of Europe today. Performers of the concert are: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Choir. The concert is led by Juraj Valčuha, choirmaster is Jozef Chabroň, Adriana Kohútková (soprano), Terézia Kružliaková (alto), Tomáš Juhás (tenor), Peter Mikuláš (basso). Program consists of the Paraphrase on Introduction to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by Friedrich Cerha and Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, (Choral Ode to Joy) by Ludwig van Beethoven. Starts: Jun 3, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €13,10. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

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EXHIBITION/COLLECTING: Bratislavské zberateľské dni/ Bratislava Collecting Days – This event is every year the place of meeting of all passionate collectors in the field of philately, filokartie, numismatics, faleristicks, minerals, and small antiques. Visitors will not only see many unique collector's exhibits, but also real European and world rarities of great value. Starts: Jun 3-4. Incheba Expo Arena. More info:

FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: Folk Expo Slovakia 2016 – International colloquium covering the folk industry, multimedia scene modes, exhibitions, screenings of traditional folk culture, dance workshops for children and adults, concerts, presentations of bearers of traditions and contemporary artists whose work is inspired by folklore. The program is formed by folk ensemble SĽUK and also Theatre SĽUK which will bring also the Folk Forum. Topics presented in the festival will include: Scenic program of various (and unexpected) forms of folklore in contemporary creation or Folk Expo, Presentation of projects, events and demonstrations of traditional folk culture, various exhibitions and  much more. Starts: 3 – 4 June; SĽUK (Balkánska 31, Bratislava – Rusovce). Admission: free. More info:

OPERA: Lohengrin – Derniere – Opera by one of the greatest opera composers Richard Wagner, in three acts, in German language, music staged and conducted by Friedrich Haider and directed by Andrejs Žagars. Starts: Jun 5, 17:00; New SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €6-€25. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299;

FESTIVAL: Týždeň maďarskej kultúry "Viac ako sused"/ Hungarian Culture Week "More than neighbor" – This city festival takes place in Bratislava for the third time this year and visitors can expect a series of cultural events and a rich offer of Hungarian gastronomic specialties. As part of stage programs the Slovak and Magyar folk ensembles and other cultural groups will perform. The main guests of the evening will linclude Peter Šrámek with his band and musical formation Esszencia. The aim of the festival is to bring Hungary closer to Slovakia and its capital city. Starts: Jun 6-13; Various places, Hviezdoslavovo Square. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musica florea - Italian composers of the Baroque era dominated in the European music "market" of those times in improvisations of ornamentation and melodies sonorism. Performers of the concert are: Musica florea, Marek Štryncl (artistic leader), Hasan El Dunia (tenorbaritone), The New Style – “The Art of Baroque Improvisation”. Program consists of: Canzon à 5 by Giovanni Gabrielli, Toccata avanti la Messa della Domenica by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Sonata Sopra deus miseratur nostri by Alessandro Grandi, Miserere by Biagio Mariniand others. Starts: Jun 7, 19:00; Reduta building of the Slovak Philharmonics, E. Suchoňa Square 1. Admission: €7. Tel: 02/2047-5233;

FESTIVAL: Bratislava Design Week – The fourth year of this selective international festival will again be an intense festival of contemporary design. Topic of this year is "The Road"; the road in terms of searching, inspiration, growing up, discovery, transformation, adventure or experiment. Significant guest of the event will be respected Jerszy Seymour, one of the most prolific contemporary designers. The main curating exhibitions are also the project of European design - European Design Stories and exhibition Everyday tropes Starts: June 7 – 11, Old Town (the second floor of ex-shopping house Dunaj, Square SNP, ZOYA Gallery, Ventúrska 1) Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

DISCUSSION: Design Lectures Night–The latest part of the program of Bratislava Design Week 2016 will be in a new format: Design Lectures Night. Line-up of the event is full of names of contemporary young designers such as: Sabine Marselis (NL), Zanelloto Bortotto (IT), Maciej Chmara / Chmara Rosinke (AT), Klemens Schillinger (AT), Thomas Wailly (NL), Nadezda Suvorova (CH), Milan Pekař (CZ). There will be also a  lecture by Jerszy Seymour. Except for the lecturers, visitors can enjoy also a dinner in a vegan version prepared by Ani ryba, ani vrah. Starts: Jun 8, 18:00; Klariský Church, Klariská street, Staré mesto. Admission: until June €12, students - €8. ( On-site €15 / students €10. Entry is limited to one hundred people. More info:

OPERA: Don Giovanni - Dramma giocoso in two acts in the Italian language by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is not only a story about a punished sinner, as it is also not a simple musical comedy either. It is a unique piece of dramatic work, in which seemingly typical funny situations, so uncomplicated and slight in other operas, here they are rough and cause overall tension. Giovanni is punished at the end, although the question who was it that sentenced and punished him has no answer. The opera is conducted by Friedrich Haider, directed by Jozef Bednárik, choreographed by Jaroslav Moravčík. Performers are: Adam Plachetka, Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Pavol Bršlík, Ján Galla and others. Starts: Jun 9, 19:00; new SND building, Pribinova 17. Admission: €15-€45. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299;

MEETING: Speed dating in English - „Love is only a word till someone gives it a meaning.“ Someone who wants to meet new people of the opposite sex may be interested this event. It is possible to enjoy the evening, relax and meet friendly and interesting people who just want to have fun and meet others with the group of organisers Internationals Bratislava. It is about coming along to the night of socialising and even if love is not in the air, you are at least guaranteed to make new friends and have a great time, as organisers write on their website. Starts: Jun 9, 19:00; Osteria Dell’Oopera, Gorkeho 5 (reservations at– send your name (and/or nickname you would like to use at the speed dating), age, country of origin, we will send you payment details. Admission: €9 (Entry fee includes welcome drink and smal snacks). More info:

FESTIVAL: Víkend otvorených parkov a záhrad/ Weekend of open parks and gardens–This event gives people the opportunity to get to know favourite places of  garden art in Slovakia by the new way or insight into commonly accessible parks and gardens. The aim of this cultural and educational event is to present the value, particularly of historic parks and gardens to the public by the attractive process and lead them to active protection. It will be possible to visit Lizstová Garden, The former Palffy Garden, Park and Mansion Great Biel, Olejárska street, and many others. Starts: Jun 10-12; Various places. Admission: free. More info:

DISCUSSION: Kurátorský výklad v anglickom jazyku na výstave François Kollar - Práca pohľadu/ Curatorial interpretation in English language through the exhibition Work perspective by François Kollar–The exhibition is accompanied by curator Pia Viewing from The Gallery Jeu de Paume in Paris. The french photographer François Kollar, originally from Slovakia, was a famous member of new objectivity of the movement and also an important fashion and advertising photographer. The exhibition is a reinstallation of the monographic exhibition François Kollar. Un ouvrier du regard / A working Eye in Gallery Jeu de Paume in Paris. Starts: Jun 10, 15:00; Esterházy Palace, 2nd floor. Admission: free. More info:

MEETING: Day in nature – collecting plants, cooking, eating, learning + yoga - Event will be held in English.This day in nature is suitable for people who would like to spend a day in nature, cook, eat, exercise and find out more about the freshest, cheapest and lowest in fat food, which they maybe already know, but probably do not eat. The program comprises breakfast smoothies from herbs + oats, picking herbs in nature, interactive lecture about plants, cooking lunch (crackers, soup and warm vegetable salad) and much more including yoga. Starts: Jun 11, 8:00. Admission: €49 – includes all-day program and ingredients (reservation necessary -, only seven spots are available) More info:

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Tango on Fire - This is a tailor-made performance presented for the 1st time in Bratislava - performed by professional dancers of Bestango & Dreamdancers which will be presented in Bratislava during the tango marathon Bratislava Tango Party. This performance is a combination of two disciplines: fire dancers and tango dancers. Two passions combined in one dance show. Starts: Jun 11, 18:30 - 19:15; Open Air Milonga (250 tango dancers from 33 countries, participants of Bratislava Tango Party with international Tango DJ), 19:15 – 19:30 Performance “Tango on Fire”, Hviezdoslavovo Square. Admission: free. More info:

BALLET: From Fairytale to Fairytale - This is the most famous ballet by Czech composer Oskar Nedbal. From Fairytale to Fairytale, as choreographed by Achille Viscusi for the 1923/1924 season, was the first performance for children at the SND. This time it is directed and choreographed by Jozef Dolinský. Starts: Jun 11, 11:00, 17:00; historical SND building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 1. Tickets: €6-€16. Tel: 02/ 2047-2299;

EXHIBITION: 90 Retrospektíva/ 90 Flashback –The exhibition of photographer Karol Kállay(1926-2012) is a selection of his life-long creations (1926-2012) on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Karol Kallay brought to Slovakia a part of the world when traveling to Western countries and was very problematic according to curator Marián Pauer. The exhibition consists of one hundred black and white photographs divided into different rooms by country, including from Slovakia, Italy, USA, France, Russia, Mexico; as well as fashion photography. Open: until: Aug 14; Galérie mesta Bratislavy/ Bratislava City Gallery, Mirbach Palace, Františkánske Square 11 . Admission: €4. More info:

EXHIBITION: Mortuáriá/ Mortuaries – The exbition includes obituaries aristocratic and yeoman families and church dignitaries from the collections of the Central Museum in Banská Bystrica. Open: Tue – Sun 9:00 – 17:00, Exhibition opens: Jun 8 until: Sep 11; Slovenské národné múzeum sídelná budova, Vajanského nábrežie 2, Bratislava. More info:

EXHIBITION/GUIDED TOUR: Sunday Rest in English Language: Anton Cepka. Kinetic Jewellery – Anton Cepka is one of the most famous European jewellers who typically uses materials and craftsmanship as combined with the involvement of motion, the world of technology and unconventional materials. Jewellery-maker and gallery pedagogue, Katarína Defeo Fiúza Siposová will present – in English – the work and international significance of Anton Cepka for applied arts and discuss the technological procedures related to creation of his work. Sunday Rest is the new edition of Slovak National Gallery events which continues in the tradition of the popular Siesta program of bringing attractive but relaxed English language lectures related to the exhibitions. Starts: Jun 5, 16:00. Advance booking is not required. Esterházy Palace, 3rd floor, Ľudovíta Štúra Square 4. Admission: free. More info:


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