Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between August 19 and 28, including classical music, concerts, ride, festivals, fashion event and more.

Ideal politicinan by Csaba Varga (International Exhibition of Political Cartoons)Ideal politicinan by Csaba Varga (International Exhibition of Political Cartoons) (Source: Tomáš Lukačka)

Music & Dance
CONCERT/ WORLD MUSIC: Retinue; Starts: Aug 19, 19:00
CONCERT/ ALTERNATIVE INDIE ROCK: Dreamfield; Starts: Aug 23, 19:00
CONCERT: El Moro; Starts: Aug 27, 18:00
Theatre & Clasical Music
FESTIVAL/ CLASSICAL MUSIC: Convergence 2016; Starts: the festival is underway until Sep 25
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kronos Quartet; Starts: Aug 19, 20:00
CONCERT: Italians, Virtuosi, and other gems through the centuries; Starts: Aug 25 19:00
PERFORMANCE: Street Theatre Kvelb; Starts: Aug 19, 17:00
LECTURE: Discover the nature of mind; Starts: Aug 19 - 21
FESTIVAL OF ROMA CULTURE: Gipsy Bashavel; Starts: Aug 20, 14:00
RIDE: Nostalgic Rides to Brezová pod Bradlom; Starts: Aug 20
CINEMA: Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq; Starts: Aug 23, 20:00
FESTIVAL: Uprising Reggae Festival; Starts: Aug 26 - 27
FASHION EVENT: Fashion and/ as Slavery; Starts: Aug 21, 15:00
EXHIBITION: Ships and Ports of the Polish Baltik; Open: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 17:00 until Sep 15
EXHIBITION: International Exhibition of Political Cartoons; Open: until Aug 20
Highlights of the year
STAND-UP COMEDY: Bill Bailey (Black Books) - Limboland; Starts: Sep 28, 20:00
CONCERT: Mireille Mathieu; Starts: Oct 14, 20:00
CONCERT: Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica Tour 2016; Starts: Nov 9, 20:00
CONCERT: José Carreras; Starts: December 8, 19:30
BALLET: Romeo and Julliet; Starts: Dec 18, 19:00

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Music & Dance

CONCERT/ WORLD MUSIC: Družina/ Retinue - A group from Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, has represented Slovakia in the category of world music for more than ten years and released three albums. The latest is titled “Neni dobre/ Not Good”. Members are: Danka Ferienčíková, Miťa Almášiová (vocals), Aty Béreš (bass guitar), Tomáš "Hollub" Krista (drums), Adam Mičinec (guitar, mandolin), Marek Konček (violin), Janko Šimiak (whistles, fujara). Starts: Aug 19, 19:00, Bratislava - City Walls. More info:

CONCERT/ALTERNATIVE INDIE ROCK: Dreamfield – This 5 piece Alternative Indie rock band from Trnava is performing all its songs in English. With influences brought all the way from the South African music scene, the singer upholds a part of the band’s sound. The band was established in 2010 and has been nominated for the Radio_Head Awards in 2015. The band consists of Matej "Tuniak" Lipták; Dominik Tamaškovič; Martin Gablovič; Tomáš "Bushman" Bušík and Philip Frank. Starts: Aug 23, 19:00; OC Central, Metodova 6, Bratislava-Ružinov. Admission: Free. More info:

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CONCERT: El Moro - The group named Ťula bata alias El Moro plays and dances oriental inspired flamenco. Performers are:Igor Papan (violin), Oliver Kováč (guitar), Miro Nikulin (cajón) and Renata Gitana (vocals and dance). They play music from the Mediterranean, the Balkans and other parts of eastern Europe in all-acoustic versions. Starts: August 27, 18:00; Square near Eurovea , Pribinova 8. More info:

Theatre & Clasical Music

FESTIVAL/ CLASSICAL MUSIC: Konvergencie/ Convergence 2016 - International festival of chamber music comes to Slovakia for the 17th time. Visitors can await classics, genre overlaps, but also film screenings or a children's concert. In addition to the great Slovak musicians it will be possible to see and listen to world-known artists such as Isabelle van Keulen, Ilya Gringolts or Daniel Rowland. Starts: the festival is underway until Sep 25; Various places. Admission: depends on the performance. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Kronos Quartet - The ensemble Kronos Quartet belongs to the world’s most famous string quartets and performs as part of the Viva Musica! Festival 2016. During their more than 40 years of existence they have released more than 50 records, played thousands of concerts and sold more than 1,5 million albums. Members are: David Harrington (first violin), John Sherba (second violin), Hank Dutta (viol) and Sunny Yang (cello). Starts: Aug 19, 20:00; Great Evangelical Church, Panenská street. Admission: €9 - €49. More info:

CONCERT: Italians, Virtuosi, and other gems through the centuries - The concert is held in the framework of the seventh year of the international event The Cathedral Organ Festival in Bratislava. Its programme includes world-known composers such as A. Valente, J.S. Bach, G. Caccini, C. Franck, P.Eben, L. Vierne or P. Yon. Performer of the event is the American musician David Di Fiore. Starts: Aug 25 19:00; Saint Martin Cathedral. Admission:  €8. More info:


PERFORMANCE: Pouličné divadlo Kvelb/ Street Theatre Kvelb - Non-traditional Czech street theatre well-known for its eccentric puppets comes to Bratislava as part of the Old Town Cultural Summer. Their performance about the Czech king Charles IV. is dubbed “Kráľ a cisár Karol IV. - Otec vlasti/ King and Emperor Charles IV. - Father of the Nation”. Starts: Aug 19, 17:00; Hviezdoslavovo Square, in front of the Slovak National Theatre and the Old Town streets. More info:

LECTURE: Spoznaj podstatu mysle/ Discover the nature of mind - Dzogchen is the tradition of ancient teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. Čhögjal Namkhai Norbu is regarded as one of its greatest living masters and he returns to Slovakia after 14 years. Starts: Aug 19 - 21; HANT Aréna - ŠH Pasienky, Trnavská cesta 29. Admission: voluntary (Recommended contribution is €108). More info:

FESTIVAL OF ROMA CULTURE: Cigánsky bašavel/ Gipsy Bashavel - The eighth year of the international and multigenre festival comes to Bratislava again and brings Roma culture and art. The festival also gives an opportunity to talented Roma children associated with the organisation Divé maky/ Wild Poppies to perform there. Proceeds from the admission are assigned to them. Starts: Aug 20, 14:00; Devín Castle. Admission: €9. More info:

RIDE: Nostalgické jazdy do Brezovej pod Bradom/ Nostalgic Rides to Brezová pod Bradlom - Visitors can join nostalgic rides by historical diesel train from Bratislava to Brezová pod Bradlom (Trenčín Region). Three rides are held during this year’s summer holiday. One of them brings passengers to the jubilee 25th year of Brezová fair full of crafts and local specialties. Starts: Aug 20; Museum of Transport. Admission: €12. More info:

CINEMA: Únos Michela Houellebecqua/ L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq/ Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq - Misanthropic comedy starring French author, filmmaker, and poet Michel Houellebecq moves somewhere between fiction and document. The French movie with english subtitles is directed by Guillaume Nicloux. Starts: Aug 23, 20:00; A4 – Associations for contemporary culture, Karpatská 2. Admission: voluntary. More info:

FESTIVAL: Uprising Reggae Festival - The ninth year of the festival comes to Slovakia and brings also one of the most significant voices from Jamaica - talented singer Konshens, who is a world-known musician since 2005. Uprising is the biggest Central European festival focused on Reggae. It includes various genres such as reggae, dancehall, ska, latino dubstep and others. Starts: Aug 26 - 27; Zlaté Piesky. Admission: €50 (two-day ticket). More info:

FASHION EVENT: Móda a/ ako otroctvo/ Fashion and/ as Slavery - Visitors can learn more about the background of the fashion industry, modern slavery and what a charity does with donated things. The programme of the event includes a fashion show, a beneficiary auction of models and also a lecture and discussion. Starts: Aug 21, 15:00; Charity Garden, Kapitulská 18. More info:


EXHIBITION: Lode a prístavy poľského Baltiku/  of the Polish Baltik - The beauty of ships and ports, but also coast of the Baltic sea can be seen in the exhibition, which includes 56 paintings and informative posters and 15 big models of historical and current commercial and military ships. Open: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 17:00 until Sep 15; Museum of Transport, Šancová 1/A. More info:

EXHIBITION: Medzinárodná výstava politických karikatúr/ International Exhibition of Political Cartoons - The Bratislava stop of the international travelling exhibition, which is held also in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland is created by  Daryl Cagle (USA), Andrzej Mleczko (PL), Pavel Reisenauer (CZ), Martin „Shooty“ Šútovec (SR), a Csaba Varga (HU). Open: until Aug 20; Šafárikovo Square. More info:

Highlights of the year

STAND-UP COMEDY: Bill Bailey (Black Books) - Limboland - The actor and stand-up comedian, important representative of the legendary sitcom Black Books, Bill Bailey will come to Bratislava after a tour in the UK, sold-out performances in Singapore and Hong Kong and a tour in Australia and New Zealand with his new live show Limboland. This time his stand-up comedy will include deep existential themes of modern man. Bill Bailey is described by critics as one of the best and most outstanding comedians today. The performance is held in English language. Starts: Sep 28, 20:00, Department House Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1, Admission: €29 - €49. More info:

CONCERT: Mireille Mathieu - French chanson singer, an elegant lady who celebrates her 70 anniversary this year, Mireille Mathieu will perform together with her orchestra and she will presents her best songs such as Mon credo, Qu`elle est belle či Mon bel amour d`été. Starts: Oct 14, 20:00. Incheba Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3. Admission: €39 - €199. More info:

CONCERT: Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica Tour 2016 - Jean-Michel Jarre will return to the road after six years with the show titled Electronica. First he will play chosen European summer festivals and then he will visit large halls from October. Jean-Michel Jarre holds a number of records listed in the Guinness Book of Records including, for example, his performance for 3.5 million fans in Moscow. Starts: Nov 9, 20:00,Winter Arena of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €49. More info:

CONCERT: A Life in Music Tour – Legendary tenor José Carreras stops also in Slovakia during his final world tour. Starts: December 8, 19:30. Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, (Slovnaft Arena), Odbojárov 9. Admission: €139-€99. More info:

BALLET: Romeo and Julliet - A romantic story composed by Sergey Prokofiev, inspired by the famous theatre play by Williama Shakespeare will be performed by the world renowned Royal Russian Ballet. The topic of forbidden love has been performed many times as a drama or the ballet, but a musical concept by Prokofiev belongs to the highlights of the ballet creation. This time it is accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Starts: Dec 18, 19:00; Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská street 3-7. Admission: from €23. More info:

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