Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between September 9 and 18, including music, a pottery festival, an organ recital, an adventure film fest, exhibitions and more.

Modra's traditional festival of clay.Modra's traditional festival of clay. (Source: TASR)

Western Slovakia
Červený Kameň - FESTIVAL: Concerts in Červený Kameň Castle; Starts: Sep 10, 11:00
Trnava - CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trnava Organ Days; Starts: Sep 11, 20:00
Modra  - CRAFTS/FAIR: Festival of Clay; Runs: Sep 9-10
Central Slovakia
Banská Bystrica - FAIR: Radvaň Fair: Starts; Sep 9-11
Žilina  - FILM FESTIVAL: Mountains and City; Starts: Sep 16-18
Martin -  FILM: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week; Starts: Sep 18-19, 20:00
Banská Štiavnica - EXHIBITION: Small in Big; Open: 13:00-18:00 except Tuesday and Wednesday until Sep 12
Eastern Slovakia
Košice - BALLET: The Story of Doctor Doolittle for children; Starts: Sep 11, 16:00
Košice - ORGAN FESTIVAL: The 46 International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol; Starts: Sep 16 (festival lasts until Oct 4), 19:00
Kežmarok - EXHIBITION: Dušan Polakovič; Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until September 14
Spišská Nová Ves - EXHIBITIONS: People of the Himalayas and Fragments; Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-16:30, Sun 11:00-16:00 until Sep 30

Western Slovakia

Červený Kameň

FESTIVAL: Concerts in Červený Kameň Castle - The 12th year of the Czech festival, “Hrady CZ” brings a Slovak version of the festival. Slovenské hrady/ Slovak Castles has prepared music from the Slovak pop-rock scene for its visitors. The festival atmosphere will be completed by gastronomy, tea-rooms or free castle tours. Starts: Sep 10, 11:00. Červený Kameň Castle. Admission:€19 (in advance), €25 (on the day). More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trnava Organ Days – The concluding concert of this festival features Spanish organist Esteban Elizondo Iriarte playing J.A. de San Sebastián, N.Otaňo. T. De Elduayen, J. Guridi, E. Torres, L. Urteaga and T. Garbizu. Starts: Sep 11, 20:00; St. Nicolas’ Basilica. Admission: €3-€5. More info:,      


CRAFTS/FAIR: Festival of Clay – Ceramic Modra 2016 (Slávnosť hliny - Keramická Modra 2016) – The festival of pottery and ceramics in its eighth year, again shows all forms of this traditional Slovak craft, while also offering the chance to buy examples of these artworks. Enjoy the accompanying programme and exhibitions, try your hand in the workshops, participate in stylised parade and dance at a folk ball. Runs: Sep 9-10; streets of Modra, mostly Súkennícka. Admission: free. More info:

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Central Slovakia

Banská Bystrica

FAIR: Radvanský jarmok/ Radvaň Fair – Also called the fair of all fairs. The program includes folk crafts, music, theatre and dance performances, workshops and lots of other activities. The fair which started in the 17th century, is always held at the beginning of September. Starts: Sep 9-11. Square SNP. Admission: free. More info: .


FILM FESTIVAL: Hory a Mesto Žilina 2016 / Mountains and City – This is the fourth festival of mountain films and adventure that will bring a host of movies, lectures, presentations and accompanying events. Famous Slovak filmmaker/traveller Pavol Barabáš will also present his recent movie Freedom under Load (Sloboda pod nákladom). Starts: Sep 16-18; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €2-€3. More info:


FILM: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years – The British/US co-production documentary directed by Ron Howard shows “the fabulous four” in so far unknown situations and context during their tours in 1962-1966. With Czech subtitles. Starts: Sep 18-19, 20:00; Moskva cinema, Moskovská 1. More info:

Banská Štiavnica

EXHIBITION: Small in Big – Slovak artist Dorota Sadovská works with motifs quite rare in the national painting of the last decades, such as realistic nude studies, monumental portraiture and Christian iconography. She is one of the key representatives of contemporary Slovak painting. Open: 13:00-18:00 except Tuesday and Wednesday until Sep 12. Schemnitz Gallery, A. Sládkoviča 53/2. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


BALLET: The Story of Doctor Doolittle for children – Adventure, dance, fairy tale in three acts based on the story by British novelist Hugh Lofting – Doctor Doolittle. A story about friendships between human and animal is directed and choreographed by Ondrej Šoth. Performers are: Jozef Marčinský, Vasil Sevastyanov, Oleksandr Khablo and others. Starts: Sep 11, 16:00. State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €2 - €4. More info:


ORGAN FESTIVAL: The 46 International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol – The opening concert of this festival – lasting from September 16 to October 4 – presents the UK’s Roger Sayer playing the Works of Bach, Rheinberger, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Grešák, Dubois, Brahms and Mozart. Starts: Sep 16 (festival lasts until Oct 4), 19:00; Seminar Church, Hlavná / Main Street 81. Admission: €3-5. Tickets: House of Arts, Moyzesova 66, 055/6220-763; More info:     


EXHIBITION: Dušan Polakovič – This exhibition which is coming to a close, represents a tribute to a recently deceased Slovak artist who was famous for his black-and-white graphic works – including ex libris – which mostly hailed Bratislava but also ordinary people, mythology, worlds of literary characters, and more. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until September 14; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. More info:

Spišská Nová Ves

EXHIBITIONS: People of the Himalayas and Fragments – Two photo exhibitions by prominent Slovak photographers Pavol Breier and Peter Župník. The first presents people of the Himalayas and their habits and the second shows the church architecture of eastern Slovakia, from Levoča, Prešov and Košice. Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-16:30, Sun 11:00-16:00 until Sep 30; Spiš Artists Gallery, Zimná 46. More info:

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