Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between September 9 and 18, including a number of festivals and markets.

Peter Lipa.Peter Lipa. (Source: Sme)

Music & Dance
JAZZ: Jazz ship of Peter Lipa and the Traditional Club during a cruise. Starts: Sep 9, 17:00.
PARTY: Balkan Worldmusic. Starts: Sep 10, 21:00. 
FESTIVAL: World Music in the streets of Bratislava. Starts: Sep 9 - 10. 
SWING: Golden Age Festival of jazz from the 1920s-1940s. Starts: Sep 17, 19:00. 
Theatre & Classical Music
THEATRE: SND Open house. Starts: Sep 10, 10:00. 
CONCERT: Ladies chamber orchestra. Starts: Sep 10, 17:30. 
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Convergence 2016 – international festival of chamber music Starts: Sep 18-25.

OPERA: The Bartered Bride for children. Starts: Sep 17, 11:00. 
MARKET: Seasonal food and specialities. Starts: Every Saturday from Sep 3 - Oct 1. 
HISTORICAL/THEATRE EVENT: Travelling in Time in the Old Town. Starts: Sep 9 (16:00-19.00), 10 (15:00-19:00). 
HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Roman Games and Limes Day. Starts: Sep 10, 10:00 (-18:00). 
SPORTS: European Sport Week. Runs: Sep 10-17, Sep 11 10:00.
FESTIVAL: Festival of vegan food. Runs: Sep 10-11. 

FESTIVAL: Comics, cartoons, anime, manga, games and Japanese culture. Starts: Sep 16-18, 13:00. 

EXHIBITION: Stano Filko, neo-avant-gardist from the 1960s and 1970s: Runs until Sep 25.
EXHIBITION: Renaissance seals and cups, and guild chests. Open: Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00 until Jun 30 2017.
EXHIBITION: Cosmos Discovery. Mon-Sun 9:00-20:00 from Sept 12. 
TRAINING: Zumba in English. Starts: Sep 13 (or every other Tuesday), 17:50.
TRAINING: Yoga in English. Every Wednesday. 
Highlights of the year
STAND-UP COMEDY: Bill Bailey (Black Books) - Limboland. Starts: Sep 28, 20:00.
CONCERT: Mireille Mathieu - French chanson singer. Starts: Oct 14, 20:00. 
FESTIVAL: Bratislava Jazz Days. Runs: Oct 21-23. 
CONCERT: Jean-Michel Jarre. Starts: Nov 9, 20:00,Winter Arena of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. 

COMEDY SHOW: Michael Winslow in Bratislava. Starts: Nov 10, 20:00. 
FIGURE-SKATING SHOW: Kings on Ice – Plushenko, Joubert, Sabovčík. Starts: Nov 29, 19:00. 
CONCERT: José Carreras and his final world tour. Starts: December 8, 19:30. 
BALLET: Romeo and Julliet by Royal Russian Ballet. Starts: Dec 18, 19:00. 


Music & Dance

JAZZ: Jazz ship – Prominent Slovak jazz singer Peter Lipa and the Traditional Club play a gig on a ship during a cruise from Bratislava centre to Devín and back. Starts: Sep 9, 17:00. Pontoon No. 52, opposite the Slovak National Galley. Admission: €15. More info:

PARTY: Balkan Worldmusic - A concert by crazy Czech group, Circus Problem brings to its audience a mixture of Balkan melodies. DJs for the evening are Le Petit Nicolas and Julah. Starts: Sep 10, 21:00. Dunaj˜, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €5. More info:

FESTIVAL: Festival of world music - Bratislava will be a place of intercultural dialogue and fun within the framework of the first year of a two-day-festival named “World Music Festival Bratislava”. The performances will be held in the streets of the capital and will be mainly devoted to the music and dance of Slovakia but will also feature examples from foreign countries. Starts: Sep 9 - 10. Various places. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

SWING: Golden Age Festival – The festival focuses on jazz from the 1920s-1940s, in original arrangements by bands Hot Jazz Band (HU), Fats Jazz Band (SK) and the Lam Trio (CZ). The event will culminate in a jam session offering genres like ragtime, hot-jazz, New Orleans, dixieland, swing and Boogie-woogie. Starts: Sep 17, 19:00; V – klub, SNP Square 12.  Admission: €15-€19 €. More info:, tickets –


Theatre & Classical Music

THEATRE: Open house – The Slovak National Theatre as well as its studios again open their doors allowing curious visitors to have a look behind the stage.Starts: Sep 10, 10:00. The new building of SND at Pribinova 17 and studios at Mliekarenská 6. Admission: free. For more information:

CONCERT:  Ladies chamber orchestra - The Ladies Ensemble is an attractive chamber orchestra which proves that classical music is not as boring as one might think. It is full of life, joy and emotion. The concert will be held only in good weather. Starts: Sep 10, 17:30. Botanic Garden, Botanická 3. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Konvergencie/ Convergence 2016 – The international festival of chamber music comes to Slovakia for the 17th time. Visitors can expect classics, genre overlaps, film screenings and a children's concert. In addition to the great Slovak musicians it will be possible to see  perofrmances by world-known artists such as Isabelle van Keulen, Ilya Gringolts or Daniel Rowland. Starts: Sep 18-25; various places. Admission: depends on the performance. More info:

OPERA: Let’s not sell the bride! – Slovak actor Martin Vanek introduces children to the comic opera The Bartered Bride by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. Starts: Sep 17, 11:00. The new building of SND, Pribinova 17. Admission: €4-€8. More info:



MARKET: Seasonal food and specialities – The autumn season of quality food in the market place starts in September. It will be possible to buy seasonal produce grown by farmers and small producers around Bratislava as well as specialities from other countries. This will be accompanied by a musical programme. Starts: Every Saturday from Sep 3 - Oct 1. Old Market Hall. Admission: free. More info:

HISTORICAL/THEATRE EVENT: Travelling in Time – At eight points in the Old Town borough of Bratislava, scenes from the past through to present times  in the capital will be presented. A Celtic drumming circle, a Live Astronomical Clock, young Mozart giving a concert with Beethoven and Franz Liszt, Napoleon interacting with his Unknown Soldier, the mayor’s election campaign, and more are to be presented. Authored and directed by writer Daniel Hevier. Starts: Sep 9 (16:00-19.00), 10 (15:00-19:00); various sites in downtown Bratislava. Admission: free. More info:

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Roman Games and Limes Day – The leitmotif of the 19th year of the Roman Games is ancient Roman Wisdom; and the novelty is a Roman Kindergarten which welcomes children aged 3 to 6. The event offers a re-enactment of a legionaries’ parade and a lecture on Roman food, as well as gladiatorial fights. An archeo-bus will connect Bratislava and Rusovce/Gerulata with the Austrian archeology park, Petronell Carnuntum. Starts: Sep 10, 10:00 (-18:00); Museum of Ancient Gerulata, Rusovce. Admisison: free, tickets available in the First Concat Office (Council of Bratislava, Primaciálne Square 1, from Aug 22 during working hours). More info:

SPORTS: Bratislava – A Sporting City – After such success last year, the Slovak capital will again become part of European Sport Week, between September 10 and 17. On the first weekend, there will be demonstrations and lessons in traditional and less traditional sports – e.g. yoga, rugby, BodyForm, Spartan, kinball, Frisbee,  in the oldest park in central Europe, Sad Janka Kráľa. In the nearby Aupark, sport exhibitions (e.g. pole dance, judo, capoeira, etc.) take place. Runs: Sep 10-17, Sep 11 10:00; Sad Janka Kráľa. Admission: free. More info:

FESTIVAL: Vegan festivities – The biggest festival of vegan food in Slovakia.  Runs: Sep 10-11. Old Market Hall, SNP Square 25. Admission: free. More info:

FESTIVAL: Comics and IstroCON – Festival of comics, cartoons, anime, manga, games and Japanese culture. Starts: Sep 16-18, 13:00. The House of Culture Ružinov, Ružinovská 28. Admission: €17.90 for a festival pass. More info:



EXHIBITION: Stano Filko: Poetry on Space – Cosmos – The exhibition presents the works and philosophies from the pen of one of the most important central European neo-avant-gardists from the 1960s and 1970s: Tue-Wed, Fri- Sun 10:00-18:00, Thu 12:00- 20:00 until Sep 25; SNG, Esterházy Palace, Ľ. Štúra Square 4. Admission: free. More info:

EXHIBITION: Guild Artefacts in Slovakia - A selection of three hundred rare objects from the collections and funds of 18 memorial institutes from all regions of Slovakia. The exhibition named “Z cechej truhlice/ From a Guild Chest” shows Renaissance seals and cups from the 16th to 18th centuries. In addition to various types of dishes, there is an interesting set of guild chests. Open: Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00 until Jun 30 2017, Bratislava Castle, 3rd floor. Admission: €7. More info: Photo attached


EXHIBITION: Cosmos Discovery – The largest travelling astronautics exhibition in the world, featuring original exhibits from the USA and the Soviet Union, models of rockets and spaceships, walk-through models of orbital stations and more, will open in Bratislava: Mon-Sun 9:00-20:00 from Sept 12. Incheba, Viedenská cesta 3409. Admission: from €14. More info:



TRAINING: Zumba in English Every Tuesday – Not a dance lesson, but rather a party which the organisers call the Zumba dance. Organised by Internationals Bratislava, a non-profit organisation that brings people together from all around the world living or visiting Bratislava, regardless of their cultural origin. Starts: Sep 13 (or every other Tuesday), 17:50; Grosslingova  48, (Primary School of M.R. Štefánik) – second gate on the left. Admission: one-time charge – €4.5. More info:   

TRAINING: Yoga in English on Wednesdays - Hatha Yoga sessions every Wednesday, beginner's level. Reservations and own mats are not necessary. Fruit and water are free. Starts: Every Wednesday. Fitness Fanatix, Dunajska 23. Admission: €6. Motre 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:

FESTIVAL: Bratislava Jazz Days – The 42nd edition of the three-day jazz festival features stars including bassist Nik West (USA), trumpeter Enrico Rava (IT), Latino-Cuban Tiempo Libre (USA, CU) and more. Runs: Oct 21-23. Incheba Expo. Tickets: €19-€190. 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:

COMEDY SHOW: Michael Winslow – the Popular US comedian (Police Academy, Space Balls, Gremlins) will perform in Bratislava, bringing his show full of sound imitations, music, storytelling, and even a special version of the final battle scene from Star Wars. The show takes place in English, without interpretation. Starts: Nov 10, 20:00. Admission: €24-€44. More info:

FIGURE-SKATING SHOW: Kings on Ice – Russian figure skater and Olympic winner Evgeni Plushenko returns with his show also featuring skaters such as Brian Joubert and Slovak Jozef Sabovčík. Starts: Nov 29, 19:00. Ice Stadium Ondreja Nepelu, Odbojárov 9. Admission: €15-€59. 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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