Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between September 16 and 25, including festivals, swing, concerts or exhibitions.

Works by Spanish photographer José ManuelWorks by Spanish photographer José Manuel (Source: Katarína Zubácka)

Music & Dance
SWING: Golden Age Festival: Starts: Sep 17, 19:00
CONCERT: Revelation: Starts: Sep 18, 19:00
CONCERT: Performance by Israeli artist: Starts: Sep 19, 20:00
CONCERT: Work by Pink Floyd presented by Slovak Radio: Starts: Sep 21, 20:00
Theatre & Classical Music
OPERA: Let’s not sell the bride!: Starts: Sep 17, 11:00
FESTIVAL: Comics and IstroCON: Starts: Sep 16-18, 13:00
FESTIVAL: Cultural event with international performances: Starts: Sep 23 - 25
FESTIVAL:  Oriental dances in Bratislava: Starts: Sep 23 - 25
EXHIBITION: Cosmos Discovery: Mon-Sun 9:00-20:00 from Sept 12
EXHIBITION: Works by Marek Kvetan: Open until Oct 9
EXHIBITIONS: Photography exhibition: Open: Mon - Fri 15:00 - 19:00 until Sep 30
TRAINING: Zumba in English Every Tuesday: Starts: Every other Tuesday, 17:50
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Wednesdays: Starts: Every Wednesday, 20:15 
TRAINING: Pilates in English on Mondays: Starts: Every other Monday, 20:10

TRAINING: Belly Dance in English Mondays: Starts: Every Monday, 18:00
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

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 –

CONCERT: Revelation – Dutch violin/viola player Isabelle van Keulen and other musicians open the Convergences chamber music festival with a concert of Schubert and others. Starts: Sep 18, 19:00. The concert hall of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: €15. More info:

CONCERT: Performance by Israeli artist - Young Israeli percussionist, singer and songwriter presents  her project, “La Gitana” which uses exotic instruments, sounds and voices. Her songs are personal testimonies about her travels around the world to Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Starts: Sep 19, 20:00. Kafe Scherz Palisády, Partizánska 2. Admission: €7. More info:

CONCERT: Work by Pink Floyd presented by Slovak Radio - the Atom Heart Mother Suite, the longest track of the eponymous album by the well-known group Pink Floyd, is led by Anton Popovič and performed by rock band Talent Transport, with Michal Bugala (guitar), a 10-member brass ensemble, mixed choir Lúčnica and Jozef Lupták (solo cello). The concert is held within the framework of the festival, Konvergencie 2016. Starts: Sep 21, 20:00. Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: €25. More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

OPERA: Let’s not sell the bride! – Slovak actor Martin Vanek’s  introduction to children of 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:


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:

FESTIVAL: Cultural event with international performances - The Nomadic Arts Festival 2016: Neighbourhood and Territory is an event full of culture and specific performances. It is dedicated to the local community associated with A4 - the Centre for Contemporary Arts within the streets Šancová and Karpatská, bringing the motif of neighbourhood to the fore. The program includes performances not only from Slovakia, but also foreign countries. Starts: Sep 23 - 25. A4, Karpatská 2. More info:

FESTIVAL:  Oriental dances in Bratislava - The three-day festival of oriental dance, which is named “Pressburg Dance Fest 2016”, connects the dance communities of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. Visitors to the event can look forward to performances of oriental dance in various types, foreign lecturers and dancers. Starts: Sep 23 - 25. House of Culture Lúky,  Vígľašská 1. More info:


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. Open: Mon-Sun 9:00-20:00. Incheba, Viedenská cesta 3409. Admission: from €14. More info:

EXHIBITION: Works by Marek Kvetan - An exhibition by European multimedia artist Marek Kvetan, in which he finds the motion in the single cultural basis of the atributes of the visual era and its margins. In his latter oeuvres it is possible to find terms like aesthetic, cliche, repetition, fake or style decadence, which have become the starting point. Open until Oct 9. Soda gallery, Školská 9. More info:

EXHIBITIONS: Photography exhibition - Works by Spanish photographer José Manuel Naiva named “Miguel de Cervantes or the Desire for Life” is held on the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the most significant Spanish writers  - Miguel de Cervantes. Open: Mon - Fri 15:00 - 19:00 until Sep 30. University Library Hall, Michalská 1. Admission: free. 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: 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, 20:15. Fitness Fanatix, Dunajska 23. Admission: €6. More info:

TRAINING: Pilates in English on Mondays - Lesson is guided in English and spots are limited so it is necessary to make a reservation in advance via Bringing mats is not necessary. Showers, fruit, tea, water  are free. Starts: Every other Monday, 20:10. Fitness Fanatix, Dunajska 23. Admission: €6,5. Motre info:

TRAINING: Belly Dance in English Mondays -  A beginer&intermediate level of belly dancing, the oldest form of dance, according to many experts, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the middle east. Starts: Every Monday, 18:00. Dom kultúry Nivy/ Culture House Nivy. Admission: €6,5. 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:

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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