Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between September 23 and October 2, including festivals, running, market, gastronomy, exhibitions and more.

Nijinsky - the God of Dance in SNDNijinsky - the God of Dance in SND (Source: Peter Brenkus)

Music & Dance
CELEBRATION: 5th anniversary of a publishing house:Starts: Sep 27, 20:00
CONCERT: Jazz trio The Bad Plus: Starts: Sep 28, 21:00
Theatre & Classical Music
BALLET: Nijinsky - the God of Dance: Starts: Sep 23, 19:00
FESTIVAL: Cultural event with international performances: Starts: Sep 23 - 25
FESTIVAL:  Oriental dances in Bratislava: Starts: Sep 23 - 25
MARKET: Concerts and hand-made products: Starts: Sep 23, 9:00
RUNNING: Eva High Heels Run: Starts. Sep 25, 15:00
GASTRONOMY: Brunch in SNG: Sep 25, 11:00 - 14:00
STAND-UP COMEDY: Bill Bailey (Black Books) - Limboland: Starts: Sep 28, 20:00
FASHION SHOWS: Bratislava Fashion Days: Starts: Sep 26 - 28
EXHIBITION: Stano Filko: Poetry on space - Cosmos: Open: Tue - Wed, Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 12:00 - 20:00 until Sep 25
EXHIBITIONS: Lego cubes: Exhibition opens: Sep 28. Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat  - Sun 9:00 - 18:00 until Nov 11
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

CELEBRATION: 5th anniversary of a publishing house - gala evening of the fifth anniversary of the Real Music House, which is presented by more than thirty albums of domestic musicians and connection with significant composers and performers. Programme includes concerts of Robert Pospiš & Martin Sillay, Preßburger Klezmer Band, Juraj Griglák, Jozef Lupták and many others. Starts: Sep 27, 20:00. Studio 12, Jakubovo Square. More info:

CONCERT: Jazz trio The Bad Plus - This New York jazz trio is currently one of the most significant jazz ensembles. Members are: Reid Anderson (bass), Ethan Iverson (piano) and Dave King (drums). Starts: Sep 28, 21:00. Nu Spirit Club. Admission: from €15. More info:


Theatre & Classical Music

BALLET: Nijinsky - the God of Dance - Original ballet performance to the music of legendary English composer and author of famous musicals and ballets Carl Davis, shows the complex life and work of famous Russian dancer and choreographer Nijinsky. The ballet is directed and choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, choirmaster is Pavel Procházka. Starts: Sep 23, 19:00, SND New building. Admission: 10 - 22. 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:

MARKET: Concerts and hand-made products - Creation of handicapped people can be supported by visitors of the event named “Ranničkine trhy/ Radnička market. Everyone can buy something or just be a part of good atmosphere, where is prepared bazaar with clothes and accompanied program too. Starts: Sep 23, 9:00 Primate's palace. Sep 24, 10:00, Old Market Hall. More ifno:

RUNNING: Eva High Heels Run - The fourth year of running in high heels with a slogan: “Also your high heels can help!” Face of the event is Slovak famous stand-up comedian and actress - Evelyn. Possibility to help a good cause and also win 3000 euros. Starts. Sep 25, 15:00; Aupark shopping centre. More info:

GASTRONOMY: Brunch in SNG - Sunday can be spent also with family, children or friends in the Slovak National Gallery, where visitors can await a pleasant atmosphere, good food and accompanying programme. Adults will be guided through the exhibition by Stano Filko. Reservation in advance is required: Starts: Sep 25, 11:00 - 14:00; Coffee place Berlinka, Ľudovíta Štúra Square 4. Admission: €21. More info:

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:

FASHION SHOWS: Bratislava Fashion Days - This is the 11th year of the Bratislava Fashion Days, which will be complete with fashion shows by famous fashion designers and present the latest trends. Starts: Sep 26 - 28; Refinery Gallery, Vlčie Hrdlo 1. Sep 29; Klarisky Church, Klariská street. Admission: 40. More info:


EXHIBITION: Stano Filko: Poézia o priestore - kozme/ Poetry on space - Cosmos - The exhibition presents creation of thinking of Stano Filko in the 1960s and 70s, enriched in recent works, layers of author’s intervention and retrospective semantic arrangement. The name of the exhibition created by three words, crucial for Stano Filko, is derived from the eponymous environment exhibited at EXPO 1970 in Osaka, Japan. It was the place where his previous artistic accomplishments and travel plans culminated. The exhibition presents more than 150 works and two archival binders with about 120 works. It is a multimedia exhibition and includes also sculptures, objects, sound-artworks on vinyl records and much more. Open: Tue - Wed, Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 12:00 - 20:00 until Sep 25, Esterházy Palace, 3th floor, atrium. Admission: free. More info:

EXHIBITIONS: Lego cubes - Premiere exhibition named “Kocky na cestách/ Cubes on the roads” is an experience not only for children and offers various characters, transport vehicles or stories built from Lego puzzles. The exhibition includes more than 150 models. Exhibition opens: Sep 28. Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat  - Sun 9:00 - 18:00 until Nov 11; design factory, Bottova 2. Admission: 9 eur. 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

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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