Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between September 30 and October 9, including festivals, concerts, figure skating, exhibitions and more.

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Music & Dance
FOLK MUSIC: Authentic folklore performances; Starts: Sep 30, 19:00
WORLD MUSIC: Swedish electrojazz music; Starts: Oct 6, 19:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CONCERT: Dance evening with orchestras; Starts: Oct 7, 19:00
FIGURE SKATING - Prestigious figure skating competitions; Starts: Sep 29 - Oct 1
FESTIVAL: the 10th year of European Researchers' Night; Starts: Sep 30, 9:00 - 00:00
ART FESTIVAL: White Night again in Bratislava; Starts: Oct 8
EXHIBITION: Archives from Third World Students in Czechoslovakia; Opening: Oct 6, 18:00 until Nov 26
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
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

FOLK MUSIC: Authentic folklore performances- the event offers performances of various folk ensembles and folk music groups including Slovak folk ensembles such as: FS Technik, FS Gymnik, Rozkazovačky from Očová, Kubánkov sen, Dancers from Lúčnica – seniors and others. Starts: Sep 30, 19:00; House of Culture Zrkadlový háj, Rovniankova 3 . More info:

WORLD MUSIC: Swedish electrojazz music - Swedish muscian Oscar Simmonson, a member of former duo Koop, brings to Slovakia his own project. Koop Oscar Orchestra performs in the framework of concert cycles City Sounds of Bratislava. Starts: Oct 6, 19:00; Atelier Babylon, Square SNP 14. Admission: More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

CONCERT: Dance evening with orchestras - One big dance floor, many peope dressed in the fashion of the roaring 20s, two orchestras playing jazz and swing music - Actor, director, scenarist Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers and Bratislava Hot Serenaders led by trumpeter Juraj Bartoš - all of this is included in Veľký tanečný večer/ the Big Dance Evening. Starts: Oct 7, 19:00; The Old Market Hall, Square SNP 25. Admission: from €19. More info:


FIGURE SKATING: Prestigious figure skating competitions - The 24th year of an event with international attendance named “Memoriál Ondreja Nepelu/ Ondrej Nepela Memorial” features Slovak figure skater Nicole Rajičová or Lukáš Csölley with his dance partner Lucia Myslivečková. Starts: Sep 29 - Oct 1; Winter Arena of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. More info:

FESTIVAL: the 10th year of European Researchers' Night - The main aim of the festival of science - European Researchers' Night is above all to familiarise the general public with science and research and to popularise these topics. This year will feature mroe than 70 scientific kiosks/ stands, performances, presentations or even a holographic show. Starts: Sep 30, 9:00 - 00:00; The Old Market Hall. Admission: free. More info:

ART FESTIVAL: White Night again in Bratislava - The second year of this contemporary art festival named “Biela noc/ White Night” presents altogether 45 stops placed throughout the wider city center and revives non-traditional places, parks, castle walls and many others. The festival is accompanied by a rich programme. Starts: Oct 8, various places. Admission: free. More info:


EXHIBITION: Archives from Third World Students in Czechoslovakia - The exhibition named “Biafra ducha. Študenti z tretieho sveta v Československu / Biafra of Spirit. Third World Students in Czechoslovakia” showcases films, posters and photographs by Africans and Asians who studied in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s and 1970s as images of internationalism and cultural exchange. It also portrays Czechoslovak art, namely the Czechoslovak New Wave, as being influenced by the presence of Third World students. Opening: Oct 6, 18:00 until Nov 26.  Wednesday – Saturday, 14:00 - 19:00; tranzit/sk, Beskydská 12. 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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