Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between October 7 and 16, including festivals, concerts, performance of Mireille Mathieu, reconstruction of battle, first Bratislava Ocotberfest, exhibitions and more.

Ne-Miesta/ Not-Places by Robert Tappert Ne-Miesta/ Not-Places by Robert Tappert (Source: Zuzana Kizáková )

Music & Dance
CONCERT: Performances in honor of Okudžava; Starts: Oct 7, 19:00
CONCERT: Marika Gombitová tour; Starts: Oct 12, 19:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CONCERT: Dance evening with orchestras; Starts: Oct 7, 19:00
THEATRE:Midnight Mass with english subtitles; Starts: Oct 12, 19:00
THEATRE: The Shepherd’s wife with english subtitles; Starts: Oct 13, 19:00
CONCERT: Mireille Mathieu; Starts: Oct 16 - 28
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bratislava Mozart Festival 2016; Starts: Oct 16 - 28
FESTIVAL: Performances of contemporary dance; Starts: The festival has already begun
OUTDOOR: Reconstruction of the Battle of Lamač; Starts: Oct 7 - 10
FESTIVAL: Bratislava Octoberfest 2016; Starts: Oct 7 - 8; both days 12:00 - 00:00
ART FESTIVAL: White Night again in Bratislava; Starts: Oct 8
CINEMA: International festival of movies; Starts: Oct 13 - 18
EXHIBITION: Hole in clothing by a costume artist; Open: until Oct 14
EXHIBITION: Mária Balážová: Female Geometry ; Open: Mon - Sat 13:00 - 18:00 until Oct 9
EXHIBITION: Photographs by Robert Tappert; Opening: Oct 6, 18:00
EXHIBITION: Archives from Third World Students in Czechoslovakia; Opening: Oct 6, 18:00 until Nov 26
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
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

CONCERT: Performances in honor of Okudžava - The event includes performances by seven singers from seven countries in honor of Russian writer, scenarist and composer Bulat Okudžava. Starts: Oct 7, 19:00; V-klub, Square SNP 12. Admission: €8. More info:

CONCERT: Marika Gombitová tour - Birthday concert for the famous Slovak singer and multiple winner of music awards, the Golden Nightingale brings performances by Marika Gombitová and people who have accompanied her throughout her career and also her personal life. Starts: Oct 12, 19:00; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, Odbojárov 9. 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:

THEATRE: Polnočná omša/ Midnight Mass with english subtitles - This play by one of the most prominent Slovak playwrights of the last century takes place on Christmas Eve 1944. However it doesn’t glorify war heroes – it examines and analyzes in detail the attitudes of ordinary people to the dramatic events surrounding the ending of World War II. Starts: Oct 12, 19:00; The new building of SND, Pribinova 17. Admission: €4 - €8. More info:

THEATRE: Bačova žena/ The Shepherd’s wife with english subtitles - This intimate chamber drama features inherent encrypted, archetypal elements. The characters are like cut-outs from the ancient tragedies or the Bible. The potential provided by this dramatic template is unfamiliar to audiences within the wider European cultural area. Starts: Oct 13, 19:00; The new building of SND, Pribinova 17. Admission: €4 - €8. 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:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Bratislava Mozart Festival 2016 - Famous oeuvres by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be played by historical musical instruments in the Bratislava Mozart Festival 2016. Czech pianist Petra Matĕjová will perform as part of the piano Quintets by Mozart and Beethoven, the Lotz Trio will perform the The Magic flute and the end of the festival will be dedicated to the mystical Requiem. Starts: Oct 16 - 28; Various places. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:


FESTIVAL: Performances of contemporary dance - The jubilee 20th year of the international festival Bratislava v pohybe/ Bratislava in Movement presents works by ensembles and artists involved in contemporary dance from all around the world. Starts: The festival has already begun; City Theatre of Pavol Orsagh Hviezdoslav in Bratislava, Laurinská 19 and A4, Karpatská 2. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

OUTDOOR: Reconstruction of the Battle of Lamač - This year we remember the 150th anniversary of the end of the Prussian-Austrian war.The city district, Lamač, as the site of the final battle in 1866 celebrates this significant historical event in the history of Bratislava and also Slovakia. Starts: Oct 7 - 10; In front of Bratislava crematorium. More info:

FESTIVAL: Bratislava Octoberfest 2016 - This is the first year of Bratislava Octoberfest which will present the best from the brewing industry in the Bratislava Region. Visitors will be able to taste beers not only from Slovakia but also from Moravia, Austria and Germany and various gastronomic treats are available. Starts: Oct 7 - 8; both days 12:00 - 00:00; Tyršovo Waterfront. more info:

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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:

CINEMA: International festival of movies - This is the 17th year of the international festival of documentary movies especially those of foreign production, named “Jeden svet 2016/ One World 2016”, which includes discussions and an accompanied program. Starts: Oct 13 - 18; Various places. More info:


EXHIBITION: Hole in clothing by a costume artist - An exhibition of three series of photographs by the Slovak scenographer and costume designer for the theater, TICHO a spol. - Jakub Branický, presents a different view of the large number of holes that people can see everywhere, every day. Open: until Oct 14; TICHO a spol., Školská 14. More info:

EXHIBITION: Mária Balážová : Female Geometry - Feminist theories underwent the idea of abstraction as a predominantly male sphere of overwhelming criticism and new artistic forms have also been verified by the hegemonic legitimacy of her language - painting. Mária Balážová in her visual program for this show openly committed to feminist issues and expanding the discourse to a new position. Open: Mon - Sat 13:00 - 18:00 until Oct 9; Gallery Z, Ventúrska 9. More info:

EXHIBITION: Photographs by Robert Tappert - Photographer Robert Tappert decided for the first time to cross the Hungarian-Serbian border last summer and he found routes and ways which were passed by migrants. His view as a reportage photographer is showcased in the exhibition “Ne-Miesta/ Not-Places”. Opening: Oct 6, 18:00; Open Gallery, Baštova 5. Mon - Fri 14:00 - 19:00 until Nov 2. 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:


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

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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