Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between October 14 and 22, including multimedia festival, a lot of music - for example top jazz , a cat show, an opera premiere, contemporary dance, or exhibitions.

Tosca in State Opera: L-R Šimon Svitok (Scarpia), Paolo Lardizzone (Cavaradossi), Jolana Fogašová (Tosca)Tosca in State Opera: L-R Šimon Svitok (Scarpia), Paolo Lardizzone (Cavaradossi), Jolana Fogašová (Tosca) (Source: Jozef Lomnický)

Western Slovakia



MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL: Postmutart: Zvukoobraz/gestotext – The Postmutart Hevhetia Fest festival (with the subtitle Sound-Image/Gesture-Text) in its 6th year offers , on October 9, 13 and 14, European and global artists/performers with progressive, often bizarre forms of contemporary inter-media art, as well as a colloquium of “comprovising with music and art”. On Thursday, Cluster Ensemble will perform Philip Glass, conservatory students will dance and VJ Jakub Pisek will bring a video-screening. On Friday, David KOLLAR on electric guitar & TJ VJUGA on piano and other instruments perform improvised music, and Ivan Buffa on piano  & Ján Bogdan on cello will play the works of contemporary composers celebrating anniversaries: Bokes (70), Janárčeková (75), Parík (80) and Boulez (90). Starts: Oct 13, 14 18:00; concert hall of the Regional House (Župný dom), Nitra Gallery, Župné Square 3. Admission: €4-€5. More info:  


CLASSICAL MUSIC CYCLE: Gallery of Music / Galéria hudby – The cycle of chamber concerts aims at presenting more deeply the classical music of all historical periods, until the modern times. The 11th year brings, among other concerts, also the renowned Berlin Piano Quartet playing the works of W. A. Mozart, A. Schnittke, R. Schumann in the reconstructed Concert Hall of the Regional House. Starts: Oct 19, 18:00; Nitra Gallery, Župné Square 3. Admission: €4-€6 (€36 for the whole cycle). More info: 037 / 6579-641;


CLASSICAL MUSIC: J.S. Bach – St. John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245 – The International Choral Academy Lübeck perform for the first time in Slovakia, thanks to cooperation with the domestic ensemble Solamente Naturali. The founder and conductor of the Academy, Rolf Beck, chose Slovak soloists who cooperate with it (Patrik Horňák, Tereza Maličkayová, Lucia Duchoňová, Matúš Šimko, Tomáš Šelc as well as Yannic Debus Bartłomiej Kłos. The oratorical work was premiered on Easter Friday 1724 in Lepzig. In Trnava, this work was only performed once in the modern era, and so this is just its second interpretation in the city. Starts: Oct 23, 20:00; St. Nicolas’ Basilica. Admission: €7-€10. Tickets: More info:


EXHIBITION: Newrope – This exhibition, closely connected with the Divadelná Nitra theatre festival, explores the phenomenon of contemporary Europe, the European Union, the Slovak presidency within the Council of the EU, as well as the role of art and artists in the contemporary world, in everyday life and social engagement. Genres of works, mostly created specifically for this exhibition, vary from drawings, through to videos, site-specific installation and objects, to intervention in public space. The curator is Omar Mirza; artists include Marcin Berdyszak (PL), Martinka Bobríková & Oscar de Carmen (SK/ES/NO), Anton Čierny (SK), ex-artists’ collective (Tamás Kaszás & Anikó Loránt, HU), Guma Guar (CZ), Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová (RO/SK), Kulturdrogerie (Markus Hiesleitner & Franz Tišek, AT), Oto Hudec (SK), Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), Jan Kostaa (SK), Patrik Kovačovský (SK), Nicolas Malclès Sanuy (FR), Jana Mináriková (SK), Vlad Nancă (RO), Ilona Németh (SK), Andrea Palamarčuková (SK/CH), Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn (RU/DE), Tomáš Roubal (CZ), Erik Sikora (SK), Marek Schovánek (CZ/CA), Juliana Irene Smith (US) & Claudia Berg (CH). Open: Tue - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat - Sun 13:00 - 18:00 until Nov 13; Nitra Gallery / Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €3. More info:

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Central Slovakia


Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Tosca – The State Opera Banská Bystrica premieres the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini, as rehearsed and conducted by Fabio Mastrangello, directed by Martin Huba, with stage design by Jozef Cille, costumes by Peter Čanecký and choir-master Ján Procházka; the cast includes Patrícia Macák Solotruková / Jolana Fogašová a.g.; Dušan Šimo / Paolo Lardizzone a.g.; Šimon Svitok / Zoltán Vongrey; Ivan Zvarík / Matúš Bujňák a.g. Martin Popovič / Marián Lukáč a.g., etc. Starts: Oct 14, 15, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €12. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CAT SHOW:  International Cat Show – The 8th year of event presents international champions, new breeds and pedigree cats from Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, including the contest for the most beautiful breeding couple and the most successful breeder of the show and offer on cats from rescue shelters. Starts: Oct 15, 10:00-18:00; hall of the Slovak Medical University, Bernolákova 8. Admission: €1.50-€2.50. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CHOIR MUSIC:  Concert of Choirs – The choir Lúčnica Bratislava with conductor Elena Matušová and University choir Mladosť PF UMB with conductor Milan Pazúrik will sing within the XII. International Symposium on Choir Singing CANTUS CHORALIS SLOVACA 2016, the 100th anniversary of  Zdenek Mikula, and the Year of Slovak Music. Starts: Oct 20, 18:30; Ceremonial Hall of the Faculty of Economy of the Matej Bell University, Tajovského 8. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Clear - The Slovak-only Debris company will perform its piece called Clear (Jozef Vlk, Stanislava Vlčeková, Ján Ptačin, performers Maríán Prevendarčík, Stanislava Vlčeková, Nikoleta Rafaelisová) about a torn personality re-evaluating its past, world views, etc. Starts: Oct 21, 19:00; Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3-€6. More info:


JAZZ: Bratislava Jazz Days in Žilina – The Bratislava Jazz Days move to the city of Žilina for the fourth consecutive year, this time offering the winner of Žilina International Jazz Contest, UK’s GoGo Penguin, saxophonist Bill Evans – accompanied by Slovak AMC Trio Unit. Starts: Oct 21, 19:00; City Theatre Žilina, Horný Val 3. Admission: €25. More info:, tickets

Banská Bystrica

COMEDY PERFORMANCE: Palo Seriš – Chutilo vám, páni? Klaun Túr 2016 – The “one-man” motion comedy presents more than 20 characters with just a single actor; it has won several awards at festivals (Kremnické Gagy 2012, festivale Roma Teatro Festival 2014, Kopřiva Festival 2015, etc.) and toured many more festivals and countries, including Kuwait, Morocco, Iran, Lebanon, etc. Starts: Oct 23, 19:00; Klub HaD (Hudby a Divadla, of Music and Theatre),  Horná 95. More info: 0917/101-363;


Eastern Slovakia



FOLKLORE/MINORITIES: Rusínske srdce / Ruthenian Heart – The dance ensemble Ruthenia brings this folklore performance of the Ruthenian minority. Starts: Oct 15, 17:00; Thália theatre, Timonova 3. Admission: €5 €. More info: tickets,


GASTRONOMY/HISTORICAL TRAIN RIDE: With a Nostalgic Train to Margecianske fajnoty – The gastronomy feast in Margecany presenting local delicacies, called Margecianske fajnoty, can be visited with a historical train set of red diesel trains of M 131 type, called Hurvínek, from Košice to Margecany and further on to Červená Skala. Starts: Oct 16, 08:15; Košice railway station, Staničné Square 9. More info:


CONCERT: Ben Caplan - The rough and textured tones of this songster that cut through crowded halls are inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, but Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul. Starts: Oct 19, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admisison: €6-€9. More info:  


DANCE THEATRE/PREMIERE: Charlie Chaplin – The legend of silent movies and slapstick comedies, Charles Spencer Chaplin was ingenious filmmaker and also script-writer, composer and director. The dance piece of Ondrej Šoth shows him not merely as a funny figure but as a human being who experienced success and fame, as well as persecution, injustice and accusations. It is choreographed by Ondrej Šoth and Marek Šarišský, pantomime cooperation by Juraj Benčík and Vanda Hybnerová, script by Zuzana Mistríková, Ondrej Šoth, film: Vasyl Sevastyanov. Starts: premiere Oct 21, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€17. More info:; tickets  


EXHIBITION: Trvalosť plynúceho času / the Persistence of Passing Time – The exhibition, part of the Visegrad Days, presents a variety of graphic artworks by various artists (Zoltán Palugyay, Mikuláš Galanda, Martin Benka, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and more) and statues by Lestyán Goda János, curated by Štefan Kúsek. Open: Tue-Sat 10:00- 18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00, Oct 6-Nov 6; Vojtech Löffler Museum, Alžbetina 20. Admission: €0.50-€1. More info: 055/6223-073;

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