Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between October 21 and 30, including festivals, concerts, classical music, theatre, workshop, exhibitions and more.

Violinist Renaud CapuçonViolinist Renaud Capuçon (Source: Eva Šoucová)

Music & Dance
CONCERT: Rock in the Museum - American rock group; Starts: Oct 21, 19:00
JAZZ MUSIC: Bratislava Jazz Days; Starts: Oct 21 - 23
CONCERT: Elán; Starts: Oct 28, 18:00
Theatre & Classical Music
FESTIVAL: Bratislava Mozart Festival 2016; Starts: the festival is underway and lasts until Oct 28
OPERA: Premiere of Faust's curse; Starts: Oct 21, 19:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Performances by young artists; Starts: Oct 23, 17:00
THEATRE: Adaption of the famous novel by Gustave Flaubert; Starts: Oct 23, 19:00
THEATRE: The Kindly Ones with english subtitles; Starts: Oct 25, 19:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Violinist Renaud Capuçon; Starts: Oct 26, 19:00
FESTIVAL: Performances of contemporary dance; Starts: The festival has already begun and lasts until Oct 22
WORKSHOP: Intensive caligraphy workshop; Starts: Oct 22, 10:00
FILM FESTIVAL: Be2Can; Starts: Oct 24 – 31
FESTIVAL: World wines; Starts: Oct 27, 16:00
EXHIBITION: Graphic designer and illustrator, Alojz Pepich; Open: Tue – Sat 15:00 – 19:00 until Oct 29
EXHIBITION: Art during a controversal Slovak period; Exhibition opening: Oct 21 until February 2
EXHIBITION: Hole in clothing by a costume artist; Open: until Oct 14
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: 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: Rock in the Museum - American rock group - The Roomsounds was created in Connecticut, but its members moved to Dallas, Texas last year. The group is inspired by the 60s and 70s  and also by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Faces. Starts: Oct 21, 19:00; Linzbothova 16. More info:

JAZZ MUSIC: Bratislava Jazz Days - This is the 42nd year of this traditional event which includes international jazz music and headliners such as Tiempo Libre, Nik West, Caro Emerald, GoGo Penguin, Enrico Rava, John Cleary and Vitouš & Stivín. Starts: Oct 21 - 23; Incheba Expo Arena. More info:

CONCERT: Elán – One of the most popular Slovak bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of their successful album Hodina slovenčiny/ Slovak lesson. Their tour is called  Živých nás nedostanú/ They will not get us alive will present their famous Slovak hits, which have been known for generations. Starts: Oct 28, 18:00; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, (Slovnaft Arena), Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €17,90. More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

FESTIVAL: Bratislava Mozart Festival 2016 - Mozart's oeuvres will be played in Bratislava within the framework of the Bratislava Mozart Festival 2016, which will be performed  on historical music instruments. Visitors can enjoy various concerts. Starts: the festival is underway and lasts until Oct 28; Various places. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

OPERA: Premiere of Faust's curse - The two-part poetic tragedy by German poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is going to be performed  in Slovakia. The opera, which was composed by French composer Hector Berlioz, is led by Rastislav Štúr, directed by Marián Chudovský and choreographed by Igor Holováč. Starts: Oct 21, 19:00; The new building of SND at Pribinova 17. Admission: €10- €22. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Performances by young artists – the Cycle of chamber concerts named Momentum Musicum will be played by young musicians and students from the State Conservatory in Bratislava. Starts: Oct 23, 17:00; CC Centrum , Jiráskova 3. More info:

THEATRE: Adaption of the famous novel by Gustave Flaubert - Emma, a young and beautiful woman who received a good education in a convent marries Charles, a countryside medical doctor. But their marriage is not a happy one. This is the beginning of the famous story by Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary. Starts: Oct 23, 19:00; The new building of SND, Pribinova 17. More info:

THEATRE: The Kindly Ones with english subtitles - The fictitious memoirs of a learned and cultivated SS officer became a cultural event. After the author spent years working for various international humanitarian organisations, he asked the question: how a man of his education and opinions would have behaved during the times of the economic crises in Germany. Starts: Oct 25, 19:00; The new building of SND at Pribinova 17. Admission: €5 – €17. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Violinist Renaud Capuçon – One of the most significant, current violin virtuosos Renaud Capuçon comes to Bratislava. This French musician performed as a soloist with many world leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, the Simon Bolivar orchestra and others. Starts: Oct 26, 19:00; Great Evangelical Church, Panenská 28. Admission: €5. 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 and lasts until Oct 22; City Theatre of Pavol Orsagh Hviezdoslav in Bratislava, Laurinská 19 and A4, Karpatská 2. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

WORKSHOP: Intensive caligraphy workshop - This kind of workshop is dedicated to the practical mastering of calligraphy using a flat pen. Visitor will learn how to create words and signs. Starts: Oct 22, 10:00; Foajé. Štefánikova 16. More info:

FILM FESTIVAL: Be2Can -Presentation of winning films – The third year showing films which won awards at the famous film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Berlinale. Films will be shown in various cinemas in Bratislava and  various topics and genres by international artists are on offer. Starts: Oct 24 – 31; Various places. Admission: Depends on the film. More info:

FESTIVAL: World wines – This is the eighth year of the event named „Festival of world wines“. It offers an international variety of tastes of the most expensive and valuable wines from France, Israel, Argentina, Chile, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Italy and others. Starts: Oct 27, 16:00; Hotel Devín. Admission: €19. More info:


EXHIBITION: Graphic designer and illustrator, Alojz Pepich – The exhibition was prepared for the occasion of the anniversary of this Slovak graphic designer and illustrator, who would have turned 90 this year. He came from Hriňová, central Slovakia and it presents his works. Open: Tue – Sat 15:00 – 19:00 until Oct 29. Gallery F7, Františkánske Square 7. More info:

EXHIBITION: Art during a controversal Slovak period - Sen × skutočnosť - Umenie & propaganda 1939 – 1945/ Dream vs. Reality - Art & Propaganda 1939 – 1945 is the name of new exhibition which is focused on the lifetime of the Slovak State, which was one of the most controversal periods of our modern history. Exhibition opening: Oct 21 until February 2; Esterházy Palace, Ľudovíta Štúra Square 4. 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: 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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