Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between October 21 and 30, including jazz, classical and rock music, contemporary dance, Halloween in a museum, fashion show, a photo exhibition, and more.

Debris Company: Clear, dance perfromance in Banská Bystrica (Source: Courtesy of Debris Company)

Western Slovakia


CONCERT: Live Forever – Tribute to Freddie Mercury – Legendary frontman of the band Queen, Freddie Mercury, would have turned 70 this year and the Czech tribute band Queenie has decided to commemorate him with concerts in four Slovak towns, as part of its European tour. Starts: Oct 21, 20:00; Nájomná jednotka 210 club, Chrenovská 30. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: W.A. Mozart: Requiem – The concert hailing the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s Requiem and the 260th anniversary of the composer’s birth will feature the Trnava Chamber Orchestra, the Cantica Collegium Musicum choir from Martin) and the Žilina Mixed Choir, with soloists Miriam Maťašová (sopano), Alena Kropáčková (alt), Jozef Gráf (tenor), and Boris Prýgl (bass), conducted by Štefan Sedlický. Starts: Oct 23, 15:30; St. Jacob’s Church, Františkánska 1. Admission: voluntary. More info:


FILM FESTIVAL: Be2Can: Me, Daniel Blake – As part of the festival which screens movies that won awards at film festivals in Berlin, Venice and Cannes, the film “Me, Daniel Blake” by Ken Loach will be screened in Trnava. Starts: Oct 25, 20:00; Hviezda cinema, Paulínska 1. More info:


CONCERT: Angel & Alegria – This music/dance performance is the first joint event by singer and drummer Angel and the Alegria dance studio. His special perception of music will be shared by Michal Bugala (guitar), Richard Csino (bass), Tomáš Gajlík (piano), Peter Vilček (keyboards) and Štefan Bugala (drums). As guests, Kateřina Petráňová (Šupa), Martin Císar and Marco Pillo (Nangy Bull) will perform. Starts: Oct 29, 20:00 Ján Palárik Theatre, Trojičné Square 2. Admission: €12. More info, tickets:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: J.S. Bach – The 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 to collaborate with; 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 Leipzig. In Trnava, this work has only been 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:

Central Slovakia

Banská Bystrica

CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Clear - The Slovak-only Debris company (Jozef Vlk, Stanislava Vlčeková, Ján Ptačin, performers Maríán Prevendarčík, Stanislava Vlčeková, Nikoleta Rafaelisová) will perform its piece called Clear about a torn personality re-evaluating their 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 presenting the winner of the 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 played by 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;

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: This Chamber Concert hails the Month of Czech-Slovak Solidarity. Performers include Eva Dřízgová – soprano; Lukáš Poledna – piano (both from the Czech Republic); Šimon Svitok – baritone and Martina Svitková – piano (both from Slovakia). Starts: Oct 26, 18:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€6 €. More info:


MUSEUM/SEASONAL EVENT: The Night of Ghosts, Pumpkins and Spooks . The traditional symbolic end of season at Strečno Castle and the Medieval village Paseka is taking place on October 27 between 18:00 and 21:00. The programme includes the Historical Fencing Troupe,Wagus, the theatre group Kapor na Scéne (Carp on the Stage), staff from the Regional Observatory in Žilina, the Strečno gunmen, a show about witches, and much more. Recommended for children over eight years of age. Starts. Oct 27, 18:00 - 21:00; Považské múzeum / Považie museum, Topoľová 1. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hommage á Shakespeare – The tribute to the British classical playwright brings chief conductor Simon Chalk (also British) , Italian Fabrizio Ferraro on guitar, and Slovaks Adam Marec on guitar, and Štefan Bučko with Jana Valocká – declamation. The works played include Adam Mičinec’s Starless Path for Guitar and Orchestra (premiere), Brazilian Arnaldo Freire’s Concerto Brasileiro for Two Guitars and Strings; William Walton’s Passacaglia and Love Music, music from the film - Henry V; and Jean Sibelius’ Tempest – Suite, scenic music for the play by Shakespeare. Starts: Oct 27, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info:

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Eastern Slovakia


DANCE THEATRE/PREMIERE: Charlie Chaplin – The legend of silent movies and slapstick comedies, Charles Spencer Chaplin was an 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


LANGUAGES/CONCERT: FrancAFest – Soirée Franҫaise – The French musical evening presents performers of French songs: Round Cubes (Prešov), Kaja &Peter (Banská Bystrica) Byllian (Banská Bystrica, France) DJ Mitch (Košice, France). Starts: Oct 21, 20:00; Wave~centrum nezávislej kultúry, Hlavná 121. More info:;


FASHION: Jitka Klett Fashion Show – A show by renowned designer Jitka Klett in Košice art centre. Starts: Oct 21, 20:00; Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukučínova 2. Admission: €15. More info:;


CONCERT: Budapest Klezmer Band – This band playing Jewish music from eastern and central Europe, klezmer, was founded in 1990 and its musicians are Ferenc Jávori (piano, vocals), Bence Gazda (violin, piano), István Kohán (clarinets), Gábor Barbinek (trombone), Anna Nagy (accordion), László Máthé (double bass), Balázs Végh (drums, percussions). Starts: Oct 25, 19:00; Historical Town-hall, big hall, Hlavná 59. Admission: €12. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: the Month of Czech-Slovak Solidarity inspires a concert in which the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) plays J. Mysliveček (Concert for Flute and Orchestra in D Major), Alexander Moyzes (Symphony no 3 in B Minor “The Small One”) and Bedřich Smetana (Má vlast / My Homeland: Vyšehrad, Vltava, Šárka) conducted by Zbyněk Müller and with Jan Ostrý on flute. Starts: Oct 27, 9:30 public rehearsal, 19:00; ŠfK House of Arts, Moyzesovaa 66. Admission: €4-€9. Tickets:,; tel: 055/2453-123;


CONCERT: Pascal Pinon (IS) + Olof Arnalds (IS) - Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist who has joined forces with Pascal Pinon, i.e. twins Jófríður and Ásthildur from Reykjavík who are selfmade-women and teenage prodigies, playing acoustic neo-folk and low-fi pop. Starts: Oct 27, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik Gorkého 2. More info:


PHOTO EXHIBITION: The Best of Czech Press Photos – Until the end of October, the retrospective exhibition The Best of Czech Press Photos, a complex exposition of photos awarded prizes by international juries during 20 years of this prestigious journalistic competition. Themes include political events, natural disasters, but also everyday life and environment. Open: Tue – Fri 13:00–17:00, Sat 10:00–14:00 until Oct 28; Caraff Prison / Caraffova väznica, Jarkova Street (entry on Floriánova). Admission: free. Tel: 0910/906-881;

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