Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between November 11 and 20, including festivals, concerts, classical music, theatre, cinema, show, book fair, exhibitions and more.

Nu Dance FestNu Dance Fest (Source: Courtesy of NDS)

Music & Dance
CONCERT: British band; Starts: Nov 12, 20:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CLASSICAL MUSIC: String quartet; Starts: Nov 11, 19:00
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Opening concert of the Bratislava Music Festival; Starts: Nov 18, 19:00
THEATRE: Arcadia; Starts: Nov 19, 18:00
FESTIVAL: Japanese Cultural Festival; Starts: Nov 11 – 13
DANCE FESTIVAL: Nu Dance Fest; Starts: Nov 15 - 21
FESTIVAL: Ars Poetika; Starts: Nov 16 - 21
SCREENING: Premiere - The Day of the Siege; Starts: Nov 17, 18:00
SHOW: Body Art Show; Starts: Nov 18, 19:00
FAIR: International book trade fair; Starts: Nov 11 – 13
EXHIBITION: Lucia Nimcová & Sholto Dobie - Khroniky; Open: Wed – Sat 14.00 – 18.00 until Jan 14 2017
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
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
COMEDY SHOW: Michael Winslow; Starts:Nov 10, 20:00
BALLET: Swan Lake; Starts: Jan 12, 2017, 19:30
SHOW: Ceasar Millan; Starts: Mar 25, 2017, 19:30

Music & Dance

CONCERT: British band - Asian Dub Foundation (ADF), from London, are dedicated to the question about migrants and the coexistence of islam and christianity. They criticize intolerance of Europeans, but also fight against militant Muslims. All migrants get free admission;the members of the group have immigrant backgrounds. Starts: Nov 12, 20:00; Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: from €30. More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

CLASSICAL MUSIC: String quartet – The International festival of chamber music named Konvergencie/ Convergence presents the American string quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, which performs works by Franz Schubert and classical music from the 20th century - Witold Lutosławski and Philip Glass. Starts: Nov 11, 19:00; Veľký evanjelický kostol, Panenská ul. Bratislava. Admission: More info:

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Opening concert of the Bratislava Music Festival - The 52nd BMF will be opened by the piece Symphonic Minutes Op. 36, written by Bratislava native Ernő von Dohnányi, composer, pianist, conductor and music life organiser. The concert will be led by James Judd and first violinist is Vadim Repin. The BMF is a presentation of classical music and its performers and it will be held from Nov 18 until Dec 12. Starts: Nov 18, 19:00; Concert hall of SP, Square Eugena Suchoňa 1. Admission: from €22. More info:

THEATRE: Arcadia - performance with English subtitles - Arcadia is an extremely funny play about the impossibility of knowing the truth, combining elements of conversational comedy with mystification. Its main charm is displayed in the erratic nature of love. Starts: Nov 19, 18:00; Hall of Drama, the new building of SND, Pribinova 17. Admission: €5 - €17. More info:


FESTIVAL: Japanese Cultural Festival - Nipponfest is a festival focused on Japanese culture and pop-culture, which may interest not only its fans, but also those who don't know it very well. Its mission is to contribute to raising awareness of Japan as a country, but also to understand its culture and traditions. Starts: Nov 11 – 13; House of Culture - Zrkadlový háj. More info:

DANCE FESTIVAL: Nu Dance Fest - This is the eleventh year of the international festival of contemporary and motion dance, which was established in 2006 and primarily focused on the creations of Slovak choreographers. The aim of the festival is to convey the latest global trends and also to show multigenre performances. It will last for seven days and the program also includes discussions, workshops, and party. Starts: Nov 15 - 21; A4, Studio 12 and Studio SND in Pribinova 17. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

FESTIVAL: Ars Poetika - The 14th year of the International Festival of Poetry Ars Poetica 2016. Its program includes, for example, the Evening of European poetry, creative workshops, parties, concerts, parties or movies in various genres. Starts: Nov 16 - 21; SNG, Cafe Berlinka, Square. Ľ. Štúra 4, V-klub, Bratislava Flagship Restaurant, Square SNP 8, Cafe Berlinka, Square Ľ. Štúra 4, Kino Lumière, Cinema hall no 4, Špitálska 4. Admission: free. More info:

SCREENING: Premiere - The Day of the Siege - Premiere of the Italian-Polish movie about the Christian victory over the Muslim invasion of Europe Sep 11, 1683, by Italian film director and screenwriter Renzo Martinelli. The screening is held on the occasion of the 333 anniversary of the Battle of Vienna. Starts: Nov 17, 18:00; House of Culture Zrkadlový háj; Rovniankova 3. Admission: 5. More info:

SHOW: Body Art Show - A large presentation of bodypainting in Slovakia will show bodypainters with an international cast. Tickets for the show includes an entry to the after party with food and meeting with the performers. Starts: Nov 18, 19:00; Grand Hotel Pressburg Bratislava, Antolská 2. Admission: €20. More info:


FAIR: International book trade fair – Bibliotéka is the only book trade fair in Slovakia, which has a long tradition. This is the 24th year of the trade fair and it is accompanied by an exhibition of education and teaching techniques and a student's book named Pedagogika/ Pedagogy. Starts: Nov 11 – 13; Incheba Expo Bratislava, Viedenská cesta 3 – 7. Admission: €5. More info:

EXHIBITION: Lucia Nimcová & Sholto Dobie - Khroniky - Slovak artist Lucia Nimcová together with Scottish artist Sholto Dobie have returned every year since 2014 to western Ukraine, to the Karpaty area, where a Ruthenian minority lives. Their audiovisual project named Khroniky chronicles the everyday life of inhabitants through songs, stories, music, performances and others. Open: Wed – Sat 14.00 – 18.00 until 14.1.2017; Krokus Gallery, May 1 Square 3. 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

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:

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: Jan 4, 20:00. Admission: €24-€44. More info:

BALLET: Swan Lake - the ballet choreographed by the world-famous St. Petersburg Festival Ballet will visit three European cities including Bratislava, where they will come for the first time. The big performance of the 70 member ballet company dances to the music of classical music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Starts: Jan 12, 2017, 19:30; Incheba - Expo Aréna, hall C. Admission: from 20. More info:

SHOW: Ceasar Millan - Kynolog and dog trainer Ceasar Millan will visit Bratislava within his European tour called the Ceasar Millan Live Tour 2017. He and his four-legged companions will visit 15 chosen cities in 10 countries. Starts: Mar 25, 2017, 19:30; Winter Stadium of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €45. More info:

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