Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between November 18 and 27, including festivals, classical music, theatre, ballet premiere, cinema, poetry, fashion bazaar and more.

Premiere of Giselle in SNDPremiere of Giselle in SND (Source: Peter Brenkus)

Theatre & Classical Music
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Opening concert of the Bratislava Music Festival; Starts: Nov 18, 19:00
THEATRE: Arcadia; Starts: Nov 19, 18:00
THEATRE: Performance Innocence with english subtitles; Starts: Nov 23, 19:00
BALLET: Premiere of Giselle; Starts: Nov 25, 26, 19:00 (both days)
DANCE FESTIVAL: Nu Dance Fest; Starts: Festival has already begun and lasts until Nov 21
FESTIVAL: Ars Poetika; Starts: Festival has already begun and lasts until Nov 21
SHOW: Body Art Show; Starts: Nov 18, 19:00
TOUR: Climbing to the Piliš; Starts: Nov 19, 6:00
FESTIVAL: Theatre Festival; Starts: Nov 19
FESTIVAL: International festival of poetry; Starts: Nov 20, 15:00
FESTIVAL: Central European Festival of Italian Film; Starts: Nov 22 – 27
RECITATION: Poetry Slam; Starts: Nov 24
BAZAAR: Fashion bazaar; Starts: Nov 26, 10:00
SCREENING: Premiere of the film A Living Space; Starts: Nov 28, 19:00
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

Theatre & Classical Music

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:

THEATRE: Performance Nevina/ Innocence with english subtitles - The monumentality of this modern tragedy that – in its specific message – sparks the illuminating mundane-ness of our life stories. Tragicomic characters, characters and heroes who metaphorically shake off the reflection of our European presence and shared experiences. Known play written by Dea Loher. Starts: Nov 23, 19:00; Drama Hall of the SND New building, Pribinova 17. Admission: 5. More info:

BALLET: Premiere of Giselle – The ballet by French composer Adolphe Charles Adam named Giselle belongs to the period of high romanticism and it is also one of the most played ballet performances in the world. Giselle is choreographed and directed by Rafael Avnikjan, music is rehearsed by Dušan Štefánek. Starts: Nov 25, 26, 19:00 (both days); SND Historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 20. Admission: from €10 to €20. 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: Festival has already begun and lasts until Nov 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: Festival has already begun and lasts until Nov 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:

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:

TOUR: Climbing to the Piliš – The tourist Club of Šurany is preparing a trip to the Hungarian Pliš mountains. The tour will start above the village of Mlynky in the Sedlo dva buky/ Saddle of two beeches and it will last six hours. Buses leave from the Bus station in Šurany at 6:00. Starts: Nov 19, 6:00; Bus station Šurany. More info:

FESTIVAL: Noc divadiel/ Theatre Festival – This is the seventh year of the event, which is full of various genres of theatre for all generations. It will be performed during one evening and night in many countries in Europe. Starts: Nov 19; Various places. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

FESTIVAL: International festival of poetry - Ars Poetica 2016 presents the world's best-known poets and is a celebration of domestic and foreign poetry. A workshop named Bring your own Poem is a creative time dedicated to everyone. Starts: Nov 20, 15:00; Malewill Café, Uršulínska 9. Admission: free. More info:

FESTIVAL: Central European Festival of Italian Film – Movie lovers can look forward to nine evening films, which present a diversity of Italian cinematography, which will be projected within the festival of Italian films named Mittel Cinema Fest. Starts: Nov 22 – 27; Kino Mladosť, Hviezdoslavovo Square 19. Admission: Depends on the performance. More info:

RECITATION: Poetry Slam – This is the first , open, english Poetry Slam in Bratislava, which is organised by a student of the LEAF Academy and creator of Fountain Poetry, it is a literary competition in which Poets compete against each other. Poetry Slams are renowned and popular in English- & German-speaking countries. Starts: Nov 24; LEAF Academy, Sasinkova 13. More info:

BAZAAR: Fashion bazaar – This is the first fashion bazaar in the space of the Satori Stage, which offers an opportunity to sell unnecessary things or to buy new clothes and supplement a wardrobe. Starts: Nov 26, 10:00; Satori Stage, Mickiewiczova 2246/9. Admission: free. More info:

SCREENING: Premiere of the film A Living Space – Visitors can see the screeinng of a film by multitalented theatre director and artist Robert Wilson, which is named A Living Space. This document maps the process of an art creation in the Watermill Centre in New York, whose founder is Robert Wilson. Starts: Nov 28, 19:00; SND Historical building, Hviezdoslavovo Square 20. 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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