Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between November 11 and November 20, including African jazz, opera with puppets, lecture on modern lifestyle, Scrap Metal Art fest, classical music, exhibitions, etc.

Dramatic scenes are abundant in the Eugene Onegin in State Opera Banská BystricaDramatic scenes are abundant in the Eugene Onegin in State Opera Banská Bystrica (Source: Jozef Lomnický)

Western Slovakia


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sancta Caecilia I – The concert hailing the commemoration of St Cecilia, patron saint of music, musicians and singers, will present the Musica Aeterna ensemble led by Peter Zajíček, the Choris Salvatoris choir led by choirmaster Zuzana Buchová Holičková and soloists – soprano Helga Varga Bach, soprano Hilda Gulyasová, alto Judita Andelová, tenor Jozef Gráf, and bass Martin Mikuš performing the Messa di Santa Cecilia by Alessandro Scarlatti. Starts: Nov 20, 19:00; Piarist Church of St kostol sv. Ladislaus, Piaristická 10. Admission: free. More info:

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CONCERT: Chiki Liki Tu-a – 3x4=13 Tour – This concert by the popular Slovak band is part of its nation-wide tour promoting the eponymous compilation album composed of three parts: live pieces, compositions arranged for wind instruments and tunes paying tribute to their beloved underground bands. Chiki liki tu-a has three members: Martin Višňovský (vocals, bass), Ľuboslav Petruška (guitar) and Tomáš Višňovský (drums). Starts: Nov 24, 20:00h; Music A Cafe, Akademická 1/A. More info:

Nové Mesto nad Váhom

JAZZ/ETHNO: Aly Keïta: African Jazz Trance – Aly Keïta from the Ivory Coast is a balafon virtuoso and with the Swiss duo, Jan Galega Brönnimann and Lucas Niggli, he takes audiences on a wild trip to unknown areas of jazz, enriched by African folklore. (Aly Keïta – balafon / vocals; Jan Galega Brönnimann – bass clarinet; Lucas Niggli – percussion. Starts: Nov 24, 20:00; Blue Note music club, J. Hašku 18. Admission: €10. Bookings: 0902/60 912; More info:

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MUSEUM/EXHIBITION: Pipe smoking and the World – This travelling exhibition presents the culture of pipes including the smoking niche of Sherlock Holmes, various tools and an original collection of pipes made of different materials, among other things. Open: Mon 9:00-15:00, Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, weekends 10:00-17:00 until December 31, Ponitrianske Museum, Štefánikova Trieda 1; Admission: €0.5-€1. More info:

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Central Slovakia

Banská Bystrica /other cities

NIGHT OF THEATRES: The Night of Theatres – Ariadne’s Thread – The Štúdio tanca Theatre celebrates – as do dozens of theatres in Banská Bystrica and around the whole Slovakia – the Night of Theatres, with a performance luring visitors to the mysterious Acropolis looming over the city, helping to tell myths from truth and passing three tests with the guardians of the labyrinth. Starts: Nov 19, 21:00; Štúdio tanca theatre, Komenského 12 (Na Kačici). Admission: €3. Tickets: More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Eugen Onegin – The iconic Russian opera by P.I. Tchaikovsky has been rehearsed and conducted – in its fifth staging within the State Opera – by Igor Bulla, directed by Anna Osipenko, with stage design by Sergei Novikov, choreography by Michail Thaikasov. Cast includes Patrícia Macák Solotruková, Eva Šušková as guest, Alena Kropáčková as guest, Elena Shatokhina as guest, h. Šimon Svitok, Ľubomír Popík as guest, Michal Hýrošš, Róbert Smiščík as guest, Alena Hodálová, Oľga Hromadová and others. The opera is based on the novel in rhymes by Pushkin, citing a lot of his poems. Starts: Nov 25,18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. More info:


FILM FESTIVAL: The film festival of socially engaged documentaries Jeden svet / One World has embarked on a nation-wide tour, making a stop also in Stanica Žilina-Záriečie. The leitmotif is, fences as easy solutions to difficult situations – and how to avoid them. Starts: Nov 24-26; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €2 (one movie/block)-€6/€8 (festival ticket). More info:


LECTURE/LIFESTYLE: Mandy den Elzen, Chloé Rutzerveld: How to Survive in the Post-digital Era – The lecture by two Dutch artists and designers focuses on food, its production and consumption, as well as on organic materials, secondary products and how to find new use for animal skin. Starts: Nov 27, 18:30; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: voluntary. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


SMITHCRAFT/SCRAP RE-CYCLING, FESTIVAL: Scrap Metal Art Fest 2016 – The festival of craft smiths has a zero, or trial year trying to present the less traditional art of making artefacts from scrap metal. The leitmotif is sport, putting into focus the Košice title of the European City of Sport. The festival includes demonstrations, workshops, guided tours to the East-Slovakian Museum and the planetarium, typical meals eaten by smiths, film screenings, a concert by Mafia Corner, and more. Starts: Nov 19, 10:00-19:00; Slovak technical Museum, Hlavná 88. Admission: €1-€3. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Hungarian National Philharmonic from Budapest – Year of Hungarian Freedom – The Budapest philharmonic with conductor János Kovács and solo pianist Dávid Báll – will give a concert marking the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian anti-communist revolution that ended sadly. Works to be played include Dances from Galanta by Zoltán Kodály, Concert for Piano and Orchestra No 1, Es major, by Franz Liszt, and the Concert for Orchestra by Béla Bartók. Starts: Nov 21, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €7-€15. Tel: 055/2453-123;;


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Prešov Musical Autumn festival brings the Gems (Klenoty) concert presenting the Vocals choir, dedicated to the Year of Slovak Music. Starts: 23,19:00; concert hall of PKO Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €3-€5. Tickets: PKO-Čierny orol, Hlavná 50; Tel: 051/77 237 41-2;


OPERA/PUPPET THEATRE: Gioacchino Rossini – Cinderella – The operatic fairy tale is a joint project by the State Theatre of Košice and the Puppet Theatre of Košice, offering a new version of the widely known story. The conductor is Igor Dohovič, singers are Marián Lukáč, Michaela Várady, Andrea Nemcová, Gabriela Hübnerová, Anton Baculík, Marek Gurbaľ, Martin Kovács, and the orchestra and choir of SDKE. Starts: Nov 27, 16:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €2 - €4. More info:


PHOTO EXHIBITION: Nova po Nove / Nova after Nova – The Photo-club Nova Košice organises a retrospect exhibition showing its 40 years of activities, with the works of 30 past and present members exhibited and confronting various styles, art trends and creative eras. Open: 8:00-18:00 on weekdays until December 31; Foto-galéria NOVA, Verejná knižnica Jána Bocatia, Hlavná 48. Admission: free. Tel: 055/6223-291;


EXHIBITION: Iain Patterson : Our West – The exhibition of the Scottish artist explores motifs of nature in a meditative way, curated by Tadeáš Goryczka and Anna Ondrušeková. Open: Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00 or Sun 12:00-17:00 until Nov 27; Elektráreň TG, Hviezdoslavova 12. Admission: €1.50-€1. Tel: 052/7721-968,

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