Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between December 2 and 11, including concerts, festivals, classical music, Georgian national ballet, cinema, Christmas markets, tour, exhibitions and more.

Christmas marketsChristmas markets (Source: Jozef Jakubco)

Music & Dance
CONCERT: Simon McBride; Starts: Dec 7, 19:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CONCERT: Lisa Simone; Starts: Dec 2, 19:00
BALLET: Georgian national ballet; Starts: Dec 4, 18:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC: German Baroque music; Starts: Dec 4, 18:00
GASTRONOMY: Gourmet Fridays; Starts: Every November Friday from 18:00
MARKET: Christmas Markets in Bratislava Castle; Starts: The markets are open until Dec 18
TOUR: St. Nicholas Walk; Starts: Dec 3, 10:45
FESTIVAL: Uprising, Winter Edition; Starts: Dec 3, 20:00
SCREENING: Blind Loves; Starts: Dec 4, 18:00
FESTIVAL: Slovak Queer Film Festival; Starts: Dec 7 - 11
CONCERT: José Carreras and his final world tour; Starts: December 8, 19:30
EXHIBITION: Jiří Georg Dokoupil; Exhibition opens: Dec 2, 16:00; Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00 until Mar 5 2017
EXHIBITION/ GUIDED TOUR: Traditions in Slovakia; Starts: Dec 4, 16:00
EXHIBITION: Christmas Days; Open: Mon - Thu 11:00 - 19:00, Fri - Sat 10:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00 until Dec 21
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
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
CONCERT: Vanessa-Mae; Starts: May 11 2017, 20:00

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Music & Dance

CONCERT: Simon McBride - Irish musician following in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore plays guitar, which is combined with his fine voice. His latest CD is Crossing The Line. Starts: Dec 7, 19:00; Rock in the museum, Linzbothova 16. Admission: More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

CONCERT: Lisa Simone - who served with the American airforce and is the daughter of famous singer Nina Simone, performs her concert based on the City Sounds of Bratislava. She released her album All Is Well in collaboration with French jazz musician Hervé Samb in 2014 and then in March 2016 the My World album. Starts: Dec 2, 19:00; Big Concert Hall, the Slovak Radio. Admission: from €30, More info:

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BALLET: Georgian national ballet – The almost 70-year old ballet ensemble, Sukhisvili will come to Bratislava as part of their European tour. The first professional state dance ensemble in Georgia is also called the eighth world wonder. Starts: Dec 4, 18:00; Refinery Gallery , Vlčie hrdlo 1. Admission: from €20. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: The autumn concert cycle of old chamber music presents German Baroque music and its representative German-Danish organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude. The concert is held within the framework of the Musica Aeterna. Starts: Dec 4, 18:00; Pálfy Palace, Zámocká 47. Admission: €7. More info:


GASTRONOMY: Gourmet Fridays - Special tasty dinners in autumn colours are still available during November at the Riverbank restaurant on the Danube embankment. Visitors can taste the traditional duck or goose, that is typical for this season but there are also other specialities from the chef's hands. Starts: Every November Friday from 18:00; Restaurant Riverbank, Dvořákovo nábrežie 6. Admission: €59 (wine included). More info:

MARKET: Christmas Markets in Bratislava Castle - Christmas Markets in Bratislava are for the first time not only in the city centre but also around Bratislava Castle. The event called Advent na hrade/ Advent in the Castle also includes a Christmas program and a live Betlehem nativity. Starts: The markets are open until Dec 18; the Bratislava Castle. More info:

TOUR: St. Nicholas Walk – A tour, which will be held three days before St. Nicholas leaves shoes on the windows full of sweets, follows the route: Aeroplane - Peserany - Skalka - Remanancie - Holý Hill - Kamenné Sea - Cottege Astória - the well - Hotel Sitno - Areal of Biatlon Vyhne. Visitors may also meet St. Nicholas with sweets for kids on the way. Starts: Dec 3, 10:45; Near the aeroplane in Vyhne. More info:

FESTIVAL: Uprising, Winter Edition - The seventh year of the reaggae festival Uprising brings various performers of this genre. The main star of the event will be French group and significant European reaggae representatives, Dub inc. The program includes the young British band The Skints and Kenyan singer Fyah Son Bantu and others. Starts: Dec 3, 20:00; Atelier Babylon, Kolárska 3. Admission: €20. More info:

SCREENING: Blind Loves - Slepé lásky/ Blind Loves is a 2008 Slovakian film directed by Juraj Lehotský. It was Slovakia’s official submission for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie will be screened with english subtitles. Starts: Dec 4, 18:00; Satori Stage, Mickiewiczova 9. Admission: voluntary. More info:

FESTIVAL: Slovak Queer Film Festival - The festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, brings movies about LGBTI people to audiences in five different Slovak cities. The aim of this non-competitive film festival is to demolish stereotypical perceptions and prejudices about LBGTI community. Starts: Dec 7 - 11; Kino Lumière, Špitálska 4. Admission: €4,5 (one movie, or cinepass). 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:


EXHIBITION: Jiří Georg Dokoupil – The exhibition named Oxymoron, created by world renowned artist Jiří Georg Dokoupil, presents his bubble paintings and also one of the latest projects of the author - Furniture For Fotos, which are 3D installations with 3D people. Exhibition opens: Dec 2, 16:00; Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00 until Mar 5 2017. Admission: €10. More info:

EXHIBITION/ GUIDED TOUR: Traditions in Slovakia - During the Advent season, gallery educator Peter Pivoda will give you a peek into typical religious and folk traditions through works of Old Art. The event is held within the framework of English language lectures related to the current exhibitions. Starts: Dec 4, 16:00; Esterházyho palác, 1st floor, Square Ľudovíta Štúra 4. Admission: free. More info:

EXHIBITION: Christmas Days - The 27th year of the exhibition named Dni Vianoc (Christmas Days) is an event full of tips for Christmas decorations or presents, a festive atmosphere with mulled wine and gastronomic specialities. Open: Mon - Thu 11:00 - 19:00, Fri - Sat 10:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00 until Dec 21. Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská road 3 - 7. Admission: €2. 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

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:

CONCERT: Vanessa-Mae - British violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae comes back to Bratislava after ten years and her performance will be accompanied by 40 Czech musicians from the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Prague including vocalists. Starts: May 11 2017, 20:00; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €29,90. More info:

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