Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between December 9 and 18, including party, concerts, festivals, Christmas markets, exhibitions and more.

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Music & Dance
PARTY: Urban Market Friday Night; Starts: Dec 9, 21:00
CONCERT: The Hope Gospel Singers and Band; Starts: Dec 7, 17:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CONCERT: Lúčnica; Starts: Dec 14, 19:30
CONCERT: La Goia; Starts: Dec 12, 19:00
BALLET: Romeo and Julliet by Royal Russian Ballet; Starts: Dec 18, 19:00
MARKET: Christmas Markets in Bratislava Castle; Starts: The markets are open until Dec 18
FESTIVAL: Slovak Queer Film Festival; Starts: Festival lasts until Dec 11
BAZAAR: Christmas Bazaar; Starts: Dec 9 – 12
MARKET: Good Market; Starts: Dec 17
EXHIBITION: Edition 2016; Open: 10:00 - 19:00 until Dec 13
EXHIBITION: Jiří Georg Dokoupil; Open: Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00 until Mar 5 2017
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
COMEDY SHOW: Michael Winslow; Starts:Jan 4, 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

PARTY: Urban Market Friday Night – the Friday party after the first day of the winter Urban Market, brings a selection from the Slovak music scene. Starts: Dec 9, 21:00; Nu Spirit Club, Pasage Luxor, Štúrova 3. Admission: €6. More info:

CONCERT: The Hope Gospel Singers and Band – The ensemble that was established in 1999, has given many concerts in Slovakia and abroad and will now perform during the Christmas Markets in the Old Town. Starts: Dec 7, 17:00; Main Square. Admission: free. More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

CONCERT: Lúčnica – The Choir of the well known, Slovak folk ensemble, Lúčnica performs in collaboration with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra of Bohdan Warchal. Program includes works by Archangelo Corelli, Georgius Zrunek and other Slovak and international Christmas carols and songs. Starts: Dec 14, 19:30; Reduta, Square Eugena Suchoňa 1. Admission: from €9. More info:

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CONCERT: La Goia – The Famous Slovak popopera trio perform their Christmas gala evening. La Goia, which can be translated as a joy, was created in 2008. It is a group of three singers who interpret popular songs in the style of belcanto. Starts: Dec 12, 19:00; House of Culture Dúbravka, Saratovská 2/ A. Admission: €15. 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:


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:

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: Festival lasts until Dec 11; Kino Lumière, Špitálska 4. Admission: €4,5 (one movie, or cinepass). More info:

BAZAAR: Christmas Bazaar - A charity project established by three famous Slovak actors from the Astorka / Korzo ´90 Theatre - Lukáš Latinák, Marián Miezga and Róbert Jakab. The four-day event is dedicated to collecting money and supporting organisations and experiential projects. Starts: Dec 9 – 12; V – klub, Square SNP 12. Admission: free. More info:

MARKET: Good Market – The Special event named Dobrý trh/ Good Market will be full of Christmas atmosphere. The event subtitled as Svetlo mesta/ City Light, brings quality products and special items, for example, ice sculptures and a lantern parade. Starts: Dec 17; streets Laurinská, Nedbalova a Klobučnícka. Admission: free. More info:


EXHIBITION: Edition 2016 – A selection of Works by Slovak and Czech artists such as Josef Bolf, Ivan Csudai, Jiří Franta & David Bohm, Martin Derner, Andrej Dúbravský, Viktor Frešo, Viktor Fuček, Ašot Haas, Krištof Kinteraand others. Open: 10:00 - 19:00 until Dec 13; SODA Gallery, Školská 9. 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. Open: Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00 until Mar 5 2017. Admission: €10. 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

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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