Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between December 16 and 25, including parties, concerts, classical music, Christmas markets, ballet, exhibitions and more.

Howard Gospel Choir Howard Gospel Choir (Source: Matej Salek)

Music & Dance
PARTY: A Latino Night; Starts: Dec 17, 20:00
PARTY: One event, different sounds; Starts: Dec 17, 22:00
CONCERT: Čekovský a Chinaski; Starts: Dec 21, 19:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CONCERT: Howard Gospel Choir; Starts: Dec 16, 19:00
BALLET: Romeo and Julliet by Royal Russian Ballet; Starts: Dec 18, 19:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas concert; Starts: Dec 19, 17:00, 20:00
MARKET: Christmas Markets in Bratislava Castle; Starts: The markets are open until Dec 18
BAZAAR: Christmas Film Bazaar; Starts: Festival continuous until Dec 22
MARKET: Design Market; Starts: Dec 17, 10:00
MARKET: Good Market; Starts: Dec 17
EXHIBITION: Agnès Thurnauer; Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Jan 29 2017
EXHIBITION: Edition 2016; Open: 10:00 - 19:00 until Dec 13
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: Swan Lake; Starts: Jan 12, 2017, 19:30
SHOW: Ceasar Millan; Starts: Mar 25, 2017, 19:30
COMEDY SHOW: Michael Winslow; Starts: Apr 1, 20:00
CONCERT: Vanessa-Mae; Starts: May 11 2017, 20:00

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Music & Dance

PARTY: A Latino Night – Typical spanish music will be brought by The Bohemios band and afterwards everyone can expect to dance the night away with Latin Tunes such as the Merengue, Oldies, Salsa, Reggaeton and others. Starts: Dec 17, 20:00; Amber's Bar, Pribinova 12. Admission: €8. More info:

PARTY: One event, different sounds – A Mixture of various types of music called Hochspannung! This party brings the sound of the Livity Sound studio from the UK and its representative – english DJ and producer Kowton. Their dance music is somewhere between techno and bass and visitors can also check out the Czech DJ and producer WZ and others. Starts: Dec 17, 22:00; Klub Dole, Square SNP 30. Admission: €6. More info:

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CONCERT: Čekovský a Chinaski – The unusual combination of Slovak singer Marián Čekovský and Czech group Chinaski brings a benefit concert dedicated to child support during this pre-Christmas period. Starts: Dec 21, 19:00; Atelier Babylon, Kolárska 3. Admission: from €15. More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

CONCERT: Howard Gospel Choir – One of the first university gospel choirs that was established in the USA and one of the most prestigious, brings their new album to Slovakia. It includes traditional Christmas songs of American and European origin. The concert also has a beneficial character. Starts: Dec 16, 19:00; Jesuit church, Františkánske Square. Admission: €10. 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:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas concert – The eighth Vianočný spev pre život/ Christmas Singing for Life 2016 is a concert performed by the Don Cossacks for the Cancer Research Foundation. They will play spiritual music and also Russian, Ukrainian and Slovak folk songs. Starts: Dec 19, 17:00, 20:00; Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1. Admission: from €22. 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:

BAZAAR: Christmas Film Bazaar – A Week long Christmas Film Bazaar which will be held at the Bratislava cinema, offers quality Slovak movies, books, posters and others. Starts: Festival continuous until Dec 22. Kino Lumière, Špitálska 4. More info:

MARKET: Design Market – This is a presentation of the talented young designers from Slovakia and the Czech republic. The accompanying event to the Good market offers its visitors established designers and sellers of various handmade products. Starts: Dec 17, 10:00; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3; 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: Agnès Thurnauer – A Contemporary French-Swiss artist living in Paris shows her exhibition for the first time in Slovakia. It will be possible to get to know her various Works from the series of „Portraits Grandeur Nature/ Portraits of Life-Size“, that have been presented also for example in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Jan 29 2017; Kunsthalle Bratislava, Square SNP 12. 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: 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: 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:

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: Apr 1, 20:00. Admission: €24-€44. 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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