Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between December 23 and January 1, including concerts, swing evening, classical music, ballet performance, exhibitions and more.

Silvester evening in Grand Hotel River ParkSilvester evening in Grand Hotel River Park (Source: Barbora Bognárová)

Music & Dance
CONCERT: Medial Banana; Starts: Dec 23, 20:00
SWING: Silvester with the Bratislava Hot Serenaders; Starts: Dec 31, 19:00
Theatre & Classical Music
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas concert; Dec 26, 15:00
BALLET: Nutcracker; Starts: Dec 26, 17:00
SCREENING: Café Society; Starts: Dec 27, 19:45
SILVESTER EVENING: New Year' Eve Package; Starts: Dec 31
EXHIBITION: Cosmos Discovery; Open: Mon – Sun 09:00 – 18:30 until Jan 8 2017
EXHIBITION: Christmas decorations by various artists; Open: Tue – Sun 13:00 – 18:00 until Jan 31 2017
EXHIBITION: Agnès Thurnauer; Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Jan 29 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
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

Music & Dance

CONCERT: Medial Banana – A Concert by famous Slovak band Medial Banana, who are influenced by Caribbean rhythms, reggae and dancehall. They will also introduce their new album named Inna Jamdown. Starts: Dec 23, 20:00; Majestic music club, Karpatská 2. More info:

SWING: Silvester with the Bratislava Hot Serenaders – A swing and jazz atmosphere will be created by an orchestra named the Bratislava Hot Serenaders during the Silvester evening. The ensemble is led by Juraj Bartoš, who specialises in authentic hot-jazz music from the twenties and thirties of the last century. The program for the evening also includes the Gramophon Brothers. Starts: Dec 31, 19:00; The Old Market, Square SNP 25. Admission: from €25 (refreshment included). More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Christmas concert – Lovers of classical music can enjoy a performance by two musical ensembles – The Slovak singing choir Adoremus led by Dušan Billa and the Slovak chamber orchestra of Bohdan Warchal. They will present various Christmas and folk songs, not forgetting the famous Silent Night. Starts: Dec 26, 15:00; St. Martin's Cathedral, Rudnayovo Square 1. Admission: €6. More info:

BALLET: Nutcracker – The Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky named Luskáčik/ The Nutcracker takes children along a fairy tale path through the Christmas story performed by the SND soloists, the Corps de Ballet and the students of the Eva Jaczová Dance Conservatory. Starts: Dec 26, 17:00; Dec 27, 11:00; SND Historical building, Gorkého 2. Admission: from €10. More info:


SCREENING: Café Society – The movie directed by Woody Allen will take its viewers back to the first half of the last century, when a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Starts: Dec 27, 19:45; Kino Lumiére, Špitálska 4. Admission: €4,5. More info:

SILVESTER EVENING: New Year' Eve Package – Silvester evening can be celebrated with food prepared by Slovak chef Igor Čechy, mixed cocktails and a Champagne menu to the beat of music and fun. Starts: Dec 31; Grand Hotel River Park, Dvořákovo nábrežie 6. Admission: from €59 (dinner and buffet per person). More info:


EXHIBITION: Cosmos Discovery – The world exhibition of cosmonautics named Cosmos Discovery presents hundreds of exhibits dedicated to firsts in space flight and visitors can get to know the stories about the people who crossed the border of our atmosphere. Open: Mon – Sun 09:00 – 18:30 until Jan 8 2017; Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská road 3 – 7. Admission: €14. More info:

EXHIBITION: Christmas decorations by various artists – An exhibition curated by Patrik Illo named Pod jedličkou/ Under the Christmas Fir presents 43 artists, who have created christmas decorations. During their creation they were limited only in the size of their ornaments. Open: Tue – Sun 13:00 – 18:00 until Jan 31 2017; Gallery Nova, Baštová 2. 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:


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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