Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between December 23 and January 1, including Christmas and New Year’s concerts, parties, a festive zoo, exhibitions, and more.

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Western Slovakia


PARTY: Basement w/ Smooth (Slovenia), L Plus & MC Coppa – The “party of the year” marks the end – and the highlight – of 2016, featuring Drum&Bass music by Smooth, L Plus & MC Coppa, with support by locals: The Prophecy (Ero Drummer & M.Bass), Gesi, Mário Belák Live Sax and residents B2B2B2B – Meth, Ls3ke, Mikro, Cuker. Starts: Dec 26, 21:00; Nová Pekáreň, Rázusova 2. Admission: €10.90. Tickets:; more info:


FILM: Café Society – US comedy, the 2016 film by Woody Allen, featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, and Sheryl Lee, will be screened before and immediately after Christmas. The story takes us back to the “golden” era of Hollywood and to the New York gangs environment in the 1930s and tells of the fate of a young Jewish man who strives to get established in Hollywood but then finds luck in the shady business world of his brother. He also meets his femme fatal but gets entangled in a love triangle and faces the challenge to move on with his love and family life. Starts: Dec 27, 21:00; Cinemax Trnava Arena, Kollárova 20. Admission: €5.95-€6.95. More info:

Červený Kameň Castle

MUSEUM/EVENT: Cinderella – Annual performances marking the end of the year offer different stories – in the Slovak language but often understandable for non-speakers. The tale of Cinderella will be performed in the authentic environment of the Medieval Castle as special Christmas tours between December 27 and 30. Starts: Dec 27-30; each full hour between 10:00 and 16:00; Červený Kameň Castle, Častá village. Admission: €4-€8. More info:


EXHIBITION: Marián Oravec: Tajomný svet / Mysterious World – Slovak painter and graphic artist Marián Oravec, a student of Albín Brunovský, follows in the footsteps of his professor and draws inspiration both from him and from the works of Salvador Dali. His current exhibition, put together mainly from surrealist art from private collections, presents graphic artworks, oil paintings, ex-libris, illustrations and drawings, as curated by Stanislav Háber. Open: Tue-Wed-Fri 9:00 - 17.00, Thur 10:00 – 18:00, Sun 13:00 – 18:00 until Jan 29; Ján Koniarek Gallery, Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2. Admission: €0.60-€1.30. Tel: 033/5511-659;


EXHIBITION: Jiří Georg Dokoupil – Oxymoron – The Czech artist living mainly in Germany is mostly known for his innovative techniques, like the bubble images but also for his recent project, Furniture for Fotos – 3D installations with 3D people. His Danubiana exhibition – following the Prague DSC Gallery exhibition – is curated by Vladimír Beskid. Open: Tues- Sun, 10:00-18:00 until March 5; Danubiana Gallery near Vodné dielo/ Waterworks Čunovo. Admission: €10. More info:

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Central Slovakia


CONCERT: After X-mass Eve Benefit Vol. 7 – The benefit concert for the Žilina Shelter in Mojšova Lúčka will offer local hard-core bands: Jamming with the Devil, Tendencie, Rats Get Fat, Mental Tension and Vulture City, as well as an after-party and vegan snacks. Starts: Dec 25; 20:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: voluntary. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERETTA: Franz Lehár – The Land of Smiles – The special performance of the popular operetta by Franz Lehár – as rehearsed and conducted by Ján Procházka, directed by Jana Andělová Pletichová, with costumes by Tomáš Kypta, stage design by David Bazika, with choirmaster Iveta Popovičová and choreographer Ján Ševčík – will mark the end of the year. Starts: Dec 30, 18:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €12. More info:

Banská Bystrica

NEW YEAR’S EVE/CONCERT: New Year’s Concert and New Year’s Fireworks – The celebration of the New Year starts with Slovak Tango at 16:00 and continues with fireworks – a 10-minute pyro-musical show, at 17:00. Starts: Jan 1, 16:00; SNP Square. More info:

Banská Štiavnica

EXHIBITION: Paralelné svety / Parallel Worlds – This exhibition is the group project of ten Slovak visual artists, teachers at the Institute of Artistic Creation and Multi-media at the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovka University of Technology, Bratislava: Gabriela Gáspárová Illéšová, Paulína Edbringerová, Jozef Hobor, Martin Kellenberger, Bohuš Kubinský, Milan Lukáč, Vladimír Petrík, Eva Ploczeková, Ján Šilinger, and Michal Šuda. Open: Tue-Sun 8:00-16:00 until Jan 15 (except for Dec 25 and 26). Admission: €1-€2. Galéria Jozefa Kollára (Jozef Kollár Gallery), Námestie sv.Trojice 8. Tel: 045/6913-431;


EXHIBITION: Stano Filko in Žilina – This exhibition is, rather than a compact curatorial programme, a presentation of works by avant-garde Slovak conceptual artist Stano Filko – some never exhibited before, from his US visit – as well as selected works by younger artists, e.g. Martin Vongrej, András Csefalvay, František Demeter, Ján Gašparovič, and others) as curated by Fedor Blaščák and Christian Kobald. Open: weekdays 12:00-17:00 until Dec 31 (possibly also longer); New Synagogue, Kuzmányho 1. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


CONCERT: The Christmas concert of Veronika Havasi & Guests brings soprano Veronika Havasi, accompanied by organist František Beer and the vocal group Voces. Starts: Dec 26, 18:00; Church of St Anton of Padua (the Seminar Church), Hlavná 81. Admission: voluntary. More info:


ICE SKATING: Non-stop 24-hours of Ice Skating – The European Capital of Sport 2016, Košice, tries to repeat last year’s Slovak record in a non-stop ice-skating marathon, as well as attempting to establish a new world record for the Guiness Book of Records. Starts: Dec 28, 16:00; Sport-entertainment Complex, Alejová 2. Booking, more info: 0905/424-038;


CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Christmas Concert – I Will Find You There – The fifth year of this event brings Christmas carols, a series of scenes, a message, and lots of music. Starts: Dec 30, 18:00; Spoločenský pavilón, Trieda SNP 61. Admission: €7. Tickets: City Information Centre, Hlavná 32; more info:


NEW YEAR’S EVE/OPERETTA: Grófka Marica / The Countess Marica – The popular classical operetta by Emmerich Kálmán combines a comical plot with many love storylines, with popular and well-known melodies. At the SDKE, it has been staged in Slovak, with a libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald; directed by Dagmar Hlubková; rehearsed and conducted by Igor Dohovič; stage by Jaroslav Milfajt; costumes by Tomáš Kypta, and choreography by Oleksandr Khablo. Cast includes Helena Becse Szabó / Tatiana Paľovčíková – Paládiová; Jaroslav Dvorský / Zsolt Vadász; Oľga Bezačinská / Eva Nováková; Titusz Tóbisz; Marek Gurbaľ / Filip Tůma, and others. Starts: Dec 31, 16:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€15. Tickets:; more info:


CHRISTMAS ZOO: The Christmas zoo is not just seasonally decorated but allows visitors to explore the winter habits of the animals. Open: daily 9:00-16:00 until Jan 8 (except for Dec 24-26). Zoo Košice-Kavečany, Široká 31. Admission: €2.50. Tel: 055 /7968-011;


EXHIBITION: Tribute to Albín Brunovský / Pocta Albínovi Brunovskému – This exhibition, curated by Carmen Kováčová, conceptualised by Peter Panenka, will commemorate the birthday of the famous Slovak graphic artist, painter and teacher Albín Brunovský (who would have turned 81 on December 25). It will also show the graphic friendship between Ivan Panenka and Albín Brunovský, resulting in a collection of works by the latter, as owned by the former. Instead of evaluating and summing up the whole vast work of Brunovský, the exhibition wants to present as wide a selection as possible of his graphic artworks, across the years of his career. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until January 26; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. More info:

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