Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between January 13 and January 22, including a planetarium visit, an Indian evening, a lot of classical, rock and folk music, exhibitions and more.

DŠT: The PurificationDŠT: The Purification (Source: Zuzana Kallová)

Western Slovakia


PARTY: SUMMIT.55 – the 55th edition of drum’n’bass party features Austrian DJs Emx and Elize, two eastern-Slovak DJs Tripologic and Fliper; and local residents Skick and Bobo. Starts: Jan 13, 20:00; ArtKlub, Hlavná 17. Admission: €3. More info:


EXBITITION: Emöke Vargová – 265 Hugs (265 Objatí) – The exhibition of the middle-generation Slovak artist shows the basic elements of her works, the way she defies the standard categories of style and art trends, and is a review of her life-long creation, including the most recent works. Although it is not her first exhibition in the Nitra gallery, it is her first solo exhibition there; it is curated by Barbora Geržová. Open: Tue - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat - Sun 13:00 - 18:00 until January 29; Nitra Gallery / Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €3. More info:


PHOTO-EXHIBITION: Karol Kállay – Franz Kafka and Prague – The exhibition of photos by the renowned, late Slovak photographer shows his fascination by the Czech (once Czechoslovak) capital and also his ambition to show it to visitors through the eyes of world-famous Prague native, writer Franz Kafka, and to discover the often hidden, unknown mysteries of this city. Open: Tue-Fri 14:00-17:00, weekends 14:00-18:00 until January 22; House of Arts, Nábrežie Ivana Krasku 1. Tel: 033/2458001;

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Central Slovakia

Kysucké Nové Mesto

PLANETARIUM: During January, the Regional Planetarium invites visitors to watch the beauty of night sky outside the normal opening hours, from 17:00 on, every Friday. Starts: Jan 13, 20, 27, 17:00; Regional Planetarium Žilina Kysuce Planetarium, Dolinský potok 1278. Admission: €1. Tel: 041/4212-946;

Banská Bystrica

CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Purification – The theatre piece in two acts, choreographed by Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková to the music of Claude Debussy, Matej Háasz, tries to express through dance and body theatre the way water purifies human body and soul, about how the purification ritual brings about re-birth and enables to continue in one’s life. Starts: Jan 13, 19:00; DŠT, Komenského 12 (na Kačici). Admission: €4-€7. Tel: 048/4146-540;


DANCE/WORKSHOP: Dance in Flow – The three-day movement workshop strives to explore human body and mind, individual abilities and inclinations of participants and to fins the balance between feeling the individual inner world and the outer environment, as well as the so-called body story-telling. Coaches are Nayeli Špela Peterlin (Slovenia), Gohar Ghandilyan (Armenia) and Davide Casiraghi (Italy). Starts: Jan 13-15, 18:00 (Fri), 10:00 (Sat and Sun); Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €15-€20. More info:


CONCERT: Balady Tour – Slovak musicians Robert Pospiš & Martin Sillay have paid tribute to local folklore from various parts of the country. Together with drummer Juraj Šušaník and cellist Roman Harvan, they have embarked on the Balady Tour which ends in mid-January in Žilina. Starts: Jan 14, 20:00; Klub Kolečko, Komenského 6. More info:,

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Epiphany Concert – The Camerata Novisoliensis orchestra conducted by Pavol Tužinský, with the Ars vocalis choir of the local J.L. Bella Conservatory and soloists Ľubica Vargicová, Gustáv Beláček, Vladimír Harvan, Róbert Karvay, Daniel Szeghő and Tomáš Valiček will play seasonal pieces connected with Christmas and Epiphany. Starts: Jan 15, 19:15; Church of Virgin Mary the Helper at the Salesians of Don Bosco, Sásová, Tatranská 38, Banská Bystrica. Admission: voluntary. More info:

Banská Štiavnica

CONCERT: Ali Caldwell & Martin Valihora Band – The Slovak grouping (Eugen Vizváry – keys, Michal Bugala – guitar, Oskar Rózsa – bass, Martin Valihora – drums and vocals) will tour Slovakia with US Afro-American singer Ali Caldwell, famous for her performance in the Voice 2016 contest. Apart from Banská Štiavnica, her tour also comprises Donovaly (on January 13), Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Jan 18) and Žilina (Jan 20). Starts: Jan 15, 20:00; Divná Pani café, Andreja Kmeťa 8. Admission: €15. More info: Facebook,

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: The New Year’s Concert – The seasonally-themed concert of folk and classical music will feature the choirs Mladosť UMB Banská Bystrica and guests, children’s choir Felix from Heľpa, girls’ choir Zvončeky from Malý Krtíš, and soloists Maritn Vetrák (from the Czechoslovakia Got Talent contest) and soprano Zuzana Uhríková. Starts: Jan 18, 17:30; Church of St Michael the Archangel, Fončorda, Internátna 14. Admission: voluntary. More info: www.kamdomesta,sk.


FOREIGN CULTURE/EVENT: Indian Evening – The event offers an evening full of experiences – from a tasting of Indian cuisine (traditional plate – thali with dessert and Masala tea), through video screenings and a photo presentation from an Indian Pilgrimage 2016 and past pilgrimages, to Henna painting on hands, free talks and discussions, as well as an Indian bazaar. Starts: Jan 20, 17:30; Dobrá Čajovňa tea-house, Horný Val 37. Admission: €9. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


FOLKLORE/THEATRE: The New Year’s Concert – Novoričnyj večur – The Poddukelský Umelecký Ľudový Súbor (Under-Dukla Folk Ensemble) will give a performance – conducted by Július Selčan and directed by Jaroslav Moravčík – of traditional rituals, habits, songs and dances connected with the birth of Jesus Christ. The guests include Mário “Kuly” Kollár and his band Desmod, and the La Femme duo. Starts: Jan 13, 18:30, Jan 15, 16:00; J. Záborského Theatre, Legionárov Square 6. Admission: €8-€12. More info:,


THEATRE/CONCERT: The New Year’s Concert – The special New Year’s Concert on the State Theatre Košice offers soloist Michaela Várady performing seasonal melodies. Starts: Jan 14, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€20. More info:; tickets


OPERA: Georg Friedrich Handel – Alcina – The opera by Handel (1735) represents the climax of Baroque operas, while offering in Italian the story of the witch Alcina and musings on Good and Evil. The team includes music training/conducting by Marek Štryncl, directing and stage design by Linda Keprtová, costumes by Danica Hanáková, and choirmaster Lukáš Kozubík. Cast includes Michaela Várady / Lucie Kašpárková; Mariana Hochelová / Aneta Hollá; Maxim Kutsenko / Davide Maggioni; Viera Kállayová / Anna Manske; Myroslava Havryliuk / Markéta Cukrová; Viktória Norko-Marková / Maria Taytakova; Marián Lukáč / Marek Gurbaľ. Starts: Jan 17, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€10. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);; tickets


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Mozart’s Birthday – The State Slovak Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) will perform, as conducted by Zbyněk Müller, with Ivo Kulhánek and Martin Cudada on piano, concerts for piano(s) and orchestra by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Starts: Jan 19, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €6 (first concert), €10-€14 (the second one). Tel: 055/2453-123;;


CONCERT: Carnival Youth – The Latvian indie-rock band, one of the most renowned groupings in the Baltic region, often playing throughout Europe, will give a performance in the Tabačka Kulturfabrik venue in Košice. Last spring, they presented their new album at two concerts in Slovakia. Starts: Jan 19, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €5. More info:

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