Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 27 and March 5, including folklore, traditional Carnival events, visual theatre, exhibition/art performance, a Nordic cultural festival, a lot of music, and more.

Ken Garrett will perform in &the Blue Note jazz club, Nové Mesto nad VáhomKen Garrett will perform in &the Blue Note jazz club, Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Source: Courtesy of K. Garrett)

Western Slovakia


CONCERT: Swing Night: White Melon, Swing Thing, Papa Django - The birthday party of Trnava-based swing band White Melon will be a concert, together with the group DJ Swing Thing and DJ Papa Django (of Malalata). Starts: Feb 27, 19:00; Music a Cafe Trnava, Športová 1 (City Arena). Admission: €5. Tickets, more info: 0948/253-240; 0918/651-734;

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FOLKLORE/FESTIVAL: Trnavské Fašangi / Trnava Carnival – The season of carnival culminates at the end of February, with a merry parade in the streets, carnival with traditional masks, „burying the double bass“ as a symbol of the end of winter and a time of balls and feasts before the fasting period of Lent, and the pig-killing feast. In Trnava, the pig-killing feast will start in the morning in front of the city-hall, and in the afternoon, the parade will take place in the centre, with folk songs. At about 16:00, a folklore ensemble will enact the burying of the double bass in the main, Trinity Square. Starts: Feb 28.02.2017 10:00 (feast, Hlavná 1), 15:30 (parade of masks), 16:00; downtown Trnava. Admission: free. More info:

Nové Mesto nad Váhom

JAZZ: Kenny Garrett – Renowned US alto-saxophonist, composer and arranger of jazz music, Kenny Garrett, a Grammy nominee who has released 11 albums so far will play in a local jazz club with his quintet, presenting his most recent work, Do Your Dance! Starts: March 1, 20:00; Blue Note jazz club, J.Hašku 18. Admission: €25 (in advance)-€30. Tel: 032/7440-008;, tickets: More info:


EXHIBITION: Diera /(Pin)Hole – The exhibition of students of the Department of Creative Arts and Art Education of Constantine the Philosopher University explores the phenomenon of holes, pits, leaks and dens – symbolic as well as physcial and literal. The media used includes photography, intermedia works, space art. Curators are Jana Mináriková & Martin Kratochvíl. Open: Tues-Fri 10:00-18:00, weekends 13:00-18:00 until March 5; Bunker space of the Nitra Gallery, Župné námestie 3. Admission: €3. More info:

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Central Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica

FILM FESTIVAL: 4 Živly / Four Elements – The 6th winter film festival has Fate as its leitmotif, and brings – apart form movies – guests and music at various sites in this town (Kino Akademik, Sv. Trojice Square 1; Art Café, Akademická 2, and Galéria Schemnitz, A. Sládkoviča 53/2). Starts: Feb 24-26; three sites. Admission: €17 (accreditation for whole festival. More info:, Facebook.

Banská Štiavnica

FOLKLORE/FESTIVAL: Bagpipers' Carnival 2017 – The traditional seasonal festival – carnival – in and around Banská Štiavnica is combined with traditional crafts and with bagpipe music performed by folklore ensembles and musicians. It takes place in Malá Lehota (8:00-21:00) and Veľká Lehota (10:00 – concert for children) on February 24, in Jedľové Kostoľany (8:00-21:00), Malá (15:00) and Veľká Lehota (8:00, 14:00 – main bagpipes programme) on February 25, with bagpipe holy masses on February 26 (9:15 Malá Lehota, Roman-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary, Mother of Church; 10:30 Jedľové Kostoľany, Roman-Catholic Church of All Saints; 11:00 Veľká Lehota, Roman-Catholic Church of St Martin), and with a concert for children on February 27 at 10:00 in Jedľové Kostoľany. Starts: Feb 24-27, villages around Banská Štiavnica. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: Weathers (rock, Belgium ) & Atum Nophi (rock, Luxembourg) – A rock band from Belgium will be supported by a rock duo from Luxembourg. Starts: Feb 28, 20:20; Cult Club, Horná 37. More info:á-Bystrica-289068644529615.

Banská Bystrica

EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE: Performance and exhibition of Stano Filko – Slovak artist Boris Ondreička gives a performance as an accompanying event to the retrospective exhibition of conceptual, pioneering Slovak artist Stano Filko, from the colleciton of Central-Slovak Gallery (SSG) – P O S T B I G B A N G S F; A N T E B I G B A N G S F K. Starts: Feb 28, 17:00; Central-Slovak Gallery (SSG) Dolná 8. Admission: €0.50-€1.50. Tel: 048/4701-615;


VISUAL THEATRE: Non.Garde Theatre - Zlé Gesto / A Bad Gesture – Visual theatre by the troupe Non.Garde which combines less traditional drama with visual art. Bad Gesture is a piece in images exploring the state which would free us from problems and help us get closer to an ideal image of ourselves. Performers are Lucia Čarnecká, Jana Šturdíková, choreography Stanislava Vlčeková, music Lenka Novosedlíková, visual design Lucia Čarnecká, Jana Šturdíková, Katarína Žgančíková, light design Ivan Šranko, directing – authors and performers. Starts: March 2, 19:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €2.50-€4. More info:,

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Antonín Dvořák – Rusalka – The famous opera, a lyric fairy tale, whose Czech libretto was written by Jaroslav Kvapil, based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová, premieres at the State Opera as conducted by Marián Vach and directed by Hana Andělová Pletichová, with cast including Patrícia Macák Solotruková, Michal Hýrošš, Veronika Mihalková as guest, Ivan Zvarík, Katarína Kubovičová as guest, Martin Popovič, Michaela Popik as guest, and others. Starts: March 2, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8. Tel: 048/2457-123 or


CLASSICAL MUSIC: EU – Danish Music – the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO) will play, conducted by Lithuanian Ilya Stupel, with soloist Milan Paľa on violin, Ludwig van Beethoven and his Ouverture to Egmont op. 84, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and his Concerto in d Minor for Violin and Strings and Niels Wilhelm Gade and his Symphony No 4 in B Major op. 20, marking the 200th anniversary of the birthday of this Danish composer. Starts: March 9, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


CONCERT: GrooveHub & Cha Bud! – Two Slovak bands offer an evening of musical mergers: GrooveHub (Ľubomír Šramo – keyboard, composer; Radovan Vallach – drums; Adam Hudec – bass) plays a fusion of jazz, Latino and film music (and its Enter the Hub received the Jazz Album of the Year award). Cha Bud! (Eat a Lot! in Roma) is composed of Viktor Balog – drums, Matej Lazár – keyboards, Peter Šafránek – guitar, talkbox, Adam Richter – bass, Filip Molčányi – altSax, Viktor Vaitovič – tenorSax, Pavol Jeňo – trumpet František Beneš – percussion and plays also a fusion of jazz, groove, funk and dub. Starts: Feb 24, 21:00; Wave, Hlavná 121. More info:


CONCERT: Angrusori Band – Concert by the band playing a fusion of contemporary improvised music and tradiitonal Roma music in unqiue arrangements is part of the Overcoming Borders – Culture, Way of Mutual Understanding project, supported by a grant from Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and co-financed by the Slovak state budget. Starts: Feb 28, 19:00; big hall, Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: free. More info:


OPERETTA: Johann Strauss: Night in Venice – One of the most successful operettas of the famous composer is performed at the State Theatre Košice (SDKE) as directed by Dagmar Hlubková, conducted by Igor Dohovič, Jan Novobilský, with stage designer Jaroslav Milfajt, costume designer Danica Hanáková and choreographer Ivana Kučerová. Cast includes Václav Morys/Titusz Tóbisz, Anton Baculík/Zsolt Vádasz, Oľga Bezačinská/Tatiana Paľovčíková, Marek Gurbaľ/Marián Lukáč Lucia Bujňáková/Aneta Hollá, Lilla Dégner/Eva Nováková and others. Starts: March 1, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4- €15. More info:


CONCERT: Emmsjé Gauti (ICE) + DJ Bjorn (ICE) – Within the Moonride Scandi Festival presenting Nordic culture between March 2 and 5, the renowned rapper from Reykyavik, Emmsjé Gauti, will perform in the Košice club, supported by his countryman, DJ Bjorn. Starts: March 2, 19:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: 2 €. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Symphony Meets Jazz – The State Slovak Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) conducted by Adrián Harvan and with Martin Švec on clarinet will play a fusion of classical music and jazz, as arranged /and one piece also composed) by Harvan. Programme: A. Harvan: Little Jazz Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra, Ante Grgin: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra A. Harvan: Arrangements of jazz standards for symphonic orchestra; Cole Porter: Can-can (selection), Kiss me Kate (selection). Starts: March 2, 19:00; ŠfK House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €8-€10. Tickets:,; tel: 055/2453-123;

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