Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between March 3 and 12, including a live opera broadcast from New York, a community gastronomy event, a Scandinavian culture festival, an attempt at a record in cartoon exhibition openings, and a lot of music – rock, opera, classical music, etc.

Icelandic band Árstíðir will perform within the Moonride Scandi festival in Tabačka KulturFabrik in Košice. Icelandic band Árstíðir will perform within the Moonride Scandi festival in Tabačka KulturFabrik in Košice. (Source: Courtesy of Tabačka)

Western Slovakia


CONCERT: Smola a Hrušky - 20 Years Tour – The Slovak band Smola a Hrušky has embarked on its biggest countrywide tour so far, celebrating 20 years in the business and presenting a new album and a new show. The celebration will last throughout 2017. Starts: March 10, 20:30; Music a Cafe Nitra, Akademická 1/A. More info:; tickets:

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CONCERT: Fragile – The vocal interpretation of well-known world rock, pop, and jazz hits, as well as gospel, in extraordinary a cappella arrangements – voices without accompaniment by musical instruments. Performed by B. Kostka, S. Norisová, J. Golisová, H. Krajčiová, S. Rymarenková, S. Košecký, V. Csontos and K. Mikulčík. Starts: March 6, 18:00; House of Culture Skalica. Admission: €12. More info:

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OPERA/CINEMA: G. Verdi – La Traviata – The Metropolitan Opera – Live in HD 2016/2017 – The project brings live broadcasts from the Met, this time the famous work of Giuseppe Verdi as conducted by Nicola Luisotti (art director of San Francisco opera), directed by Willy Decker, with stage and costume design by Wolfgang Gussmann, with cast including Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson, and others. Starts: March 11, 18:55; House of Arts. Admission: €12. More info:


EXHIBITION: Otto Szabó (SK) & Atilla Dienes (HU): Fatal Questions / Osudové Otázky – The exhibition presents two artists of Hungarian origin who focus on similar issues, revolving around the mysteries of human existence. Attila Diénes (1942) comes from Transylvania but lives in Hungary, where he received the most prestigious prize of visual arts in 2011. Otto Szabó (1965) was born in Rožňava, Slovakia, and lives and lectures in Košice. Among other things, he designed the stained glass for the Lučenec synagogue and the statue of the martyr Sára Salkaházi in the Košice Cathedral of St Elizabeth. In 2010, he received the Pro Cultura Hungarica award, and in 2014, the Cross of the Knights’ of the Hungarian Republic. The exhibition is curated by Miroslav Procházka. Open: Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-18:00 until March 26; Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3. Admission: €0.80-€1.50. Tel: 033/5511- 659;

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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 Bystica

THEATRE: Divadlo Tiché Iskry / Silent Sparks theatre: Večný Tulák / The Eternal Tramp – The body-theatre performance of the community theatre of the hearing impaired, Tiché Iskry, celebrates the life and career of Charlie Chaplin, representing a positive force of life in a chaotic world. Script and direction: Jozef Rigo and Peter Vrťo; dramaturgy: kolektív DTI; cast: Tomáš Máňa, Jozef Rigo and Peter Vrťo; music: Peter Vaňouček. Starts: March 4, 19:00; Záhrada - Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3-€5. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Katarína Paľová – Piano Recital – The young Slovak pianist, Katarína Paľová, offers works by contemporary composers, alongside some earlier „classics“: J.S. Bach, Samuil Feinberg (1890 – 1962), Alban Berg (1885 – 1935), Anton Webern (1883 – 1945), Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928), Pascal Manolios (1956 – ), and Alexander Skrjabin (1872 – 1915). Starts: March 8, 19:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €3-€4. Tickets:; more info:

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musical / Hudobné Soirée – This concert of the Chamber Concerts series in the Bohéma Club brings original arrangements of classical works by Mozart, C. Saint-Saëns, J. Massenet, F. Lehár, E. Kálmán, J. Strauss and others, as performed by the orchestra of the State Opera Banská Bystrica. Starts: March 9, 18:00; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €3-€6, season tickets A, D. More info:


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:


GASTRONOMY/COMMUNITY: Asian Vegan Sunday – The regular Vegan Sundays always bring a certain theme, this time it is the regional cuisine of China, Japan, Malaysia and Korea. Visitors are invited not just to come and taste the meals for a voluntary contribution, but also to offer their own thematic vegan meals, thus creating a true community exchange evening. Guests are asked to bring their own disposable plastic dishes to simplify dish-washing for the hosts. Starts: March 12, 17:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: voluntary. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


NORDIC FESTIVAL: 2.-5.3. Moonride Scandi – The 4-day festival that starts on March 2 presents to Košice inhabitants and visitors, Scandinavian culture in its many facets, genres and aspects, full of music, dance, theatre and visual arts. It begins with Scandinavian cuisine and a concert by Emmsjé Gauti (IS) + DJ Bjorn (IS) on Thursday, then the opening of the Moonride Scandi Exhibition, T.I.T.S.: My Own Private Picture (CZ/NOR/SWE) dance/theatre performance, and the Árstíðir (IS) concert on Friday, the Lay Low (IS) + DJ Silja Glømmi (IS) concert & party on Saturday, finishing with the conference, Cross-culture Dialogue, dance performance Beasts (NOR) and MoE (NOR) – concert. The festival offers something to everyone and to each taste. Starts: March 2-5; Big Hall, Fabricafe, Kino Tabačka cinema, Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2, Košice. Admission: €5-€8 (festival ticket), €2 individual events. More info:


CONCERT: Billy Barman and Katarzia – Veľký čínsky tour / Big Chinese Tour – Slovak band Billy Barman joins forces with a singer called Katarzia, touring 12 Slovak and Czech cities and towns countrywide. Starts: March 3, 19:30; PKO – Čierny orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: € 9 standing (on the day of concert €11) €13 (chair, on the balcony). Tel: 051/77 237 41-2;;


OPERA: Mozart – Figaro’s Wedding – The SDKE version of the comic opera in four acts by the legendary composer is rehearsed by Paolo Gatto, directed by Gustáv Herényi, with stage design by Milan Ferenčík, costumes by Danica Hanáková, conducted by Peter Valentovič, and cast including Michaela Várady, Zuzana Rašiová, Marián Lukáč, Viera Kállayová, Marek Gurbaľ, Anton Baculík, Gabriela Hübnerová, Barbara Išky, Zdenko Vislocký, Martin Kovács and others. Starts: March 7, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4- €10. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Fantastic Violin – State Slovak Philharmonic Košice (ŠfK) as conducted by Ondrej Lenárd and with Jan Mráček - violin solo, will perform P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Concert for Violin and Orchestra and Violin in D Major, Op. 38; and Hector Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony, Op. 14. Starts: March 9, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €5-€12, €17. Tickets: 055-2453 123;, More info:


EXHIBITION/OPENING RECORD: Humoroterapia / Humour-therapy – Opening of the exhibition of artists Fadi Abou Hassan (SY/NOR) & Mileta Miloradovic (SRB) is one in a series of openings that constitute a new world record for the number of cartoon exhibition openings in a single week. It is also part of the celebrations of the 770th anniversary of the city of Prešov and an attempt to present several thousand cartoon works collected over 7 years by the international competition Kýchanie Mozgu – Brain Sneeze. Other openings include those on March 8 in Wave: Mauricio PARA (CO); on March 10 at 10:00 at J.A. Reiman Teaching Hospital: Pawel Kuczynski (PL) & O Sekoer (B); on March 13 at 14:00 in the Abylimpiáda Gallery: Ľubomír Kotrha (SK) & István Kelemen (HU); and on March 14 at 10:00 at the University Library of the Prešov University: Miroslav Barták (CZ) & Vladimír Kazanevsky (UA). Starts: March 9, 16:00 (lasting until March 30); Šarišská gallery, Hlavná 51. Admission: various. More info:

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