Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between March 10 and 19, including an opera premiere, illustration and glass exhibitions, a community market, and a lot of classical, rock, punk, dance, and other music.

Drahomíra Matznerová will play French works with ŠKO Žilina. Drahomíra Matznerová will play French works with ŠKO Žilina. (Source: Courtesy of ŠKO Žilina)

Western Slovakia


CONCERT: King Shaolin – Maresi Tour 2017 – The Bratislava-based band has just finished their second album, Play Against The Rules (11 songs and one bonus track), and set off for a tour around Slovak clubs. The guests – at one or more of the eight concerts around the country – will be Celeste Buckingham, Vladis, Martin "Majlo" Štefánik, Samuel Kšiňan, and the bands Komajota, Horehigh, The Youniverse, Graeme Mark Band, Darkness Positive, Jeno's Brothers, and The Parentals. Starts: March 10, 20:00; Music a Cafe Trnava, Športová 1 (City Arena Trnava. More info:


CONCERT: Kryštof – SrdceBeat SK Club Tour 2017 – Another grouping which has embarked on a tour around Czech and Slovak clubs is the Czech rock band Kryštof. Starts: March 10, 20:00; Nájomná jednotka, Chrenovská 2. More info:


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:


CONCERT: Komorný koncert Eniesa / Chamber Concert Eniesa – The unique, mystic world/chill-out music of charismatic singer Eniesa comes to the Nitra audience in a “spring concert”. Starts: March 18, 20:00; Fotogaléria Trafačka, Janka Kráľa 65. Admission: €5. More info:,;


EXHIBITION: Ilustrácie / Illustrations: Salvador Dalí, Jean Marais, Jean Cocteau, Tonino Guerra – This exhibition is, rather than a mere show of visual artworks, a way to introduce world views, stances and perceptions of artistic and cultural personalities as expressed in litographies, paintings on china, labels, ceramic plates, illustrations and wine vessels from a private collection. Open: Tues-Fri 9:00 - 12:00, Sat 10:00-16:00 until April 1; Malokarpatské múzeum / Small Carpathian Museum, M. R. Štefánika 4. Admission: €1.50-€4. Tel: 033/6413-347;

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Central Slovakia


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:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: French Music – The Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO) will play conducted by Bulgarian/Russian Vladimir Kiradjiev, and with Czech Drahomíra Matznerová on organ and Italian Mario Carbotta on flute, the works of French composers: Francis Poulenc – Concert for Organ, Strings and Kettle-drums; Karl Reinecke – Concert D Major for Flute and Orchestra, and Claude Debussy – Toy Box. Starts: March 16, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: Jana Uriel Kratochvílová & – The non-mainstream Czech singer/musician Jana Kratochvílová, who lived and worked abroad for a long time, will play her futuristic music – older pieces as well as the most recent – with the band (Jirka George Hrubeš, lead, drummer, Pavel Trnavský, keyboard and percussion, David Pavlík, guitar, and Jan Pokorný, bass. Jana Kratochvílová calls their style Quantum Rock. Starts: March 18, 19:00; Záhrada - Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €8-€10. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA/PREMIERE: Gaetano Donizetti – Don Pasquale – The lesser-known work of Donizetti, a comic opera, is premiered by the State Opera as rehearsed and conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Dana Dinková, with costumes by Adriena Adamíková, stage design by Marek Šafárik, and choir-master Iveta Popovičová. The cast includes Ivan Zvarík, Ján Galla as guest, Katarína Procházková, Michaela Popik Kušteková as guest, Dušan Šimo, Martin Gyimesi as guest, Martin Popovič, Ľubomír Popik as guest, and Slavomír Macák. Starts: March 17, 18, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €10, season tickets A, D. More info:


CONCERT/PARTY: Podzemná Stanica 2 /Underground Station 2: Kids Insane (Isr), Slander (Ita), Decultivate (Cz), Downstream. The concert/party of underground music features the Israeli band of four, Kids Insane – playing hardcore punk, the Italian Slander playing metal, Prague-based Decultivate and trenčín-based Downstream. Starts: March 19, 19:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €4. Tickets:; more info:

Eastern Slovakia


OPERA: Rimsky-Korsakov: Mozart and Salieri / Marián Lejava: Loved by God (Bohom milovaný) – These two one-act operas combine a romantic chamber opera by Rimsky-Korsakov and a modern piece by contemporary Slovak composer, Marián Lejava, explaining the story of Mozart and his arch-rival from two differing views – one confirming and one disproving the popular myth that a jealous Salieri killed the talented Mozart. This staging was rehearsed and is conducted by Igor Dohovič (first piece), and Marián Lejava, and directed by Michal Spišák. Cast includes Jozef Gráf, Michal Onufer, Tatiana Paľovčíková, Janette Zsigová, Zdenko Vislocký, Anton Baculík, Marián Lukáč Gerl, Marek Gurbaľ, and others. Starts: March 14, 19:00; State Theatre Košice (SDKE), Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€12. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Talents in the Philharmonics – The State Slovak Philharmonic Košice regularly gives space to young talents; this time, foreign students, including laureates of international competitions from the art school for talented children in Lviv – pianist Sofia Shokhina and violinist Luts Bohdan, student of Fryderyk Chopin musical University in Warsaw Michailo Zakopets in an oboe solo, as conducted by Viktoria Tsaňko. Apart from A. Ponchielli’s Capriccio (oboe solo), H.Vieuxtemps’ Concert for Violin and Orchestra No 5, A Minor, op. 37, C. Saint-Saëns’ Concert for Piano and Orchestra No 2, G Minor, also works of Ukrainian composers M. Lysenko (Taras Bulba, overture) and M. Skoryk: Hucul-pony Triptych for Symphonic Orchestra will resound. Starts: March 16, 19:00; House of Arts, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €3-€8, VIP loge €13. Tickets: 055-2453 123;, More info:


CONCERT: Ad Fontes - Každý Má To Svoje „Ja“ / Each One Has Their Own “Self” – The AMC Trio, a jazz band, and the Folk Music of Stano Baláž have joined forces, their love for music, and the result is a concert offering a fusion of both genres, and also launching their joint album. The guest of the evening is jazzman Peter Lipa. The concert is part of the Prešov Musical Spring festival. Starts: March 16, 19:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €8. Tickets: Tel: 051/77 237 41-2;


CONCERT/PARTY OLDIES: We Love the 90s – The third event of the series promoting hits of the 1990s and bringing euro-dance to Slovakia takes place in Bratislava (March 17) and Košice. The concert/party will present the headliner, Fun Factory, duo La Bouche, duo E-Rotic, and Slovak MC Erik. Starts: March 18, 21:30; Angels Arena, Pri jazdiarni 1. Admission: €14.99-€59. Tickets:; more info: www.kamdomesta.


MARKET: TRH – The MARKET in Tabačka strives to boost the local community, present local producers, designers, craftspeople and small sellers; especially those who use natural materials, local sources and traditional crafts. Starts: March 18, 11:00-17:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2, Košice. More info:


EXHIBITION: Ján Zoričák – Srdce Kométy / The Heart of a Comet – The Slovak artist, who can be called, at the same time, a world artist, focuses on glass. This time, he presents the magic of the universe reflected in glass. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until May 10; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. 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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