Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between March 24 and April 2, including spring festivals of classical music, jazz concerts, a classical ballet performance, a historical train ride to UNESCO sites in the Spiš region, an exhibition of old photographic techniques in modern use, and more.

Lotz Trio will perform in the Trnava theatre of J. Palárik.Lotz Trio will perform in the Trnava theatre of J. Palárik. (Source: Jarmila Uhlíková)

Western Slovakia


FILM FESTIVAL/CONCERT: Expedičná Kamera & Gonsofus – The one-day festival of adventure, nature and extreme sports films Expedičná Kamera / Expedition Camera will be completed with a concert by the Russian-Hungarian band Gonsofus playing “transcontinental groove”: two people playing seven instruments and offering loops in a typical sound. Starts: March 25, 17:00; Bombura Club, M. R. Štefánika Square 16. Tel: 0905/347 -415;

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ETHNO/DANCE: Aloha Spring Europe – After the first session from last year, the tradition of Hawaiian dance workshops with their ensuing dance show continues this spring. The evening gala will present dancers of the traditional Hawaiian dance, hula, in its ancient form – kahiko, and its modern form – awana, from all over Slovakia, as well as from Hungary, Austria, and maybe other European countries. Starts: March 25, 19:00 (workshops earlier); The Sebastian Hotel. Admission: €20 (including dinner, a glass of wine/soft drink, tombola ticket. Tickets/more info: 0903/464609;;



CLASSICAL MUSIC: Trnava Musical Spring /Trnavská Hudobná Jar – The 49th year of the festival of classical music starts on March 26, with a concert presenting a Grand Piano Recital: the excellent French pianist of Polish origin, Maciej Pikulski, playing the music of Chopin, Liszt and Franz Schubert. On April 1, in Homage a Miroslav, Válek, Kamil Mikulčík will sing songs composed by Stanislav Šurin, hailing this famous Slovak poet. On April 9, The Lotz Trio will play the tunes of Mozart’s Magic Flute on period instruments. Starts: March 26, 18:00, Mirror Hall of J. Palárik Theatre; Apr 1 19:00, Synagogue, Halenárska 2; Apr 9, 18:00; Mirror Hall of J. Palárik Theatre. More info:


CONCERT: Melody Perkelt – Perkelt is a traditional Hungarian meal but it is also popular in Slovakia. The jazz/swing band, Funny Fellows, offers a vintage musical evening in the spirit of the1930s, reminding the audience of this gastronomic feast, as hosted by the actors Anka Šišková, and Csongor Kassai. Starts: March 26, 19:00; CK Lozorno culture centre. Admission: €15. More info:

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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Gallery of Music / Galéria Hudby – The 12th year of cycle of chamber concerts brings Czechs Josef Špaček on violin and Miroslav Sekera on piano, playing the works of B. Smetana, N. Paganini, J. Brahms, E. W. Korngold, G. F. Händel/J. Halvorsen. On April 5, Eugen Prochác on cello, nad Rajmund Kákoni on accordion will perform the works of A. Vivaldi, P. Hindemith, M. Rostropovič, S. Cincadze, J. Hatrík, P. Zagar, M. Piaček, and A. Piazzolla. Starts: March 30, 18:00; Apr 5, 18:00; Nitra Gallery / Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. More info:

Nové Mesto nad Váhom

CONCERT: Cigánski Diabli / Gipsy Devils – Cigánski Diabli, a group established in 1991, have been accepted as a world/ethno music orchestra playing a mix of Roma, classical and folk music in a typical fusion. Touring Slovakia, they will also play in a jazz club. Starts: March 31, 20:00; Blue Note Club, Blue Note music club, J. Hašku 18. Admission: €10. More info:;

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Central Slovakia


JAZZ: Matúš Jakabčic Quartet – The Slovak/Czech jazz troupe of Slovak guitarist Matúš Jakabčic comprises, besides him, also Ondřej Štveráček (tenor and soprano saxophone), Tomáš Baroš (double bass), Marián Ševčík (drums). Starts: March 25, 20:00; Barmuseum, Malá hora. More info:,

Banská Bystrica

THEATRE: Déjà vu / Čo zostane po divadle? (What Remains after a Theatre? – Two events commemorate the seven years of existence of the independent theatre from Bratislava – TICHO a spol. – in Banská Bystrica; the performance Déjà vu on March 29, written by Miloš Janoušek and Viki Janoušková, directed by Róbert Horňák, and cast including Jana Lieskovská, Pavol Plevčík and Juliana Hamranová; stage design and costumes Jakub Branický, music-visual objects Zoli Boráros, Braňo Riečičiar, Matúš Roman, Effects Adriana Geričová; music Matej Haas. The exhibition Čo zostane po divadle? lasting until March 31 explores the impact of the independent theatre.

Starts: March 29, 19:00; záhrada - Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3-€5. More info: / Open: weekdays, 10:00-16:00 until March 31, The State Scientist Library, Lazovná 9. More info:,


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Allegreto Žilina – The opening concert of the 27th year of the festival of the classical music, Allegreto Žilina, will bring the host, the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, conducted by Briton Kerem Hasan, with Hungarian Timea Acsai on flute and Russian Alexey Stadler on cello playing Mozart’s Overture to the opera La Clemenza di Tito, Concert for Flute and Orchestra in G Major, Joseph Haydn’s Concert for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in C Major, and Zoltan Kodály’s Dances from Galant. The festival continues until April 8, offering 13 performers form nine countries. Starts: Apr 3, 19:00, Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €8-€12. More info:,; tickets:

Banská Bystrica

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert – The State Opera Banská Bystrica has organised the already popular, traditional Easter Concert, this year with the Choir and Orchestra of the State Opera, soloists Dušan Šimo and Ivan Zvarík conducted by Ján Procházka, performing Messa di Gloria by G. Puccini. Starts: Apr 8, 19:30; St Francis of Xaver Cathedral. More info:

Rimavská Sobota

EXHIBITION: Staré / Nové – Old / New – The exhibition co-organised by the Gallery of Spiš Artists and the House of Photography, and curated by Lucia Benická shows old photographic techniques and processes used in a modern, experimental way. Artists include: Tomáš Agat Błoński (PL), Katarína Hudačinová, Robo Kočan, Gabriel Kosmály (all SK), Víťa Krejčí, Jaroslav Malík (both CZ) Jozef Sedlák (SK), Jirka Šigut (CZ) and works from the archives of the House of Photography (gum-bichromate processes), and Bratislava- and Krakow-based academies of fine arts, VŠ and Polish (experiment). Open: weekdays 9:00-15:00 until April 22; Town Gallery Rimavská Sobota, Hlavné námestie (Main Square) 5. More info:,,

Banská Bystrica

EXHIBITION: Tatrahundert – The project that was the result of a residential stay in the High Tatras by Slovak visual artists – a hundred years after the Great-Hungarian army officer Gyula Hembach sketched the views from his hotel room in Tatranská Lomnica in the High Tatras, and the surrounding vistas – shows how they decided to “follow in his footsteps” and exhibit their impressions of the mountain range. Works of the artists Jan Čumlivski, Jakub Roček, Tomáš Džadoň, Juraj Gábor, Dominika Jackuliaková, Nico Krebs, Peter Krupa, Svätopluk Mikyta, Michal Moravčík, Štefan Papčo, Lucia Papčová, Rastislav Podoba, Johana Pošová, Peter Puklus, Luděk Rathouský – curated and put together by Svätopluk Mikyta, with catalogue by Ján Kralovič – can be seen in the Central-Slovak Gallery (Stredoslovenská galéria), with the participation of Banská St A Nica Contemporary. Previously, the works were exhibited in Tatranská Lomnica (High Tatars) and the TIC Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic. Open: Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 until April 23; Central-Slovak Gallery, Bethlen House, Dolná 8. Tel: 048/4701-615;

Eastern Slovakia


CONCERT: Korben Dallas & Katarína Máliková as guest – Middle Ages – The popular Slovak rock band, Korben Dallas, is on a tour promoting its latest album The Middle Ages – comprising of 11 songs – but it will also play older tunes and favourites of the audience, and in Tabačka, it will have Katarína Máliková (whose album Pustvopol surprised music fans last year) as a guest for the evening. Starts: March 24, 20:00; big hall of Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2, Košice. Admission: €12-€15. More info:

High Tatras

CONCERT: Hana Zagorová, Stanislav Hložek Will Sing for the Tatras – Czech pop diva Hana Zagorová gives a concert in the High Tatras, with another Czech singer, Stanislav Hložek, as special guest. They will sing a selection of hits, like Můj čas, Maluj zas obrázky, Duhová víla, Ta pusa je tvá, Nešlap, nelámej and Biograf láska. There is also an After-party. Starts: March 25, 19:00; Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, Štrbské Pleso. More info:


BALLET: A. Khachaturian – Spartakus – After a successful staging, Anna Karenina (nominated for the Divadelné Dosky 2014 theatre award), Kirill Simonov returns to the State Theatre Košice (SDKE) with another ballet, Spartakus. The story from the Roman Empire, to the music of Aram Khachaturian, was subject of many controversies and debates after its first staging, during communist times in the then-Soviet Union. Written, choreographed and directed by Kirill Simonov, Spartakus has stage design and costumes by Pavol Juráš, light design by Aleksandr Mustonen, musical recording of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Soviet Union – State Academy of the Bolshoi Theatre, with conductor Algis Zhuraitis and cast including Sergei Iegorov, Igor Pashko, Eva Sklyarova, Ami Fujikawa, Vasyl Sevastyanov, Maksym Sklyar, Shoko Yamada, Daria Ivanenko, Peter Rolik, Evgenii Korsakov and students of the Košice Dance Conservatory, and folk ensemble Čarnica. Starts: March 25, 19:00; SDKE historical building, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4- €10. More info:


JAZZ: First Jazz Evening with Peter Lipa and AMC trio – Slovak jazz singer, manager, organiser and composer, Peter Lipa, joined forces with a jazz piano trio – also Slovak: Peter Adamkovič, Martin Marinčák, and Stanislav Cvanciger, to play mainstream as well as non-mainstream jazz, with the guest of the evening being guitarist Samuel Marinčák. Starts: March 27, 20:00; Encore the Club Sabinovská 1. Admission: €8 (in advance)-€10. Tickets:, Encore the Club. More info:


CONCERT: Mňága a Žďorp – The Czech band released a new album, called Třínohý Pes (A Three-legged Dog) to mark their 30 years on the musical scene and set off on a tour, including the Tabačka club in Košice. Starts: March 29, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2, Košice. Admission: €9 (in advance)-€12. More info:


HISTORICAL TRAIN RIDE: With a Train to UNESCO-Gothic Spiš – The popular rides on an historical train with an historical engine is enhanced with new destinations: the April 2 ride will take passengers to several UNESCO sites in the Spiš Region – Spiš Castle, the village of Spišské Podhradie, the Spiš Chapter (Spišská Kapitula) and the Church of the Holy Spirit in nearby Žehra. Natural sites include reservation, Dreveník and the mineral spring, Sivá Brada. The day includes a return train ride, a tourist guide, a mobile app of the Košice Region and a digital guide of the whole region. There are four routes, from 2 to 7 hours long. Starts: Apr 2, 7:20 (Košice)-17:00 (departure from Spišské Podhradie back to Košice). More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert – The State Slovak Philharmonic Košice conducted by Marek Štryncl, with soloists – Lucia Knoteková, soprano, Petra Noskaiová, alto and the Vokálny súbor Gregoriana choir (led by Marek Klein) will perform Suita D Major, Op. 14 by local composer Jozef Podprocký, Temple Windows by Neo-Classicist Ottorino Respighi and Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Starts: April 6, 19:00; ŠfK House of Arts, Moyzesovaa 66. Admission: €5-€10 (€15 VIP loge). Tickets:,; tel: 055/2453-123;

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