Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between April 6 and 16, including concerts, opera premiere, bazaar, market, stand-up comedy, hiking and more.

Coming Easter brings markets, concerts and other events, illustrative stock photo.(Source: Erika Ďurčová)

Music & Dance
CONCERT: Fragile; Starts: Apr 6 - May 4
CONCERT: Bill Laurance; Starts: Apr 7, 18:30
JAZZ: Poogie Bell Band; Starts: Apr 12, 20:00
Theatre & Classical Music
OPERA: Premiere of The Jewess; Starts: Apr 7, 19:00; Apr 9, 17:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert; Starts: Apr 9, 15:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC: St Mark Passion; Starts: Apr 10, 19:00
GASTRONOMY: Fresh Market; Starts: Every Sunday, 10:00
MEETING: Speed Dating in English; Starts: Apr 7, 19:30
OUTDOOR: Hiking in the Little Carpathians; Starts: Apr 8, 7:00
BAZAAR: Antiques; Starts: Apr 8, 10:00
MARKET: Easter Market; Starts: Apr 8, 10:00
WORKSHOP: How to Be a Real Success; Starts: Apr 8, 10:30
STAND-UP COMEDY: Matt Davis; Starts: Apr 8, 20:00
GASTRONOMY: Brunch; Starts: Apr 9, 11:00
FOLK CRAFTS: Make your own whip; Apr 10, 16:00-18.00
OUTDOOR: Trip to Romania; Starts: Apr 12, 17:30
EXHIBITION: Contemporary Japanese Design; Exhibition opens: Apr 12 and lasts until May 28
EXHIBITION: Crossing; Open: Tue-Sun, 10:00-18:00 until May 28
EXHIBITION: IWD / Paintings by Contemporary Women; Open: Tue - Fri 13:00 - 18:00 until Apr 21
TRAINING: Pilates in English three days a week; Starts: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 20:20 and Wednesday morning 7:15
TRAINING: Zumba in English Every Tuesday; Starts: Every other Tuesday, 17:50
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Starts: Every Tuesday, 7:15 and Thursday 18:45
TRAINING: Belly Dance in English Mondays; Starts: Every Monday, 18:00
Highlights of the year
SHOW: Cirque du Soleil; Starts: Apr 27 – 30
CONCERT: Vanessa-Mae; Starts: May 11 2017, 20:00
CONCERT: An Evening with Pat Metheny; Starts: May 12, 19:00
CONCERT: Global Spirit Tour; Starts: May 20, 20:30
CONCERT: Andrea Bocelli; Starts: Nov 19, 19:30

Music & Dance

CONCERT: Fragile – the Bratislava Narcis/ Daffodil Tour is the name of the concerts being performed by the Slovak a capella group, Fragile. This tour is dedicated to supporting the League Against Cancer in Slovakia. The group is created by famous personalities such as Braňo Kostka, Soňa Norisová, Jana Golisová, Helena Krajčiová and others. Starts: Apr 6 - May 4; Various places. Admission: from €12. More info:

CONCERT: Bill Laurance – The tenth year of the Spring Bratislava Jazz Days brings the Grammy awarded musician Bill Laurance. This jazz pianist, founder and member of the group Snarky Puppy released his debut album named Flint in 2014. Performances of Israeli singer Sivan Arbel and Cuba acapella Vocal Sampling can also be heard during the event. Starts: Apr 7, 18:30; Atelier Babylon, Square SNP 14. Admission: from €25. More info:

JAZZ: Poogie Bell Band – The jazz band featuring Poogie Bell on drums, Bobby Broom on guitar, singer Mike Stephenson on tenor saxophone and Juraj Griglák on double bass gives a gig. Starts: Apr 12, 20:00; Theatre Aréna, Viedenská 10. Admission: €8. More info:

Theatre & Classical Music

OPERA: Premiere of The Jewess - A five-act opera composed by a French composer Jacques Fromental Halévy, led by Robert Jindra and Dušan Štefánek and directed by Peter Konwitschny. La Juive or the Jewess follows the traditions of French opera and it is performed by Katarína Flórová, Liudmila Slepneva, Michal Lehotský and others. Starts: Apr 7, 19:00; Apr 9, 17:00. Hall of Opera and Ballet, the new building of SND, Pribinova 17. Admission: from €6. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert – The upcoming Easter celebrations also bring the classical music by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn. His orchestral work, The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, will be performed by the Slovak Chamber Orchestra with artistic leader Ewald Danel. Starts: Apr 9, 15:00; St. Martin´s Cathedral. Admission: €8. More info:

CLASSICAL MUSIC: St Mark Passion – The early music ensemble Solamente Naturali performs this piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. Starts: Apr 10, 19:00; Reduta, the Slovak Philharmonic, Square E. Suchoňa 1. Admission: €8. More info:


GASTRONOMY: Fresh Market - The food market offers various kinds of savoury or sweet foods as well as alco drinks and beverages. During the event visitors can also buy some specialties from more distant countries. The market is regularly accompanied by various bazaars. Starts: Every Sunday, 10:00; The Old Market Hall, Square SNP 25. Admission: free. More info:

MEETING: Speed Dating in English – Another event organised by group Internationals Bratislava offers an opportunity to meet new people. This time there are various activities prepared, food and drinks will be served too. Starts: Apr 7, 19:30; Square SNP 22. Admission: ladies from €6, men from €9. More info:

OUTDOOR: Hiking in the Little Carpathians – The route for this trip goes across the mountain ridge of the Little Carpathians/ Malé Karpary, western Slovakia. Tourists will be able to choose between the 50km hike and the shorter, 35km route. Both start at the same place and end at Biely kríž/ White Cross. Starts: Apr 8, 7:00; Rača, above the Zbojníčka swimming pool. More info:

BAZAAR: Antiques - Another bazaar in the Old Market Hall is dedicated to a variety of antiques including vintage and retro pieces and even old parts of furniture, which will be enhanced by the smells and tastes of Ukranian cuisine on the 1st floor. Starts: Apr 8, 10:00; The Old Market Hall, Square SNP 25. Admission: free. More info:

MARKET: Easter Market – A Spring meeting offering a range of hand-made goods with an Easter theme. The market will be held indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Starts: Apr 8, 10:00; the Forest School Horský Park, Lesná 1. More info:

WORKSHOP: How to Be a Real Success – A whole day event full of inspiration, motivation and application of proven success principles, which will be presented by two speakers Olayinka Ojo and Cyril Melotte. Starts: Apr 8, 10:30; Connecticlub, Sedlárska 5. Admission: €59. More info:

STAND-UP COMEDY: Matt Davis – American comedian Matt Davis, who first took the stage at age 17 at the Comedy Club Stardome in Birmingham, Alabama and has appeared for example at The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and Sketchfest in San Francisco, will perform in Bratislava. Starts: Apr 8, 20:00; Satori Stage, Mickiewiczova 9. More info:

GASTRONOMY: Brunch - This time, brunch in the SNG is held with a spring atmosphere. Adults can except not only a meal but also a tour of the newly opened exhibition and various activities have been prepared for the children. Starts: Apr 9, 11:00; Cafe Berlinka, Square Ľudovíta Štúra 4. Admission: €21 (children under age ten are free). More info:

FOLK CRAFTS: Make your own whip – Basket maker Ján Petruška shows how to make a traditional Easter whip. Starts: Apr 10, 16:00-18.00; ÚĽUV, Námestí SNP 12. Admission: free. More info:

OUTDOOR: Trip to Romania - A week-long adventure by car to Romania includes in its program horseback riding, a visit to Nehoiu, rafting, a visit to the Danube Delta and Transylvania Castles. Starts: Apr 12, 17:30; CampSurfing, Košická 49. Admission: from €205 (including accomodation in youth hostels for six nights, transport, rafting tickets and Dracula castle entrance fee). More info:


EXHIBITION: Contemporary Japanese Design – The Japanese Embassy in cooperation with the Slovak National Museum and the Japan Foundation brings an exhibition named Contemporary Japan Design/ 100, which displays one hundred pieces of Japanese furniture, household appliances, office supplies, clothes and others items. Exhibition opens: Apr 12 and lasts until May 28. SNM; Vajanského 2. Admission: €3. More info:

EXHIBITION: Crossing – The exhibition presents works by Israeli artist Orit Hofshi preoccupied with the human condition. Open: Tue-Sun, 10:00-18:00 until May 28; Danubiana Gallery near Vodné dielo/ Waterworks Čunovo. Admission: €10. More info:

EXHIBITION: IWD / Paintings by Contemporary Women – The exhibition curated by Ľuboš Lehotský includes oeuvres by female artists: Klára Bočkayová, Veronika Ronaiová, Jana Farmanová, Dorota Sadovská, Alexandra Barth and Kristína Bukovčáková. Open: Tue - Fri 13:00 - 18:00 until Apr 21; White & Weiss Contemporary Art Gallery, Grösslingová 50. More info:


TRAINING: Pilates in English three days a week– The class of Mindfulness Pilates held in English is suitable for everyone. The class is limited to 10 persons, so reservation is needed in advance: Starts: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 20:20 and Wednesday morning 7:15; Internationals Bratislava, Square SNP 22. Admission: €8,5 (one-time charge). More info:

TRAINING: Zumba in English Every Tuesday – Not a dance lesson, but rather a party which the organisers call the Zumba dance. Organised by Internationals Bratislava, a non-profit organisation that brings people together from all around the world living or visiting Bratislava, regardless of their cultural origin. Starts: Every other Tuesday, 19:30; Centrum Radosť, Lýcejná 4. Admission: €6 (one-time charge). More info:

TRAINING: Yoga in English on Tuesdays and Thursdays - Hatha Yoga sessions every Wednesday, beginner's level. Reservations and own mats are not necessary. Fruit and water are free. Starts: Every Tuesday, 7:15 and Thursday 18:45; Internationals Bratislava, Square SNP 22. Admission: €7,5 (one-time charge). More info:

TRAINING: Belly Dance in English Mondays - A beginer&intermediate level of belly dancing, the oldest form of dance, according to many experts, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the middle east. Starts: Every Monday, 18:00.EtnoDance, Súťažná 18. Admission: €6,5 (one-time charge). More info:

Highlights of the year

SHOW: Cirque du Soleil – The well-known international artistic group, Cirque du Soleil, comes again to Slovakia and for the first time they present their seven performances of the story named Varekai. It begins with a scene about a lonely man who flies down from the sky to wander around the border of reality and absurdity in a world, where miracles happen. Starts: Apr 27 – 30; Winter Stadium of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €39. More info:

CONCERT: Vanessa-Mae - British violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae comes back to Bratislava after ten years and her performance will be accompanied by 40 Czech musicians from the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Prague including vocalists. Starts: May 11 2017, 20:00; Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium, Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €29,90. More info:

CONCERT: An Evening with Pat Metheny – Legendary American guitarist and composer Pat Metheny performs within the One Day Jazz Festival. Starts: May 12, 19:00; Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €49-€59. More info:

CONCERT: Global Spirit Tour – Depeche Mode, the iconic electronic music band, stops in Bratislava during its world tour. Starts: May 20, 20:30. Football Stadium Pasienky, Junácka 10. Tickets: from €29. More info:

CONCERT: Andrea Bocelli – One of the greatest artists of Opera, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, has recorded 15 studio albums and three Greatest hits albums over his more than 25-year-long career. The holder of the Golden Globe in the category of song for The Prayer in the animated film The Magic Sword, who last year released his most recent album named Cinema, comes to Bratislava. Starts: Nov 19, 19:30; Winter Arena of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. Admission: from €99. More info:

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