Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between August 11 and August 20, as well as regular services in different languages, training for foreigners in English and highlights of the year.

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Top 10
CONCERT: Ftm-Trio (pop, jazz, soul); Starts: Aug 12, 18:00
CONCERT: Devin Townsend project (progmetal); Starts: Aug 13, 18:30
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Organ music from Poland and Germany; Starts: Aug 17, 19:30
CONCERT: Tribute to freedom at Devín Castle (legends of the Czech and Slovak music scene); Starts: Aug 18, 18:30
PARTY: Uprising Festival Official Warm-up (reggae); Starts: Aug 18, 21:00
TRIP: Bojnice Castle & surroundings; Starts: Aug 19, 7:30
PARADE: Rainbow Pride; Starts: Aug 19, 13:00
BAZAAR: Retro Bazaar; Starts: Aug 19, 10:00
PARTY: W&W at Wakelake (Dutch DJ duo); Starts: Aug 19, 10:00
PARTY: Milonga upon Danube (Traditional tango and Nuevo); Starts: Aug 20, 16:00

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Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

Training in English

Highlights of the year (selection of events for which it is advisable to obtain tickets early)

Top 10

Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava, 2017-08-12
Ftm-Trio is a Croatian band with traditional song adaptations. They will perform at the Cultural Summer 2017 at Hviezdoslav Square, starting at 18:00. The members of the Ftm-Trio band have Burgerland - Croatian roots. The band has been active in Austria for several years now. In their repertoire we can find, apart from pop edited Croatian songs, even older world jazz, soul, and pop hits, brought to the audience in a new way. In the course of 2013 they released the Ftm-Trio album called Roots.

Randal Club, Karpatská, Bratislava, 2017-08-13 18:30
The living legend, the leading personality of the progmetal scene, the mad eccentric, and the musical genius in one person heads to the Randal club. He will play mostly from the latest album Transcendence (2016). More info and tickets.

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Dóm sv. Martina, Rudnayovo námestie, Bratislava, 2017-08-17
VIII. International Organ Festival in Dome of St. Martin, regularly attended by top world organists.
J. S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, M. Reger, M. Surzyński, F. Nowowiejski
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TRIBUTE TO FREEDOM - concert at Devin Castle

Hrad Devín, Bratislava-Devín, 2017-08-18 18:30
The tribute to freedom at Devín Castle has been an integral part of the cultural and social happenings in Bratislava since 2009.
The venue itself, Devin Castle, is one of the most impressive historical places in Central Europe. Artistic performers at this year's 9th edition will be legends of the Czech and Slovak music scene - one of the biggest pop stars, lady soul MARIE ROTTROVA with orchestra of Karel Vlach, VÁCLAV NECKÁŘ with the band Bacily and vocal group FRAGILE. More info and tickets.

DUB SETTLERS HIFI - Uprising Festival Official Warm-up
Re:fresh club, Ventúrska 5, Bratislava, 2017-08-18
Tune into the eagerly awaited Slovak reggae event of the year - Uprising Festival! Have fun with the Czech Raggaultras crew, the Trnava Respect vibration sound and the Bratislava Settlers HiFi in the full soundsystem armor!
Line up:
Find more information here.

International trip to Bojnice Castle & surroundings
Bratislava - Bojnice, 2017-08-19
Explore the fairy-tale Bojnice Castle, the Arboretum Mlyňany and the biggest botanical garden in Central Europe with lots of exotic trees & plants. Reservation info and details here.

PRIDE Bratislava
Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava, 2017-08-19
The 2017 Dúhový (i.e. Rainbow) PRIDE Bratislava will take place on August 19 (starting at 13:00) in Hviezdoslavovo Square, and the headliner will be the Slovak band Puding Pani Elvisovej. The seventh year of the event opens the issue of visibility of LGBTI people in Slovak society. Find more information here

Retro bazaar at the Old Market Hall
Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP 25, Bratislava, 2017-08-19
Come and buy discarded accessories, shoes, hand-made toys, books, records, collectibles and other treasures. Support recycling and bring or take what inspires you – in the Old Market Hall from 10 am to 3 pm. Facebook event.

W&W at Wakelake
Wakelake, Cesta na Senec, Bratislava, 2017-08-19 21:00
A name that does not need to be introduced and so far, probably the strongest headliner that Wakelake has ever had. Currently positioned as no. 13 in the DJ MAG Top 100 DJs before Calvin Harris, Axwell & Ingrosso, Alesso or DJ Snake. This Dutch duo creates an uplifting energetic set with a unique style of music, combining progressive house and stimulating elements of trance and electronic music.
Performing on the Main Stage at festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra (where their set had over 6 million views) and collaborating with musicians such as Dimitry Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell or Ummet Ozcan, they belong among the best DJs and producers in the world. More info and tickets.

Milonga upon the Danube
Botel Gracia, Rázusovo nábrežie 32, Bratislava, 2017-08-20 16:00-20:00 (Music: Traditional 80%, Nuevo 20%), free of charge.
You are sincerely welcome to Milonga Tango Porteño upon the Danube in the cosy Botela Gracia. The boat may be found opposite Hotel Devín looking upon Rázusové nábrežie and Sad Janka Kráľa. In the place, you will find 50 m2 of dance floor, a bar, restaurant and always some nice and friendly people. Music bands are traditionally divided into TT-V-TT-M. Milonga is dedicated to those who celebrate their events. Free entry. We are looking forward to your visit.
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IN-LINE: Inline skating; Starts: Aug 11, Aug 18, 20:00
TRAINING: Vodárenská záhrada; Starts: Aug 14 - Aug 17, 18:00
TRAINING: Golem Club; Open: Jun 23 – Sep 3
TRAINING: Under the trees; Starts: Jul 4 – Aug 24
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

IN-LINE: Inline skating – Approximately one thousand in-line skaters and also cyclists, people with scooters and skateboards can travel the roads that normally belong to cars on Friday night. The event is organized by the inline team along with music and first aid. Starts: Aug 11, Aug 18, 20:00. More info:

TRAINING: Vodárenská záhrada – Favourite exercises: on Monday Zumba, on Tuesday a healthy back, on Wednesday Bodywork and Performance training on Thursday. Every exercise lasts one hour. Starts: Aug 14 – Aug 17, 18:00, Vodárenská záhrada. Admission: free. More info:
TRAINING: Golem Club – The Golem club is your partner for the swimsuit season. Power yoga, Zumba, Tabatha, Urban training, Circuit training and many other activities ensure an active relaxing experience and new forms of training with experienced trainers. Open: Jun 23 – Sep 3, Mágio beach, Tyršovo nábrežie 2. More info:
TRAINING: Under the trees – Lectures on Yoga, belly-dancing, body balance and other similar topics. Starts: Jul 4 – Aug 24, Medical garden. Admission: free. 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:

Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

SERVICE: Apostolic Church; Starts: Sundays, 9:30, Bratislava City Church, Trnavské mýto 1, English
SERVICE: God’s Service Church (Božie služby); Starts: Sundays 9:30, Mondays 17:00, Malý kostol, Panenská street, English
SERVICE: Brotherhood Church (Cirkev bratská); Starts: Sundays 10:00, Cukrová 4, English
MASS: The Church of Saint Ladislav; Starts: Sundays 11:00, Špitálska, English
MASS: Church of St. John of Matha; Starts: Sundays 9:00 Latin
MASS: St. Martin’s Cathedral; Starts: Sundays 7:45 German, 9:00 Latin
MASS: Church of the Merciful Brothers; Starts: Sundays 11:30 Italian
SERVICE: Small Evangelical Church; Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, 11:30 German, Panenská Street (entrance from Lýcejná Street)
SERVICE: Citylight Church, Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Námestie 1.mája 1
SERVICE: Bratislava International Fellowship, Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Trnavské mýto 1, (Istropolis)
SERVICE: International Baptist Church; Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Súľovská 2
JEWISH SERVICE: Synagogue on Heydukova Street; Starts: Friday evening (before twilight), Saturday morning (usually at 9:00), and during feasts, Hebrew

Highlights of the year

FESTIVAL: Uprising; Starts: Aug 25- Aug 26
CONCERT: Sparks; Starts: Sep 10, 19:00
CONCERT: Michael Nyman Band; Starts: Sept 16, 19:30
DANCING: Swing party; Starts: Oct 6
CONCERT: Fink; Starts: Oct 14, 20:00
CONCERT: Apocalyptica; Starts: Oct 26, 20:00
CONCERT: Andrea Bocelli; Starts: Nov 19, 19:30
CONCERT: Piaf! The Show; Starts: Dec 5, 19:00
BALLET: The Nutcracker, Starts: Dec 16, 15:00, 19:00

CONCERT: Piaf! The show – The most popular chanson songs of Piaf poetically expressing her attitude, feelings and thoughts will sound within the show. The main character of the majestic show is the talented Anne Carrere. Starts: Dec 5, 19:00, AEGON aréna, Príkopova 6. Admission: €19-€79. More info:

CONCERT: Fink – Brighton composer, singer, DJ, guitarist and producer Fink released a new album and starts his autumn tour. He uses electronics, components of blues, folk, dub and acoustic guitar. Starts: Oct 14, 20:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €15 - €23. More info:

CONCERT: Sparks – Legendary American glam-pop band appear for the first time in Bratislava to promote their new album Hippopotamus. Starts: Sep 10, 19:00, Ateliér Babylon. Admission: €23. More info:

DANCING: Swing party – This favourite swing-dance party is connected with the battle of two of the best Czech-Slovak big bands. The fifth year of this annually sold out event brings an opportunity to dance to world-famous orchestras the Bratislava Hot Serenaders and the Melody Makers Ondřeja Havelku. Starts: Oct 6, 19:00, Stará tržnica. More info:

FESTIVAL: Uprising – The festival is amongst the biggest in central Europe for the reggae music genre. During two days, different artists from reggae, dancehall, ska, latino, hip-hop, dub, dubstep, ragga-jungle and dnb music styles will perform on the stage. The headliners for this year are Sean Paul, The Wailers, Alpha Blondy, Irie Révoltés. Starts: Aug 25 – 26, Zlaté piesky. More info:

BALLET: The Nutcracker – Cirque De Monte Carlo and Edvin Marton present Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in a new form – an acrobatic ballet performance. Starts: Dec 16, 15:00, 19:00, Ageon Arena, (National Tennis Centre), Príkopova 6. Admission: €29.9-€49.9. More info:

CONCERT: Apocalyptica – This tour will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launching of Plays Metallica with Four Cellos. Apocalyptica formed new attitudes towards the hits of this most famous rock band, created their own genre and started a career which has already lasted for 20 years. Starts: Oct 26, 20:00; Incheba Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3409. Admission: from €29 to €49. 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:

CONCERT: Michael Nyman Band – The band of Michael Nyman, composer of music for films, for example The Piano, plays some of his best known works. Starts: Sept 16, 19:30; Devín Castle. Admission: €45. More info:

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