Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between September 15 and 24, including opera, contemporary dance, a bonsai exhibition, a language cafe, and a lot of jazz, rock, and classical music.

Jiří StivínJiří Stivín (Source: TASR)

Western Slovakia


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Cathedral Organ Festival / Katedrálny Organový Festival – Within the festival that revives the renewed organ in St Emeram Cathedral from August 27 until September 24, the Italian organist Daniele Parussini will play on September 17 and on September 24, Slovak Vladimír Kopec, with Tibor Ďuriak on trumpet will perform. Starts: Sep 17/24, 19:30; St Emeram Cathedral, Nitra Castle. Admission: voluntary. More info:

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FILM FEST: The Cinematik Film Festival – The 12th year of the international film festival, Cinematik Piešťany, hosts more than 100 films, as well as concerts, discussions and parties. Focusing on European cinematography, this year offers 48 Slovak premieres, including for example. Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Nelyubov – IFF Cannes, jury award); IFF Berlin winner, On Body and Mind (A Teströl és Lélekröl) by Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi; the documentary of Sergei Loznits Austerlitz; as well as Michael Haneke’s Happy En, and Safdies’ Good Time (IFF Cannes). Starts: Sep 12 – 17; spa park. More info:


CONCERT: Stivín Forever Alive 50 + 25 – The tour marking the 75th anniversary of Czech multi-instrumentalist, teacher and composer (filmmaker by original profession) makes a stop in Piešťany. Jiří Stivín is famous not just for his flute playing – mostly in jazz and classical music as well as crossing and merging various genres – but also for film music and for making his concerts into impressive shows. On September 23, he plays in Brezno synagogue and on September 24, in the Music a Cafe in Trnava. Starts: Sep 21, 20:00; Piešťanský Pivovar, Rekreačná 3. Admission: €12. Tickets: 02/ 5293-3321; More info:


JAZZ: Martin Uherek Quartet – The jazz band around saxophonist Martin Uherek plays various styles as well as “classical” jazz, like swing, bebop, and hardbop. In Trenčín, Uherek will play with Jakub Tököly – piano, Peter Korman – double bass, Pavol Blaho – drums. Starts: Sep 23, 20:00, Galéria Vážka, Mierové Square 19. More info:

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MUSEUM/EXHIBITION: Jews in the Polish Army – The current exhibition in the Holocaust Museum at the former detention camp in Sereď – in cooperation with the Polish Institute and the Military Centre of Civic Education of Colonel Dipl. Marian Porwit – offers a unique insight into the fates and lives of Jews in the Polish Army, of the First Polish Republic and the Tadeusz Kościuszk rebellion. In fact, it maps the situation from the battles for Polish independence in the 19th century to World War II, as well as during the battle of Monte Cassino. Open: Sun-Thurs 9:00-16:00 until Nov 30; Holocaust Museum, Kasárenská 1005. Admission: €2-€5. More info:

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Central Slovakia


CONCERT: James P Honey (Buriers, UK), Tim Holehouse (UK) - The solo concert Buriers’ frontman, poet, rapper, songster and author of lyrics by James P Honey will perform with blues-folk songster Tim Holehouse. Starts: Sep 17, 20:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €3-€4. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Aleko – Iolanta – Two one-act Russian operas are staged as one united theatre piece at the Banská Bystrica State Opera, with the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff to the libretto by Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko (Aleko) and of P.I. Tchaikovsky to the libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Iolanta) being rehearsed and conducted by Marian Vach, directed by Marcello Lippi, with costumes by Nataša Štefunková, stage design by Marek Gašpar Šafárik, choirmaster Iveta Popovičová. Cast includes Šarunas Šalapas as guest, Patrícia Solotruková, Michal Hýrošš, Jozef Benci as guest, Alena Hodálová, Michaela Popik Kušteková as guest, Peter Malý as guest, Jozef Benci as guest, Alena Hodálová, Ivan Zvarík, Katarína Procházková, Martin Popovič, Marek Pobuda as guest, Peter Račko as guest, Marián Hadraba, Zoltán Vongrey, Eva Lucká and others. Starts: Sep 19, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €4-€8, season tickets A. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CONETMPORARY DANCE/THEATRE: Danadová/Chmelíková Verzus Verzus – Mária Danadová and Kristína Chmelíková touch on the issue of womanhood, but without the feminist militant simplifications. Rather, they explore the essence of what it means to be a woman, and how others perceive it, through modern dance and body theatre. Starts: Sep 19, 19:00; Záhrada CNK, Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission: €3-€5. More info:


MUSIC/DANCE PERFORMANCE: Artyci, ME-SA and Maok: Satsang – Sat means truth and sang means company/society; and the professional dancers from Artyci (SK) a ME-SA (CZ) troupes explore with musician Maok (SK) the magic of the moment, in improvised dance and physical expression. Concept, choreography, direction: Zuna Vesan Kozánková. Dance: Zuna Vesan Kozánková, Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Milan Kozánek, Daniel Raček, Lukáš Homola; music: Maok; light design: Ján Čief, photos in video: Dušan DuPe Petho, Danica Púry Zuna Vesan Kozánková. Starts: Sep 20, 20:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €3-€5. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Hommage á Mozart – The second concert of the 2017/2018 season pays tribute to the top representative of Vienna classicism, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose works are among the most played by the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO Žilina) ensemble. In this concert, conducted by Finn Henri Sigfridsson and with German Jeanne Christée on solo violin, the Slovak Sinfonietta will play Mozart's works from various stages of his life, from age 15 to three years before his death: Symphony No 14 in A Major, Violin Concert No 2 in D Major, and Symphony No 41 in C Major. Starts: Sep 21, 19:00; Fatra House of Arts, Dolný Val 47. Admission: €10-€14. More info:

Banská Bystrica

THEATRE/PERFORMANCE: Yaw / Vychýlenie – The combined audio-visual and movement performance of Jato Viňarský, Kristína Chmelíková, Milan Slama, Jakub Pišek (graphic design Jaroslav Scholtz, costumes Pernowka Manufaktura) and the light installation, Festival of Light and Shadow in the fruit garden, try to provoke and confront audiences in a public space with contemporary art and „the otherness“ that can change viewpoint and perception. Starts: Sep 22-23, 19:00; Záhrada CNK, Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). More info:

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: Waking Vision / The Dan Brantigan Quartet / Universal Cure – The long-awaited reunion of shchoolmates from the Berklee College of Music, John Shannon (guitar), Dan Brantigan (trumpet), Oskar Rózsa (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) sees them play pieces from their three projects, Waking Vision, The Dan Brantigan Quartet and Universal Cure, merging jazz with rock and other genres. Starts: Sep 24, 20:00; Záhrada CNK, Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture (CNK) in SNP Square 16 (Beniczkého Passage). Admission €13-€15. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


CONCERT: Season Opening Nvmeri / Kimyan Law – The Slovak band Nvmeri officially opens the new season at the Tabačka KulturFabrik, which is a stop on their Tour de ♣ - meaning Tour de Club. Austrian DJ and musician with African roots, Kimyan Law, enhances the drum'n'bass genre with African instruments and rhythms. Starts: Sep 15, 20:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €5-€7. More info:


ORGAN MUSIC: The 47th International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol – The already established organ festival brings a British, a Hungarian, a German, a Dutch and a Slovak organist playing on organs in- and around Košice. In the first two concerts, UK’s Charles Andrews plays the works of J. S. Bach, J. Grešák, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, J. Brahms, J. Rheinberger, W. Byrd, and W. L. Webber in the Seminar Church in Hlavná 81 on September 17 and in the Evangelical Church in Spišská Nová Ves on September 19. Other musicians include Robert Kovács (HU) in Rožňava on September 21 and in the Dominican Church in Košice on September 22, Christian Schmitt (GER) in the Parish Church of Sabinov on September 25 and in the House of Arts, Košice on September 28, Pieter van Dijk (NL) in the wooden articular church in Kežmarok on September 30 and in the cathedral of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Poprad on October 3, and Pavol Valášek (SK) on October 5 in the Church of Košice Holy Martyrs in Košice on October 5. Starts: Sep 17-Oct 5, various churches in Košice and eastern-Slovak cities. Admission: €4-€6 (for the first concert). Contact:, 055/2453 123. More info:


LANGUAGES/EVENT: Language Café – The language get-together with foreigners. Visitors can enjoy their favourite coffee (or beer) and speak in a foreign language (English, German, French, Spanish, Slovak, etc.). Starts: Sep 21, 18:00; Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: free. More info: or


BONSAI EXHIBITION: Bonsai Prešov Exhibition 2017 – The international event organised by the Slovak Shohin Association is already the third such event in Prešov, and apart from the beauty of the miniature plants, it also offers lectures on this Japanese traditional art by Lithuanian Kestutis Ptakauskas, Polish Piotr Czerniachowski, Czechs Václav Novák and Milan Kapríšek, Hungarian Sándor Papp and Slovaks René Lempeľ, Milan Roskoš, and Marek Kravec. The guarantor of the event is a Korean member of the global bonsai association, Kim Sae Won. A caligraphy exhibition, a tea ceremony a demonsration and many competitions, creative workshops and games for children and adults are part of the weekend event. Starts: Sep 20-22, 9:00-19:00; PKO Čierny Orol, Hlavná 50. Admission: €1-€2. Tel: 051/77 237 41-2;


JAZZ: Príbehy jazzu / Stories of Jazz in Košice! The Stories of Jazz project aims at promoting jazz among the wider public not familiar with it. This time around, the Martin Uherek Quartet explains and plays: saxophone and talks – Martin Uherek; piano – Klaudius Kováč; double bass – Róbert Ragan Jr.; drums – Peter Solárik. Other gigs include Trenčín - Galéria Vážka on Sep 23, Banská Bystrica – Cikker Halli n the City Hall, Oct 4. Starts: Sep 21, 19:00; Smelly Cat, Café & Bar, Hlavná 100: More info:


THEATRE/DANCE: Ondrej Šoth – Charlie Chaplin - The legend of silent movies and slapstick comedies, Charles Spencer Chaplin was an ingenious filmmaker and also script-writer, composer and director. The dance piece of Ondrej Šoth shows him not merely as a funny figure but as a human being who experienced success and fame, as well as persecution, injustice and accusations. It is choreographed by Ondrej Šoth and Marek Šarišský, pantomime cooperation by Juraj Benčík and Vanda Hybnerová, script by Zuzana Mistríková, Ondrej Šoth, film: Vasyl Sevastyanov. Starts: Sep 23, 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€12. More info:; tickets

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