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Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between September 29 and October 8, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

(Source: Pavol Funtál)

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Top 10

DANCE FESTIVAL: Pressburg Dance Fest; Starts: Sept 29
EVENT: European Researchers' Night; Starts: Sept 29
EVENT: Battle of Bratislava; Starts: Sept 30
PERFORMANCE: Huang Yi & Kuka; Starts: Oct 1, 19:00
FILM FESTIVAL: BE2CAN; Starts: Oct 4
ART FESTIVAL: Dom – Festival of Present Art, Starts: Oct 6
PERFORMANCE: Persona – Àtor, the one without U; Starts: Oct 6
EVENT: Bratislava Octoberfest; Starts: Oct 6
BALLET: Swan Lake; Starts: Oct 7
ART FESTIVAL: White Night; Starts: Oct 7

Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

Galleries in Bratislava: Temporary exhibitions

Training in English

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

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Top 10

Pressburg Dance Fest 2017

Bratislava, Friday, September 29

Pressburg Dance Fest has become a traditional event, making Slovakia’s capital Bratislava dance at the end of every September.

The goal is to support oriental dance as an art with its whole spectrum of styles, so that it no longer be perceived as cheap entertainment, but with respect for the historical background and present modern evolution of dance.

The festival, traditionally, consists of an oriental dance competition (Friday and Saturday) for dancers of different expertise levels. Both adults and children can participate; there is no age limit. Admission: Open Stage and After party – free, workshops – €25 - €30. More info: www.pressburgdancefest.eu

European Researchers' Night

Bratislava, Friday, September 29

The festival of science - European Researchers' Night is a yearly organized event throughout Europe and even beyond. This event brings together a large gathering of people and researchers on the last Friday of September and it takes place simultaneously in about 250 cities.

The exhibition presents the most interesting research findings in Slovakia as well as notable Slovak researchers, who have been successful abroad owing to their research.

For more information visit www.nocvyskumnikov.sk.

Battle of Bratislava

Sad Janka Kráľa, Petržalka, Saturday, September 30

On September 30th, the Cultural and Historical Festival - Battle of Bratislava will be held in Sad Janka Kráľa in Bratislava for the third time. The main part of its program will be the reconstruction of the military strike from the first half of the 17th century during the period of the Hungarian Empire. For more information visit Facebook.

Huang Yi & Kuka

Mestské divadlo P. O. Hviezdoslava, Laurinská, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Sunday, October 1, 19:00

Taiwanese dancer, choreographer, inventor and filmmaker Huang Yi is a creator that combines continuous motion with mechanical and multimedia elements. Huang Yi and Kuka is Huang's breakthrough and award-winning work in which he performs alongside the robot he designed. Admission fee: €15 -€25. For more information visit goo.gl/SqzMYJ.

BE2CAN 2017

Bratislava, Wednesday, October 4

Be2Can is a unique festival presenting a selection of international films from the three prestigious festivals of Berlinale, Venice and Cannes. The fourth edition of Be2Can will offer an exceptional opportunity for film-lovers in Slovakia to discover the collection of the best movies from three prestigious film festivals. For more information visit www.be2can.eu.

DOM – Festival of present art

Bratislava, Friday, October 6

DOM is a 3-day contemporary art festival consisting of a visual art exhibition and accompanying events. 18 visual artists, musicians and performers from Slovakia and abroad will present their work.

The third year of the festival called YOU ARE HERE is dedicated to movement, circulation, migration, travel and general movement – both physical and virtual. Find more information at www.festivaldom.com.

Persona – Àtor, the one without U

Hodžovo námestie 1/a, Bratislava, Friday, October 6

Performance for voice, violin and violoncello
Text: Tamar Hayduke
Composition, Concept and Direction: Sebastian Themessl
Performed by: Tamar Hayduke (voice), Joanna Lewis and Melissa Coleman (Koehne-Quartet)
For more information visit Facebook.

Bratislava Octoberfest 2017

Fajnorovo nábrežie, Bratislava, Friday, October 6

The third year of the Bratislava Octoberfest will again present the best of the breweries that we have in our region. Look forward for a number of beer specials in bottles from all over the world, too! Various gastronomy specialties will be offered alongside the tasting. You don't want to miss out on this one! More info on Facebook.

St. Petersburg Ballet – Swan Lake

Incheba Expo Bratislava, Petržalka, Saturday, October 7

The most famous and most valued by critics original St. Petersburg ballet will perform for the first time in Slovakia.

Russian ballet ensemble St. Petersburg ballet, made up of 45 members, will finally arrive in Slovak towns and villages within its European tour. They will present their most famous work Swan Lake in the original version. For more information visit www.incheba.sk.

White Night 2017

Bratislava, Saturday, October 7

The largest and most visited contemporary art festival in Slovakia. White Night offers visitors an untraditional artistic walk through the night city, full of experiences and new sensations. On Saturday 7th of October, the night becomes day and the streets of the city fill up with people and art. Visitors gets a special map that guides them through various art spots: visually attractive installations, concerts, films, theatre pieces, dance, literature and live performances. For more information visit www.bielanoc.sk.

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Training

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


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: info@internationals.sk. 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: www.internationals.sk.
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: www.internationals.sk.
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: www.internationals.sk.

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: www.internationals.sk.

Temporary exhibitions

SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY
Drsná škola (Rough School); Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Nov 4
The Master of Okoličné and the Gothic Art of Spiš circa 1500; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 7 until Nov 26
BRATISLAVA CITY GALLERY (PÁLFFY PALACE)
ADAM FRIEDRICH OESER; Open: Tue – Sun 11:00 – 18:00 until Dec 17
SYNAGOGUE
Like at home; Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Oct 29
KUNSTHALLE
Erik Šille – Error; Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Oct 29
Every family has its story; Open: Fri and Sun 10:00 – 16:00 until Oct 8
NEDBALKA
Palo Macho, Timing the Line; Open: Tue – Sun 13:00 – 19:00 until Oct 5
SLOVAK NATIONAL MUSEUM
Bratislava Illustration Biennial (BIB): Open: Tue – Sun 9:00 – 17:00 from Sept 8 until Oct 29
DANUBIANA
Ján Kelemen: Balance: Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Oct 29
Peter Uchnár: Illustrations: Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Oct 29
Walasse Ting: The Fascinating World of Colours of Walasse Ting, Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Nov 12
Michael Rittstein: With a Lightness in My Step: Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Nov 12.
KROKUS
Tomáš Džadoň´s Ideal Co-Ownership; Open: Wed - Sat 14:00 – 18:00 until Oct 28

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY:
Drsná škola (Rough School) – This exhibition is dedicated to contemporary art, specifically a group of authors of contemporary graphics and their creation in this current “sophisticated, plural and postproduction” world of art. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Nov 4, Námestie Ľ. Štúra 4. More info: sng.sk
The Master of Okoličné and the Gothic Art of Spiš circa 1500 – The Master responsible for decorating the former Marian altar from the Franciscan monastery in Okoličné near Liptovský Mikuláš belongs among the best painters of the Central European Late Gothic period and he worked with other important Spiš sculptors, including Master Pavol. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 7 until Nov 26, Námestie Ľ. Štúra 4. More info: sng.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN BRATISLAVA CITY GALLERY (PÁLFFY PALACE):
Adam Friedrich Oeser - In February 2017, three hundred years passed since the birth of Adam Friedrich Oeser, a painter, engraver, sculptor and art teacher. On this occasion, the Bratislava City Gallery mounted an exhibition mapping the life and work of the native of Pressburg who became a reputable figure of cultural and artistic life in Dresden, Weimar and Leipzig. His life and work are interesting for scholars in the area of not only art history but also literature, pedagogy and book culture. He has been perceived primarily as a spiritual driving force of early classicism, a friend and a teacher of the giants such as Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Open: Tue – Sun 11:00 – 18:00 until Dec 17. Palffyho Palác, Panská 19. More info: gmb.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN KUNSTHALLE:
Erik Šille – Error – The exhibition presents an overview of Erik Šille’s art; a man who belongs among the most successful painters of the middle generation. His inspiration is based on the animated world of comic characters, advertisements and everyday banality. Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Oct 29, Námestie SNP 12. More info: kunsthallebratislava.sk


Like at home – The exhibition reflects the main influences on Slovak sculpture of the 20th and 21st century. Exhibiting artists are Maria Bartuszová, Juraj Bartusz, Marko Blažo, Tomáš Džadoň, Jozef Jankovič, Marek Kvetan, Juraj Meliš, Michal Moravčík, Martin Piaček, Karol Pichler, Pavla Sceranková, Emöke Vargová. Open: Thu – Mon 12:00 – 19:00, Wed 13:00 – 20:00 until Oct 29, Námestie SNP 12. More info: kunsthallebratislava.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN SYNAGOGUE:
Every family has its own story – A unique project presents family treasures and family stories from twenty members of Bratislava’s Jewish community from different generations. Each respondent chose one family object which represents a precious memory of parents, grandparents or relatives. Open: Fri and Sun 10:00 – 16:00 until Oct 8; Heydukova 11-13. More info: synagogue.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN NEDBALKA GALLERY:
Palo Macho, Timing the Line – The exhibition presents a unique collection of original glass objects and sketches to art lovers from Bratislava and abroad. Its author is the leading Slovak artist Palo Macho (born 1965), the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and the winner of major national and international exhibitions of contemporary art. The exhibition showcases Macho’s drawings, still a little known feature of his art since he is best known for his glass paintings. In addition to painted studio glass, he has exhibited the results of his cooperation with major Slovak artists in the project called Conjunctions / Time Coincidence running for the last 14 years.
This collection of works has not been presented in this form until now and the exhibition in Bratislava will be the world premiere. A number of exhibits and their display stands have been specially created and designed for the Nedbalka Gallery. Open: Tue – Sun 13:00 – 19:00 until Oct 5, Nedbalova 17. More info: nedbalka.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN SLOVAK NATIONAL MUSEUM:
Bratislava Illustration Biennial (BIB)
The Slovak exhibition of childrens’ literary illustrations, one of the biggest of its kind in the world. The main exhibition of the works competing at the biennial is moving to the building of the national museum this year. The programme includes several accompanying exhibitions and workshops. Open: Tue – Sun 9:00 – 17:00 from Sept 8 until Oct 29, Vajanskeho nabr. 2. More info: snm.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN DANUBIANA GALLERY:
Ján Kelemen: Balance
The intent of this exhibition, which features a selection of Kelemen’s most recent paintings and sculptures, is to create a synthesis of colors and shapes within the context of the spatial forms of sculptures. Kelemen discovered a new field for experimentation in glass. This material offers him different possibilities for modeling and works well with another element – light. The space is completed by a set of ceramic sculptures derived from figures. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Oct 29, Vodne Dielo, Čunovo. More info: danubiana.sk.
Peter Uchnár: Illustrations
Selections from the books, Treasure Chest of the Most Beautiful Fairy Tales, 2014 and the iconic Peter Pan (2009, 2015) are at the center of this exhibition. Uchnár fully applied his trademark painting techniques with these - a light brush stroke, hatching, spots and color nuances. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Oct 29, Vodne Dielo, Čunovo. More info: danubiana.sk
Walasse Ting: The Fascinating World of Colours of Walasse Ting
The work of Walasse Ting has become a part of Chinese and Western culture, and the modernity of his style is based on the differences between these cultures. This exhibition will present a significant collection of his works from the Meulensteen Collection, the Nico Delaive Collection and the Frech Collection. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Nov 12, Vodne Dielo, Čunovo. More info: danubiana.sk.
Michael Rittstein: With a Lightness in My Step
This exhibition includes the series of paintings entitled The Sports Epic (2011). These 27 paintings depict Olympic sports and were commissioned by the Czech Olympic Committee for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The exhibition also features a large painting entitled According to the Script (2009), which was commissioned by the renowned Czech director Jan Němec for his film, Heart Beat 3D. In addition to the more than 60 paintings that will be on display, a book entitled Michael Rittstein has been published on this occasion, in which this painter, artist and pedagogue explains the meaning and circumstances of the origin of certain paintings. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Sept 9 until Nov 12, Vodne Dielo, Čunovo. More info: danubiana.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN KROKUS GALLERY:
Tomáš Džadoň´s Ideal Co-Ownership - Tomáš Džadoň, born in 1981 in Poprad, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, laureate of Tatra Banka Foundation Art Prize, finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award (CZ) and Oskár Čepan Award (SK). Author of the Folk Architecture Monument in Košice (2013-2016). He lives and works in Prague. Open: Wed - Sat 14:00 – 18:00 until Oct 28, Námestie 1. Mája 3. More info: krokusgaleria.sk

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

DANCING: Swing party; Starts: Oct 6
CONCERT: ABBA Symphony; Starts: Oct 13, 19:00
CONCERT: Fink; Starts: Oct 14, 20:00
FESTIVAL: Bratislava Jazz Days: Runs: Oct 20-22
CONCERT: Apocalyptica; Starts: Oct 26, 20:00
CONCERT: Bratislava film notes; Starts: Oct 27 – Oct 28
CONCERT: Pressburger Klezmer Band; Starts: Nov 6, 19:00
FIGURE SKATING: Evgeni Plushenko – Kings on Ice; Starts: Nov 19, 18:00
CONCERT: Andrea Bocelli; Starts: Nov 19, 19:30
CONCERT: Helloween; Starts: Nov 26, 19:00
CONCERT: Piaf! The Show; Starts: Dec 5, 19:00
BALLET: The Nutcracker, Starts: Dec 16, 15:00, 19:00

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: citylife.sk
CONCERT: ABBA Symphony – The most famous songs of ABBA, such as Waterloo, Fernando, Mamma Mia! , S.O.S. , Money , Money, Money , Chiquita , Knowing Me Knowing You , Take a Chance on Me , Happy New Year , Gimme ! Gimme ! Gimme ! and Dancing Queen will sound in symphonic splendour. Spectators will see a 90-member choir, a 70-member orchestra, 20 dancers and 4 soloists in a big show. Starts: Oct 13, 19:00, Aegon Aréna, Príkopova 6. Admission: €15 -€40. More info: www.ticketportal.sk
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: majestic.sk
FESTIVAL: Bratislava Jazz Days - The 43rd legendary jazz festival is taking place. This year it features headliners like the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles and a special concert by bass guitarist Marcus Miller on Oct 29. Runs: Oct 20-22, starting at 19:00, Incheba, Viedenská Cesta. Admission: €29-€190. More info: www.bjd.sk.
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: ticketportal.sk
CONCERT: Bratislava film notes – This music festival connects film professionals with the world of music composers and brings to the Slovak capital several foreign film music composers, such as Moldavian Eugen Doga, Czech Ondřej Soukup but also Slovak Svetozár Stračina and many other significant musicians. Starts: Oct 27 – Oct 28, Mýtna 1, Veľké koncertné štúdio Slovenského rozhlasu. Admission: €24. More info: www.ticketportal.sk
CONCERT: Pressburger Klezmer Band – An original Bratislava music band from the year of 1995 has gained many fans. This first Slovak formation, inspired by emotive and dancing music from central and eastern Europe known as klezmer, is one of the best evaluated bands of its kind in Europe. Its energetic music “cocktail“ is mixed from Jewish, Balkan and Orient music as well as from Slovak and Gypsy folk, with original touches of current modern styles, such as jazz, reggae and latino. Starts: Nov 6, 19:00, Dom kultúry Zrkadlový Háj, Rovniakova 3. Admission: €10- €12. More info: www.klezmer.sk
FIGURE SKATING: Evgeni Plushenko – Kings on Ice - Russian figure skater and Olympic winner Evgeni Plushenko returns with his show also featuring skaters such as Adelina Sotnikova, Tomáš Verner, Elena Jovanovich, Nodari Maisuradze, Misha Ge, Ivan Righini, Elladj Baldé. Starts: Nov 19, 18:00, Zimný štadión V. Dzurillu, Ružinovská 4. Admission: €29 - €39. More info: evgeni-plushenko.com
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: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Helloween – The music group with old members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen have prepared a three hour long show for the 30th anniversary of the most significant albums in melodic heavy metal. Performing: Michael Kiske – singing, Michael Weikath – guitar, backing singing, Kai Hansen – guitar, backing singing, Markus Grosskopf – bass guitar, backing singing, Andi Deris – singing, Sascha Gerstner – guitar, backing singing, Dani Löble – drums. Starts: Nov 26, 19:00. Admission: €33-€38. More info: ticketportal.sk
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: predpredaj.zoznam.sk
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: www.ticketportal.sk.

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