Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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Top 10

EVENT: Nipponfest and Hangukon; Starts: Nov 17
PERFORMANCE: Lúčnica; Starts: Nov 17, 19:00
FORUM: Central European Forum 2017; Starts: Nov 17
EVENT: Day of Open Cellars; Starts: Nov 17
EVENT: Community cooking; Starts: Nov 18
EVENT: Body Art Show; Starts: Nov 18
THEATRE FESTIVAL: Theatre Night; Starts: Nov 18
CONCERT: Bratislava Metropolitan Orchestra; Starts: Nov 19, 17:00
CONCERT: Mike Stern & Dave Weckl Band; Starts: Nov 19, 20:00
CONCERT: Concert of film music; Starts: Nov 25, 19:00

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

Nipponfest and Hangukon

Dom kultúry Zrkadlový háj, Rovniankova, Bratislava-Petržalka, Friday, November 17

Nipponfest is a festival of Japan culture, Hangukon wants to improve awareness about Korean culture. You will experience a weekend full of exotica and fun with an unique atmosphere. Admission: €12 - €15. More info:


Istropolis, Trnavské mýto, Bratislava-Nové Mesto, Friday, November 17, 19:00

After returning from a tour of Mexico and an exceptional performance in the OSN General Assembly's main hall to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the OSN, the Lúčnica Artistic Settlement will be presented to the audience in Bratislava with a representative program, which is the selection of the most successful programs and represents the most characteristic folklore regions of Slovakia. Admission: €9 - €29. More info:

Central European Forum 2017

Námestie SNP, Bratislava, Friday, November 17

How does a good man become evil? This is the theme of this Central European Forum. Many interesting exhibitions, lectures and other events are waiting for you. More info:

Day of the open cellars 2017

Bratislava, Friday, November 17

18th wine tasting on the Malokarpatska wine road. It will open the 160 most beautiful palaces of the small Carpathian region to you. You can look forward to a small cosy cellar, large modern wineries, warm tasting rooms from Bratislava - Devín via the Old Town and Vajnory, Rača, Svätý Jur, Limbach, Modra, Častá, Doľany ... to Trnava. Admission: €50, also includes €25 voucher for buying wines. More info:

Community cooking

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Bratislava, Saturday, November 18

At Community cooking you can experience the world’s tastes. You will see new minorities that live in Slovakia who will present their national cuisine.
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Body Art Show 2017

Stredisko kultúry, Vajnorská, Bratislava-Nové Mesto, Saturday, November 18

Come to see the big show about the art of body painting with a special program and charity action. The aim is to present bodypainting as a positive cultural and emotive experience and support the prevention of breast cancer. Admission: €20 - €30. More info:

Theatre Night

Bratislava, Saturday, November 18

The eighth year of the Night of open theatres, performances, and exceptional experiences “Theatre night 2017” will be held on Saturday, 18 November in 23 cities throughout the whole of Slovakia. Performances will take place in 49 theatres during the third Saturday night in November ensuring a great, lively atmosphere. The doors of theatres will be open in Banská Bystrica – Bátovce – Bratislava – Dolná Krupá – Kladzany – Košice – Levice – Malacky – Martin – Nitra – Považská Bystrica – Prešov – Prievidza – Púchov – Semerovo – Senec – Soblahov – Starý Tekov – Tesáre – Trenčín – Trnava – Zvolen – Žilina.
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Bratislava Metropolitan Orchestra

Mestské divadlo P. O. Hviezdoslava, Laurinská, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Sunday, November 19, 17:00

The sixth season of the Bratislava Metropolitan Orchestra continues in November. P. O. Hviezdoslav Municipal Theatre will present one of the largest operetta centres in the world - Budapest. Soloists Lukács Anita and Vadász Zsolt. Support will be led by conductor Pavol Tužinský. Admission: €17.
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Mike Stern & Dave Weckl Band

Atelier Babylon, Námestie SNP, Staré Mesto, Sunday, November 19, 20:00

Guitar virtuoso Mike Stern and top drummer of all time Dave Weckl are going to perform in the Slovak Republic. You should not miss this! More info:

Concert of film music

Divadlo Aréna, Viedenská cesta, Bratislava-Petržalka, Saturday, November 25, 19:00

The Arena Theatre presents a unique concert by Prague's Film Orchestra, which will play the most famous pieces from legendary films.
Klaus Badelt - The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Hummie Man - Robin Hood: Men In Tights
Laurie Johnson - The Proffesionals
Marco Beltrami - Hellboy
Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
John Williams - Star Wars: Main Titles / Rebel Blockade
John Williams - Star Wars - The Imperial March
Admission: €22. For more information and tickets visit

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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: 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:

Temporary exhibitions

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
Bazovský, The Photographer; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Nov 17 until April 15, 2018
ADAM FRIEDRICH OESER; Open: Tue – Sun 11:00 – 18:00 until Dec 17
Edward Quinn: My friend Picasso, Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Nov 3 until Jan 18.
Ľsti Plsti; Open: Mon – Fri 14:00 – 18:00 from Oct 26 until Jan 26, 2018
Vlnenie; Open: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 18:00 from Oct 27 until Feb 14, 2018
I feel weird again; Open: Wed – Sat 14:00 – 18:00 until Jan 13, 2018

Month of photography, Starts: Oct 31, various venues across Bratislava

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:
Bazovský, The Photographer - The fine art of Miloš Alexander Bazovský (1899 – 1968) as one of the founders of modern Slovak painting has been introduced in many exhibitions and publications. As a photographic visual artist, he was the first to succeed as a modern artist and modern photographer at the same time. Bazovský was interested in not only traditional rural topics – in this area, he was somehow rougher and more of a documentary counterpart to Karol Plicka, he also focused on a variety of manifestations of modern life-styles: sport, tourism, travelling. He often portrayed his friends, perhaps mostly the artist with a tragic destiny — Arnold Peter Weisz-Kubínčan. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Nov 17 until April 15, 2018, Námestie Ľ. Štúra 4. More info:
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:
Edward Quinn: My friend Picasso - Quinn began to take photos of famous movie stars and celebrities at the French Riviera. He worked for Paris Match and numerous other magazines and agencies. Meeting Picasso in 1951 was a crucial event which influenced his photography. He won the artist’s trust and their close cooperation continued until 1972. Picasso allowed him to take photos of various activities: Picasso while painting, Picasso the sculptor, Picasso in the pottery workshop in Madoura. Quinn’s camera was even privy to the artist’s private life. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from Nov 3 until Jan 18. Vodne Dielo, Čunovo. More info:
Ľsti Plsti – Exhibition presenting current creations from felt. Five young artists prove that felting wool, one of the oldest textile techniques, still has a place in current design. Hats, scarves, accessories and other objects offer inspiration to renew your closet or home decor. Open: Mon – Fri 14:00 – 18:00 from Oct 26 until Jan 26, 2018, Dizajn štúdio ÚĽUV, Dobrovičova 13. More info:
Vlnenie – Wool is presented as a “main character” in the exhibition and a unique material for both practical and aesthetical use. From interior design to accessories, visitors can see the various techniques of wool processing. Open: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 18:00 from Oct 27 until Feb 14, 2018, Gallery ÚĽUV, Obchodná 64. More info:
I feel weird again – Artists working with photography use lenses to reflect past events, mythology and a century-long artistic tradition. The exhibition shows parallels to the fin de siècle which was an answer to technological changes and the criticism of materialism and liberal democracy. Exhibitors: Radek Brousil, Ján Pfeiffer, Michaela Knížová, Maroš Rovňák, Tereza Zelenková. Open: Wed – Sat 14:00 – 18:00 until Jan 13, 2018, Námestie 1. Mája 3. More info:

Month of Photography – The 27th year of the biggest photo festival in Slovakia brings exhibitions by foreign as well as prominent Slovak photographers. More than 30 exhibitions will be accompanied by events including a portfolio review, and photography workshops led by world renowned authors. Starts: Oct 31, various venues across Bratislava. Admission: festival pass – €13. 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

CONCERT: Hurts; Starts: Nov 18, 20:00
FIGURE SKATING: Evgeni Plushenko – Kings on Ice; Starts: Nov 19, 18:00
CONCERT: Andrea Bocelli; Starts: Nov 19, 19:30
CONCERT: Maceo Parker; Starts: Nov 20, 20:00
CONCERT: Helloween; Starts: Nov 26, 19:00
DANCE CONTEST: United Movement 2017; Starts: Dec 3, 12:15
CONCERT: Piaf! The Show; Starts: Dec 5, 19:00
CONCERT: Kraak & Smaak; Starts: Dec 10, 19:00
BALLET: The Nutcracker, Starts: Dec 16, 15:00, 19:00
CONCERT: Piotr Rubik; Starts: Jan 13, 19:00

CONCERT: Hurts – Seven year have passed since the release of th Wonderful Life single and the album Happiness that ensured the big success of the band on the international scene. This autumn, they have released a new song, Beautiful Ones, from their new album Desire, which has immediately gained positive reviews from critics. Starts: Nov 18, 20:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €49 - €69. More info:
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:
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: Maceo Parker – He is often called an icon of jazz saxophone, the un-crowned king of funk and black music. He started in the 60’s in the band of James Brown. During his career, he has recorded 15 solo albums and collaborated on more than 80 songs of world greats, such as George Clinton, Ray Charles, Bryan Ferry, the Dave Matthews Band, Keith Richards, Candy Dulfer and Prince. Starts: Nov 20, 20:00; Ateliér Babylon, Admission: €25. More info:
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:
DANCE CONTEST: United Movement 2017 – During six hours of dancing performances, you will get the chance to see Bboying, Otec Mirec Chicago footwork, Senna/Jamahl collab and Paradox. Starts: Dec 3, 12:15; Academia Universum, Mlynské nivy 34, 821 09, Bratislava. Admission: €3 - €20. More info:
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: Kraak & Smaak – Dutch producer trio returns to Slovakia for seventh time. Kraak & Smaak connects the club sound of audio recording with live band and vocals. Their album Plastic People was so successful that they immediately jumped to the stages of the Coachella, Glastonbury and Sziget festivals. Today, the band has five albums, including many remixes of records by Moby, Aretha Franklin, the Chromatics and Royksopp. Starts: Dec 10, 19:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €15 - €25. 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: Piotr Rubik – A Polish composer of symphonic popular music for orchestra, film and theatre. Piotr Rubik and author Zbigniew Książek in songs that they call psalms, ask about the meaning of faith that may lead to terrorist attacks and hope for life after death which is the greatest good and the only rescue from mad world. Starts: Jan 13, 19:00, Zimný štadión Ondreja Nepelu, Bratislava. Admission: €19. More info:

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