Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 8 and December 17, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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Top 10
CONCERT: International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music 2017; Starts: Dec 7 - 10
CONCERT: Cigarettes After Sex; Starts: Dec 8, 19:00
MARKET: Urban market 2017; Starts: Dec 8 – 10
BUNKER NIGHT: Lantern Night in the Bunker B-S 4, Starts: December 8, 18:30
PARTY: Paint & Sip Party; Starts: December 9, 18:00
CONCERT: Kraak & Smaak; Starts: Dec 10, 19:00
CONCERT: Doma Dobre 2017; Starts: Dec 10, 14:00
COURSE: Art course in French for adults; Starts: Dec 14, 18:30
MARKETS: Sashe Christmas Markets; Starts: Dec 15 – 17
BALLET: The Nutcracker; Starts: Dec 16, 15:00, 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

International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music 2017

Bratislava, Thursday – Sunday, December 7 – 10

The twelfth, unique Christmas festival dedicated to choral singing brings the most talented of the choirs. We invite singers from all over the world to contribute to a peaceful pre-Christmas feeling with their songs, traditional culture and spontaneous performances. We believe that the performances of these ensembles will contribute to an atmosphere that is characterized by their peace and unusual joy. There will also be a contest during which those choirs that wish to participate will perform their singing qualities before an international jury who will evaluate them. Free admission to all festival activities. More info:

Cigarettes After Sex

Majestic Music Club, Karpatská, Bratislava, Friday, December 8, 19:00

After their concert at this year's Grape festival, Cigarettes After Sex are heading to Slovakia once again! Their solo show will take place on 8. December in Bratislava. Come and enjoy this perfect band again during the last month of the year. Admission: €20. More info:

Urban Market 2017

Turbínová 1, Bratislava, Friday – Sunday, December 8 - 10

The Urban Market is a sales exhibition of good fashion, design, jewellery, accessories and creativity in a variety of forms. During 2017 the Urban Market has presented and connected the community of creative people eight times.
From Friday, December 8th to Sunday, December 10th, Urban Market visitors will have a unique opportunity to see the premises of the renovated Mlynice on Turbínová Street. It will be filled with more than a hundred producers and sellers of original fashion, jewelery, designs and accessories. Whether you are looking for original Christmas presents or just want to spoil yourself or your loved ones, this is the right place. There is something for mother, father, friends and kids as well. Admission: Permanent pass for whole weekend €5, Friday €2, Saturday €4, Sunday €2.
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Lantern Night in the bunker B-S 4

Bunker B-S 4 Lány, Bratislava-Petržalka, Friday, December 8, 18:30

At the end of the season, you can see the B-S 4 in a mysterious golden glow and experience the true atmosphere of bunker life as experienced by our soldiers in the thirties of the last century. In the museum we will welcome you in period uniforms, there will be a sightseeing tour with a professional interpretation of the fortifications and history, the friendly atmosphere will be supplemented by period music and, in addition to the good mood, we will also offer hot tea and mulled wine. Admission: free/voluntary. More info:

Paint &Sip Party!

Pizzeria Fantozzi, Bratislava-Podunajské Biskupice, Saturday December 9, 18:00

Have some wine in good company and take home a beautiful art piece made by you! Admission: €25. More info:

Kraak & Smaak

Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2, Sunday, December 10, 19:00

The Dutch producer trio returns to Slovakia for the 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. Admission: €15 - €25. More info:

Doma Dobre 2017

Depaul shelter for homeless people, Ivanská cesta 32, Bratislava, Sunday, December 10, 14:00

Serious, beautiful, spirited and lively describes the 4th annual Doma Dobre event. Great musicians will take care of this: the Moyzes Quartet, Sendreaves & Kokavakere Lavutara and Para. In cooperation with Nota Bene, we will present the book by Daniel Pastirčák "Old man and the child", and Fero Guldan will paint the painting that one of the concert visitors will take home. On Sunday, December 10, dormitory Depaul will also hold talks on homelessness issues. Admission: free/voluntary. For more information visit

Art courses in French for adults

Francúzsky inštitút, Sedlárska, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Thursday, December 14, 18:30

Drawing, painting and modeling with a professional painter on the theme of Christmas. Come join us on this course and enjoy the common moments of drawing. A Christmas mood is certain. Admission: €15. More info:

Sashe Christmas markets

Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25, Bratislava, Friday – Sunday, December 15 - 17

Come and see the hand-made products of the skillful, design and handi-craft creators from In a beautiful, historical palace, you will find inspiration for gifts for your loved ones but also for yourself and absorb the Christmas atmosphere. More info:

The Nutcracker

Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Príkopova 6, Saturday, Dec 16, 15:00, 19:00

Cirque De Monte Carlo and Edvin Marton present Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet in a new form – an acrobatic ballet performance. Admission: €29.9-€49.9. More info:

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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

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.
Francesca Martí: Transformation, Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until March 11.
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
Štefan Papčo: Psycho-vertical; Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until Feb 25, 2018
Szilárd Cseke: Fall by the Roadside; Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until Feb 4, 2018

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:
Francesca Martí: Transformation - “Transformation” is the title of the retrospective exhibition of the Spanish multimedia artist Francesca Martí. This exhibition will offer a wide approach to one of the most innovative European art productions, both in the sphere of traditional languages as well as in the domain of new technologies. The artist’s work goes beyond the limits of painting and sculpture to explore the languages of photography and video art as dynamic mediums. Her deep and engaged reflection about human emotions, ideals, cultural backgrounds or common universal challenges takes form in thematic series of artworks such as The Fly, Movements & Soul, Tears, Screen, Crystal, The Wall, Scream, Planet of Fusions, Cities in the Crooked Line & Migrants. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until March 11, 2018. 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:

Štefan Papčo: Psycho-vertical - Psycho-vertical is a climbing route in the High Tatra Mountains, situated close to the border between Slovakia and Poland. With a topography of large free vertical loose boulder blocks, it is one of the hardest routes to ascend. The Tatra mountains also function as Papčo's exhibition space. Indeed, he climbs and places sculptures on the mountains’ platforms, exposing them to today’s ever-changing climate. The carved wooden figures live through and record the extreme weather conditions. Papčo’s attitude is programmatically opposite to any “extraction”, it engages directly with the matter of the mountains and reflects on what it means to read the Earth as bodily matter. This exhibition pays tribute to the legendary Ganek Gallery – a fictional institution created by Július Koller in 1982 on an inaccessible plateau in the Tatras. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until Feb 25, 2018, Námestie SNP 12. More info:
Szilárd Cseke: Fall by the Roadside – The site specific installation is a big kinetic model, a work of art which presses contemporary questions. Cseke put up the installation as a critical model for discussion and intervention. The goal was to create a complex system, a space filled with eventful life. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until Feb 4, 2018, Námestie SNP 12. 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: Piotr Rubik; Starts: Jan 13, 19:00
CONCERT: Sir András Schiff; Starts: Jan 31, 19:30
OPERA: Semiramide (MET Opera: Live in HD); Starts: Mar 10, 18:55

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:
CONCERT: Sir András Schiff –Sir Andás Schiff and Schaghajegh Nosrati will play piano concerts by Mozart and Bach. Starts: Jan 31, 19:30, Koncertná sieň Slovenskej filharmónie, Námestie Eugena Suchoňa 1, Bratislava. Admission: €35 - €45. More info:
OPERA: Semiramide (MET Opera: Live in HD) – Rossini’s opera returns to the Metropolitan opera after 25 years, under the baton of Maurizio Benini. Angela Meade debuts as Semiramide, Elizabeth DeShong performs as the commander of the Assyrian army, Javier Camarena as the Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as prince Assur and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe. Starts: Mar 10, 18:55, Theatre Aréna, Viedenská cesta 10, Bratislava. Admission: €15. More info:

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