Foreigners: Top 10 events around Slovakia in March

The selection of events not to miss in various regions of Slovakia next month, from gastronomy to sports to musical culture.

Indian conductor Debashish Chaudhuri to perform with Slovak Sinfonietta(Source: Courtesy of Debashish Chaudhuri)

WINE/GASTRONOMY: Tasting in Andrej Bagar Theatre, Nitra, March 2
JAZZ: Winter Jazz Fest Trnava 2018, Štefánikova 4, Trnava, March 9
OPERA/CINEMA: The Met: Live in HD: Semiramide, Così Fan Tutte; House of Art, Piešťany, March 10, 31
WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Hudba sveta Žilina (Music of the World Žilina), City Theatre Žilina (March 15), Stanica Žilina Záriečie (March 16), House of Unions (April 17)
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Exotic Inspirations, Fatra house of Arts, Žilina, March 15
SPORT: SIMPLY THE BEST world kickboxing series, Poprad Arena, Poprad, March 16
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Easter Concert, House of Art, Košice, March 22
BALLET: Swan Lake – premiere, historical SDKE building, Košice, March 22-24, 28
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Laudate Dominum and Requiem, Synagogue Lučenec, March 23, and St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Banská Bystrica, March 24
FILM FESTIVAL: Febiofest, various cities and towns, March 16-27

WINE/GASTRONOMY: Degustácia v Divadle Andreja Bagara (Tasting in the Andrej Bagar Theatre), Andrej Bagar Theatre, Svätoplukovo Square 4, Nitra, March 2, 16:00.

A theatre environment combined with local quality wines offer the crème de la crème of the Nitra wine region with products made by regional winemakers such as Château Topoľčianky, Víno Nichta, Velkeer, Vinidi, Terra Wylak, PD Mojmírovce, Žitavské vinice, Frtus Winery, Tajná Vineyards & Winery and Vinárstvo Trnovec. Party lounge, live music, snack bar, DAB performance, raffle, presentation of 2017 new wine included. Wine pass: €15 (wine bag with glass for tasting, welcome drink, 20 tasting vouchers, ticket for raffle).
More info in Slovak can be found here or on Facebook.

JAZZ: Winter Jazz Fest Trnava 2018, Malý Berlín Cultural Centre, Štefánikova 4, Trnava, March 9, 19:00.

The 3rd year of a one-day winter festival of jazz in “the oldest free royal town”, i.e. Trnava, brings to local audiences and visitors headliner Hungarian-based band Djabe with multi award-winning band members. Other performers of the evening include Czech saxophonist Ondřej Štveráček (“Czech Young Lion”), with Bugala/Štveráček 4tet, which includes internationally known drummer Martin Valihora, as well as Impaco Trio. Admission: €15. Tickets and more info can be found here.

OPERA/CINEMA: The Met: Live in HD: Semiramide, Così Fan Tutte; House of Art, Nábrežie Ivana Krasku 1, Piešťany, March 10 (Semiramide), 31 (Così Fan Tutte), 18:55.

Live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera New York offer the Semiramide opera by Gioacchino Rossini in March. The second March broadcast is Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte. These operas are offered for the first time in HD quality. Admission: €12, tickets: More info here.

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Hudba sveta Žilina (Music of the World Žilina), City Theatre Žilina (March 15), Stanica Žilina Záriečie (March 16), House of Unions (April 17), Žilina.

Hudba sveta Žilina is a three-day festival of innovative, modern world music, offering bands such as the mostly female Czech band BraAgas and, as headliner, international troupe Flaco de Nerja Flamenco Ensemble (ES, SK, RS, AT) who combines traditional and modern flamenco. Flaco, aka Branislav Krajčo, comes from Bratislava but has gained a reputation also in Spain. The next day, Hungarian Cimbaliband – a vivid, unrestrained cosmopolitan band merging various genres and styles – and Slovak band Rusín Čendeš Orchestra, specialising in fusion of Ruthenian, Balkan, Jewish, and Roma music with jazz and other genres, will play. In April, local Balkansambel and Rozsutec folklore ensemble will open for renowned Romanian band Fanfare Ciocarlia. Admission: €8 (one day), €20 (festival pass). More information here.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Exotické inšpirácie (Exotic Inspirations) Fatra house of Arts, Dolný Val 49, Žilina, March 15, 19:00.

The special concert of the Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO Žilina) will feature Indian conductor Debashish Chaudhuri, British sitar player Jonathan Mayer, and Czech Tomáš Reindl on tabla. They will play Good News from Beijing, works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Victor Paranjoti, Jonathan Mayer, Edward Elgae, Albert Roussel, and Liu Tieshan/Mao Yuan. Admission: €8-€12 (seasonal tickets series A, B). Tickets can be bought here. More info (in Slovak) here.

SPORT: SIMPLY THE BEST world kickboxing series, Poprad Arena, Poprad, March 16, 19:00.

After a year, the world kickboxing series SIMPLY THE BEST returns to Poprad, offering matches in kickboxing, MMA and professional boxing with both the top world and best Slovak athletes: Tomáš Možný, Samuel Hadzima, Pavol Garaj, Radoslav Esztočin and others. Admission: €9 (in advance, €12 on the site), €18-€22 for VIP grandstand. More information (in Slovak) can be found here. Facebook-Bodygympoprad.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Veľkonočný Koncert (Easter Concert), House of Art, Moyzesova 66, Košice, March 22, 19:00.

The Easter Concert of the State Philharmonic Košice (Štátna filharmónia Košice, (ŠfK) as conducted by Zbyněk Müller, with František Beer on organ and Janette Katinová and Erik Jámbor on pianos, will play seasonally themed music by Mirko Krajči (contemporary Slovak composer, premiere of “Dolorosa” for Orchestra), Jaromír Weinberger (Czech-US composer)– Passacaglia, and C. Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 C minor, Op. 78 “Organ”. Admission: €8-€10 (€13 loge). Tickets can be bought here or call, 055 / 2453 123. More info (in Slovak) is on their website.

BALLET: Labutie Jazero (Swan Lake) – premiere, historical SDKE building, Hlavná 58, Košice, March 22-24, 28, 19:00.

P. I. Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet will premiere in the State Theatre Košice (SDKE) as directed by renowned dancer/choreographer/director Vladimir Malakhov. Malakhov (born 1968 in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine) is a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, the artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin (Berlin State Ballet) from its founding in 2004 until 2014, and the student of Peter Pestov, as well as former member of the Moscow Classical Ballet (as that company's youngest principal dancer), the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, and others. Admission: €4-€15. Tickets can be bought here. ( More info (Slovak) on their website.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Laudate Dominum and Requiem, Synagogue Lučenec, March 23, 19:00 and St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Banská Bystrica, March 24, 19:30.

The Easter Concert of the State Opera Banská Bystrica offers soloists with the Choir and Orchestra of the State Opera BB, with choirmaster Iveta Popovičová and conductor Igor Bulla, performing two works by W.A. Mozart: Laudate Dominum and Requiem in Banská Bystrica, and Requiem in Lučenec. Admission: Lučenec: €12 with more information on their website (; Banská Bystrica: €8 or seasonal tickets series A, D. Tickets for B. Bystrica and more info (in Slovak) are here.

FILM FESTIVAL: Febiofest, various cities and towns (Košice, Trnava, Kežmarok, Levice, Martin, Poprad, Prešov, Prievidza, Trenčín), March 16-27.

The 25th international festival of club films, Febiofest, presents both recent Cezch/Slovak movies screened at festivals - like The Insects - and successful foreign films, e.g. , The Florida Project, Nico, Paterson, The Cakemaker, Jupiter’s Moon. More info on their website.

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