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Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between May 25 and June 3, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

(Source: Tomáš Benedikovič)

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Top 10
EVENT: Slovak Food Festival 2018; Starts: May 24 – 27
EVENT: Coffeeslava 2018; Starts: May 25-26
MARKET: Market-Piac-Markt 2018; Starts: May 26
WORKSHOP: Chocolate Bon Bons Masterclass; Starts: May 26, 9:00
EVENT: DogDays; Starts: May 27 - 28
CONCERT: Days of Early Music; Starts: May 27
CONCERT: Swing Society Orchestra; Starts: May 27, 20:00
EVENT: PsychoGames; Starts: June 1, 18:00
MARKET: Urban Market 2018 (Spring Edition); Starts: June 1-3
EVENT: Weekend of open parks and gardens 2018; Starts: June 1-3
Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

Galleries in Bratislava: Temporary exhibitions

Training in English

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

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Top 10

Slovak Food Festival 2018

Bratislavský castle, Bratislava, Thursday – Sunday, May 24 - 27

This year, the festival will again be at Bratislava Castle. This year's festival is not only about entertainment and great spirits but also about education and its main theme will be food waste. Food waste is really important nowadays and interesting in many respects so come and find out more. More info: goo.gl/q75zBE.

Coffeeslava 2018

HubHub Twin City C, Mlynské Nivy 12, Bratislava, Friday – Saturday, May 25 - 26

Coffee time! The third annual coffee festival, Coffeeslava, will bring you two days full of great coffee, roasting, cupping, coffee matching, new meetings and contacts. Take an adventurous journey to discover the third coffee wave. We invite you as a fan of coffee to learn more about what's behind the cup. Admission: €5. For more information visit bit.ly/2IT4Zkt.

Market-Piac-Markt 2018

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Saturday, May 26

Regular food vendors will be at the Old Market. Come and choose from the quality food that awaits you at our market. Admission is free. More info: goo.gl/e7v2CK.

Chocolate Bon Bons Masterclass

Ľudovíta Fullu 62, Karlova Ves, Bratislava, Saturday, May 26, 9:00

We would like to invite you to the Chocolate masterclass at our Boulanger&Patissiere studio. We will be making Chocolate bars with dry fruits and nuts and Chocolate Bon Bons. You will be making everything yourselves under our supervision and then you will be able to take it all home with you. The duration of the masterclass will be around 4-5 hours. During the break, we will drink coffee and try French desserts which will made for you in advance. Admission: €65.
More info: goo.gl/YfzDQh.

DogDays 2018

Starohájska 29, Petržalka, Saturday - Sunday, May 26 - 27

The third DogDays is a unique Dog Sports Festival which is coming soon! The biggest event of its kind in Slovakia will also offer a number of demonstrations of official dog sports and many specialists not only in show activities and various "equipment and gear" will be available. On site you can buy goodies for hungry dogs, quality food and other interesting treats. We are looking forward to seeing you! More info: goo.gl/bpbsc1.

Days of Early Music

Various venues, Bratislava, Sunday, May 27

The 23rd year of the festival Days of Early Music, for the first time organized by the Centre of Early Music under the aegis of the Music Centre Slovakia, in eight concerts, brings a view of European musical culture from the 16th to the beginning of the 19th century. The term “florilegium” symbolically refers to the variety of the period musical styles (mainly Italian, French and German), which have entered into a mutual interaction, whereby this cultural exchange took place almost independently from secular or confessional conflicts and so it can be regarded as an important unifying factor of the common European area. The dramaturgy traditionally brings top specialized ensembles and rare pieces into the historical premises and concert halls of Bratislava. For more information visit bit.ly/2IxpGDj.

Swing Society Orchestra

Nová Cvernovka, Račianska, Bratislava, Sunday, May 27, 20:00

The Swing Orchestra was founded in 2007 by a group of young professional musicians with a strong interest in bringing big-orchestra, swing and dance music to society. This special concert will be based on the tradition of the big swing and dance orchestras of the 40s and 50s of the last century. Admission: €8 in advance or €9. For more information visit bit.ly/2IC9iNZ.

PsychoGames

Kalab, Zámocká, Bratislava, Friday, June 1, 18:00

During these games you won't just have fun, but you will also improve your communication skills. Games and reviews are guided by psychologists and lecturers from the project OTVORENÁ HRA. Games target mostly verbal and nonverbal communication as well as observational skills. You will leave with a new experience. The games offer the opportunity to work on the previously mentioned skills, challenge your brain and meet new people. However, the main point of the games is still to have fun. Admission is free. More info: goo.gl/SB7oXz.

Urban Market 2018 (Spring Edition)

Námestie slobody 19, Bratislava, Friday – Sunday, June 1-3

The Urban Market is a prominent cultural and social event which consists of a living design fair of contemporary artistic and creative products; design, fashion, and art exhibitions, as well as a cultural program, educational activities, and presentations of creative individuals from various artistic spheres. In 2018, we will present and connect the creative community for the ninth year. The Urban Market spring edition will as usual be part of Bratislava's Days of architecture and design. The theme of the spring edition will be COOPERATION. Admission: €7 for all three days or €2 per day. More info: goo.gl/XB5BJr.

Weekend of open parks and gardens 2018

Various venues, Bratislava, Friday – Sunday, June 1-3

We invite you to the 10th anniversary of the cultural and educational event Weekend of open parks and gardens! Just as at when this event started, this year's goal is to emphasize and celebrate the value of historic parks and gardens and to involve people in their active protection. Come to spend a beautiful weekend in the embrace of nature. More info: goo.gl/VkxSxV.

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Training

TRAINING: Pilates in English; Starts: Every Monday evening, 20:30
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Thursdays; Starts: Every Thursday, 18:30
TRAINING: Yoga in English at Indian Embassy; Starts: Monday to Friday, 11:00, 16:00
TRAINING: Pilates in English– The class is in English, suitable for men and women, beginners and advanced, Slovaks and foreigners. The venue is equipped with Pilates requisites, a shower and a kitchen. (you do not need to bring a mat). Andrea’s classes are a mix of Pilates exercises for a strong core and and flexible body, and also Yoga exercises for stretching the stiff muscles caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Her classes end with the all-important relaxation of Body and Mind. She also uses highly qualitative etheric oils (doTerra) during the class. Refreshments, tea, fruits are included in the price. Starts: Every Monday evening, 20:30; Open Mind centrum, Mickiewiczova 2. Admission: €8 (one-time charge). More info: www.internationals.sk.
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Thursdays - You need to make reservation via yoga@internationals.sk. This is a beginners & intermediate class and you do not need any pre-knowledge. We will practice Dynamic Flow yoga. Take a look on one of our sessions: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalsBratislava/videos/1604953649521444/ Tea, water, fruit, showers are available to use for free. In this classes we are going to perform exercises that will make us stronger, more flexible, obtain balance and have fun while doing it. Starts: Thursday 18:30; Open Mind Centrum, Mickiewiczova 2. Admission: €8 (one-time charge) or €59 for a 10 session ticket you can use within 12 weeks. More info: www.internationals.sk.
TRAINING: Yoga in English at Indian Embassy - The Embassy of India in Bratislava is happy to announce the commencement of Yoga classes. The classes will be conducted by Ms. Jaiwanti, Yoga Teacher. The classes will cover Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation techniques. People interested in joining the Yoga Classes are requested to fill in the attached Registration Form. The Registration Form may then be sent to email: eindia.iccr@mail.telekom.sk. For any clarification/further information, you may contact Ms. Jaiwanti at Tel: +421-2-5296 2916/7/8 or email: eindia.iccr@mail.telekom.sk. Admission is free. Starts: Monday to Friday, 11:00, 16:00 Dunajska 4, Bratislava. More info: www.indianembassy.sk

Temporary exhibitions

SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY
The eights; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Dec 31, 2018
KUNSTHALLE
Ilona Németh: Eastern sugar; Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until July 15
DANUBIANA
Peter Pollág: Europa Domus Pacis; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until June 10
Xenia Hausner: Shaky Times; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until June 10
Igor Piačka: Illusions; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until June 10

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY:
The eights - The exhibition project The Eights is unconventionally conceived for the atrium as a series of small exhibitions for the anniversaries of the eights: February 1948, August 1968 and October 1918. The basis of the exhibition is a long, 3-meter high wall - "gallery noticeboard" - on which the visual collages will be rotated according to the anniversaries. The results will be a draft or materialised Pinterest board, a reminder of socialist "noticeboard culture". The collages will consist of artistic materials of various types (paintings, photographs, documents), primarily from the collections of the SNG. The final layout, the conflict of the artworks next to each other, their juxtaposition will speak about the nature of the historical event. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Dec 31, 2018. More info: www.sng.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN KUNSTHALLE
Ilona Németh: Eastern sugar – Exhibition includes works by Jeremy Deller, Harun Farocki, Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, and the invited project Museum of Sugar curated by Miroslav Eliáš. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until July 15, Námestie SNP 12. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN DANUBIANA
Peter Pollág: Europa Domus Pacis
- This artist has had a great number of solo and joint exhibitions and his works can be found in public and private collections on four continents. He has participated in many symposia and creative visits including France, Zimbabwe, Zambia, China, Mexico, Israel, Italy, Greece, Ethiopia and Iran. He has been given a number of prestigious awards at home and abroad for his work. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until June 10, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info: www.danubiana.sk
Xenia Hausner: Shaky Times - Xenia Hausner paints people, delving without sentimentality into the failures her protagonists experience, constructing a shorthand from daily life focusing on love, loss and the insecurity of our presence in our times. Her works depict society - they are deeply personal and yet radiate far beyond the parameters of the individual. The artist’s large, intensely colourful works draw the viewer into the mysterious world of interpersonal relationships. Mainly women, powerfully expressive, inhabit the stage she sets for her images, women who seem to be testing roles, contrary paradigms, alternative possibilities to thousands of years of patriarchal history. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until June 10, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info: www.danubiana.sk
Igor Piačka: Illusions - Igor Piačka is an illustrator who likes to work with living models, a true rarity in our country. His illustrations beautifully portray emotions and more often have a deep meaning. His best-known book illustrations include One Thousand and One Nights, Stories of the Dragon Emperors, Bible and Witcher’s Holiday by Július Balco. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until June 10, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info: www.danubiana.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

CONCERT: Lenny Kravitz; Starts: June 5, 20:00
BALLET: Chorea 2018; Starts: June 10, 20:30
CONCERT: The Offspring; Starts: June 13, 20:00
CONCERT: 2Cellos; Starts: June 15, 20:00
CONCERT: Tom Odell; Starts: June 21, 20:00
CONCERT: Shaggy&Sting; Starts: June 26, 20:00
FESTIVAL: Pohoda; Starts: July 5 - 8
FESTIVAL: Grape; Starts: August 10 - 11
FESTIVAL: Uprising; Starts: August 24 - 25
CONCERT: Thirty Seconds to Mars; Starts: August 31, 20:00
CIRCUS: Chinese National Circus; Starts: October 14, 16:00
CONCERT: Kim Wilde; Starts: October 20, 21:00
CONCERT: Lenny Kravitz – The Raise Vibration Tour of 2018 is connected with the release of new songs in the spring 2018, Lenny Kravitz announced. He is considered one of the great contemporary rock musicians. Kravitz is both a composer and producer, balancing between soul, rock and funk, influenced by the music of the 60’s and 70’s. He has been awarded four Grammy awards. He has also won several awards in the category of “The Best Rock Singer.” Starts: June 5, 20:00, NTC Bratislava, Príkopova 6. Admission: €79 - €459. More info: www.ticketportal.sk
BALLET: Chorea 2018 – Modern world ballet returns to Slovakia. For the National Ballet of Canada, the Balletto di Milano and the Portuguese National Balet it will be their first time in Slovakia. Ján Špoták, soloist of the Goteborg Operans Danskompani in Sweden, will also perform together with soloists of national theatres from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia. There will be also two home ensembles – the State Theatre Košice and the Slovak Theatre of Dance. Starts: June 10, 20:30, Grand Plaza, Dvořákovo nábrežie 6. Admission: €49 - €150. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: The Offspring – American punk-rock band The Offspring is coming to Bratislava with their greatest hits together with new pieces from their album. American punk band Anti-Flag and local band from Bratislava Plus Mínus will perform as support. Starts: June 13, 20:00, Incheba, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Admission: €29 - €49. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: 2Cellos – As part of their European The Score Tour two musicians who became famous, mainly thanks to their cover versions of popular hits return to Bratislava. The Duo consists of Slovenian Luka Šulič and Croatian Stjepan Hausner and they have already released four albums with covers of their favourite interpretations including U2, Avicii, Nirvana, AC/DC, Sting and Coldplay. Starts: June 15, 20:00, Incheba - Expo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 3-7, Bratislava. Admission: €39. More info: www.ticketportal.sk
CONCERT: Tom Odell – Tom Odell returns after a year to Slovakia. The British singer and pianist will introduce his new album on tour which should be released in time for his concert but his greatest hits can also be heard at this performance. Starts: June 21, 20:00, HANT aréna, Trnavská cesta 29. Admission: €29 - €59. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk.
CONCERT: Shaggy&Sting - Jamaican musician Shaggy will accompany Sting on their summer European tour playing at historical city sites. The duo will perform in Bratislava castle on June 26. Both will perform solo and together and they will also play teasers from their common album 44/876 that will be released on April 20. They and their bands will play well-known hits such as “Every Breath You Take”, “Englishman in New York”, “Message in a Bottle”, “It Wasn’t Me”, “Mr. Boombastic” and “Angel”. Starts: June 26, 20:00, Bratislava castle. More info: www.ticketportal.sk
FESTIVAL: Pohoda – Pohoda is the most famous multi-genre festival in Slovakia. It receives positive criticism and awards every year from artists, foreign media and experts from the music industry. Besides music, it brings literature, dance, visual arts, movie, theatre and much more for all age categories. Confirmed artists for this year are: The Chemical Brothers, Jamie Cullum, St. Vincent, Ziggy Marley, Glass Animals, SOJA, the Kronos Quartet, Danny Brown, Rodriguez, Aurora, Little Dragon, Blossoms and many more. Starts: July 5 – 8, Trenčín airport. More info: www.pohodafestival.sk
FESTIVAL: Grape - The Ninth year of the popular Slovak festival focused on the world indie pop/rock and electronic scene will bring to the Piešťany airport such well-known names as alt-J, Kodaline, Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, Wilkinson live, oh Wonder, Modeselektor DJ, Lamb, Wolf Alice, Dirtyphonics and many others. Starts: August 10 – 11, Piešťany airport. More info: www.grapefestival.sk
FESTIVAL: Uprising – The eleventh year of the Uprising festival of reggae music will bring to Bratislava Inner Circle, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Brother Culture, Benny Page, Bush Chemists, Awa Fall a.k.a Sista Awa and many others. Starts: August 24 -25, Bratislava, Cesta na Senec 2. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Thirty Seconds to Mars – The rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars will perform at the end of the summer in Bratislava. Performances of the band are considered to be among the best in the world. The band is popular because of their energetic live shows and their courageous mix of genres. Music critics compare them to Pink Floyd, The Cure and U2. Besides many music awards, they also have the record for the longest concert tour – 309 concerts over two years. Starts: August 31, 20:00, Winter arena of Ondrej Nepela, Odbojárov 9. More info: www.vivien.sk.
CIRCUS: Chinese National Circus – This group of acrobats was founded in 1958 and since then it has visited more than 70 countries. The circus trains acrobats from a very young age. Performance consists of two 45 minutes parts and only skilled acrobats perform, no live animals are included. Admission: €15 - €29. Starts: October 14, 16:00, Hant arena, Trnavská cesta 29, Bratislava. More info: www.ticketportal.sk
CONCERT: Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde is one of the biggest rock-pop idols of the 80’s. She released her new album, “Here Come the Aliens” in March and is now on tour. She will be in Bratislava for the first time as when she was in Slovakia ten years ago, she performed in Košice. Admission: €7 - €70. Starts: October 20, 21:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk.

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