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Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between July 27 and August 5, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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Top 10
EVENT: Public astronomical observation on the castle; Starts: July 27, 20:00
FESTIVAL: Bee Free Festival; Starts: July 27-28
EVENT: Summer brunch at Riva; Starts: July 28, 10:00
EVENT: Power Tuning Party 2018; Starts: July 28, 11:00
EVENT: Peru Independence Day; Starts: July 28, 14:00
PARTY: Sander Van Doorn; Starts: July 28, 20:00
FILM: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Starts: July 30, 19:30
EVENT: Bridge ‘n Talk; Starts: July 31, 18:30
CONCERT: Mari Samuelsen; Starts: August 2, 20:00
CONCERT: Chamber Concerts in the Botanical Garden; Starts: August 5, 17:30

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

Public astronomical observation on the castle

Bratislava castle, Bratislava, Friday, July 27, 20:00

Two of the most anticipated and exceptional astronomical events of this year will take place on 27 July. The first is Mars' great opposition. This means that Mars, the Earth and the Sun will be in line and at the same time Mars will be at its closest to Earth. The second event will be even more significant. There will be the longest period of moonlight this century. And that is not the end. There will also be other clearly visible planets besides the Moon and Mars in the sky that night. After sunset: there will be Venus, and to the east Jupiter, Saturn and the planet Vesta! You will be able to see all these planets and the Moon on this astonishing day if you join us at the public astronomical observation on the southern terrace of Bratislava castle. Binoculars will be available on site. More info: goo.gl/AdyUtL.

Bee Free Festival

Various venues, Bratislava, Friday-Saturday, July 27-28

The biggest dance festival in Slovakia will celebrate its 20th year in 2018. It will take place at the open-air club “beach under the UFO” in Bratislava with a house stage, and on the premises of Incheba, where the drum and bass, techno and main stage will be sited. More info: www.beefree.sk.

2nd summer brunch at Riva

Rázusovo nábrežie, Bratislava, Saturday, July 28, 10:00

Join us on Saturday, July 28, with partners, friends, parents, children, dogs, just a few with whom you enjoy spending time. Tables full of traditional breakfast variations from different parts of the world will be waiting and you can collect and combine individual courses according to your taste and stomach capacity. Good coffee, tea, lemonade, prosecco (!) - everything are used to and much more. Pre-packaged, come on down, it's totally different coffee ... €14.90 admission for all-you-can-eat. More info: goo.gl/kRVWDs.

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Power Tuning Party 2018

Shopping Palace Zlaté Piesky, Cesta na Senec, Ružinov, Saturday, July 28, 11:00

The 6th annual summer celebration of unique cars in Bratislava, welcoming luxury, rare, super sports and American cars - both new and old. Come to show your 4-wheel dream and fight for the Car Fans Cup and Power Magazine edition. Admission is free. More info: goo.gl/FYe8mC.

Celebration of Peruvian Independence Day

Nábrežie armádneho generála Ludvíka Svobodu, Bratislava, Saturday, July 28, 14:00

July 28 is the largest Peruvian holiday. Peruvians celebrate it with their amazing food and music. Sabor Peruno has prepared the largest Peruvian fest in Bratislava. Enjoy the true Peruvian atmosphere on the boat with fantastic Peruvian food that will be prepared by our Peruvian chef. Entry: kids - €13, adults - €26 with food and reservation, after 5 pm (without food and reservation) - €3. More info: goo.gl/etwr6u.

Sander Van Doorn at Wakelake

Cesta na Senec 12, Bratislava, Saturday, July 28, 20:00

This legend of the music scene does not need to be introduced. Sander van Doorn is undoubtedly one of the most important, influential and most popular DJs in the world. He regularly performs at world clubs and festivals such as Creamfields, Tomorrowland, UNTOLD and Electric Daisy Carnival pepper, and Wakelake is now added to his list. His distinctive style of music is loved by millions of fans around the world. Entry: Standard - 32€ / VIP - 72€. More info: goo.gl/qQSCqV.

Cinema Satori Stage: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Satori Stage, Mickiewiczova 9, Bratislava, Monday, July 30, 19:30

If you could, would you want to forget something in your life? It's said that ignorance is bliss but what else defines us, if not our memories? Finding happiness despite life's adversities makes us stronger, but what if our memories bar us from finding peace of mind? This romantic drama stole the hearts of viewers all across the world. Personal, intimate, but philosophical and existential at the same time. Come and find out if this movie can steal your heart too. Admission: €2. More info: goo.gl/zzcHjy.

Bridge ‘n Talk at the Magio beach

Baštová 7, Bratislava, Tuesday, July 31, 18:30

This year, we have prepared free English-speaking hours for you in cooperation with Magio Beach. Our tutors are here every Tuesday from 18:30 to 20:00. More info: goo.gl/hWtNHx.

Mari Samuelsen - from Bach to Glass

Great Evangelical Church, Panenská, Bratislava, Thursday, August 2, 20:00

Her concert at the Viva Musica! festival in 2017 was unquestionably one of the highlights of the festival from its inception: she enchanted Bratislava with her outstanding interpretation of works by contemporary Scandinavian composers and a “re-composition” of Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons by Max Richter.

The Norwegian violin virtuoso Mari Samuelsen returns to Slovakia with a new project From Bach to Glass, in which she pays homage to two important figures of world music history – the German Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach and the American minimalist Philip Glass. From more information and tickets visit http://bit.ly/ViMusicaSamu.

Chamber concerts in the Botanical garden

Botanical garden, Bratislava, Sunday, August 5, 17:30

On Sunday 5 August at 5:30 pm, you can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the Botanical garden and tones of the masters of our music scene, an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. Lento Ad Astra – Zita Sopková piano, Erik Rothenstein saxophone, Pavol Bereza guitar. Transcriptions of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and other world-famous authors, as well as original compositions.

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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
Berger; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Sep 30, 2018
KUNSTHALLE
David Bohm, Jiri Franta: No One’s Going to Laugh! Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until September 2
DANUBIANA
Markus Huemer: This Exhibition Has an Utopian Superfluity; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2
Carl Henning Pedersen, Else Alfelt: Artistic Couple; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2
Patrícia Koyšová: Zoom; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2
Dušan Kállay: The Magical World of Colours; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until August 15

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
Berger – Ján Berger‘s art program is based on a visual interpretation of banal reality and his own experience, life feelings, situations and perceptions. He combines these experiences and observed fragments of reality in a lengthy painting process. Through color fields, spots and unrelated details he creates an independent visual language with a new and authentic visual quality. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Sep 30, 2018, Esterházy Palace. More info: www.sng.sk
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN KUNSTHALLE
David Bohm, Jiri Franta: No One’s Going to Laugh! Since 2006, when they first began operating as a creative duo in the field of visual art, Jiří Franta (*1978) and David Böhm (*1982) have successfully held numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. These projects are distinguished particularly by an attempt to seek new contexts and significant overlaps of the classical medium of drawing, the examination of its physical limits, and also, for example, thoughts on the wider relationship between image and text structure. Their joint presentations, however, also include performance, videos, spatial installations, interventions in public spaces, wall paintings, and last but not least, publishing activity. With their spontaneity and heuristic approach, this artistic pairing provokes creativity and imagination among audiences, who are drawn into the game in an original and captivating manner by the artists’ relaxed, participative approach, which is open to a cumulation of associations. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until September 2, Námestie SNP 12. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN DANUBIANA
Markus Huemer: This Exhibition Has an Utopian Superfluity - Markus Huemer works both in the media of painting and drawing, as well as producing interactive installations and environments, and computer animations. In doing so, he investigates the suitability of digital media for art on the basis of his experience with classical ones, bearing in mind art and media history, and questioning at the same time the assumed brilliance of artists by making a sarcastic parody of himself. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk
Carl Henning Pedersen, Else Alfelt: Artistic Couple - Carl-Henning Pedersen was of essential significance for the Danish art movement of the second half of the 20th century. The experimental nature of his work established a link between contemporary Danish art and the European avant-garde streams from the late 1930s. His work soon found recognition due to its original artistic language in which he successfully transformed the impulses of Cubism and Picasso, and particularly inspirations from the paintings of Klee, Kandinsky, Chagall and other masters. Else Alfelt, the outstanding Danish abstract painter characterized her work as follows: “I depict colour and rhythm.” She composed the rhythm of colours and forms in dynamic and suggestive visual wholes. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk
Patrícia Koyšová: Zoom – The theme of the solo exhibition of Patrícia Koyšová is expressed by a simple and apt title ZOOM referring us to the view through a camera lens, for example, which enables a smooth change of the focal point for imaging objects at various distances with permanent focus. The artist consistently works with the process of depiction and vision, she studies it especially in abstract painting, the morphological structure of which is flexible, floating and forcing us to look for focal points, but the gaze of the spectator is taken away on waves, streams and swirls. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until September 2, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk
Dušan Kállay: The Magical World of Colours - “I live my life on the border that separates dream and reality.” And it is this dream aspect of Dušan Kállay’s concepts which we admire in his illustrations and paintings. His dreams, no matter how connected with reality, exist outside this reality and cannot escape it. What seems to us to be a faithful depiction slips away into a mysterious world of unconventional relations and circumstances. This allows the artist to discover the diversity of the world in various forms: through the bizarre world of people, animals and things. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until August 15, Vodné dielo Čunovo. 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: Die Antwoord; Starts: August 21
FESTIVAL: Uprising; Starts: August 24 - 25
OPERA: Nabucco & Verdi Gala; Starts: August 24 and 26
CONCERT: Thirty Seconds to Mars; Starts: August 31, 20:00
CONCERT: Alice Merton; Starts: September 14, 19:00
CIRCUS: Chinese National Circus; Starts: October 14, 16:00
CONCERT: Kim Wilde; Starts: October 20, 21:00
CONCERT: Tom Odell; Starts: November 4, 20:00
CONCERT: Nightwish Decades; Starts: November 13
CONCERT: Glenn Miller Orchestra; Starts: January 15, 19:00
CONCERT: Nicki Minaj & Future; Starts: February 22, 2019, 19:30
CONCERT: Die Antwoord - Die Antwoord is Afrikaans for ‘The Answer’. This Next Level South African rap-rave crew rap and sing in a mixture of English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa. The group is known for their unique ‘Zef style’, and non-conformist, punk-like attitude. Die Antwoord are also known for having ‘The best music videos in the world’. Their wild and crazy high-energy live shows attract a cult-like following world-wide. Starts: August 21, NTC Arena. Admission: €39.5. More info: listocheck.sk/en/detail/die-antwoord
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.
OPERA: Nabucco & Verdi Gala – The biggest opera open-air festival in Slovakia will bring to beautiful Bratislava castle the legend, Nabucco–and a gala performance including parts of La Traviata, Rigoletto, II Trovarore, La forza del destino, Don Carlos and Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. Starts: August 24 and 26, West Terrace of Bratislava castle. Admission: €49 - €99. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.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.
CONCERT: Alice Merton – Canadian-German singer and composer Alice Metron is a young raising star of the current music scene. She can be proud of her victory at the European Border Breakers Award 2018 and she took over the American Billboard and the European hit-parade at the same time. Starts: September 14, 19:00, Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. Admission: €22. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.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.
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: November 4, 20:00, HANT aréna, Trnavská cesta 29. Admission: €29 - €59. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk
CONCERT: Nightwish Decades - Finnish legend Nightwish celebrate 20 years on stage and with an exceptional program, visit Slovakia. The biggest hits and unprecedented feature-length megashow breaks out on November 13, 2018 at the Incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava. The concert, which will also celebrate the 4th Birthday of Radio Anténa Rock, will also present a special guest whose name still remains a mystery. Starts: November 13, Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenská cesta, Bratislava. Admission: €34 - €61.5. More info: listocheck.sk.
CONCERT: Glenn Miller Orchestra - The original American Glenn Miller Orchestra was founded in the thirties of the last century. Founder Glenn Miller is considered one of the greatest shining stars of the American jazz scene for more than 35 years. Glenn's career lasted only five years, but this time was long enough for Glenn Miller to become a leading personality of the world's most popular swing orchestra, which remains under the name of "Glenn Miller Orchestra". Dutch conductor and keyboardist Wil Salden has been conducting the orchestra for several decades. You can enjoy his amazing talent and work live on January 15, 2019 in Bratislava. They will play favourites such as Sunrise Serenade, Moonlight Serenade, Moon Love, Over The Rainbow, Blue Orchids, Careless, When You Wish Onon, and Imagination. Starts: January 15, 19:00, Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1. Admission: €45-€59.
CONCERT: Nicki Minaj & Future – World hip-hop icons Nicki Minaj and Future have their first shared tour, NickiHndrxx. The show is great for those who love hip-hop and mainstream music. The several award-winning musicians are well-known for their hits that reach top places in the music rankings. Together, they will bring an unforgettable show to the stage. Starts: February 22, 2019, 19:30, Ondrej Nepela’s Winter Arena, Odbojárov 9, Bratislava. Admission: €69-€109. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.

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