Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between October 19 and October 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

(Source: Marko Erd, TASR)

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Top 10
JAZZ: Bratislava Jazz Days; Starts: Oct 19-21
OPERA: Don Carlos; Starts: Oct 19, 19:00
EVENT: Halloween at the Wave; Starts: Oct 20, 11:00
CONCERT: Kim Wilde; Starts: Oct 20, 21:00
JAZZ: JazzBetween Bratislava; Starts: Oct 20, 21:00
PICNIC: Autumn Picnic in Bratislava; Starts: Oct 20-21
CONCERT: Mac DeMarco; Starts: Oct 21, 19:00
CONCERT: Blues concert on a boat; Starts: Oct 21, 19:00
EVENT: Lúčnica; Starts: Oct 23, 24, 25, 19:00
FESTIVAL: Hvalur; Starts: Oct 24-25

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

Bratislava Jazz Days

INCHEBA EXPO-Aréna, Viedenská cesta, Petržalka, Bratislava, Friday – Sunday, October 19-21

October 19 - Kennedy Administration (USA), Jamison Ross (USA)
October 20 - Yellowjackets feat Luciana Souza (USA), Stefano Bollani (ITA)
October 21 - The Manhattan Transfer (USA), Peter Lipa band (SK)

More info: goo.gl/G4e3fe.

Opera Premiere at SND: Don Carlos

Hviezdoslavovo square, Bratislava, Friday, October 19, 19:00

The opening premiere of the new season of the SND will be the magnificent historical piece by Giuseppe Verdi DON CARLOS. On the 19th and 20th of October, a staggering drama about power, misuse of ideology and the personal tragedy of big players on the political map of the past will be heard on the SND scene. Do not hesitate to come and enjoy this premiere. Admission: €10-€30. More info: https://goo.gl/5qemCK.

Halloween at the Wave

River surfing, Čunovo, Saturday, October 20, 11:00

The season is coming to an end, so what can you do to enjoy some last rays of sun? Come enjoy a party full of food and funky drinks. Of course, you can also enjoy the wave. And as Halloween is almost here come in a mask and take part in a competition. More info: goo.gl/dyfWDS.

Kim Wilde

Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2, Saturday, October 20, 21:00

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. Majestic Music Club, Karpatská 2. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk.

JazzBetween Bratislava

Metropol bar, Špitálska, Staré Mesto, Bratislava, Saturday, October 20, 21:00

The most entertaining party with the rhythm of fast jazz is returning to Bratislava! JazzBetween Bratislava – the afterparty for the Bratislava Jazz Days will bring an extravaganza of many great DJs, and world dance, which is unparalleled in our country. During the evening, besides great music, you can enjoy the DANCING EXCHANGES between the four invited Russian dancers and the local scene, as well as the BOOGIE WOOGIE DANCE SHOW, the fine drink and the unforgettable ATMOSPHERE. See you at JazzBetween Bratislava! And do not forget, jazz is also for the young! Admission: €5/€7. More info: goo.gl/zY7kny.

Autumn Picnic in Bratislava

Tyršovo nábrežie, Petržalka, Bratislava, Saturday - Sunday, October 20-21

The Autumn Picnic is a two-day Gastronomic event, at Tyršovo nábrežie in Bratislava, for everyone who is happy to meet friends and have something tasty to eat and drink. The entrance to the event is free, and we recommend arriving hungry.

What can you expect from the Picnic in Bratislava?
- The best food in Slovakia
- Street Food
- there will be a wide selection of snacks, vegetarian and gluten-free food.
- DJ (jazz, r & b, hip-hop, soul)
- Music program
- Beer & wine zone
- Tombola

Mac DeMarco

Atelier Babylon, Námestie SNP, Staré Mesto, Bratislava, Sunday, October 21, 19:00

Mac DeMarco for the first time in Slovakia! The Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with an unmistakable smile will present his newest album This Old Dog on his first ever show in Bratislava on 21. October 2018. Mac DeMarco will be supported by Aldous RH. Admission: €87-€110. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/182935499093034/.

Blues concert on a boat

Tyršovo nábrežie, Petržalka, Bratislava, Sunday, October 21, 19:00

A great concert from the "Blues on a Boat" cycle, a lively blues night with excellent musicians. Come and enjoy a good music and spend a nice evening in the top lounge area of the ship, overlooking the Danube. Admission: €8. Reservations: +421 903 449 650 or divadlovpodpalubi@gmail.com

Lúčnica - Slovak folklore group

Istropolis, Trnavské mýto, Nové Mesto, Bratislava, Tuesday - Thursday, October 23-25, 19:00

The ensemble based in Bratislava represents the top of Slovak folklore and dance art. Lúčnica's shows are inspired by national traditions, their outstanding performances, brilliant dance technique and spontaneous performance skills. In spite of the complexity of individual dances which are comparable with top sport mastery the dancers perform the dances with lightness and great enthusiasm. Pretty young girls and skillful dancers present dynamic and poetic dances and songs in colorful handmade national costumes from different regions. Admission: €20 - €26. More info: www.lucnica.sk/2018/09/predstavenia-istropolis-bratislava/

Hvalur festival

Atelier Babylon, Námestie SNP, Staré Mesto, Bratislava, Wednesday – Thursday, October 24-25, 19:00

Hvalur means ‘whale’ in Icelandic. It tells the story of "whale song" which can travel a thousand miles across the ocean and proves that in the world of music distance does not matter. This magic song is also synonymous with the natural beauty, uniqueness, identity, strength and cohesion of the collective. This festival offers to the Slovak audience the first two-day festival in a tour of the best contemporary Icelandic music. It will be an exceptional festival, essentially the only one of its kind, here in Europe. Admission: €15 - €30. More info: goo.gl/J8o5jG.

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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
Eagles & Doves; Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until October 28
Karina Smigla-Bobinsky: ADA; Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until October 30
DANUBIANA
50 Years Later...; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until November 11
All Over Again; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until November 11
5th International Triennale Of Textile Art; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 from September 8 until November 11

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
Eagles & Doves - What form does national identity take today? What influence do various symbols exert upon it? Can we positively identify with a nation without nationalistic and xenophobic overlays? The exhibition Eagles & Doves presents works by contemporary Slovak and German artists who respond to these difficult questions with broad perspective, criticism and humour, in a playful and open manner. Contemporary art can actually be a medium of intercultural communication: the encounter, not the clash, of cultures. The exhibition project was developed in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Bratislava on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its foundation in Slovakia. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until October 28, Námestie SNP 12. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.
Karina Smigla-Bobinsky: ADA - ADA is a post-industrial “creature”, calling to mind a molecular hybrid created from nano-biotechnology, with a capacity for producing works by an open source method. This is artwork with a soul. ADA is aesthetically complex, interactive, communicative, freely floating through space. It is transparent, in places prickly, making one think of a membrane; a ball filled with helium, whose surface is composed of some dozens of spikes of charcoal. Open: Wed 13:00 – 20:00, Thur – Mon 12:00 – 19:00 until October 30, Námestie SNP 12. More info: www.kunsthallebratislava.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN DANUBIANA
50 Years Later...
- Muž s odhalenou hruďou pred okupačným tankom (The Bare-chested Man in front of the Occupiers’ Tank) – the photograph by Ladislav Bielik from the first day of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops on August 21, 1968, circulated across the globe. It became an iconic image bringing a deep and permanent legacy about the threat of injustice and violence committed by those in power. This photograph and Bielik’s other 186 shots of these events still carry the power of utterance, fifty years later. They are not only a visual reminder of this dramatic period in our history, or a means to stir up emotions. For us they represent a deeper and permanent meaning, the legacy of a lived experience which strengthens and helps to enhance one’s sensitivity and response to any threat to freedom and independence. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until November 11, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
All Over Again - Ján Ťapák is one of the most distinctive figures of the generation of sculptors which entered the Slovak art scene in the early 1990s. He attracted attention with his spontaneous creativity and perfect technical preparedness, as well as his unique orientation of the content of his works in which he succeeded in transferring things and matters from the ancient past to the present times, to combine hundred year old traditions and the philosophy of modern man and to include the authenticity of his own country in the timeless context of distant cultures and civilizations. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until November 11, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
5th International Triennale Of Textile Art - Textile Art of Today is an international exhibition project which presents contemporary textile design. It differs from other textile exhibitions in the fact that it has been installed five times in important galleries allowing visitors from the V4 European countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) to see it. Furthermore, the project is being carried out under the auspices of the ministers of culture of the V4 countries. The Textile Art of Today project strives to present textile as a modern and dynamic discipline transcending the limits of the classical perception of textile art. Since the establishment of the event, an international jury awarded it the prestigious Božena Augustínová Grand Prix, the award named after the significant Czechoslovak artist. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until November 11, 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: Tom Odell; Starts: November 4, 20:00
CONCERT: Nightwish Decades; Starts: November 13
CONCERT: Gregory Porter; Starts: November 15, 19:00
CONCERT: Editors; Starts: November 26, 19:30
CONCERT: Glenn Miller Orchestra; Starts: January 15, 19:00
CONCERT: Steven Wilson: To the Bone Tour 2019; Starts: February 10, 20:00
CONCERT: Nicki Minaj & Future; Starts: February 22, 2019, 19:30
EVENT: Lord of the Dance; Starts: Mar 1, 20:00
CONCERT: Eros Ramazzotti; Starts: Oct 5, 2019
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: Gregory Porter – American singer sensation and twice Grammy award winner Gregory Porter is coming to Slovakia as part of the City Sounds festival. He is one of the most deeply felt jazz singers and composers of his generation. He returns to the stage with his last studio album Nat King Cole&Me from 2017 which he recorded with a 70-member bowed orchestra. Starts: November 15, 19:00, ISTROPOLIS, Trnavské mýto 1, Bratislava. Admission: €35 - €65. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Editors – British band Editors returns to Slovakia after eight years with new songs and new energy. Starts: November 26, 19:30, Refinery Gallery, Bratislava. Admission: €39. More info: www.ticketportal.sk/Event/EDITORS?idp=168054.
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.
CONCERT: Steven Wilson: To the Bone Tour 2019 - Steven Wilson, composer, musician, producer and leading personality of contemporary progressive rock, will perform for the first time in Slovakia. His successful show, To the Bone enriched by Porcupine Tree, will be presented on February 10, 2019 in the Bratislava refinery gallery. Steven Wilson has published more than fifty albums over his thirty-year career. The current, To the Bone, is his most successful record. After being released in August last year, he reached third place in the UK Album Chart, 2nd in Germany, and even in August 2017 his was among the 10 best-selling albums in Europe. To the great pleasure of intelligent progressive rock fans, Steven Wilson continues his successful worldwide tour To the Bone in 2019. Starts: February 10, 20:00, Refinery Gallery, Vlčie hrdlo, Bratislava. Admission: €39.5 - €50.5. More info: https://listocheck.sk/en/detail/steven-wilson.
EVENT: Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – The Famous Lord of the Dance returns to Slovakia to perform in front of our public. Their last visit in 2017 was rewarded with record audiences. A brand new dancing performance, great visual technology, sound, beautiful costumes, new music by composer Gerard Fahy and 40 talented young artists from around the world are the core of Dangerous Games. Starts: Mar 1, 20:00, Viedenská cesta 3-9, Incheba arena. Admission: €23-€78. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Eros Ramazzotti – Italian pop-rock star Eros Ramazzotti has announced his world tour and also a new studio album. Slovaks can also look forward to well-known songs such as Fuoco nel fuoco and Piu bella cosa, L’Aurora, Un‘ altra te, Dove c‘ é musica, Se bastasse una canzone. Starts: Oct 5, 2019, Ondrej Nepela’s Winter Stadium. Admission: €39-€79. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.

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