Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 16 and November 25, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

(Source: Brano Bibel, SITA)

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Top 10

MARKET: Christmas market; Starts: Nov 16, 17:00
CONCERT: Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno; Starts: Nov 16, 19:00
PARTY: Mike Williams; Starts: Nov 16, 22:00
FESTIVAL: Nipponfest 2018; Starts: Nov 16-18
THEATRE: Theatres Night 2018; Starts: Nov 17, 17:00
BODY ART: Body Art Show 2018; Starts: Nov 17, 19:00
MUSIC: Organ recital; Starts: Nov 18, 16:00
FOOD: Street Food Park; Starts: Nov 21-24
MARKET: Free zone market; Starts: Nov 24, 10:00
FILM: I, Claude Monet - Exhibition On Screen; Starts: Nov 24, 18:00

Religious Services for non-Slovak speakers

Galleries in Bratislava: Temporary exhibitions

Training in English

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

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Top 10

Christmas market

Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava, Friday, November 16, 17:00

Karin Haydu will open this year’s Christmas market with her guests. After lighting the Christmas tree and an Anka Repkova performance of the song Light, we will be transferred to the world of the musical fairytale Frozen - The Ice Kingdom. There is a rich program in the marketplace over the month. St Nicholas arrives on 6 December, as every year. The stage will present, for example, Funny Fellows, Modus Memory, various folklore groups, ensembles, singing choirs and kids from Old Town and Primary schools. Various themed creative workshops will be set up in the children's zone. There will also be a charity booth and a wooden Bethlehem. Charity days and performances will present, for example, the Children's Foundation of Slovakia with a Gala Evening for Children. There will be a wide selection of food stalls, as well as stalls with various souvenirs and Christmas goods.

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Námestie Eugena Suchoňa, Bratislava, Friday, November 16, 19:00

Petr Fiala is a composer, choirmaster, and founder of the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno (1990). The choir will perform motets by Anton Bruckner, an Austrian composer of the mid-1800s; Dies Irae by Petr Řezníček, who wrote sacred works in the mid-1900s when religious music was frowned upon; Gratia Musis Tibi composed by the choirmaster himself; and the Our Father by Leoš Janáček, who did not work often in the sphere of sacred music, though his Our Father is today a much frequented choral work of polyphony. Admission: €8 - €10.

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Petr Fiala conductor

Pavlína Švestková soprano

Tomáš Kořínek tenor

Pavla Kopecká harp

Martin Jakubíček organ

Anton Bruckner: Motets

Petr Řezníček: Dies Irae

Petr Fiala: Gratia Musa Tibi

Leoš Janáček: Otče náš (Our Father)


Mike Williams in Bratislava

The Club Bratislava, Rybné námestie 1, Bratislava, Friday, November 16, 22:00

Dutch DJ, record producer, musician and remixer from Kortenhoef comes to Bratislava. Come and enjoy his new songs as well as older ones. Admission: €15-€18.

Nipponfest & Hangukon 2018

Ľuda Zúbka 9, Dúbravka, Bratislava, Friday - Sunday, November 16-18

Nipponfest and Hangukon will take you to exotic Asia during the cold of November, thanks to a rich program where every visitor will find something interesting, whether a solid fan of Asian culture and pop culture or a random passerby. Films, anime, lectures, workshops, cooking, games (table, traditional but also electronic), martial arts, competitions, cosplay, karaoke, kpop, disco as well as interesting guests and last but not least a lot of fun. Admission: €15. More info: www.nipponfest.sk.

Theatres Night 2018

Školská 14, Bratislava, Saturday, November 17, 17:00

An open stage offers young artists a unique opportunity to present their work on the professional stage of the Ticho Theater Company. The Open stage in Ticho is open to everyone and every form of art. Individual or creative group, whether singer, actor, performer, artist, dancer, musician, filmmaker, or writer, this night belongs only to you and your talent.

Body Art Show 2018

Stredisko kultúry, Vajnorská 21, Bratislava - Nové Mesto, Saturday, November 17, 19:00

A charitable cultural and social evening dedicated to the beauty of painting on the body. You will see attractive models dressed in many colors, painted specifically for this occasion by the best body painters from Slovakia and abroad. The evening will be accompanied by singing and dancing performances and a fashion show where the models will be famous Slovak celebrities. At the end, a new bodypainting calendar will be presented, with proceeds going to charity. Admission: €33-€38.

Organ recital

Slovenská filharmónia, Námestie Eugena Suchoňa, Bratislava, Sunday, November 18, 16:00

The organ and trumpet are symbols of sacred music. The sound of the royal instrument evokes the atmosphere of a church; on frescoes, paintings and sculptures, choirs of angels play trumpets. These two instruments have cooperated in projects both in original compositions and in transcriptions. Admission: €6 - €8.

Daniel Zarecky organ

Vladislav Lavrik trumpet

Georg Friedrich Händel: Alla Hornpipe from Suite No. 2 in D major Water Music, HWV 349 (arr. for trumpet and organ)

Johann Sebastian Bach:

Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545

Chorale Prelude Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669

Chorale Prelude Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 680

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068 (arr. for trumpet and organ)

Charles-Marie Widor: Adagio and Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42 No. 1

Naji Hakim: Sonata for trumpet and organ

Street Food Park

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Wednesday November 21 - Saturday November 24

Join us for yummy street food, drinks and good vibes in front of the Old Market Hall.

Free zone market

Saratovská, Dúbravka, Saturday, November 24, 10:00

Do you have things you no longer need but would be sorry to throw in the trash? You can get rid of them but still save the environment, all without money.

Come donate things that you no longer need and replace them with what you like. Thanks to you, you will be able to fulfill the main idea of the whole event - to make a more beautiful Christmas for those who cannot afford it for lack of money. The gifts do not have to be new or expensive, but quietly obtained in the Money Free Zone. Admission is free.

I, Claude Monet - Exhibition On Screen

Kino Nostalgia, Súťažná, Ružinov, Saturday, November 24, 18:00

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at Monet, possibly the world’s favourite artist, through his own words. Using letters and other private writings, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who painted Impression, Sunrise, the picture that gave birth to impressionism, and who became perhaps the most influential artist of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, and even suicide. Subsequently, his flourishing art and his love of gardening led to a blossoming of Monet’s humour, insight and love of life. Shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice, I, Claude Monet is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved and iconic scenes in Western Art. Admission: €5 - €7.

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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
Useful Photography. Photography in Contemporary Slovak Art; Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Feb 17, 2019
DANUBIANA
Adam Szentpétery: Geo Codes; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13
Milan Lukáč: Paintings and Sculptures; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13
Peter Roller: Messages; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13
Karol Kállay: Unforgettables; Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13
KROKUS GALLERY
Erik Šille: Black Melon; Open: Wed-Sat 14:00 – 18:00 until December 21

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
Useful Photography. Photography in Contemporary Slovak Art – This exhibition will not present photography as a useful, fast recording medium, "a document of the period", or as an instrument of digital manipulation, but as a tool that is suitable for a wide range of use in contemporary art. In their response to the era of digital technology, artists use the photo medium much more freely but in a more sophisticated way. Appropriated documented reality is constructed, arranged, staged anew, but with the use of purely photographic methods and classical approaches. The collection will focus on events in the past 10 to 15 years, examples of artistic techniques and strategies within the wide spectrum of possibilities of this medium. It will also take into consideration a relatively new phenomenon - the impact of foreign training and long-term stays on the work of Slovak artists. Open: Tue – Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thur 12:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until Feb 17, 2019. More info: www.sng.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN DANUBIANA
Adam Szentpétery: Geo Codes - This individual exhibition of prominent Slovak artist Adam Szentpétery features a retrospective view of his painting career in the visual language of geometry. Line, colour and plane are the basic building blocks of his visual system. Over the course of four decades Szentpétery has created a monolithic painting program in the field of geometric abstraction which is the essence of mental contraction, rational practices and protestant economy of form. The exhibition presents basic themes and series of works, but without any linear sequence. On the contrary, they run parallel to each other or emerge in a later period in a transformed shape. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
Milan Lukáč: Paintings and Sculptures - Sculptor Milan Lukáč is one of the most well-known artists in Slovakia and his name resonates in a wider European context, particularly in France and Austria. Thanks to the universal language of his paintings and sculptures he can address a broad audience as his work conveys a convincing testimony of the state of the world in its endless forms and shapes. Sometimes it has an eminently intellectual and even philosophical charge with distinctive human overtones; at other times it interprets the fragility of interpersonal relations, but frequently it casts a lighter view of the endless realm of nature, its mysteries and its metamorphosis. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
Peter Roller: Messages - Peter Roller is an inventive Slovak sculptor who has mastered space, form and the material itself. Since entering the art world in the 1970s, he has created a special associative and metaphoric language of sculpture. He equally enjoys working with stone, wood and metal. Light has played important role in his work from the very beginning. For Roller, the material building of sculptures and objects is a philosophical utterance whose outer expression is dependent on the inner construction. The light of the environment, which turns the sculpture’s surface into shadows, emphasizes and complements the quality of the form by its various intensity. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
Karol Kállay: Unforgettables - Karol Kállay entered the world of Slovak photography in his own way. In 1942, at the age of sixteen, he won his first award (gold medal for first place) for his photograph entitled Asfaltéri / Asphalters at a national competition. In 1950, he definitely decided to devote his life to photography, and he began to work as a freelance photographer and travel the world. In the mid-1950s he brought motion to fashion photography by taking models outside and away from the photo studios and breathing life into his shots. His work was well received in Germany and France; he even received an offer for cooperation from Moscow. Open: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 until January 13, Vodné dielo Čunovo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN KROKUS GALLERY
Erik Šille: Black Melon - Erik Šille (1978), painter and graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, has been nominated for the Tatra Banka Art Award 2018 for his solo show “error” at Kunsthalle Bratislava in 2017, and the monograph “Erik Šille – Happiness Is Within Reach’ (published by Krokus and Slovart) is in the final selection of the National Design Prize 2018. Open: Wed-Sat 14:00 – 18:00 until December 21, Námestie 1. Mája 3. More info: www.krokusgaleria.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: Editors; Starts: November 26, 19:30
BALLET: Swan Lake; Starts: December 2, 19:00
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: 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.
BALLET: Swan Lake – It has become a rule that in December in Bratislava, spectators may see a ballet by the Royal Moscow Ballet. This year they are performing Swan Lake, with traditional choreography that tells the story of princess Odette under a spell and brave prince Siegfried. Starts: December 2, 19:00, Incheba expo arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7. Admission: €20-€55. More info: www.ticketportal.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.
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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