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Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 30 and December 9, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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Top 10
FILM: 20th International Film Festival Bratislava; Starts: Nov 29-Dec 2
BALLET: Beatles go Baroque; Starts: Nov 30, Dec 1, 19:00
EVENT: Advent at the castle; Starts: Nov 30 – Dec 19
EVENT: Wedding Exhibition; Starts: Dec 1, 9:00 – 19:00
EVENT: Christmas dinner - vegan cooking course; Starts: Dec 1, 15:30
EVENT: Uprising Winter Edition; Starts: Dec 1, 20:00
EVENT: Sunday Rest; Starts: Dec 2, 16:00
OPERA: Nabucco & Verdi Gala; Starts: Dec 2, Dec 3
BALLET: Swan Lake; Starts: Dec 2, 19:00
CONCERT: Gregorian Chant; Starts: Dec 2, 19:30

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

20th International Film Festival Bratislava

Various venues, Bratislava, Thursday – Sunday, November 29 – December 2

This year's festival will offer a selection of quality titles brought to you by current young film productions. With innovative views on the world and how it functions, the audience will meet in the pleasant atmosphere of Bratislava's Lumiere and Mladosť cinemas. Admission: €9.90 - €14.90. More info at: bratislavaiff.sk.

Beatles go Baroque

Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova, Bratislava-Old Town, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 19:00

The immortal compositions of the legendary Beatles band in Baroque arrangements by the world-renowned conductor, composer and pianist Peter Breiner will come to life on the stage of the SND, thanks to the original Slovak project by young as well as well-known Slovak choreographers, mostly from the Ballet SND. Admission: €20 - €25. More info: www.snd.sk.

Advent at the castle

Bratislava castle, Bratislava, Friday, November 30 – Wednesday, December 19

The third year of advent at the castle will be carried on in a family atmosphere. There is a children's theater, St. Nicholas visit, creative workshops and many other activities for both young and old! Admission is free. More info: sk-sk.facebook.com.

Wedding Exhibition - 10th year

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, Hviezdoslavovo square 3, Bratislava, Saturday, December 1, 9:00 – 19:00

Join us to celebrate the 10th year of the most beautiful wedding show and discover everything you need on your day with a capital "D". On 1.12.2018 you will have a perfectly planned wedding at your fingertips, without stress. Find inspiration from our exhibitors and find your dream wedding dress, ribbons, floral decorations, photographer and everything needed for the perfect day. Admission: €5.

Christmas dinner - vegan cooking course

Loove, Kopčianska 10, Bratislava, Petržalka, Saturday, December 1, 15:30

At this vegan cooking course, we will teach you how to prepare a honey-beetle, potato mayonnaise salad and how to pack a happy "fish" of celery. Admission: €40. More info: sk-sk.facebook.com.

Uprising Winter Edition

Atelier Babylon, Square SNP, Old Town – Bratislava, Saturday, December 1, 20:00

Winter Uprising for the ninth time! Lineup: Jah Mason Music, Turbulence Big Lion, Kumar Kumz Bent, Fireman Crew - Backing Band, Mc Rida Radar, Ryhha, Colectiv, DJ Spliff, DJ F.I.L., DJ Magadread. Admission: €19.

Sunday Rest: Useful Photography. Photography in Contemporary Slovak Art

Esterházy Palace, Ľudovít Štúr Square 4, Bratislava, Sunday, December 2, 16:00

Photography is frequently used as an instrument for a wide spectrum of contemporary art expression. This lecture will present selected artists working with photography and a wide range of artistic strategies in contemporary Slovak art in the past 10– 15 years. It will also touch on the impact of internships and stays abroad on the work of Slovak artists. Admission is free.

Nabucco & Verdi Gala

NTC Aréna, Príkopova 6, Bratislava, Sunday, December 2, 19:00, Monday, December 3, 19:00

December 2– NABUCCO

Giuseppe Verdi’s legendary opera with an unforgettable Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Nabucco is coming back to Slovakia! A magnificent performance for opera lovers.

December 3– VERDI GALA

The famous arias, choirs and overtures of the great Giuseppe Verdi will be performed by world-famous music performers.

Admission: €40 - €100. More info: predpredaj.zoznam.sk.

Swan Lake

Incheba expo arena, Viedenská cesta 3-7, Sunday, December 2, 19:00

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. Admission: €20-€55. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.

Gregorian Chant

Kostol Zvestovania Pána, Františkánske square 10, Old Town, Bratislava, Sunday, December 2, 19:30

Schola Minor is vocal ensemble specializing in interpreting Gregorian chant and polyphony. Besides vocal solo, there will be space for early polyphony and improvised many-voiced singing inspired by late-Gothic music technique and sound characteristics of current stringed musical instruments of classical music (violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass).

Schola Minor sings: Hilda Gulyásová (solo), Tomáš Šelc (solo), Mária Páleníková, Júlia Urdová (also viola), Sylvia Urdová (artistic manager). Participating: Juraj Tomka (violin), Gregor Regeš (violoncello), Lumír Machek (contrabass).

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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, 18:00
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, 18:00, 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: Bratislava International Church, Starts: Sundays 10:00 English, Malý kostol, Panenská Street (entrance from Lýcejná Street)
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 9:00 Hungarian, 10:00 English, 11:30 German, Malý kostol, 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: 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: Paul Kalkbrenner; Starts: Mar 7, 19:30
CONCERT: Eros Ramazzotti; Starts: Oct 5, 2019
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: Paul Kalkbrenner - Paul Kalkbrenner is ranked among the best electronic musicians in the world. The DJ from Berlin caught the attention of Slovakia in 2012 and after seven years he is returning to Bratislava with new work. The best electronic concert of the year 2019 will be played at the Refinery Gallery and you must be there! Starts: Mar 7, 19:30, Refinery Gallery, Vlčie hrdlo, Bratislava. Admission: €39. 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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