Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between October 11 and October 20, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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Top 10
DANCE: Big dance night; Starts: Oct 11, 19:30
FOOD: Goulash Open Fest 2019; Starts: Oct 12, 7:30
EVENT: Battle of Lamač; Starts: Oct 12, 9:30
FESTIVAL: One World 2019; Starts: Oct 9-13
LITERATURE: Novotvar 2019; Starts: Oct 9-12
EVENT: African market; Starts: Oct 13, 10:00
FESTIVAL: Film festival of dissimilarity; Starts: Oct 16-21
MUSIC: KlezMORE Festival; Starts: Oct 16-21
MARKET: Pomalo; Starts: Oct 17-18
BALLET: Russian Classic Ballet Festival; Starts: Oct 17-20

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

Big dance night

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, October 11, 19:30

It’s time for the annual favourite dance hall in October again in Stará Tržnica, this time with the new Hot Serenaders vs. Bratislava Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers for a Big Band Battle of friendly hostile orchestras! As a novelty for all dancers, the Bratislava Hot Serenaders Orchestra (B.H.S.) as the organizer of the event, in cooperation with the Bratislava Dance School B-Swing, prepared a dance workshop of pre-swing dances. Dance lessons have been part of dance evenings for many years, but this time Mr. Kubriczky from B-swing and Stančík from B.H.S. decided to give visitors more time to learn. So far, the lessons have been short, only between dance rounds, but this year the workshop is scheduled at 18:30 for 45 minutes before the official start of the evening at 19:30. Admission: €21-€39. More info:

Goulash Open Fest 2019

Záhrada Optimista, Púchovská, Rača, October 12, 7:30

The year has passed and the date of the goulash cooking competition is approaching for the third year. The program:

  • 7:30 - start - preparation for cooking
  • 12:30 - public tasting and goulash evaluation
  • 14:00 - announcement of the winner of the competition (main prize will be specified)

Create your team and come cook the tastiest goulash! More info:

Battle of Lamač

Malokarpatské námestie 9, Lamač, October 12, 9:30

On a meadow near the Bratislava Crematorium between the capital city's boroughs of Lamač and Záhorská Bystrica, two 19th-century superpowers will fight for victory. Austria and Prussia will once again join in the Battle of Lamač.

A historical re-enactment will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the final battle of the Austro-Prussian War that took here place on 22 July 1866, during which the Prussians burned down the then village of Lamač. You have a chance to witness the battle right at the battlefield on the second weekend of October.

The two-day event starts on the morning of October 12th with a promotion parade of soldiers in period uniforms along the streets of Lamač. A wide range of activities will also take place, including a children's drawing competition and fencing-school for children. You will also be able to see how a military camp looked in that period, and afternoon and evening battle scenes are prepared as well. Historical moments will be brought back to life by enthusiasts from the various clubs of military history.

In narrated commenced demonstrations throughout the day, they will also explain the roles and activities of the historical army units of the Prussian, Saxon, and Austrian infantry, Austrian artillery or Austrian and Prussian cavalry. A handgun duel, hussar cavalry training and a lecture about the injuries from fighting will also take place on Saturday.

That morning of July 1866, the Prussian army began to attack Lamač and Dúbravka with heavy cannon fire. At the end of the last battle fought in the war between Austria and Prussia, the Prussian forces were warded off. The ceasefire that meant the end of the war, saving Bratislava from a decisive attack by the Prussians. By setting a line of demarcation, the Austro-Prussian War terminated the fight for domination over Central Europe. Get familiar with the background, as well as the course of this battle which took place on the territory of today's Bratislava boroughs of Lamač, Záhorská Bystrica, Devínska Nová Ves and Dúbravka.

Bring your family and return with us to the old times of great monarchies.

Admission: free. More info:

One World 2019

Various venues, Bratislava, October 9-13

The 20th annual One World International Documentary Film Festival will take place in Bratislava from 9 to 13 October. In the Amazon, forests are burning, former secretary of state Jankovská is corresponding with Kočner and your uncle wants to marry a woman from Moldova, whom he has never seen but she wrote him a long letter that she loves him. Do you sometimes feel lost today? We have created a unique selection of films that open your eyes, help you think and understand the context, and help you navigate a space full of information and fake news. Admission: €3-€20. More info:

Novotvar 2019 - International literature festival

various venues, Bratislava, October 9-12

Canadian poet Anne Carson is coming to Bratislava! Come and experience new literature you don't know, but you will love once you do. The Novotvar festival presents the most interesting of the current trends in contemporary domestic, European and world literature. Every year we introduce our readers to authors who have published new books in the past year, to authors who are assigned to the most progressive in contemporary production, but also the youngest generation of debutants. The performances of almost 3 dozen prose writers and poets complement performances, discussions, parties and screenings in the festival program.

Admission: free. More info:

African market

Refinery Gallery, Vlčie hrdlo, Ružinov, October 13, 10:00

Virunga is waiting for you at the refinery gallery on Sunday, October 13. Come for your dose of exotic goodies and taste real Africa.

What can you buy? The freshest of the fresh fruits that look, smell and taste exactly how they are supposed to. Get ready for avocado, pineapple, papaya, jackfruit, maracuja, many kinds of bananas, dragonfruit, mango, guava, rambutan, and much more. And freshly made sugar cane juice!

Try awesome dry fruits as baby bananas (a favourite), pineapple or papaya.

And of course, you can’t miss out special spices from Zanzibar, exclusive fresh cocoa pods, chocolate, coffee, roasted cashews and peanuts.

From our beloved Uganda and Tanzania, where we have part of our hearts and family, we choose the best agricultural products for you. All 100% fresh from small farmers to help them achieve better living.

More info: Admission: free.

Film festival of dissimilarity

Kino Lumière, Špitálska, Old Town, October 16-21

Five days full of movie experiences, LGBTI people's stories, stimulating conversations and friendly meetings bring you a different kind of film festival. The 13th edition will run again in Lumière Cinema. The film tour is organized by the Innovation Initiative. Every year, FFi offers a varied selection of films that, through LGBTI stories, evoke thoughts on universal themes such as love, family, interpersonal reciprocity, meaning in life, and at the same time bring specific LGBTI minority issues (confronting prejudices, discrimination, lack of legal recognition) etc.).

Admission: €10.

KlezMORE Festival

Bratislava, October 16-21

KlezMORE Festival has belonged among the top festivals of Jewish music for more than 15 years. After five-year cooperation it is not just a Viennese festival, but already a joint festival of the “Twin Cities“ Vienna and Bratislava. The first part of the festival will be represented by the concert series in Bratislava with the common subheading „Pre-KlezMORE“, which means preview concerts, as well as other concerts in Preßburg, Prešporok or, as was Bratislava named in Yiddish, Preshpoyrk.

The aim of the organizer in Bratislava was to concentrate this year exclusively on Jewish music in its various forms. The Klezmer Dance with be taught, as well as an already traditional double concert of the current best Klezmer bands, as well as Israeli music and songs in the rare language of the Western Jews – Ladino – and finally Yiddish songs combined with classical music.


16.10.2019, 7 pm




V-KLUB, Námestie SNP 12

Tickets: 5 EUR (advance sale), 7 EUR (at the concert venue)

17.10.2019, 7 pm




Tickets: 8 EUR (advance sale), 10 EUR (at the concert venue)

18.10.2019, 6.30 pm




Tickets: 6 EUR (advance sale), 8 EUR (at the concert venue)

21.10.2019, 7.30 pm




Tickets: 6 EUR (advance sale), 8 EUR (at the concert venue)

Festival-Pass: €20 (all concerts incl. dance workshop)

Festival-Pass: €15 (all concerts without dance workshop)

POMALO - sustainability festival

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Bratislava-Staré Mesto, October 17-18

Let's give sustainability a chance! Let us show respect for nature, honest work, a humane and ethical approach together.

At POMALO - sustainability festival, you can find and get to know local promoters of slow fashion, zero waste, ethical fashion, sustainable design, fair trade, eco, bio and vegan products. Meet manufacturers, designers, and brands that meet the criteria of slow lifestyle.

You can enjoy the festival days at a relaxation zone with irresistibly comfortable tuli bags, a children's corner and tasty vegetarian and vegan snacks. The event will include as well a popular SWAP (clothing exchange). Visitors can expect interesting lectures from various fields and discussions about a sustainable lifestyle, and many workshops where various ecological products will be introduced. We will recycle old brushes together with the Curaprox brand and old mobile phones and batteries with the mobile operator Orange.

You can look forward to Street Food Park as well. More info: Admission: €4.

Russian Classic Ballet Festival

AXA Aréna NTC, Príkopova, Bratislava, October 17-20, 17:00, 19:00

Show Slovakia starts with a new project for the Russian season and will introduce to the Slovak public the best of Russian artists.

All performances will be performed in the style of the Moscow State Ballet. The priority of this theater is to preserve the best traditions of the Russian classical ballet school.

Russian ballet is all about feelings, emotions, sacred impulses of the soul expressed through dance. The theater ensemble is composed of graduates of the best choreographic schools in Russia, who in addition to a high level of technical skills also have acting talent, which they transmit to the stage.

The festival will take place in Slovakia with four of the world's most famous ballet performances.

  • 17.10.2019 - Swan Lake
  • 18.10.2019 - Romeo and Juliet
  • 19.10.2019 - Nutcracker
  • 20.10.2019 - Sleeping Beauty

Admission: €25 - €49.

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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, as well as yoga exercises for stretching stiff muscles caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Her classes end with the all-important relaxation of body and mind. She also uses highly qualitative essential oils (doTerra) during the class. Refreshments, tea, fruit are included in the price. Starts: Every Monday evening, 20:30; Open Mind centrum, Mickiewiczova 2. Admission: €8 (one-time charge). More info:
TRAINING: Yoga in English on Thursdays - You need to make reservation via This is a beginners & intermediate class and you do not need any pre-knowledge. We will practice Dynamic Flow yoga. Take a look at one of our sessions: Tea, water, fruit, showers are available to use for free. In these classes we will perform exercises that 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:
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: For any clarification/further information, you may contact Ms. Jaiwanti at Tel: +421-2-5296 2916/7/8 or email: Admission is free. Starts: Monday to Friday, 11:00, 16:00, 18:00, Dunajska 4, Bratislava. More info:

Temporary exhibitions

Land behind the Map. Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster
The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library
Artist´s (Heavy) Luggage
Laco Teren. Nothing Can Stop Us!

Democratia - At a time when the need to rethink Democracy is felt acutely, when current events nationally and globally are raising questions about the stakes of power, the work of these two authors, each with their own means of expression, tries to grapple with societal events so as to extract a more objective and distanced vision in which man confronts his actions and their underside. In a dialogue between photography and writing, both authors expose, impertinently, the abuses of an era, its contradictions and excesses. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info:
Variably - The anniversary exhibition of one of the most important Slovak fine artists Viktor Hulík (1949) is very well known not only in the European but also in the global milieu. Proof can be seen in many invitations and participations in prominent European exhibition projects. In 1988, Hulík became a member of an international artists group INT ART whose objective was to bring people from different cultural backgrounds closer together. In 1990, he was the first Slovak artist to be awarded a prestigious creative grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info:
Creatures - Looking at the art of Alena Adamikova, we can find lines of now rare stability in her work. First of all she painted portraits naturalistic, with strong contrasts in color and structure. It gives a certain mystic atmosphere to her works, which makes her one of the more remarkable contemporary surrealist painters. Nevertheless, in the last 10 years of work, Alena Adamikova is reflecting on roots. Through all her works runs the question, “Can my children discover the world as I discovered it?” She describes life perceived in a mystic way, where fairytales become reality. It seems that there is always a hidden secret in her work, the secret of security within the family, which is in danger of getting lost in a society of increasing individuality and loneliness. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info:
Land behind the Map. Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster - Amazing Art History with Professor Hamster is an interactive projection dedicated to the story of art history, prepared in cooperation with Prague colleagues (concept by Ondřej Horák, execution by Ondřej Fuczik, David Kakalík and INITI) and loosely based on their previous activities in the Czech Republic. The projection is designed for children interested in art history, as well as for lay and informed visitors who want to learn more. Telling the story of art, connected with a series of animated films devoted to the life and context of the work of a prominent Slovak, as well as world visual artists of the 20th century and the present, combines learning and entertainment. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace. More info:
The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library - The Kornel and Naďa Földvári Library is a project dedicated to Slovak writer, satirist, art and literary critic, book collector and translator, Kornel Földvári. Preparations started together with Peter Krištúfek, writer and director, who has searched for a method of preserving Földvári's large collection of books for a long time. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace. More info:
Artist´s (Heavy) Luggage - Arnold Peter Weisz-Kubínčan (1898 - 1944) was born into a Jewish family in the town of Usch, Prussia. From 1913 to 1917 he studied sculpture at the School of Arts and Crafts in Budapest. After the war he continued his studies in Berlin, most probably at a private academy. In the Berlin of the 1920s he could be close to the expressionistic tendencies which suited his artistic nature. Weisz-Kubínčan is a unique figure in terms of our modern painting and drawing but also due to his mysticism. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace until November 10. More info:
Laco Teren. Nothing Can Stop Us! - Nothing Can Stop Us! presents the key points of Laco Teren’s artistic program and introduces the unique artistic personality of this polymuse. Teren was one of the leading figures of the post-Modernist generation, which around the mid-1980’s presented their program of Neo-Expressive painting inspired by the Italian Trans-Avant-Garde and German Neue Wilde movements. Through his explosive temperament and energetic and daring metaphors he poked fun at the main iconographic symbols of the socialist era in its twilight. Diverse topical and historical inspirations can be found in his contemporary, large canvases of “Baroque-Art Nouveau” and Pop-art style based on grandiose and colorful two dimensional drawing designs. Predominantly a painter, Teren also switches to sculpture from time to time. Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 12.00 – 20.00, Friday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00, Esterházy’s Palace until January 12. More info:
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: Enrique Iglesias; Starts: Oct 31, 20:00
CONCERT: Diana Reeves; Starts: Nov 4, 19:00
CONCERT: Scorpions; Starts: Nov 20, 20:00
EVENT: Stomp – The World Dance Show; Starts: Jan 17-18
CONCERT: Alvaro Soler; Starts: May 29, 2020

CONCERT: Enrique Iglesias - Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias returns after more than 10 years to Slovakia with his tour All The Hits Live. He will sing older hits such as Bailamos and Rhythm Divine, but also newer ones like Duele El Corazón, Subeme La Radio, El Baño. Starts: Oct 31, 20:00, Ondrej Nepela’s Winter Stadium. Admission: €89. More info:
Diana Reeves - American Diana Reeves is one of the greatest jazz vocalists in contemporary jazz music and talented scat singer. She played in Slovakia six years ago and returns to City Sounds Festival this November. Reeves has been awarded the Grammy several times for best jazz vocal performance by a female artist. Starts: Nov 4, 19:00, Istropolis - Big Hall. Admission: €29-€59. More info:
CONCERT: Scorpions – German rock band Scorpions returns to Slovakia after three years. They will play a selection of songs from their 50-year music career in their Crazy World Tour 2019. Visitors to the concert may look forward to hard rock but also famous rock ballads, songs like Rock You Like a Hurricane, Still Loving You, Send me an Angel and Wind of Change. Starts: Nov 20, 20:00, Ondrej Nepela’s Winter Stadium. Admission: €49-€69. More info:
EVENT: Stomp – The World Dance Show – A unique mixture of percussion, dance, theatre and comedy with amazing music inspired by the everyday, Stomp members use everything from lighters and cans to trash bins and kitchen utilities for a memorable show. Starts: Jan 17-18, 2020, Incheba Expo Arena, Viedenska. Admission: €25-49. More info:
CONCERT: Alvaro Soler - Fantastic news for Alvaro Soler's Slovak fans - on the 29th of May next year Alvaro will take his incredibly successful Mar de Colores Europe Tour to Slovakia, where he'll deliver a great concert at the AXA Arena NTC in Bratislava. Starts: May 29, 2020, AXA Arena NTC in Bratislava. Admission: €40-€50. More info:

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