Foreigners: Top 10 November events around Slovakia

Head to Košice for Fashion Week and Art & Tech Days or go listen to a sermon given by a US cardinal in Trnava in November.

The interactive VR/AI experience by Kitchen Budapest and Healium Decoration, named TRAINING 2038, at the 2018 Art & Tech Days in KošiceThe interactive VR/AI experience by Kitchen Budapest and Healium Decoration, named TRAINING 2038, at the 2018 Art & Tech Days in Košice (Source: ATDs - Facebook)

In November, Slovakia marks the 30th anniversary since the peaceful Velvet Revolution on November 17, 1989, when communism fell.

However, there are all kinds of events happening this last month of autumn around Slovakia. Košice slightly dominates the list this time:

1) WALKING TOUR: The Lesser-Known Details of St Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice, Nov 1-3, St Elisabeth Cathedral, Košice
2) PERFORMANCE: Russian Circus on Ice, Nov 5-10, ice-hockey stadiums in five Slovak towns
3) THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Weekend of Attractive Theatre, Nov 6-10, community centre ŽSR, Zvolen
4) FASHION: Košice Fashion Week & Summit, Nov 6-9, community centre Kasárne/Kulturpark, Košice
5) MUSIC: Urbsounds label night, Nov 8, community centre Stanica Žilina-Zárečie, Žilina
6) WINE TASTING: The Little Carpathians Tastes, Nov 9, local restaurants and wine cellars in the region
7) RELIGION: Trnava Novena, Nov 12-21, St Nicholas Basilica, Trnava
8) FILM FESTIVAL: High Mountains Nitra, Nov 16, town hall, Nitra
9) TECH FESTIVAL: Art & Tech Days, Nov 19-24, Kasárne/Kulturpark, Košice
10) EXHIBITION: Graphics by Impressionists, until Feb 2020, The East Slovak Museum, Košice

1) The Lesser-Known Details of St Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice

The magnificent cathedral, which dominates Košice, has many hidden facts. Tours are held on the first weekend of November to reveal them to interested people. Where can you find monsters in the cathedral? Where is a memento of the quake in Košice? Or, behind which door is a winding staircase? These are only some of the questions that will be answered during the tour. However, a Slovak-speaking companion will be of help as the tours are held in Slovak and two in Hungarian (Nov 2-3 at 16:00).

City: Košice
Venue: St Elisabeth Cathedral
Date: Nov 1-3
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (Nov 1), 10:30 – 17:00 (Nov 2), 12:30 – 17:00 (Nov 3)
Admission: €3.49 (on the spot), children free

2) Russian Circus on Ice

The Russian Circus on Ice, led by Kirill Kirillov, has prepared a new and dynamic show, Triumph, for adults and children. The performance on ice combines all genres of contemporary circus art, including jugglers, acrobats, illusionists, gymnasts, and clowns. The audience will find no animals in this circus but sports professionals, who have won many competitions in figure skating in the past, and representatives of important circus dynasties of the world-renowned Russian circus.

City: Levice, Poprad, Žilina, Bratislava, Trnava
Venue: ice-hockey stadiums
Date: Nov 5–10
Time: 16:00 or 17:00, depending on a town. The show lasts 2h 20min.
Admission: Under 3 for free. Others from €20 to €25, depending on a seating option and town. Purchase tickets here.

3) The Weekend of Attractive Theatre

The oldest theatre festival in Slovakia, founded on November 17, 1989, returns. Although this international event started off in Cinema Star in the spa town of Sliač 30 years ago, it now takes place in nearby Zvolen, central Slovakia. Focusing on untraditional forms of theatre performance, visitors can witness the best of central European theatre, as well as concerts, discussions, film screenings and the like. Paris Monster, a US band, will also join the weekend action.

City: Zvolen
Venue: community centre ŽSR
Date: Nov 6–10
Time: Afternoon hours. See the program for more information.
Admission: Some events are free. Click here to see and buy a ticket for events that require an entry fee. Tickets can be purchased also at local information centres, both in Zvolen and Banská Bystrica.

4) Košice Fashion Week & Summit

Košice will host its sixth fashion week this November. However, it will be not only about fashion but also involve discussions, exchange of know-how and inspiration. This year’s edition has been given the following subtitle: Sustainability through Talent Development & Innovations to support young talent in this industry. Visitors can meet a number of fashion designers, university lecturers, mentors, and other creative people. Besides, owners of luxurious shops from France will arrive to discover new Slovak talent. You can follow the event also on Facebook and Instagram.

City: Košice
Venue: Kasárne/Kulturpark
Date: Nov 6–9
Time: 10:00 – 23:00
Admission: As ticket information differs, depending on the day, click here and scroll down to the program to see which events are either free or paid.

5) Urbsounds label night

Urbsounds is a Bratislava-based electronic music recording house that will introduce four Slovak producers – Makkatu, Dead Janitor, Vrtačky po desáte hodině and Urbanfailure – to the Žilina audience this November. Forget music genres, as the four love sound and melody in any form.

City: Žilina
Venue: Stanica Žilina-Zárečie
Date: Nov 8
Time: 20:00
Admission: €5 (full) or €3 (discounted). Purchase a ticket, including a promo code of €2, by clicking here.

6) Chute Malých Karpát - Taste of the Little Carpathians

During the fourth edition of the festival of open wine cellars, wine lovers will travel around the Little Carpathian region visiting 30 winemakers and 12 restaurants using a shuttle bus in early November. People will have an opportunity to taste different wines right in the cellars where they were made and regional cuisine at local restaurants in Pezinok, Modra, Trnava, Šenkvice, and Svätý Jur to name a few. In addition, wine lovers can enjoy music and exhibitions. Each ticket includes a glass and a small bag for it, a map of wine cellars, an identification bracelet, and 60 tasting tickets.

City: Svätý Jur, Grinava, Pezinok, Vinosady, Modra, Šenkvice, Doľany, Suchá nad Parnou, Ružindol, and Trnava
Venue: Various. See here the list of winemakers and restaurants involved.
Date: Nov 9
Time: 11:00 – 21:00
Admission: €39/person or €55/couple. Ticket (s) can be purchased by clicking here.

7) Trnava Novena

Continuing a 300-year-long tradition, since 1710, thousands of believers will come to Trnava to pray at the St Nicholas Basilica, where a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary of Trnava is placed. Numerous witnesses said the picture, with its blood and tears, protected the Trnava people not only from the Turkish raids but also from the spreading plague epidemic. In nine days, believers may listen to different sermons in the church. This year, US Cardinal Raymond L. Burke will also hold sermons on November 16 and 17 (always at 9:30). The theme for 2019 is: The future of the Church lies in small communities.

City: Trnava
Venue: St Nicholas Basilica
Date: Nov 12 – 21
Time: Different hours. See the list of sermons and hours here.
Admission: free

8) Vysoké hory Nitra - High Mountains Nitra

This film festival has been bringing together hundreds of mountain and travel fans since 2006. Apart from film screenings, numerous presentations will be presented by climbers, travellers, and documentary filmmakers. As the program has not been revealed yet, follow the Facebook event and the official website to get updates as soon as they are published.

City: Nitra
Venue: town hall
Date: Nov 16
Time: 9:00 – 20:00
Admission: free

9) Art & Tech Days

What will happen if we mix communication with robots, AI and software? This year’s topic of the festival, Beyond Words, may answer this question by revealing how new technologies can extend human creativity. Sean Mulholland from the IDEO design and innovation company will talk about how technology changes interaction among people. He will also bring the interactive ERNEST installation, which can read emotions from a human face. Apart from the conference, held on November 21, visitors can enjoy workshops as well as exhibitions and performances which make use of modern technology.

City: Košice
Venue: Kasárne/Kulturpark
Date: Nov 19–24
Time: See the program here to check hours for each event. Follow the event on Facebook, too.
Admission: Click here to find out which events require a ticket and how much it costs.

10) Grafika impresionistov - Graphics by Impressionists

The exhibition, introduced to the Slovak public for the first time, presents 104 original graphic works of impressionists who changed the perception of the world forever, including H. de Toulouse-Lautrec, E. Degas, P. A. Renoir, E. Manet, and P. Cézanne. The exhibition is divided into seven parts:

  • the portrait of Baudelaire by Manet;
  • “La Famille Cardinal” portfolio of Degas;
  • portfolios of Cézanne, Morisot, Guillaumin, and Sisley;
  • de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Au pied du Sinai” portfolio;
  • de Toulouse-Lautrec’s other works;
  • Yvette Guilbert: de Toulouse-Lautrec’s favourite model and the then “superstar”;
  • two works by Pierre August Renoir.

City: Košice
Venue: The East Slovak Museum
Date: until February 2020
Time: 9:00 – 17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Admission: €5 or €3 (discounted)

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