Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 6 and December 15, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

(Source: Sme, Ján Krošlák)

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Top 10
MARKET: Christmas market at Dulak 2019; Starts: Nov 22-Dec 22
MARKET: Old Town Christmas market 2019; Starts: Nov 22-Dec 23
FESTIVAL: Gypsy Jazz Festival 2019; Starts: Dec 6-7
EVENT: St. Nicholas on ice; Starts: Dec 7
EVENT: Christmas vegan gifting; Starts: Dec 7, 10:00
EVENT: HRAtislava 2019; Starts: Dec 7-8
EVENT: TEDx Bratislava Women; Starts: Dec 8, 14:00
EVENT: Aquarium Terrarium; Starts: Dec 14
CONCERT: Christmas in Bratislava; Starts: Dec 15, 19:00
CONCERT: Christmas Concert - Hilaris Chamber Orchestra; Starts: Dec 16, 19:00

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 at Dulak 2019

Dulovo Square, Friday, November 22 – December 22

Christmas markets at Dulák will bring a new alternative and local Christmas market in the central area of ​​Dulovo Square in Ružinov, which will complement the offer of city-wide Christmas markets in the Old Town. The benefit will be a more intimate and cozy atmosphere, while the event will focus more on domestic visitors than tourists and will serve more to the needs of the local community in Ružinov.

Kinds of goods you will find in the stalls: street food: traditional Christmas dishes: games: pastries and desserts: selected brewed wine and other winter alcoholic drinks: craft beer, coffee, tea: Christmas commodities such as sauerkraut in the barrel, live fish in vats, honey, wafers, nuts; craft stands with leather, wood, candles, Christmas decorations, jewelry, glass, ceramics, clothing and the like.

An intimate cultural program on a small stage will also be included. Solo performances include a DJ, live music, stand up comedy, loud reading, recitation, lectures, and book presentations. The music will be in an intriguing style of chill out, jazz, soul, folk music as well as traditional Christmas songs.

Old Town Christmas market 2019

Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava, November 22-December 23

Come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with traditional stalls and concerts on Hviezdoslav Square starting in November. Food, drinks and various stalls await you, as well as a rich program every day. Admission: free.

Gypsy Jazz Festival 2019

Divadlo Aréna, Viedenská cesta, Petržalka, Friday-Saturday, December 6-7

One of the oldest theatres in Bratislava will take you to a place full of magical melodies and improvisations on December 6-7, 2019. Milo Suchomel and Divadlo Aréna invite you to the 8th Gypsy Jazz Festival. “This year was rich and brought new interesting projects. This is the eighth year and I look forward to seeing the festival becoming increasingly popular with something to offer for everyone. That's why we decided to spread the program over two days, ”says Milo Suchomel, the organizer of the festival. Admission: €25-€35.

St. Nicholas on ice

Bratislava, Saturday, December 7

A combined sport and cultural event for children, youth and adults on skates. The event will take place at Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium and Dúbravka Ice Stadium.

Place & time:

  • Ice stadium O. Nepelu 10:00 – 12:00
  • Ice stadium Harmincova 16:00 – 18:00

Admission: €1-€1.50.

Christmas vegan gifting

Nová Cvernovka, Račianska, Bratislava, Saturday, December 7, 10:00

Come surround yourself with the atmosphere of selflessness and compassion during the second Vegan Food Festival in a Christmas market of vegan food, clothing, cosmetics, lectures, activism, screenings and concerts. This Christmas we celebrate without cruelty, with love and compassion for all living beings. Admission: free.

HRAtislava 2019

Incheba Expo Bratislava, Petržalka, Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8

Come and play and relax in the pre-Christmas rush at the biggest festival of games within the traditional Christmas Days in Incheba. HRAtislava welcomes all players during the weekend. The main game room (game library) will contain over 1,000 games, from which you can borrow games to play in the game zone. There is also a room with games for younger children, or puzzles that are metres long which will entertain the heads of those small and big. The “Slovak Alley” has also become a tradition, where you can get to know the plays of Slovak authors, the creative corner of Daniel Hevier and competitions where you can participate - of course - by playing. More info: www.facebook.com.

TEDx Bratislava Women

Nová Cvernovka, Račianska, Bratislava, Sunday, December 8, 14:00

This event all about women, extraordinary, strong, courageous, and brilliant. Every woman has her unique story, talent and way to change the world. On Sunday 8.12 we look forward to seeing you in the 2nd year of the TEDx Bratislava Women conference! Admission: €29.

Aquarium Terrarium Bratislava

ÚSVIT, výrobné družstvo, Tomášikova, Ružinov, Saturday, December 14

Come check out this regular sales exhibition of aquariums and terrariums. Hundreds of species and forms of aquarium fish, snakes, spiders, lizards, a wide range of shrimp and snails directly from breeders. They will be happy to advise you how to best care for these pets. You can buy plants, substrates, technique, equipment, and feed. Everything for aquarists, the widest range at the best prices. Admission: free.

Christmas in Bratislava

Slovak National Theatre, Pribinova, Bratislava-Old Town, Sunday December 15, 19:00

A unique concert full of stars. One of the most beautiful Christmas concerts in town with Christmas songs, carols and popular opera arias performed by top bands and soloists.

Top opera star Edita Gruberová will shine as a special guest at this year's Christmas concert in Bratislava. We will not miss the most beautiful opera arias from the repertoire of our diva, Christmas songs or Slovak carols specially arranged for a large orchestra, choir and soloists. The world tenor Pavol Bršlík, baritone Richard Šveda, the Bratislava Boys Choir and members of the orchestra and choir of the Slovak National Theater will perform under the baton of Petr Valentovič. The Christmas concert in Bratislava will take place on December 16, 2018 at 7 pm. in the new SND building.

Admission: €65 - €90.

Christmas Concert - Hilaris Chamber Orchestra

Moyzesova sieň, Vajanského nábrežie, Old Town, Monday, December 16, 19:00

Christmas Concert - Hilaris Chamber Orchestra ( Chopin - Haydn - Elgar - Bernáth)

The popular concert cycle “Serenades for Joy – Passion for Music” will take place for the fourth time in the beautiful premises of the Moyzes Hall on the bank of the Danube, this time with the subtitle CHRISTMAS SURPRISE.

Distinguished guests of the concert of the Hilaris Chamber Orchestra will be the Polish pianist Aleksandra Mikulska and the conductor and flutist Kaspar Zehnder from Switzerland. As we remember from the 170th anniversary of the death of the Polish virtuoso Fryderyk Chopin, listeners will hear Chopin‘s Piano Concerto in F minor performed by the winner of the Chopin Competition on the concert grand Bӧsendorfer borrowed from Vienna. Other romantic pieces will also be performed on this festive evening, such as Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op. 20 by Edward Elgar and the Divertimento Preludio by the Slovak composer Ľuboš Bernáth, with the violinist, concert master and founder of the HCO Alan Vizváry as soloist. Viennese classicism will be represented by the Symphony No. 94 Surprise by Joseph Haydn, which was arranged by Haydn’s friend Johann Peter Salomon for chamber ensemble.

Admission: €10 before, €15 on-site. More info: hilarisorchestra.com

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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, 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: 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 at one of our sessions: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalsBratislava/videos/1604953649521444/ 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: 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

DANUBIANA
Vladimír Gažovič: Celebration
Vladimír Židlický: Restrospective
Dan Meluzin: Observer
SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY
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!

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN DANUBIANA:
Vladimír Gažovič – Vladimír Gažovíč is an excellent representative of contemporary Slovak graphic art who transformed certain format and meaning impulses of the classical message of art development within the current context in his work. At the end of the 1960s Gažovič began to develop his original concept of graphic work which enabled him to break through the foreign art scene more intensively than anyone before him. The novelty here lies in the technological perfection of his work with original lithographs printed from stone. This new technology allowed him to perceive the artistic form in a new way and to build it on painting principles. By working with graded colour shades and light he forms the plasticity of shape as a spatial value. This approach is unique even today. He works with figures as a multi-string instrument – a carrier of moral and ethical values. The legacy of Hieronymus Bosch and later symbolists and expressionists resonates in his work from this aspect. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
Vladimír Židlický: Restrospective - Vladimír Židlický is a major figure on the European art scene. He experiments with the heritage of classic art disciplines. The meticulous care he has devoted to work with photographic prints, whether in small-scale or monumental formats, clearly links up with the legacy of the pictorial tradition of photography. In his approach, he bases himself upon history-proven methods of refining tonality, at the same time employing test prints and drawing on the transparency of different structures, not hesitating to finish his artifacts by way of partial destruction of their pictorial form. By no means as contradictory as it would appear, he enhances the impact of his figure compositions featuring motifs of nudity with incalculable effects invoked by various interventions into matrices, including notably cutting into the emulsion of negatives or even taking out their sections. He then engages in painterly incursions into the force field of the prints. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
Dan Meluzin: Observer - Dan Meluzin has not surrendered to the magnetic power of digital technologies, but rather to their consequences, the growing pressure from the world of media, advertising, celebrities, consumption and the related transformations of culture and the superficialization of the perception of social values. He presented himself as a vital, self-confident and provocative artist who revitalized painting through the triviality and shoddiness of his themes. He drew his inspiration from the work of Van Gogh, from his method of working with paint, colour and light, as well as from classical and postwar Modernism, Pop art in particular, which he transformed into his own painting concept. Based on some Pop art practices he is usually referred to as a successor of Pop art, which, however, is only one aspect of his work. Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo. More info: www.danubiana.sk.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION IN SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY
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: www.sng.sk.
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: www.sng.sk.
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: www.sng.sk.
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: www.sng.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

EVENT: Stomp – The World Dance Show; Starts: Jan 17-18
EVENT: Maluma World Tour; Starts: Feb 26, 20:00
CONCERT: Mireille Mathieu; Starts: Mar 10, 20:00
CONCERT: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio; Starts: Mar 17, 2020
CONCERT: Alvaro Soler; Starts: May 29, 2020
CONCERT: André Rieu; Starts: Jun 10; 20:00
CONCERT: Lenny Kravitz; Starts: July 1, 2020

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: www.ticketportal.sk.
EVENT: Maluma World Tour – Maluma will visit Slovakia within his world tour. Many consider him as one of the leading personalities of latin music. His newest album, F.A.M.E. gained a Latin Grammy in the category of current pop albums. Starts: Feb 26, 20:00, Winter Stadium of Ondrej Nepela. Admission: €39-€89. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Mireille Mathieu - The Queen of French chanson will perform in Bratislava again. Mireille Mathieu will not miss a chance to perform in Slovakia, where her all concerts have been sold out every time.
Starts: Mar 10, 20:00, Axa Arena NTC Bratislava. Admission: €49-€199.
More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio – Kenny Barron belongs among the most influential jazz pianists with impersonations of traditional and conservative forms of jazz. He exceptionally understands with Dave Holland who impersonates everything that could be imagined under the words modern jazz. These musicians are rarely in Slovakia, so do not miss the unique chance to see them live. Starts: Mar 17, 2020, Slovak Radio, Mýtna 1, Bratislava. Admission: €20-€40. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
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: listocheck.sk.
CONCERT: André Rieu – André Rieu, the musician named as the modern “King of Waltz” will play a concert in 2020 in Bratislava. He will perform together with the 60-member Johann Strauss Orchestra, the biggest private orchestra in the world. Starts: Jun 10; 20:00, Winter Stadium of Ondrej Nepela. Admission: €65-€125. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.
CONCERT: Lenny Kravitz - The multi-talented singer, musician and actor, Lenny Kravitz, has announced his upcoming tour called “Here to Love” Tour 2020. The native of New York will perform for the Slovak audience on July 1, 2020 at the Ondrej Nepela Ice Stadium in Bratislava. The biggest hits of Kravitz's career will be played, such as American woman, Fly away, I belong to you, Ain't over til it's over, and Again, as well as fresh songs. Starts: July 1, 2020, 20:00, Winter Stadium of Ondrej Nepela. Admission: €59-€84. More info: www.ticketportal.sk.

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