Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between December 13 and December 22, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

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MARKET: Old Town Christmas market 2019; Starts: Nov 22-Dec 23
CONCERT: Jazz Christmas; Starts: Dec 13, 19:30
CONCERT: Alice Cooper Revival; Starts: Dec 14, 19:30
EVENT: Aquarium Terrarium; Starts: Dec 14
MARKET: African Market; Starts: Dec 15, 10:00
CONCERT: Christmas Concert - Hilaris Chamber Orchestra; Starts: Dec 16, 19:00
EVENT: Christmas at Old Market Hall; Starts: Dec 17-20
CONCERT: Beatles Christmas - The Backwards; Starts: Dec 21, 17:00
EVENT: Ladies & Gentlemen Show; Starts: Dec 21, 22:00
CONCERT: Joy; Starts: Dec 22, 17:00

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

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.

Jazz Christmas

Café di Praga, Krížna, Bratislava, Friday, December 13, 19:30

Christmas is already knocking on the door. Therefore, we invite you to a jazz concert by singer Zuzka Kováčová and pianist Alan Bartuš, who will tune you into the right Christmas note. There will be jazz standards with elements of latino music, soul and blues, intimate arrangements of well-known songs, and of course there will also be swing Christmas songs. Admission: €5. More information: www.facebook.com.

Alice Cooper Revival

Randal Club, Karpatská, Old Town, Saturday, December 14, 19:30

Alice Cooper Revival is a special program dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the legendary album "Trash". 30 years is a good reason for a proper shock-rock celebration and therefore we will carry you back in time and play, among other surprises, the whole jubilee album, where every single song is a hit!

Admission: free. More info: www.facebook.com.

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.

African Market

Refinery Gallery, Vlčie hrdlo, Ružinov, Sunday, December 15, 10:00-16:00

Taste fresh fruit and support African farmers. Mangos, bananas, pineapples, papayas, chocolate, cocoa, fragrant spices, fresh but also sweet sun-dried fruits directly from Africa can be purchased at the African market at Refinery Gallery. Admission: free. More info: www.facebook.com.

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

Christmas at Old Market Hall

Stará tržnica, Námestie SNP, Old Town, Tuesday-Friday, December 17-20

The pre-Christmas rush has never been so delightful. At the special Street Food Park winter edition, you can enjoy world-class delicacies, while also buying original gifts under the Christmas tree at the Christmas handmade and design market. A friendly atmosphere, a festive mood, honest treats and personally meeting local producers will give you energy for the great Christmas finale!

STREET FOOD PARK

On the ground floor of the Market you will find Street Food Park with delicacies from all over the world. Everyone will find something to like, from vegans to vegetarians to meat lovers. Salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami, all the taste buds will be covered. The keyword here is quality and an honest approach.

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HANDMADE MARKET

On the first floor you will be welcomed by designers and handmade brands with a varied selection of products. We will offer fashion accessories for adults and children of high-quality materials, natural cosmetics, diverse jewelry for casual and special occasions, chic home accessories, original bags, fancy toys, tasty little things and zero waste products.

ZERO WASTE PACKAGING OF GIFTS

And as we are always looking for ways to relieve nature, we offer you the option to have a free gift wrap in the spirit of zero waste. Forget traditional wrapping paper. Creativity is not limited.

CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

We will be happy to help parents, grandparents, aunts and people who choose to come with children. Moments of fantasy and fun await them in the children's corner.

MUSIC

The atmosphere of well-being and the holidays will be underlined by a music program that our DJs will take care of. Tune in to the Christmas mood by selecting songs in both traditional and non-traditional forms.

Enjoy the preparations for Christmas on a positive wave, with style and good mood!

OPENING HOURS

  • December 17 (Tuesday): 12:00 - 22:00
  • December 18 (Wednesday): 12:00 - 22:00
  • December 19 (Thursday): 12:00 - 22:00
  • December 20 (Friday): 12:00 - 22:00

Free entrance. More info: www.facebook.com.

Beatles Christmas - The Backwards

Teatro Wüstenrot, Dom odborov - ISTROPOLIS, Trnavské mýto, Nové Mesto, Saturday, December 21, 17:00

The band The Backwards brings to Slovakia a unique music show Beatles Christmas 2019: The Backwards. In a more than two-hour show you will hear the most popular songs from the repertoire of the legendary Beatles. Admission: €22. More info: www.thebackwards.sk.

Ladies & Gentlemen Show

Red Cat Cabaret Club, Obchodná, Bratislava, Saturday, December 21, 22:00

A dazzling cabaret show combining theatre, music genres and stories, designed to entertain the audience by swift exchanges of humour with passion, music with dance, history with the present day. The once cosmopolitan ghost of old Bratislava is back! Admission: €25. More info: www.facebook.com.

Joy

DESIGN FACTORY, Bottova, Bratislava, Sunday, December 22, 17:00

Join us for a spectacular Christmas Concert! We are excited to spend this special time of year with you, your friends and family as we celebrate the joy of Christmas. Admission: free. More info: www.facebook.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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