November will be full of artistic events: theater nights, movie, poetry & photography festivals, a book fair or shows related to Japanese and Korean culture. You’ll also have a chance to join a vegan day, test your brain cells at an international quiz, have a great time at swing or jazz shows, celebrate wine, buy nice gifts at various flea markets and (finally) this is the time when the Christmas markets start! More info below:
The food market in the Old Market Hall (Stara Trznica) is held every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Seasonal foods grown and produced by farmers and small producers from around Bratislava can be found here, as well as quality specialties from more distant countries. The market is regularly accompanied by various bazaars – antiques, books, clothes or vinyl – that are periodically rotated and can be found on the first floor. More info.
If you are looking for a perfect start of your weekend, here’s a great tip: each Friday evening, an aperitivo is held in Pane & Olio Bistro, a showroom with Italian food and tasting of traditional dishes mainly from the Tuscany region. Delicious food, yummy drinks and Italian wine are surely a great option, whether you want to get yourself in a party mood or just want to have a great dinner time :) More info.
MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The month of November in Bratislava is dedicated to photography! Through a number of collective and individual exhibitions from all over the world and a wide range of accompanying events, you can admire the world through the lens of professionals. This year the focus will be on two opposing lines of contemporary photography for the last 30 years, neo-current and current narrative in photography. More info.
YAMATO, THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN
First class grouping of artists called “Yamato” are drummers coming from Japan, who for the past 23 years have had performed in more than 50 countries. The band is coming to Slovakia with the brand new show called “Bakuon – Legend of the Heartbeat.” This huge and exciting concert is going to take place in Incheba. More info.
A VEGAN DAY WITH 50 % OFF PRICES
A celebration across the country where you can enjoy fine vegan specialties at half price! Participation is open to restaurants, shops as well as cafes, tea rooms or e-shops, and is valid during the day. Details here.
TASTING OF CURRANT WINE
Join this tasting evening of the finest Slovak currant wines from the THEBENER brand, in the artistic café Frida Store. Entry 10 € includes snacks as well. You will also have a chance to buy bottled currant wine for a special price! In case of interest you need to make a reservation in the store. Details here.
INTERNATIONS BRATISLAVA NETWORKING EVENT
InterNations Bratislava” will host this special evening for everyone who wants to connect and meet worldwide minds. The event is also a great opportunity to meet interesting people from all areas of work and parts of the world in one place. Facebook event.
This course is guided bilingually both in English and Slovak language. Your teacher will be Viktor Palles who is a certified teacher with more than 10 years of practice. You can join the classes as an individual but also as a couple. During the classes you will have a chance to learn different style of dances such as Viennese Valtzer, Tango, Waltz, Quickstep, Polka,Samba, Chacha, Rumba and Jive. Let’s dance!
OFF FESTIVAL – FESTIVAL OF NEW PHOTOGRAPHY
4. – 18.11.
The OFF_Festival Bratislava is a festival of new photography which started in 2010 and is held simultaneously with the Month of Photography. It complements its program, being a platform for fresh talents of the photography scene. Each year it also gives an award to the artist whose work captures the most attention. Read more here.
A wild party hosted by a well-known DJ duo “Malalata” and their special hosts, a Prague-based band “Circus Problem”, Italian DJ “Mondo Cane” and Prague-based DJ “Le Petit Nicolas.” Balkan beats, gypsy madness, cumbia and reggae rhythms all night long! As a bonus, you can look forward to a dance workshop and a hula-hoop show! Facebook event.
A WINE FESTIVAL
A cultural program and festival of wines from “Devín” region focused on antiques and local snacks. The event takes place under the charming castle Devín. A great opportunity to meet the local but also the foreign winemakers.
FLEA MARKET ON DRIENOVA STREET
„Burzoblšák,“ as this flea market is called, is an event dedicated for the community and its main aims are recyclation and re-usage of old clothes. There is also an option for sellers to donate clothes for one of the orphanages in Bratislava. It is held each first Saturday of the month, starting from 8 am and lasting till 2 pm on Drienova street 16. If you are coming with your children, there will be an area with refreshments and lovely atmosphere prepared as well. No entrance fee. Get your special piece directly from the sellers’ trunks or suitcases and enjoy the atmosphere of a real flea market! Facebook event.
A STORY NIGHT
The event called “Bedtime Stories for Adults” is a very special arts event for grown-ups where the stories are told in many different forms and styles. They are presented by storytellers, entertainers, actors, musicians and artists from different backgrounds and countries. Find out more here!
FREE MEDITATION CONFERENCE: LEARN TO REDUCE STRESS
Learn to reduce stress at this free meditation conference. This session is a practical guided relaxation & meditation exercise. Plus, a panel of experienced heartfulness trainers will answer your questions after the meditation! Check the details here.
FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM
8. – 20.11.
The Festival of freedom is a multi-genre festival reminding and analyzing the period of oppression in Slovakia. It will have many intersteing films, exhibitions, discussions, theater performances or valuations of personalities who participated in the fight with the totalitarianism. Check the program here.
A QUIZ NIGHT
This international quiz event will be hosted at the “Pub u Zeleného stromu” which has a wide range of great meals and drinks to offer. All questions will be in English and designed for international audience. Come and test your brain cells while meeting new people and enjoying a couple of drinks! Read more.
LIVE ELECTRONIC CONCERT
The “Godfather” of electronic music “Jean Michel Jarre” is coming back to the music scene. During his tour he will also visit Bratislava with the spectacular show called “Electronica.” Tickets from 49 €. Buy them here.
A BOOK FAIR
With a long tradition this exhibition is an essential part of the autumn atmosphere of Bratislava. For many publishing houses it is an important form of presentation of their production towards the wide public. The fair offers a satisfaction for everyone – from fans of non-fiction, romance books, sci-fi, detective stories, children fairy tales to religious literature and poetry. Visitors can look forward to meet the popular authors, autograph signing, book christenings, dramatic reading or workshops for children. Details here.
WATCHES AND JEWELERS EXHIBITION
This exhibition will present the newest trends from the jewellery industry, top costume jewellery, precious and semiprecious stones, offer of wrist watches, wall clocks, time measurement techniques, bracelets, workshops, etc. The exhibition also brings the newest technological procedures in the manufacture of jewellery, new materials and design. Furthermore, this venue should be an inspiration for you, by presentation of stunning jewels and watch. Details here.
WELCOME TO INTERNATIONS BRATISLAVA (FOR NEWCOMERS)
New to the city? Recently signed up to InterNations Bratislava group? This small gathering is prepared for you to come and learn more about Bratislava and about the InterNations activities. No entry fee! More info.
A RETRO PARTY
This night will bring on the dance floor the legends of rock and roll from 70’s and 80’s as well as Czechoslovak social-pop performed by the band “Funky emotions.” The authentic atmosphere of the past decades will be represented by the contemporary décor, unforgettable iconic games and snacks. Facebook event.
BRATISLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
11. – 17.11.
Bratislava International Film Festival was established in 1999. Every year it creates a meeting platform for the general public, cinematographic and film professionals from Slovakia as well as abroad. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the most interesting European films of this year. More details.
NIPPONFEST – JAPANESE FESTIVAL
11. – 13.11.
A Japanese Cultural Festival for all the fans of Japanese culture and pop culture. Its mission is to contribute to raising awareness of Japan as a country, but also to understand its culture and traditions. Not only traditional lectures on a wide range of topics, but also the possibility of trying out board games, or the possibility of engaging in Japanese tuned competitions should bring the visitors closer to this country and its beauty. Comics, pop music, television series, karaoke, a tea room, an anime quiz, screening of selected titles from Japanese animation and film production and a lot more is prepared for you. More details.
HANGUKON – KOREAN FESTIVAL
11. – 13.11.
A Korean Cultural Festival – with a very similar program to the above mentioned Japanese festival, both will be held at the same House of Culture in Zrkadlovy haj, Bratislava. More details.
A BICYCLE AND ANTIQUES BAZAAR
A regular event organized by “Stará Tržnica” in the heart of Bratislava. All the people with an interest to gain or exchange some cycle parts and bikes are welcome to enjoy an unforgettable atmosphere which is brought by this event. More info.
FLEA MARKET ON MARIANSKA STREET
The second flea market held in The Peach venue on Marianska street. You’ll have a chance to purchase some nice handmade products, antiques and books. Start at 10 am. Facebook event.
NU DANCE FESTIVAL
15. – 21.11.
The 11th year of contemporary dance and movement theater festival will present the latest works by Slovak choreographers and directors, as well as exceptional works of authors from abroad. Dance performances, theater texts, works bordering the sound art, public discussions, workshops, parties – that’s what you can enjoy at four locations: A4, Studio 12, Slovak National Theater and Academy of Fine Arts. Details, program and tickets.
A DANCE PARTY
This night the dance floor in KC Dunaj will be dedicated to the beats of streets. A well- known “Laci Strike”, “BJ Piggo” and DJs “Mercy” and “Fancy” will make you dance all night long! Facebook event.
ARS POETICA FESTIVAL
16. – 21.11.
Ars Poetica 2016 is a celebration of top quality world poetry in Slovakia. Introducing several prominent poets from a number of countries, recitals of original translations, gigs and movie screenings. Have a look at the detailed program.
18.11. – 22.12.
One of the most beautiful periods of the year in Bratislava is definitely during the last weeks of the year, when people celebrate the scents of Christmas on the street markets. Come to taste traditional culinary delicacies and drinks, buy various kinds of souvenirs, Christmas gifts and craft products and have a great Christmas-y time with your friends! More info and photos.
VIVA BRATISLAVA & FREDDY MERCURY EXPERIENCE
Viva Bratislava is celebrating Olympic Casino Eurovea’s 6th anniversary with the incredible Freddy Mercury (Queen) Experience – with free entry! There will be shows, drinks, food, fun contests and incredible vibes during the whole evening, including an anniversary cake :) Facebook event.
A T-SHIRT MARKET
Pick the original T-shirts of Slovak designers! Short and long sleeves, variety of colors and prints from the fiction world, for all sizes. The event is held in one of the most visited venue for events, KC Dunaj. More info.
MADE IN SLOVAKIA SHOW
Made in Slovakia is a one of a kind show (comedy/Slovak culture/live music/in English!). It’s the story of a foreigner who recently arrived to Slovakia and the comedic encounters she will face while learning more about the Slovak culture, spoken in English. Start at 9 pm, entry 15 €. You can make your table reservations (highly suggested as the show will be sold out) at 0905 531 408 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook event.
A CUBAN NIGHT
Cuban rhythms of Salsa, Cumbia, Latino jazz, Rumba and Mambo. An authentic Cuban atmosphere of clubs and bars will be brought to KC Dunaj club by the Austrian band “Soncopao” and DJs “Mišo Biely” and “Chingy.” More info.
NIGHT OF THEATERS
Enjoy a night of open theaters, cultural centers, performances and extraordinary experience. This European event presents theater in a creative way and in an unusual time span. This year the project involves 48 theaters from 22 Slovak cities, including Bratislava. In all the participating theaters there will be a shared applause done at 7 pm. For all the theater lovers, big and small, there is comedy, drama, ballet, contemporary dance, musicals, cabaret, classical productions, fairy tales or puppet theater prepared. In addition to theater performances, premieres and several hosting productions, visitors will be able to participate in workshops, workshops, visit exhibitions, theaters to win a quiz, get lost in the labyrinth of the night or listen to concerts. Admission to all events is free, unless it is otherwise stated in the program. Check the list of participating Bratislava theaters.
ENGLISH THEATER: JUST ANOTHER CUP OF TEA
The English-speaking theatre Bridgin’ Drama – which was founded by a group of English teachers who share love for the English language – is going to perform its parody on narrow-mindedness and political morality called Just Another Cup of Tea for the last time this year. Make sure you don’t miss this performance full of jokes! Facebook event.
FESTIVAL OF ADVANCED MUSIC: NEXT
22. – 26.11.
Radical melodies, spontaneous improvisation sounds, original music techniques and concepts, innovative acoustic instruments and electronics, as well as multimedia projects. This festival presents a supports the current artists from around the world, a lively and inspirational playing contemporary music without genre limitations. One of its objectives is also to link the personalities of Slovak music scene with the international context. Tickets from 7 €. Official website.
SPEED DATING IN ENGLISH
Want to meet new people of the opposite sex? Need help breaking the ice? With these truly international Speed Dating nights you can relax and enjoy meeting friendly and interesting people who like to have fun and meet someone like you. More info.
A JAZZ AND SWING PARTY
A wonderful atmosphere from the 20’s till 40’s with live music of “Fats Swing Orchestra Jazz Band” and lectures of swing dance. This evening is a perfect combination for both types of audience who like to enjoy a good bottle of wine while listening to live music and the other type of people who love to dance. The dress code is a swing style dress/costume! Facebook event.
Reggae beats performed by the best Slovak reggae band “Medial Banana” together with DJ” Kowič.” Tickets: 6 €. Get them here.
DAY OF OPEN WINE CELLARS OF BRATISLAVA REGION
This event supports the tradition of drinking young wine rich in flavonoids that act as antioxidants. Mainly, however, it supports the viticulture and allows people to have a look into the cellars of wine producers. It allows wine lovers to taste wines from all over the Small Carpathian region directly at the places where it is produced, chat with wine producers and learn about their secrets. The ticket price is 50 €, and it includes a 25 € voucher for purchasing wine of your interest. Details.
A pre-Christmas sale exhibition of hand made gifts will be held in Stará Tržnica at the end of the month. Manufacturers of gift and utility items from different parts of Slovakia will present and sell their unique products and visitors will be also able to join workshops and create their own items! Free entry, start at 10 am. Facebook event.
INTERNATIONAL CHARITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
The largest international charity event of the year – the IWCB Christmas bazaar – will take place on Sunday, 27th November from 10:00 – 17:00 in Stará Tržnica. Stalls representing 36 countries will be present, alongside entertainment, and kids’ activities from 4 international schools. Various Slovak charity organizations will be selling hand made arts and crafts as well. Come and taste exotic food or meet people from all over the world! All proceeds will be donated to charity organizations across Slovakia. Facebook event.
ONE DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Slovak jazz scene will experience a series of extremely valuable top performances of domestic and foreign music stars. This one day festival will be held on 28th November in Bratislava’s Istropolis. Come to enjoy this musical marathon before the busy Christmas times! Buy your ticket here.
NOTE: Some of the featured pictures come from the Facebook pages of the mentioned events.