17. - 20.8.2023

World Music Festival Bratislava

A unique music festival in the historic city centre of Bratislava

World Music Festival Bratislava 2023

The musically diverse World Music Festival Bratislava is coming in 2023 with another offer of exciting events. In the historic center of the Bratislava Old town the variety of world music will be offered to the audience from 17th to 20th of August.

At the opening concert, you will have an opportunity to see exotic creole music of
TI´KANIKI from the island of Réunion and popular Slovak band LA3NO CUBANO.

The concerts at Bratislava’s Klarisky church will feature top performers to enrich the Cultural summer in the town. You can immerse in the deep meditative ethno-jazz project of LÓPEZ – BARBAS, whose album Atlas led the world music charts. Their spellbinding compositions will invite to explore the music of the Middle East and Mediterranean. The Friday night concert event will be complemented by the new Estonian sensation DUO RUUT and a new discovery of the Slovak scene, ONDRO A KAMARÁTI. This band follows Katarína Málikova’s exquisite Pustvopol project. On Sunday evening at the same venue the festival will offer a traditional stringed instrument from the Far East performed by the Korean musician SOONA PARK and the unique group BARRUT, representatives of the captivating Occitan vocal tradition. 

Special DANCE Parties with groovy music will be presented at V – Club. The trio FANFARA STATION will kick up the stage with an unconventional “brass band” combined with electronics, Tunisian rhythms and the singing of the charismatic Marzouk Mejri. From Belgium and Burkina Faso the musicians of the band ABOUBAKAR TRAORÉ & BALIMA will bring unadulterated energy together with authentic African instruments such as n’goni, balafon and djembe. The music is alluring mixture of west-African musical tradition infused with jazz vibes to hip-hop beats, from ancestral ‘chants’ of Mandingo Griots to contemporary approach.

As a part of the showcase concerts, startling Slovak projects will be presented at Teatro Colorato – the vocal group NEHA! and band DIS IS MARKĒTA.

In addition to concerts, the program also includes dance performances, workshops, films and other accompanying events. An international conference, which is part of the festival, to which important foreign professionals and delegates are invited every year and is intended for the professional public and musicians. Its task is to bring the Slovak music scene closer to professionals from abroad and also to network, share knowledge and integrate the Slovak scene into the international world music community. The purpose of the event is to create a space for dialogue between cultures, respect for one’s own tradition and communication between people through art. Together with the musicians and the audience, we stand for tolerance, understanding, openness and respect. Since 2017, our festival has been a member of the Forum of worldwide music festivals (FWMF). In the prestigious evaluation of world music and ethno festivals in 2018 according to the collaborators of the Transglobal world music chart, the World Music Festival Bratislava became the winner in the categories “New Festival” and “Small/Medium Festival”.



This year’s conference will have an online streaming!

Tomorrow, August 20, at 10:00 a.m., the International Conference will take place in Teatro Colorato

Are you traveling to World Music Festival Bratislava 2022 from abroad or from a different city?

World Music Festival is a city festival and it takes place in the historical centre of Bratislava


We cordially invite you to the upcoming concerts of the spring part of the World Music Festival Bratislava!

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17.8. – 20.8.2023


Concert Duo Ruut + Efrén López & Christos Barbas + Ondro and friends
Concert hall Klarisky

18.08.2023, 20:00


Concert Fanfara Station
V - Klub

18.08.2023, 20:00


Concert Neha! + DIS IS MARKĒTA
Teatro Colorato

19.08.2023, 18:00


Concert Aboubakar Traoré & Balima
V - Klub

19.08.2023, 21:00


Concert Barrut + Soona Park
Concert hall Klarisky

20.08.2023, 18:00





Artistic director
Jarmila Vlčková
Zuzka Žiaková
PR manager
Belinda Rašnerová
Production manager
Linda Kuchtová
Press & media
Vladimír Potančok

Information for bands & musicians who are interested in applying for the next edition of WMFB:
If you are interested in playing at the next edition of WMFB, please apply by writing an e-mail to pr@worldmusicfestival.sk with a subject in form: “WMFBA_ARTIST_APPLICATION_(NAME OF THE ARTIST)”

Venues - World music festival 2023

Klarisky church

Klariská 1

 Teatro Colorato

námestie 2

V – Klub

Námestie SNP 12



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