World Music Festival Bratislava

A unique music festival in the historic city centre of Bratislava

World Music Festival Bratislava 2023

 In the historic center of the Bratislava Old town the variety of world music was offered to the audience from 17th to 20th of August 2023.

At the opening concert, we had 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 featured top performers who enriched the Cultural summer of the town. We had an opportunity to immerse in the deep meditative ethno-jazz project of LÓPEZ – BARBAS. Their spellbinding compositions invited us to explore the music of the Middle East and Mediterranean. The Friday night concert event was 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 offered 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 were presented at V – Club. The trio FANFARA STATION kicked 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 brought unadulterated energy together with authentic African instruments such as n’goni, balafon and djembe. Their music was 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 were 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”.



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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 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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