Budapest Spring Festival — #thisismyplace

Events

Body Image
Kiscelli Múzeum
3rd April, 2020 6.00 pm
Body Image

Each year, Budapest Photo Festival concentrates on a different classical theme of image-making, and 2020 will be dedicated to exploring how contemporary photography relates to the problems of representing the human body. Throughout the ages, our...

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Liszt Marathon
Hungarian National Museum — Díszterem
3rd April, 2020 6.00 pm
Liszt Marathon

Ferenc Liszt’s person and art form a bridge between Beethoven and Bartók, and his thought on music continues to be an essential influence on the ideal of music in our time. Many of his works have become enduring standards of concert...

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Akvárium Spring Terrace
Akvárium Klub — Terasz
3rd April, 2020 7.00 pm
Akvárium Spring Terrace

The Akvárium Klub is an event venue in the centre of Budapest, with a programme whose diversity is second to none. Its terrace has become a meeting point where old favourites are as likely to be seen as astonishingly exciting new discoveries. During...

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Félix Lajkó and the Ballet Company of Győr
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
3rd April, 2020 7.30 pm
Félix Lajkó and the Ballet Company of Győr

A masterpiece of 19th-century Romantic ballet, Giselle established a style and its popularity is unabated. The title role is every ballerina’s dream. The piece, which had its premiere in 1841, conquered the world with Adolphe Adam’s...

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Liszt Marathon
Hungarian National Museum — Díszterem
4th April, 2020 10.00 am
Liszt Marathon

Ferenc Liszt’s person and art form a bridge between Beethoven and Bartók, and his thought on music continues to be an essential influence on the ideal of music in our time. Many of his works have become enduring standards of concert...

#chamber concerts

Collegium Vocale Gent
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
4th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent, the world-famous Belgian ensemble that was formed half a century ago, and its founding conductor, Philippe Herreweghe, are best known for the performance of baroque music. It is probably no exaggeration that the sound they...

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Marcell Szabó’s Piano Recital
Pesti Vigadó — Ceremonial Hall
4th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Marcell Szabó’s Piano Recital

Marcell Szabó presents characteristic situations and genre scenes at his piano recital, the works by Mussorgsky and Debussy will become points of departure for audio-visual associations in the strictest sense of the word. Marcell Szabó was a student...

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Ensemble Mandel
Liszt Academy — Solti Hall
4th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Ensemble Mandel

St Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century nun, was one of the most intriguing polymaths of her age. She was a natural scientist, composer, theologist, mystic and physician, whose written teachings made a serious impression on the world view of the...

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Percussion Day
Liszt Academy
5th April, 2020 11.00 am
Percussion Day

One of the most resounding successes of the 2012 Budapest Spring Festival was an all-day series of concerts with percussion in its focus, featuring Zoltán Kocsis, József Balog, Gábor Farkas, Fülöp Ránki, the Hungarian National Choir, Amadinda...

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Amadinda Percussion Group
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
5th April, 2020 11.00 am
Amadinda Percussion Group

At a concert that showcases the most diverse trends in modern percussion music, Amadinda Percussion Group presents a variety of languages and styles, from traditional music to American minimalism, from pieces inspired by jazz or Indian music to...

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Tambuco Percussion Ensemble
Liszt Academy — Solti Hall
5th April, 2020 12.30 pm
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble

Formed in 1993 by Ricardo Gallardo, Alfredo Bringas, Raúl Tudón and Miguel González, the Mexican quartet is one of the best ensembles of chamber music for percussion. They have garnered four Grammy nominations, including one for best classical...

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Third Coast Percussion
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
5th April, 2020 3.00 pm
Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion, the Chicago-based, Grammy Award-winning quartet has been giving concerts for fifteen years. With novel, captivating and surprising performances, they keep pushing the boundaries of the concert’s traditional form. Their...

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Kai Strobel’s Percussion Recital
Liszt Academy — Solti Hall
5th April, 2020 4.30 pm
Kai Strobel’s Percussion Recital

Kai Strobel is one of the most versatile and most promising percussionists of his generation. As a soloist, he has performed with the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Asko...

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Makoto Ozone (piano) and Richárd Szaniszló (vibraphone) in Concert
Liszt Academy — Solti Hall
5th April, 2020 6.15 pm
Makoto Ozone (piano) and Richárd Szaniszló (vibraphone) in Concert

Richárd Szaniszló, whose principal instrument is the vibraphone, completed his studies in Szeged in 2000. Ever since he started playing he has been interested in contemporary music and jazz, and while still a student, he wrote compositions that...

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Closing Concert of the Percussion Day
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
5th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Closing Concert of the Percussion Day

With this large-scale concert, Concerto Budapest and their exceptionally talented guests offer a glimpse into the world of concertos for one or more percussion instruments with some of the genre’s most compelling works. The Polish Marianna...

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Charlie
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
5th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Charlie

As the lead singer of Decca, Olympia and Generál, Charlie was a major figure of the heroic age of Hungarian beat music and rock, who also toured internationally with Afriaca and Pannónia Express. In the 1980s, there was a fair chance you had to go...

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Yuya Mizuno’s Cello Recital
Pesti Vigadó — Northern Hall
6th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Yuya Mizuno’s Cello Recital

Yuya Mizuno was born in 1998, and graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, where his professor was Sumiko Kurata, in 2019. He now studies at the Liszt Academy, with Miklós Perényi. In 2015 he won the first prize, as well as the audience...

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Joep Beving
A38 Ship — Concert Hall
6th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Joep Beving

One of the genre’s most liked artists, who boasts a vast number of online followers, Beving composes dreamy, melancholy, minimalist music, with the intention of reaching listeners in the most direct manner – with a universal dialect of...

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Magical Decorated Eggs
Duna Palota
7th April, 2020 6.00 pm
Magical Decorated Eggs

Trained as a mathematician, she devoted herself to this special form of art not only as a decorator, but also as the collector and classifier of patterns known in Hungarian-speaking areas. Her exhibitions feature about a thousand decorated eggs from...

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Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet) and the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
7th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet) and the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok

World-famous trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov burst into the international music scene in the early 1990s. He has played with the greatest conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano, Mikhail Pletnev, Sakari Oramo, Jaap van Zweden, Valery...

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Slow Life
Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Art Museum
8th April, 2020 6.00 pm
Slow Life

The roots of the Slow Movement, which originally rose in protest of fast-food restaurants, and whose core document is Carl Honoré’s book, In Praise of Slow, go back to the 1980s. The Slow Budapest movement was initiated in 2012. This...

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GlasSpring
Tér-Kép Galéria
8th April, 2020 6.00 pm
GlasSpring

In 1996, the Hungarian Glass Art Society was founded with the aim of presenting the various branches of glass art to the public in a professional context, and of raising the art market’s awareness of glass. Glass art is marked by extraordinary...

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Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: The Faithless Wife – Barcsai’s Lover – première
Müpa Budapest — Festival Theatre
8th April, 2020 7.00 pm
Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: The Faithless Wife – Barcsai’s Lover – première

The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble’s latest production recounts a sad story, one of the most mysterious in the Hungarian literature of ballads, which portrays profound human emotions and ends in tragedy. It is the age-old story of the...

#dance #folk music, folk dance

Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
8th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

The world-famous Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra celebrated the 40th anniversary of its foundation in 2019. The ensemble and its founding conductor bring to the Budapest Spring Festival one of the greatest compositions of Handel’s Italian period,...

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Auer Trio
Óbudai Társaskör
8th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Auer Trio

On this evening, Auer Trio will perform three Romantic compositions for chamber ensemble. It will be a roller coaster ride of emotions that leads through a wide spectrum of moods. The first piece of the programme is Rachmaninoff’s Elegiac...

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Valentin Magyar (piano) and Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra
Hungarian National Museum — Díszterem
8th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Valentin Magyar (piano) and Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra

Mihály Mosonyi, an outstanding figure of Hungarian music in the 19th century earned praise from such contemporaries as Ferenc Liszt and Richard Wagner. Also an organizer of musical life with a lasting heritage, he died 150 years ago, in 1870, at the...

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Tank and the Bangas
A38 Ship — Concert Hall
8th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Tank and the Bangas

The members of Tank and the Bangas met while jamming at an Orleans open mic event in 2011. The chemistry was instant, and soon the band was formed, which went on to conquer America. Their 2013 debut album was already released to the delight of a...

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Vincent Peirani Trio: Jokers
Budapest Music Center — Opus Jazz Club
8th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Vincent Peirani Trio: Jokers

From duo to quintet, Vincent Peirani has played in the most diverse forms of musical collaboration. The trio format he brings to Budapest is nonetheless new territory for him. In this band, which he formed with Italian guitarist Federico Casagrande...

#jazz

Barnabás Kelemen (violin) and Péter Nagy (piano) in Concert
Pesti Vigadó — Ceremonial Hall
9th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Barnabás Kelemen (violin) and Péter Nagy (piano) in Concert

For their programme, Barnabás Kelemen and Péter Nagy selected some of the greatest pieces from the literature of the sonata, Beethoven’s works for violin and piano. In contrast to the piano sonatas, the string quartets or the symphonies,...

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Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells: Enter Achilles
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
9th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells: Enter Achilles

Twenty-five years after legendary dance icon Lloyd Newson (DV8) first staged his brutally honest show on British pub culture, Rambert & Sadler’s Wells revived, in collaboration with the choreographer, this landmark physical theatre...

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György Kurtág: Fin de partie (Endgame) – Hungarian première
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
10th April, 2020 7.00 pm
György Kurtág: Fin de partie (Endgame) – Hungarian première

According to a critic, Kurtág’s Fin de partie is a loving farewell to 20th-century modernism. Based on Samuel Beckett’s drama, György Kurtág’s opera was premiered in Milan in November 2018. The Teatro alla Scala’s production...

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Baroque Modification
Kiscelli Múzeum — Templomtér
10th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Baroque Modification

The baroque violin meets digital technology and laser. Iskandar Widjaja, a charismatic violinist, and Bernhard Rasinger, an Austrian musician and visual artist make masterpieces of the baroque period visible by means of devices developed for the...

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Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells: Enter Achilles
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
10th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells: Enter Achilles

Twenty-five years after legendary dance icon Lloyd Newson (DV8) first staged his brutally honest show on British pub culture, Rambert & Sadler’s Wells revived, in collaboration with the choreographer, this landmark physical theatre...

#dance

PONT Festival
Várkert Bazár
11th April, 2020 11.00 am
PONT Festival

With interactive events and unique stage productions, PONT Festival 2020 introduces the special traditions of Georgia and Armenia. The Shoghaken Folk Ensemble, which was founded in Yerevan in 1995, gives a concert. The band only plays what are the...

#folk music, folk dance

Hof-Musici Baroque Ensemble
Kiscelli Múzeum — Templomtér
11th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Hof-Musici Baroque Ensemble

Antonio Draghi’s work was discovered in the Austrian National Library, where Czech musicologist, harpsichordist and conductor Ondřej Macek was doing research. The score, which survived intact and required no major reconstruction or...

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Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells: Enter Achilles
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
11th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells: Enter Achilles

Twenty-five years after legendary dance icon Lloyd Newson (DV8) first staged his brutally honest show on British pub culture, Rambert & Sadler’s Wells revived, in collaboration with the choreographer, this landmark physical theatre...

#dance

PONT Festival
Várkert Bazár
12th April, 2020 11.00 am
PONT Festival

With interactive events and unique stage productions, PONT Festival 2020 introduces the special traditions of Georgia and Armenia. Visitors can learn about the Georgian alphabet and calligraphy, a UNESCO-listed cultural heritage. The Shoghaken Folk...

#folk music, folk dance

Kristine Opolais Sings Arias
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
13th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Kristine Opolais Sings Arias

The Latvian Kristine Opolais is one of the brightest singer stars of the past decade, who sings at the world’s leading opera houses and has a penchant for Puccini. She has appeared at the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Teatro...

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Ji’s Piano Recital
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
13th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Ji’s Piano Recital

The astonishingly talented pianist dazzled the audience of the 2019 Budapest Spring Festival with a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A reviewer called the Korean pianist’s take on Bach “fresh, eccentric and intensive,...

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Budapest Art Week
Budapest galleries and museums
14th April, 2020 10.00 am
Budapest Art Week

Held for the fifth time, the Budapest Art Week presents works in the most diverse styles, and provides a meeting opportunity for the actors of the heterogeneous and complex world in which they exist: artists, art historians, curators, gallery...

#exhibitions #fine arts and design

Accord Quartet
Pesti Vigadó — Ceremonial Hall
14th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Accord Quartet

Since its foundation in 2001, Accord Quartet has developed a repertoire diverse in genres and styles; in addition to the classical chamber music literature, the ensemble likes to test itself in a wide range of forms, from experimental opera to...

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Krisztián Oláh: Parallel Reflections
Liszt Academy — Solti Hall
14th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Krisztián Oláh: Parallel Reflections

Young as he is, pianist Krisztián Oláh is a key figure of the Hungarian jazz scene. He was only twenty when he finished third at the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival. During the two-week academic programme that followed, he appeared in concert with such...

#jazz

Si suoni la tromba – Sound the Trumpet!
House of Unicum
14th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Si suoni la tromba – Sound the Trumpet!

The composers of the Baroque period frequently turned to the powerful and bright sound of the trumpet to express apotheosis, glory, pomp, enlightenment and joy. However, the composition of 18th-century instruments is different in many regards from...

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Makám: Mamilula
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
14th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Makám: Mamilula

Over its history of three decades, Makám never stopped renewing itself: its songs have combined the folk music of different ethnicities, contemporary music and jazz in countless ways, creating harmonious wholes that allowed tradition and modernity,...

#world music

Budapest Art Week
Budapest galleries and museums
15th April, 2020 10.00 am
Budapest Art Week

Held for the fifth time, the Budapest Art Week presents works in the most diverse styles, and provides a meeting opportunity for the actors of the heterogeneous and complex world in which they exist: artists, art historians, curators, gallery...

#exhibitions #fine arts and design

Gábor Farkas’s Piano Recital
Liszt Academy — Grand Hall
15th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Gábor Farkas’s Piano Recital

One of the most outstanding pianists of his generation, Gábor Farkas is a widely acknowledged interpreter of the Romantic repertoire, who has won several international competitions, and is regularly invited to prestigious festivals and concert halls...

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Sárik Péter Trio x Beethoven
Pesti Vigadó — Ceremonial Hall
15th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Sárik Péter Trio x Beethoven

Sárik Péter Trio released its arrangements of Beethoven’s works on a CD in 2016. The jazz musicians’ adventure into the world of symphonies and piano sonatas was enthusiastically received. “It is an honour and a great challenge to...

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London Baroque Band
Kiscelli Múzeum — Templomtér
15th April, 2020 7.30 pm
London Baroque Band

Formed by musicians graduated from the London Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and other prestigious universities of the UK, the ensemble specializes in the historic performance of the Baroque and classical repertoire. Along with...

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Budapest Art Week
Budapest galleries and museums
16th April, 2020 10.00 am
Budapest Art Week

Held for the fifth time, the Budapest Art Week presents works in the most diverse styles, and provides a meeting opportunity for the actors of the heterogeneous and complex world in which they exist: artists, art historians, curators, gallery...

#exhibitions #fine arts and design

Staatskapelle Weimar
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
16th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Staatskapelle Weimar

130 years after the death of a composer, rarely are such works discovered that substantially alter our view of the oeuvre. Ferenc Liszt was a unique composer in this regard as well: the surviving first act of the opera he based on Byron’s...

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Ernő Kállai (violin) and János Balázs (piano) in Concert
Pesti Vigadó — Ceremonial Hall
16th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Ernő Kállai (violin) and János Balázs (piano) in Concert

A charismatic member of his generation, violinist Ernő Kállai studied at Budapest’s Liszt Academy and the New York Juilliard School; at the latter institution, Itzhak Perlman was his mentor. A devotee of chamber music, he has known János...

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Freak Fusion Cabaret: Restlesslegs – world premiere
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
16th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Freak Fusion Cabaret: Restlesslegs – world premiere

The theme of this production is the restless legs syndrome (RLS), a frequent, characteristic form of sleep disorder. The sensation is difficult to describe: it’s as if the limbs were involuntarily yawning, an unpleasant stimulus that is...

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Manu Delago Ensemble: Circadian
A38 Ship — Concert Hall
16th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Manu Delago Ensemble: Circadian

Manu Delago is an internationally acknowledged player of the handpan, a percussion instrument developed in the 21st century. He collaborates with such iconic artists and ensembles as Björk, Ólafur Arnalds, the Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka...

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Budapest Art Week
Budapest galleries and museums
17th April, 2020 10.00 am
Budapest Art Week

Held for the fifth time, the Budapest Art Week presents works in the most diverse styles, and provides a meeting opportunity for the actors of the heterogeneous and complex world in which they exist: artists, art historians, curators, gallery...

#exhibitions #fine arts and design

Akram Khan Company: Chotto Xenos
Müpa Budapest — Festival Theatre
17th April, 2020 6.00 pm
Akram Khan Company: Chotto Xenos

A young man finds curious things in an old box. He has known little about his grandfather’s experiences during World War One, and now he starts to form a new view of the past, his own identity and the ceaseless struggles of humanity. Says...

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Miklós Lukács (cimbalom) and the Hungarian National Philharmonic
Pesti Vigadó — Ceremonial Hall
17th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Miklós Lukács (cimbalom) and the Hungarian National Philharmonic

Miklós Lukács is one of the most versatile artists of today’s music scene, whether he plays contemporary music, jazz or folk. His special abilities and unique musicianship have inspired such composers as Péter Eötvös, György Vukán and Mihály...

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The Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir
St Stephen's Basilica
17th April, 2020 8.00 pm
The Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir

An emblematic work of European culture, Bach’s Mass in B minor is a grandiose and enigmatic work, with a host of secrets in every bar. Its dimensions are comparable to those of the St Matthew Passion, and György Vashegyi thinks “it is...

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The City of Marias – premiere
Rákóczi téri Vásárcsarnok
17th April, 2020 8.00 pm
The City of Marias – premiere

The production was inspired by some of the greatest works of Astor Piazzolla’s rich oeuvre, and the heroine of his well-known tango opera, María, who is not a single person but Womanhood herself in the maze of a metropolis. We see all the...

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Freak Fusion: Restlesslegs – world premiere
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
17th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Freak Fusion: Restlesslegs – world premiere

The theme of this production is the restless legs syndrome (RLS), a frequent, characteristic form of sleep disorder. The sensation is difficult to describe: it’s as if the limbs were involuntarily yawning, an unpleasant stimulus that is...

#contemporary circus

Budapest Art Week
Budapest galleries and museums
18th April, 2020 10.00 am
Budapest Art Week

Held for the fifth time, the Budapest Art Week presents works in the most diverse styles, and provides a meeting opportunity for the actors of the heterogeneous and complex world in which they exist: artists, art historians, curators, gallery...

#exhibitions #fine arts and design

Festival Closing Promenad
Public spaces in Budapest
18th April, 2020 11.00 am
Festival Closing Promenad

Hundreds of professional and amateur dancers, singers and musicians will start out from central locations in the city – Városháza park, Szent István tér –, to make a big noise and announce the arrival of spring. As the Parade progresses...

#open air events #free events

Akram Khan Company: Chotto Xenos
Müpa Budapest — Festival Theatre
18th April, 2020 6.00 pm
Akram Khan Company: Chotto Xenos

A young man finds curious things in an old box. He has known little about his grandfather’s experiences during World War One, and now he starts to form a new view of the past, his own identity and the ceaseless struggles of humanity. Says...

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Belau: Colourwave
A38 Ship — Concert Hall
18th April, 2020 8.00 pm
Belau: Colourwave

In the world of the duo formed in 2015, a pining but always hopeful mood blends with the musical foundations of current electronica. Their message is simple: you should extract yourself from the everyday hustle and bustle, and try and live the...

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Budapest Art Week
Budapest galleries and museums
19th April, 2020 10.00 am
Budapest Art Week

Held for the fifth time, the Budapest Art Week presents works in the most diverse styles, and provides a meeting opportunity for the actors of the heterogeneous and complex world in which they exist: artists, art historians, curators, gallery...

#exhibitions #fine arts and design

Lawrence Brownlee and Yijie Shi Sing Arias
Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
19th April, 2020 7.30 pm
Lawrence Brownlee and Yijie Shi Sing Arias

The American tenor was named Singer of the Year 2017 both by International Opera Awards and Bachtrack. The Guardian called him the world’s leading bel canto singer, and critics and audiences worldwide are convinced his timbre and the...

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