Our periodical programs
19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018, Hungarian National Gallery
Viktor Madarász was one of the leading figures of Hungarian Romantic and historical painting. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, the Hungarian National Gallery hosts an exhibition of the painter’s work with a special focus on pieces from his most productive Paris period that are showcased in a unique lighting setup.
19–27 February 2018, MOMKult/ Franz Liszt Academy of Music/ Palace of Arts
Founded by Liszt Ferenc-award-winning pianist János Balázs, the festival aims to preserve and promote the oeuvre and legacy of world-renowned Hungarian virtuoso pianist György Cziffra in a way worthy of his genius. As Cziffra was known for reaching out to young talents, shooting stars of the new generation will play a key role in this series of events.
21–25 March 2018, more than 50 venues
First performed in the New York City Subway, the international grass-roots movement Bach in the Subways will see Hungary participating for the fourth time next year. It consists of a series of free concerts in celebration of the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach given by excellent musicians in underpasses, squares, churches, and various other public spaces. The goal is to make classical music more accessible to the general public.
22 March 2018; 7:30pm; Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
Two years after Handel's version of Brockes Passion was put on stage, this concert can be considered a natural continuation of that evening. It is going to be well worth finding out how another composer, Telemann, who was Bach's good friend and godfather to his son, himself set the renowned passion libretto to music. Conductor: György Vashegyi
30 March – 22 April 2018, at flagship arts venues in Budapest
Since it was founded decades ago, the Budapest Spring Festival known and respected worldwide has been considered one of Hungary’s greatest cultural festivities. The festival offers a selection of pop and classical music concerts, plays, movie screenings and additional colourful events for domestic and foreign visitors alike.
2 April 2018, Budapest-Gödöllő-Budapest
On Easter Monday a nostalgia train is to depart from Budapest to the picturesque town of Gödöllő. Its steam locomotive hauls vintage cars on this classic train journey, chugging into the “peaceful old times”. Optional activities: visiting the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, a horse show at the Lázár Equestrian Park, and lunch.
2 April 2018, Hollókő
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, this small village in Northern Hungary is famous for its authentic traditions that still play a central role in the villagers’ culture. Painting red coloured Easter eggs, trying out Easter sprinkling with bucketfuls of water, and exploring the mysteries of local craftsmen are just a few of those activities that wait for you while you taste your way through the specialities of the region.
8 April 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
Lara Fabian’s latest record, the first written in English, was released in the autumn of 2017 under the title “Camouflage”, and its tour will begin in February 2018 in Miami. In the songs of the new album, Fabian mixes her established pop style with a more contemporary – progressive, yet still popular – sound. In addition to her well-known hits, these will also be brought into next year’s magnificent set list.
10–11 April 2018, Budapest Marriott Hotel
Year by year, this annual wine conference accommodates several hundred companies with an interest in wine tourism from all around the world. You will find that the event is a great opportunity for professional networking, attending lectures, workshops, and tasting a flight of nice wines. As Hungary is going to be the host country, Hungarian wines will be given particular emphasis next year.
15 April 2018, Budapest
Be part of the biggest spring running race of Budapest, accompanied by thousands of cheerful runners! The event was launched in 1986 in Italy with the motto: “Long live the city! Love the city!” The main race is the half marathon, but there is an opportunity to go on 10km, 7km or on family distance.
27-30 April 2018, Gyula
The four-day festival is one of the biggest gastronomical events of the Southern Great Plain, which attracts thousands of visitors year by year. Pálinka-contest, the procession of Pálinka-orders and tasting programs highlight the noble Hungaricum and besides, concerts, exhibitions and further programs ensure the amusement.
2 May 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
"The Creative Genius of Pink Floyd" Roger Waters will go on a world tour with a pioneering new set. In addition to his latest songs and his greatest solo hits, all the indispensable Pink Floyd tunes will also make their way into the show. According to Waters himself, his state-of-the-art audiovisual production Us + Them is “the most spectacular concert tour he has ever done”.
4 May 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
Rory Graham, better known as Rag'n'Bone Man, started MCing and singing just after his 15th birthday. His international breakthrough came with his album titled “Human” in 2017. Its hit single “Human” received a diamond certification in France, and propelled the singer-songwriter to the top of the charts. His tour titled Grand Reserve arrives to Hungary in May.
8 May 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
After a break of four years following his last successful gig in Hungary, James Blunt comes back to Budapest with the world tour of his studio album “The Afterlove”. Blunt had piano and violin lessons as a child, and achieved worldwide fame with the single "You're Beautiful", after which he received several awards. Lately he scored no. 1 on songs charts being featured in Robin Schulz’s track “OK”.
11-13 May 2018, Budapest, City Park
The number of people who meet in the City Park to welcome the upcoming summer while trying various dishes and a few glasses of wine in a youthful family atmosphere has been growing year by year. On its way to become a tradition, the event features colourful entertainment and plenty of delicacies paired with your wine.
17-20 May 2018, Budapest, Millenary Park
Representing the essence of Hungary’s now booming gastro culture, Gourmet Festival hosts the country’s best restaurants, wineries and gourmet shops. Eating your way through delicacies, you are going to be bound to redefine your idea of Hungarian cuisine.
9 September 2018, Budapest
Marking the beginning of the autumn season, the Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon is visited by people from around 80 different countries each year. Colourful events and a course meandering through World Heritage Sites further boost the popularity of the run. Get through the 21 km individually or in a team of two or three.
7 October 2018, Budapest
Choose a distance that suits you and be one of the nearly 30,000 participants who join the SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival. Run the official distance of 42.195 kilometres individually, with your partner, or in a four-member relay team. As an alternative, you are offered to discover the city taking a 30 or 10 kilometres long route.