Our periodical programs
10–11 November 2018, Hungarian Open Air Museum, Szentendre
St. Martin's Day has been one of the most important days in folk calendars: it marks the end of farm works and the economic year, but it is also seen as the day when women moved their work indoors. The day is commonly associated with eating goose and traditionally the first day when the new wine can be tasted to ensure prosperity for next year as well. The Hungarian Open Air Museum in Szentendre welcomes visitors each year with a selection of delicacies, craftsmen, folk music, folk dance shows and an amazing atmosphere.
9 November – 31 December 2018, Budapest
The most significant winter event of the Hungarian capital features selected folk art and craftsmen’s products for sale. A myriad of goodies waft their smells through the air of the lovely decorated square. In the afternoons, besides the bustle of the fair and the mugs of mulled wine, crafts workshops and folklore performances will provide further enjoyment to visitors.
24 November 2018 – 1 January 2019, Budapest
„European Best Christmas Markets TOP 5”
In the afternoons, a 3D light painting animation on the façade of the St. Stephen’s Basilica is the speciality of this gorgeous advent fair. Presented in every 30 minutes, the Christmas-themed show makes creative use of the properties of the building. Skate a bit in the middle of the square while shopping, then taste some traditional and modern culinary specialities.
13 December 2018, 8 p. m., MOM Sport Budapest
The highly successful and multiple-award-winning German band Gregorian, active for almost 20 years, is coming to Budapest again in December. They will perform medieval and modern songs in a special, mystical way characteristic of the genre Gregorian chant. Dressed in monk robes, members of Gregorian will be accompanied by a rock band, unique pyrotechnics and visual effects.
19 December 2018, 7:30 PM, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
After a number of performances in Budapest before, José Carreras returns to the Hungarian capital this December with an intimate and exclusive gala concert for the holidays. Being the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions for both his artistic and humanitarian work, Carreras is undoubtedly one of the most famous and excellent tenors of our time. He will be accompanied by the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro János Ács.
20 December 2018, 7:30 p. m., Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
The end-of-year concert series of MVM closes with a special show, focusing on the harp and the piano. The former will be played by Liszt-prize-winning harpist Andrea Vigh, the rector of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, the latter by Liszt-prize-winning pianist János Balázs, the artistic director of the internationally known Cziffra Festival.
25 December 2018, 5 and 8 p. m., Danube Palace, Budapest
On the first day of Christmas, the Danube Symphony Orchestra will welcome the audience of the Baroque concert hall of Danube Palace with a chamber music concert composed for the occasion.
26 December 2018, 7:45 p. m., Budapest Congress Center
The tradition of surprise Christmas concerts by the Budapest Festival Orchestra goes back several decades. BFZ may be the only symphony ensemble in the world whose repertoire includes orchestra pieces, contemporary and baroque chamber music, and jazz as well as folk music. Iván Fischer, the founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, is considered one of the world’s most successful conductors. The series is set to continue this year, and members of the audience will have a say in what ends up on the programme that evening.
27 December 2018, 8:00 p. m., Müpa, Budapest
Ági Szalóki is a musician and singer who is open and willing to experiment, while also being an exceptional performer of Hungarian folk music, as well as the pearls of early music from the Hungarian Carpathian Basin and Western Europe. Accompanied by guest musicians with great virtuosity, Ági Szalóki will draw from the rich repertoire of music associated with the Christmas holiday of European Christian culture.
30 December 2018, 6 p.m., Erkel Theatre
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the run-up to Christmas. At Erkel Theatre, Nutcracker specialist Wayne Eagling and choreographer Tamás Solymosi will present a version of the fairy-tale ballet that follows classical traditions while also building on the trends of contemporary dance and set design.
30 December 2018, 7 p.m., Budapest Congress Center
Each year, the world-renowned Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra stages a gala concert to celebrate the passing of the old year. The show features popular tunes of Strauss, Brahms, Sarasate and Ferraris as well as folk songs, replete with the band’s signature sound. Before the concert starts, a folklore show/wine tasting builds up the unique character of this year’s gala.
30 December 2018, 7:30 p.m., Franz Liszt Academy of Music
Established exactly 25 years ago in 1993, the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda celebrates its birthday with a special gala concert this year. The programme will feature a series of monumental pieces led by three conductors.
31 December 2018, 7:30 p.m., Vigadó Concert Hall
Hungary’s most popular big band has been in the service of their audience for 20 years now. The members of the band are trained jazz and classical musicians with great talent, who can perform all varieties of jazz from old hits to today’s catchiest tunes with world-class professionalism. Their production is a success story bridging through styles and age groups.
31 December 2018, 8:30 p.m., Erkel Theatre
A certain gentleman referred to as Doctor Bat causes chaos at Prince Orlovsky's masked ball in Johann Strauss’s full-length opera and greatest masterpiece. Errant husbands are sentenced to imprisonment, wives itch to betray their husbands and budding starlets appear in disguise. The high jinks are about to become higher, and this is where the laughs really start! Die Fledermaus is a great choice for a carefree, fun-filled New Year's ball.
17–25 February 2019, MOMKult/Academy of Music/MÜPA
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.
5–22 April 2019, 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.
14–23 June 2019, Miskolc
The festival was founded in 2001 with the intention to actively engage the Miskolc region in the international music scene, and also to cultivate the work of Béla Bartók, the outstanding composer. Since then, the event has become one of the most prominent opera festivals in East-Central Europe featuring the most accomplished opera stars and companies from Europe.