Our periodical programs
from 19 June 2017, Vasarely Museum
Hungarian-French painter Victor Vasarely is widely accepted as one of the most prominent artists of the op art, short for optical art, movement. After the completion of the one-year-long renovation project, the Vasarely Museum welcomes visitors again with a different arrangement presenting the painter’s oeuvre. Comprising around 100 works, the permanent exhibition features paintings on loan as well as graphics which have not been on display since 1969.
20 July – 31 December 2017, Komplex
Embark on a time-travel adventure and arrive in the middle of the story about what is most likely the best-known ship in the world. With a floor space of 2,300 square meters, the exhibition includes original works of art as well as personal belongings. Both the luxury and the poverty of the era are evoked. Furthermore, a unique Hungarian section deals with the Hungarian aspects of the sunken legend.
12–15 October 2017, Budapest
Since 2011, Art Market Budapest has been held each year with international exhibitors and visitors coming from all over the globe. The core concept of the contemporary art fair has been to create a fresh “cultural region” that provides space for young shooting stars of the new generation as well as for well-known and renowned artists.
12 October 2017, 8:00 pm, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
Visit Arena this October for a unique experience, the screening of the musical La La Land with a live orchestra. The 2016 blockbuster movie will be played on giant projector screens with the original English audio, accompanied by the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda.
13–15 October 2017, Budapest
The festival celebrates kürtőskalács, a spit cake made following 200-year-old traditions, specific to Hungarian-speaking regions in Romania, more predominantly the Székely land. During the event, you will get to see how the pastry is roasted over charcoal, then you, too, will be given an opportunity to participate in the baking process and to try several contemporary variations as well as to treat yourself with the classical variety.
15 October 2017, 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.
18 October 2017, 7:00 pm, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
The Italian composer of the well-known score for “Once Upon a Time in the West” has been cooperating with several Hungarian orchestras and admits, that he is always glad to return to Hungary. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning Morricone has written music for more than 550 motion pictures and television series, several of which will be performed to the Budapest audience.
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.
5 November 2017, 7:30 pm, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
Multiple award-winning composer James Newton Howard is giving his first live tour this year, and we are happy to say, that Hungary is on the list of shows. Accompanied by a large orchestra, a choir and a spectacular light show, Howard is about to conjure up the greatest hits of the past few decades including the film scores for "The Sixth Sense", "Pretty Woman" and "The Hunger Games" series.
11-12 November 2017, all around the country
To experience this deep-rooted tradition in an appropriate setting, dine at a csárda (old Hungarian term for tavern). For the occasion all around the country, restaurants and inns prepare goose skin cracklings, foie gras, goose soup, goose mush, goose leg and plenty of delicacies paired with your wine. Depending on the location, you may also enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or attend music performances after dinner.
11-12 November 2017, Szentendre
The Hungarian Product Grand Prize winner festival of the Hungarian Open Air Museum (Skanzen) in Szentendre stages a colourful programme of events each year. Besides the obligatory new wine tastings and the majestic goose feasts, the schedule will also include dance and music programmes, traditional craft shows and workshops, and a street fair to boot.
11 November 2017
According to a Hungarian proverb, "If you don’t eat goose meat on St. Martin’s Day, you’ll be starving all year.” To escape starvation, palatable goose dishes paired with fine wines will be served to the guests of the candlelight dinner. The Candlelight Express is operated as a 'charter train on demand' service to fully satisfy specific customer needs as well.
18 November 2017, 2pm–10pm, Corinthia Hotel Budapest
As the colder weather sets in around November, we tend to prefer full-bodied red wines. Could you imagine anything more attractive for a wine lover during these times than to attend a premium thematic wine tasting presenting Hungary’s finest wineries at one of the most delightful hotels of the country? This year’s event will put special emphasis on cabernet franc and Bordeaux blends.
22 November 2017, 7:30 pm, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin is one of the most sought-after artists today, while also passing on his knowledge and serving as a goodwill and humanitarian ambassador for international organizations. Previously Rachlin has given several premieres. In Budapest he will deliver a programme based on the works of Beethoven.
10 November – 31 December 2017, Budapest, Vörösmarty Square
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 2017 – 02 January 2018, Budapest, Szent István Square
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.
1 December – 24 December 2017, Szeged, Dóm Square
The Dóm Square in Szeged (in the southern part of Hungary) is one of the most beautiful squares in all Central Europe with its size equalling that of the Piazza San Marco in Venice. During the course of the last 15 years, the Szeged Advent Fair has become a significant tourist attraction for Hungarians as well as for visitors from across the borders.
All through December 2017, Erkel Theatre
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the run-up to Christmas. Night after night in December, the Hungarian National Ballet will present their newly buffed-up version of the fairy-tale ballet that follows classical traditions while still conforming to the requirements of 21st century dance and set design. Visit Erkel Theatre to Experience the Christmas miracle!
20 December 2017, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
Sarah Brightman, one of the most famous sopranos in the world, is back to Hungary after a break of 13 years with one of the most popular Christmas shows of all time. Backed by a full orchestra, the show will feature traditional Christmas songs performed together with several guest artists and pepped up with extra eye-catching stage settings.
26 December 2017, 7:45pm, Budapest Congress Center
The tradition keeps on going, as the Festival Orchestra will please all music lovers this year again with their much-acclaimed surprise concert. You have a symphony orchestra displaying an endless repertoire, and a night when audience members can decide on what they would like to hear. Entertainment is guaranteed.