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.
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.
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.
30 December 2017, 7pm, Budapest Congress Center
This year again sees the truly unique Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra putting on a magnificent gala concert for celebrating the New Year. The two-part show will feature popular tunes of Strauss, Rossini, Brahms, Bizet, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, while folk pieces interpreted in a special way are also included in the repertoire. A folklore show, wine tasting and elaborate supper dishes make for an even more special night.
31 December 2017, 7pm, Budapest
Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve party in Budapest, bobbling up and down in a boat on the river Danube. The offer includes a show of a Hungarian folk band and a dance group, delicious courses, an open bar, and a party till dawn. Throughout the night, the boat will make several rounds, one being scheduled for midnight so the guests can greet the New Year and watch the spectacular fireworks on the waters of the Danube.
31 December 2017, 7:30pm, Vigadó Concert Hall
On New Year’s Eve, swing fans should head for Vigadó Concert Hall. Uniquely blending authentic Hungarian music with the world of French manouche swing, the highly successful band Swing a la Django will take the stage together with the fabulous Micheller Myrtill. Besides presenting their swing tunes, the hosts will have a couple of surprises up their sleeves as well.
8–14 January 2018, Capital Circus of Budapest
The first Budapest Circus Festival was held in 1996 and it soon became one of the most important meeting places for the circus arts. The one-week festival sees the arrival of the best in the profession from all around the world who share their knowledge, as they bring the best and most successful circus acts to Budapest for their fans’ entertainment.
24–27 January 2018, Hungexpo Budapest
Hungary's only exhibition specialised in wine-growing and wineries covers the whole process of winemaking. All wine-related products and services will be on showcase, accompanied by several wineries and the best pálinka producers of the country. Visit and get a close-up view of all the latest trends and developments within the industry.
29 January 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
Boasting a career which spans almost 5 decades, Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling singers of all time. In addition to numerous awards and recognition, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times. The singer of many top hits such as Sailing, The First Cut Is The Deepest, and Baby Jane brings a brand new, stunning show to the Hungarian capital after a break of 8 years without performing in Hungary.
08-13 February 2018, Mohács
These traditional festivities, having been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO, are real delicacies of the carnival season. Hungary’s greatest folklore festival, truly deserving international fame, is about busós scaring away winter, an experience to remember for children as well as for adults. The climax of the event is the parade of busós wearing costumes and masks following traditions dating back several centuries.
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.
22–25 February 2018, Hungexpo Budapest
The two festivals are held together latterly making the last weekend of February a great time for boat and bike enthusiasts. The cream of the boat and water sports market as well as devoted fans will participate in next year’s boat show, while the motorbike festival will feature all major brands, veteran motorcycles and custom bike builds along with a plethora of accessories.
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.
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.
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.