Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)
21. March - 06. April, 2014.
The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in the last two weeks of March each year. Besides Hungarian artists numerous international stars perform during the two-week event.
The largest and most prestigious cultural festival in Budapest attracts many classical music, opera and jazz fans from all around the world.
The festival has developed into one of Europe's major cultural events with a series of opera, concert, ballet and theatrical performances.
One of the most intriguing venue is the Butterfly House (Lepkeház) at Erszébet Square in the city centre. One of the symbols of the Spring Festival is butterfly, that's what the wood stage symbolizes.
The Lepkeház will host organ improvisations, electro acustic pieces, laser show, opera, DJ remix between 27. and 29. March 2014.
The festival presents a perfect opportunity to visit the beautifully refurbished Liszt Music Academy, since it will be one of the main venues for orchestral concerts.
Other programs of the Budapest Spring Festival in 2014 includes orchestral concerts, chamber evenings, a Chess festival, contemporary circus, church concerts, opera performances, musicals, folk dance, exhibitions and a range of other interesting programs.
The festival also offer programs for children: on the World Puppetry Day (21 March) kids can enjoy performances at public spaces in Budapest.
TIP: 2014 is Ybl Year in Hungary in honour of the famous and prolific architect Miklós Ybl (among many other buidlings he deisgned the Opera House and the newly renovated Buda Castle Bazaar & Gardens that will open to the public in April 2014.) who was born 200 years ago.You can take a guided Ybl Tour during the festival on 29 March and 05 April.
Even if you don't plan to attend any of the programs listed below you'll probably bump into a street art or performance on popular public places in the city:
Art Square Festival with concerts, theatrical performances and crossover programs at three venues
- Városháza Park 30 March at 10:00
- Gozsdu udvar 30 March 10:30
- Ankert Klub 30 March 16:30
See more the selection of programs below.
Orchestral Concerts During the Spring Festival
Opening Concert of the Spring Festival
Venue: Palace of Arts - Béla Bartók National Concert Hall,
Date: 21. march 2014. at 19.00
R. Strauss: Don Juan, op. 20
Bartók: Dance Suite, BB 86
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Featuring: Szeged Contemporary Dance Company, Pannon Philharmonic
Choreography: Tamás Juronics
Conductor: János Kovács
Tickets: 22 000, 17 000, 15 000, 12 000, 8 500, 5 500, 3 500 HUF
More Orchestral Concerts:
Cavalli: La Calisto Liszt Academy, Sir Georg Solti Chamber Hall, 27, 28 March 19.00
Alison Balsom (trumpet) and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra: Vigadó, 27 March 19:30
Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: Palace of Arts Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 28 March 19:00
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra: Palace of Arts Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 04 April 19:30
An evening of Richard Strauss: Liszt Academy Grand Hall 04 April 19:30
Chamber Concerts - Budapest Spring Festival 2014.
Budapest Music Center (Mátyás u. 8., district IX.) a new concert venue of the city:
- 28 March 19:30: Leila Josefowicz's violin recital
- 29 March 19:30: Alexei Lubimov and the Keller Quartet
- 30 March 19:30 : A concert in celebration of the 70th birthday of Péter Eötvös and László Vidovszky
- 01 April 19:30: Piotr Sałajczyk and the Apollon Musagète Quartet
02 April 19:30: Adrienn Krausz's piano recital
- 05 April 19:30: Andreas Scholl and Edin Karamazov in concert
- 06 Apr 19:30: An evening of Rimsky-Korsakov's arias and lieder
Tickets: 2 000 - 3 500 HUF
Vigadó Hall (Vigadó tér 2., tram 2): 27 March | 7:30 pm
Alison Balsom (trumpet) and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
28 March 17:00: Yuma Aoki's piano recital
28 March 17:00: Imre Schrammel's oeuvre-exhibition
28 March 19:30: Gergely Bogányi's piano recital
29 March 17:00: Antal Zalai's violin recital
29 March 19:30: Maxim Rysanov's viola recital
30 March 17:00: Ádám Banda's violin recital
30 March 19:30: Kelemen Quartet...+
01 April 19:30: The Hilliard Ensemble
02 April 19:30: Gyula Stuller, Miklós Perényi and Imre Rohmann in concert
05 April 19:30: Nicolas Altstaedt and Barnabás Kelemen in concert
Tickets: 2 000 - 3 000 HUF
Open Days of Budapest Theatres
Theatrical performances in various theatres in Budapest
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Open day: Centrál Theatre 29 March, 12:00 pm
Melodic Verse - open day: Radnóti Theatre 29 March 16:00 pm
Open day in the Atrium Film-Theatre -(Margit krt. 51., district II., tel: (+36 1) 317 9338) 30 March 11:00
World Premiere of the Recirquel: The Naked Clown Performance
Venue: Palace of Arts-Festival Theatre
Date:. 28., 29., 30. March
Tickets: 2900, 3500, 4500 HUF
Church Concerts - Spring Festival 2014.
Church concerts will be performed in the St. Francis Parish Church St. Francis Parish Church
Bakáts tér 13. district IX a small square off Ráday Street)
From one to twelve - with the Saint Ephraim Men's Choir
30 March 20:00
Puer natus (Gregorian chant), La Vitleem impreuna (Byzantine melody)
Veni pater Divine - Veni Sancte Spiritus (Codex Sanblasianus) - for two voices
Dnes Hristos (Russian MS, 17th c.) - liturgical song for three voices
Liszt: Mihi autem adhaerere (Psalm 78) - motet for four voices
Chesnokov: Zertva vecernaja (Psalm 140) - motet for five voices
Ma Krisztus győzedelmes lött (Gradual from Eperjes) - six-part piece
Stravinsky- Gesualdo: Illumina nos (Tres Cantiones Sacrae 3) - motet for seven voices
Bartók: Evening - chorus for eight voices
Byrd: Domine quis habitavit (Psalm 14) - psalm motet for nine voices
Rachmaninoff: Hexapsalmos - motet for ten voices
Péter Zombola: Otche nas - motet for eleven voices
Tamás Bubnó: Have Mercy upon Me, Oh God (Psalm 51) - psalm motet for twelve voices
Opera, Operetta, Musical - Budapest Spring Festival 2014.
Opera performances are staged in the Hungarian State Opera House, and the Palace of Arts
Rameau: The Festivals of Polyhymnia (Les Fêtes de Polymnie) - a contemporary premiere of a long forgotten opera by an 18. century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau
Venue and date: Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 06 April 19:30
Tickets: 3300, 4500, 5900, 6900, 9900 HUF
Dance performances take place at four venues: the Comedy Theatre (Vígszínház 1137 Budapest, Szent István körút 14., (+36 1) 329-2340, the Palace of Arts, the National Dance Theatre in Buda Castle and the Pesti Magyar Színház (1077 Budapest, Hevesi Sándor tér 4.)
Central European Dance Theatre: Peregrines - premiere
Venue: Palace of Arts, Festival Theater, 02 April 19:00
The three one-act pieces of three modern peregrines (peregrination means studying at foreign universities) summarize their professional and artistic experiences as they explore the attraction of the homeland and its appeal to stay
Folk Dance Programs
As usual the National Dance House Festival and Fair is organized during the spring festival, this yyear for the 33rd time.
This is a folk festival with lots of folk music, folk art, and dancing performed by both professionals and amateurs. The aim of the festival is introducing the rich folk heritage of the Hungarian people living in the Carpathian basin and the ethnic minorities of Hungary.
Venue and Date: Papp László Budapest Sportarena 29-30 March 2014,starting at 10:00
Philip Glass: Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête): Palace of Arts | Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, 22 March 19:30
MozART Group: Millenáris Park, 23 March 19:30
Félix Lajkó and János Balázs improvisations: Liszt Academy Grand Hall 31 March 19:30
Transitus angeli: Butterfly House 27 March, 20:00
In a unique venue: the Lepkeház (at Erzsébet Square in district V. city centre) a giant wooden theatre in the shpe of a butterfly.
Ticket prices: 20 000, 16 000, 14 000, 12 000, 10 000, 8 000, 5 000
Programs for families with kids.
World Puppetry Day - performances at severaél spots int he city on 21. March.
MICROCOSMOS I. - "Quirky" Bartók - an interactive program created specifically for children in school, introducing the quirks of the famous Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.
Date: 30 March 11:00
Atrium Film-Theatre (Margit körút 55., district II, Buda)
Ticket: 2 000 HUF
Exhibitions During the Budapest Spring Festival
SPRING – Contemporary Arts Exhibition
Venue: Balassi Institute, Budapest Somlói út 51. district I., Tel: (+36 1) 381-5124
Date: 16th March - 30th April
Muses on Theatre Square
The Pest German Theatre (1812-1849) was founded 200 years ago
Venue: Budapest History Museum, Buda Castle, Szent György tér 2., building "E"
Tel: (+36 1) 487-8800
30th Hungarian Exhibition of Press Photography
Venue: Hungarian National Museum, Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.,
Tel: (+36 1) 327-7773
Date: 24th March - 6th May
Art Deco and ModernismInterior design in Hungary 1920–1940
Venue: Museum of Applied Arts, Üllői út 33-37. district IX:,
Tel: (+36 1) 456-5107
Date: 16th March - 30th September
For more information and tickets visit the official website of the Spring Festival 2014.