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Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

April 8 - April 24

Spring Festivities with A Wide Range of Cultural Programs: 08 – 24. April, 2016.

The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in April each year. Besides Hungarian artists, numerous international stars perform during the two-week event. Franz Liszt’s oeuvre and Chinese culture will be in the limelight in 2016.

We will also celebrate the 135. anniversary of Béla Bartók’s birth so his works will also be on the rich repertoir of the festival. If you love his work mark your calendar for the program: Choral Celebration of Béla Bartók on 24. April at 19.30 in the Grand Hall of the Music Academy (Liszt Ferenc tér 8., districtVI.).

You can view a spectacular exhbition about the Chinese Silkroad in the Hungarian National Museum and watch Puccini’s opera, Turandot by the Chinese National Opera in the Erkel Theatre.

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.

You can choose from around 135 programs at around 32 venues, including various public places, squares, parks and streets where you can bump into a performance or program of some kind, like the Opening Parade.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s performance will open the festival on 08. April 2016. at 19.30 in Béla Bartók National Concert Hall/Palace of Arts,

Some other unique locales include: Music Academy, Palace of Arts (MüPa), Matthias Church, the New Budapest Gallery in the Bálna/Whale building, Ludwig Museum, the Budapest Music Centre in district IX.

Other programs of the Budapest Spring Festival include orchestral concerts, chamber evenings, church concerts, opera performances, folk dance, exhibitions and a range of other interesting programs.

The festival also offers programs for children.

Spring Festival Programs

Orchestral ConcertsChamber ConcertsChurch ConcertsInternational Theatre FestivalOperaJazz DanceContemporary CircusFor ChildrenExhibitions

TIP: people marching on the opening parade of the Spring FestJoin the Opening Parade of the Festival usually that takes place on the second day of the event.

The colourful procession of nearly 600 dancers, singers, musicians, stilt walkers and other artists will depart from three venues:

  • Szt. István Square in front of the Basilic – Spring welcoming concert by the Budapest Academic Choral Society
  • Városháza Park (near Deák Square in district V.) – performances by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Danube Ensemble, flashmob by 9 amateur dance groups.
  • Fővám Square at the Central Market Hall – marching music by the Customs & Finance Guard Orchestra

You can march along on Andrássy Boulevard to the tunes of the Customs & Finance Guard Orchestra. The parade ends at Heroes’ Square where further programs and the spectacular letter installation of the word Budapest await everyone. 

Download the Spring Festival’s entire 2016 program.

Orchestral Concerts During the Spring Festival

The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s concert will open the festival on 08. April

Budapest Festival Orchestra  – 08. April, 19.30

The Budapets Festival Orchestra giving a concertVenue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
  • Bartók: Viola Concerto, Sz. 120, BB 128
  • John Adams: Harmonielehre

Conductor: David Robertson, Featuring: Kim Kashkashian – viola

Tickets: 3 300, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900 , 9 900 HUF

Gábor Farkas and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – 10. April, 15.00

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.

In the Footsteps of Liszt • 3.2

  • Schumann–Liszt: Widmung
  • Liszt: Forgotten Waltz No. 1
  • Liszt: Valse Impromptu
  • Liszt: Fountains of Villa d’Este
  • Liszt: Venice and Naples (Gondoliera, Canzonetta, Tarantella)
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
  • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major
  • Liszt: Piano Concerto in A major

Conductor: Ádám Medveczky

Tickets: 1 500, 1 900, 2 200 HUF

The Hungarian National Philharmonic performing in the Bela Bartok National Concert HallHungarian National Philharmonic – 12. April 19.30


  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37
  • Rachmaninoff: Aleko – concert performance of the opera

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Featuring: Shai Wosner – piano, Dmitri Ulyanov (Aleko), Alexander Mikhailov (Young Gypsy), Karine Babajanyan (Zemfira), Alex Roslavets (Zemfira’s Father) – voice, Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)

Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis

Tickets: 3 300, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900 HUF

Myung-whun Chung and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala – 14. April, 19.30

Myung whun Chung conducting the Orchestra Filarmonica della ScalaThe orchestra of the renowned Italian opera house, the La Scala will give a concert in Müpa’s concert hall.

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Tickets: 4 900, 6 900, 9 900, 12 900, 16 900 HUF

Staatskapelle Weimar: Liszt: Christus – 17. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Liszt’s greatest work will be interpreted by Martin Haselböck who a re-imagined on Liszt’s symphonic poems by recording them with period instruments.

Featuring: Mária Celeng, Szilvia Vörös, István Horváth, István Kovács, Miklós Sebestyén – voice, Zita Nauratyill – organ, Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)

Conductor: Martin Haselböck

Tickets: 2 100 Ft, 3 500 Ft, 4 900 Ft, 6 900 Ft

Light from the Outside World – Jeff Mills and the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, 22. April, 20.00 & 23.00

Venue: Millenáris Teátrum, “E” Building  Address: Kis Rókus utca 16-20., district I.

Tickets: 2 500, 3 000 HUF

Jeff Mills performingJeff Mills, one of the world’s most acknowledged DJ-s and a techno producer, combines popular and symphony music in his Light from the Outside World performance that premiered in Paris in 2012.

The Danubia Orchestra Óbuda conducted by Christophe Mangou will accompany him on the Budapest concert.

Kristóf Baráti and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg – 22. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.

  • W. A. Mozart: Symphony in C major, K. 338
  • W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto in G major, K. 216
  • W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218
  • W. A. Mozart: Symphony in D major (“Prague”), K. 504

Tickets: 2 000, 3 200, 4 500, 5 900 HUF

Chamber Evenings

Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki JooIgudesman & Joo, 08. April 20.00

Venue: Millenáris Teátrum, “E” Building  Address: Kis Rókus utca 16-20., district I.

You can enjoy the duo of Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo‘s fantastic show combining comedy and classical music  in the Theatre of the Millenáris

Tickets: 3 000, 5 000 HUF

Inspirations: Ferenc Liszt in his songs and letters –  14. April, 19.30

Venue: Vigadó Hall, Addres: Vigadó tér 2., district V.

Tickets: 2 500, 3 300 HUF

Accord Quartet – 17. April 19.30

Venue: Vigadó Hall, Addres: Vigadó tér 2., district V.

Featuring: Zoltán Fejérvári – piano

The members of the quartet: Péter Mező, Csongor Veér – violin, Péter Kondor – viola, Mátyás Ölveti – cello

  • W. A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E flat major, K. 428
  • Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1

 

  • Dohnányi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1

Tickets: 1200, 1700 HUF

The Accord Quartet was founded 15 years ago, in 2001, by students of the Academy of Music. They soon gained widespread recognition and have since become a crucial formation of the contemporary scene.

the 6 members of the King's Singers ensembleThe King’s Singers – 19. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Featuring: Saint Ephraim Men’s Choir (choirmaster: Tamás Bubnó)

The 6-member British  a capella ensemble‘s performance is always a huge success in Budapest.

Tickets: 3 300, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900 HUF

Kodály String Quartet – 21. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.

members of the Kodály QuartetFeaturing: Zsolt Fejérvári – doublebass, Wenzel Fuchs – clarinet, Bence Bogányi – bassoon, Andrej Žust – horn

Members of the string quartet: Attila Falvai, Ferenc Bangó – violin, János Fejérvári – viola, György Éder – cello

  • R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel – a bit differently!
  • Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor
  • Schubert: Octet in F major, D. 803

Tickets: 1 900, 2 200, 2 600, 3 200 HUF

The Quartet celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2016.

Martin Grubinger & Percussive Planet Ensemble – 24. April 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

  • Fazil Say: The Bells
  • Orff: Carmina Burana

Tickets: 3 300, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900 HUF

A Choral Celebration of Béla Bartók – 24. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.

Béla Bartók: Tavasz (Spring)
Béla Bartók: Levél az otthoniakhoz (Letter to the Folks Back Home)
Béla Bartók: Mihálynapi köszöntő (St Michael’s Day Toast)
Béla Bartók: Elment a madárka (The Little Bird Has Flown)
Béla Bartók: Madárdal (Birdsong)
Béla Bartók: Párnás táncdal (Pillow Dance Song)
Béla Bartók: Tót népdalok (Slovak Folk Songs)
Béla Bartók: Est (Evening)
Béla Bartók: Négy régi magyar népdal (Four Old Hungarian Folk Songs)
Béla Bartók: Seven single-sex choruses with small ensembles
Béla Bartók: Falun (Village Scenes) – instrumental version
Béla Bartók: Négy magyar népdal (Four Hungarian Folk Songs)
Béla Bartók: Négy szlovák népdal (Four Slovak Folk Songs)

Béla Bartók’s choral works will be sung in the capital and a number of other cities in the country, in the streets and in concert halls.

The central venue of the event will be the halls, foyers and other spaces of the Liszt Academy eneding with a large concert in the Grand Hall.

Tickets: 1 000 HUF.

Theatre Performances – Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM), 12-24. April

The festival regularly hosts a meeting of international and Hungarian theatres, this year a dozen companies from all over Europe will come and present 20 performances in  the National Theatre in Budapest. Visit the website of the event for more information.

Some of the Performances:

Venue: all performances will presented in the National Theatre, Address: Bajor Gizi park 1., district IX.

Miguel de Cervantes: Entremeses (comedies), Teatro de La Abadía, Spain – April 14. 17.00

Director: José Luis Gómez

1 hour 50 minutes with intermission, in Spanish language with Hungarian subtitles.

Church Concerts – Spring Festival

Program to be announced later.

Opera – Budapest Spring Festival

Mozart: Idomeneo,Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir in Concert – 10. April 18.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Idomeneo, King of Crete: Ramón Vargas
Idamante, his son: Margarita Gritskova
Electra, daughter of Agamemnon: Serena Farnocchia
Ilia, daughter of Priam: Emőke Baráth
Arbaces, Idomeneo’s confidant: Bernhard Berchtold
High priest: Zoltán Megyesi
The voice of the Oracle of Neptune:Krisztián Cser
Conductor: György Vashegyi

Tickets: 2 900, 3 500, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900 HUF

Cesti: Orontea – 17. and 18. April, 19.00

Venue: Liszt Academy, Sir Georg Solti Chamber Hall

Orontea: Emőke Baráth
Alidoro: Gyula Rab
Philosopher: Lusine Sahakyan
Silandra: Imai Ayane
Creonte: Attila Erdős
Aristea: Dávid Szigetvári
Gelone: Ákos Ambrus
Featuring: Aura Musicale
Conductor: Balázs Máté

Tickets: 1 500 HUF.

Puccini: Turandot, Performance by the China National Opera – 19. and 20. April, 19.00

Venue: Erkel Theatre, Address: II. János Pál páoa tér 30., district VIII.

Tickets: 500, 1 500, 2 900, 3 600, 4 500.

Opera in three acts, in Italian, with Hungarian surtitles.

Jazz Concerts

Lovers of jazz music can choose from around a dozen concerts.

The Feast of Hungarian Jazz will take place on 08. April and 09. April at 19.00 in the Budapest Jazz Club (Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII.) with award ceremonies and concerts.

In 2016 the performers will include the duo of Ágnes Lakatos and Barna Tibor Csuhaj, the Lukács Miklós Trio, the Tóth Viktor Trio, and the duo of Myrtill Micheller and Tibor Pintér.

Ticketes: 1 800 HUF

Joey DeFrancesco Trio – 10. April 19.00

Venue: Budapest Jazz Club, Address: Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII.

The Joey Defrancesco trioon a concertMembers of the trio: Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond organ, trumpet, voice, Dan Wilson – guitar, Jason Brown – drum

The American organist, singer and trumpet player Joey DeFrancesco made more than thirty albums and has worked under such musicians as Miles Davis and Jimmy Smith.

Three of his records were nominated for the Grammy Award ove rthe past 10 years.

Tickets: 4 500 HUF

Wayne Shorter Quartet – 11. April 20.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Tickets: 3 300, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900 HUF

Robert Glasper Experiment –  16. April, 20.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

Featuring: Robert Glasper – piano, voice, Casey Benjamin – saxophone, Derrick Hodge – bass guitar, Mark Colenburg – percussions

Tickets: 3 300, 4 500, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900 HUF

Robert Glasper American jazz pianist also the memer of the Robert Glasper Experiment. He has rephrased songs by Nirvana, Radiohead and the Soundgarden. His Black radio album won a Grammy in 2012.

Sarah McKenzie Quartet – 21. April 20.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale) Event Hall

Members of the quartet: Sarah McKenzie – voice, piano, Jo Caleb – guitar, Tom Farmer – doublebass, Marco Valeri – drums

Tickets: 2 800 , 3 500 HUF

Dance Performances

Ula Sickle: Kinshasa Electric –  15. and 16. April 20.00

Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Address: Liliom utca 41., district IX.

A Guest performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Tickets: 2 400 HUF

Kimmo Pohjonen with Minna TervamäkKimmo Pohjonen & Minna Tervamäki: Bright Shadow – 23. April 19.00

Venue: Millenáris Teátrum, “E” Building,  Address: Kis Rókus utca 16-20., district I.

Tickets: 3 000, 5000 HUF

Kimmo Pohjonen the master of accordion and experiemental music performs with a the acclaimed talent of of the Finnish National Ballet, Minna Tervamäki to present a spectacular show.

 

Contemporary Circus

poster of the Cuisine and Confessions circus showCuisine & Confessions, by Les 7 doigts de la main, 09. and 10. April 19.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa, Festival Theatre

The 7-member team will present a unique show bringing us closer to the memories of fragrances and flavours we all encounter during our lives.

Tickets: 2 900, 3 500, 4 500 HUF

Children Programs

Programs for families with kids will be announced later.

Exhibitions During the Budapest Spring Festival

11th madeinhungary + 4th MeeD, Design without Borders, 09. April, 18.00

Venue: New Budapest Gallery/Bálna, Address: Fővám tér 11-12., district IX.

Meeting of European and Central Eastern European Designers as well as exhibit of the madeinhungary project.

Tickets: full price: 500 HUF, students: 500 HUF

Related: More April EventsCultural Venues in BudapestSummer FestivalAutumn Festival (CAFE Budapest)Concerts in BudapestMuseums in Budapest

Details

Start:
April 8
End:
April 24
Website:
http://www.btf.hu/events

Venue

Several Places in the City
Budapest,