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Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

April 8, 2016 - April 24, 2016

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 Italian culture were in the limelight in 2015.

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 on 11. April.

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 Concerts – International Theatre Festival – OperaJazz Dance  – Crossover – – For ChildrenExhibitions

TIP: people marching on the opening parade of the Spring FestJoin the Opening Parade of the Festival on 09. April at 11.00. 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. 

TIP: Watch out also for the Street Art Project Performances: BDPST IN MOVE at various spots in the city.


Download the Budapest Srping Festival’s entire program.

Orchestral Concerts During the Spring Festival

Denis Matsuev and the Hungarian National Philharmonic – 10. April, 19.30

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 34
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97, “Rhenish”

Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis

Tickets: 3 900, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900, 12 900 HUF

Dezső Ránki and Concerto Budapest, 11. April 11.00 and 12. April at 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall

  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 271
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 449
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453

Tickets: 2 000, 3 100, 3 900, 4 900 HUF

Leo Nucci Sings Verdi Arias, 13. April 19.30

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

Featuring: Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Conductor: János Kovács

  • Verdi Aida opear on the Budapets Spring FestivalNabucco – overture
  • Don Carlos – Rodrigo’s aria (Felice ancor io son?… Per me giunto è il dì supremo; Io morrò, ma lieto in core)
  • Macbeth – ballet
  • Macbeth – Macbeth’s aria (Perfidi, all’anglo contro me v’unite)
  • Aida – ballet
  • Luisa Miller – Miller’s aria (Sacra è la scelta… Ah fu giusto il mio sospetto)
  • Les vêpres siciliennes – overture
  • La traviata – Germont’s aria (Di Provenza il mar, il suol)
  • La traviata – Prelude to Act 1
  • Un ballo in maschera – Renato’s aria (Alzati, là tuo figlio… Eri tu)
  • La forza del destino – overture
  • Rigoletto – Rigoletto’s aria (Cortigiani, vil razza dannata)

Tickets: 3 900, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900, 12 900 HUF

DanteXperience, 24. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

  • Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini – Symphonic fantasy after Dante, op. 32 Interval
  • Liszt: Dante Symphony

Tickets: 2 500, 3 200, 3 900, 4 900, 6 900 HUF

The orpheus Chamber orchestra's membersOrpheus Chamber Orchestra, 24. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall

  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  • Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra
  • Fazil Say: Chamber Symphony
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 80 in D minor, Hob. I:80

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

Chamber Evenings

Gershwin Piano Quartet – Gershwin and his contemporaries for four pianos, 13. April 19.30

Venue: Vigadó Hall

  • Rachmaninoff: Vocalise & Tarantella
  • Scriabin: Prelude in C sharp minor
  • Prokofiev: Three excerpts from the film score of Lieutenant Kijé
  • Liebermann: Gargoyles – excerpts
  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
  • Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Ireland: In a May Morning
  • Porter: Night and Day
  • Gershwin: Oh, Lady Be Good!
  • Bernstein: West Side Story – excerpts

Tickets: 2 400, 3 200 HUF

Amadinda and Muzsikás, 16. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

Two legendary ensembles come together to perform a special concert.

Tickets: 2 500, 3 200, 3 900, 4 900, 6 900 HUF

Theatre Performances – Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM)

The festival regularly hosts a meeting of international and Hungarian theatres, this year a dozen companies from all over Europe will come to Budapest.

Among the performances will be

  • Miguel de Cervantes: Entremeses, 14. April 17.00 – National Theatre, Gobbi Hilda Studio –  by the Teatro de La Abadía, Spain
  • Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamasov, 17. April 18.00 – National Theatre, Main Stage – A guest performance of the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, Germany
  • Perfect Nonsense, 18. April 19.00 – Madách Theatre, premiere – A new play adapted from the works of P.G. Wodehouse
    by The Goodale Brothers
  • Tadeusz Różewicz: White Marriage, 18. April 19.00  – National Theatre, Gobbi Hilda Studio – A guest performance of the Maska Teatr, Rzeszów, Poland
  • Chekhov: The Seagull, 19. April at 19.00 – National Theatre, Main Stage – A guest performance of the Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria
  • Jordan Plevneš: The Eternal House, 20. April at 19.00 – National Theatre, Main Stage – A guest performance of the National Theatre, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Eduardo de Filippo: Inner Voices, 22. April 19.00  – National Theatre, Main Stage  – A guest performance of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Teatro di Roma and Teatri Uniti di Napoli, Italy
  • The Chronic Life, 24. April 19.00 – National Theatre, Gobbi Hilda Studio – A guest performance of the Odin Teatret, Holstebro,

Hungarian Wedding Feast – Silver Anniversary, 24. April 20.00

Venue: Papp László Budapest Sprotaréna

The spectacular folk show is restaged on its 25th anniversary.

Tickets: 2 000, 4 500 HUF

Church Concerts – Spring Festival

Church concerts will be performed in Matthias Church in Buda Castle.

Westminster Cathedral Choir – London’s Catholic Church Music, 21. April, 20.00

The renowned choir group will perform in one of the oldest churches of Budapest.

Tickets: 3 900, 5 400, 6 900 HUF

Opera – Budapest Spring Festival

Verdi: Aida, 10. and 14. April, 18.00

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

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

J. A. Hasse: Siroe, King of Persia – Semi-staged performance of the baroque opera, 18. April, 19.00

Venue: Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre of Budapest), Szent István krt. 14, district XIII.

Tickets: 800, 1 200, 1 500, 3 000, 3 500, 4 000, 4 400 HUF

Crossover Programs

Ana Moura’s Evening of Fado, 16. April, 20.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale)-Event Hall

Tickets: 3 900 HUF

Nishat Khan and the Saint Ephraim Male Choir, 18. April, 20.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale)-Event Hall

Tickets: 3 900 HUF

The famous Sufist sitar player will present an Islamic-Christian musical dialogue.

Jazz Concerts

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

The Feast of Hungarian Jazz will take place on 17. April at 19.00 and on 18. April at 20.00 in the Budapest Jazz Club (Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII.) with award ceremonies and concerts.

Mihály Dresch: New Beginning, 10. April 20.00

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall


Róbert Kerényi – recorder, Balázs Vizeli – violin, Antal Brasnyó – viola, Sándor Csoóri Jr. – viola, András Bognár – double bass, Tamás Bősze – folk drum, László Szlama – cithern, Dresch Quartet

Members of the quartet: Mihály Dresch – wind instruments, Miklós Lukács – cymbalo, Balázs Horváth – double bass, István Baló – drums

Tickets: 1 500, 2 500, 3 200, 3 900  HUF

Dance Performances

B.R.I.S.A. / Schubert / Some Other Time / Subject To Change, 22. and 23. April at 19.00

Venue: Palace of Arts –  Festival Theatre

A Guest performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Tickets: 3 900, 4 900, 6 900 HUF

Children Programs

Programs for families with kids.

Alice in Wonderland – Musical adventures in the land of fantasy,11. April 17.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale) Event Hall

Tickets: 1 800 HUF

A unique rendering of Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novel:

Twelve well-known musicians – including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Elvis Costello, Ilya Gringolts, and Carl Davis – wrote short pieces for each of the chapters of the novel.

Exhibitions During the Budapest Spring Festival

Photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond, 10. April, 11.00

Venue: Ludwig Museum, Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Date of the Exhibit: 10. April – 21. June, Tue-Sun: 10.00-20.00

You can see around 150 photos introducing the art of the famous movie photograher.

Tickets: see ticket prices at the museum’s website.

TIP: Visit also the Spring Festival’s official website for up-to-date information on programs.


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April 24, 2016


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