Hungarian Folk Programs in Budapest

Spectacular Dance & Music Performances

A Glimpse into Hungarian Folk Culture!

Hungarians are passionate people and their folk dance and music clearly represent their emotions.

The best way to get acquainted with Hungarian culture is to visit some of the best Hungarian folk programs in Budapest performed by:

  • the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble,
  • the Danube Folk Ensemble, and
  • the Hungaria Folk Group and Orchestra.

Each performance starts at 20:00, and consists of two 40-45-minute sessions, with a break in between.

Venue

the front of the Budai Vigado on Corvin ter
Budai Vigadó

The programs are hosted at two prestigious, historic venues of Budapest both built in the 19. century.

The performances of the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Hungaria Folk Group & Orchestra are held in the beautiful neo-Baroque Danube Palace/Duna Palota (Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051. district V.) right in the heart of Pest, while the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble‘s program takes place in the eclectic (exterior) –  Art Nouveau (interior) Vigadó Hall in Buda at 8. Corvin tér, Bp., 1011, district I. (bus No. 86 from Gellért tér).

Quick Links: Hungarian State Folk GroupDanube Folk EnsembleHungaria Folk Group and Orchestra PerformancesTIP: Folk Performance + Danube Boat TourFolk Show + Thermal Bath

Dates in 2017:

In Danube Palace/Duna Palota – Danube Folk Ensemble & Hungaria Orchestra, Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051

  • February: 25
  • members of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble dancing in traditional costumeMarch: 04, 11, 18, 25
  • April: 01, 08, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • May: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
  • June: 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • July: 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
  • a couple dancing in embroidered Hungarian folk costume August: 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
  • September: 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • October: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 60, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
  • November: 04, 11, 18, 25
  • December: 02, 26, 28, 29

Ticket Prices:

Full Price:

1. category: 36 EUR
2. category: 32 EUR
3. category: 23 EUR

Students:

1. category: 33 EUR
2. category: 30 EUR
3. category: 21 EUR

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Seating Maps in the Danube Palace & the Budai Vigadó

Danube Palace (Click to enlarge map!)
Budai Vigadó (Click to enlarge map!)

A Few Words About the Folk Dance Programs

7 women folk dancers dressed in traditional costume, each holding a botter above her head
Women’s bottle dance – requires extraordinary sense of balance

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Hungaria Folk Ensemble and Orchestra are three of the best local folk ensembles with the longest tradition (the first one was formed in 1951, and the second one in 1957), which have performances all around the country as well as abroad.

The choreographies of the three dance groups are based on authentic folk dances.

Some of them are very old (a couple of hundreds years) and were collected in villages insulated from the effects of the modern world.

The dance performances let you learn a lot about the music, dance, and costume heritage of Hungary.

Hungarian State Folk Group Performances

Address: Budai Vigadó Hall, Corvin tér 8., district I., Budapest – see map.

Dates: May: 03. 05. 10. 12. 17. 19. 24. 26. 31, June: 02. 07. 09. 14. 16. 21. 23. 28. 30., July: 05. 07. 12. 14. 19. 21. 26. 28., Aug: 02. 04. 09. 11. 16. 18. 23. 25. 30., Sept: 01. 06. 08. 13. 15. 20. 22.

a woman in colorful folk costume performing a folk danceThe Hungarian State Folk Ensemble was founded more than 60 years ago and it is one of the best and most popular folk dance groups in Hungary.

They collect and play authentic folk music to preserve Hungarian folk dances and traditional costumes through spectacular dance shows on the stage.

They have a rich repertoire that you can enjoy in Budapest in the beautifully refurbished Vigadó Hall of Buda at the foot of the Castle Hill.

The Ensemble has 30 dancers, 14 are members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 are members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra.

The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of which were collected in small, isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years.

a double decker cruise boat on the Danube at the ParliamentTIP: Enjoy two Programs for Less!

1. Get discount price by booking a Folk Dance Program + Night Boat Tour with Dinner package together.

This way you not only have a memorable evening in Budapest packed with interesting programs but you also save money.

After the folk performance the hostesses will accompany you  to the ship on the Danube embankment. It takes about 4-5 minutes by walk.

2. Folk Show + Thermal Bath Entry

You can also get a discount ticket to the Gellért or the Széchenyi Thermal Baths with your Folk Performance booking.

Budapest is well-known for its bath culture and grand baths where the pools are fed by thermal springs whose water is rich in minerals and known for its medicinal and relaxing qualities.

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Read more details about the Danube Cruise & Dinner in Budapest.

Danube Folk Ensemble

Address: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051
2 couples dancing in traditional Hungarian folk costumeGetting there: Tram 2, Széchenyi tér stop, or a short walk from Deák Ferenc tér metro station (M1, M2, M3 metro lines)

Founded in 1957, the Danube Folk Ensemble is one of the most popular professional groups in Hungary. The members of the group are both excellent dancers and musicians.

24 professional dancers and 5 musicians are in the Ensemble. The Duna Dance Workshop, working closely with the Duna Art Ensemble, gives opportunities for the creative experimentation and theatrical presentation of Hungarian folk dance.

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The Danube Folk Ensemble’s repertoire includes some rare Hungarian folk dance traditions, together with faithful interpretation of Hungarian folk music.

You can enjoy their diverse repertoire on the weekly performances in the Danube Palace located Budapest’s city centre.

Hungaria Folk Group and Orchestra

Address: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051

members of the Hungaria Folk Group dressed in vivid costumes, jumping and dancing on stageTalented young Gypsy musicians form the Hungaria Folk Ensemble and Orchestra that was founded in 1952.

Their incredible skills and talent originate from traditions of century-old gypsy dynasties

The wide range of their repertoire includes many genres from classical to folk music, and from operettas to Gipsy music.

They toured Europe, North and South America, and Australia spellbinding the audience with their passionate performances that you can enjoy now in Budapest.

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