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CAFE Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 6 - October 22

Are you a Contemporary Art Fan? CAFE Budapest Festival is for You!

Budapest is a Festival City. Every season has its own festival so visitors to the Hungarian capital always have plenty of cultural programs to choose from.

The Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival (previously known as Budapest Autumn Festival) takes place between 06 – 22. October, 2017.

The more than two-week event will be focusing on Béla Bartók Hungarian-born composer whose work and life are a source of inspiration for many local and international artists.

Programs on the CAFE Budapest Festival

the facade of the Science Academy painted in red and blue
The Hungarian National Academy – Decorated with Visual Art on the festival in 2013.

The festival welcomes contemporary art fans for the 25th time.

This year the festival commemorates

  • the 135th anniversary of Béla Bartók’s birth,
  • as well as the 60th anniversary of the 1956 revolution and war of independence.

Polish culture will also be in the focus.

In 2016 it offers around 110 programs at more than 40 venues including many with free entry.

Programs cover a wide spectrum:

Look for performances and mini concerts at public places across Budapest.

The Design Week, the Art Market Budapest, the Mini Festival of Contemporay Music in Várkert Bazaar, the #Bartók Exhibitin, and the Afternoon of Open Studios are all partner events of CAFE Budapest.

The More than 40 Venues Include:

  • the Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája),
  • Music Academy,
  • National Dance Theatre
  • Budapest Music Center
  • Trafó
  • Millenáris
  • the A38 Ship,
  • the Várkert Bazaar
  • Mai Manó Ház,
  • the Whale

Last year you had the chance to enjoy performances by the Diotima String Quartet, the Componensemble, the Hungarian Radio Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Geneamus, The Soft Moon .

Jazz and lighter music enthusiasts can choose from concerts by the David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Saul Williams, the Namyslowski Quintet, the John Pizzarelli Quartet, the Myrtill Micheller & Tibor Pintér Duo and several more.

A large tent set up by the Palace of Arts welcomes lovers of contemporary circus: the Recirquel presented their new show in 2015: Non Solus.

Some of the Programs in 2016

The festival offers a wide range of programs and performances in the music, dance, and theatre genres each year. Genres cover contemporary music, popular music, world music, jazz and opera.

Opening Concert

Bartók’s Bluebeard Castle/The Miraculous Mandarin – Premiere, 07. Oct, 19.30

Venue: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)
Tickets: 2400 HUF, 3100 HUF, 3800 HUF, 4700 HUF, 5900
HUF

A new interpretation of the fairy-tale based opera and the ballet.

Other Concerts: Chamber Evenings, Orchestral Concerts

ensemble mini • Bartók Beyond Borders

Joolz Gale and his ensemble miniVenue: Vigadó-Concert Hall (Vigadó tér 2., tram 2)

Tickets: 1 500 HUF, 2 000 HUF

  • Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1 arranged by Zaher Alkaei
  • Bartók: Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion
  • Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets: 2 000 HUF, 2 500 HUF

Mini-Festival – Contemporay Concert Series in Várkert Bazaar’s Multifunctional Event Hall

Venue: Várkert Bazaar-Event Hall

The mini festival is one of the most important forums of Hungarian contemporary music.

Tickets: 500 HUF

Program:

Gábor Pál’s video animation after Zsolt Durkó’s music:

  • Mini-festival 4.1:
  • Mini-festival 4.2:

Mini-festival 4.3.: 12.

Dávid Szilágyi and Ádám Törőcsik’s video animation after Emil Petrovics’s music:

Mini-festival 4.4.:

Dávid Szilágyi and Ádám Törőcsik’s video animation after Emil Petrovics’s music: Jenő Lévay’s video animation after Ferenc Farkas’s music:

Our guest is Krzysztof Penderecki • 3.3, mustMEET Composers

Venue: Budapest Music Center-Concert Hall, Mátyás utca 8., district IX.
Tickets: The program is free but please register in advance at info@cafebudapestfest.hu

  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Ciaccona – duo for solo violin and viola
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Violoncello totale – for solo cello
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Prelude – for solo clarinet

Our guest is Krzysztof Penderecki

Venue: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)
Tickets: 2 300 HUF, 3 200 HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF

Krzysztof Penderecki: Siedem bram Jerozolimy (Seven Gates of Jerusalem)

Our guest is Krzysztof Penderecki – 3.2

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall (Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.)
Tickets: 1 500 HUF, 2 500 HUF, 3 200 HUF, 3 900 HUF

Concerto Budapest

  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Sinfonietta for String Orchestra
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Symphony No. 3 – Movement III: Adagio
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Trumpet Concerto – Hungarian premiere
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7. in A major, Op. 92

Contemporary Romantics

Gábor Hollerung and the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok

Venue: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)

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

  • György Orbán: Serenade
  • László Dubrovay: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Concerto romantico)
  • Levente Gyöngyösi: God Image

Jazz Concerts

Christian Wolff Trio

Venue: Budapest Music Center-Opus Jazz Club
Tickets: 2 000 HUF

Christian Wolff – piano, Michael Riessler – clarinet, Robyn Schulkowsky – percussion

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile

Venue: Budapest Jazz Club (Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII., trams 4, 6: Jászai Mari tér stop)
Tickets: 2 000 HUF

Members of the band: Nik Bärtsch – piano, Sha – bass clarinet, Nicolas Stocker – percussions, Kaspar Rast – drums

Featuring: Etienne Abelin, Ola Sendecki – violin, David Schnee – viola, Solme Hong, Ambrosius Huber – cello, Adrian Hammer – double bass

Adam Rudolph – GO: Organic Orchestra

Venue: Budapest Jazz Club (Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII., trams 4, 6: Jászai Mari tér stop)
Tickets: 2 000 HUF

Hiromi: The Trio Project

Venue: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Festival Theatre (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)
Tickets: 3 900 HUF , 5 900 HUF , 7 900 HUF , 9 900 HUF , 12 900 HUF

The Trio Project, lead by Japanese pianist Hiromi,  was formed in 2011.

Popular Music Concerts

Koop Oscar Orchestra

Venue: A38 Ship (near the Buda end of the Petőfi Bridge, trams 4, 6)

Tickets: 4500 HUF (in advance) / 4900 HUF (on the day of the concert)

After a long hiatus the Sweedish band has got together again. The play electronic, nu-jazz music.

Emancipator Ensemble

Venue: A38 Ship (near the Buda end of the Petőfi Bridge, trams 4, 6)
Tickets: 3 400 HUF (in advance) / 3900 HUF (on the day of the concert at the venue)

Doug Appling stands behind the stage name Emancipator. he self-released his first album Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006.

In his music he blends hip hop and trip hop with ambient, an authentic follow-up to the late 1990’s wave of downtempo.

Free Concerts in the Glass House in Városháza Park

the glass house, in Varoshaza Park, front vie
The Glass House in Városháza Park built specifically for the Festival

Address: Városháza Park, Károly krt., district V.

  • Spark the Hawk, 07. Oct, 18.00
  • Papaver Cousins, 13. Oct, 18.00
  • Blue sPot, 10. Oct, 18.00
  • The Junkyard Collective: Cantionale explicitum, 18. Oct, 18.00
  • The Bluebay Foxes, 22. Oct, 18.00

Contemporary Circus

Infinita –  Guest performance by FAMILIE FLÖZ

Venue: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Festival Theatre (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)
Tickets: 2 900 HUF, 3 500 HUF, 4 500 HUF

Fashion Show

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Central Europe 2016

Venue: Várkert Bazár – Event Hall, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., Buda, district I.
Tickets: daily ticket: 10 500 HUF

  • 12.00  Anna Dubner
  • 13.00 ODIVI
  • 14.00 The Four
  • 15.00 Ana Ljubinković
  • 16.00 Kata Szegedi
  • 17.00 Tomcsanyi
  • 18.00 Je Suis Belle
  • 19.00 konsanszky
  • 20.00 ÁERON
  • 21.00 Nanushka

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Central Europe

Várkert Bazár – Event Hall, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., Buda, district I.
Tickets: daily ticket: 7 500 HUF

  • 11.00 YOUNG TALENTS
  • 13.00 Zsigmond Dóra menswear
  • 15.00 Jiri Kalfar
  • 16.00 Sandor Lakatos menswear
  • 17.00 Central European Shows
  • 19.00 NUBU

Opera Performances

László Tihanyi: Fehér rózsa (White Rose) / Vörös Izzás (Red Glow) – premiere

Venue: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Festival Theatre (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)
Tickets: 2 200 HUF, 2 900 HUF, 3 200 HUF

The plot of White Rose involves the drama of a family, with “the actors reciting excerpts from diaries or letters, which thus outline the action. The singers sing snatches of these texts, a few words and turns of phrases.

This was meant to illustrate the two voices of the human soul, the external and the internal one,” says the composer.

Dance, Ballet

Street Art Project Performances: SHIFT

Venue: public spaces in Budapest
Dates:
Tickets: Free

Performed by: dancers of Street Art Project Performances

street art dancers performing in Eiffel sqr The Street Art Project Performances are a series of shows by a unique group of contemporary dancers. Their movements range from movements from ballet to acrobatic street dance, and music from classical to dubstep,

The unusual performances transform Budapest’s special spaces into stages.

Unexpected, complete dance productions, performed in public spaces, addressing us in the universal language of the body, with the power of surprise, seeking a way for new forms of theatre.

Transforming space into theatre.

Bartók: Concerto / String Quartet No. 5 – ballet

Performance by Artus Goda Gábor Company

Venue: Várkert Bazár – Event Hall, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., Buda, district I.
Tickets: 2 900 HUF

Director, choreographer and dancer, Csaba Horváth explores the ballet potentials of String Quartet No. 5 and Concerto.

A Drama of Celebration …‘56 – ‘16…

Venue: Várkert Bazár – Event Hall, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., Buda, district I.
Tickets: 2 900 HUF

A crossover-dance-theatre performance to commemorate the events of the 1956 revolution.

Theatre Evenings

Christopher Marlowe: Edward II – premiere

Dates:
Venue: Budapest Music Center-Concert Hall, Mátyás utca 8., district IX.
Tickets: 6 500 HUF

Shakespeare’s Island, Guest performance by Teatro Potlach, 10. Oct: 19.00

Venue: Millenáris Thetare Hall, Building “E”, Kis Rókus u. 16–20., district II.
Tickets: 2 500 HUF

Famous Shakespeare characters land on the mysterious Prospero’s island…

Exhibitions, Design & Fine Arts

Design Date Exhibition

Venue: New Budapest Gallery, Bálna/Whale
Tickets: Free

The Design Date project of the Buying that Helps program seeks to enable workshops that employ persons with disabilities to produce marketable products that are in line with contemporary taste.

The products  can be purchased in the webshop of Buying that Helps.

Art Market Budapest

Art Market in Millenaris, BudaVenue: Millenáris, Kis Rókus u. 16–20., district II.
Tickets: Free
Website

The largest contemporary art fair in Central and East Europe. You browse among the displayed works of 500 artists on 6000 sqm.

The section called Focus on Collectors features today’s most important private contemporary collections.

The Afternoon of Open Studios

Venue: art studios in Budapest
Date & Time: 09. October 2016., 14.00
Tickets:  1 000 HUF

 a contemporary art gallery inside

Individuals and communities open their studios for the public for two days in mid-October 2016. On Saturday afternoon, you can visit factory buildings that are used as studios, with several artists working together who cannot but influence one another.

After the tour, guests can enjoy some music, chats and a glass of wine.

The Sunday guided tour offers an insight into the world of private ateliers, spaces where work can be done independently of others.

#Bartók

Venue: Ludwig Museum (Komor Marcell u. 1., district IX.)
Opening hours of the museum: temporary exhibits: Tue-Sun: 10.00-20.00, permanent exhibits: Tue-Sun: 10.00-18.00, closed on Mondays
the main entrance of the Ludwig Museum lighted up at nightTickets: full price: 2 400 HUF

The exhibition celebrates the 135th anniversry of Béla Bartók’s birth. A collection of contemporary art works places the composer’s heritage into a new focus.

The exhibition is accompanied by a variety of program series including lectures, guided tours, presentations, music events.

TIP: Browse our list of museums in Budapest.

TEXHIBITION, 08 – 23. Cctober 2016

Venue: Bálna/Whale, 1st floor, CAFE exhibition hall

Tickets for the CAFE Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

Tickets to the programs are available in the Ticket Office of the Budapest Festival Centre at Liszt Ferenc tér 11., district VI. Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10.00-18.00.

Tickets are also available on the next websites:
www.ticketportal.hu
www.jegymester.hu
www.port.hu

For more information about the programs visit the official website of the Festival.

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Details

Start:
October 6
End:
October 22