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Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

March 31 - April 23

Spring Festivities with A Wide Range of Cultural Programs

Date: 31. March – 23. April 2017.

The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in April each year. Besides Hungarian artists, numerous international stars perform during the 3 and half – week event.

One of the the biggest name of the 2017 festival is John Malkovich performing in the Just Call Me God: A dictator’s final speech theatre and music production.

Other performers in 2017 include:

  • Georg Baselitz,
  • Gyenyisz Macujev,
  • Daniele Gatti and
  • the Komische Oper Berlin 

About the 2017 Program

The main theme of the festival will be the Austro Hungarian Compromise (Kiegyezés) made 150 years ago in 1867. It partially re-established the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Works of Franz Liszt are always an important part of the festival’s program and his Coronation Mass composed for the 1867 Compromise will be performed by the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie and the Choir of the Vienna State Opera on 08. April in the Béla Bartók Concert Hall of the Müpa/Palace of Arts.

The festival also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály‘s death joining the events of the Kodály Year announced for the occasion.

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 120 programs at around 40 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.

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, opera performances, folk dance, exhibitions and a range of other interesting programs.

The 6-day Budapest Art Week between 18 – 23. April 2017 is a new supplementary program of the festival with nearly 60 programs (guided gallery visits, museum tours, performances, talks, private gallery and workshop visits) in 50 venues.

The festival usually also has programs for children.

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Tickets to performances in the Palace of Arts and the Liszt Music Academy!

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Quick Links to the Programs

Orchestral ConcertsChamber ConcertsInternational Theatre FestivalOperaJazz –  DanceContemporary CircusExhibitionsFree Programs

Download the Spring Festival’s entire 2017 program in PDF.

Orchestral Concerts During the Spring Festival

Bertrand de Billy and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, 31. March 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy – Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.
Tickets: 2 000 HUF, 3 200 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 900 HUF

  • Ravel: Couperin’s Tomb – Le tombeau de Couperin
    Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob. I:104 “London”

Featuring: Pascal Rogé – piano

Pumeza Matshikiza sings arias, 01. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy – Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.
Tickets: 2 000 HUF, 3 500 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF

  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – Overture
    Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – Deh vieni, non tardar…
    Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Intermezzo
    Puccini: Turandot – Tu che di gel sei cinta
    Puccini: La bohème – Sì, mi chiamano Mimì
    Dvořák: Slavonic Dance No. 1
    Dvořák: Rusalka – Song to the Moon
  • Gershwin: Cuban Overture
    Gershwin: Porgy and Bess – Summertime
    Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2
    Thula baba
    Khachaturian: Sword Dance
    Malaika

The South-African rising star, Pumeza Matshikiza, released her first solo record in 2014.

She came out with a superb album of arias in the spring of 2016, which contains the arias and songs of Mozart, Dvořák, Puccini and others.

Goran Bregovic: Three Letters From Sarajevo, 02. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 9 900 HUF, 12 900 HUF

  • Featuring: Goran Bregović – voice, guitar, keyboards, Milena Wilke, Semih Çelikel, Gershon Leizerson – violin, Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok
  • Members of the Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Orchestra: Muharem Redzepi – voice, goc (traditional drum), Bokan Stankovic – flute, trumpet, Dragic Velickovic – trumpet, Stojan Dimov – clarinet, saxophone, Aleksandar Rajkovic, Milos Mihajlovic – trombone
  • Featured singers: Ludmila Radkova-Traikova, Daniela Radkova-Aleksandrova, Dejan Pesic, Milan Panic, Ranko Jovic, Aleksandar Novakovic, Dusan Ljubinkovic, Sinisa Dutina
  • Sound: Nemanja Trajkovic
  • Conductor: Gábor Hollerung
  • Partner: Festival de Musique de St. Denis, France

Dvořák: Stabat Mater, 06. April 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy – Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.
Tickets: 2 000 HUF, 3 500 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF

  • Featuring: Ingrid Kertesi, Lúcia Megyesi-Schwartz, Pavel Švingr, Jaroslav Březina – voice, MÁV Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir
  • Conductor: Péter Csaba

Forgotten for a long time, the recently discovered Stabat Mater is now considered the composer’s best work in church music.

René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik, 15. April 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 4 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 9 900 HUF, 12 900 HUF, 16 900
HUF

Bach: St. Matthew Passion

Daniele Gatti and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, 17. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 4 500 HUF, 6 500 HUF, 8 900 HUF, 11 900 HUF, 14 900
HUF

  • Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in C major, D 589
    Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (original version)
  • Webern: Symphony, Op. 21
    Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200

Liszt: Coronation Mass, 18. April, 19.30, Palace of Arts/Müpa

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 2 900 HUF, 3 500 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF

Emperor Franz Josef was crowned King of Hungary ion  1867. Franz Liszt composed the celebratory music for the crowning ceremony that took place in Matthias Church on 08. June 1867.

Today the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie and the Choir of the Vienna State Opera will perform the Liszt’s emblematic work.

Chamber Evenings

Denis Matsuev’s Piano Recital, 05. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 4 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 9 900 HUF, 12 900 HUF, 16 900 HUF

  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
    Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
  • Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 – excerpts
    Tchaikovsky: Méditation, Op. 72/5
    Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Op. 23/5
    Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12
    Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

Romantic Waltzes for Two Pianos, 07. April, 19.30

Venue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
Tickets: 2 900 HUF, 3 900 HUF

Károly Mocsári and János Balázs play the piano

  • Tchaikovsky: Flower Waltz from the Nutcracker Suite – Zoltán Kocsis’s arrangement
    Dohnányi: Waltz Suite (Suite en valse), op. 39
  • Rachmaninoff: Suite No 2 – Valse. Presto, op 17
    Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances – Andante con moto (Tempo di Valse), op. 45
    Norbert Glanzberg: Di Bobe gedenkt ir ershtn Bal (Grandma recalls her first ball)
    Norbert Glanzberg: Invitation à la valse

The Silence of the Muses – The Voice of the Muses 4.1, 15. April, 17.00

Music in the shadow of the First World War

Venue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
Tickets: 1 800 HUF

Four concerts over 2 days during which the Classicus Ensemble and their artist friends perform works of chamber music to explore what influence the First World War had on classical music.

Zoltán Kodály’s chamber music pieces will be a special focus of the concert series. One of Kodály’s most prolific period (1909–1920), when he composed chamber music almost exclusively, partly coincided with the war.

  • Kodály: Duet
    Fauré: Le jardin clos, Op. 106
  • Schoenberg: Die eiserne Brigade
    Bartók: String Quartet No. 2

The Silence of the Muses – The Voice of the Muses 4.2, 15. April, 19.30

Music in the shadow of the First World War

Venue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
Tickets: 1 800 HUF

  • Elgar: Quintet
  • Kodály: Lieder – a selection from the works written between 1915–1918
    Ravel: Trio

The Silence of the Muses – The Voice of the Muses 4.3, 16. April, 17.00

Music in the shadow of the First World War

Venue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
Tickets: 1 800 HUF

  • Kodály: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10
    Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Janáček: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale – version for trio

The Silence of the Muses – The Voice of the Muses  4.4, 16. April, 19.30

Music in the shadow of the First World War

Venue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
Tickets: 1 800 HUF

  • Stravinsky: Trois piéces
    Elgar: Une voix dans le désert, Op. 77
    Fauré: Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano
  • Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Kodály: SerenadeVenue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
    Tickets: 1 800 HUF

Sounds of the Arctic Circle, 17. April, 19.30

The Lapland Chamber Orchestra in concert

Venue: Pesti Vigadó – Concert Hall, Vigadó tér 2., district V.
Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 600 HUF

  • Debussy: Four Preludes for Piano (Sven Birch’s arrangement for the orchestra)
    Merikanto: Arioso (after an Ugric folk song)
    Edith Canat de Chizy: Lands Away – for strings and cimbalom
  • Kodály: Adagio (Imre Sulyok’s arrangement for the orchestra)
    Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 14, “Rituals”

The Shanghai Quartet, 22. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy – Grand Hall, Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI.
Tickets: 2 000 HUF, 3 000 HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 400 HUF

  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6
    Selection of Chinese songs
  • Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the girl”

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 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.

Opera – Budapest Spring Festival

Mozart: The Magic Flute, 20. April, 19.00

Venue: Erkel Theatre, Address: II.János Pál pápa tér 30., district VIII.
Tickets: 1 500 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 9 900 HUF, 12 900 HUF

Performance by the Komische Oper Berlin.

Kodály: Háry János, 23. April, 19.30

The closing concert of the Budapest Spring Festival.

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 2 900 HUF, 3 500 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900
HUF

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.

Dance Performances

Fuego (Fire), 05. April, 19.00 & 06. April 19.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa, Festival Theatre, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 3 500 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 500 HUF

Performance by the Antonio Gades Company

The tenth anniversary of the death of Antonio Gades (1936–2004), the unforgettable Flamenco dancer and choreographer, inspired the revival of his Fire, a production based on Manuel de Falla’s music for a ballet, Love the Magician.

The production was presented in Paris in 1989, and the highly successful premiere was followed by an international tour.

Peer Gynt, 10. April, 20.00

Venue: Hungarian State Opera, Address: Andrássy út 22., district VI.
Tickets: 900 HUF, 1 900 HUF, 2 900 HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF

Performance by the Ballet Ensemble of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor.

Hommage à Zoltán Kodály – Première, 21. April 19.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa, Festival Theatre, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 2 500 HUF, 3 200 HUF, 3 900 HUF

Performance by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

Hommage à Zoltán Kodály,  22. April 11.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa, Festival Theatre, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Tickets: 2 500 HUF, 3 200 HUF, 3 900 HUF

Performance by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

All Hungarians’ Dance, 22. April, 10.30

Venue:Papp László Budapest Sportarena, Address: Stefánia út 2., district XIV.

Hungarian dance traditions, dance instructions and presentations.

An event jointly organized with the 36th National Dance House Festival and Fair.

Contemporary Circus

 

Exhibitions During the Budapest Spring Festival

Georg Baselitz – Past Replayed, Hungarian National Gallery, 31. March, 11.00 am – till 02. July 2017

Venue: Hungarian National Gallery, Buda Castle-Royal Palace, Szent György tér 2.
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00

One of the best-known and most in-demand German artist’s works will be on display in the National Gallery

 

12th madeinhungary + 5th MeeD, Design without Borders

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

Budapest Art Week, 18 – 23. April

Venues: cc. 50 exhibition halls, galleries, museums, workshops.

Tickets: full price: 4 000 HUF, students, seniors: 3 000 HUF, family: (2 adults + max. 3 kids, older than 6): 10 000 HUF. Note: You’ll receive a wristband with which you can visit all programs during the 6 days.

A new event focusing on the contemporary art scene of Budapest and offering an opportunity to experience the best of the current and most significant moments of the art world.

Visit the official website for more details.

The Day of Open Studios when private galleries, art studios open their doors to the public. Other programs include guided museum visits, gallery tours, talks and performances.

Free Programs of the Festival

Each year the festival offers programs to which entry is free. This year a fashion show in the National Museum can be attended free of charge.

 

Related: More April EventsBudapest Spring Fair –  Cultural Venues in BudapestSummer FestivalAutumn Festival (CAFE Budapest)Concerts in BudapestMuseums in Budapest

Details

Start:
March 31
End:
April 23
Website:
http://www.btf.hu/events

Venue

Several Places in the City
Budapest,