Sept and Oct at "MŰPA"

The Hungarian Palace of Arts - Művészetek Palotája (often shortened to MŰPA ) is offering a range of very varied music and cultural performances this Autumn. Here are details of some of the delights that await culture vultures in Budapest in September and October.

29th September 2013 - Polgár Chess Festival (free)

This free one-day festival in the blue hall and foyer of the Palace of Arts is inspired and still patronised by the 3 Chess geniuses, the Polgar girls.  The main aim is to enliven and interest children in the game, but it seems to be far more than a simple tournament or training session - the day is full of events and interactive games, a treasure hunt, chess piece-related activities stories and songs. Mostly in Hungarian language, though the international nature of the game might give this a wider appeal.


2nd October 2013: - Recirquel - Night Circus

This contemporary circus by Hungarian performers promises to provide some eye-popping stunts and beautiful choreography, that communicates through the performance, the story of the trail of a vanished circus, containing both mythic and fairytale elements

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5th October 2013:  Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia

Bartók Béla National Concert Hall at the Palace of Arts Budapest (Müpa)

marking the bicentennial of a truly individual classical composer. Britten: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op. 10, serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op. 31. The programme is completed by a piece by Judith Weir based on the traditions of Britten: "I give you the end of a golden string" (2013; commissioned by the Britten-Pears Foundation)

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8th October 2013: Carmina Burana - a ballet in one act, Szeged contemporary ballet company.  

Carmina Burana, here all performed in one single act, is a glimpse into the life of a barbarian community, struggling for survival. This piece is famous for its fiery ending piece O fortuna!
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10th & 12th October 2013: Richard Strauss - Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman)

Nearing the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, The Silent Woman starts to win acclaim in the Hungarian musical world. The Palace of Arts will welcome once more the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, when the piece will be performed with world renowned conductor Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Anger directing and Rita Rácz in the lead.

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Mark Padmore Photo by Marco Borggreve

Recirquel Photo by Gordon Eszter

Other photos courtesy of Palace of Arts