Themes

Hungarian Spirit

In terms of Nobel laureates per square kilometre, Hungary probably ranks number one in the world. As the Hungarian proverb goes, the peppercorn is tiny, yet strong, and when it comes to Hungary it could be rephrased as a small country, but an intellectual powerhouse. This is because the Carpathian Basin is represented by outstanding figures not just in science, but also in various branches of art. A good number of the greatest 20th century musicians studied at the Liszt Academy of Music and went on to have brilliant international careers, and this tradition is reflected on stage at the Palace of Arts or the State Opera day by day. Hungary's contribution to popular music is just as marked: stars from overseas always speak very highly of performing together with our jazz musicians, and the repertoire of musicals in Budapest rivals that of the most significant centres of music in Europe. And a similar 'sight' awaits us when we take a look at dance or photography; we see world class 'Hungarian geniuses' with an unmistakably Central-Eastern European appearance everywhere we look.

18-22 October 2012

Palace of Arts – Budapest
19 October: László Melis - András Jeles - Euripides: The Bacchae
21 October: László Melis - András Jeles - Euripides: The Bacchae
22 October: Gergely Bogányi's Liszt Marathon

Museum of Fine Arts
Highlights Tour

Madách Theatre
20-21 October Cats

Ludwig Museum
The Collection of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts

Hungarian National Museum
Gold – Well Guarded Treasures
Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

National Dance Theatre
Evenings at the Dance Theatre in the Heart of Buda's Castle District

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Budapest now

Budapest became a metropolis during the last decades of the 19th century. The first underground railway on the continent was built here, the city boasted the most modern opera house in the world, Andrássy Street evolved as the Hungarian Champs Elysees and the 'Körút' as the Grand Ring Road downtown, Ferenc Liszt's Academy of Music churned out musical geniuses, while turn of the century literature and fine arts defined the city's intellectual image, and continue to resound to this day. A century later, having shaken off the yoke of 20th century dictatorships, the city is starting to recover as a metropolis: the Palace of Arts was built, the Academy of Music is renovated, exhibitions at the Museums garner international attention, and the capital city's theatre scene has never been as intensive as today. Spending a weekend in Budapest to take in the sweeping rhythm of its cultural pulse is well worth the time.

27-30 September 2012

Museum of Fine Arts
Highlights Tour

Madách Theatre
27-30 September Mary Poppins

Ludwig Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe

Hungarian National Museum
Gold – Well Guarded Treasures
Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

National Dance Theatre
Evenings at the Dance Theatre in the Heart of Buda's Castle District
Szeged Contemporary Ballett: Carmina Burana
28 September: Compagnie Yvette Bozsik: An Evening with Stravinsk

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Culture Flow

We know from the Buddha and Horace that it is best for man to stick to the golden mean. There are situations, however, when we can relax a bit and let ourselves swept away at unbridled speed. One such situation is when you visit Budapest and are swept away by the Hungarian capital's irresistible cultural flow. Extraordinary productions of classical music and dance, entertaining musicals and unique exhibitions make up for the cultural flow that is well worth immersing in. The word "flow" means more than just a simple motion: it applies to the state of happiness that is hardly attainable without a little help from the arts. If you are looking for rare classical opera or experimental music theatre, if special jazz concerts or musicals are your thing, if you are interested in showings by world-famous artists or wish to be immersed in the past at an exhibition, all you need to do is tune into Budapest's cultural flow, which resembles the flowing water of the Danube.

20-23 Szeptember 2012

Museum of Fine Arts
Highlights Tour

Ludwig Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe

Hungarian National Museum
Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

National Dance Theatre
Evenings at the Dance Theatre in the Heart of Buda's Castle District

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4-7 October 2012

Palace of Arts – Budapest
4 October: R. Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau (Kocsis 60)
6 October: R. Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau (Kocsis 60)

Museum of Fine Arts
Highlights Tour

Madách Theatre
4-6 October: Mary Poppins

Ludwig Museum
The Collection of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts

Hungarian National Museum
Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

National Dance Theatre
Evenings at the Dance Theatre in the Heart of Buda's Castle District
4 October: Honvéd Dance Company: The Empire

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29 November - 2 December 2012

Palace of Arts – Budapest
30 November: Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Museum of Fine Arts
Cézanne and the Past. Tradition and Creation
Highlights Tour

Madách Theatre
29 November-2 December: The Phantom of the Opera

Ludwig Museum
The Collection of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts

Hungarian National Museum
Collections Uncovered
Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

National Dance Theatre
Evenings at the Dance Theatre in the Heart of Buda's Castle District

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