Budapest Culture Port Organizers

PALACE OF ARTS - BUDAPEST

Opened to the public in March 2005, every part of the Palace is at the service of culture. It is the home of music – classical-, jazz-, world music and opera– dance and contemporary art. The top floor of the Palace offers an exceptional panorama of Budapest, the Danube bridges and the hills surrounding the city.

The impressive dimensions of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, situated „in the heart„ of the building, evoke the  atmosphere of a gothic cathedral. The auditorium is on four levels, and can accomodate 1700 people. On its podium world famous musicians and orchestras are continually being presented to the music-loving public.

The auditorium of the Festival Theatre holds 452 people. The theatre is used primarly for music and dance performances. Diversity and openness characterize the Palace of Arts. It is open everyday from morning to evening, and not only when there are concerts and performances. It's elegant restaurant, with a cosy atmosphere and excellent service, offers its guests Hungarian and continental cuisine.

More information:
Palace Of Arts logoPalace of Arts – Budapest
H-1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.
tourism@mupa.hu
www.mupa.hu

Contact:
Ms Krisztina NAGY (External Relations Assistant)
Tel: +36 1 555-3221
E-mail: tourism@mupa.hu

Ms Anna HETÉNYI
+36 1 555 3300, -3301
+36 30 515 4686
jegypenztar@mupa.hu

HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA

The Opera House is not only one of the most significant art relic of Budapest, but the symbol of the Hungarian operatic tradition of more than three hundred years as well. The long-awaited moment in Hungarian opera life arrived on September 27, 1884, when, in the presence of Franz Joseph I. the Opera House was opened amid great pomp and ceremony. The event, however, erupted into a small scandal - the curious crowd broke into the entrance hall and overran the security guards in order to catch a glimpse of the splendid Palace on Sugar út. Designed by Mikós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture, the construction lived up to the highest expectations. Ornamentation included paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art of the time: Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. The great bronze chandelier from Mainz and the stage machinery moda by the Asphaleia company of Vienna were both considered as cutting-edge technology at that time. Many important artists were guests here including Gustav Mahler, the composer who was director in Budapest from 1887 to 1891. He founded the international prestige of the institution, performing Wagner operas as well as Magcagni' Cavalleria Rusticana. The Hungarian State Opera has always maintained high professional standards, inviting international stars like Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Monserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Cura, Thomas Hampson and Juan Diego Flórez to perform on its stage. The Hungarian cast include outstanding and renowed artists like Éva Marton, Ilona Tokody, Andrea Rost, Dénes Gulyás, Attila Fekete and Gábor Bretz.

More information:
Hungarian State Opera logoHungarian State Opera
H-1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 22.
www.opera.hu

Contact:
Ms Mónika GÁLDI
Tel: +36 30 631 84 21
E-mail: galdimoni@opera.hu

Ms Eszter KUNSÁGI
Tel: +36 20 598 05 65
E-mail: kunsagieszter@opera.hu

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

The first section of the Millennium law celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian State decreed that a museum of fine arts should be built. On December 1, 1906 the museum was inaugurated by King and Emperor Franz Joseph. The building designed by Albert Schickedanz, simultaneously recalls the image of an antique temple and a Renaissance palace.

The Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the most significant collections of European art between Vienna and St. Petersburg: multi-faceted material, historical continuity and profusion of masterpieces assure it deserves place in the front rank of collections.The number of artworks in our Museum surpasses 120 thousand. The exhibitions halls of the Museum display to visitors an array of splendid compositions by Raphael, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Chagall among many others.

After the building's reconstruction in 2006, the Museum organised a rich series of temporary exhibitions unprecedented in its history that attracted masses of people nationwide. In 2007 the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest joined the ranks of those museums that attract the highest numbers of visitors. The Van Gogh exhibition staged here in 2007 came fourth in the "Impressionists and Modernity" categorywith its 764 thousand visitors. The exhibition entitled "… and Then the Incas Arrived", staged by the Museum also in 2007, proved to be the ninth most visited exhibition worldwide in its category. In 2010 the "From Botticelli to Titian" comprehensive exhibition also enjoyed enormous international success.

More information:
Museum Of Fine Arts logoMuseum of Fine Arts
Heroes' Square, Budapest
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 am-5.30 pm
www.mfab.hu

Contact:
Ms Gabriella PLJESOVSZKY (Director of Tourism)
Tel.: +36 1 469 7103
Mobil: +36 30 361 3597
E-mail: gabriella.p@szepmuveszeti.hu

Ms Krisztina GÁCS
Tel.: +36 1 469 7251
Mobil: +36 30 546 8086
E-mail: krisztina.gacs@szepmuveszeti.hu

THE MADÁCH THEATRE

Our highest aim is to serve the audience mainly as a musical theatre. Each season we offer a new world famous musical in our repertory. In agreement with the authors' copyright licenses they are all non-replica productions.

As good examples of our most successful stage works, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals could be mentioned here: The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat or Jesus Christ Superstar. Cats, as a matter of fact, has been running for 28 years with overwhelming success. But we mustn't forget one of the best in classic English humour, Monty Python's Spamalot either. In the 2011/2012 season another world success, the lovely story of Mary Poppins (by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh) will be coming to the Madách Theatre.

Besides music genres, the traditions of dramatic theatre have also been kept alive. This season the following plays are on: Bernard Slade's romantic comedy, Same Time, Next Year 2, Anthony Shaffer's exciting detective story, Sleuth, Neil Simon's comedy, The Star-Spangled Girl, and Frederick Stroppel's hilarious comedy, Fortune's Fools. This October our theatre hosted the premiere of another Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple.

It was in 1961 that the Madách Theatre moved into its present location. Its current appearance is a result of a full reconstruction completed in 1999. The auditorium that can seat 804 spectators comfortably, the stage and all spectator areas have modern technical equipment and HVAC system meeting all needs. In the building complex there are two more performing spaces, the Tolnay Szalon and the Madách Studio, where standing receptions can also be held.

The Madách Theatre has gained both national and international recognition. It presents around 350 performances a year for approximately 500 thousand spectators, both Hungarian and foreign.

More information:
Madách Theatre logoMadách Theatre
H-1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 29-33.
Website: www.madachszinhaz.hu
Tickets: www.madachjegy.hu

Contact:
Mr Imre SIMON
Telefon: +36 1 478-2030
Mobil: +36 70 3796948
Email: si@madachszinhaz.hu

LUDWIG MUSEUM – MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest collects and displays masterworks of modern and contemporary art. The collection of the museum has now more than 500 works of art, including prominent pieces of both Eastern and Central European and Western art from the 1960s until today. Temporary exhibitions showcase leading contemporary artists of the Hungarian as well as the international art scene. Join a guided tour and explore this utmost contemporary place.

Opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00–18.00; highlighted exhibitions are open until 20.00.
Closed on Mondays.

More information:
Ludwig Museum logoLudwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art
Palace of Arts, H-1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u.1.
Tel. + 36 1 555 3444;
E-mail: info@ludwigmuseum.hu
www.ludwigmuseum.hu

Contact:
Ms Zsuzsanna FEHÉR
Tel: + 36 1 555 3466
E-mail: feher.zsuzsanna@ludwigmuseum.hu

HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Hungarian National Museum is the fourth building in the world to originally have been built as a museum. In Hungary's National Museum, a most beautiful classical mansion, visitors can be lost in admiration of the archeological and historical artefacts that represent both the peaceful and adventurous episodes of Hungarian history. The new archeological exhibition spectacularly displays the everyday life of the Palaeolithic and the Roman Age in the Carpathian Basin. The most memorable and carefully preserved artefact in the museum's collection is the Coronation Mantel. In the year 1031 this chasuble was presented by King Stephen and Queen Gisela to the church of Saint Mary in the town of Székesfehérvár. It was subsequently used as a coronation mantle until the 20th century.

From Hungary's foundation up until the year 1990, the events of the Hungarian History are arranged in twenty showrooms. The most significant exhibits not to be missed are: Queen Mary of Habsburg's gown from the 16th century, the beautiful early Renaissance choir-stall; Mozart's travelling clavichord; Beethoven's and Liszt's piano; objects from Freemasonry in the 18th-19th centuries; and a piece of the Iron Curtain separating Austria (the West) and Hungary (the East) as a symbol of the 20th century.

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays.

More information:
Hungarian National Museum logoHungarian National Museum
Múzeum krt. 14-16.
1088 Budapest
Tel: 00-36-1/317-78-06, 00-36-1/327-77-73
Fax: 00-36-1/317-78-06
www.hnm.hu

Contact:
Ms Judit KÁNTOR
Tel: +36 1 327 77 02
E-mail: kantor.judit@hnm.hu
Booking: Latest 3 weeks befor the required date.
Cancellation: latest 1 week before the booked program
Head of department:

Ms Gabriella KESIK
Tel: +36 1 327 77 62
E-mail: kesik@hnm.hu

NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

The National Dance Theatre will be celebrating its 10th birthday on 1 December 2011. The Ministry of National Cultural Heritage set up the Theatre after decades of petitioning by dance artists, and it serves as the legal successor of the Dance Forum, which had operated with great success for 20 years. Over the past ten years, the Theatre, which is situated in Buda's Castle District, has become the true home of Hungarian dance art.
The Theatre hosts the performances of professional Hungarian dance artists without any restrictions regarding genre. The programme includes folklore and classical ballet along with contemporary dance theatre and tango and everything else. The Gallery of the National Dance Theatre welcomes the temporary exhibitions of Hungarian fine artists, and the Kerengő Gallery regularly hosts photography exhibitions.

More information:
National Dance Theatre logoNational Dance Theatre
H-1014 Budapest, Színház utca 1-3.
Tel: +36 1 201 8202, +36 1 402 8779
Fax: +36 1 201 5128
E-mail: info@tancszinhaz.hu
www.tancszinhaz.hu

Contact:
Ms Judit WOLF
Mobil:06-30/815-3589
wolf.judit@tancszinhaz.hu