18-22 October 2012 - Hungarian Spirit

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.

PALACE OF ARTS

Friday, 19 October László Melis - András Jeles - Euripides: The Bacchae

Sunday, 21 OctoberLászló Melis - András Jeles - Euripides: The Bacchae

Tickets:INFO: Palace of Arts

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PALACE OF ARTS

Monday, 22 October Gergely Bogányi's Liszt Marathon

Tickets: 7900 HUFINFO: Palace of Arts

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MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Take a Highlights Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest

Don't miss one of the most significant collections of European Art between Vienna and St. Petersburg! Enjoy a one-hour overview of the Museum's treasures with our art historians. On display are splendid paintings by Raphael, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Chagall among many others.
Heroes' Square, Budapest
Open: Tues-Sun 10 am-5.30 pm

Tickets: HUF 1800INFO: Museum of Fine Arts

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MADÁCH THEATRE

Saturday-Sunday 20-21 October
Cats by T. S. Eliot and Adrew Lloyd Webber

The musical first opened in the Madách Theatre in 1983. It was directed by Tamás Szirtes and choreographed by László Seregi. Seregi's legendary choreography has left an indelible imprint on the nearly 30-year history of the musical. The freshness of the production performed about 1400 times hasn't faded one bit since its debut. Though both the stage and the auditorium have seen more generations follow one another, and fresh scenery and newly designed costumes are used, the unique lighting and sound effects, the typical colours and movements enchant the public even today.

Tickets: HUF 6200INFO: Madách Theatre

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LUDWIG MUSEUM

The Collection of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts

The Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts is an institution that looks back on a history of two decades, and collects, safekeeps as well as displays works of art created from the sixties until today. The select and dynamically developing collection is based on the 1989 donation of the Ludwig couple, and its Central-Eastern European character is its specialty, i.e. the fact that it puts the spotlight on artistic performance from the past half century in a region with a peculiar historical and cultural context.

Combined admission: HUF 1800 / person
Combined admission to the highlighted exhibition (Robert Mapplethorpe) HUF 2200/person
Guided tours by preliminary arrangement: exclusive guided tours in English, German, French, Italian up to 10 persons: HUF 6000
Above 10 persons: HUF 600 / person
INFO: Ludwig Museum

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HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

You can immerse yourself in the thousand year history of the Magyars in Hungary's grandest classicist palace. There are twenty richly appointed exhibition rooms where you can see the Byzantine Monomachos crown, Sigmund of Luxembourg's finely decorated bone saddles, the clavichord Mozart took on the road, Beethoven and Liszt's piano, Sissy's dress and the tear the fatal knife stab left on it, and one of the mournful mementos of the 20th century – a piece of the ‘iron curtain' from the border between East and West.

Admission, including guided tour: HUF 2700 / personINFO: Hungarian National Museum

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HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

Gold – Well Guarded Treasures

Jewels Caprice or Cartier would envy, ornaments worth fortunes, amazing work by goldsmiths: chapters from the history of Hungarian aristocracy, which looks back on close to a thousand years of history. You can find out about objects that were the pride a Hungarian renaissance king in the middle of the 15th century, what jewelry and ornamental weapons were worn by 17th century peers, and how many different kinds of noble metal overlays adorned Hungarian aristocrats' attire.

Admission, including guided tour: HUF 2700 / personINFO: Hungarian National Museum

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NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

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

Castle Theatre is not only a World Heritage site but also a venue for all kinds of dance from folk dance to modern dance to tango, offering something for everyone in a wide palette of shows.
The Castle Theatre building is the only one of its kind built in the 18th Century in Hungary that is still used as an art venue. The former Carmelite Monastery was converted into a theatre and casino at the request of Joseph II. The works were carried out to the plans of Wolfgang von Kempelen, the designer of chess-playing automaton ‘The Turk'.
Before the show starts, visitors can take part in a rare walk behind the scenes, where they are introduced to the history of this old building. (Subject to minimum attendance of 10)

Admission: free with a ticket to a performance, HUF 1500 otherwise.INFO: National Dance Theatre