27-30 September 2012 - Budapest Now

Spending a weekend in Budapest to take in the sweeping rhythm of its cultural pulse is well worth the time.
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.

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

Thursday-Sunday 27-30 September
Mary Poppins by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

The musical, which is based on P. L. Travers' stories of the magic nanny and has received many awards since its 2004 debut, is coming to the stage of the Madách Theatre in June, 2012. The secret to its success is the inimitable charm that transforms everyday events into a world of fairy tales both for adults and children, with the help of catchy well-known tunes, superb dance numbers and, of course, innumerable special effects and meticulous stage craft.

Tickets: HUF 6200INFO: Madách Theatre

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LUDWIG MUSEUM

Robert Mapplethorpe
May 24 to September 30, 2012
Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most important artists of 20th century photography took his inspiration from antique and renaissance sculpture for his characteristically toned black and white photos, which mostly depict celebrities, portraits of men and women, bizarre sexual situations or artistic still lives with flowers. The Ludwig Museum's exhibition presents a representative selection from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation's collection in New York, which outlines this exceptional artist's life-work, which was not without scandal.

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 1,500 otherwise.INFO: National Dance Theatre

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NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

27 September 7 pm
Festival Theatre of the Palace of Arts
Szeged Contemporary Ballett: Carmina Burana

"Glimpsing into the ritualistic lives of a barbarian humanoid community scraping and struggling for survival in the ruins of civilization, we observe how its members battle their fears and follow their instincts in an attempt to overcome what Fate has thrown at them. Fate is sometimes benevolent, bringing joy and love, but sometimes it brings them sorrow and death.
A girl predestined to live a short life can feel happiness for a moment, as the sensation of love banishes all bad thoughts from her mind and makes her believe that life can be different and more beautiful. But Fortune is deceptive and cruel, and has no concern for the beauty of the moment. By living through disappointments, joys and fears alike, the protagonists all learn more and more about themselves, their fate and their opportunities – about their very humanity." Tamás Juronics

Tickets: laterINFO: National Dance Theatre

NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

28 September 7 pm
Festival Theatre of the Palace of Arts
Campagnie Yvette Bozsik: An Evening with Stravinsky

Yvette Bozsik is widely regarded as the Hungarian Pina Bausch, both for her work and her philosophy.

Yvette Bozsik has created choreographies for several works of Igor Stravinsky's. Stravinsky wrote his ballet The Firebird in 1910, based on the theme of this miraculous bird of Slavic mythology. The Russian fairy tale has it that every feather of the bird "was so wonderfully bright that when they were taken into a dark room, they shone as if a multitude of candles had been lit". The firebird can thwart evil demons and use its lullaby to send the infernal beasts to sleep.

Tickets: HUF 6000INFO: National Dance Theatre