The 37th Budapest Spring Festival, between 31 March – 23 April, awaits visitors with a programme that involves many of the arts, with events in classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, contemporary circus, theatre and the visual arts. With the best Hungarian performers and real world stars, the Budapest Spring Festival is a truly special occasion, presenting premieres and co-productions with partner institutions.
There will be dozens of venues in 2017: in addition to the Müpa Budapest and Liszt Academy, the Hungarian State Opera, the Bálna Budapest, the Vigadó, the Budapest Music Center, Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar) and other Budapest theatres, cultural institutes and museums will also be home to outstanding events. Realized again in a cooperation between the Müpa Budapest, the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre, and Hungarian Tourism Agency the event series continues to broaden its offer by involving the leading cultural institutions of the city.
The main theme of the festival will be the Austro Hungarian Compromise (Kiegyezés) made 150 years ago in 1867. It partially re-established the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hungary. Works of Franz Liszt are always an important part of the festival’s program and his Coronation Mass composed for the 1867 Compromise will be performed by the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie and the Choir of the Vienna State Opera on 08 April in the Béla Bartók Concert Hall of the Müpa/Palace of Arts.
The festival also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály‘s death joining the events of the Kodály Year announced for the occasion. The largest and most prestigious cultural festival in Budapest attracts many classical music, opera and jazz fans from all around the world. The festival has developed into one of Europe’s major cultural events with a series of opera, concert, ballet and theatrical performances. You can choose from around 120 programs at around 40 venues, including various public places, squares, parks and streets where you can bump into a performance or program of some kind, like the Opening Parade.
Some other unique locales include: Music Academy, Palace of Arts (MüPa), Matthias Church, the New Budapest Gallery in the Bálna/Whale building, Ludwig Museum, the Budapest Music Centre in district IX. Other programs of the Budapest Spring Festival include orchestral concerts, chamber evenings, opera performances, folk dance, exhibitions and a range of other interesting programs.