Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztival)

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Country and Region HungaryPest County
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Budapest, Pest County, Hungary
Festival Contact Information

Budapest Festival Center
Szervita tér 5.
1052 - Budapest
Phone: (36) 1 486 3300
Fax: (36) 1 486 3310
Information: (36) (1) 486 3311

Festival Description

The Spring Festival in 2012 will be celebrating its 32nd anniversary with renown musicians and artists. Since January 1996 the Budapest Festival Center Kht. has been the official organizer of various cultural events of the Municipality of Budapest. The three major annual festivals of Budapest—the Spring Festival, the Budapest Fair and the Autumn Festival have been organized, as the exclusive coordinator, by the Budapest Festival Center Kht.

The Budapest Spring Festival was launched a quarter of a century ago and since last year it has been officially classified in the top third of cultural festivals of international standing. This flattering classification was made by an independent professional body judging on the basis of strict principles, making its decision just as valuable as any prestigious award. It confirms that the series of events has fulfilled the hopes of its founders: with the attraction of a broad spectrum of the arts, an excellent selection of artists and works, a parade of world stars and young talents, it has made Budapest in early spring a popular destination for cultural tourism.

Festival Dates March 16 - March 26, 2012
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Festival Story:

Music lovers of the world unite! If you’ve ever wondered when and where this unification happens, a good bet is at the moment spring hits Budapest. This festival is for everyone who wants to sleep, eat, and drink music from the early morning until late at night. Festival offerings usually begin at 10:00 in the morning with the opening of exhibitions related to the music events. From mid-afternoon on to late at night there are choices ranging from operetta and dance to orchestral and chamber music. Many of the performances take place in buildings that are as architecturally significant as the performance is. To have the total cultural experience, one must sample as well the deserts at the coffee houses. It’s like being in a novel.


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Articles and Reviews:
  • Budapest Spring Festival 2005: No Evil Stage Directors Joel Kasow (Culturekiosque, 2005)
  • Wine and Song in Budapest. By George Pandi (The New Hungarian Voice, 2005)
  • Fireworks of European Union. By Zoltán Bécsi (, March, 2004)
  • Budapest gears up for its prestigious Spring Festival. Written by Marta Karenova (Budapest Week, 2004)
  • Inaugurating Spring 2002 in Budapest. By Zoltán Bécsi ( March, 2001)
  • The City’s annual rites of spring. By Kevin Shopland (The Budapest Sun, February 22, 2001 - Volume IX, Issue 8){CC3F2E3D384248A988F26C874BFF93D1}&From;=Style
  • Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál. Beszélgetés Zimányi Zsófia fesztiváligazgatóval. (KonTextus, 2001)
  • A Well-Kept Secret. Alan Walker talks about the 16th Annual Budapest Spring Festival. Interviewed by Judit Rácz (The Hungarian Quarterly, VOLUME. XXXVII No. 141 Spring 1996)
Recordings and Books from Amazon:
  • Dvorák: Slavonic Dances
  • Dvorak: Symphonies 8 & 9
  • Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; 3 Village Scenes; Kossuth
  • Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Hungarian Peasant Songs; Rumanian Folk Dances
  • Essays, by Bela Bartók
  • The Life and Music of Bela Bartók, by Halsey Stevens and Malcolm Gillies
  • Images from the Budapest Spring Festival 2001


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Baskirov in concert, photo by Andrea Felvégi
    • Photo by András Hajdú
    • Clowns from above, photo by Andrea Felvégi
    • Festival signboard outfits, photo by Andrea Felvégi
    • Big Red Chair, photo by Andrea Felvégi
    • Lemon Dance Company, performing The Unsung, photo by Beatriz Schiller
  • Multiple venues throughout Budapest


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