Budapest Summer Festival – June 11. – August 30.
Light, summer night programs in Budapest, jazz, dixiland, klezmer music, opera in August. The Summer Festival offers 100 or so special programs at such unique locations like the Outdoor Stage of Margaret Island, the Outdoor Stage of Városmajor, the Castle of Vajdahunyad, the Zoo- and Botanical Garden, the St. Stephen’s square – Basilica, the Hungarian State Opera House or the Cherubic Garden of Hilton…
A nearly 1000 seated stage in one of Buda’s popular park, built in the park of Városmajor. Here, on the stage of Városmajor presentments for children, musical and literal dramas, comedies and tragicomedies are shown, which mainly targets the local audience. Beside the guest presentments of the metropolitan theatres, the best programs of the provincial and out of border theatres are on the program. In 2009 we are to reissue two premiers, Novarina: Imaginary operett and Krúdy-Party Nagy Lajos: In my well managed gent age. Out from the further plays to present the Tóthék, Decameron, Csehov one act plays and the guest presentment of the Attila József theatre also seems to be interesting.
The Outdoor Stage of Margaret Island is the only permanent outdoor stage of the country, which was built by the Art Relic of Water Tower having nearly 3000 space. This stage with unique capabilty allows the presentation of operetts, classical ballets and operas, and in the recent decades rock operas and musicals. Beside the local noted singers and musicians many world famous groups and performers appear here each year. More scenic megaproductions are to be shown at the Margaret Island Outdoor Stage in 2009 as well: Aida, Evita, Freddie Mercury reminiscent concert, and the Pirates of the Queen.
In the heart of Budapest, in the open-air garden between the Ruined Church and Hotel Hilton the first presentments were kept in 2003. The Cherubic Garden has an exclusive panorama due to its parts, an elegant location to show the programs of BudaFest.
St. Stephen’s square-Basilica
Its area from Lipótváros to the Saint Stephen’s circuit was linked to the City Centre in 1950. The V.th district, the City centre is the intellectual, political and cultural life and the tourism centre even today. The imposing square in front of the Basilica is the location of the festival since 2003. The building of the luminous Basilica can be seen in the background of the outdoor stage from the square providing more hundred seats. www.budafest.hu
It is the central location of the BudaFest Summer Musical Festival, the capital’s most significant XIX.th Century monument, to which the BudaFest twits since its foundation. The ornate building was made by the plans of Miklós Ybl in 1875-1884 and this building is the life-work crown of the artist. The neo-renaissance building is decorated with the sculptures and paintings of Bertalan Székely, Mór Thán and Károly Lotz. It is considered among the nicest opera houses of the world. During the Austro-Hungary Monarchy it was named the Hungarian Royal Opera House. The sculptures of Ferenc Erkel and Ferenc Liszt are standing in front of the building, which were made by Alajos Stróbl.
Castle of Vajdahunyad-Citypark
In the heart of Városliget, in a beautiful environment, in the embrace of impressive architecture the masterpieces of classical music literature will play this summer season too, just as the traditional Hungarian gypsy music, the swing and klezmer music’s beads. The concerts will enchant the visitors every Tuesday and Saturday starting at 20:30 in the evening.
We organise the musical nights at two intimate locations, more often by the Palm house where the closeness of the lake and the luminous Palm house creates an exceptional atmosphere, and in the Japanese garden, which is partially the traditional location of the concerts, its special eastern spirit contributes to the pleasure. Our visitors may come into the garden starting at 7 o’clock before the presentments. They may delectate in the sunset by the lake, may visit the Aquarium and the Palm house. Visitors may have dinner even after the prsesentments, by candle light under the old trees in the Cave Restaurant. The confectionery terrace of the Palm house keeps opened with a magical view onto the lake. Following to this great introductory program the concert may begin. Everyone may choose from the right musical style during the summer. The best representatives of jazz, dixieland and klezmer music will play mainly but the lighter classical music will be included in the program.