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Budapest Now Open – Weekly News

Budapest news and events 15-21 June 2020

Learn about virtual events, music, arts, and news in Budapest this week. If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletter to get Budapest updates!


COVID

Great news: Budapest is finally open! From Monday, family events can take place in Budapest after funerals and weddings - the number of participants must not exceed 200, and social distance must be kept. Starting from Monday, libraries will also be open. And back to the old days: you can board buses and trolleys using the front door only.

Getting around

Starting from Monday, BKK will be replacing tracks of tram 4 and 6 between the Buda end of the Petőfi bridge and Frigyes Karinthy út. Works will last from 11 June to 5 August. During this period, the trams will take passengers only to the end of the Petőfi Bridge. Tram replacement buses will operate between the Buda end of the Petőfi Bridge and Móricz Zsigmond körtér.

Just do it

Why don't you relax and play some sports in Újbuda? The brand new Independence Park has opened - a multifunctional space offering street workout equipment, deck chairs, and a rest area with benches.

On the Pest side, there is another Park project coming up. Several sports fields, a two-kilometer running track, a dog adventure park, and a special off-road playground will be available for use by the end of the summer in Városliget (City Park). These will include skateboard-, BMX-, and scooter tracks, and climbing walls.

Exhibitions

Two exhibitions are coming up soon. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Várfok Gallery continues its program with a large-scale group exhibition called Extraordinary Artworks in Extraordinary Times. This features outstanding art pieces such as Françoise Gilot's self-portrait, Pénelopé, a gem of Endre Rozsda's kaleidoscopic period, the radiant Tidal Factors by László Mulasics and, one of his final works, Interferences III.

The Transport Museum is having a display on Ferihegy (now Liszt Ferenc) International Airport, built 70 years ago, via an online exhibition with many photos.

Music

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Müpa will offer a taste of the composer's oeuvre with video material. In the twenty-part series, you can listen to and watch the composer's significant works in five-minute episodes with the help of concert recordings selected from the archives of the institution.

And finally, live music! On Thursday, 18 June, the Budapest Jazz Club will reopen, with having The Szakcsi Lakatos Róbert Trio as the first formation to perform after the lockdown. Check out the venue's website for more upcoming acts!

Graveyard App

Discover the Fiumei Road Graveyard with a new application! You can explore one of the most significant cemeteries in Budapest now through the app for Android smartphones, called FiumeiGuide. With the help of it, you can find the tombs of many great politicians of the nation, such as Lajos Batthyány, Ferenc Deák, and Lajos Kossuth, as well as the tombs of famous people, like Endre Ady, Mihály Munkácsy, or Attila József.

Drive-in cinema

Watch great movies at the PANAM drive-in cinema, which has just opened at the top of Árkád Budapest! They are screening old films mainly, and you can book tickets online via their website.

Beach

It is time to go to the beach! Isn't it? Budapest's seaside is now open on Lupa-Beach.

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