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39 amazing things to do in Budapest, 24 February – 1 March

Going out this week Budapest 24 February - 1 March 2020

Gear up for an exciting week in Budapest, where new exhibitions and cool sport events await — and top talent takes the stage.

With many opening exhibitions and cultural attractions, Budapest is busy this week with art. You've got a few days left to see the István Farkas (1887-1944) Forsaken Exhibition, make sure you don't miss it! But then the Bodies 2.0- WITTGENSTEIN- Kamill Major's- and Paolo Ventura's Exhibition will all open during the week.

American Football fans will be delighted to hear about two events: there is a Training Camp With Professional NFL Players going on and also Budapest Cowbells face off against Szombathely Crushers in a pre-season game. There are water polo and football games too, and Budapest Boat Show opens its gates on Thursday.

On stage this weekend is Néptáncantológia, the beautiful Folk Dance Festival and I have suggested a romantic comedy and an opera play as well to theatre lovers.

Electronic music fans will be happy to see Tycho, Acid Arab and Exiles - they are all promising acts. I have brought something though for Irish music- and Hungarian ska- supporters too: Bran and Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra present their music on the weekend.

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boatshow Budapest 2020

BUDAPEST BOAT SHOW 2020

Budapest Boat Show 2020

Hungary’s greatest land-locked harbour, the season opening event of boating and water-sports opens its gates again on Thursday.

When: Thursday-Sunday 27-01 February-March 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: HUNGEXPO Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 2,400 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Training Camp With Professional NFL Players

Check out how professional NFL players train and watch 20 of them like DeAngelo Williams, Todd Gurley, Alex Mack or Deion Jones in action.

When: Saturday 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Puskás Aréna, Budapest, 1146 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: Free [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Breeders weekend BudapestBreeders Weekend 2020

This year's event hosts 40 young stallions for the approval, with stallion show and free-jumping. Free entry on both days.

When: Friday-Saturday 28-29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Nemzeti Lovarda Budapest - Tattersall, Kerepesi út 7., 1087 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: Free [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Ferencváros (FTC) - Debrecen (DVSC)

Football game in Groupama Arena on Saturday.

When: Saturday 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Groupama Aréna, Üllői út 129., Budapest, 1091 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 2,350 HUF  [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Budapest Honvéd - Diósgyőr (DVTK)

Football game in Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium on Saturday.

When: Saturday 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium Budapest [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 1,690 HUF  [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


waterpolo match BudapestBudapest-Zugló (BVSC) -  Semmelweis University (OSC)

Water polo match on Wednesday.

When: Wednesday 26 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Szőnyi út 2. Laky Károly uszoda, Budapest, 1142 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Budapest Cowbells - Szombathely Crushers

American Football pre-season game and also the debut of Budapest Cowbells new pitch.

When: Saturday 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Tichy Lajos Sportcentum Budapest, Katona József u. 3, 1194 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1,000 HUF (free for under-14s) [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Istvan Farkas Exhibition Budapest

FORSAKEN WORLD - THE ART OF ISTVAN FARKAS (1887-1944)

On view until 1st March: Forsaken World - The Art of István Farkas (1887-1944)

István Farkas is one of the most original artists of post-WWI Hungarian Modernism who was killed in Auschwitz. The Hungarian National Gallery presents the work of István Farkas in so far unprecedented wealth.

What: Temporary exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Until Sunday, 1 March 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Hungarian National Gallery, 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 1,700 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Opening: WITTGENSTEIN 2020 Budapest

Some 17 artists present their photography, video installation, sculpture, drawing and other artwork starting on Saturday. Wittgenstein was a fervent and traveling European, and in his memory aqb Budapest brings this exhibition across Europe, boundlessly connecting artists and thinkers.

What: Travel Exhibition [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 6 pm on Saturday, 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Art Quarter Budapest, 1222 Nagytétényi út 48-50. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: Free [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Opening: Paper–Grid–Akkadian - Kamill Major’s Exhibition

Living in Paris, painter Kamill Major is not widely known in Hungary. Major engraves his reliefs into wooden panels and paper-based abstract compositions. This exhibition highlights thirty paintings, the earliest made in 1979.

What: Temporary exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 until 5 April 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Műcsarnok - Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 37. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 800 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Opening: Paolo Ventura's Venetian Story - The Automaton Exhibition

Hungary’s largest-scale photography show, Budapest Photo Festival 2020 opens with Paolo Ventura’s Venice. The Automaton takes place in Venice during WWII, at a time when the Nazis entered North Italy to stop their former allies from falling away. “Each photo was taken in an imaginary Venice, of which I built a model in miniature" says the artist, mixing fiction with reality.

What: Temporary exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Friday, 28 February 2020 until 7 June 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Műcsarnok - Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 37. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 800 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


bodies exhibition BudapestOpening: Bodies 2.0 The Universe Within

Scientific and educational exhibit Bodies 2.0: The Universe Within consists of 200 specimens including whole body specimens. Explore actual human bodies and have a look at what normally only doctors and scientists are allowed to see.

What: Temporary exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 until 31 May 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Bálna – Budapest 1093, Fővám tér 11-12 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 2,500 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


When the Beat Drops

The second night of What is Dance? documentary series, this time about Bucking, also known as “J-setting”. The movie is in English with no subtitles.

What: Film screening [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 6 pm on Monday, 24 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Trafóklub, Budapest Liliom u. 41 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Guided Tour at Kőbánya Local History Museum [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Vera Molnar / Disorder in order / Guided tour in English [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Discover the cultural hub among the factory buildings on Soroksári way [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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tycho Budapest

TYCHO

Tycho

Tycho, music project of San Francisco based artist and producer Scott Hansen is coming to Budapest with a renewed line-up on its Weather World Tour. Also with them is Hannah Cottrell, who has lent her beautiful voice to several new songs.

What: Electronic [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Monday, 24 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Akvárium Klub, 12 Erzsébet tér, Budapest, 1051 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 7,900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


The Workshop ✄ Ruby Harlem Listening Party

Get an insight into the production of a record, from the composition to the studio process, while listening to Hungarian band Ruby Harlem's 'Legyen úgy ahogy nem volt még' album. Afterwards you can meet the band over food, drinks and conversation.

What: Listening party [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: The Workshop, Paulay utca 16., Budapest, 1061 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: Free [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Bran

Bran presents Irish music to audiences in its full diversity. Their repertoire includes old songs, both in the Irish and English languages, traditional dance tunes, and, if the occasion calls for it, pub music. Bran also offers 'ceilidhs' (dance circles), where a tutor helps those interested in learning traditional Irish dances.

What: Irish music, live concert [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Saturday, 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Jókai Klub, Hollós út 5., Budapest, 1121 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: Free [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


pannonia allstar ska orchestraPannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra/Kaukázus

Fuck Plastic Waste Carnival at Barba Negra Music Club brings two live concerts on Friday. Hungarian ska band Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra's musical style has fused Jamaican-style ska and reggae with jazz melodies and elements of traditional Hungarian folk music. Expect great fun and happy sing-along! Supported by alternative/indie group Kaukázus.

What: Live concert [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Friday, 28 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Barba Negra Music Club, Prielle Kornélia u. 4/b., Budapest 1117 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 4,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Broken Shadows - Ornette Coleman

Founded in honor of Ornette Coleman, one of the great pioneers of modern jazz, Broken Shadows led by Péter Ajtai plays the ever-revolving musical heritage of free jazz based on collective improvisation.

What: Free jazz [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Friday, 28 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Jedermann, Ráday u. 58, Budapest 1092 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Exiles

Guest performance of the most important branch of Hungarian experimental techno at Ambient.

What: Techno [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Saturday, 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Ambient, Múzeum körút 41, Budapest, 1053 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1,500 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Acid Arab concert BudapestAcid Arab

It's not a fusion, it's not a mix, it's an encounter. This is how French trio Acid Arab describes their combination of Western electronic- and Eastern music.

What: Live concert [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Saturday, 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Akvárium Klub, 12 Erzsébet tér, Budapest, 1051 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 5,900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Bine Bryndorf

Danish organist Bine Bryndorf performs Bach pieces among Danish composers' works.

What: Classical music [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Tuesday, 25 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Mupa Budapest, 1095 Komor Marcell u. 1. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 2,400 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

folk dance festival Budapest

FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL PHOTO COURTESY JOZSEF GORACZ

Néptáncantológia - Folk Dance Festival 2020

One of the most prestigious events in the cultural life of Budapest and Hungary is the annual Folk Dance Festival. The spectacular theatrical show, seen only once, will feature the most outstanding works of both professional and non-professional performers of 2019. Hundreds of folk dancers and folk musicians take the stage and revive the extraordinarily beautiful and precious folklore of the Carpathian Basin.

What: Folk Dance Festival [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Sunday, 1 March 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Budapesti Operettszínház, Nagymező utca 17., Budapest, Hungary, 1065 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 3,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


Be in time (Constellations)

Theatre performance in English. A boy-meets-girl romantic comedy which shades into something much sadder. Rich script that is simple and colloquial on the surface, but uncovers the deeper meanings of life, love and loss.

What: Romantic Comedy [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Saturday, 29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: RS9 Theatre, Budapest, 1075 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 3,200 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]


L'italiana in Algeri

Opera in two acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles.

What: Opera [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, 25-27-29 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Erkel Theatre, 1087 Budapest, II. János Pál pápa tér 30. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 1,900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Budapest Jaguar

PHOTO COURTESY EUGENE CHYSTIAKOV

Bottega Napoletana - Opening and Free Tasting [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Official opening of Bottega Napoletana with the opportunity to taste specialties and to listen to live music (Wednesday, 26 February).


Interior Design Day [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

A single-day workshop in English as an introduction for beginners to learn how to create an inspiring space and the use of basic designer tools (Saturday, 29 February).


Baby Steps [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Children and their parents participate together in songs, stories and simple activities led by a native English instructor to create an English speaking environment (Monday, 24 February).


Addressing nuclear challenges and connectivity issues in Asia [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Conference held by The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Open for the public but registration is required (Wednesday, 26 February).


The Studios ∞ Story Slam ∞ [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Share your favourite story in 5 minutes with a wider accommodating audience (Friday, 28 February).


Ferment Workshop [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Learn about bacteria, eat and ferment many different things including kimchi, coconut yogurt, sauerkraut and more (Saturday, 29 February).


English Conversation Club - Are you emotionally grown-up? [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

Is it true that young adults live in a culture of Peter Pans, flying free in Neverland with no past and no future? Are 30s the new 20s (Monday, 24 February)?

Budapest movie premiers

PHOTO COURTESY VLADIMIR FEDOTOV

It Must Be Heaven

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Wasp Network

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The Invisible Man 

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Dark Waters

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The Whistlers

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