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The Best Spring Events in Budapest
Visit Budapest in spring and it’ll become clear why the city is known as the ‘Heart of Europe’. The Hungarian capital is famous for its historic architecture, performing arts and romantic views, which are made that bit more special when the spring flowers come into bloom. Spring is festival season and the city throws countless celebrations including the long-awaited Budapest Spring Festival and the photogenic Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival. If you’re visiting Hungary this season, plan your trip around these spring events in Budapest.
Welcoming the new season with a spring in its step, The National Dance Theatre presents a nine-day festival featuring a programme of international dance productions, chamber pieces and theatrical performances. If you’re a ballet lover, don’t miss the premiere of Swan Lake by the 55-year old Pécs Ballet (29th February) and Preljocaj’s Spectral Evidence by the New York City Ballet (2nd and 3rd March).
A highlight of the spring season, the Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál) is a hotbed of musical talent. The event kicks off with The Hungarian Jazz Festival (8th – 9th April) at the Budapest Jazz Club, where performers like Viktor Toth Tercett, Miklós Lukács Trio and Micheller Myrtill will take to the stage. A programme of citywide concerts follows, featuring performances by orchestras, musical quartets, soloists, dance troupes and singers.
The biggest international film festival in Hungary, Titanic is the place to see the latest local and international filmmaking projects. Celebrating its 23rd edition in 2016, more than 50 films across a variety of genres from ‘American Independents’ to ‘Asian Winds’ will be screened at theatres across the city. For a bit of red carpet glamour, don’t miss the opening and closing ceremonies, where actors and filmmakers mingle with VIPs.
Spring in Japan is a particularly special time of year because it’s when the country’s cherry blossom trees come into bloom. However, you don’t have to travel to the Far East to see these beautiful blossoms. The oldest botanical gardens in Budapest, Füvészkert has a whole orchard of cherry blossom trees that turn a dazzling pink colour each April. See them up close at the annual Japanese-themed Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the most anticipated events in Budapest.
From the Renaissance-style St Stephen’s Basilica to the gothic-style Budapest Parliament, the architecture in Budapest is some of the most striking in the world. Budapest100 pays homage to the city’s greatest architectural accomplishments by honouring the most historic buildings and their stories through a series of interactive programmes and tours.
While Hungary hosts a number of wine festivals each year, Rosalia is the only one dedicated to rosé. Held at Chestnut Gardens (Gesztenyés Kert), the festival invites connoisseurs to taste the best rosé wines and Champagnes from across Europe and beyond, paired with traditional Hungarian food, live jazz and family-friendly entertainment.
To mark the start of the Shakespeare season, the Hungarian State Opera will host Shakespeare400+ festival in honour the esteemed playwright. This year, 17 adaptations will be presented in four different venues (the Opera House, Erkel Theatre, Music Academy and Müpa), including popular plays like Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Explorer by day, writer by night, Beau Hunter spends the majority of her time travelling around her favourite European cities. Walking the path less travelled, Beau likes to ‘hunt’ down the latest hot spots and visit the coolest places only locals know about. Beau writes for a variety of travel magazines and blogs and lives in London.
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