CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival
The past years have brought about important changes in the cultural life of Budapest. In addition to the beautiful, 130-year-old Opera House, and the region's first large centre of the performing arts, the Müpa Budapest – whose Béla Bartók National Concert Hall is one of the best-sounding concert venues in the world –, the freshly renovated Liszt Academy, which was founded by Franz Liszt, awaits visitors again since 2014, as does Erkel Theatre. The recently opened Budapest Music Center is one of Europe's latest establishments dedicated to contemporary art, and also gives home to the institute of composer Péter Eötvös.
Budapest's cultural milieu owes much to the way its artistic institutions coordinate their event offerings, and it is with reliance on these synergies that the Budapest Spring Festival (always takes place in April) and CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival (every year in October) have planned their programmes. Both festivals are "Gesamtkunstwerk" city festivals, with more than 150 events at more than 40 venues – the Spring Festival as premium mainstream cultural festival, while CAFe Budapest focuses on contemporary achievements in the field of art. The colourful programmes include performances in the genres of classical, pop and contemporary music, jazz, dance and opera, theatre and contemporary circus, altogether with evenings of literature, and exhibits of visual art and design. The festivals are open for various visitor groups, Hungarians and foreigners, families, youngsters, adults etc. The festivals inhabit the entire city, with musicians, dancers and performances appearing in the most unexpected places—perhaps even involving their audience along the way.
CAFe Budapest, Hungary's most important contemporary arts festival will again offer a colourful programme between 7–23 October 2016.
Like last year, the festival will be joined by Art Market Budapest, the leading art fair of Eastern Europe between 13–16 October 2016.
For seventeen days, contemporary culture will again make a spectacular presence in Budapest, with a rich programme at Müpa, the Liszt Academy, the Budapest Music Center, the Budapest Jazz Club, Trafó House of Contemporary Art, the Castle Garden Bazaar, Ludwig Museum, Vigadó, new venue, the A38 ship, the city's theatres and exhibition halls, the ruin pubs and public spaces.