The 40th Anniversary of the Budapest Spring Festival will be held from 3 April to 19 April and will once again feature a diverse art program. The colourful offer includes classical music, opera, jazz and light music, world music, dance, new circus, theatre and fine arts. The uniqueness of the festival is increased by the fact that not only the most famous Hungarian performers but also world stars will perform.
Here I would also like to highlight the performance of the Bach: Mass in B minor in St. Stephen's Basilica on April 17, featuring excellent international soloists along with the Purcell Choir and Orfeo orchestra. The soprano soloist Joanne Lunn is from the UK, the singer is one of the most sought after performers of international early music. The young German singer Benno Schachtner is the first awarded countertenor in the prestigious Leipzig International Bach Competition.
Events will be held in several venues this year: besides the Müpa and Music Academy, the Erkel Theatre, the Vigadó of Pest and the Castle Garden Bazaar, the Budapest Music Center, the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, the Aquarium Club, as well as the capital's theatres and cultural institutions along with a number of museums will be featured venues.
As the closing chord of the event, hundreds of professional and amateur dancers, singers and musicians depart from the city's central venues - City Hall Park, St. Stephen's Square - to announce the start of spring with loud noise. On Andrássy Avenue the traditional performances are waiting for the marchers at certain stations, at Liszt Ferenc Square and Kodály Boulevard. Reaching the Heroes' Square, the promenade closes with a large artistic production in which even the public can participate in.
A little taste of the programs
Maypole, Pentecostal king election, creating smoke in the orchard against frost
Countless outdoor programs await us - step out of your comfort zone.
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