Budapest to Offer 12 Venues With St. Stephen's Day Programs

In Budapest

Image by MTI/Péter Lakatos

A festival-like atmosphere; stage and street shows; exhibitions; spectacular art performances; creative and inspirational spaces; as well as family and children's programs await the public at 12 venues in Budapest this weekend as part of the St. Stephen's Day series of state events, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) told news agency MTI on Friday.

The Csárdafesztivál will be held at Vörösmarty tér, with around 50 stage performances, songs, gypsy music, folk music, folk dance, and traditional Hungarian tavern food until Sunday. 

The three-day Operetta Korzó on Vigadó tér will feature the best of Hungarian operetta, musical numbers, Boris Vian songs and cartoon hits. The Budapest Operetta Theater will be joined by renowned operetta artists including Attila Serbán, Attila Dolhai, Miklós Máté Kerényi, Ádám Bálint, Veronika Nádasi, and Lilla Polyák.

On Friday evening from 9 p.m., the symbols of Hungarian mythology, fairy-tale characters, giants, witches, devils, and golden birds will appear as a light painting on Andrássy út, between Kodály körönd and Hősök tere, brought to life by more than 200 artists, fire jugglers and dancers.

On Saturday and Sunday, the stories of the seven heroic deeds of seven Hungarian heroes from the past 1,000 years will be told in the Heroes' Journey program at the Tóth Árpád sétány in the Buda Castle, with the participation of tradition groups and actors.  

A replica of the Golden Train, which once carried the holy right hand of St. Stephen and was inaugurated on August 20, 2020, is on display in Alkotmány Street from Friday to Sunday.

On the Panorama Classical stage on Gellért Hill, classical music will be performed by the Hungarian Defense Forces Central Orchestra, the Kriszta Koncz Quartet, the Modern Art Orchestra, the Kodály Choir Debrecen, the Szent István Orchestra, and the Danubia Symphony Orchestra and its ensembles.

On Március 15. tér, the event entitled Sporting Heroes will present the most interesting moments and Hungarian successes of the football World Cup from 1930 to the present day. Alongside the 22 installations, former players, experts and commentators will tell their experiences and personal stories in round-table discussions, and there will also be skill games.

Popular Hungarian bands will perform songs written as part of the Road Movie Live program, inspired by a Hungarian region, town, village, street, or building. Among others, the Csík band, Hiperkarma and Ivan and The Parazol will play, and between concerts, films will be screened showing the artists' personal connection to the chosen locations.

The Magic Grove at the Vajdahunyad Castle offers children's activities for families, including puppet shows, a fairy-tale exhibition, a circus playhouse, fairground shows, and a prince and princess show. The Hungarian Defense Forces will give a technical demonstration of military vehicles and weapons, but there will also be a free trial of a plane simulator and laser shooting. 

There will be a Street Music Festival and Food Truck Show on Szabadság tér, with performances by the English Daniel Docherty, CstDzs A'N'R, and OPSA Dehëli, among others, while electronic and live music will entertain the audience at the Szabadrét Festival on Erzsébet tér. 

The Fashion & Design Festival at Bálna Budapest will offer craft workshops, sustainability programs, and roundtable discussions over the weekend, according to the release.

UPDATE:

The committee overseeing the organization of the August 20 celebrations will meet continuously from 7 a.m. on Saturday morning and will decide on the outdoor activities, taking into account the weather, Telex.hu reports. They will decide on the possible cancellation of the fireworks display, which will start at 9 p.m., at their meeting starting at noon on Saturday.

Based on the latest situation assessment from the National Meteorological Service, weather conditions show a high degree of uncertainty but are generally deteriorating, according to a statement issued by the Government Information Center on Friday afternoon. At the moment, there are no conditions that make it impossible to continue and organize the events, so the operational corps responsible for the safe management of the national holiday has decided to allow them to continue or start in the capital at the discretion of the organizers of each venue, they say.

The Friday outdoor activities of the public event series for St. Stephen's Day were closed at 8 p.m., due to adverse weather conditions. 

According to the decision of the operational corps, the air parade scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday will be canceled, state news wire MTI reports. The passing-out military parade will take place as originally planned, starting at 8 a.m.

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