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Fun things to do in Budapest for the next two weeks.

Téka Band will play during the Celebration of Folk Music festival taking place at the Palace of Arts on January 30.

A Revolution in Art: Russian Avant-Garde in the 1910s and 1920s

January 29-May 1, Hungarian National Gallery

The National Gallery will exhibit 40 works from the avant-garde collection of the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts that have never before been seen together outside of Russia. Artists featured include Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov. The Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts boasts a collection from practically every movement of the Russian avant-garde, including Cubism, Cubo-Futurism, Neo-Primitivism, Suprematism and Constructivism. The exhibition will be accompanied by a detailed catalogue in English and Hungarian.

Work by avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich features in ‘A Revolution in Art’.

A Celebration of Folk Music

January 30, Palace of Arts

This popular celebration of Hungarian folk music is back in Budapest for its ninth year and will take place in the Palace of Arts concert hall and foyer. The program includes many of the great elders and young titans of the genre, the orthodox and the experimental, partisans of both acoustic and electronic styles, and the champions of Hungarian, south-Slavic and Gypsy traditions. Among the many performers are: Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács Cimbalom Duo, the Misi Dresch String Quartet, Khamoro, Téka, Fókatelep, Babra, Mihály Dresch, Balázs Vizeli and Gabriella Tintér Band.

Bear Festival (Mackó Fesztivál)

January 30-February 2, Budapest Zoo

This four-day event celebrates all things related to bears. It is designed to be both fun and educational and features the many bear species living at the zoo as well as educational programs, arts and crafts workshops, concerts and theatrical performances. Most events are held in Hungarian but English speakers can be accommodated on request.

Vadim Repin

February 2, Palace of Arts

Violinist Vadim Repin will perform in Budapest accompanied by the Hungarian Virtuoso ensemble under the direction of Mikós Szenthelyi. Siberian-born Repin was first introduced to the violin at the age of five and already by the age of 14 he was debuting on stages in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki and a year later at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has since gone on to perform with many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Repin is known for his passionate yet sensitive playing style and in this evening’s performance he will present Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, Bruch’s “Violin Concerto in G minor, op. 26”, followed by Mozart’s “Symphony in A major” and “Symphony in G minor”

Violinist Vadim Repin performs at the Palace of Arts.


February 4, Eventuell Gallery

This small independent gallery will exhibit the works of furniture designers from Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary as part of a program presented by the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design with the support of the Visegrad Fund. This is a follow up to a similar exhibit that took place as part of the Budapest Spring Festival. Inspirations for the designs were derived from various sources including the film “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn, Polish folklore, organic and industrial forms and everyday objects.

Pieces such as this Pin Sofa can be seen at the ‘Subject’ exhibit on February 4.

Grand Chinese New Year Concert

February 4, Palace of Arts

As tradition dictates, the Palace of Arts will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a showcase of traditional music from the various ethnic groups of China, played on traditional and unusual instruments, while threads of Western music will also be represented. The Chinese Traditional Orchestra of the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater will expose audiences to everything from symphonic music, to traditional Chinese folk operas, to Chinese musical theater.

Beatles Carnival with The BlackBirds

February 4, A38

Hungaryʼs oldest and most authentic Beatles tribute band has been covering the songs of the Fab Four since 2004. Little did they know back then that they would still be playing those tunes 11 years later as a professional band. With a steady following, The BlackBirds will cover all the hits and some lesser known gems at one of the city’s coolest venues.

Jamison Ross

February 10, 14, Palace of Arts

American drummer Jamison Ross honed his skills as a young man in the congregation of his grandfatherʼs church. Encouraged by his mother, he supplemented his instinct for music through formal training, acquiring a masterʼs degree in jazz in New Orleans. Following a monumental win at the 25th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2012, Ross has had the opportunity to work with such jazz greats as Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dr. John, Christian McBride and Wynton Marsalis. His debut album, released in 2015, demonstrates the drummer’s ability to shift seamlessly between soul-jazz, blues and funk not only as a drummer but also a singer and a composer.

Vadym Kholodenko piano recital

February 10, Liszt Academy Concert Center

Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko trained in Moscow and exploded onto the world stage after receiving a gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013, one of the most prestigious awards in the genre. This was followed that same year by a run of 50 performances across the globe. Kholodenko’s playing is characterized by precise technique, passion and an almost shy demeanor. For this performance he will present Schumann’s “Nachtstücke, op. 23” and “Humoresque, op. 20” as well as Scriabin’s “24 Preludes, op. 11” and “Fantasia, op. 10”.

Olympic Qualification Tournament

February 11, 12, 14, Papp László Budapest Sportaréna

The Hungarian National Ice Hockey team is ranked 16th in the world and during this qualifying tournament at the Budapest arena, it will compete for a spot at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea; the qualification tournament begins on February 11 with Hungary against Lithuania. The last time these two teams faced off was during the previous Olympics qualifiers, which Hungary won. On February 12, Estonia, who qualified this past fall from the previous round, will play Hungary. On February 14, Hungary is back on the ice up against Poland, whicho is only three spots behind Hungary in the international rankings.