Budapest Events

Concerts, exhibitions, and other cool upcoming events in Budapest.

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FRIDA KAHLO

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

Thanks to a collaboration between Museo Dolores Olmedo and the Hungarian National Gallery, over 30 paintings of Frida Kahlo will be on display in Budapest through November 4th. The collection features self-portraits, her very first canvas work from 1927, and even photographs, which collectively offer a glimpse into the tormented inner world of the iconic Mexican artist.

What is it?

The latest exhibit of Budapest's main private gallery, acb, is dedicated to Árpád Fenyvesi Tóth, a poet and neo-avant-garde artist (1950–2014). Tóth lived a secluded life in the Hungarian countryside during the communist-era, fusing the best traditions of progressive art and the classical avant-garde far from the vigilant eyes of state censorship. Open Tuesday to Friday 2-6 p.m. or by appointment.

What is it?

Almost 90 paintings devoted to heavyweights of the School of London, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, and Leon Kossoff - this show presents a history of British figurative painting from the early 20th century to the present day. The show is the result of a collaboration between the Hungarian National Gallery and Tate Britain, where most of the exhibited works come from.

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DJ Bootsie Quartet (H)

concert
What is it?

Master turntablist DJ Bootsie and his quartet will play this time as part of Café Budapest. Besides delivering the most punishing scratches, Bootsie also composes tunes that are played in many different formats, from solo, trio, and quartet, up to a full orchestra. Highly recommended.

What is it?

Dedicated to celebrate the life and music of Nigerian musician, composer and human rights activist Fela Kuti, this concert brings a mixed line-up of Budapest’s brand new all-star afrobeat ensemble, The Mabon Dawud Republic, with leading local musicians joining them on stage for a joyful reminder of the power of his music.

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Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti / Gyula Fekete: Római láz

concert
What is it?

Its jazzy tone notwithstanding, the one-act Trouble in Tahiti has a dark musical world. It is one of Bernstein’s earliest works for the stage, and the only one whose libretto he wrote himself. This miniature drama has two characters, and portrays the most commonplace of situations, the deterioration of a marriage into routine, infused with bitter irony. Gyula Fekete’s chamber opera, Roman Fever, is another compact drama for two characters, which starts with the carefree dialogue of two middle-aged ladies who consider their lives settled and satisfactory.

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Mark Kozelek (US)

concert
What is it?

Performing for the first time in Hungary is Mark Kozelek, one of the most important singer-songwriters and guitarists of the past quarter century. His gigs are notorious, for being scandalous, as he can turn from vulnerable into arrogant in a second, but most importantly, his performances can touch you in a way no other music could. Warning: the number of the tickets are incredibly limited, so act fast if you don't want to miss the show.

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Kutyára Yeah!

Music concert
What is it?

Weekly vinyl-only jazz night with Hungarian drummer, world traveler, record collector Balázs Pándi. If you want to hear rare Sun Ra 7”-es from the '50s, obscure euro-jazz, overlooked gems, vocal jazz from the '20s about smoking weed, or just some classics, you'd better not miss this weekly club.

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Life of Agony (US), BillyBio (US)

concert
What is it?

New York's crossover legends Life of Agony spawned in the summer of 1989, tearing through the underground scene with an undeterred aggression, obtaining a loyal and devoted cult audience in the process. After touring the world with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Limp Bizkit, System of a Down and Incubus with great success in support of their 3 studio efforts, now its time to conquer Budapest on a headline gig, that will blow off the roof of the ship.

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Alex Simu Quintet (RO)

concert
What is it?

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer, Alex Simu, born in Romania, followed a music education from his childhood. His latest album, that follows many award-winners, Echoes of Bucharest is a reflection of the present, a fragrance of the past and a glance into the future of a city with a rich multicultural legacy. His multinational, and omega-talented band will present this music in a live setting.

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Kristóf Krisztián: Mouting Drawings

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

Downtown's Kisterem gallery organizes the first solo show of Krisztián Kristóf (1976) with a selection of the artists's drawings, sketches and installations.

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Lakuti (SA)

party
What is it?

Persephone is a new dance party by OMOH co-founder Alexandr and seasoned disc jockey Klayman, showcasing a diverse musical style ranging from underground house, classic disco to groovy techno, focusing on female, queer, trans folks, people of color, underrepresented communities and their allies. Lakuti is originally from South Africa, spent 3 years in Toronto and more than 10 in London - now living in Berlin. Affected by soul, funk and jazz from a very young age, she later fell in love with house music and found herself involved in several music projects. As a DJ, her bag contains records from a wide spectrum of techno music music along with afro house, disco and funk elements.

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Common Ground (H-GB)

concert
What is it?

The idea of Common Ground was born when trumpeter Byron Wallen, widely recognised as a seminal figure in British jazz with a deep interest in African music, joined forces with the band of the brilliant Berklee-trained Hungarian drummer, Márton Juhász, another avid explorer of African rhythms. They played just one gig at an inter-club festival in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, but that was sufficient for them to recognise their musical kinship. A musical riot is the least we can expect.

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the Sound of Silence benefit concert

concert
What is it?

All acoustic benefit show for autistic people, with an up-to-date line-up of the coolest Hungarian bands. If you would like to hear a stripped down songs of the hip artists of the contemporary music scene, you can do it, while you donate to a great cause.

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Threapy Sessions :: COOH :: (BG)

party
What is it?

the Bulgar Display of Power, aka Sofias roughest drum and bass unit, COOH will make you flip even on a Halloween Therapy Sessions brought to you by the mighty Bladerunnaz crew. Get your costume, a drink, and get lost in the jungle of broken beats. Can i get an Amen?

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Szabó Benedek és a Galaxisok

concert
What is it?

In my personal opinion, you are looking at the event site of the best band Hungarian modern rock can offer. They already had a sold out record release show, when they decided to add an extra date, so now you can experience the slightly melancholic magic of the band also in a live set up.

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Binder Quartet (H)

concert
What is it?

Legendary Hungarian piano player Károly Binder is one of the most versatile jazz players. Wether its playing with avant-legend John Tchicai, Steve Reich inspired multi-layered repetitive walls of sound, or spicy jazz compositions, he always delivers on the highest level. Don't miss your chance to catch a real legend.

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Kolta trio feat. David Yengibarian

concert
What is it?

Guitarist and composer, Péter Kolta presents his new album, featuring armenian born accordeon mastermind David Yengibarian. The upcoming jazz generations most promising trio will definetly blow minds, especially on this special occasion, with one of the leading accordeon virtuoso.

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Alexander Hacke (DE) & David Eugene Edwards (US)

concert
What is it?

Wovenhand's stunning frontman, 16 Horsepower's iconic frontman David Eugene Edwards, brings his joint production with Alexander Hacke composer, multimedia artist and legendary bass guitarist of Einstürzende Neubauten, who have both performed with their own formations at the ship concerts to remember, and this time with their new line up it will be the same way.

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Gyémánt Bálint Trió

Music concert
What is it?

Gyémánt Bálint is definitely one of the most promising voice of Hungarian jazz, who blends his unique tone, and a great harmonic approach, to discover the unknown. The trio will rock both older and more recent material on their mesmerizing sonic trip.