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Concerts, exhibitions, and other upcoming events in Budapest we're excited about.

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What is it?

This exhibit shows the finest Art Nouveau pieces from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts. In addition to Hungarian, British, Austrian and French styles of Art Nouveau are also presented. Visitors will get a glimpse into typical bourgeois Hungarian homes of the turn of the century that often featured Zsolnay ceramics, glass works by Tiffany, and jewellery by Lalique.

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Seder plates by Herend Porcelain Manufactory

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

The exhibit highlights two dozen ornate seder plates made for wealthy Hungarian Jews by the famed Herend Porcelain Manufactory. If you view the plate's illustrations carefully, you can trace the increasing assimilation of Jews into Hungary. The Hungarian Jewish Museum is attached to the Dohány Street Synagogue, and your admission ticket to the synagogue (HUF 4,000) includes access to this exhibit.

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Lajos Vajda - Between Worlds

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

Painter Lajos Vajda (1908–1941) was a groundbreaking artist during the Hungarian avant-garde. This must-see exhibit takes place in Szentendre, a village near Budapest where Vajda spent much of his short life (it takes less than an hour to get to from Budapest by public transport). The show is the most ambitious retrospective on Vajda's work to date, featuring almost 150 works.

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Dezső Korniss (H)

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

A contemporary of Lajos Vajda (who also happens to have a major retrospective right now, in Szentendre - see above), Dezső Korniss was another seminal figure of the Hungarian avant-garde. Through 200 works, the show traces Korniss’s brilliant technique and diverse artistic periods, which were inspired by Hungarian folk art.

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Róbert Batykó: Red Eye (H)

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

The paintings of Róbert Batykó (1981) use inspirations from glitches of digital images. In his newest series, Batykó also reflects on post-digital paintings and depicts the impact of the overdose of visual imagery on his own artistic process.

What is it?

The photo exhibit of the famed filmmaker takes visitors on a psychedelic journey through the world of emotions, humor, playfulness, and restlessness, unveiling past memories and scars along the way. Similar to his movies, the images alternate between reality and the subconscious.

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Vera Molnár (H)

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

Hungarian-born Vera Molnár (b. 1924) was one of the earliest pioneers of computer art. By 1968, she learned to program in the computer languages Fortran and Basic, and was writing scripts that could create a grid with random vertical, horizontal and variously angled diagonal lines. Open Tuesdays to Fridays, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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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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Kimitrak feat. The Stanley Maneuver (H)

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What is it?

Kimitrak's monthly LÄRM love affair continues with Suhaid, Waxman and The Stanley Maneuver. Expect the dancefloor to heat up to the fusion of a wide range of sounds including house, disco, funk, soul, new wave and other holy waves.

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Madchild (CA)

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What is it?

Canadian lyricist Madchild will play Budapest just days after his new crushing release Demons, the follow up to The Darkest Hour. The crowd will most likely enjoy a healthy dose of both album. Warmup by the equally energetic and poetic Rawmatik!

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Dubloads (US)

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What is it?

Metallic dubstep anthems will make you headbang, until your neck will snap. You better listen to the Wu Tang Clan, and protect ya neck.

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Hungarian folk music: Ötödik évszak (H)

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What is it?

A local band of five, all trained in folk music, performs traditional and reinterpreted folk songs and poetry on double bass, violas, and cimbalom inside the atmospheric Lumen café.

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Viva la Viola! (H)

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What is it?

Violas will enjoy the spotlight on Thursday evening, when a local chamber orchestra of four, all viola players, perform pieces by Bach, Telemann, Satie, Bartók, and others.

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Gypsy Songs

concert
What is it?

Gypsy music? Folk music or popular composed music? What is it in music that we can refer to as typically "Gypsy"? Pieces by Liszt, Brahms, Dvořák, Ravel, and contemporary compositions by Máté Hollós and György Orbán seek to bring us closer to answering these questions.

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Job Sifre (NL)

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What is it?

The common efforts of the respected B O U N C E, Designer Drums, and Kreative Kontrol crews bring dutch mastermind Job Sifre to town. EBM and industrial infused techno, wave on the highest level can be expected on this dark night, but don't be surprised if you will run into a hint of synthpop occasionally.

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Electrify vol. 19 // Gaika (UK), Huerco S (US), Alpár (HU)

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What is it?

The season's last Electrify series will be one to remember: Trafó brings to the stage gothic dancehall and industrial electronics (Gaika), delicate ambient tunes (Huerco S), and intricately layered, minimalist analogue synth themes (Alpár).

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Garden Wonder #18 | Urban house concert

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What is it?

This concert series brings international indie musicians to a small, secret Budapest location that's announced 24-36 hours before the concert. Apart from good music, it's a an opportunity to meet new people.

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Turul Blast (H)

concert
What is it?

Three gifted, young, and local avant-garde jazz musicians deliver a high-energy set at the adorably grungy Klub Vittula with Péter Ajtai on double bass, Áron Porteleki on drums, and Dániel Cseke on sax.

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Waxman, Jaffa Surfa - all night long

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What is it?

The two most important pillars of the Hungarian house scene will deliver a high impact, all night long set. You better get your legs sretched at the doors, to avoid the muscle burns of the next day.

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Darkest Hour (US), Unearth (US)

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What is it?

Gigantic metalcore festival, to close the week. Unearth and Darkest Hour, two of the most prominent metalcore bands, joining forces under the Death To False Metalcore moniker, to demolish venues all over Europe. Unearth will play tunes from their upcoming record, while Darkest Hour will deliver the usual carnage, that makes venues shake in fear in their two decade spanning career.

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Ákos Szelevényi, Máté Janky, Áron Porteleki (H)

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What is it?

Ákos Szelevényi has been bouncing back and forth between France and Hungary for many decades. Recently, after finding a thriving Hungarian scene of improvised and free music, he spends more and more time here, to explore the talents of the local clubs. This time, he will play with Máté Janky, on electronics, and Áron Porteleki, on drums.

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GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

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What is it?

Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA, is a legend, a true heavyweight of hip hop music, and founding member of Wu-Tang Clan. Now, he brings his solo projects to Budapest.

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The Young Gods (CH)

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What is it?

One of the most important formations in the field of industrial electronica Swiss The Young Gods will return to Hungary after many years. The more than thirty-year-old band will release its new album in February, and they'll arrive presenting it at the A38 Ship on April 3.

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Enter Shikari (UK)

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What is it?

Happy, melodic hardcore melted together with dub and explosive rock by great English and American gentlemen who will return and evoke again the Big Bang's bursting energies and incrazed joys in their powerful performance. Their support will be the powerful, melodic and pretty crazy As It Is from Manchester.

What is it?

Perhaps you're already familiar with the incredible story of Hailu Mergia: once the leader of a popular Ethiopian jazz and funk formation, he fled from Ethiopia in 1981 and spent over two decades working as a cab driver in the US. Recently, however, his album was reissued, parachuting him into a cult celebrity. He'll be joined by another seminal figure Stella Chiweshe, one of the first women to play the mbira, a 22-pronged metal hand piano traditionally played in Zimbabwe.

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Hungarian folk rock: Mordái

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What is it?

A recently formed quintet of established local musicians plays Hungarian folk and rock, paying hommage to the experimental folk movements of the '60s and '70s while letting a somber melancholy diffuse into their songs.

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Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen (US)

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What is it?

This one already looks like the most important show in Budapest in 2019. The legendary Sun Ra, after passing away and returning to planet Saturn, left his band behind. The living members are true keepers of his legacy - like Marshall Allen, who is still rocking steady at the age of 94! Don't miss this rare occasion to travel with this sonic spaceship through the history of jazz.

What is it?

The works of American guitarist and composer, Marc Ribot, have explored everything from free jazz to Cuban son and avant-garde rock. He's also known for being Tom Waits's frequent guitarist. At BMC, he will perform from his solo guitar album.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg (FR)

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What is it?

The daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg grew up being surrounded by art, and stage at a very young age. The successful actress, known for several Lars von Trier movies is also a successful musician. He latest album is Rest is a eulogy, portraying her feelings after her father Serge Gainsbourg and her half-sister Kate Barry's death, with the theme of alcohol addiction.

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Neurosis (US), Yob (US)

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What is it?

After 20 years, Neurosis is finally back in Budapest. No wonder the event first sold out in 20 hours, now in a larger venue there are still only a handful of tickets left. If you are a fan of heavy music, you already know what to expect from the the kings of gloomy sounds, and most likely you already have your ticket.

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Deerhunter (US)

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What is it?

Atlanta-based dream pop/indie rock band Deerhunter play their first ever Budapest show on A38 Ship, as part of their new album's tour. 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?', released in early 2019 is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in Deerhunter's roughly 15-year career - a science fiction album about the present, as the band names it. We can say without exaggeration that one of the dreamiest audio-roadtrips will take place on A38 Ship this August.