Budapest Spring Festival – A Cultural Celebration

Europe - Editor - 23 January 2008

Budapest Spring Festival – A Cultural Celebration

The fascinating city of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has a rich cultural heritage reflecting its long and colorful history. The Budapest Spring Festival is the biggest cultural event in Hungary and is enjoyed by thousands of Hungarians as well as visitors from around the world. The 2008 event is set to take place from the 14th to the 30th of March 2008.

From fairly humble beginnings in 1981, the Budapest Spring Festival has grown to more than 200 events throughout the city, which include orchestral and opera performances, contemporary dance, theater productions, jazz concerts and film screenings featuring talented Hungarian performers, artists, musicians and composers, as well as world-class international talent.

The main focus of the Budapest Spring Festival is on the city’s European heritage and the Renaissance period of its history. This Renaissance period is considered by many to have released mankind from the asceticism of the Middle Ages and served as an introduction to the enjoyment of intellectual and physical pleasures brought about by the cultivation of all branches of the arts. A period of 550 years has passed since King Matthias Hunyadi’s accession to the throne and, in recognition of the significant role he played in promoting the arts and education, the year 2008 has been declared as Hungary’s Year of the Renaissance.

One of the events that visitors to the Budapest Spring Festival 2008 can enjoy is titled “Kings, Saints, Knights”. This program honors King Matthias who was a just and benevolent leader, his father who was a great military leader and his wife who was a renowned patron of the arts, as reflected in the beautiful folk songs, folk poetry and Renaissance music of the countries along the legendary Danube River.

Exhibitions will include the splendors of the Hungarian 15th century book culture, tapestry, palace architecture and art works in precious metals. A rendezvous of foreign and Hungarian artists who represent cultures from various parts of the world will take place at the “Meeting of Worlds” event. Another highlight of the Budapest Spring Festival will be the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great opera composer Puccini. Performances will include his popular masterpieces ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Manon Lescaut’.

The program for the Budapest Spring Festival 2008 is certainly diverse and there is sure to be something to please and entertain everyone who visits Hungary’s biggest cultural event of the year.


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