The Budapest Spring Festival, which will be organized between April 10 and 26, will open the region’s cultural events. More than 170 programs will be waiting for the visitors in 43 sites, for 17 days. In the focus of the year 2015, in addition to the photos of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, there will be Dante Alighieri, who was born 750 years ago and is an important figure of the Italian culture, and Ferenc Liszt, who was determinative for the universal music history, orientpress.hu said.
Budapest Spring Festival is the perfect example of the coordinated operation of the capital’s institutions and the government – Alexandra Szalay Bobrovniczky said. The Deputy Mayor highlighted it shows the prestige of the event that there was a huge rivalry to be added to the program. “The Hungarian capital’s history, culture and rank require a high standard. Budapest is a cultural superpower in the region and Europe, they count with us.” The festival, which was organized by the Palace of Arts, the BFTK and the Hungarian Tourism Zrt in a renewed structure, will be waiting for the visitors with 170 programs in 43 sites for 17 days. There are world premieres, national shows and co-production performances in dozens of locations, in the Palace of Arts, at the Hungarian State Opera House, the Balna, the A38, the Pest Vigado, Academy of Music and many other metropolitan theaters and museums.
“We have become the biggest multi-arts premium festival of the region” – Csaba Kael said at the press conference. The director of the Palace of Arts emphasized that the capital will be opened even in mid-April, the more than two-week event will introduce the other cultural events of the region. One of the focal points of the 35th Budapest Spring Festival will be the art of Ferenc Liszt: Janos Balazs, who was recently awarded with Ferenc Liszt Prize, will play Liszt transcriptions of Gyorgy Cziffra. He will also salute for the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri with the piece of Paolo Micciche, the DanteXperience, which combines the Divine Comedy and Liszt’s monumental Dante Symphony.
Among the world stars of the cultural festival, the saxophonist legend David Sanborn, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester supplemented by the Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko conductor, the Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor, the French conductor Bertrand de Billy, the world-famous mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, a British electropop-artist Little Boots, fado singer Ana Moura and Grammy Award-winning New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra stand out. At the opening event, piano melodies of the Russian Denis Matsuev, soloist National Philharmonics will fill the concert hall of the Palace of Arts, orientpress.hu said.
In addition to the well-known foreign artists, the prominent Hungarian artist will also represent themselves. Dezso Ranki and Concerto Budapest will have a big time: they will play six piano concertos of Mozart in one day and two concerts. The show of the Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra, which is famous for the faces of love, will be really exciting with the choreography of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet. Furthermore, Organ recital by Laszlo Fassang, the concert of Orfeo Orchestra led by Gyorgy Vashegyi, the late Romantic concert of Karoly Mocsari and the Attitude Quartet, jazz and folk melodies of Mihaly Dresch, and Hungarian folk song treasure interpretation of Agnes Szaloki, Szilvia Bognar and Agnes Herczku will color the program. In the Ludwig Museum, the photos of the Academy Award-winning Hungarian cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond can be viewed for the first time.
According to orientpress.hu, the Budapest Spring Festival is a standard, high cultural muster – Teodora Ban, head of the Budapest Festival and Tourism Center said. The programs fill the streets and the squares as well; dancers and musicians pop up in the most unexpected places. The artists of the Festival Opening Promenade travel around the city from the Fovam ter to Heroes’ Square and they proclaim the arrival of spring. In addition, interesting installations will be on the streets and the Budapest inscription will be built again on Heroes’Square.
based on the article of orientpress.hu
translated by BA