(MTI) – The CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival will feature nearly 250 events, including classical music, jazz and popular music concerts, dance performances, exhibitions and literary events, at 47 venues between October 3 and 19, the organisers said on Thursday.
Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog told a press conference that the government had contributed 600 million forints to the festival’s total budget of 724 million forints.
Mayor Istvan Tarlos said that other Budapest cultural festivals held in the spring and summer had already proven the success of cooperation between the government and the city council.
“CAFe Budapest is a good example showing that the greatest beneficiary of cooperation between the government and the capital is culture,” Tarlos said.
CAFe Budapest has been organised by the Hungarian Tourism company, the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre (BTFK) and the Palace of Arts (Mupa).
BTFK managing director Teodora Ban said that CAFe Budapest would be among the top European festivals.
Mupa managing director Csaba Kael said that the festival programme includes 84 free events.
Among the festival’s highlights Kael noted a literary event featuring Lajos Nagy Parti and a concert by organist Laszlo Fassang. He said a circus tent would be set up next to the Palace of Arts that will feature, among others, shows by Recirquel, The Tiger Lillies and Nina Hagen, he added. Works by renowned composed Peter Eotvos, who turned 70 this year, will be performed at several events.
The A38 boat will be another important venue for the festival, with concerts by St. Vincent, Tycho and Benjamin Clementine, and Budapest’s popular ruin pubs will host shows by a literary travelling circus.
The Ludwig Museum will show an exhibition dubbed Revolution, Anarchy, Utopia, focusing on central and eastern Europe, and attempting to explore whether contemporary art since the 1980s contributed to the start of important social and political changes or it only reacted to the changes.
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