Budapest (MTI) – The Budapest Spring Festival will this year feature John Malkovich, Goran Bregovic, and programmes marking the anniversary of the 1867 Austro-Hungarian Compromise and Zoltán Kodály’s death, the organisers said on Wednesday.

Returning to the festival, Malkovich will perform a new piece for theatre and music scripted by German author Michael Sturminger. Entitled Just Call Me God, it explores the nature of despotic rule.

Goran Bregovic and his orchestra will perform his new work Three Letters From Sarajevo inspired by the multiculturalism of his native Sarajevo, a city of several religions.

The 150th anniversary of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise will be marked by a joint Austrian-Hungarian performance of Franz Liszt’s monumental Coronation Mass and a performance by the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble.

The highlight programme marking the 50th anniversary of Zoltan Kodaly’s death will be the performance of his enigmatic folk opera Hary Janos which will close the Spring Festival.

The festival will run from March 31 until April 23. Programme details are available in English at

Source: MTI/BTF

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