Budapest Event Calendar – January 2012

Budapest Event Calendar – January 2012

Budapest Event Calendar for January  2012

Here is a brand new year, and everyone wishes if only it could be much better than the previous, right? So how is Budapest getting better in the cold days of January after the festive December? We have picked a few events that might be worth visiting in Budapest to help you plan your winter holiday in Budapest, Hungary. The list only scratches the surface of Budapest’s rich cultural life, so when in Budapest, check current events with your tour guide, receptionist, programme booklets, etc. Alternatively, You can contact us for personalized Budapest visit planning.


Music Events in Budapest – January 2012

  • New Year’s Concert: Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation conducted by Adam Fischer at the Palace of Arts Budapest
  • New Year’s Concert at St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest on Jan 1, 8 pm (on menu: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel)
  • New Year’s Day Cruise in Budapest: take a festive boat trip on the river Danube in the heart of Budapest to see the World Heritage sites of the UNESCO. What a treat to start the New Year with.
  • Jazz: Nicholas Payton jazz trumpet player from New Orleans is giving a concert on Jan 15 at the Palace of Arts Budapest
  • The Budapest Opera House is as packed with opera and ballet programmes as ever. For the detailed January programme, visit the official site. La Bohéme, The Bat, The Nutcracker ballet, Mefistofele, La fille mal gardée ballet and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is on menu in January, 2012.
  • The ‘wittiest’ of Hungarian music as presented by the Budapest underground electro scene (mixing classical, jazz, downbeat,  hiphop, electronic future mess) – Palotai, Ludmilla, Cadik, MC on A38 concert ship by Petofi Bridge, Budapest
  • VIZA (US) concert at A38 on Jan 31 – free concert, you had better arrive early
  • Voca People (US) concert and fun at Budapest Congress Center: “accapella singing with the art of beat box creating an incredible range of sounds and instruments” Jan 9-10-11, 8 pm
  • StageDiving Metal Festival on Jan 7 at Durer Garden (Dürer Kert) – mainly extreme metal
  • Stian WESTERHUS (No) – Trixie WHITLEY (Be / USA)  Inspiration from Above III at Trafo Budapest

Festivals & Fairs in Budapest – January 2012

  • Christmas Fair by St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest is open until Jan 2 so you can still grab some nice handcrafted gifts to take home from Hungary
  • Wedding Fair & Exhibition at Papp Laszlo Budapest Sport Arena, Jan 28-29 – two day event featuring international and Hungarian professionals of the wedding industry
  • Solo-Duo Contemporary Dance Festival organized by the Orkesztika Fund: Jan 4-8. The festival is an open platform for short choreographical pieces
  • StageDiving Metal Festival on Jan 7 at Durer Garden (Dürer Kert) – mainly extreme metal

Exhibitions – Art Events in Budapest – January 2012

  • Photorealism Exhibition at Ludwig Museum Budapest  (until Jan 15)
  • Laszlo Lakner at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (until Jan 8)
  • Sandor Hollan’s Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (until Feb 5): ‘The Tree’s Way’ where the tree is the main character; French influence, also featuring French works of art by Camille Corot, Claude Lorrain, Theodore Rousseau, Nicolas Poussin
  • Yona Friedman: Architecture without building at Ludwig Museum Budapest (until Feb 5, 2012): the exhibition focuses on sustainable urban life, architecture of crisis situations and participatory design
  • Rita Ackermann’s Exhibition at Ludwig Museum Budapest “her art rooted itself in the nineties’ cultural milieu of New York” (open until March 11, 2012)
  • 3D Building mapping and VJs at Szechenyi Furdo ‘Water Circus’ Spa Bath Party  every Saturday

Sports Events in Budapest – January 2012

  • Speed Skating European Championship on the freshly restored open air artificial ice rink in the City Park of Budapest (Városliget – Műjégpálya). January 6-8, 2012. Approx. 300 participants from 20 countries
  • Ice skating on the open air artificial ice rink in the City Park of Budapest (Városliget – Műjégpálya): you can hire skates right there

Miscellaneous Events in Budapest – January 2012

  • Nouveau Cirque Du Vietnam: Lang Toi at Trafo Budapest, Jan 5-6-7, 8 pm: the days in a Vietnamese village in the language of poetical circus acrobatics
  • Contemporary Dance performances at Trafo Budapest on Jan 10, 13, 14, 15, 27

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