The Danube Carnival could also be called International Folk Dance Festival. It is a summer festival with a heavy folksy accent where folk dancers rule the stage. There are several venues (most events will be on Vorosmarty Square), each promising a nice cultural event with family activities, and anyone is very welcome to try their legs at Hungarian folk dances.
Folk Dance Carnival 2012, Budapest – Lots of Spectacular Free Events
From June 11 to 17 not only can you see spectacular folk dance shows (many of which is free) of various ages and countries (Bulgarian, German, Greek, Gypsy, Romanian, Indian, Chinese, etc.), but you can also do some gift shopping on the Danube Carnival Fair on Vorosmarty Square.
To boot, each evening you can join the dancers and do some happy feet with the folksy crowds and the ensembles on Vorosmarty Square at the free Folk Dance House. When in Budapest, bath and dance, we say (OK, we have rephrased it a bit).
Here is the programme of Danube Carnival 2012 (the 17th folk dance festival). Most events will take place on the Vorosmarty Square (downtown Budapest). All events on Vorosmarty square are free of charge, no admission, no hassle, just enjoy. The other main venue is the Duna Palace, which is a 3 min walk from Vorosmarty Square.
Programme of the Danube Carnival Budapest 2012
June 11th, Monday, Duna Palace, Budapest
8 pm Hungarian Dance Rhapsody – Duna Art Ensemble
June 12th, Tuesday
4 pm Children and Youth Folk Dance Festival on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
6 pm Traditional Dance Ensembles Festival on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
7 pm Hungarian Dance Gala – Danube Art Ensemble on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
8 pm Azerbaijan Gala at the Duna Palace, Budapest
4 pm Art Groups Living with Deficiency on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
5 pm Foreign Dance ensembles – Azerbaijan, China, India, Turkey, Ukraine on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
7 pm Musical Gala, Fire Guards Big Band on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
8 pm Hungarian Dance Rhapsody – Duna Art Ensemble at the Duna Palace, Budapest
June 14th, Thursday, Vorosmarty square, Budapest
4 pm Foreign folk dance and music groups – Bulgarian, German, Greek, Gypsy, Romaian, Southern Slavic
June 15th, Friday, Vorosmarty square, Budapest
4 pm Visegrad Dance Carnival – world and contemporary dance and music carnival
June 16th, Saturday
3 pm Carnival Parade – from St Stephen’s Cathedral through Zrinyi Street, the Danube Promenade and Vaci Street
to the Vorosmarty Square
4 pm Carnival Farewell, Dance Gala with brass bands & hundreds of folk dancers and musicians on Vorosmarty square, Budapest
8 pm Duna Symphonic Orchestra at the Duna Palace, Budapest
June 17th, Saturday 8 pm, on the Open Air Stage of the Margaret Island, Budapest: the dances of 25 Countries – and lots of foods and drinks – Margaret Island, Budapest. This event is not free, tickets are: HUF 1,900-11,500.
The EU dance festival on the picturesque Margaret Island (Margitsziget) will present 300 dancers from 25 countries. You can enjoy the authentic dance performances and relax on the big greens of the island, a favourite island / park of the city of Budapest. Even if you are not that into an all day folk dance event, you can try traditional food specialties and drinks or simply buy some handcrafts at the Danube Festival market called “Dance with us”.
Duna Art Ensemble (Duna Muveszegyuttes), Budapest: Golden Branch performance at the Duna Palace, Zrinyi street: