Open-air theater performances, musicals, dance shows, kids’ programs and several concerts are held every summer (June-July-August) during the Budapest Summer Festival. Programs are offered at two locations, on Margaret Island and in Városmajor. The Margaret Island Open-air Stage, located in the shadow of the historic Art Nouveau water tower, is the only permanent open-air stage in Hungary and can accommodate approximately 3000 people.
In 2014, Budapest Summer Festival is celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The varied repertoire includes programs like Hamlet, Carmen, Aida, the Buena Vista Social Club and much more.
Budapest Summer Festival 2014 Highlights
For My People Ferenc Snétberger and friends (opening concert) - Jun 13, 2014
Globe to Globe Hamlet by the Globe Theater from London (play) - Jun 21, 2014
The Rite of Spring by the Moscow Ballet (ballet) - Jun 27, 2014
Carmen (opera) - Jul 4 & 6, 2014
Symphonic Live by Félix Lajkó (concert show) - Jul 13, 2014
Adios Tour by the Buena Vista Social Club (concert) - Jul 26, 2014
Aida (opera) - Aug 1 & 3, 2014
In 2014, the Budapest Summer Festival also offers various photo exhibitions and a concert series in the historic water tower, adjacent to the Margaret Island Open-air Stage. Following are some great water tower programs:
Jazzy Tower Concert Series
InFusion Trio - Jun 15, 2014
Eszter Váczi & the Quartet - Jun 29, 2014
BOGGIE (Boglárka Csemer and her band) - Jul 19, 2014
Balkan Fanatik - Aug 16, 2014
Bin-Jip - Aug 30, 2014
75 Years – Festive Photo Exhibitions
Margaret Island in Vintage Photographs
(Jun 14 to Sep 30)
Budapest Positive: 10 Years of the Budapest Photography Grant
(Jun 14 to Aug 31)
The Classics of Hungarian Photography: photos of the city by well-known photographers, like Demeter Balla, Tamás Féner and Péter Korniss
(Sep 1 to Sep 30)
Getting to the Margaret Island Open-air Theater
Take Streetcar No. 4 or 6 to Margaret Bridge (the stop is in the middle of the bridge, where it branches off to Margaret Island) then take Bus No. 26 to Szabadtéri Színpad. Or, take a ferry. Ferry service is offered by Mahart between Margaret Island Open-air Theater and Vigadó tér, Batthyányi tér and Dráva utca.
Budapest Summer Festival Hotel Offers
Novotel Budapest Danube, Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget, Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget and Mercure Budapest Buda offer special rates that include tickets to a Budapest Summer Festival performance, a theater ferry service and a visit to the historic water tower.
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