Bartók Spring

Bartók Spring

The city is abuzz with art at that unmistakable festival.

Bartók Spring International Art Weeks Festival

Hungary’s Heritage: World-Class Music and Dance

The Bartók Spring International Art Weeks uncovers the multiple rich layers of the musical oeuvre of Hungary’s pre-eminent composer, Béla Bartók. Mostly known and noted for his operas, Bartók’s creativity, intellectual curiosity, phenomenal talent and inspiration are also apparent in a whole slew of genres, such as authentic folk music, contemporary classical music, world music, jazz, dance, modern music and fine arts.

 The Festival previously brought together some of the world’s best performers in music as well as ballet and dance, including Branford Marsalis, Julia Fischer and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Ghent, Uri Caine, Péter Eötvös, David Fray and the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, the Székesfehérvár Ballet Orchestra, the Pál Frenák Society, Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Established in 2021 to mark Bartók’s 140th anniversary, the Festival aims to explore the composer’s creativity and artistry not just by presenting his works but by curating and introducing the many inspirations drawn from his legacy.

Hosted annually by The Palace of Arts (MÜPA), the Festival also represents a collective of Hungarian and international art institutions and intends to grow into a multi-city, international series of events.

 Béla Bartók (1881–1945) remains one of the leading composers and pianists of the 20th century. Together with his peer, Zoltán Kodály, Bartók also researched original folk music and recorded peasant songs in the Central and Eastern European regions. One of his operas, Bluebeard’s Castle, bears the markings of his keen interest in folk music.

Bartók taught at Harvard University and posthumously received Hungary’s very first Kossuth Prize as well as the International Peace Prize.

Date: Bartók Spring International Art Weeks Festival, 5–14 April 2024
Location: various locations in Budapest

For more information and ticket reservations, please contact the Concierge Team on t +36 1 429 3391 or email [email protected]