Budapest Weekend Guide for 12-14 April
Our regular round-up for the upcoming weekend offers plenty of suggestions for where to go, what to do and who should not be missed during the next three days. There are always so many happenings to choose from in Budapest – exhibitions, parties, live music, festivals and more – but here is our pick of the bunch:
Until 19 May, a curated selection of this year’s best Hungarian press photos will be exhibited at the Robert Capa Centre. A total of 14 categories ensure that the selection paints a comprehensive and realistic picture of contemporary politics, culture, sport and everyday life in Hungary, serving as a social compass to show the overriding tendencies through the work of photoreporters.
An event showcasing the best local and foreign tattoo artists will be held at the Gólyavár in the Astoria campus of ELTE University on Friday and Saturday. Packed with workshops, interviews, concerts and other activities, this two-day festival is the biggest of its kind in Budapest.
This splendid downtown rooftop bar opens its terrace with a champagne weekend. On Friday and Saturday, guests can try a themed champagne and dinner pairing while enjoying a breathtaking panorama. Reservations are recommended.
A warm spring evening, a glass of wine in hand, your group of friends or special someone and an acoustic alfresco gig in the heart of Budapest. Does it get any better? Until 22 April, the Akvárium Klub sets up a temporary stage to welcome popular Hungarian musicians and up-and-coming artists to give acoustic shows on the lively terrace.
In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and his protégé. Gustave prides himself on providing a first-class service to the hotel’s guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave’s lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder. Original English audio, Hungarian subtitles.
The Spring Half Marathon entices enthusiastic runners to Budapest’s beautiful Margaret Island to complete diverse distances amid inspiring surroundings on Saturday and Sunday. Within the framework of this two-day jogging jamboree, runners can attempt the ten-kilometre Vivicittà and the 21-kilometre half marathon on the Sunday (this year including relay of three), while on Saturday the focus is on shorter races ranging from 750 metres to seven kilometres.
As part of the Bródy Street Festival, a local initiative to celebrate Bródy Sándor utca, the beautiful 19th-century Brody House – normally only open to hotel guests and Brodyland visa holders – opens up to the public to reveal its splendid architectural beauty and works created by artists in residence. This Saturday, anyone can take a peek into one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Palace District.
On Saturday, organisers of the Vanishing Point summer festival bring another psychedelic band to Budapest. Americans Sugar Candy Mountain play the Dürer Kert. They approach music as if “Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had dropped acid on a beach in Brazil”.
World-class DJs spin dance tunes and revellers let loose on the dance floor at this surreal electronica extravaganza taking place at the Hungexpo site on Saturday. Headliners include Chris Liebing, Julian Jeweil, Slam, Anetha, Flug, Rebekah and international music masters.
Ready to rumble? Budapest’s best 12 DJs gather on the Ship on Saturday night to make you move to the best dubstep, riddim, bass house, hardstyle, trap and jump tunes.
The regular community fair at courtyard bar Anker’t showcases organic products from small farms and producers. Besides shopping, you can also take part in workshops and talks. Dogs and children are welcome!
WAMP is a regular community event and design fair, a meeting place for creative and trendsetting young talent. This will be the first outdoor fair of the year, vendors leaving the winter venue of the Millenáris event complex behind for focal Erzsébet tér. The largest market of its kind in Hungary, WAMP features clothes, jewellery, items of interior design, clothes, stationery, accessories and much more.
Featured at the Sundance Film Festival, this full-length Hungarian documentary touches on a sensitive topic, domestic slavery in Hungary. The film presents Marish, a lady robbed of her identity and being held captive by a family for a decade, bossed around for 20 hours a day. The film screens with original Hungarian audio and English and Hungarian subtitles.