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Friday, 10 November
Exhibition: TechnoCool. New Trends in Hungarian Art in the Nineties
Set off on a journey through Hungary's visual arts from the decade after communism. The Hungarian National Gallery's latest exhibition TechnoCool. showcases a selection of (then young) artists whose work was hugely influenced by the electronic music revolution. The collection is extremely diverse, featuring paintings, objects, photographs, prints, videos, and computer-based artworks by around half a hundred artists.
Get tickets here.
Pikszis Kultúrpont – Opening Day
Pikszis Kultúrpont is a new cultural and exhibition space in town, with a focus on visual culture and music. And now you are cordially invited to pop in and raise a glass for its opening on November 10th. While at it, you can also check out their first exhibition (by Zsófi Hidasi), browse the onsite record shop, Soul Cure Records, and keep grabbing another beer (or coffee) while listening to DJ sets ranging from soul to house.
Doors open at 3 pm, and a toast takes place at 6 pm.
St Martin's Day Goose Feasts
Hungarians celebrate St Martin's Day with goose-filled feasts and 'new wine' tastings on November 11th – and even longer. If such a feast sounds like a tradition you'd be happy to follow, you can do so at several locations in Budapest. For example, at the elegant ÉS Bisztró on Fashion Street, you can taste creamy goose liver, goose leg confit with cholent, and a delicious Chocolate cherry 'Lúdláb' dessert between November 7th and 20th. Or you can enjoy goose rillette in a homemade brioche bun and fruitcake at stylish brunch spot Edison&Jupiter from November 6th to November 12th. Monk's Bistrot at the Piarista Passage also offers a delicious seasonal menu between November 10th and 17th.
Everything Everywhere All at Once at the Bem Cinema
Our favourite repertory cinema, BEM (on the Buda side of the Margaret Bridge), is screening an Oscar-winning film on Friday evening (in English). Everything Everywhere All at Once is about a middle-aged Chinese immigrant who gets swept up into an insane adventure. To save humanity, she has to explore other universes and connect with her parallel lives. Pocketing 7 Oscars and a 7,8 rating on IMDB, it is not a film to miss.
Get tickets here online or on the spot.
Saturday, 11 November
St Martin's Goose Festivities & Farmers' Market at Római-part
If you'd like to keep practising the Hungarian St Martin's Day tradition, which also happens to be a goose-filled foodie event, Római part market will be a great place to be on November 11th. At this farmers' market, the festivities kick off at 8 am with live folk music. Browse the fresh produce before succumbing to a goose feast, including goose thigh with roasted cabbage and steak potatoes.
The market is open between 8 am - 1 pm.
Mushroom Day at the Czakó Farmers' Market
If you opt for mushrooms over the goose, that's fine, too. Local producers are also setting up tables at Czakó Piacz (farmers' market) to lay out their freshest produce, bringing an abundance of veggies, fruit, jams, cheese, honey, ham, pastries, and flowers. While you can sample and shop all these goodies, this time, the spotlight will be on mushrooms. Stock up on mushrooms and mushroom products, and try mushroom-topped lángos (deep-fried flat bread), too.
The market opens at 8 am on Saturday and closes at 2 pm. Enter from Tigris utca.
Romani Design Fashion Art – Activism for Heritages
Romani Design is the world's first fashion studio representing the Romani ethnic group. Founded in 2010, its mission is to facilitate the social and cultural integration of Romani communities. In a special exhibition at the Heritage House, running from August 18th to November 30th, you can experience their modern clothing, jewellery, and accessories firsthand. The showcased collections are particularly captivating as they convey a message, employing fashion as a means of activism.
Get tickets here.
Solar Fields (SE)
Swedish musician Magnus Birgersson, better known as Solar Fields, has created many memorable pieces in the electronic music scene since the end of the nineties. He is still considered one of the most creative figures in Scandinavian electronic music. On November 11th, he performs at cultural space and club Turbina while also celebrating his 50th birthday. What's more, he will be playing in two timeslots.
Get tickets here.
Sunday, 12 November
The Ritz-Carlton Sunday Brunch
If you feel like going glamorous on Sunday morning, book a table at The Ritz-Carlton for a generous brunch. You can clink your champagne glasses in the beautiful setting of the Kupola Lounge, right under a magnificent glass dome. Sample lavish seafood, select something from the carving stations, and end your meal with a sweet from the Art of Cake sections. The brunch also includes a free flow of bubbles, wines, and soft drinks.
Book a table here: +36 1 429 5653 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
WAMP Design Fair – November
The Hungarian design fair WAMP pops up at the Museum of Ethnography in November. From 10 am to 6 pm, you can get your hands on custom-designed clothes, jewellery, and accessories made by Hungarian designers. You can also try gastronomic treats and create something from scratch at one of the creative workshops. The goal of the event is also to be a community space with sustainability in mind.
Feel free to bring your whole family (including your dog). There is no entry fee.
Diwali (the Festival of Lights) is India's most important holiday, celebrating the victory of light over darkness. On November 12th, you can get a taste of it in Budapest too as the brilliant Middle-Eastern restaurant Pingrumba hosts an intimate celebration. On the occasion, you can join a candlelit dinner filled with carrot pakora, prawn curry, chicken masala, yellow split pea falafel, and rose-almond laddoo.
Book a table here.
Pop-up Wardrobe Sale at Mercato di Teatro
Újlipótváros-based Italian restaurant Teatro di Fragola is reopening its doors with a massive pop-up wardrobe sale. On November 12th (12 pm - 9 pm), you can not only browse banging clothes by Hungarian brands such as Kamay Ko, Mari, or Lá'Göncz (see the full list here) but also munch on Neapolitan pizza, sip mulled wine and listen to vinyl DJ sets.