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Welcome the New Year with Haydn's The Seasons at Müpa Budapest

Start 2023 by indulging in classical music at Müpa Budapest's annual New Year's concert.

2022 február 9.

English-friendly Japanese Film Festival Online to screen for free in February

Watch award-winning movies for free when the Japanese Film Festival Online streams between 14-27 February. All 20 films are being shown with English subtitles.

2022 január 28.

Learn everyday Hungarian for an easier stay in Budapest! Lesson 14: Farsang!

Discover the origins and traditions surrounding Farsang and the carnival season in Hungary – along with the cultural background behind the national dance practised at this time of year, Palotás.

Semmelweis inspires major new play – its writer Stephen Brown talks to WLB about Hungary’s heroic doctor

Playwright Stephen Brown talks to We Love Budapest about Dr Semmelweis, co-written and starring the Oscar-winning Mark Rylance, currently being performed at the Bristol Old Vic.

2021 december 16.

Top Hungarian opera stars release Christmas video showing seasonal scenes of Budapest

See beautiful Budapest at Christmas as opera stars produce new video showing festive scenes of the Hungarian capital.

2021 október 21.

Learn everyday Hungarian for an easier stay in Budapest. Lesson 5: Tök

Continuing our series on useful Hungarian words and phrases, we focus on that seasonal delight, the pumpkin, whose use in everyday language may either indicate perfection or complete stupidity.

2021 október 14.

Learn everyday Hungarian for an easier stay in Budapest. Lesson 4: Vénasszonyok nyara

Our series of Hungarian expressions now turns to Vénasszonyok nyara, the 'old ladies' summer' of warm early autumn, whose origins are as romantic as the phrase itself.

Unique concert celebrates Hungarian violin legend

Legendary violinist Tibor Varga would have been 100 this year. To honour the life and work of his father, Gilbert Varga conducts a special memorial concert at the Liszt Academy next Monday.

2021 október 7.

Learn everyday Hungarian for an easier stay in Budapest. Lesson 3: Halló!

You say goodbye, and I say 'halló'! Discover how this most Anglo of words crept into Hungarian to be used for both 'hello' and 'goodbye' in today's Learn Everyday Hungarian lesson.

2021 október 6.

Joint play Most Budapest depicts the capital through the eyes of 11 expats

English-language theatre is back in town with a play about Budapest life through the eyes of expats. The Asterion Project theatre group presents Most Budapest at the Fészek Művészklub on 10 October.

2021 szeptember 30.

Learn everyday Hungarian for an easier stay in Budapest. Lesson 2: Franc

We are back with another snappy Hungarian expression, with a rather distressing backstory. Learn to recognise what's going on around you in Budapest and suddenly the language will seem less alien.

2021 szeptember 28.

Budapest music legend Bruce Lewis pens debut novel about the city’s crazy decade

Budapest post-'89 is the setting for a jazzy first novel by Bruce Lewis, a Kentucky guitarist once of this parish. Joshua Fragmented depicts a city in transition – and those drawn to its allure.

Budapest indie stars Platon Karataev find their own voice with new third album

We sit down with alt-rock singer-guitarist, Gergely Balla of Platon Karataev, soon to play the A38 Ship and release their third album after a sell-out show at Müpa.

2021 szeptember 27.

Unique circus drama shows Great Stories of Budapest for the first time in English

An English-friendly circus-theatrical adaption, Great Stories of Budapest runs on Wednesday at Bethlen Tér Theatre. The drama features the local artists who paved the way for performers of today.

Star pianist and founder of Russian Music Festival Marcell Szabó talks Tchaikovsky

Starting on 1 October, the Russian Music Festival celebrates the life and work of Tchaikovsky while showcasing several of his compatriots. We speak with pianist and festival founder Marcell Szabó.

2021 szeptember 23.

Learn everyday Hungarian for an easier stay in Budapest. Lesson 1: Izé

What is ize? In the first of our series on learning handy Hungarian, we introduce a three-letter word that can mean... literally anything! Dive into easy Magyar with this lexical jolly joker.

2021 szeptember 20.

Budapest Classics Film Marathon starts with free outdoor screenings

Look out for free alfresco screenings of celluloid gems in the shadow of the Basilica this week, when the Budapest Classics Film Marathon takes place. Other venues include the Toldi and Uránia.

Acclaimed film director Réka Szabó stages English-friendly play Afterparty at Trafó

This week, Afterparty is being staged at Trafó, a challenging (and English-friendly) performance of dance, music and theatre created during lockdown. We speak with its director, Réka Szabó.

2021 szeptember 10.

American artist John Francis Steffen follows the light to open new exhibition in Budapest

Budapest-based American artist John Francis Steffen is holding his second exhibition in as many years. Following the Light shows at the Bonbonier café and chocolate boutique on Ráday utca.

2021 szeptember 2.

Film made of the amazing Budapest projections on 20 August, with more light festivals to follow!

Take a look at the trailer for a short film made of the dramatic projections beamed across Parliament and Buda Castle when fireworks were exploding across the Budapest sky on 20 August.

2021 augusztus 25.

Meet Miranda Liu, the US-born violinist behind the New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival

A teenage prodigy at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Miranda Liu came to Budapest and set up the New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival. On the eve of NMICMF 2021, we meet the US-born violinist.

2021 augusztus 5.

UK musicians now able to play Hungary visa-free post-Brexit but tricky logistics remain

Good news for UK musicians hoping to come and play in Hungary – visas will now not be needed for short tours. Questions marks still hang over the bureaucracy required for road crew and equipment.

2021 augusztus 4.

Superb new exhibition Wide Angle focuses on 120 years of Hungarian film

The Hungarian film industry marks its 120th anniversary in 2021. To celebrate, the Ludwig Museum hosts a superb English-friendly exhibition, Wide Angle, tracing this history in entertaining detail.

2021 július 19.

New mural celebrates legendary Hungarian pianist György Cziffra

Twice thrown into a prison camp, György Cziffra made it to the top thanks to his extraordinary talent and his ability to relearn how to play. Now a new mural celebrates the centenary of his birth.

2021 július 2.

EU Digital Covid ID Card now accessible in Hungary

People who have been vaccinated in Hungary can now receive the EU Digital Covid ID card for travel throughout Europe. Here's how!

Independent cinema association Palink’Art premiers first feature film

Created by a small, Budapest-based production team, 'Lovely Weekend' premieres this Saturday, 3 July at Kultik Terrasz on the rooftop of the Corvin Plaza. We speak with director Grégoire Biessy.

2021 június 15.

Cats, manga and mad mothers – it’s Japanese Film Week!

Starting today, Tuesday, 15 June, Japanese Film Week at the Toldi cinema shows four recently acclaimed movies, screened with English and Hungarian subtitles.

2021 május 31.

See Nomadland, Promising Young Woman and other great films at cinemas from this week

Curtains rise at six multiplexes in the Cinema City chain this week, with English-language screenings for recent Oscar winners ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’. Pandemic rules apply.

2021 május 21.

US musician Jeff Joyner opens up about his solo project in Budapest

Known for his work with local band The Serial Chillers, Jeff Joyner talks up his new solo project, a relaxing listening experience typified by 'Hey Babe' and several more releases expected this month.

2021 május 17.

Fear and felinicide in Budapest

Iranian director Mansour Forouzesh speaks with We Love Budapest about the city he loves, the location for his latest feature with universal themes, ‘When I Killed the Cat’.