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Events Horizon: what’s happening in Budapest – January 2018
Photo : Budapest Circus

There are so major things going on in January that you shouldn’t miss: the Budapest Circus Festival, the Mulled Wine Festival, Rod Stewart, and much more. In this events roundup, we collate all of the important happenings taking place in Hungary’s capital in the upcoming weeks, so you can plan the month ahead. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer!

“Incendies” with English surtitles Budapest Circus Festival Budapest Jazz Club Tenth Birthday Zúzmara Half Marathon Mulled Wine Festival Budapest International Documentary Festival Rod Stewart Wedding Fair and Exhibition János Balázs Piano Recital

“Incendies” with English surtitles

Photo: Radnóti Theater

Incendies has been one of the most moving and significant theatre performances of the past year in Hungary. On January 9th, the Radnóti Theater will be presenting the play with English surtitles that can be followed from the theater balcony. In the production, Nawal, a mother of two who emigrated to Canada after the Lebanese war, notifies her two children in her will about the existence of their father and a brother whom they have to find and hand over an envelope. When the children embark on this journey, immersing themselves in the horrors of the war, they reveal something truly unspeakable about their mother’s past that will leave the audience guessing and gasping for breath. More details

Budapest Circus Festival

Photo: Budapest Circus

In 2018, Europe celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern circus. The opening ceremony of the Circus Festival takes place at the Budapest Circus on January 8th, followed by a week-long series of stunning classic and contemporary performances at various venues in Budapes t by troupes from around the world. The festival will be completed by accompanying events such as film screenings, conferences, circus workshops and exhibitions. More details

Budapest Jazz Club Tenth Birthday

Photo: Norbert Hartyányi / WLB

The Budapest Jazz Club is the oldest of its kind in Budapest with a reputation that goes beyond the country’s borders. In recent years, some of the most prestigious exponents of the genre have played here, and now this classic hangout is celebrating its tenth anniversary on January 12th and 13th. The festival-style jazz party starts with Fenyves Márk Trio, a band full of young talent, followed by the BJC Big Band, the house band, who will have three Hungarian guest celebrities joining them for the evening. The opening act on the second day will be SOLATI band, who combine masterly neo-soul and jazz, while one of the most popular bands in Hungary, the Balázs Elemér Group, will also be performing. At that point, a huge cake will be cut and handed out to everyone on stage. Both nights end with a BJC Jam session, allowing jazz lovers to celebrate until sunrise. More details

Zúzmara Half Marathon

Photo: Zúzmara

Hardcore joggers gather at the Hungexpo, Budapest’s extensive fair center in District X, to tackle a half marathon in the depths of winter on January 14th. The race starts at 10am, while from 1:45pm participants can challenge themselves over a ten-kilometer or a five-kilometer distance during the Running Festival, all taking place at the same location in the afternoon.  More details (in Hungarian)

Mulled Wine Festival

Photo: Mulled Wine Festival

Between January 19th and 21st, a Mulled Wine Festival will take place on the Buda side, along the promenade of stalls lining the Allee Shopping Center. Visitors to this event can beat the cold thanks to an impressive assortment of delicious hot drinks, coffee concoctions, hot chocolate variations, cocoa, special teas, grog, punch, mulled beer, pálinka and other warming tipples. To enhance this exciting culinary adventure, a wide selection of wintry dishes may accompany these welcome libations. Entry to the festival is free. More details (in Hungarian)

Budapest International Documentary Festival

A still from “I Am Not Your Negro”Photo: IMDB

The power of documentary is indisputable, bringing to life key issues by utilizing an arsenal of artistic tools. This festival – held between January 23rd and 28th – features 50 extraordinary and award-winning documentaries from nearly 30 countries, including Oscar nominees I am not your negro and Watani, my Homeland. Every screening will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the creators, during which members of the audience can delve deeper into themes arising from each documentary. More details

Rod Stewart

Photo: Rod Stewart Official Site

Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, Rod the Mod is one of the popular performers of modern times. The Anglo-Scot rock legend returns to Budapest on January 29th at the Budapest Papp László Sportaréna as part of his world tour, taking in Europe, Argentina, Chile, USA and Canada. Head over to see the knighted rocker knock out all the old favorites, “Maggie May”, “Sailing”, and all the rest. More details

Wedding Fair and Exhibition

Photo: Wedding Fair and Exhibition

The exhibition and fair for weddings, balls and festivals is held every year in January, just before the ball season and panicky wedding preparations begin. The exhibit provides an overview of the market, as well as presenting a selection of breathtakingly beautiful wedding gowns by both Hungarian and international designers, decorations, underwear, suits for men, cakes, photographers, restaurants, party services, music producers, jewelry and honeymoon planning. Those who would like to have a fairy-tale wedding in Budapest, a fabulous ball or an important family gathering can find everything they need under one roof at this two-day event, taking place on January 27th and 29th. More details

János Balázs Piano Recital

Photo: János Balázs Official Site

Still only 29, Hungarian pianist János Balázs is a true virtuoso, stunning audiences whenever he starts stroking the keyboard. The winner of numerous international competitions, Balázs has also been presented with the Liszt Ferenc Award – the most prestigious in Hungary. On January 31st, he recreates an iconic concert by Franz Liszt playing exactly the same pieces. Back in 1842, the original performance from 1842 was described by Russian critic Vladimir Stasov: “We had never heard anything like it before, never been confronted by such a passionate, demonic genius; at one moment he dashes like a whirlwind, and in the next he drenches us in soft beauty and pleasing sounds”.  You can expect something strikingly similar from János Balázs on January 31st. More details