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Events Horizon: what’s happening in Budapest – January 2019
Photo : Krisztián Bódis / WLB

Fantastic festivals, cool concerts, cultural showcases and amazing parties – Budapest is always buzzing. Every month, we bring together all of the important happenings taking place in and around Hungary’s capital, so you can plan ahead. For January, an Ennio Morricone concert, a half marathon and Egon Schiele on film are all among the many exciting events you shouldn’t miss. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer!

Weegee -- The Famous Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra -- New Year Concert Valyo Mobile Sauna Annual Stagediving Festival Zúzmara Half Marathon Egon Schiele Death and the Maiden Premiere Winterfest beer festival Ennio Morricone Concert Wedding Fair and Exhibition Budapest International Documentary Film Festival You Me At Six

Weegee -- The Famous

Photo: Mai Manó House

As this excellent exhibition closes on 20 January, these are the last couple of weeks for you to go and see it. The sensational images of Arthur Felling, widely known as Weegee, made him synonymous with the Big Apple in the 1930s. This show at the Mai Manó House presents 104 of his best photos, delving deep into the dark secrets of the city that never sleeps. More details

Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra -- New Year Concert

On 3 January, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra give their annual New Year concert at the ceremonial hall of the Pesti Vigadó. The ensemble often performs at illustrious venues, accompanied by first-class soloists. Their guest for this occasion is singer Edina Szirtes. More details

Valyo Mobile Sauna

Photo: Valyo

From 5 January, a fully functional wood-fired sauna installed inside an old minibus will be parked at the riverfront Valyo Kikötő by red Rákóczi Bridge on the Pest side. Anyone can book a Scandinavian-style session by the river – all you need to bring is your swimsuit, a towel and flip-flops. A changing room, a cold shower and the panorama are all provided, while an adjacent hut offers hot drinks. Booking is already open here.

Annual Stagediving Festival

Photo: Unforeseen Facebook page

It’s that time of the year again, when tattooed folks gather to practise the noble art of stagediving, egged on by the primal noise of the likes of Hit By A Schoolbus, Watch My Dying and the Hortobágy Hardcore Crew. (Hortobágy has a hardcore crew?!?) Unforeseen (pictured) will also be presenting their new album. The action takes place around three concert halls of the Dürer Kert, from 6:30pm on Friday, 11 January. More details

Zúzmara Half Marathon

Photo: Zúzmara

Hardcore joggers gather at the Hungexpo, Budapest’s extensive fair complex in District X, to tackle a half marathon — or other distances — in the depths of winter on 13 January. The event starts with a five-kilometre run-out at 9am, while the half marathon kicks off at 10:30am. More details and application (in Hungarian)

Egon Schiele Death and the Maiden Premiere

Klimt protégé Egon Schiele is one of the most important artists of the early 20th century. His life and oeuvre shaped by eroticism stirred much scandal and even landed him in court. On 14 January, the Uránia National Film Theatre screens a recently shot Schiele biopic. The film is screened in German, with English and Hungarian subtitles. More details

Winterfest beer festival

Photo: Attila Polyák / We Love Budapest

Ale aficionados will be gathering for a two-day celebration of beer on 18-19 January at the Duna Palota behind the Gresham Palace on focal Zrínyi utca. The event showcases local and international varieties and gives visitors a chance to learn about beer making, pairing suds with specific gastronomic delights. Concerts also feature. Open: Friday 18th 4pm-1am, Saturday 19th noon-1am. Buy your ticket in advance here. More details

Ennio Morricone Concert

Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone is a true living legend; he has composed more than 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 music works, and is one of only two film composers in history to have received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement. On 23 January, Morricone fills the Papp László Sportaréna with marvellous melodies, part of an exclusive concert series celebrating his 90th birthday that spans six European cities, including Budapest. More details

Wedding Fair and Exhibition

Photo: Wedding Fair and Exhibition

This 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. Also showcased will be decorations, underwear, suits for men, cakes, photographers, restaurants, party services, music producers, jewellery 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 26-27 JanuaryMore details

Budapest International Documentary Film Festival

The power of documentary is indisputable, bringing to life key issues by utilising an arsenal of artistic tools. This festival – held between 29 January and 3 February – features extraordinary and award-winning documentaries from nearly 30 countries, including Hungarian film, Ghetto Balboa. Most features screen with English or Hungarian subtitles. More details

You Me At Six

British pop-rock band You Me At Six return to Budapest with a new album on 29 January. In VI, the group move away from their go-to high-school rock style, and embrace synth pop instead. More details