Budapest Spring Festival
What began as a city cultural event in 1981 has now spread its wings and grown to become a nation-wide celebration of Hungarian culture and talent, drawing thousands of appreciative classical, opera and jazz fans from all over Europe. The Academy of Music and Budapest Convention Centre play host to most of the classical concerts on the programme, opening with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir rendering Wagner and Berlioz. The city resounds with chamber music recitals and church concerts, while opera buffs feast at the State Opera House. Other Hungarian towns and cities where the festival concerts and events are held include Sopron, Szombathely, Pecs and Szentendre. The Spring Festival is Hungary's most prestigious arts festival and it attracts about 40,000 visitors to Budapest a year. The 2013 programme has been extended to 17 days to meet the growing demand for tickets. Tickets are available about four months before the event. Check the official website for details on the programme, venues and ticket availability.
Date: 22 March to 7 April 2013