Revitalized, the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival starts in the autumn

Held between 3–19 October, the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival boasts a new format and image, along with the usual offer of contemporary and progressive art. The events cover a broad range of arts, from classical and pop music through jazz, dance, contemporary music and opera, theatre, and contemporary circus, to literature, the visual arts, and design.

Organized on the 23rd occasion but renewed in many respects, Hungary's most important autumn festival is jointly realized by the Palace of Arts, the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre, and Hungarian Tourism Inc. Several of Budapest's cultural and cultic institutions and venues will present some 100 events in the course of seventeen days. Over and above the Palace of Arts, the National Dance Theatre, the Academy of Music, Erkel Theatre, the Budapest Music Center, Trafó, Millenáris, Átrium Film Theatre, the Bálna Budapest and A38, contemporary culture will also take up quarters in the city's theatres, exhibition halls, ruin pubs and public spaces. The offer is further enriched by three long-standing, prestigious events, held under the umbrella of the CAFe for the first time in 2014: the 11th Budapest Design Week, which presents the cream of designers from Hungary and abroad; Art Market Budapest, a fair of contemporary art; and the finals of the Armel Opera Competition and Festival.

Featuring major productions in the contemporary arts, the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival will host Laurie Anderson, the Amadinda Percussion Group and the Ju Percussion Group, Dezső Ránki, Gilbert Varga and the Hungarian National Philharmonic, and the Ensembles of the Hungarian Radio, among others. Lovers of progressive contemporary music can celebrate the oeuvre of László Sáry and the work of the Eötvös Foundation at the festival, and can listen again to some of the works of the legendary Group 180. Not only will Péter Eötvös present his Lady Sarashina, but the enthusiasts of contemporary opera will also be treated to the works of three more composers, Orbán György, György Selmeczi and János Vajda. Those who like jazz and popular genres will be interested in the concerts of David Helbock, Nils Petter Molvaer, The Necks, and Tycho. We will premiere The Fifth Season, a dance production with an international crew. Body of Songs will present recently composed choral works. Daniele Finzi Pasca arrives with an autobiographically inspired theatre production, while the Recirquel Contemporary Circus Company presents its new show, Paris at Night. Beside a rich programme of musical, dance and theatre productions, Budapest's ruin pubs will host the Literary Travelling Circus. Festival guests can take pleasure in visual delights at the Weekend of Contemporary Galleries, and the new exhibits of Ludwig Museum and the Capa Centre.

While its programme continues to expand, tickets are already on sale for the events of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, available at the box offices of the participating institutions, as well as online, via the websites of the festival and the venues. For further information, visit