A38: concert venue on a barge
When they see it docked at the Buda end of the Petőfi Bridge on the Danube in Budapest, many people do not even believe that the A38 ship is one of the most popular concert venues in the city. Of course, this was not the vessel’s original function: it was built as a stone transport barge in 1968 at the Lenin Shipyard in Kiev, and was used for industrial freight shipping on the Danube. When the lower section of the Danube became unnavigable during the Balkan War, the ship called Tripolje was forced to dock and was then declared a wreck. Its reconstruction began in 2002, when it was towed to the Petőfi Bridge. The Artemovsk 38 (renamed A38) has been operating as a concert and event venue, catering outlet and creative workshop since 30 April 2003. The belly of the ship, in addition to the concert hall, is home to two indoor bars and a restaurant for 170 people, while in the summer, the roof terrace hosts smaller club concerts. In 2010, it was expanded with a 50-metre-long and 11-metre-wide new floating glass and steel structure, which houses an exhibition space that mainly hosts works by contemporary artists, plus a concert hall for 100 people. Above the bow deck of the ship, the 33-square-metre, modern, panoramic television studio, which is used for Petőfi TV’s live evening programme, was completed in 2015. Guests can also arrive on BKV’s scheduled water buses, which call at a permanent stop next to the boat. The range of events and activities is extremely colourful, with almost everything from children’s events to rock concerts, as well as literary performances.