We hope the word ‘festival’ doesn’t just conjure up an image of a great crowd moving to music for you – because we know of a festival that is all about culture and art, and it’s the Jewish Cultural Festival, held in Budapest, Hungary’s capital. The event is the largest Jewish cultural event in Budapest, and it provides wonderful programmes, internationally acclaimed artists, and otherworldly, sacred locations for festival-goers looking for a little bit of culture. If you’re in Hungary during the festival, be sure not to miss it.
What can you expect at the Jewish Cultural Festival?
Aristotle believed that “The noblest art appeals to the intellect as well as to the feelings, and this intellectual pleasure is the highest form of joy to which a man can rise.” This is exactly what the Jewish Cultural Festival intends to support: to present high-quality art through the exceptionally rich culture of the Hungarian Jewish people. If you do decide to visit the festival, you’ll have your choice of folk music concerts, classical and popular music concerts, performances of literary works, improvisational skits and even special round-table discussions. You won’t need to decide which programme is the highest quality, because we can tell you right now: they are all top shelf. Just to mention a few of the performers from previous years (by no means a complete list): Singer Adrienn ‘Zséda’ Zsédenyi, composer Ferenc Darvas, pianist Dániel Villányi; Péter Sziámi Müller, the Sabbathsong Klezmer Band, the Malek Andrea Soulistic, and the Budapest Klezmer Band. One thing is for certain: if you’re looking for a programme that is both entertaining and culturally enriching, you will not be disappointed.