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Bridging Europe 202216-28 September, 2022

BudapestMetropole Orkest Photo by: Reinout Bos

Dear Visitors,


Please be advised that the events and programmes announced on the website will be held depending on the severity of the prevailing pandemic situation. As such, the information in the article serves information purposes only. The organisers reserve the right to cancel or postpone such events and programmes. Make sure to visit the events’ official website for the latest news.

The joint festival of Müpa Budapest and the Budapest Festival Orchestra always lends an exciting flavour to the start of the new season, featuring not only classical concerts, but also jazz and popular music, as well as film screenings. 

Since the launch of the event series back in 2013, each instalment has featured a country or group of countries at its centre, celebrating their rich and diverse culture, their significant musical traditions, and their music as a reflection of its inhabitants. However, from 2021, the festival concept has changed: this year, the focus will remain on Europe, but will feature another major cultural centre as its partner, and the event will be jointly organised across both locations, promoting the creation of co-productions between the two countries.

In September of this year, the partner in question will be the Royal Concertgebouw, meaning that the bridge will join Budapest to the Dutch capital. One of the highlights of the Bridging Europe Festival will be a concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer, but the interoperability among different genres will continue to play a vital role in building bridges between classical music and jazz, and between early and contemporary music. An exciting example of this is the Organ Duel, where Dutch organist Sietze de Vries will face off against László Fassang, curator of the organ concerts at Müpa Budapest, with both masters testing their improvisational skills across several different styles and genres. There will also be film, showcasing not only directors and cinematographers from the Netherlands, but also great figures of Dutch painting such as Rembrandt and Vermerr, as well as thrilling jazz concerts and popular music productions featuring Dutch and Hungarian musicians.


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