Budapest prepares for Spring Festival 2015

The festival celebrates art and culture, and is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Central Europe. Sinead O’Conner is set to headline this year’s event, alongside a number of national performers including Dezso Ránki and Mihály Dresch. Throughout the two-week event there will be more than 170 programmes, including music from the classical and jazz genres, as well as dance and exhibition events.

Organisers have recently announced that this year’s focus will be on the oeuvre of Hungarian composer-pianist Franz Liszt, as well as Italian culture. The focus on Italy is due to the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante, which will be marked with a crossover production by visual director Paolo Micciche’ with a show called the DanteXperience. There will also be a highly anticipated performance in the world’s oldest opera house, which will show Verdi’s three-act opera Luisa Miller, with Elena Mosuc in the title role.

The largest cultural festival in Budapest

People enjoying river cruises along the Danube can make the most of the festival, which will be running until 26th April and taking place in more than 30 of the city’s venues. One of the main events will be the opening parade, which is scheduled for Saturday 11th April and will include a colourful procession of more than 600 performers. Kicking off at 11am, those wanting to watch will want to set themselves up at either Szt. István Square in front of the Basilica, Városháza Park or Fovám Square at the Central Market Hall, depending on what is wished to be seen.

This year will be the Spring Festival’s 35th instalment and organisers have moved it to a time when the weather should be better, as well as ensuring it syncs with similar events in Vienna and Prague.

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