The Budapest Spring Music Festival

As the snows recede across Eastern Europe and the warmth of the Mediterranean pushes northwards into Hungary, Budapest celebrates in style with its annual Spring Music Festival. Now moving into its twenty-sixth year, the festival is a collage of music, art, dance and opera that captivates audiences from around the world.In 2006, the Budapest Spring Festival opens on March 17th, the theme being the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Hungary’s own Béla Bartók. Both composers will be celebrated flamboyantly through exhibitions of their work, recitals and concerts. Some of Mozart’s most impressive operas are also to be performed, including the ‘Marriage of Figaro’.Folk Music to Rock n’RollThe Classics, although taking centre stage at the Budapest Spring Festival, by no means have the Festival all to themselves. There are jazz nights, folk nights and even exhibitions dedicated to the rise and rise of rock n’ roll. With so much to see and listen to the Budapest Spring Music Festival really is a festival for people of all ages and music tastes.Getting to the Budapest Spring FestivalBudapest is the capital of Hungary, and as such is easily accessible from most of the world’s main airports. Budapest airport is also on the budget airline network in Europe. Cheap flights direct to Budapest are therefore available from many locations, including the UK.It is important to note that Budapest airport is 16kms outside the capital itself. Booking transport in advance is therefore essential for a hassle-free transfer to the city. Car hire can be booked in advance for pick up at the airport – see http://www.your-carhire.com

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