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Your visitor guide to the 27th CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

Organized now for the 27th time, this year’s CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival will be held between 5 and 21 October, 2018 with exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, screenings and family activities taking place across the city. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your visit!


From contemporary classical music to theatre premieres, from popular music and jazz to dance and visual art, the art of our times will again be highlighted in the Hungarian capital during the seventeen days (!) of the event series, which is realized in cooperation between Müpa Budapest, the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre and the Hungarian Tourism Agency. Besides the work of Béla Bartók, the other focus of this year’s festival will be art and artists of the Baltic States. The affiliated events of CAFe Budapest will again include the Budapest Ritmo world music festival, the Art Market Budapest and the Margin Literary Festival and Book Fair.

As earlier, the events will be hosted, among others, by Müpa Budapest, Liszt Academy, BMC, Akvárium Klub, A38 Ship, the Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar), Vigadó, and Uránia National Film Theatre.

With so much events and programmes to see and do, we recommend taking a few days to experience the festival fully. Here are some useful tools to help you plan your trip.

Plan your route – Explore the many exhibition sites and affiliated events in the city, use our map to make your own route and find out what events are happening on the day of your visit. You can also browse through the festival guide online or even download it to have easily digestible chunks of commentary on most sites given by curators and a few of the artists!

Travel – We recommend using the local transport, download BKK Futár (iOS, Android) for live information of the vehicles. With the Budapest Card, you can even use public transport free, visit 17 museums with no entry fees, gain free entry to the Lukács Baths, and free walking sightseeing tours, a free cave tour, free entry to the Palace of Wonders. In addition to free services, restaurants, places of interest, unique programs and gift shops await those with a city card with discounts of up to 50%.

Venues – Most locations are among the popular sights, take a short walk further – into the centre – and you can check out several amazing architectures, galleries, take a stroll by the Danube bank, etc.

For programme recommendations, check out our follow-up post on the 4th October.

Photo: CAFe Press

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