… spend an evening under the stars

If you think of Buda probably the first (and maybe only) thing that comes to your mind is the astonishing castle and its surrounding area, but there is much more hiding on the hilly side of the Hungarian capital. If you’re visiting Budapest these coming weeks, make sure to check out Várkert Bazár and the interesting programs they offer during the summer. Among other things, they organise summer nights under the stars for dance lovers. Are you one of them? Then check out the programs below, and swing into the magical summer nights.

Following the previous years’ success, for the tird time this year, Várkert Bazár, in collaboration with the Hungarian National Dance Theatre, organises an event series called, literally translated, “Dance Bazaar”. The program takes place between 20-31 July, giving the stage every evening to a different dance group featuring various dance styles. The shows are hosted in one of the open-air courtyards, called Öntőház udvar (Foundry courtyard), located by the Bazár’s entrance towards the glorious Chain Bridge.

During the program’s two weeks, the spectators have the opportunity to get to know a variety of dances, ranging from traditional Hungarians through contemporary dances to more passionate ones, like tango and flamenco.

So if you like dance and wish to spend an evening under the stars with the panorama of the Danube and the Chain Bridge, you’ve found your ideal program. And if you still need convincing, after each show, you can also learn the dance that was performed. So what are you waiting for? Don’t hesitate to grab your tickets for one the shows, spots are quite limited, so don’t delay!

Detailed program

20 July - Dance Rhapsody

Dance type: folklore

Key words: Hungarian, Transylvania, Gypsy, tradition, authenticity

21 July Forever and Ever
Dance type: folklore & contemporary,

Key words: Greek, Romanian, Turkish, Bulgarian, world music, art, performance

22 July Kalotaszeg
Dance type: folk

Key words: Hungarian, Transylvania, folk, culture, ethnography, Gypsy

23 July conTangos
Dance type: tango

Key words: passion, emotions, love, touch, relationship

24 July Tap Evolution
Dance type: step

Key words: elegance, history, gentleman, lady, rhythm, humour

25 July Prosody
Dance type: contemporary

Key words: Kodály, visual, merging styles, philosophy, means of life

26 July conTangos
27 July Rural Colours
Dance type: folklore

Key words: traditions, origins, history, culture, ancestors

28 July TalaMantra – Indian Dance Sketches
Dance type: South Indian

Key words: traditions, modernity, India, women, prayer, virtuosity, playful, respect, exotic

29 July DanceMelodies
Dance type: flamenco

Key words: guitar, classical composers, contemporary, rhythm, Spanish, fusion

30 July Rural Colours
31 July FlamenColores
Dance type: flamenco

Key words: emotions, seductive, orchestra, traditional, modern

Useful info

  • Where tickets can be bought and for how much?

Tickets can be bought in advance online on the Dance Theatre’s website, or at Várkert Bazár’s cashier. The tickets are on sale for 2.800 huf (approx. 9€).

  • When does the performances start and where they are hosted?

All the shows start at 8:30pm and they take place at Várkert Bazár’s Foundry courtyard. Please click on this link for a map of the place:

  • What is the dress code for the event?

The organisers wish to create easy-going, leisure evenings, so no need to dress up in tie and evening dresses, but keep in mind dance is a cultural heritage which needs to be respected, so sweatpants and flip-flops might be better avoided.

  • What happens if it rains?

No worries, the performance will be still hold, but in one of the Bazár’s indoor halls.


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