Hay festival Budapest

Hay festival Budapest is starting tomorrow. It is a five day festival with contemporary writers, architects, mathematicians and musicians.

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Among the guests will be  Péter Esterházy, one of the most widely-known contemporary Hungarian writer, Nicole Krauss, author of Great HouseThe History of Love and Man Walks into a Room, Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater, the Anglo/Hungarian poet and translator George Szirtes, Dutch novelist Jaap Scholten, the great French architect Odile Decq,  Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, Shakespeare expert Germaine Greer and the legendary American journalist and Watergate hero Carl Bernstein.

Check out the full programme and the prices here. It is pretty cheap, most tickets are 600 Ft (400 Ft for pensioners and students). Day tickets are also available.

The festival kicks off with two Eastern European topics:

  • What Role Does Central European Co-operation Play In Shaping European Foreign Policy?
  • Michael E. Cox in conversation with Adam Austerfield, The LSE Lecture: From West To East?

These will be from 3PM and 4.30PM in CEU’s Popper room.


On Friday 8.30PM-9.30PM in CEU’s Popper room a group of young Hungarian classical musicians called Classicus Ensemble will play. Free entry.

Right after that (at 9.30PM) starts Dark Dark Dark‘s concert at Akvárium Klub. They are from Minneapolis and started with a folk sound that incorporated Eastern European melodies as well.

Nowadays they have this minimalistic “TV-series” sound:


On Sunday French Films will be playing in Akvárium Klub, 9.30PM-11PM. They are from Finland and sound like a pop/punk Cure or The Smiths.


About the author

János Gömöri

János lives in Budapest. He is interested in music, history, coding and linguistics.

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