Filmmaker Zed Nelson tells story behind “The Street”

Boom and crisis in ‘hipster ground zero’

Budapest Architecture Film Days are currently running until March 13, and “The Street” on March 9 examines the rapidly gentrifying but impoverished part of the East End of London where a proud yet fragile tradition of market stalls and pie and mash shops now ...

Concerts from Liszt Ferenc and Budafok Dohnanyi orchestras

Playing music and the market

Hungary’s celebrated Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, which will give a free online concert from Budapest’s Liszt Academy on March 10, has developed a long-term artistic and business plan, aiming to “find a foothold as a market player and to draw a diverse audience”.

What’s happening in entertainment

Purcell to Bulgakov, Cziffra to clowns

Online entertainment continues as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, with the Purcell Choir celebrating Joseph Haydn, a “The Master and Margarita” opera-musical, memorials to Hungarian piano virtuoso György Cziffra and a new production of Budapest’s Capital Circus.

Concert round-up – so far

Entertainment winners, losers in the pandemic

The extension of Hungary’s coronavirus restrictions until February 1 places further doubt on 2021 concerts, with a couple of first-half-of-the-year concerts already falling victim to the pandemic, and fingers crossed by promoters and fans that big-name appearances in the remainder of the new year ...

Best virtual exhibitions during pandemic

Art, history, music from home

Look on the bright side, if you can, during the coronavirus pandemic. Largely confined to home, at least it is possible to see many of Budapest's best exhibitions online from the comfort of your own living room. Here is a selection of the top ...

You name it, Budapest, Hungary can double up

World on a cheap plate for film-makers

Now we find out, too late as usual – Isabelle Huppert and Lesley Manville, two of our favourite lady actors, were in Budapest filming this October and November. If we’d known we probably could have tracked them down in the sure knowledge that they ...

Jewish and Israeli Film Festival, November 24 to December 6

Films go online in pandemic

Another victim of the killer coronavirus pandemic is the ninth annual international Jewish and Israeli Film Festival between November 24 and December 6, which this year will be held online in its entirety. Seventeen recent titles on Jewish life, culture and history will be ...

Drama series revives memories of Polgár sisters’ reign

Men chess kings bad losers to Hungary’s queen

Netflix chess drama “The Queen’s Gambit,” has proved to be a winner worldwide and has thrown the spotlight back on Hungary’s famous chess player sisters the Polgárs. Judit Polgár, who is considered by far the strongest female player of all time and the only ...

Budapest to host MTV European Music Awards

This year's MTV European Music Awards ceremony will be held in Budapest on November 8, offering television viewers a virtual show broadcast from Budapest and London, the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTU) said in a statement on Tuesday.