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.

Lost in time at the antique record shops

Stayin’ in the groove(s)

In defiance of the modern-day online music scene, it's always a pleasure, albeit unexpected, to find an original record shop here in Budapest. Very few still remain, much as they ever were, with their moderately preserved retro décor. They’re worth a visit if you ...

Hopefully he won’t die before June next year

Cleese clinging to life

British funnyman John Cleese hasn’t fallen off his perch, like a dead parrot, which is fortunate because this year’s “Last Time to See Me Before I Die” show in April in Budapest, cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, has now been rescheduled for June ...

Entertainment centre successfully plotted escape from COVID-19

Make room for horror

While other businesses have been left reeling by the pandemic, 14 creative people have used the past six months to plan a new horror-themed 250-square-metre escape room – Hungary’s biggest. And they didn’t have to fire anyone, in fact hiring more employees and doubling ...

Big names new and old, amusing and musical

Aiming for the stars

A galaxy of international entertainers is booked in for Budapest as 2020 unfolds. Carlos Santana, John Cleese, the Pixies, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Russell Howard, Damon Albarn, Harry Styles, Celine Dion, Judas Priest, Aerosmith and Simply Red are all ...

Budapest Photo Festival in fourth year

Every picture tells its story

The Budapest Photo Festival, running now at Műcsarnok until April 20, is an annual city-wide exhibition series that represents the contemporary and classical values of photography by the presence of the Hungarian and international art scene. The aim of the festival is to create ...