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House of Hungarian Music set to become ‘pearl’ of capital

Concerts, interactive exhibitions, creative spaces and music education activities await visitors to the House of Hungarian Music, Laszlo Baan, the government commissioner for Liget Budapest, said at the venue's inauguration in Budapest's City Park on Saturday.

Baan said that music is the best known branch of Hungarian art around the world, yet the country never had a showcase of its music history, until now.

The concept behind the venue, he said, involved making it “not only a permanent exhibition of music history, but a place for temporary shows and an extraordinary cathedral of sound where concerts as well as music education take place”.

Baan said Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s design, picked from more than a hundred applications by an international jury, was a “work of genius, precisely serving its desired function” and predicted that it would become “an iconic pearl of the capital”.

Visitors to the House of Hungarian Music can hear performances, free of charge, by students of the Academy of Music in the coming days, and an ever busier programme of concerts, music-themed presentations, workshops and music education activities will follow.

The venue’s first temporary exhibition, of Hungarian popular music in the decades before the change of regime, will open in the autumn. Other temporary exhibitions on the calendar include international topics, such as the Rolling Stones.

Ticket sales for programmes at the House of Hungarian Music launched two weeks earlier and “several thousand” have already been sold, Baan said.

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