Beethoven in Buda Festival

Beethoven in Buda is one of the noteworthy classical music festivals in Budapest, Hungary. The festival is in May as a commemoration of Beethoven conducting a concert in the Buda Castle, Budapest.

The concert took place more than 200 years ago on 7 May, when Ludwig van Beethoven graced the Castle Theatre of the Buda Castle with a concert.

Beethoven in Buda Music Festival Budapest

Beethoven in Buda Music Festival Budapest

This concert was to celebrate the name day of Archduke Joseph’s first wife, the Russian princess Alexandra Pavolvana.

Unlike in other countries, name days, just like birthdays, are celebrated in Hungary.

The Beethoven in Buda music festival is organized by the municipality of the Castle District (the Varnegyed local government).

The festival is a 3-day concert series, not necessarily playing Beethoven pieces. For instance, in 2012, there was a jazz concert too (see the poster for a taster)

Date: May every year

Venue: multiple venues in Budapest, e.g.

  • the Hall of the Buda Castle Municipality,
  • the Hungarian National Museum
  • Bartok Hall in the Music Academy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Castle Theatre / Dance Theatre in the Buda Castle

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