In the last few years the popular Summer on the Chain Bridge Festival, one of the best Budapest summer festivals, has been gradually decreasing in its size and length too, and finally was cancelled in 2012.
We truly regret that this lovely and breezy cultural festival and fair on the picturesque Chain Bridge of Budapest has slowly but surely disappeared. Understandably, the festival had great difficulties when the nearby Margaret Bridge (Margit hid) was being rebuilt. At that time Budapest was already suffering from increased traffic jams around the city central bridges spanning the river Danube and connecting the Buda and the Pest side of Budapest, as well as the eastern and western motorways in the Hungarian capital. But now, in 2012, when the Margaret Bridge is fully functional, we expected a few nice weekends pedestrianised and given over to jazz, world music and classical concerts and Hungarian crafts stalls, just like a couple of years ago.
There was an enthusiastic attempt to keep the Chain Bridge festival going as Duna Party Festival in 2011, next to the bridge rather than on the bridge as in previous years (in a small but cozy space between the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the river Danube on Szechenyi Square – former Roosevelt Square by the Gresham Palace). However, it seems that the Summer on the Chain Bridge Festival has completely diminished by 2012.
That said, you will surely not feel bored in Budapest, this vibrant, elegant, and mesmerisingly unpolished city in exciting Eastern Europe, the former shadow field of the Soviet communist block.