From jazz to folk and gypsy to bossa nova, the Day of Hungarian Song has been celebrating the diversity of the nation’s musical styles since 2008. Once an outcrop of the Budapest-based Sziget festival, the event now takes countrywide proportions, with concerts in Szombathely (this year’s Capital of Hungarian Song), Baja, Eger, Salgótarján, Zsira, Hévíz, Boldog, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Hajdúnánás, and at 14 locations in Budapest this Sunday.
Presszó Tango Libidó and Kistehén will be two of the rock groups to take to the stage of the A38 boat, moored near Petõfi híd (bridge), at 3pm and 6pm respectively. Further up the Danube, Kobuci Kert on the Buda side of Árpád híd dedicates the day to music with names such as Gryllus Vilmos (12noon) and Besh o droM (7.30pm). On the Buda side of Rákóczi híd one will find Budapest Park’s two stages accommodating artists for children (from 11am) and for grown-ups with Intim Torna Illegál closing the day at 9.30pm.
Back in the centre, Akvárium Club offers free jazz entertainment from 3pm including Tamás Berki and the Péter Sárik Trio at 6pm. Full programme for these and other locations can be accessed at www.magyardalnapja.hu (in Hungarian only). Those on the go also have a chance to catch some musical entertainment if they find themselves on line 4’s nostalgia trams on Sunday 2 or Saturday 8 September, with live music acts from about 4.30pm.
Day of Hungarian Song
Sunday 9 September
Various locations throughout Budapest
www.magyardalnapja.hu (Hungarian only)