The Jewish community in Budapest celebrates

Venue: Several locations in Budapest


The Jewish Summer Festival in Budapest is a celebration which takes place since 1998 in the second largest Jewish community in the world. In various locations you can celebrate Jewish music, art and entertainment during the 7 days beginning of September. The celebrations take place around the Dohány Street Synagogue, in the Jewish District in Budapest, which is the largest Synagogue in Europe.

Performers on the Jewish Summer Festival

  • Elsa Valle singer
  • András Hábetler opera singer
  • Ádám Fischer conductor
  • Andrea Fullajtár actress
  • Géza Hegedűs D. actor
  • Eszter Csákányi actor
  • János Kulka actor
  • Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
  • Ági Szalóki singer and songwriter
  • Gábor Birta singer
  • László Fekete singer
  • Gergely Nógrádi singer
  • Omer Klein pianist and composer
  • József Balog pianist
  • Eszter Horgas flautist
  • The Göncölszekér Ensemble
  • Boldizsár László singer
  • Moran Magal singer and composer
  • Michele Kálmándi opera singer
  • Miskolc Symphony Orchestra
  • Nikolas Takács singer and composer
  • Gábor Bretz opera singer
  • Orsolya Korcsolán violinist
  • Erika Gál opera singer
  • (Magyar) Kovács László karmester
  • (Magyar) Harcsa Veronika – énekes, dalszerző
  • The Budapest Klezmer Band
  • Shlomo Bar
  • Eszter Bíró
  • Agnes Pusker and Julia Pusker
  • Yoav Levanon
  • Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
  • Bea Palya

The story of the Jewish Summer Festival

It is worth reading the story of the Jewish Summer Festival which is published on the official website of the Festival:

Following the initiative of the Jewish Community of Budapest, the Jewish Tourism and Cultural Centerorganized the first festival in 1998, with the central location beingEurope’s biggest and one of its most beautiful synagogues, the Dohány Street Synagogue. Already during the second festival we widened our circle to more worldly stages as well, such as the Hungarian National Opera House, the Urania Movie Theatre, the Budapest Exhibition Hall and the Örökmozgó Movie Theatre. Internationally renowned artists fromEuropeand around the globe made the festival more and more exquisite year after year, with growing fame, meant for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. The second importance of the Jewish Summer Festival lies with the fact that it has become a representative focal point of different aspects of culture and art. The world-famed festival of European magnitude has made its first and most important goal to introduce Jewish culture to the widest circle of audience possible, and to highlight the importance of peaceful cultural coexistence with the diversity of programs. It must be noted that an event-series belonging to a minority must emphasize tolerance just as much as it emphasizes taking on a cultural role. The force that culture represents in bringing people together is of vast importance, as the media mostly mentions war and problems regarding Jews andIsrael. Yet, such a festival shows a different facade of the people, common to all mankind. Every nation has it magnificent artists, regardless of being Christian, Jewish or Muslim. Every religion safeguards its own book and God and fears all others who are different. A decade and a half ago this festival was brought to life to begin a dialogue and go against exclusion, to break out of the frames we put others in. Our multi-art event-series introducing Jewish culture and many other traditions of other nations has outgrown itself and is by now the biggest Jewish cultural festival ofEurope. The Jewish Summer Festival of Budapestis generally known to be a non-religious, but a cultural event series. Hence the target audience is of a particularly large scale. All who are open to high-level cultural events are part of our potential audience, regardless of origin, sex and age. The program of the festival is consciously multi-artistic and multi-cultural. Classical, Klezmer, world-music, jazz and pop-music fans alike will find the best event for their taste, just like those who wish to enjoy plastic art, film and dance. An important present goal is to attract as many of the younger generation as possible, hence we continuously raise the number of light, dynamic and popular productions and alternative locations.

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