21st Danube Carnival International Multicultural Festival Budapest, June 10-18, 2016

The main ambition of the Festival since its establishment is to provide the audience with long-lasting artistic experience; besides popularizing our cultural heritage Europe- and world-wide to foster intercultural dialogue. The Danube Carnival titled “Prime Class” Festival has become a significant event series of the national and international traditions in the cultural life of the festival-city Budapest and Europe.

This year we put spotlight on the most significant Hungarian children and adult folk dance groups and the leading professional dance and music ensembles.

The Carnival joins the national celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution with the Gala concert showed at the Margaret Island Open Air Stage.

The organiser of the Danube Carnival is the Duna Art Company; its director is János Mucsi, choreographer awarded by the Knight and Officers Cross Distinction of Hungary and the Harangozó Gyula Prize.

We wish the participants and the visitors of the Carnival a pleasant time!


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Taste of Programs

21st Danube Carnival Gala

Margaret Island Open Air Stage

June 18, 2016, Saturday 8 p.m.

Celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, the audience can spectate the historical dance performance titled ’56 A Nation Shouted. The epic show stages the most important turning points of the twentieth century for Magyars, with their fights, romance, sadness and joy – all attuned to the dynamic, powerful music.

The unique joint show features nearly three hundred dance and music artists starring the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Duna Art Ensemble.

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European Dance Caravan

June 19, 2015, Friday 8 p.m.

Erkel Theatre, Budapest

The unique international co-production is played in the Erkel Theatre on June 19, Friday. The show is a great feast of music and dance in a creative adaptation of the European folklore heritage.

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6th Chain Bridge International Folk Dance Competition

June 18, 2015, Thursday 6 p.m.

Erzsébetliget Theatre, Mátyásföld

Noble rivalry of the participating foreign guest ensembles, the primary objective is enhancing the intercultural dialogue with the spirit of tradition and modernity. International jury evaluates the ensembles and awards the Gold, Silver and Bronze Chain Bridge Prizes.

Fourth Chain Bridge International Folk Dance Competition winners:
Fifth Chain Bridge International Folk Dance Competition winners: