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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

Corvin ter 8. | Hungarian Heritage House, Budapest 1011, Hungary
+36 1 225 6056
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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - regarded as one of the best in Hungary, was established in 1951.Its aims were to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the Hungarian folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage for the public.During the more than five decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colourful repertoire entitled the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world. It has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. In the last few years the Ensemble encountered special interest in the United States and Canada - which was illustrated by their fourth invitation to undertake a three-month coast to coast American tour in 1994. They have also toured the Far East and Western Europe. The Ensemble consists of 30 dancers, 14 members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra. The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them were collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartok and Kodaly is put on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra. The 5 members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music at its highest artistic level. The famous Gipsy Orchestra plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodaly and Bartok. Aside from its performances around the country and abroad, the Ensemble gives approximately 90-100 annually performances in its Corvin square theatre, in the Budai Vigado.
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Corvin ter 8. | Hungarian Heritage House, Budapest 1011, Hungary
District I / Buda
+36 1 225 6056
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Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a top show with energy ++ provided by the dancers and especially the great musicians. We loved it and everyone I watched around me seemed to be getting right into the joy of the music and dancing. It's a great way of enjoying...More

Thank paulsaffigna
Reviewed October 2, 2016

We only had a few days in Budapest and I wanted to learn as much as I could about the culture. A friend from Hungary had recommended attending a folk dance show...so glad we did! This show was so full of energy! I had attended...More

2  Thank NCRedhead105
Reviewed August 21, 2016

I must say we weren't too excited about getting tickets to this show, but we wanted something to do in the evening. Boy were we surprised. The show we saw was in the Duna Palota - a lovely small theater. Both the dancers and the...More

1  Thank barbara361
Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Danube Folk Ensemble at the Danube Palace Theatre We were apprehensive as we try to avoid "tourist trap performances" but this was excellent. 5 superb musicians and a dozen athletic yet graceful dancers - over an hour of amazing costumes and choreography. GO!

1  Thank indogurus
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

As @31st July 2016, the folk music /dance was the highlight of the night. Will give the boat cruise a miss next time , as the show was booked together with a dinner cruise . Splendid orchestra music combo. Talented dances (4 male and 4...More

1  Thank Chiugo U
Reviewed July 30, 2016

Didn't really fancy this, but got persuaded by my wife. Wow what a surprise. Extraordinary venue, found by our taxi driver thankfully. From the beginning. Fancied an evening of some traditional culture so booked it through our hotel concierge for that night ( and paid...More

3  Thank johnbg84
Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see some cultural performance during our stay and when we talked to one of the sales people, we were surprised how reasonably priced it was compared to other performances of this type we have seen (I.e. Vienna). So we negotiated getting a...More

Thank Maxwell F
Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

All the cast gave a wonderful performance they danced for nearly two hours with such enthusiasm and enjoyment that I wondered how they managed this. The costumes were wonderful. The only downside was that some of the dances were based on traditional stories, however there...More

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed April 25, 2016

A stunning performance in an amazing old theatre (slightly fading around the edges). Purists might regard this as being folksong elevated to arts status, but the musicianship is superb (12-piece "orchestra": 7 violins, cello, double bass, clarinet and 2 hammer dulcimers). Performance (about 2 hours...More

1  Thank BloomfieldTripper
Niki F, Vendégkapcsolati vezető at Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2016

Dear BloomfieldTripper, Thank you very much for you review, your feedback means a lot to us! We are truly happy, that you had such a great time on the Folklore Dance Show, the musicians are exceptional artists just like you said, the ensemble is one...More

Reviewed March 9, 2016

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the performers and show. Very well done. The performers were clearly loving what they did and were also clearly passionate about delivering a great performance. The orchestra was entirely strings (except for one exceptional clarinet player), and...More

2  Thank tkluckett
Niki F, Guest Relations Manager at Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2016

Dear tkluckett, Thank you so much for reviewing our program, it means a lot to us! We are very glad, that you enjoyed the performance this much, the artists' are truly spectacular, we are very proud to be able to work with them, their love...More

District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious
and intricate past, Buda has some of the most
outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable
natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube.
Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a
glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian
empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the
time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many
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hello i have a questions about the show on 11 december 2015 at 19:00 how long is the show? and which is the best row to book? and if its possible to come by walk from szechenyi bridge how long is take? thank you very much
September 27, 2015|
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Response from Melaney68 | Reviewed this property |
We sat about 2/3 of the way back and it was great. The theater is small and you want to see the entire stage.
I will be in Hungary, Budapest from Sept 9-14th. How can I get tickets for one of your performances during this time? Thank you Suzan
March 24, 2015|
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Response from GMB54 | Reviewed this property |
My cousin, who lives in Budapest, went to the Hungarian Heritage House to buy our tickets for us. This venue is just across the Danube in Pest, and the seating is wonderful! You might try ordering online at the Hungarian... More