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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

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District I / Buda
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Address: Corvin ter 8. | Hungarian Heritage House, Budapest 1011, Hungary
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+36 1 225 6056
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - regarded as one of the best in Hungary,...

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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This show had 7 violinists, an oboe, and cimbalom -- and they were great! They played the gypsy classics with great facility and seemed to have a terrific time doing it. I am not... read more

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Delta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This show had 7 violinists, an oboe, and cimbalom -- and they were great! They played the gypsy classics with great facility and seemed to have a terrific time doing it. I am not as keen on folk dancing, but they were god and also seemed to enjoy doing the performance. I really enjoyed this show.

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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

I booked this show directly from the venue for the lowest price seat. The hall is small so the view as fine even for my category ticket. As a tip, please book it in advance as mine was the last ticket (I had reached 1 hour before the show). The show is a combination of folk dances and orchestra. It... More 

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New Delhi,India
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

I was reluctant to go fearing something commercial without much substance made for tourists . But my wife insisted and I was glad I went . It was entertaining and original

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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I loved everything about this show from the beautiful venue, the vitality of the dancers and the skill of the musicians.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 November 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 Hungarian custom.

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Reviewed 3 October 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 a flamenco show in Spain which was a great show, but this show blew it... More 

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Reviewed 22 August 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 musicians were fantastic. Sometimes it would just be the "orchestra" playing (5 violins, 2 cimbaloms,... More 

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Reviewed 18 August 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!

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Reviewed 12 August 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 female ). Clapped, cheered the whole folk dances till my palms hurt. Will recommend the... More 

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Reviewed 30 July 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 ) When we got there ( like a big front door nest to a pub... More 

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