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“Best night of our 6 weeks in Europe”

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Performances in Budapest
Ranked #10 of 41 Concerts & Shows in Budapest
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Owner description: 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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“Best night of our 6 weeks in Europe”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Our family of four (inc 2 daughters aged 11 & 13) unanimously voted this our best night of formal entertainment. The combination of vibrant colours, exuberant dancing, virtuoso playing, and passionate singing just knocked us out! This was in no way a half-baked tourist performance; this was a professional troupe with strong history who proudly delivered an amazingly energetic night of great performances. We saw a show named "Highland Treasures", based on music by that great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, about 90 mins long. Highly recommended and very moving. Three encores.
As we were leaving, we watched one of the musicians slip down the stairs, whistling, and get on his bike and ride off into the night!
The venue, Hungarian Heritage House, is easily accessible via tram along the Buda side of the Danube, not too far from the Chain Bridge. It is not a large seating venue, perhaps 25 rows. The most expensive tickets occupy only the first three rows, we were quite satisfied with the mid-price tickets.

Visited June 2014
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

The ensemble was amazing, the musicians & dancers were perfect, offering a variety of different dances & music. The dancers were so fast providing an insight into the different types of dances over the centuries with the different cultural influences. A must for all.

Visited July 2014
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“An excellent introduction to the best in folk dancing and music.”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

The small theatre in Hungarian Heritage House was at the back of my hotel and the receptionist organized the ticket for me. I saw the program called "Bittersweet" and was amazed at the skill, energy and enthusiasm of the dancers and the musicians. The program reflected the multicultural and multi-ethnic region of Transylvania, which is not part of present day Hungary, but shares the optimism about preserving these values further as members of an increasingly globalizing society. There are five different programs during the season which extends from April to June. Tickets cost between 3600 - 6200HUF with discounts for students. In the lobby there was a display of colorful costumes and CDs for sale.

Visited May 2014
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“An average show at best”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Me and my niece attended the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble for 8pm performance at the Budai Vigado Theater. We paid 6400 HUF ($32 USD) each which I thought was a little steep for a lack luster performance. We bought our tickets on line with Viator. Needless to say we were disappointed as the performances on U Tube were a lot better. They announced at the beginning that photos and/or movies were not allowed. I had been waiting for a long time to get a movie and sound effects for this performance. But in the end it was probably best that I didn't. We sat in the middle of the small theater and we were not too close or too far from the performers. They performed well but it seemed that the audience was not drawn into the performance and at the end it was a forced applause. Anyway, I'm glad I went but I didn't talk about it much afterwards. The Budai Vigado Theater is about 10 minute walk from the Metro. It cost us $15 by taxi from the hotel Radisson Blu Beke and less than $2 going back by Metro.

Visited May 2014
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Naples, Florida
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“Too much repetition!”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

We attended the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble for an evening performance at Budai Vigado titled "Bittersweet .. Dance to Transylvanian Folk Music". It started out very nice but soon the repetition of each of the dances became wearing. For the 6200 HUF ($28 USD) per seat, we were disappointed. The Budai Vigado venue was a small theatre that looks like it was partitioned from a large room in an older stately building. The most expensive seats, the ones we bought, were in the back 4 rows of the theatre furthest from the stage .. we thought that to be odd. I will say that the dancers performed well, and the dances were physically challenging. Just too much of a good thing. Maybe some of the other performances have more variety.

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