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Calendar highlights

Free Films: Grand International Festival @ Puskin Cinema

The Grand Budapest Film Festival is a young and ambitious 2-day annual event dedicated to independent filmmaking from all around the world.

17 January - 1053 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos u. 18.

Indieland Showroom Sale @ Auróra Budapest

At this special sale you can buy cheap, second-hand clothing, for men and women, including: Indie, vintage clothing, furs, coats, crazy pieces, ugly sweaters.

18 January - 1084 Budapest, Auróra u. 11.

Bladerunnaz & Budapest Jungle Present Friction @ A38 Boat

This evening will feature a special 3-hour set by the UK's Friction, showcasing his modern classics, and inviting everyone to travel deeper into his music - a worthy opening of the Bladerunnaz' 20th Season.

19 January - 1117 Budapest, Petőfi híd

Francesco Cilea – Adriana Lecouvreur: MET Opera Broadcast @ Budapest Palace Of Arts

This performance, thanks to a wonderful cast, promises to be a true celebration of classical music. Italian Gianandrea Noseda is a very popular conductor at the Met, and also for numerous world-famous orchestras.

20 January - 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

Vegan Sunday Market @ Anker't

The organisers say this is 'the only communal vegan market in Hungary'. Along with the market, there are cooking workshops, round table discussions, and 'community spaces that go beyond a simple Sunday shopping'.

20 January - 1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 33.

Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra’s Concert @ Balassi Institute

With a name meaning 'the soul of music', Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra has a 'deep commitment to performing and has become one of the most dynamically developing young ensembles'.

22 January - 1016, Budapest, Somlói út 51.

Soap Making Workshop @ Café Lousia

In this 2 hour workshop you can learn how to make two types of cold pressed soap, if that's your thing, plus you get to take home the 6 - 10 bars.

23 January - 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 57.

Kundalini Yoga @ Devdwara Studio

The organisers say, "Kundalini yoga can help you to understand your real goals. It empowers you to put them into the focus of your life and break down your walls and taboos...".

23 January - 1015 Budapest Donáti utca 17.


New Winter Menu @ Jamie’s Italian In Budapest

Located in the historic Buda Castle, this restaurant is spacious and full of light - a perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends or family to enjoy the new menue, or even just for a drink at the end of the day.

Career Advice From Hays Hungary’s Experts

Hays places thousands of people in new jobs every year, so they have the expertise to advise you in all areas of your job search, whether you're starting a job, leaving a job or thinking about your next step after redundancy.

A Sip Of Luxury @ Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Indulge in a cup of luxury when tasting your first Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee at Le Bar. In Jamaica, one of the islands of the Caribbean, on the steep slopes of the mountains there is a special coffee bean breed which gives the unique flavour of Jamaica Blue Mountain blend.

New movies in Budapest