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Experience Hungary’s rich folk dancing and music heritage first-hand at a 1.5-hour evening folklore show in Budapest. Watch as brightly costumed artistes from the renowned Hungarian State Folk Ensemble perform authentic music, songs, and dances, showcasing traditions still alive in the country’s remotest villages. Enjoy a choice of seating, and if you wish, upgrade to take a late-evening Danube buffet dinner cruise, including two complimentary drinks, after the show.
  • 1.5-hour evening folklore show by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in Budapest
  • Be entertained by folk music and dance performed by renowned artistes
  • Soak in traditional music and dance from medieval Hungary
  • Upgrade to enjoy a post-show River Danube dinner cruise
  • Savor a delicious buffet as you admire Budapest’s lights from the water
  • Choice of folklore show seating available
Select your theater seating and tour option on booking. Then, travel independently to the Budai Vigadó concert hall in Budapest in time for the 8pm show.

Settle into your chosen seating, and applaud as the curtain rises and the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble takes the stage. Established in 1951, the ensemble consists of 34 dancers, 14 members of the Gypsy Orchestra, and musicians from the Hungarian Folk Orchestra. Together, they showcase authentic Hungarian folk music, and traditional folk dances and costumes for all to see and enjoy.

Savor the colorful repertoire of music and song, watching as the costumed artistes perform centuries-old dances, and listening out for familiar melodies — much of the music inspired composers such as Liszt and Bartók. The show is performed in two 40- to 45-minute segments, with an intermission between.

After the show, leave the hall, bringing your experience to an end. Alternatively, if you’ve upgraded for the late-evening dinner cruise, be shown to the nearby boat at the riverside.

Then, relax on a romantic Danube cruise, passing floodlit sights like the Chain Bridge and Parliament, and enjoying a delicious, all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and two complimentary drinks in the candlelit salon.

Your experience then concludes when you disembark.


Sample Folklore Show Program:

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - BITTERSWEET - Dance to Transylvanian Folk Music
Part I:
  • Prologue
  • Dances from Gyimes
  • Gyergyó Dance Music
  • Sweet Rose solo
  • Whirling dances from Székel
  • Dances from Budatelke
  • Men's dances from Kalotaszeg
  • Stop Sweatheart: Chorus
  • Romanian whirling dance from Bonchida
  • Male dances from Magyarózd
  • Romanian dances from the Küküllő valley
  • Forest, forest: Men’s song
  • Whirling Dance from Kalotaszeg

Part II
  • Slow and fast csárdás from Gymes
  • My Homeland song
  • Couples' dance from Magyarszovát
  • Men's and couples' dances from the Mezőség
  • Gypsy dance from Szászcsávási
  • Gypsy song: chorus
  • Two Transylvanian Verbunk
  • Csárdás from Kalotaszeg
  • Epilogue


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Oct 2017

Great performances. Dancing was fun to watch and musicians extremely talented.

, Oct 2016

Enjoyed it

, Aug 2016

Fantastic show! Very enjoyable. Highly recommend.

, Aug 2016

Beautiful music, dancing and gorgeous costumes. Hungary is famous for its folk culture -- and this was an exceptional showcase for it. Thank you to the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble for an enjoyable evening at beautiful theatre.

, Jul 2016

Fabulous, live music and singing too. The dancing was spectacular and so energetic we got totally caught up in the spirit of the dance. The theatre was small and intimate and a beautiful building, simply perfect!

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