Jewish Summer Festival Budapest

August 25 – September 1. 2013
For about 14 years, Budapest Jewish Summer Festival (Zsido Nyari Fesztival) has been a unique collection of Jewish, Yiddish music, plays, performances and exhibitions. Its a chance for visitors to understand the traditions of the thousands-of-year-old culture. The festival is so entertaining it increases in population every summer. The Jewish Tourism and Cultural Center organized the first festival in 1998 in the framework of the Budapest Jewish Community, choosing the Dohány Street Synagogue, the worlds second largest Synagogue and Europe’s biggest and most spectacular synagogue as its center.

The festival is hosted from the end of August to the beginning of September, and last about a week. The festival is great for everyone in your family, with something there for everyone to enjoy. Permanent programs at the Jewish Summer Festival include concerts like the Rumback Street Synagogue, photo and fine arts exhibitions, book fairs, and film festival-shows like the Great Synagogue movie at Uránia Theatre. The festival also offers the taste of Jewish specialties, such as their food and drinks. All these are intended to familiarize the public with the millennial traditions of the Jewish culture. A special emphasis is laid on the Klezmer music performances, Klezmer being one of the coordinates which have always accompanied the development of the Jewish traditions.

Budapest is one of the hubs of the Jewish culture in Europe, featuring plenty of landmarks which call forth the amplitude and the impact of the Jewish community in Hungary. The main aim of the festival is to get different cultures together, such as the Jewish, Hungarian and a number of other nations and enjoy the fun together. This festival became one of the biggest Jewish cultural festivals in Europe during the past 12 years.

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