Budapest Festival Orchestra
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Bridging Europe

The Baltics and Poland in the spotlight

At the start of each new season, we immerse ourselves in the culture of a particular European region with open hearts and sharpened senses. This year, the Bridging Europe festival – a joint production of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Müpa Budapest – will focus on Poland and the Baltics.

In the autumn of 2013, Czech culture and, in 2014, German culture took centre stage. In 2015, it was Austria, followed by France in 2016 and Spain in 2017. This year, the Bridging Europe festival’s focus will include a broader region instead of a single country: the audience at Müpa Budapest will become more closely acquainted with the art of Poland and the Baltic states. On top of the usual orchestral symphonies, baroque and contemporary concerts, we will get some lighter bites too – jazz and world music performances will be featured, along with other art forms such as exhibitions, dance, literature and film.
This time, the Festival Orchestra’s programme will create a bridge between distant places and eras. The orchestra’s early music ensemble under Eszter Lesták Bedő will transport you to the world of Polish baroque music. The concert will feature little-known but highly deserving Polish composers alongside their great German contemporary, Johann Sebastian Bach.
This year, the other end of the bridge is rooted in the recent music of Baltic countries. The compositions by Lithuanian Čiurlionis, Estonian Arvo Pärt and the contemporary composers introduced, such as Latvian Pēteris Vasks and Estonians Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits, feature a mystical connection to nature, magnificent landscapes, hypnotic stories, and unusual synaesthesia.
Bridging Europe’s organisers believe there is a great need to facilitate meetings between the people of Europe, and that understanding and enjoying one another’s culture is the perfect means of strengthening friendship.

Bridging Europe festival is the joint production of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Müpa Budapest.
Bridging Europe