End of the road for Budapest Spring Festival

End of the road for Budapest Spring Festival


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2021

The independent Hungarian site Fidelio reports that the future of the Budapest Spring Festival is doubtful. The Hungarian government has refused to renew the current contract for the organization of the festival with the municipality of Budapest. The contract expired in December.

This comes after Gergely Karácsony, prominent figure of the Hungarian opposition became mayor of Budapest. The Hungarian ruling party, Fidesz is leading a Kulturkampf for years against artists who don’t support their politics.

Budapest stands to lose a 40-year-old cultural fixture.

Read here.



  • Miranda Green says:

    Shame on the government!

  • Amos says:

    Fascism infects and destroys every aspect of a country’s existence.

    • True North says:

      True. And yet so many seem so keen to adopt it because they feel threatened by the twin evils of “diversity” and “socialism.”

  • Anton Bruckner says:

    Hungary has become (again) a fascist state. The last rays of hope such as Ivan Fischer et al are removed and leaving the state in the hands of predators. It us is inconceivable that this country is part of the EU.

    • Peter San Diego says:

      The opposition, hopelessly fractured for years, is pulling itself together, and the next few election cycles just might provide some rays of hope. Even a slight swing in its favor could deprive the ruling party of its parliamentary super-majority, which would be a vital step.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    The government pours money into tourism enterprises, and then eliminates one of the best musical pilgrimage destinations. Unbelievable. The very definition of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.