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What’s on in Budapest: 6th – 12th January

From fine art exhibitions, stand up comedy, fine Japanese food to drum N Bass, film and art, crafts and much more. This is our weekly round-up of whats on in Budapest between the 6th – 12th January 2020.

man wearing denim shorts grey top and glasses on a stage with colourful tiles pointing at a sign that says "STAND-UP BUDAPEST"
Photo: Stand Up Budapest

From fine art exhibitions, stand up comedy, fine Japanese food to drum N Bass, film and art, crafts and much more. This is our weekly round-up of what’s on in Budapest, with this edition focused between the 6th – 12th January 2020.

English Open Mic

man wearing denim shorts grey top and glasses on a stage with colourful tiles pointing at a sign that says "STAND-UP BUDAPEST"

Photo: Stand Up Budapest

The comedy collective Stand Up Budapest will be hosting the English Open Mic, their first event of the decade. This will see 12 amateur comics take the stage to try and make the crowd crack up and cry with laughter. If you fancy yourself a bit of a comic, then get in touch with organisers to see if there are any spots available. If you’re just in for the laughs then head down, grab a drink and get ready to be entertained.

Where: Club 25When: Monday 6th January | More Info

Monet and Hippo: In the magic of water and light



Whether you’re an enthusiast or an amateur when it comes to all things artistic, there’s no doubt that you’ll have heard of Monet. The french creative was a modern art maestro, creator and catalyst for the impressionist art genre. One of his most famous works was “Water Lillies”, an art piece that still amazes people to this day. To celebrate his most iconic piece of work, this short film will delve deeper into the life of Monet. From his personal struggles, tragedies, vision and what inspired him to create. A really intriguing watch taking you into footprints of this cultural icon.

Where: Várkert Bazár |  When: Tuesday 7th January  | More Info

Gelato Amore

people smoking in front of bar in budapest's 7th district

Photo: Willie Gevertz

Cafe by day and drinking den after dark, Kozpont will always come up when talking about what’s on in Budapest, with a calendar stacked full of awesome events you can’t miss. One such event is the Gelato Amore, a bi-weekly event where you’ll be able to enjoy beer, pizza and Ice cream. All whilst being surrounded by a chilled crowd and serenaded to the sounds of some fricking fantastic music.

Where: Kozpont  |  When: Wednesday 8th January | More Info

Dzz’s Second Hand Clothes Market & Brunch


Photo: Dzzs Bar

Dzzs Bar is a much loved 7th district drinking den where locals and tourists descend to unwind. However, this Sunday it will become a sanctuary for shopaholics, as they’ll be hosting their second-hand clothes market and brunch. So head down if you’re looking to grab a bargain or sell some old clothes and accessories you don’t need. The event is completely free to attend. However, if you want to join as a seller be sure to email the organisers for a stand.

Where: Dzzs Bar |  When: Sunday 12th January | More Info

Friday Downtown


Photo: Bladerunnaz

The much-loved downtown ruin bar, Anker’t, will be taken over by the sounds of stereo smashing sounds of liquid, deep, jungle and old school drum N bass. Held in collaboration with Bladerunnaz, this event will see talented DJ’s take to the docks to drop some filthy beats to get you boogying to the early morn. If a proper rave is what you require, look no further than some Friday downtown fun.

Where: Anker’t |  When: Friday 10th January | More Info

Budapest International Circus Festival 2020


Photo: Budapest International Circus Festival

If you were born before the noughties, then you’ll most like have taken a trip to the circus. However, the trend has slowly if not completely fizzled out. However, this January you’ll be able to witness this spectacle for yourself as the Budapest International Circus Festival comes to town. Taking place over 5 days, the event will see talented performers taking the term acrobatic to the next level. With stunning routines synced with the sounds of magnificent music and more.

Where: Capital Circus |  When: Wednesday 8th – Monday 13th January | More Info

Apacuka Ceramics Clay Open Workshop


Photo: Apacuka Ceramics Open Studio

Food and partying are all good, but all you artsy people are probably thinking about what’s on in Budapest for you? Well, one event you can’t miss is the clay ceramics workshop hosted by Apacuka Ceramics Open Studio. Here you’ll be given the chance to get artistic and create your own ceramic plates from clay. Perfect if you’re visiting town and looking for a unique memento to take home with you or a nice gift for a loved one.

Where: Kicsicake | When: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th January | More Info

8 Courses and Chords


Photo: MÁZS Thai Restaurant

If you’re looking for a place where you can eat delicious food to a backdrop of harmonising live melodies, then look no more. This Thursday, Imázs étterem will be offering an optional six-course smorgasbord of their signature South Asian dishes. All topped off with a live performance of jazz and street pop from the dynamic musical duo, Bárterápia. Good food and great music. What more could you ask for?

Where: Imázs étterem |  When: Thursday 9th January | More Info

Maurer Dóra: As You Like It


Photo: Vintage Gallery

When it comes to fine art in Hungary, no-one has had an impact quite like Maurer Dóra. So much so, that this much-revered artistic icon received the highly coveted Prima Primissima award for her services to the country’s creative scene. You can wander at a collection of pieces from her recent works. All of which embody her approach of creative experimentation and playfulness. The exhibition started on the 27th of November and will close on the 10th of January, so don’t miss the chance to see something truly spectacular.

Where: Vintage Galéria |  When: Friday 10th January | More Info

Short List 2019 Esterházy Art Award


Photo: Esterházy Contemporary Arts Prize

First launched in 2009, the Esterházy Contemporary Arts Prize was created to recognise the artistic talents of CEE Region. Now in its 10th year, the exhibition is held here in Budapest at the Ludwig Museum. In it’s early days the prize focused on paintings, however, has begun accepting many artistic mediums that embody the creative contemporary spirit. Here, you’ll be able to see this year’s nominees all way until the 26th January when the prize will be announced.

Where: Ludwig Museum |  When: Until 26th January | More Info

BP Comedy Night

girl on stage holding a mic and doing hand gestures at an audience of people sat down watching her

Photo: BP Comedy House

English comedy clubs in Budapest were virtually non-existent until BP Comedy House came onto the scene. The comedy club hosts regular events, bringing big-name comedians from afar, as well as providing amateurs comics with a platform to polish up there performances. They will be kicking off the new decade with an open mic night on Thursday, where you’ll be able to see some newbies perform. This will be followed up with a show on Sunday headlined by Meryl O’Rourke. A British comic who has worked with the best, recently supporting the Scottish savage Frankie Boyle on his tour.

Where: House Bar & Kitchen | When: Thursday 9th & Sunday 12th January  | More Info

Master of Pasta

chefs wearing white overalls cooking in steel silver pan s on electric hobs

Photo: Budapest Cookery School

When you mention Italian cuisine, then pasta is one food that automatically comes to mind. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s made then you’re in for a treat. Local Chef Bodnár Gábor will be running a homemade pasta making masterclass at the Budapest Cookery School. Sharing his knowledge from over 10+ years of culinary experience with you, to transform you from a pasta master.

Where: Makifood főzőiskola |  When: Sunday 12th January  | More Info

If you were struggling with ideas on things to do in Budapest this week, this guide should give you some inspiration. Stay tuned for next week, where we will be back with more of what’s on in Budapest. In the meanwhile, be sure to download the Like Locals app for the best offbeat local hotspots in Budapest. Download now for free on both iOS and Android devices.

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