House of Hungarian Music inaugurated at City Park

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Concerts, interactive exhibitions, creative spaces and music education activities await visitors at the House of Hungarian Music, László Baán, government commissioner of Liget Budapest, said on Saturday at the inauguration of the venue in the Budapest city park.

Baán said that music is the best-known branch of Hungarian art in the world, but the country has never had a showcase of its musical history until now.

The concept behind the venue, he said, was to make it “not just a permanent exhibition on the history of music, but a place for temporary performances and an extraordinary cathedral of sound where concerts take place as well as of music education”.

Baán said Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s design, chosen from more than a hundred entries by an international jury, was a “work of genius, fulfilling precisely the intended function” and predicted that it would become “a emblematic pearl of the capital”.

Visitors to the House of Hungarian Music will be able to hear free performances by students of the Academy of Music in the coming days, and an ever-increasing program of concerts, music-themed presentations, workshops and of music education activities will follow.

The venue’s first temporary exhibition, dedicated to Hungarian popular music from the decades before the regime change, will open in the fall. Other temporary exhibits on the calendar include international subjects, such as the Rolling Stones.

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Ticket sales for the Hungarian House of Music programs were launched two weeks earlier and “several thousand” have already been sold, Baán said.

In the photo presented, a section of the House of Hungarian Music on the day of its opening. Photo courtesy of Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

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