With the onset of spring, Eger is coming to life. Here is a selection of the programs going on in and around the town.
Eger coming back to life
15th Eger Spring Festival, April 10th - 27th
April kicks off with the 15th Eger Spring Festival which rattles on for 17 days and sees 20 seperate programs taking place in 10 venues throughout the town.
Highlights include a concert by the big-voiced, reality/Eurovision star Rúzsa Magdi (Eger Park Hotel, April 12th at 18.00, 3900 huf), a day of puppetry celebrating the Harlequin Puppet Theatre's 20th anniversary (April 11th, all day), Stones and Stars Art Exhibition showcasing local artist's work (Opening April 13th, Temple Gallery runs until May 15th) and on April 19th renowned children's singer Halasz Judit will be performing songs from her repertoire at the Gárdonyi Géza Theatre (performances at 10.00 and 12.00, tickets 2100 huf)
There is a wealth of other events, please refer to the egriprogramok site for more information. If, as ever, you have any questions about what's going on in Eger, drop us line.
Egri Csillag Wine Festival, April 30th - May 2nd
The second biggest wine event in Eger's year is taking place at the end of the month. For three days, Szépasszonyvölgy (Valley of the Beautiful Woman) will be awash with merriment.
Egri Csillag is a relatively new white, cuvee wine and this is its birthday party. There will be over 25 wine producers showcasing 50 wines, wine conoisseurs will be able to quaff their drink of choice to the sounds of many a band.
Acts booked for the 3 day festival include the lauded Csik Zenekar and Bon Bon who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in the Márai Arena located in the Valley. For the full festival line up take a look below.
Although the evenings are dedicated to the grown ups, there is something for the kids too as during the day there will be many activities laid on for younger visitors.
17.00 - Hungariddim
19.00 - Ethnofil
21.00 - Csik Zenekar
17.00 - Muriel
19.00 - Carbon Fools
20.00 - Bon Bon (Márai Arena)
21.00 - Puhannyi Massif
Ticket prices as follows:
Tickets can be purchased from the Elefanto Restaurant in Katona Square (next to the market)
Critical Mass, April 22nd
If you're in Eger, you can get hold of a bicycle and you would like to make an environmental statement, then the 18th Critical Mass will be right up your street. Meet at Dobo Ter at 17.00 and enjoy a traffic-free cycle around Eger. Suitable for all ages and abilities - it is a very gentle workout. I think I'll be going, if I can find a bike.
CarLife Exhibition, April 25th (10.00-19.00)
Bicycles a bit sedate for you? You're in luck as the Plaza is hosting a car show in its inner courtyard. All manner of gas guzzling vehicles will be there - custom-built cars, tuned cars, car engines and other car stuff (entrance is free).
As well as the programs organised as part of the Spring Festival (see above), the following may prove of interest to the little ones:
Earth Day, April 22nd (09.00-17.00)
Organised in association with the county's children's library, Earth Day takes place in Eger's main park (Érsekkert). At the moment, details are a bit scant but if the past years are anything to go by there will be many NGOs there providing activities, programs and demonstrations with an environmental slant for kids. A worthy day out.
Gödör Club, every Saturday in April (10.00-late).
Strut your stuff under the cathedral with Resident Djs, Dj.Boby / Dj Petty. They play a mix of stuff including: Retro, Hip-Hop, Funky, R&B, Party-rock and a bunch of other stuff. Get in before midnight and its free, otherwise its 500huf
Groomsman Meeting in Demjén, April 25th. (All day)
If you want to experience a unique Hungarian cultural tradition, then this event in Demjén is worth a visit (although you will have to drive there or get a bus from Eger`s central bus station). Professional groomsmen from all over Hungary will gather in the village to celebrate their craft, there will be a reenactment of a traditional Hungarian wedding along with a lot of food (it is Hungary, after all)
What is the collective noun for groomsmen?
English Language Films
There's a serious paucity of films in English this April, the trend for dubbing foreign language films into Hungarian is not letting up one bit. In fact, there is only one this month: the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is playing in the Agria Cinema (in the Agria Plaza) from April 9th-15th at 20.30
There is a whole lot more going on in Eger this month but most of it will require at least some knowledge of Hungarian. If you are disappointed with what is here, then pop over to the egriprogramok site to look at their April events calendar (in Hungarian)