Judafest Community Festival


Budapest’s District 7 has always been what is today considered one of Europe’s must-see urban destinations with an unmatched atmosphere filled with Jewish and multicultural traditions dating back several hundreds of years.

The annual Judafest Community Festival presented by JCC Budapest – Bálint Ház in and around Klauzál Square revives the unique heritage of Budapest’s Old Jewish Quarter with a broad lineup of lectures and discussions, urban walking tours, cultural performances, and concerts. Visitors also get the opportunity to explore flavorful authentic Jewish dishes and a collection of Jewish crafts and art pieces, with several activities throughout the festival for children as well.

A truly multicultural gathering, the Judafest Community Festival attracts several thousands of local and foreign visitors, giving them the chance to meet friends – old and new alike. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate together at this year’s Judafest Community Festival!

Detailed program (Note: some programs require registration – please email info@judafest.org by 20 September at 12:00 PM to register for specific programs):

Friday, 20 September

13:30, 14:15, 15:00 – Explore the Dohány Street Synagogue – guided tours (Registration required)
16:30-17:30 – Heroes’ Synagogue – Learn Saturday’s Prayer Order by Rabbi Róbert Frölich
18:00 – Goldmark Hall – Kabbalat Shabbat (Registration required)
19:00 – Bálint Ház – Kabbalat Shabbat for young adults (Registration required)

Saturday, 21 September

18:00-19:00 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – Závada Péter & Ratkóczi Huba Slam Poetry
19:00-22:00 – Massolit bookstore – Film: Woman in Gold (Registration required) 🇬🇧
19:30-21:00 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – ¡Nosnach – Ádám Mózer Duo 🇬🇧
20:00-22:00 –Vegan Garden/Rácskert – Pub’s Culture Quiz Night (Registration required)
20:30-24:00 – Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives – Night at the Museum (Registration required)

Sunday, 22 September

– Children and youth activities all day in Klauzál Square 🇬🇧
– Concerts and performances at Klauzál Square main stage
– Thematic urban walking tours discovering Budapest’s Jewish heritage 
(Registration required – email info@judafest.org for information on the different tours)

10:00-18:00 – Klauzál Square – Adventure house – fall holiday market in Judafest for children located at the Bálint Ház tent 🇬🇧
10:00-19:00 – Klauzál Square – Meet Hungarian Jewish organizations – find our booths in Klauzál Square!
10:00-20:00 – Jewish Performing Arts Centre – What’s happening? Get to know the Jewish Performing Arts Centre
10:00 – Lázár Street 13 (1 stumbling block), Aradi 60 (2 stumbling blocks), Király Street 85 (1 stumbling block) – Stolperstein (stumbling blocks) organized by MAZSIKE (the Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association)
10:00, 12:15, 14:30, 16:45, 19:00 – Detectivity – Live interactive museum play (Registration required)
11:00-14:00 – Massolit Bookstore & Café – Notebook-making workshop using recycled materials (Registration required) 🇬🇧
11:00, 13:00, 15:30 – Lúd Labor – Postcard-making workshop using Jewish themes at Papetri Paperworks (recommended for ages 14+) (Registration required) 🇬🇧
12:00-14:00 – Szimplakert Market – GóleMenza – taste some Jewish food!
15:00-15:30 and 16:00-16:30 – District 7 Jewish Exhibit (Erzsébetvárosi Zsidó Történeti Tár) – A glance into local Jewish heritage  with Balázs Gábor (Registration required)
15:00-16:00 – Klauzál Square – Coffee making and tasting workshop with Qawa Coffee at the Klauzál Square parking lot 🇬🇧
15:00-17:00 – Massolit Books & Café – Budapest Book Club: Let’s talk about Judas by Amos Oz 🇬🇧
15:00-17:10 – Csányi5 – Discussion/Dialogue with Neokohn (Hungarian Jewish news website)
16:00-17:30 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – A voyage into Budapest Jewish history via Fortepan photo archive – presented by Török András
16:00 – Csányi5 – Apple Dreams – Cooking session with Eszter Fűszeres  (Registration required)
16:00-17:00 – Klauzál Square Market – Meet writer Gergely Nógrádi
20:00 – Bálint Ház – Hot Jazz Band & Eszter Bíró live performance 🇬🇧

All day in Klauzál Square Market:
– Residents of the Jewish Quarter – an exhibition by ÓVÁS! Egyesület 🇬🇧
– The Jewish Quarter in Front of You – photo exhibition 🇬🇧
– Negyedem, negyeded… – a documentary by István Jávor

🇬🇧= you are likely able to participate if you speak English and not Hungarian, but the program is not catered towards English speakers (except for the film on Saturday evening and the book club on Sunday afternoon)