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 living Jewish and multicultural tradition dated back to several hundred years.

Judafest Community Festival in and around Klauzál Square features revives the unique heritage of Budapest’s Old Jewish Quarter with a broad line-up of talks, urban walks, cultural gigs, and concerts. Visitors also get the opportunity to explore flavorful authentic Jewish dishes and a collection of craft art, plus children are offered several activities throughout the festival.

A truly multicultural get-together, Judafest Community Festival attracts several thousand local and foreign visitors, giving them the chance to meet old friends and new people. Come and celebrate together this year’s Fall Feasts!

Detailed program:

Friday, 20 September

13:30, 14:15, 15:00 – Explore the Dohány Street Synagogue – guided tours 
16:30-17:30 – Heros’ Synagogue – Learn Saturday’s Prayer Order by Rabbi Róbert Frölich (Registration from 12 September, 12:00 at www.balinthaz.hu/jelentkezes)
18:00 – Goldmark Hall – Kabbalat Shabbat (Registration from 12 September, 12:00 at www.balinthaz.hu/jelentkezes)
19:00 – Bálint Ház – Kabbalat Shabbat for young adults (Registration from 12 September, 12:00 at www.balinthaz.hu/jelentkezes)

Saturday, 21 September

18:00-19:00 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – Závada Péter & Ratkóczi Huba Slam Poetry
19:00-24:00 – Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives – Night at the Museum
19:30-21:00 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – ¡Nosnach – Ádám Mózer Duo
22:00 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – Pub’s Culture Quiz Night

Sunday, 22 September

– Children and youth activities all day in Klauzál Square
– Concerts and gigs at Klauzál Square main stage
– Thematic urban walks discovering Budapest’s Jewish heritage 
(Registration from 12 September, 12:00 at www.balinthaz.hu/jelentkezes)

10:00-19:00 – Klauzál Square – Meet Hungarian Jewish organisations – find our booths in Klauzál Square!
10:00, 12:15, 14:30, 16:45, 19:00 – Detectivity – Live interactive museum play
10:00-20:00 – Jewish Performing Arts Centre – What’s happening? Get to know the Jewish Performing Arts Centre
11:00-14:00 – Massolit Books & Café – Notebook-making workshop using recycled materials
11:00, 13:00, 15:30 – Lúd Labor – Postcard-making workshop using Jewish themes at Papetri Paperworks
12:00-14:00 – Szimplakert Market – GóleMenza – taste some Jewish food!
14:30-16:00 – Klauzál Square Market – Let’s talk about the cultural heritage of District 7. With: Niedermüller Péter, N. Kósa Judit, Olt Gergely
15:00-15:30 és 16:00-16:30 – Erzsébetvárosi Zsidó Történeti Tár – A glance into local Jewish heritage. With: Gábor Balázs
15:00-17:00 – Massolit Books & Café – Budapest Book Club: Let’s talk about Judash by Amos Oz
16:00-17:30 – Vegan Garden/Rácskert – A voyage into Budapest Jewish history via Fortepan photo archive. Presented by András Török
16:00-17:00 – Klauzál Square Market – Meet writer Gergely Nógrádi
16:00 – Csányi5 – Apple Dreams – Cooking session with Eszter Fűszeres
20:00 – Bálint Ház – Hot Jazz Band & Bíró Eszter live gig

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