A38: ROLLING – ROLLING – ROLLING ON THE RIVER DANUBE (part one)

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THE RIVER IS SURELY ROLLING WHILE THE A38 STANDS STILL AT IT’S PORT!

Looking for something special in Budapest to get into the groove, well you have found your place right at/on the A38 boat!

Overlooking  Budapest’s  landscape, the city that is splited by the River Danube, you can enjoy the concerts in a tidy area and walk along the deck to the exhibition room, whereas contemporary  art shows can be captured.


First of all the A38, in UK stands for a major A-class trunk Rd. Also might be recognized in other country’s road signs.

Here in Budapest/Hungary,  it stands for the former Ukraine  barge that once carried heavy loads. After a brilliant idea and background it went through a huge re-construction and transformed to become a unique culture center that floats on the River Danube, a place by all means to – togetherness, as the one and only concert ship and a restaurant.

It held it’s opening at April, 30 of 2003, with the jam session of  Maceo Parker. From then on it became Budapest’s grand floating “pleasureland”.

The engine-bar was created for the gigs, but as the area became small for the amount of folks to join these concerts and the other venues, therefore a new platform had been planned and constructed as a  joint to the  barge.

The press conference was opened by Sándor KOZLOV, program and press manager and  continued by stuff speakers. The press conference took place in the newly designed, last year opened exhibition room at the joint barge’s lower deck.

As it was said at this press conference the “Circle of Life” changes every 7 yrs. Here at the A38 has also reached this period to change. A new 7 years of  change to come.   A new promenade deck was also constructed as the Telekom terrace.

Each year a selected country’s groups, entertainers arrive to Budapest’s A38 to show within their music a part of the trends of their music. Since it’s rolling, each-and-every concert had been filmed. They have over the recording of 500 concert films. There are ongoing technical reforms, that will give them a chance to convert their films to be views  through television HD forms.

Each year is devoted to a country’s musicians. This year was, still is the year for  ” Tours de France”, France’s artist, groups and still to come entertainers from over there, but also Hungarian groups are on stage  and from all parts of the world will be coming along.  For next year the entertainers from Scandinavia will be the hosted guests.

The fall has just entered and still the lower-deck will welcome groups, artists like: Jane Birkin(Fr), The Get Up Kids (US), The Magna Cum Laude (HUN) and  BalkanBeats-Foltin (MAC) and DJ Soko (DE) just to mention a few forthcoming shows.

As a gesture, a short boat-ride for the press and media was on the Panorama Deck, then after a welcoming sample of what’s to be present of the taste-of-tastes  made and produced locally, by the  new chef István HALÁSZ.  The menus will be constantly changing and updating to the food’s and  ingredients of the entertaining groups country’s dishes.

Reservations are not needed in advance, yet might be useful, if you wish to have a cosy site for your own  or company. For getting in to a concert,  drop by to make sure you purchase your entry ticket in advance. They are often sold out pretty quickly.

To be continued …

Update and snaps by: Aggie Reiter

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