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13th Spinoza Jewish Festival – September, 2. – 21. 2015. – Budapest


Spinoza Cafe joins the annual season of the Jewish Festival  in Budapest!

September, 2. – 21. 2015.

The Spinoza Cafe is in the heart of District, VII. 15.  Dob street.  This street is part of Hungarian and Jewish history not only because of the beautiful and old buildings.To-day a press conference was held jointly relating to the Jewish Summer Festival of Culture according to the programs to be held at the 13th  Spinoza Jewish Festival.

“This would be the Spinoza Theatre’s Bar Mitzvah? But I believe the Spinoza Theater has long reached its adulthood. Certain period of time it’s on the cultural map of Budapest! Yet the 13th Spinoza Jewish Festival can be still considered as its Bar Mitzvah. Many people visiting the Spinoza Cafe from Western Europe and the United States of America, especially interested to see the musical plays. For this reason, the leaflet catalogue is always displayed in English language ont he spot.” These were the opening words of the festival’s organiser Dr. Anna Simon. Also was said: 21 program – 6 genre – 62 artists …  have to keep in mind that mainly the programs are in Hungarian  language.

So this year the Spinoza Cafe is celebrating its 13 year in given a home in holding the Spinoza Jewish Festival. A unique venue is using its very own separate theater space with around 80 sets, where visitors can enjoy  dramas, plays, musical plays, films, lectures, concerts and not far from saying the superb humor that trigger also in the past and present.

Before or after the theater performances the audience may have at its restaurant the house’s delicous meals. The Spinoza Cafe also offers time to spend at its Cafe, Restaurant, Gallery, Winter Gardens and Theater.

Many people visit from Western Europe and the United States too, especially to see the musical plays. In the meantime below may roll through the programs:

Thursday, September , 3. 7 p.m.  – The suitcase and they – Cabaret in hell

Saturday, September, 5. 7 p.m. – Rose – monodrama

Sunday, September, 6., 7 p.m. Herzl – Coffeehouse drama (Tivadar Herzl and Max Nordau were born just a few steps away from the Spinoza Theater. The two Hungarian Jews played a decisive role in the creation of the State of Israel.  – Drama in Hungarian language!)

Monday, September, 7.,  7 p.m –  Rembrandt & Spinoza – musical

Tuesday, September,8., 7 p.m  – Yiddish World – concert

Wednesday,  September, 9., 7 p.m  -Ágnes Heller: Emotions in the Jewish Bible

Thursday, September, 10., 7 p.m  – Uzhhorod Thomas: Jews in the monarchy

Friday,September, 11., 7 p.m  – Rosh Hashana Klezmer concert

Saturday, September, 12.,  3 p.m. (!) – 2,000-year history of the Hungarian Jewry 1-2. – Video

September, Saturday, 12.,  7 p.m – A Pest girl’s diary – monodrama

Sunday, September, 13., 3 p.m. (!) – Radnóti seven times – film etude series

Monday, September, 14., 7 p.m – Lehár – musical

Tuesday, September, 15., 7 p.m – Ragged lives – musical

Wednesday, September,16., 7 p.m  – Balázs Gábor: What is Kabbalah?

Thursday, September, 17., 7 p.m  – Balázs Fellegi: Leonard Cohen and the others – concert

Friday, September, 18., 7 p.m  – Humorous Klezmer Concert

Saturday,  September, 19.,  3 p.m.(!)  – 2,000-year history of the Hungarian Jewry 3-5. Part One – film

Saturday, September, 19., 7 p.m  – Michael Des: This is not a joke!

Sunday, September, 20.,  3 p.m. (!) – Haszene, or a small Jewish wedding – musica play

Sunday, September, 20., 7 p.m – Popper – musical

Monday, September, 21., 7 p.m  – Recipient unknown – A drama by Letter

Ticket prices: Between 1000HUF and 3 000HUF – Address: District, VII., 15. Dob Street – Budapest.

Further information  at from artistic secretary – Orsolya Véner.

Update by Aggie Reiter


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Was a superb day for Family to gather and long non seen friends to meet. The small and young children had their “wonderday at wonderland” with playground and stages where they could throw pillows at each other and enjoying the flying red color feathers, which probably was their  joyful and the best day of the year.  The kids had different art tables,  making their own little jewelry and art designs. Sweets for sweet lovers and booze were just within the distance of their fingertips. The street was so crowed that even if you had a small size foot you could hardly find the place to land it. The weather was just perfect, a non sweating one. Short rain did not disturb the awesome performances. Luckily, the rain as it burst, in flew away shortly.


On the road of Pozsonyi, the Museum of Applied Arts participated and also drawn attention to the museum’s  special exhibition, history of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design, by giving an overview of the objects of the Victorian age and of the earliest pieces in the museum. This unique exhibition can only be seen until September the 16th so there is still 2 weeks ahead if it would not wished to be missed. Another interesting exhibition can be seen until the end of September: Art Deco and the Modernism, which covers the interior design in Hungary from 1920 up to 194.



Restaurant, Theater, Gallery, Appartement, which simple means you can have your brekky in the morning,  relax  as the sun goes down by having a seat at the theater and just head for your rest at night afterwards in the appartement.

The House of Spinoza also participated at the Budapest’s Pozsonyi Picnic Day. Brought leaflets to the scene to introduce the month of September’s cultural programs.

Next update to be marked in your diary:

September, 5-22. 2012.

10th Spinoza Jewish Festival.

Manly, the performances are in Hungarian language, but there are also musicals that really does not need any Hungarian language knowledge to be understood, just as the „Psalms of David”Thursday, 7 p.m. September, 6. – at the  „Uránia” Cinema. together with the SabbathSong Klezmer Band.

To-day in the early afternoon hours a shorty performance was given by  Mr. Zoltán Nauman, as an appetizer to be seen of the musical melodrama ”Jentl”. The performance  was welcomed and enjoyed  by the huge audience at the Spinoza stand. Ms. Barbara Streisand played the original role  and sang those remarkable songs. Here in Budapest Ms. Judit Klein will bring “Jentl” alive on the stage at the House of Spinoza – Thursday, 7 p.m., September, 6.

“Klezmer Concert” on the occasion of Rosh Hashana – Friday, 7 p.m. , September 7.

“At the end of the World, turn left” israeli film, with Hungarian subtitles, Saturday, 3 p.m., September 8. The film will be shown at the “Uránia” Cinema.

“Dávid Klezmer Quintet and Ms. Judit Klein” – Friday, 7 p.m., September 14.  Ensemble mixes traditional Jewish music, all with the mixture of  sence of humor.

“Frida” – Saturday, 7 p.m., September 15. – musical play of the tragical life of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter, with Hungarian-Jewish-Spanish-Indian roots.

“Kohncerto” – New Year concert by a female amateur choir. Beside the evergreens, Jewish-Yiddish songs will be presented, Sunday, 3 p.m. , September 16.

“Gershwin Show” – Thursday, 7 p.m., September, 20. Biographic show,  hundred of film fragments.

The theater at the House of Spinoza is 70 seated, therefore it is worthwhile to make reservations, but the best way to ensure your seat, is to purchase your ticket as soon as possible, cause they will run out soon. The Spinoza House can be approach at the old Jewish quarter, with just a couple of steps to have a tour to the three neighborhood synagogues.

District VII. –  15, Dob Str. Budapest

For theater lovers, call for tickets and reservation:

phone: +36 1 413 7488

Late afternoon, the awaited performance given by the actors and actresses from the “Víg” Theater stepped on stage with “The Fiddle on the Roof”, known by almost everybody being at the scene. Here is a shorty video of the performance:

The Radnóti theater artists, musical and opera singers ensured the audience of the rolling good times. 

A great act was to greet with 100 balloons, underneath the balcony of  the 100 years old Mrs. Radnóti, at the Pozsonyi Rd. She didn’t step out, but her window and door was open and most probably heard  the greeting words said by Mr. András Bálint, Director of the Radnóti Theater. Mrs. Radnóti lives for decades in the same flat and she is  the widow of  Mr. Miklós Radnóti (1909-1944), a Hungarian Jew and a fierce anti-fascist, the greatest Hungarian poet of the Holocaust. His poetry mingles avant-garde and expressionist themes with a new classical style.

Update, video, snaps Aggie Reiter