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Night Of Museums: Record Number Of Visitors Expected To Hungary’s Favourite Summer Cultural Event

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.06.20.

Hungary’s annual “Night of the Museums” evening fiesta will begin on 20 June at 18 pm, with 360 cultural institutions offering a total of 2000 programmes to visitors during Hungary’s most popular summer cultural venue.

As much as twenty times more visitors are expected to take part in the event this year than when it was organised for the first time in 2003. Last year, the programme’s costs amounted to a total of HUF 40 million, half of which was financed from the central budget and the remainder by the National Cultural Fund.

The event’s popularity has been growing almost continually since the beginnings, and hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to turn out at locations both in the capital and further afield. This year, the northern town of Eger and Transylvania will be in focus in the nighttime fiesta. Top venues this year in the capital win include Budapest Zoo with its new amusement park area, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Műcsarnok gallery hall on Heroes’ Square, the Labyrinth below Buda Castle and the Ministry for National Economy on József nádor tér, where the building’s hidden secrets and architectural treasures will be revealed to visitors.

Among rural locations, the northern town of Eger will be in focus this year, with a host of children’s programmes and historical performances including a procession, mediaeval merrymaking, out-of-schedule guided tours and a wine terrace in Eger Castle. A number of Budapest locations will also host Transylvanian-themed events, portraying the region’s culture, architecture and cuisine.