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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - regarded as one of the best in Hungary, was established in 1951. Its aims were to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the Hungarian folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage for the public.

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During the more than five decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colourful repertoire entitled the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world. It has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. In the last few years the Ensemble encountered special interest in the United States and Canada - which was illustrated by their fourth invitation to undertake a three-month coast to coast American tour in 1994. They have also toured the Far East and Western Europe. The Ensemble consists of 30 dancers, 14 members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra. The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them were collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years.

The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra. The 5 members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music at its highest artistic level. The famous Gipsy Orchestra plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók. Aside from its performances around the country and abroad, the Ensemble gives approximately 90-100 annually performances at its Corvin tér theatre, the Budai Vigadó.

Performances take place at Corvin tér theatre, the Budai Vigadó. Every concert starts at 20.00 and consists of twice 40-45 minutes with an intermission.


Ticket prices

I. cat.

Adult: 22.50 EUR
Student: 20 EUR

II. cat.

Adult: 19.50 EUR
Student: 18 EUR

III. cat.

Adult: 13 EUR
Student: 12 EUR





This short video compilation represents how the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Hungária Folk Ensemble & Orchestra perform on stage:


Folklore Package (Folklore performance + Dinner & Cruise at 22:00)

It is possible to book this program with the Dinner & Cruise at 22:00. In this case, you will get a full evening program, an unforgettable theatre performance, and a romantic and delicious candlelight dinner on one of our heated or air-conditioned ships. On this occasion, a host or hostess will show you to the pier.

The cruise starts at 22:00, but always waits for the guests from the theatre.

The discounted package price with Dinner & Cruise is depending on the category of the seats for the performance.

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We give you the opportunity to surprise your loved ones with a wonderful experience by purchasing a free date ticket for them to use whenever they like.

Coordinates47° 30.1641' N, 019° 2.2815' E



“really fun!”
This is a terrific activity for everyone in the family. The dancers are enthusiastic, the choreography interesting enough, and the theater is in a quiet neighborhood in Buda that is easy to get to. The musicians are terrific and there were times i couldn't keep my eyes off them, despite the fine folk dancing.

Visited June 2011


Two bona fide ways to experience a culture are to taste their dishes and dance their dances. If you can’t dance, at least watch one. We visited the Budai Vigado for a performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. The ensemble is the oldest in the country and includes 40 dancers, a 20-member Gypsy orchestra, and a folk orchestra. The rich and colorful repertoire includes singing, live music and folk dances from throughout Hungarian history.

The performance opens with Regoles, a poem by Janos Arany which is sung to the tunes of a Mongolian heroic song.


July 14, 2003


"Great show"
Great show with great music from the Rajko Ensemble. The bottle dance--well, you just wonder how they can do it! And the venue was the awesome Danube Palace. The show started at eight and ran until about ten, with an intermission. The music was a mixture of familiar classics and authentic (I suppose) folk numbers. Top tickets cost us 3200HUF, but there's a discount with the Budapest Card.


“Tip Tap Toe...”
Never miss the show... Total enjoyment... Very Nice orchestra... Graceful performance by the dancers... Little skit thru the Dance made it more intresting... Get The Fun!


“Don't miss this!”
We've seen these programs all over the world and this may be the best. The price was reasonable and the production professional.

Visited September 2012


“The perfect way to begin our holiday in Budapest!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013
During the time we visited Budapest, the full Folk Ensemble was not performing; however, the Szentendre Dance Ensemble and the Gödöllő Dance Ensemble appeared in a concert, and so we bought tickets for that. We were not disappointed in any way by their performance. The entire experience was absolutely delightful!

One of my favorite parts of the performance was a particular piece that the women sang. I love the nasal style which they use for singing folk songs!

As someone else mentioned, the hall is rather small, and any seat is a good one. I also got the impression that we were surrounded by locals. That also added to our enjoyment of the experience. This is not something that is not just created for tourists, but something that Hungarians appreciate as well.

Visited May 2012

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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble dates


May: 5. 7. 12. 14. 19. 21. 26. 28
June: 2. 4. 9. 11. 16. 18. 23. 25. 30.
July: 2. 7. 9. 14.
Aug: 6. 11. 13. 18. 25. 27.
Sept: 1. 3. 8. 10. 15. 17. 22. 24. 29.
Oct: 1. 6. 8. 13. 15. 20. 22. 27. 29.

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Folklore performances

Folklore ticket prices

  Cat. 1 Cat. 2 Cat. 3
Adult 6600 HUF 5800 HUF 3800 HUF
Student 6000 HUF 5300 HUF 3500 HUF

Folklore concert sitting map
(Budai Vigadó)

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