Barbarian Nights - or the first dawning lights of the world

“The story of a journey, because everything in our world is a journey...”

Hervé Koubi, a French choreographer of Algerian descent, drew from his roots in Mediterranean culture when creating his second performance work, Barbarian Nights. In this production, the dozen Algerian and West African men brilliantly blend contemporary style with urban and street dance, as well as capoeira and a variety of martial arts disciplines. With his balletic choreography, Koubi enchantingly evokes our several-million-year history.

Who were the Barbarians? They were such a mysterious seafaring people that we practically know nothing about them, although they left behind countless ancient artifacts, and even the Bible refers to them.

Join us on our unforgettable journey accompanied by Wagner, Mozart, Fauré, and traditional Algerian music.

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PreviousMarch 2020

Margaret Island

Margaret Island provides a peaceful hideaway from hectic downtown Budapest with large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, and lots of entertainment.

The festival program on Margaret island is rich and diverse: concerts, musicals, dance shows, theatrical performances for children and adults, comedies at three venues:


  • Open-Air Theater in Városmajor (Buda) – venue for many children programs
  • the Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island (trams 4 and 6, Margitsziget stop) and
  • the Water Tower on Margaret Island.
Majtényi Mihály,
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