Calexico and Iron & Wine

The Arizona group Calexico, who played some hugely successful concerts at the Sziget Festival at the beginning of the 2010s, arrive in Budapest alongside the South Carolina indie folk songster Sam Beam, who goes by the stage name of Iron & Wine - it will be the latter's first appearance in Hungary. As far back as the early 1990s, the multi-instrumentalist and singer Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino were playing together in the alt-country/roots rock band Giant Sand. After leaving the group, they founded Calexico in 1996, producing an alternative rock and post rock sound that also draws on the musical worlds of the Southwestern states of the US and Mexico. Of their numerous collaborations, their most fruitful came in 2005 when they invited one of the most talented America singer-songwriters and performers to contribute to the seven-track EP In the Reins: the multi-instrumentalist and singer Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), who is equally at home with puritan folk and richly orchestrated pop sounds.

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November 2019

Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


Performing arts and other facilities


Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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