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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 Danube Palace.

We are now offering pick-up and drop-off services for our evening programs!

Our chauffeur will take you directly to the concert hall so you don't have to go the meeting point, after the concert we'll take you back to your accommodation.

We kindly ask you, to check in at your receptionist one hour prior to you concert start, to help us find you!

(check in at 19:00 o'clock - at the reception for the pick-up)

Pick up - drop off service price: 14 EUR / person

In case of booking tickets with pick up please add your Hotel name and Cell number in the Comment field during checkout process.

We have 4 different price categories for the Folklore Show, these categories are depending on the location of the seats in the theater.

Assigned seating. You will be assigned the best seats available in the chosen category at the time of purchase.

VIP category:

The service includes: Private transfer, best seats in the theater, private host to attend to you before the concert and in the intermission, small guided tour of the venue in English language, a professional photo, hungarian souvenir, and a glass of champagne

Ticket prices

VIP cat.

85 EUR

I. cat.

Adult: 37 EUR
Student: 34 EUR

II. cat.

Adult: 33 EUR
Student: 31 EUR

III. cat.

Adult: 24 EUR
Student: 22 EUR


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


To top up your unforgettable theatre performance, upgrade it to a complete evening program with our Dinner & Cruise at 22:00. Let us invite you to a romantic candlelight dinner on one of our air-conditioned, heated ships. The Cruise starts at 22:00, but will always wait for the guests from the theatre to arrive, escorted by our hosts and hostesses.

Open date Gift Voucher

Gift something unforgettable!

Surprise your loved ones with the splendid 'Open Date Gift Voucher' for one wonderful night, by purchasing a ticket for them to use whenever they prefer to!

We ask you kindly to contact us a few days before the chosen date so we can ensure their attendance.

Take time to watch our short video compilation of the Hungarian State Folk Enseble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Rajkó Folk Ensemble & Orchestra performing on stage!

Coordinates47° 30.1641' N, 019° 2.2815' E




Visited: 2014. november 28.

This was probably one of the most exciting live performances we'd ever seen (we saw the "Hungarian Rhapsody" program.) The dancers and singers were all first rate, the costumes were lovely and evocative, and the choreography was fabulous. We loved the combination of swirling dances, high kicks, thigh slapping, and syncopated stomping, all accompanied by live music on period instruments.

During the intermission, it was an added treat to spend time looking at a special exhibit of dance costumes and handcrafts in the elegant entry hallway.

This was a thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable evening, well worth the very reasonable price of admission for such a high quality performance. We strongly recommend seeing the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble as part of any trip to Budapest.



“Fast-paced excitement!”

Visited: 2014. october 20.

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble is well worth the time and ticket price if you’re visiting Budapest. The dancers, musicians, and singers are extremely talented, and they put on a fantastic show. The energy and enthusiasm they all possess was commendable. There was lots of leaping and jumping, twirling, thigh-slapping, hand-clapping, heel-clicking, and balancing bottles on heads…a whirlwind of activity!! I was sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire performance.

“Great Evening”

Visited: 2014. september 17.

I went to the Hungarian Folklore Performance at the Danube Palace, (Duna Palota) on the 18th of August with my family and was pleasantly surprised, especially after reading a few somewhat negative opinions. It is a small but beautiful palace theater. The musicians and dancers were true artists...and the 90 minute performance seemed to pass in half the time. The price of the tickets is well worth paying. I highly recommend attending.

Visited: 2014 august

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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble dates


in Budai Vigadó (H-1011, Budapest Corvin tér 8.):

September: 4

October: 2

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