CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival


Event Description

The Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, formerly the Budapest Autumn Festival (Hungarian Budapesti Őszi Fesztivál) is an annual dance, jazz, theatre, poetry and fine arts festival founded in Budapest in 1992. 

From contemporary music to theatre premieres, from popular music and jazz to dance and visual art, the art of our times will again be highlighted in the Hungarian capital during the seventeen days of the event series. The affiliated events of CAFe Budapest will again include the Budapest Ritmo world music festival, and just as earlier the Art Market Budapest and the Autumn Margó Literary Festiva. 

Last Updates

Entering CAFe Budapest events

By entering an event of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, a visitor agrees to and acknowledges CAFe Budapest’s rules of the house (henceforth: “Rules”). Source: CAFEBUDAPESTFEST
  • Health protection regulations that follow from current laws and government recommendations are to be followed at CAFe Budapest events, while CAFe Budapest or its venues may also impose stricter rules on a case-by-case basis.
  • At all entrances of each venue, staff members will measure, with non-contact handheld thermometers, the body temperature of those entering the venue. Visitors with body temperature over the threshold set by the health safety authorities (currently 37.4°C) will be denied entrance to CAFe Budapest events.
  • To enter and stay at a festival venue, visitors over the age of six must wear masks that cover both their mouths and noses. This rule shall not apply at areas designated for the consumption of food and drinks, where the mask can be removed for the time of consumption. Visitors must bring their own masks.
  • Masks are mandatory at such open-air events of CAFe Budapest where it is not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between visitors.
  • While CAFe Budapest strives to provide the best audience experience possible, in view of the current, extraordinary public health conditions, enforcing the health protection regulations and dealing with the consequences of cancelled events are of top priority. To ensure that the holders of tickets to such events that are cancelled because of the health regulations or recommendations can have their tickets refunded as soon as possible, the possibilities of obtaining tickets will be temporarily limited, with a preference given to online channels. For more information, visit the official site at 
  • Performances and events can be attended with valid tickets. This rule shall not apply to free events and ones where attendance is only subject to registration.
  • Would visitors attending free events please be informed that attendance is subject to the capacity of the event hall, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, or, when applicable, is subject to pre-registration. Once the specified capacity has been reached, fire safety regulations will require that event hosts not allow more visitors to enter.
  • You visit the events of CAFe Budapest at your own risk.
  • When queuing (standing in line), please make sure to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from the person in front of you.
  • Guests arriving late, after the start of the performance, will only be allowed to take their seats with the aid of event hosts, without disturbing other members of the audience, which often may be as late as the first interval.
  • If safety measures slow down admittance, the performance will not start before all visitors have taken their seats, whether they have arrived on foot or by car. This rule notwithstanding, visitors are encouraged to arrive earlier than usual. 

Security Advice

Crime and Safety
  • Budapest is a safe city, especially for tourists.
  • Budapest is safer than most European big cities, but you need to be aware of the petty street crime, particularly pickpocketing and ATM card skimming.
  • Pickpockets are most active on the public transports, shopping centers and popular tourist places (Matthias Church, Danube promenade...)
  • Taxi Scams - Always use licensed taxis (they are yellow and have a sign on the roof), and they operate with flat-rate system. Prices are clearly indicated on the side of the car
  • If you're travelling on overnight trains, always lock your cabin. Never leave your bags unattended
  • Although the threat from terrorism in Hungary is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates
Areas to avoid in Budapest
  • District 8
  • Swing city in district 9
If you are exploring the nightlife in Budapest, for your safety avoid places and night clubs: 
  • Aphrodite Akropolis Club Address: Kecskeméti utca 17. V. district
  • Caligula Striptease bar Address: Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 37-39., II. district
  • Club Mephisto in Váci utca
  • Flashdance in Váci utca
  • Fontana Club in Váci utca
  • Table Dance bar in Váci utca
  • Ecstacy Club
  • Muskatli Espresso Address: Regős utca 8. XI. district
  • Pigalle Club Address: Kiss József utca 1., VIII. district

Security Risk Rating

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Safety Tips

Crime and Safety
  • Try to avoid walking alone, particularly during hours of darkness. If you must walk alone at night, use well-lit streets with as much vehicle traffic as possible and walk near the curb
  • Scan the area ahead as you walk. If you observe suspicious person or vehicles, change direction and walk to a place of safety
  • After dark, be aware of your surroundings if passing through public parks, vacant lots, and areas with excessive trees and bushes
  • Drive on well-travelled streets and never pick up hitchhikers
  • If you carry valuables in your car—such as GPS devices, cell phones, laptop or tablet computers, or loose change—keep them out of sight in the trunk
  • Keep cell phones charged and contacts up-to-date
  • The tap water in Hungary is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution against stomach upsets you may want to drink bottled mineral water
  • If you're a victim of a crime while in Hungary, report it to the local police immediately. The number for emergency services is 112
Money and personal documents
  • Avoid carrying a purse and keep a wallet in your pocket instead. Keeping money separate will allow you to hand over your cash without sacrificing your credit cards, identification, and personal papers/cards
  • Do not keep Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) in any location that may be associated with the cards they activate
  • If victimized, notify the financial institutions where your accounts may have been tampered with. Closing accounts may be necessary
  • If somebody approaches you in the street offering to change money, refuse immediately and walk away
  • Leave important documents at your hotel. You should carry your passport with you but leave a copy of it at your hotel in case the original gets lost
ATM safety tips
  • Be alert always when using an ATM. After completing your transaction, leave immediately.
  • Avoid using an ATM in an isolated or poorly lighted the area after dark
  • Be accompanied by another person when using an ATM after dark

Rules and Laws
  • Carry your passport at all times. You must be able to show some form of ID if requested. A photocopy is not acceptable
  • Hungarian laws on the possession and use of drugs are strict
  • Validate your metro ticket. Ticket inspections are very common.
  • Smoking is banned in some places. Large fines apply
  • Heavy fines exist for minor driving infringements. Penalties for serious driving offences include jail
  • Hungary is part of the Schengen area.
  • From 1 September 2020, Hungary has closed its border to all foreign nationals for an indefinite period due to the COVID 19 pandemic
  • The Hungarian Government continues to take certain measures aimed at controlling the spread of COVID 19. These include a social distancing rule of 1.5 m and the wearing of masks by everybody over 6 years old in shops and on public transport
The following is recommended when you are entering to shops, restaurants and bars:
  1. Disinfect your hands upon entry
  2. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from staff and other customers
  3. Only remove your face mask when eating or drinking
  4. Pay by card, preferably contactless, whenever possible
If you are in Hungary, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. The Hungarian Government has a 24-hour, free, English-speaking help-line: +36 80 277 455 & +36 80 277 456.

Information Centre

Useful Telephone Numbers
Ambulance: 104
Police: 107
Fire service: 105
Central help number: 112
Domestic enquiries: 11 800
International enquiries: 11 811
Tourist Police (0-24): 06-1-438-8080
Budapest Airport Zrt. (flight information) : +36 (90) 181 818
Lost and found: +36 (1) 296-8797
Call Center:  +36 (1) 296-7000

Lost your passport?
You should report the loss of your passport to the following authority:
Budapest and Pest County Directorate of the Office for Immigration and Citizenship Address: H-1117 Budapest, Budafoki út 60, Tel: 463-9100
If you are in Hungary, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
The Hungarian Government has a 24-hour, free, English-speaking help-line: +36 80 277 455 & +36 80 277 456.