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Opening Ceremony

Where: Castle Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), 2-6 Ybl Miklós tér, 1013 Budapest
When:  Wednesday 26 August, 16:30 - 18:30
Price: free
How to get there: 
Trams: 19 and 41: Várkert Bazár stop | Buses 16 and 105: Clark Ádám tér stop | Ship 12: Várkert Bazár stop | On foot: from the Buda Castle and its museums

The Opening Ceremony will feature a performance by the choir of the Eötvös Loránd University.

Built between 1875 and 1883, the Castle Bazaar was designed by Miklós Ybl in the Neo- Renaissance style. The building is a high priority monument and has been a registered World Heritage Site since 1987.
The Castle Bazaar once had a six-meter-high arcaded row of shops, flanked by the quarters of the Royal Guards and the palace staff in three residential buildings; some of the shops were later converted into studios used by prominent artists.
The Castle Bazaar began its slow decay in the early twentieth century and it was severely damaged during the Second World War; by 1996, it was listed as one of the hundred most endangered national monuments of the world. The building attained its current form during the reconstruction work begun in 2011. The façade designed by Miklós Ybl has been fully preserved in the restored building complex, while the new spaces were created in line with modern architectural trends.
The main hall combines architectural elements originally designed by Miklós Ybl with the technological achievements of modern architecture. One wall of the antechamber to the hall ingeniously reveals the original buttress, while the other wall is covered with enlarged illustrations taken from Hartmann Schedel’s Chronicle of the World published in 1493, which contains the first authentic depiction of Buda Castle. 

Welcome Reception

Where: Hungarian National Museum, 14–16 Múzeum körút, 1088 Budapest
When: Wednesday 26 August 2020, 19:30 - 22:00
Price: free
How to get there:
Budapest Metro’s M3 (blue) and M4 (green) line: Kálvin tér stop Budapest | Metro’s M2 (red) line: Astoria stop | Trams 47, 49 and 48: Kálvin tér stop | Buses 5, 7, 8, 107, 110, 112, 133, 178, 233 and 239: Astoria stop | Buses 9, 15 and 115: Kálvin tér stop | Trolleybus 83: Kálvin tér stop
How to get there from the Opening Ceremony:
On foot: via Erzsébet or Szabadság Bridge | Trams 14, 41 to Szent Gellért tér, changing to Trams 47, 49 to Kálvin tér

The Hungarian National Museum is located in the heart of Budapest near the Danube. Founded in 1802, the Neoclassical building of the Hungarian National Museum was erected between 1837 and 1847 according to the plans of Mihály Pollack. As the central national historical museum, it collects all relics associated with the history of Hungary, from the Paleolithic to the present. Most of the 3.3 million artefacts in the museum’s collection are stored in the museum building or in external storage facilities, and only approximately 12,000 objects are on display. The HNM has a significant archaeological collection, but its holdings also include musical instruments, photographs, posters, coins and medals, arms and armoury, magnificent metalwork and an assortment of modern material as well as manuscripts and archival records. In addition to its public role, the museum is also involved in the conservation degree courses of the University of Fine Arts and has independent licensed postgraduate programmes for conservation and digitisation.

Annual Party

Where: Akvárium Klub, 12 Erzsébet tér, 1051 Budapest
When: Thursday 27 August 2020, 20:00 - 3:00
Price: free
How to get there:
Trams 47 and 49: Deák tér stop | Buses 9, 15, 16, 105, 115 and 100E: Deák tér stop | Budapest Metro’s M1 (yellow), M2 (red) and M3 (blue) line: Deák tér stop

The Annual Party will be held at the Akvárium Klub, a cultural centre with a wide musical repertoire, located right in the city centre. Its immediate area and the adjacent Deák Square constitute the largest and perhaps best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. The renewed and expanded Akvárium is characterised by multifunctional spaces, an elegant design, state-of-the-art architectural solutions and a friendly scene.

One drink is offered for free. 

MERC Party

Where: Doboz – Ruin Pub Budapest, 1072. Budapest, Klauzál utca 10.
When: Friday 28 August 2020, 20:00h - 24:00
Price: 15 EUR
How to get there:
Trams 4 and 6: Blaha Lujza tér stop| Budapest Metro M2 (red) line: Blaha Lujza tér stop

We welcome you with the best music and quality drinks in Budapest at the most exclusive and unique ruin pub.

From 8 pm to midnight you can use an exclusive room where you can taste the finest drinks as well. Budapest’s top DJ’s make sure you have the latest top tracks to dance to all night! Inside the bars and the garden, you can find young Hungarian artists creative works and sculptures. You can take a selfie with the giant wood gorilla hugging the oldest, 320 years old tree of Budapest party district. Come and have the best night out in Budapest Doboz club!

You will receive 3 coupons for free that you can be redeemed for either wine or beer.

Annual Dinner

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 41 Dózsa György út, 1146 Budapest
When: Saturday 29 August 2020, 20:00 - 23:00
Price: 80 EUR
How to get there:
Budapest Metro’s M1 (yellow) line: Hősök tere stop | Buses 20E, 30 and 30A: Hősök tere stop | Trolleybuses 75 and 79: Hősök tere stop

The Museum of Fine Arts, opened to the public in 1906, is reputed to be among Europe’s most prominent museums. Its multi-faceted collections and their historical continuity, coupled with an impressive number of masterpieces, have undoubtedly earned it a prestigious place among public collections. The Museum of Fine Arts displays the treasures of international and Hungarian art from ancient times to the end of the eighteenth century, while its large-scale temporary exhibitions attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. Following the most comprehensive reconstruction project in its history, the museum re-opened in late 2018. In the wake of the modernisation, the Museum of Fine Arts now meets twenty-first-century requirements of collection care and visitor engagement.


Registration for Budapest Annual Meeting has been closed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

We will provide information on refunds of the 2020 Budapest Annual Meeting registration fees paid. The practicalities of this will be made clear in a forthcoming statement which will be issued at the earliest opportunity.

Opening Ceremony in Castle Bazaar

Opening ceremony in Castle Bazaar

Welcome Reception in Hungarian National Museum

Welcome Reception in Hungarian National Museum

Welcome Reception in Hungarian National Museum

Annual Party in Akvárium Klub

Annual Party in Akvárium Klub

Annual Dinner in Museum of Fine Arts

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