A38 Ship Budapest

Petőfi bridge buda side, Budapest

Music, Food, Drink & Culture on the Danube. A twelve-year-old venue with five areas, a fabulous view, an excellent sound system, hundreds of tv-recordings, a colourful local crowd and wonderful programming. A38 – what is it and where does this strange name come from? And how has an Ex-Soviet stone-carrier gotten to the Budapest riverside?

A38 is the reincarnation of “Tripolie”, a Ukranian stone-carrier ship built in 1968. The name comes from Artemovsk, the name of a ship prototype from the 38th unit of the “Artemovsk” class. Architects, ship engineers, acoustic designers, electricians, musicians and promoters have contributed their skills and experience to redesign this ship into an understated but elegant locale for both artists and the public.

After many years of shaping and arranging the A38 Ship opened its doors on April 30th 2003, and has since then slowly begun to become a part of cultural history as one of Budapest’s most prestigious cultural centres and a place where more than one and half million people have attended concerts, theatre performances, gastronomic manifestations, evenings of literature, exhibitions, discussions and film screenings since its opening. A38 is a civil, independent and free cultural institution where culture is understood in its broadest sense with its all riches.

Through its guest performances, invitations and festivals, the A38 aims to be present in all spheres in which exciting, unique and authentic things are occurring to bring the Hungarian capital onto the international cultural stage. Their vision is simple and obvious: to be a culturally open, exciting, vibrating place in an exciting and vibrant city. The A38 Ship wants to provide an experience – be it musical, theatrical, gastronomic, literal, artistic, intellectual or sensual.

Over time, A38 has become a cultural entertainment centre with an international programme, restaurant, bar, concert hall, open-air terraces and lounge – all under one roof as one of the most fascinating venues in Budapest. Since its opening, it has become the flagship of Budapest nightlife and a must-see spectacle on the Danube with a scenic view and one of Europe’s coolest clubs, which has been voted “The World’s Greatest Bar” – according to a 2012 Lonely Planet poll.

Live music, contemporary arts, media, television, theatre performances, film screenings, educational programmes, archive, gastronomy, city development, public transport.

Former use of the facility: Stone-carrier barge
Year of opening as cultural centre: 2003

A38 Ship
Petőfi bridge buda side, Budapest | info@a38.hu | +36 1 464 3941
TEH Delegate: Benedek Vasák, vasak.benedek@a38.hu

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