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A38 Concert Ship & Restaurant Budapest - The Place to Go

The unique cultural centre and ship-restaurant on the Danube at the Buda side of Petőfi Bridge.

22 November 2011

A38 Budapest - The place to go

Unique Venue on the Danube

A38 BudapestWhat is it?

The name comes from Artemovszk 38 which is the name of a ship prototype and the reminder of a period of design and industrial history on the verge of extinction. A38 is the reincarnation of a Ukranian stone-carrier ship built in 1968. It was tugged through international waters in order to receive a complete makeover and an infusion of new life.  Architects, ship engineers, acoustic designers, electricians, musicians and promoters contributed their skills and experience to make it an understated but elegant, artist and audience friendly place with a concert venue, bars, rooms and a restaurant.

Opened in 2003

With its inauguration on 30 April 2003, it started a new life on the Danube in Budapest as a cultural venue. Since its opening it has become one of Budapest's most important venues, and according to artists' feedback, one of Europe's coolest clubs. By now there have been a few thousand concert from stars like Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, Amon Tobin, Vienna Art Orcestra, DJ Krush, Einstürzende Neubauten, Laibach, John Cale, Tomasz Stanko, Plastic People of The Universe, Boris Kovac to young and less known, cities like Pague and Warsaw have intruduced. There have been theatre plays, exhibitions, performances, wine-dinners, conferences and many more.

Cultural Project

A38 Budapest - Bar and RestaurantThe aim of A38 is to become a modern, pleasant, dynamic cultural centre. Besides its international music programming it also provides home for various cultural activities such as professional meetings, film, literature, digital and even gastronomy events. The A38 team initiates and manages its own projects as well as hires the venue for independent promoters and cultural organisations for artistic events. The programming is very broad in terms of styles and genres but consistent in quality standards.

A38 has a multipurpose cultural venue with a standing capacity of approximately 600 and seating capacity of 250. It is purpose built and acoustically designed and equipped with high quality sound, light and video equipment. It is ideal for concerts of any amplified music, for film screenings, readings and other artistic events. With its stylish backstage area, dressing rooms and studio it is also a comfortable working environment for artists.



The Get up Kids on A38 Ship (2011)


A38 is programming a wide range of jazz, world, electronic music, contemporary and rock music bands and musicians. Events are organised by the A38 team as well as a wide range of independent promoters. The result is a very colourful programme from contemporary classical music to drum'n'bass events. A38 collects a lot of creative energy though the involvement of musicians, promoters, DJ collectives and international partners. Any good, quality and financially feasible project finds home on the ship.

It always has fun at A38.

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