Budapest offers plenty of possibilities for cultural and touristic entertainment. Hungarians are fond of music and Budapest is the centre of musical life of Hungary. Concerts are held everywhere: in great concert halls, in little chamber halls, churches, sport arenas, and open-air during the summer period. The works of renowned composers such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály or Ferenc Liszt make the Hungarian classical and folk music famous all around the world. The biggest musical event of Budapest is Sziget Festival (organised in August each year).
Museums and exhibitions present the history and culture of the Magyars, while featuring many fine examples of contemporary art. There are quite a few museums in Budapest, which also give home to temporary collections from time to time. You can find a foreign language section in almost every bookshop and library in the city. (Of course our faculty library also has a good stock of books and periodicals in English.) There are lots of books about Budapest, but the works of Hungarian writers are also popular.