Located on the Danube embankment in the heart of the capital city of Hungary, with its imposing building and magnificence, the newly-opened Vigadó Concert Hall is a real eye-catcher among Budapest based event venues. Built in 1865 and designed by Frigyes Feszl, Vigadó used to house decisive cultural and social events of its age.
In 1867 Emperor Franz Joseph attended the banquet hosted by the Vigadó in honour of his coronation, and it was also here that Budapest was born by the merger of the old cities of Pest, Buda and Óbuda (old Buda).
The Vigadó also developed a rich concert life. Ferenc Liszt was soon to return to its concert hall, when he was invited to conduct his oratorio, The Legend of Saint Elisabeth on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Pest-Buda Conservatory. The five-hundred-strong choir came together from various Pest and rural choral societies. The Vigadó hosted the first all-Liszt concert in Hungary in 1869, and it was here that he conducted the premier of the orchestral versions of Mihály Vörösmarty’s great poem “Appeal” and the Hungarian National Anthem, Ferenc Kölcsey’s “Hymn”. At the Vigadó celebration of his half-century artistic career, Liszt was presented with a gold laurel wreath and a number of foreign awards, including honorary membership of the St. Petersburg Academy of Music. In 1875 Liszt and Wagner co-organized a concert to raise funds for the construction of the Bayreuth Theatre (Festspielhaus).
The ceremonious opening of the refurbished building with its newly constructed interior spaces was held by Hungary’s public body of arts, the Hungarian Academy of Arts on 14 March 2014. The newly opened Vigadó nowadays houses temporary exhibitions as well as musical and theatrical programmes and on Thursday 12 April 2018 it will be the venue for the International Wine Tourism B2B Workshop where buyers specialised in wine and culinary tourism will meet wine tourism experience providers from not only Hungary but also from grape escape destinations from around the world such as Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay.
The IWINETC talk Programme stretches across the two-day day-long event covering five topical content themes all aimed at inspiring and educating delegates with sessions that tangibly add value to their business life and personal development.