14th Congress of the World Federation
of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology
Monday 16 – Thursday 19 October 2017 Budapest, Hungary
Venue: Pesti Vigadó (address: 2 Vigadó tér, Budapest, 1051 Hungary)
The Vigadó Concert Hall in downtown Budapest is a historical monument. It is a tourist attraction and a multi-arts event center providing the most modern congress and meeting facilities.
It is ideally situated on the picturesque Danube Bank on the Pest side next to many hotels in different categories, all in walking distance.
The History of Vigadó
The predecessor of today’s Vigadó, the “Redoute”, which was one of the highlights of Pest’s neoclassical architecture, was opened in 1833, based on the plans of Mihály Pollack.
The first ball was held here in January 1833. With this event opened the Redoute not only the long rows of merriment events but beeing the only concert hall of Pest by that time, it also gave place to musical and cultural events of the highest standard.
In the upcoming three decades after the opening, its calendar was crowded by balls and numerous concerts.
In 1875 Liszt and Wagner held a joint concert to contribute to the construction costs of the Bayreuth theater (Festspielhaus). Several other world famous musicians, like Johann Strauss, Mascagni, Dvorak, Debussy, Artur Rubinstein, Dohnányi, Béla Bartók also gave concerts here. Richard Strauss conducted here several times and this was also the place of Annie Fischer’s first solo concert.
During World War II the building was badly injured and it was a great question for a long time if it would ever be reconstructed. Finally, after a decade it was, and since that time the building was reconstructed twice, last between 2004 – 2013. Now the main entrance, the staircase, the ball room, its newly reconstructed theatre room, the ceiling paintings and the sculptures both on the fascade and indoors flourish in its original beauty.
On the entrance floor and the 4th floor new exhibition areas have been opened, while on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors several meeting rooms with different capacities have been constructed. From the panorama terrace on the top you may enjoy the most beautiful view on the Danube and the Royal Castle on the Buda side.