Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra

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July 2020

Balkan rum, hot rhythms and frantic passion: In July, the Kusturica's unmistakable, unbridled and hectic joyous music is performed on the Margaret Island Outdoor Stage.

Founded in 1993, the Serbian garage rock-gypsy punk music formation now has a huge fan base around the world, including a surprising number of young people who were not even born in the 1990s. The band's fortune star began to rise the moment they wrote the music of their bassist, Bosnian director Emir Kusturica Catskaya (1998) . Kusturica has long since passed her first successful movie (Remember Dolly Bell?), which is also notable for the fact that this was the first time the team met. The 11-person Serbian band plays wild and eclectic Balkan music with anti-globalist messages and rolling Gypsy rhythms. Their music was intertwined with movies, and the ludicrous and floating freedom of movies was inconceivable without these music.

The band, which has now become a concept, has fulfilled the rhythm of the Serbian colt as a crazy version of Balkan rum, and has forever linked the rock experience with Gypsy music and the broader art concepts of the 20th century. Meanwhile, he traveled around the world and became more and more famous and respected. Their tireless and irresistible music takes everyone with them.

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Margaret Island

Margaret Island provides a peaceful hideaway from hectic downtown Budapest with large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, and lots of entertainment.

The festival program on Margaret island is rich and diverse: concerts, musicals, dance shows, theatrical performances for children and adults, comedies at three venues:


  • Open-Air Theater in Városmajor (Buda) – venue for many children programs
  • the Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island (trams 4 and 6, Margitsziget stop) and
  • the Water Tower on Margaret Island.
Majtényi Mihály, budapest.hu
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