If Ibiza has its Café del Mar, Berlin boasts about its Tacheles cultural centre and Copenhagen attracts thousands of people to the Christania district, the city of Budapest holds one of the most alternative spaces in Europe. Write its name down: Cöxpôn RestArt Ambient. This place is much more than a pub or a restaurant. It´s not just a cultural centre or an exhibition centre; it´s almost like a museum, or so they say on its website: www.cokxponambient.hu
This magical place can be found in one of the most modern districts of Pest. It has four event rooms which hold exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, seminars, workshops as well as works of art and even dance performances. It´s a revolutionary cultural centre and a restaurant at the same time, since it opened in 1999 once communism had disappeared, ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Without doubt, this is a cultural centre that´s a reference in the city of Budapest. Today, it´s one of the most popular places where bohemian people from this city gather. It´s a place that you can´t miss out on if you want to be part of the most chic environment in the city. Hundreds of people in search of something different gather there every day. They also have an area with a big tent and it´s definitely a perfect place to reach your zen state, absolute relaxation. However, Cöxpôn RestArt Ambient has two faces. As well as relaxing in the most pure chill-out state, you can also feel like if you´re at a music festival. And if you like what you hear, the DJs are on Facebook and Myspace. The DJs of this mecca of street art broadcast their own music in a famous online radio station called Tilos Radio, a huge Hungarian underground phenomenon that tourists also delve into more and more all the time, especially those who want to party and experience something different in Budapest. The radio that they´ve created broadcasts live every Wednesday from 3pm until 4pm.
Cöxpôn RestArt Ambient opens every day, although it´s obviously busier on weekends. They look for a very particular lifestyle philosophy, a space where dance, music and fine arts blend into one, and where the mind and body become one.
There´s a special particularity in this place and that´s that´s that there is a trance dance session every Thursday that consists in dancing with your eyes covered to annul the eyesight and awake the rest of the senses, so that the music flows and the body and the mind just have one single focus of attention without any other distractions than the notes flowing inside you. As well as the music, they also have belly dancing classes every Tuesday and yoga ones every Wednesday and Thursday.
You can get to this place quite easily by public transport. Get the M2 metro line and get off at Biaha Luzja ter. By tram, get on the 4, 6 or 7 lines and by bus on the 173 line. It´s very easy.
On their website they publish community job offers and look for voluntaries for all sorts of tasks, so there´s no excuse to not be part of this adventure. Travellers will be gobsmacked, especially those who are visiting Hungary for the first time. Here they will discover another way of seeing life, a philosophy of doing things that was unknown to them up until now.
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