Most of the mainstream institutions (museums, galleries, theatres, symphonic orchestras, and especially large festivals) have rich programmes of international exchange. Outstanding venues attracting international artists and works of art are the Opera House, Müpa (also called the Palace of Arts, a concert hall which also houses the Ludwig Museum), the Modem in Debrecen, and the Kodály Centre in Pécs. Trafó, the A38 ship, and the MU theatre are popular and well-functioning spaces especially for innovative and experimental productions, both from Hungary and abroad, which regularly participate in EU projects and are financed by a variety of sources.
The pandemic has halted the international success of Sziget Festival for two seasons. Other pop festivals receive fewer foreign bands. Next to the pandemic, the art festival scene in Budapest faces division between the central and local governments: the latter stopped funding the Budapest Spring Festival and its autumn leg on contemporary art and attempts to create new successors instead.
Independent operations are well integrated into their respective international communities, and they are active in several European networks, both as individuals and as creative groups.