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Machine Imaginaire – An Exhibition with a Focus on Art and Computing

The world’s first female computer artist, Vera Molnar, went to Paris in 1947 after studying art in Budapest and Rome.

The world’s first female computer artist, Vera Molnar, went to Paris in 1947 after studying art in Budapest and Rome. She has subsequently become a world-renowned artist in France, but she is also one of the greatest contemporary creators in the Hungarian domestic environment.

The emigrant artist made abstract expression her own, developing a technique called “Machine Imaginaire” in 1959. This method enabled her to program sequences based on the logic of imaginative programs. Once she learned programming in the 1960s, she started experimenting with computer visual arts.

She wrote algorithms in which she had already coded the possibility of a chance to allow the machine to become a co-author. She became a founding member of the GRAV (Recherche d’Art Visuel), a collaborative artists group that investigates collaborative approaches to mechanical and kinetic art, and Art et Informatique, with a focus on art and computing.

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Nagyerdei Entertainment Complex (Debrecen Zoo & Theme Park)

FarsangoZoo – A Winter Farewell Party in Debrecen Zoo

On Sunday the 23rd February Debrecen Zoo invites everyone to a winter farewell party entitled “FarsangoZoo”.

On Sunday the 23rd February Debrecen Zoo invites everyone to a winter farewell party entitled “FarsangoZoo”.  Its purpose is to drive away winter and celebrate the coming of spring. 

Many animals of the ZOO have a colourful or even a special camouflage (skin) to hide and that can now be observed more closely by taking part in different animal shows and witnessing feeding sessions.

Children can enjoy a Craft House in the Gibbons House where they can get face painting or they make their own merchandise, for example; carnival mask or a tiny puppet. 

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Hungarian Mangalica Pig

Mangalica Festival 2020

For the eleventh time in 2020, the Mangalica Festival will be held in Debrecen, in the heart of the city, on Kossuth Square in front of the Great Church of Debrecen.

For the eleventh time, the Mangalica Festival will be held in the heart of the city, on Kossuth Square in front of the Great Church of Debrecen.

The Mangalica pig is a celebrated delicacy in Hungary and increasingly popular globally.  It is a hardy breed, bred for its durability and flavor.  The pig is one of the largest pigs in the world and is covered with thick blond hair, can only be described as sheep-like, and is often mistaken for sheep at a distance, consequently it is often referred to as a pig sheep locally. 

Its low prolificacy and high fat led to the species nearly going extinct during the 1990’s as leaner varieties became more popular.  Since then the species has experienced a resurgence and is now sought after globally for its superior flavor and fatty meat which is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (higher even than most varieties of fish!), it is, therefore, healthier meat. 

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John Malkovich

John Malkovich Comes Debrecen as the “Music Critic”

You can see John Malkovich and “The Music Critic” only in Debrecen.

You can see John Malkovich and “The Music Critic” only in Debrecen.

John Malkovich, the main character of the HBO series The New Pope, has played in countless movies including “Death of a Salesman Biff Loman”, “Of Mice and Men” and “Dangerous Liaisons”. 

The performance titled “The Music Critic” is a mix of a play and a concert. The greatest composers, world-renowned musicians, are criticized with humor, and by John Malkovich, the music critic. 

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Polgári Sikk” Exhibition – The Life + Fashion of Debrecen Women 1860 1940

In the opening exhibition of the Déri Museum visitors are invited to take a “chic tour” of the fashion in Debrecen during the 19th and 20th centuries.

In the opening exhibition of the Déri Museum visitors are invited to take a “chic tour” of the fashion in Debrecen during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The exhibition shows how the women of Debrecen lived and dressed between 1860 and 1940. Obviously, the well-qualified, civic social class of Debrecen followed fashion of Vienna. 

The pieces on exhibition were in the museum’s storehouses and have never been seen by the public. Now, visitors can see more than 300 items, including clothes, accessories, jewelry, and furniture. The special dishes, paintings, or dresses, fans, and jewelry made from high-quality materials show that ladies loved fashion back then just as much as today.

Guided tours and museum pedagogical activities are available during the exhibition, starting on 11th February and ending on 3rd May 2020.

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Paparazzi Gastronomy Tour

Organized by Paparazzi Kitchen & Bar and the Borudvar Wine retailer, this event provides gastronomic lovers with a rare gastronomic experience.

Organized by Paparazzi Kitchen & Bar and the Borudvar Wine retailer, this event provides gastronomic lovers with a rare gastronomic experience.

The extraordinary dinners with the tradition of the “à la carte menu” offers a multi-course tasting menu and special wines to diners.

During the gastronomic tour, participants can taste the “Wines of Debrecen”, all 7 award winners, and János Balogh – a wine expert of Borudvar Wine retailer, provides detail about the history and the uniquity of each wine.

The “Wines of Debrecen” title was awarded to 

  • Classic white wine: Mátra Rhine Rizling 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Classic red wine: Szekszárd Cabernet Franc classic 2017, Mészáros Borház
  • Classic rosé wine: Szekszárd Pinot noir Rosé 2019, Takler Borbirtok
  • Premium white wine: Mátrai Paskomi Chardonnay 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Premium red wine: Villányi Franc 2017, Koch Borház, VinArt Pincészet 
  • Dessert wine: Intuition No1 Zéta édes szamorodni 2008, Holdvölgy Pincészet
  • Champagne: Tokaji Furmint Pezsgő Extra Brut 2016, Gróf Dégenfeld Szőlőbirtok

The multi-course tasting menu items 

  • Welcome Sparkling Wine: Tokaji Furmint Pezsgő Extra Brut 2016
  • Cold appetizer: Lemon pepper mixed salad with tiger prawns with Mátra Rhine Rizling 2018
  • Soup: Sweet potato cream soup with vegetable chips with Mátrai Paskomi Chardonnay 2018
  •  Szekszárd Pinot Noir Rose 2019
  • Hot appetizer: Pork fillet roasted in pepper bark with tomato pappardelle | Cabernet Franc 2017
  • Main course: spicy beef steak with parsley potatoes and red wine sauce | Villányi Franc 2017
  • Dessert: Peach Cheesecake with Intuition No.1 Zéta Edes Szamorodni 2008

Price: HUF 11.900

Location and ticket purchase: Paparazzi Kitchen & Bar | Debrecen, Piac u. 18.

Table reservation: +36 70 772 8100 | Reservation of the table will be finalized only with the purchase of tickets. Ticket purchase is available until 20th February 2020.

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

World-class Musicians Playing in Debrecen

On 11th February, Kristóf Baráti and on 3rd March Barnabás Kelemen will be the soloist of the concerts of the Kodály Philharmonia in Debrecen.

On 11th February, Kristóf Baráti and on 3rd March Barnabás Kelemen will be the soloist of the concerts of the Kodály Philharmonia in Debrecen.

Kossuth and Liszt Prize laureate Kristóf Baráti in Debrecen

Kristóf Baráti, born into a musical family, was eight when he began performing with leading orchestras in Venezuela.  In recent seasons, Baráti has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2019 he was the featured soloist in the opening concert of the Verbier Festival. 

He has also played with orchestras such as Zurich Tonhalle, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Hague Philharmonic orchestras.

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Masquerade in Debrecen

Masquerade in Debrecen

Carnival is the time for cheer and fooling, and it is characterized by cheerful feasts, balls, parties and folk festivals. From 10th to 23rd of February, the XIX. Masquerade of Debrecen will help us drive the winter blues away and offer us a range of colourful programs to take part in.

Masquerade in Debrecen

Carnival is the time for cheer, characterized by cheerful feasts, balls, parties and folk festivals. From 10th to 23rd of February, the XIX. Masquerade of Debrecen will help us drive the winter blues away and offer us a range of colourful programs to take part in.

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All About Wine – Upcoming Wine Events in Debrecen.

Hungary has reclaimed its reputation for producing fantastic, quality wines since the fall of communism.

Hungary has reclaimed its reputation for producing fantastic, quality wines since the fall of communism. Overall wine quality is improving, at every price level, and you can still experience the best Hungarian wines locally in Debrecen, perhaps try before you invest in a bottle is the most sensible approach? 

Well in Debrecen you can try a vast array of Hungarian wines at the events listed below throughout the first half of 2020.

Furmint February 2020

The Furmint February Wine Show will be held once again in Debrecen on 29 February 2020 (Saturday) by the Debrecen Wine Friends Society.  The event will be held in the Kölcsey Center Ballroom.

At the pinnacle of the Debrecen Wine Show, the event will be this year’s Furmint February National Series.  Fifty wineries have been invited to the event from several wine regions.

The organizers have said that the event will showcase the variety and the characteristics of the Furmint breed.  In addition, a gastronomic corner will also available, where many delicacies will be available to wine-loving guests.  This year, a limited number of admission tickets will be available to prevent overcrowding and because the milieu of the event and the excellent wines to be tasted will require intimacy, intimacy, and attention that should be maximized.

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Szabo Magda Memorial House

Abigail – Magda Szabo’s Most Popular Work Released in English

While internationally Abigail is not Magda Szabo’s most famous book (The Door was previously), it is her most popular work at home in Hungary, and is therefore it is a perfect read for when travelling to or from Hungary, as a gift or souvenir.

Magda Szabó is a daughter of Debrecen, born and raised, she attended school here and graduated from the University of Debrecen in 1940 as a teacher of Latin and Hungarian.  She began her life as a teacher at a protestant girl’s boarding school in Debrecen and then later worked for the Hungarian Government in the Ministry of Religion and Education.  

Like all great works of literature, Magda Szabo’s story in part reflects her personal experience in life, in the case of the story, ’Abigail’ her youth, -growing up during the war is mirrored in her words and the experience of the character, as is her experience of a strict, religious boarding school environment she used to teach in.

Written in 1970, Abigail has since been turned into both a TV series and a musical.  For non-Hungarians, reading this book is an instant ice breaker for relations with Hungarians, and is a window into the lives of Hungarians living under Nazi occupation.

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5th Anniversary of Agóra

You can celebrate the fifth birthday of Agóra, the Science and Adventure Center, with extraordinary programs, a mini-exhibition, exciting science lectures and educational activities on the 8th and 9th, February 2020,

You can celebrate the fifth birthday of Agóra, the Science and Adventure Center, with extraordinary programs, a mini-exhibition, exciting science lectures and educational activities on the 8th and 9th, February  2020, 

You can find out about, for example, who was the ecclesiastic and botanist of Debrecen. Learn why István Hatvani the Hungarian mathematician was named as the “Hungarian Faust” in the 18th century.

The event will be hosted by Róbert Zsiros, host of a series of entertaining internet tutorials show called the “Szertár”. He will bring a special experimental presentation to Agóra this weekend. In addition to the programs, anyone can try all science games in the interactive space or participate in diverse science programs. 

The programs below can be visited free of charge, but only upon prior registration and confirmation. 

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spring concerts

Concerts in Spring 2020

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than through music. We recommend a walk in the forest to enjoy natures concert as birds get ready to nest. However, we also recommend visiting the Kölcsey Centre.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than through music. We recommend a walk in the forest to enjoy natures concert as birds get ready to nest.

However, we also recommend visiting the Kölcsey Centre, the goto venue for concerts in the city.

Some of the concerts below are organised as part of the Spring festival.

Spring family day with a concert of the band “Alma”

22 March, 10 AM  | Kölcsey Centre

The renowned Children’s Orchestra of the Minimax Children’s Channel brings a nearly 1-hour family concert to the town. Children and even parents can actively participate in the fun. The band has been performing with unrivalled success for 20 years, singing the most beautiful poems of classical and contemporary poets as well as performing children’s songs. 

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