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Sándor Makoldi Memorial Exhibition Opens at the Kölcsey Center

A large-scale memorial exhibition organized on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the birth of the painter Sándor Makoldi can be seen at the Kölcsey Center.

A large-scale memorial exhibition organized on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the birth of the painter Sándor Makoldi can be seen at the Kölcsey Center.

The exhibition, which consists of about a hundred works and also presents a number of large-scale works. The exhibition fills the entire ground floor of ​​the Kölcsey Center.

The almost complete creative and educational works of painter and ethnographer Sándor Makoldi (1945 – 2017) are rooted in organic education, ancient and primarily Hungarian folk culture. In addition to his painting work, his teachings, lectures, and publications are the defining elements of Hungarian cultural creation and value transmission.

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Historical Exhibition on the Change of Regime – Debrecen Main Square

The exhibition was organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the change of regime, entitled “30 Years Free” and was first shown in Brussels last November.

An international traveling exhibition arrived in Debrecen, the exhibition reflects back on the repression of the communist period. The exhibition was organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the change of regime, entitled “30 Years Free” and was first shown in Brussels last November.

The exhibition presents in chronological order the events that led to the change of regime in Hungary, from oppression of the communist dictatorship to freedom. The 13-panel exhibition also brings to life the 1989-90 turn with photographs and quotes.

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Building History: The First Savings Bank of Debrecen

The Debrecen Cultural Center building on the corner of Piac and Kossuth Street once housed the city’s oldest financial institution, the First Savings Bank of Debrecen.

The Debrecen Cultural Center building on the corner of Piac and Kossuth Street once housed the city’s oldest financial institution, the First Savings Bank of Debrecen. 

The financial institution started its operation in a small shop leased in the town hall in 1846 and later acquired the properties of the neighbouring buildings on the corner of Piac and Kossuth Street in 1868. The acquisition included the two-story “Táncos Kovács” House, the Auer House, and the Radl house.

The bank outgrew its two-story “Táncos Kovács” headquarters shortly thereafter and designed an impressive three-story palace to replace it. 

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Machine Imaginaire – Vera Molnar’s Algorithms

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

The Hungarian artist, who has lived in Paris for more than 70 years, is a pioneer of computer art. By developing the principle of Machine Imaginaire, the ever-experimenting, tireless Vera Molnar laid the foundations for an algorithmic work of art based on aesthetics: she defined a machine that works according to a program according to certain rules and generates works of art. However, the decision here, as in any creative process, belongs to the artist, so it is as much a part of the work as the construction of the algorithm.

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Celebratory Dance Performances on Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage

If you enjoy ballet and dance in general then there are two dates to bookmark in the coming months. The performances are to be held on the Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage thus minimizing Covid-19 risk.

If you enjoy ballet and dance in general then there are two dates to bookmark in the coming months. The performances are to be held on the Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage thus minimizing Covid-19 risk.

Firstly, in August there is an adaptation of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina by the Ballet Company of Győr, and in September an adaptation of Wass Albert’s “The Witch of Funtinel” by the Debrecen Folk Ensemble.

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The History of the Zsuzsi Railway

On 18th July 2020, the Zsuzsi narrow gauge railway re-opens to the public after a long period of renovation and reconstruction. Learn about the history of the railway here.

The Zsuzsi railway came to be because “the city of Debrecen wanted to cultivate its 37.4 km2 forest, which is located 24-38 km from the city near Gúth.” A Railway was needed to transport the harvested wood. Therefore the city announced a tender for the construction, operation, and supply of the harvested timberline.

The tender was won by Kopf-Steinberger contractors and the first section of the railway was opened on July 16th, 1882. This was the 21.5 km section between Debrecen-Fatelep and Nyírmártonfalva. The railway was built in a way unique to the country, with a track gauge of 950 mm.

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Summer Programme of the Great Forest Open Air Theatre 2020

In 2019, the Nagyerdei Outdoor Games delighted the audience with the excellent theatrical productions in collaboration with the most sought-after star actors and musicians, as well as showcasing cult films of the world.

In 2019, the Nagyerdei Outdoor Games delighted the audience with the excellent theatrical productions in collaboration with the most sought-after star actors and musicians, as well as showcasing cult films of the world.

This summer the Great Forest Open Air Theatre celebrates its 70th birthday. It opened its doors with Zoltán Kodály’s song Székelyfonó in June 1950 and was the first and only permanent,.outdoor stage in Debrecen. It also showcased the County Prima Prize-winning Debrecen Folk Ensemble (Debreceni Népi Együttes) introducing them to citizens. 

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Debrecen Piknik Will Bring Picnic Atmosphere the Great Forest

During the Flower Carnival week, 15th-22nd August, the organizers will be waiting for gastronomic lovers in the Great Forest, with a real picnic atmosphere.

During the Flower Carnival week, 15th-22nd August, the organizers will be waiting for gastronomic lovers in the Great Forest, with a real picnic atmosphere.

Following the example of the highly successful Debrecziner Gourmet Festival, the Debrecen Piknik is organized with the support of the Stylish Rural Restaurant (Stílusos Vidéki Éttermiség; SVÉT). Those visiting the event can meet the following rural and local restaurants:

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Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days

The Debrecen Jazz Days has been held every year, without interruption since 1972. This year will be no exception, It will be organized from 15th to 22nd August for the 49th time. The event will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

The Debrecen Jazz Days has been held every year, without interruption since 1972.  This year will be no exception, It will be organized from 15th to 22nd August for the 49th time. The event will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. 

Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days is a social event with wines and music taking place in the Great Forest. The event contributes to the improvement of the quality of life for citizens by strengthening the good practice of cultured wine and listening to great music.

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Debrecen Flower Carnival Week – The Details

The Flower Carnival week, 15th-23rd August, will provide those interested with a flower extravaganza with both traditional and new programs.

The Flower Carnival week, taking place between 15th-23rd of August, provides a color extravaganza with both traditional and new programs.

Participation in the Decoration of the Flower Floats

In the early days of the carnival, the residents of Debrecen came together to decorate the first flower floats. This year this community experience will come back to life so that those interested can also take part in the decoration of the floats. 

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Tree of the Year Finalist Located in Déri Square.

The site of today’s Déri Square was once a pond known as Paptava. From 1840 the first of the larger botanical gardens were located here, built for the natural history education of college students. By 1920, our pedunculate, European oak tree would have been only around 30 years old.

The site of today’s Déri Square was once a pond known as Paptava, which literally translates as “Priest’s lake”. From 1840 the first of the larger botanical gardens were located here, built for the natural history education of college students. By 1920, our pedunculate, European oak tree would have been only around 30 years old.

At the same time, the silk factory ower Frigyes Déri donated his antique collection covering the material of three parts of the world to Debrecen. Although Déri wanted to bear the construction costs, his unexpected death in 1924 put a stop to this.

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A Fantastic Summer Events Programme Awaits You in Debrecen

In addition to the city center, the Great Forest will become a lively cultural venue during the summer of 2020. Among other things, Flower Carnival Week will begin on the 15th of August.

In addition to the city center, the Great Forest will become a lively cultural venue during the summer of 2020. Among other things, Flower Carnival Week will begin on the 15th of August. 

There will be several theatre productions held on the Open-Air stage,  and in addition to these, the ‘Zsigmond Móricz Theater’ in Nyíregyháza will be a guest on-stage with a successful production which was selected together with director Szente Vajk for a Hungarian performance last year. Despite its light-hearted nature, the musical has an in-depth message that has a lot to say on the topic of equal opportunities for men and women, in the spirit of the #metoo campaign.

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