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Aquaticum Strand Water Park Gets International Attention

Debrecen’s new Aquaticum Strand Water Park has been featured on the cover of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the UK’s largest architectural magazine by circulation.

Debrecen’s new Aquaticum Strand Water Park has been featured on the cover of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the UK’s largest architectural magazine by circulation. In the article, which is available in both print and online, the author, Isabelle Priest referred to the water park as a ‘mega fun’ place, – a place full of wild experiences.

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Campus Festivals 2021 – Latest

The big well known events cancelled in 2020 such as the Campus Festival and Debrecen Drive are already being organized for 2021.

The big well known events cancelled in 2020 such as the Campus Festival and Debrecen Drive are already being organized for 2021. While the dates for both events have recently been announced, the details remain unannounced. Debrecen Campus Nonprofit Public Benefit Ltd is responsible for both events.

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Petőfi tér

Petőfi Square to Undergo Transformation

Petőfi Square was one of the most impressive parts of Debrecen before World War II. The emblematic building of the courthouse, the district court, the Deák Ferenc Street Synagogue and the Royal Hotel were located here. Most of these were lost during the bombings of World War II.

Before World War II, Petőfi Square was one of the most impressive parts of Debrecen. The emblematic building of the courthouse, the district court, the Deák Ferenc Street Synagogue and the Royal Hotel were all located here. However most of these were lost during a series of bombings during the war.

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Debrecen's Mayor at the Opening of new play tower

Great Forest’s New Lookout Tower

Located in the heart of the Great Forest, the playground is a spot loved by kids of all ages and parents alike. While the children play, parents can relax and enjoy the surroundings while listening to their children’s laughter and the inescapable sound of water from the nearby Lake Békás fountains.

Located in the heart of the Great Forest, the playground is a spot loved by kids of all ages and parents alike. While the children play, parents can relax and enjoy the surroundings while listening to their children’s laughter and the inescapable sound of water from the nearby Lake Békás fountains.

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The Rise of Debrecen

The period after the fall of the Berlin Wall, between 1994-2010, this period was a time of neglect and under-investment in public spaces, but after there has been gradual improvements.

For Debrecen, until recently there was a stark contrast between the unattractive panel blocks, often referred to as commie blocks and the beautiful Art Deco buildings that still dominate the city center, – but things are changing.

The period after the fall of the Berlin Wall, between 1994-2010, this period was a time of neglect and under-investment in public spaces, but since then there has been gradual improvements.

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Graphic Artists Exhibition – Nora + Students.

The graphic artist Nora L. Rito and her pupils exhibition ideally would have been held at the Kölcsey Center Bényi Arpad restaurant, but the disease situation and safety considerations led to alternatives.

The graphic artist Nora L. Rito and her pupils exhibition ideally would have been held at the Kölcsey Center Bényi Arpad restaurant, but the disease situation and safety considerations led to alternatives, the display can been seen online on the Kölcsey Center’s Facebook page and then between the 8th January and 7 February 2021 at the Kölcsey Center, – Illuminated along the entire glass wall of Hunyadi Street.

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Ask + Answer Series – Péter Miklósvölgyi

This time Péter Miklósvölgyi, managing director of Debrecen Campus Nonprofit Public Benefit Ltd., answered our questions.

We are over a difficult year. Theaters and cinemas are closed, we cannot go to museums and restaurants, events are delayed or closed, and curfews make it difficult for us to move freely. We look forward to moving out of home again soon and traveling for a long weekends, domestically or for a small vacation abroad. Until then, all we have to do is tour at home and explore our own city, Debrecen, with a slightly different eye.

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Memorials of Mihály Fazekas in Debrecen

Mihály Fazekas, the famous native of Debrecen, was born 255 years ago, on January 6, 1766. In Debrecen we can monuments to his legacy in several places all over the city including a school and a street which bears his name, in addition many statues and reliefs commemorate his life.

Mihály Fazekas, the famous native of Debrecen, was born  255 years ago, on January 6, 1766. In Debrecen we can monuments to his legacy in several places all over the city including a school and a street which bears his name, in addition many statues and reliefs commemorate his life.

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Get to Know Debrecen: The Reformed Small Church

The Reformed Small Church is the oldest surviving church building in Debrecen. It is modestly nestled between the colorful buildings that were once the trading houses and imposing palaces of Piac Street. Keep reading to learn about it.

The Reformed Small Church is the oldest surviving church building in Debrecen. It is modestly nestled between the colorful buildings that were once the trading houses and imposing palaces of Piac Street. Here are 10 points of interest about the Reformed Small Church, referred to locally, as the “Truncated Church”.

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The History of Csokonai Theatre

The very first recorded theatrical performance in Debrecen took place in 1798 in a “house of comedy” and it was the first of many in subsequent years, these were held at various locations by various groups, but there was no permanent venue fit for purpose.

The very first recorded theatrical performance in Debrecen took place in 1798 in a “house of comedy” and it was the first of many in subsequent years, these were held at various locations by various groups, but there was no permanent venue fit for purpose.  

The first independent theatre from Debrecen was founded in 1810 by actors separated from the Transylvanian Hungarian Noble Theater Society, and then in 1814 the chief judge signed a ten-year contract with the Oradea theater company, according to which he played alternately in Debrecen and Oradea for 10 years. 

Eventually the Csokonai Theatre was built after a period of literary revolution in 1865 but was only named later in 1916 after one of Debrecen’s literary greats of the age, the poet Csokonai Vitéz Mihály who Just like many famous poets and playwrights of the time, he only became famous after death. 

Csokonai Theatre – As it was

The theatre’s opening performance was Katona’s 1819 play Báank bán, a play celebrating independence from Austrian rule.

The building began life in 1865, after fire destroyed previous temporary venues. It finally got the go ahead as a result of the theatrical success and transformation that occurred during the period between 1847 and 1857.  Along with success came the political will and finance necessary to implement and build the theatre. 

The theatre was designed by  Antal Szkalnitzky in a romantic style with Moorish and Byzantine ornamentations.  The interior is all that most would hope for from a Theatre of the period, with rich decoration and a three-tier gilt balconies, elaborate frescoes and chandeliers, the perfect setting for opera and musicals alike.

On the outside of the building, sculptures of other leading playwrights Sándor Petőfi, Ferenc Kazinczy, Mihály Vörösmarty, Károly Kisfaludy, Ferenc Kölcsey, and Mihály Csokonai Vitéz.  In addition there are sculptures of  two muses, Melpomene and Terpsikhore from Greek mythology.

Today the theatre is a Hungarian language repertory theatre with departments for prose, dance and orchestra as well as opera since 1952. Currently (2020) the theatre is undergoing extensive repair to bring the building up to the standard expected of a ‘National theatre’ which the theatre was designated in 2012.

Csokonai Theater
Csokonai Theatre before Renovation 2019

The renovation of the theatre is due to be completed by 2023, it includes improvements to the reception area, a new staircase leading to the auditorium and the removal of pillars/columns to increase viewing range and seating capacity.

Debrecen is Twinned With Many Cities.

Over the years many cities have been twinned with Debrecen. In some sense twinning implies that Debrecen has many things in common with these other cities, but there are also many differences, in the exchange of twinning both similarities and the differences are celebrated.

Over the years many cities have been twinned with Debrecen. In some sense twinning implies that Debrecen has many things in common with these other cities, but there are also many differences, in the exchange of twinning both similarities and the differences are celebrated.

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The Best Romanic Getaway in Hungary for 2021

While Budapest takes the limelight for attractions as a capital city, Debrecen takes the crown for Romanic getaways in Hungary. Away from the noise, hustle and bustle, it’s the ideal environment for romance to bloom in any season.

While Budapest takes the limelight for attractions as a capital city, Debrecen takes the crown for Romanic getaways in Hungary. Away from the noise, hustle and bustle, it’s the ideal environment for romance to bloom in any season.

Plan your next romantic getaway to Debrecen, to the surroundings of the great forest, with wellness programs aplenty. Be at one with nature, peaceful, beautiful and relaxing, and treat your loved ones as they deserve.

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