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The Bartók Spring International Art Week Has Come to Debrecen

In the last days of April, the events scene in Debrecen will be incredibly busy and the Nagyerde Water Tower will be no exception. On the last three days of the month, there will be fantastic cultural events at the popular venue.

Mihály Csokonai Vitéz is undoubtedly an inescapable figure of Debrecen culture. His works have been interpreted in many different ways, but not as he will be performed during the Bartók Spring, which will be held partly in Debrecen for the first time this year. Zsolt Prieger, the father of Anima Sound System, has dreamed up a daring idea: he will present his Csokona in the form of a literary DJ set. But let him speak for us:

“We’ll evoke the spirit of Csokonai in a performance combining elements of haunting hip-hop, weird classical music influences, and a dreamy dub-séance on Thursday in Debrecen, in the company of Gábor Subicz, TINK the Mulato Aztek and Evelin Ivy. It will be a real Csokonai Vitéz Workshop.”

MIHÁLY, or, THE GHOSTS OF A CITY will take place on Thursday 28th April at 7:30 p.m., read more here.

On the last Friday evening of the month, the Water Tower Garden will finally open, with three bands inaugurating the 2022 outdoor stage.

The gates open at 6:00 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. onwards 4S Street will be playing. The indie-pop-rock group from Transylvania (Gyergyószentmiklós) has been touring Hungary and Romania since 2018 to showcase their songs in as many places as possible. Now they will pay their respects in the Nagyerdő. They will be followed by Lóci at 7:30 p.m.. The brigade led by Lóci Csorba has enjoyed countless professional and audience-approved successes.

Friday night’s outdoor fun will conclude with a concert by Blahalouisiana, starting at 8:45 p.m. The Székesfehérvár-based beat-rock/pop-soul band is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, so this year’s opening of the Víztoronykert will be a thorough summary of the past ten years by Barbara Schoblocher and her band.

On Saturday evening, the Bartók Spring programme will once again be on show and on stage at the Nagyerdei Water Tower: four fantastic talents, four unique voices, and sounds will take turns on stage.

Dóra Hegyi Ohnody, who has introduced her spiritual world to many young Hungarians through her solo projects, will perform. Returning to the Nagyerdő will be Deva, aka Takács Dorina, whose ancient, pulsating, dreamlike songs will once again enchant the audience. The young artist, supported by Balázs Zságer (Žagar), released her debut album Csillag (Star) in January this year, which was a unanimous success in every respect. Also on stage will be Saya Noé, aka Mimi Kőrös, whose debut album Museum of Sins was released in December 2020. Most of the twelve-song set will certainly be performed in Debrecen.

The evening will also feature Cristina Drimba, a singer-guitarist from Oradea, who is only 16 years old. She first appeared in the Fülesbagoly talent contest in 2020 with her own compositions and immediately became a big hit with her individual vision and self-expression.

It is certain that those who spend Saturday night at the Water Tower will get a very colourful and varied picture of female performers in contemporary music.

Source: Dehir

The Bartók Spring International Art Week is organised by Müpa Budapest: the aim of the programme series is to make Hungary an even more attractive destination for international cultural tourism in the coming years, in cooperation with Hungarian and European partner institutions, and to gradually become a national event series with the involvement of Budapest and other major cities, thus ensuring that Hungarian and international audiences can experience a more colourful and richer artistic programme.

Further information and tickets for Bartók Spring programmes are available here.