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Focus on the Great Forest

Between the 1st and 9th October 2022, the Great Forest Week will take place for the third time, a series of programmes presenting the values of the Great Forest of Debrecen, organised by the Great Forest Society, the Debrecen Values Committee, and several other partners.

The event week will include sports programmes, cycling demonstrations, thematic walks, guided nature tours, family days, picnics, exhibitions, and an international conference on the Green Values of Debrecen.

Nyírerdő Zrt. Debrecen Forestry, the Hortobágy National Park Directorate, the Méliusz Juhász Péter Library, the Nagyerdei Culture Park, the Debrecen Photography Club, the Nagyerdő Society, the Natural History Museum, the Fresh Oxygen Foundation, the Debrecen Extreme Sports Association, the DKSI Debrecen Cycling Sport and Recreational Youth Association, the Nordic Walking Debrecen Sports Association, the Confucius Institute of the DE-BTK, the Igazgyöngy Foundation, the Kós Károly Art High School and College, the Agóra Scientific Experience Centre and the Médiacentrum Debrecen Kft. is participating.

Detailed programme of the Big Forest Week:

1st October 2022.
9:00 a.m. Big Forest Week opening ceremony and Oxygen Cup Forest Run
Location: Debrecen, Nagyerdő. Start and finish of the race: 500 m from the corner of the cemetery (gate number 3, roundabout) in the forest.

9:00 a.m. Nagyerdő Week opening ceremony
Speeches by Dr. János Mazsu, President of the Great Forest Society and the Debrecen Values Committee, László Áts, President of the Fresh Oxygen Foundation
The warm-up will be led by Luca Kozák, Hungarian Olympic hurdler
With the participation of the Sonus Percussion Ensemble

10:00 a.m. Oxygen Cup Forest Run
During the race, you can play with the large Forest Leaves puzzles from the Natural Archives, and learn about the forest and its secrets and curiosities on the children’s course.
To enter: http://sportstopper.hu/sportido-web/

3rd October 2022.
9:00 a.m. Hunting day at the forest school for registered groups
Location: 25 Kartács Street, Debrecen Forestry
Registration: agnes.barna@nyirerdo.hu

5:00 p.m. Opening of the photo competition “My Great Forest”, organized by the Debrecen Photo Club
Location: Méliusz Juhász Péter Library

5:00 p.m. Opening of the exhibition “The Hedgehog and the Squirrel” by the Natural History Museum
Méliusz Juhász Péter Library
The exhibitions are open until 31st October.

4th October 2022.
9:00 a.m. Forest Day for registered groups at the Forest School
10:00 a.m..8:00 p.m..8:00 p.m. Forestry in Debrecen (Kartács utca 25.)
Registration: agnes.barna@nyirerdo.hu

5th October 2022.
9:00 a.m. Hunting Day for registered groups at the Forest School at the Forestry Centre of Debrecen (Kartács utca 25.)
Registration: agnes.barna@nyirerdo.hu

3:00 p.m. Opening of the exhibition “At home in the forest” by the Natural History Museum
Location: Borsos-villa
The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Lajos Barcsa, Deputy Mayor of Bors-villa. The exhibition shows how birds live in the forest and what we can do to protect them.

6th October 2022.

9:00 a.m. Forest day for groups registered at the forest school
Debrecen Forestry (Kartács utca 25.)
Registration: agnes.barna@nyirerdo.hu

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Debrecen’s Wild Heritage – City and Region
Venue: Agora Scientific Experience Centre ( Móricz Zsigmond út 6. Debrecen Botanical Garden, Entrance from Móricz Zsigmond út!)
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

2022. október 7.

Memorial Day of the Great Forest
9:00 a.m. Commemoration of the declaration and wreath-laying ceremony
Location: the National Park of the Forestry Company. (Kartács utca 25.), at the three pillars commemorating the declaration of the Great Forest as a protected area
Performers: folk singer Ildikó Bárdosi and Miklós Molnár, forest engineer

Programmes of the day:

  • Handicraft demonstrations and activities (woodcarving and gingerbread making)
  • 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2.00 p.m., the Kuckó Művésztanya (Kuckó Artists) House performs for children
  • “I’m going to be a small fry!” Ferkó Kádár’s photo theatre. Photo shoot in front of tarpaulins depicting forest and hunting scenes.

The picture will be sent by e-mail.

  • Archery in the forest
  • Making and wearing a (paper) crown in the big forest
  • Hunting dog demonstration at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Visit of the Green Circle of Hajdúböszörmény with environmental and nature conservation activities

Forest school programmes for children:

  • Educational trail hike
  • Folk games
  • Big Forest Toto
  • Giant board game – Forest manager, Fairy tale board game
  • Big Forest, Hogs of the Forest, Miscellaneous, Miscellaneous, Game of Forest
  • Oak rope pulling competition for children’s teams, families
  • The school with the largest number of students will receive a prize of 5 m3 of firewood!

Participation in the programme is free of charge, but registration is required.

Registration: agnes.barna@nyirerdo.hu

8th October 2022.

Big Forest Week Family Day in the Sziget-kékben playground.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Nordic Walking Debrecen Sports Association: continuous demonstrations, groups starting every hour, guided walks.
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

10:00 a.m. DKSI Debrecen Cycling Sport and Recreation Youth Association (DKSI Debreceni Kerékpáros Sport és Szabadidős Ifjúsági Egyesület) organizes a tour through the forest on the Sziget-blue – Velopark – Sziget-blue route, subject to registration
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

10:00 a.m. Forest walk in Sziget-kek (sensory motor games, observations)
Programme duration: 45 minutes
Recommended age: up to 6 years
Organizer: Small Mask Experience Workshop – Island Blue Theme Park
Registration: szigetkek@zoodebrecen.hu

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Bloodless hunt guided by the Natural History Museum every hour
Morning family programme for children and adults, in groups or alone. Play a game and get to know the animals of the Great Forest. Everyone can hunt, regardless of age.
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

11:00 a.m. Treasures of the forest – craft activities organised by the Sziget-kék Theme Park management.
Duration: 1 hour
The programme is free of charge.

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Liu Yonghan playing the Chinese zither (guzheng), while Chinese language teacher Wang Zaijun demonstrates Tai-chi
11:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Wang Zaijun’s workshop: learn Tai-Chi with me
11:15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Feng Xueying’s tea ceremony and Wang Jie’s Chinese dance demonstration in traditional costume.
11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wang Jie’s workshop on the basic steps and movements of Chinese dance, interpreted in Hungarian by Wang Panqi, Chinese students in traditional costume distributing Chinese tea

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Chinese style rope pulling
Registration on site for teams of 7 people.
Moderator: Wang Panqi

1:00 p.m. A hike organized by the DKSI Debrecen Cycling Sport and Recreation Youth Association, – registration required, along the Sziget-kek – Velopark – Sziget-blue route through the forest.
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

2:00 p.m. Guided nature hike in the Great Forest organised by the Hortobágy National Park Directorate
Departure from the Northern Event Area of the Nagyerdei Stadium
(distance: 6 km, duration: 3-4 hours)
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

2:30 p.m. Chinese ink painting by Mátyás Petró
Accompanied on electric piano by Ms. Peng Wanyun

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Szabó Magda Lapozó
Invited guests will be asked about the Plan All 2023 diary book and their experiences with Magda Szabó by Zsuzsa Béres-Áfra, sociologist and moderator of the event. For the second time, socio-cultural mediator Gyöngyi Porkoláb, together with PlanAll, has created a special diary of deadlines and readers, in which Magda Szabó’s personality is an inspiration for us.
Registration: https://www.debreceniertektar.hu/civis-ertekor-klub/rendezvenyeink

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Motif mosaics from the world of Magda Szabó
Open-air joint creation led by the Igazgyöngy Foundation and the teachers of the Kós Károly Art High School and College.

9th October 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All-day demonstrations and activities will be held at the Sziget-blue at the organisations’ tents next to the entrance.

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Nordic Walking Debrecen Sports Association
Continuous demonstrations, groups starting every hour, guided walks
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Intensive walking
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Recreational walking
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Nordic walking for mothers and babies
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Forest magic walk for those who want to recharge and find peace of mind

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Hortobágy National Park Directorate (Hortobágyi Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság) will host a small mobile exhibition on Natura 2000 sites with games on the Sziget-kék.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DKSI Debrecen Cycling Sport and Leisure Youth Association

  • 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. organised tours with registration on the Sziget-blue – Velopark – Sziget-blue route through the forest.
  • cycling skill trails
  • information on cycling and the bicycle as a sporting tool in the information tent

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. DESE Extreme Sports Academy Debrecen Family Open Day