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New Years Eve Gala

New Year’s Eve Gala Concert

In following the tradition of recent years, the New Year’s Eve Opera and Musical Gala will be held on the 4th January 2020 in Debrecen.

In following the tradition of recent years, the New Year’s Eve Opera and Musical Gala will be held on the 4th January 2020 in Debrecen.

You can immerse yourself into the atmosphere of live festive music, and the art of New Year’s Eve Celebration. 

The performers of the evening are the outstanding artists of the Budapest Operetta Theater: Mónika Fischl, Petra Gubik, Bori Kállay, Anita Lukács, Marika Oszvald, Szilvi Szendy, Gergely Boncsér, Attila Dolhai, Péter Laki, Károly Peller, and Zsolt Vadász.

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The Traditional + Modern Spa Experience in Debrecen

“Your city is perfect only if it has a spa,”said Abu Syr, Arab historian.

“Your city is perfect only if it has a spa,” said Abu Syr, the Arab historian.

A possible explanation for the origin of the word “spa” is the healing power of water. Debrecen is indeed fortunate with aplenty of spas!  Historically, the spa experience in Europe was centered on the “bath culture”, a patient would spend a few days or weeks in center like Debrecen using medicinal waters to treat or prevent certain illnesses.

In the 1950s, the spa experience was interpreted as a clinical activity but were rebranded as “beauty farms” took over later, using a variety of medicinal water therapies, along with strict exercise and diet.

Today, the modern spa experience is a pampering and pleasant stay in Debrecen and in a beautiful environment with healthy and tasty food. Water is still an important component of the spa experience, but the modern spa provides health services for body and soul.

In Debrecen, you can choose from spa treatments, “lifestyle programs”, and relaxing experiences in a wide range of spa and wellness hotels a selection of which are below.

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ice skating Debrecen

Ice skating in Debrecen

With the arrival of winter, the ice rink opens in Debrecen, in the past, ice skating was available on Gábor Oláh Street. It was a fantastic experience to skate out there in the morning sun or under the evening starry sky, or even in the snow.

With the arrival of winter, the ice rink opens in Debrecen, in the past, ice skating was available on Gábor Oláh Street. It was a fantastic experience to skate out there in the morning sun or under the evening starry sky, or even in the snow.

When the weather got really cold, winter lovers would ice skate on the frozen Békás Lake in the Great Forest Park or on the Lake “Csónakázó” (it is the lake in front of the stadium). The ice rink on Gábor Oláh Street was finally closed in 2013, after being declared outdated and not up to standard. Instead, winter sports lovers could ice skate on a track set up in front of the Great Church.

Today, we can ice skate in Jégcsarnok or in the mobile ice rink by the Stadium. 

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Wines of Debrecen 2020

On November 29, 2014, the leadership of Debrecen began the annual tradition of unveiling the classic white and red wines to be labelled “Wines of Debrecen” at an event know as “Bormustra”. These award-winning wines were used by the municipality for city events and international delegations and served in several local restaurants.

On November 29, 2014, the leadership of Debrecen began an annual tradition of unveiling the classic white and red wines to be labelled “Wines of Debrecen” at an event know as “Bormustra”. Today, these award-winning wines are used by the municipality for city events and international delegations and served in several local restaurants. 

Each year a jury of professional and social delegates select the wine of the winning wineries in the annual Bormustra competition. The event is organized by the editorial staff of the magazine “Debreceni Borozó” and this year took place on December 16 at the Hotel Lycium. 

The jury comprised of winemakers and social delegates including experts such as Dr. Attila Fiáth, professor, international wine academician, Dr. József Kosárka, international wine academic, the ambassador of the world wines and Dr. Tibor Kovács, associate professor and director of the Research Institute for Viticulture and Oenology, Tokaj.

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Newton Exhibition Modem

Private. Photo Exhibition Of Helmut Newton.

Born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications.

Born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications. When looking at Helmut Newton’s photographs, it is often unclear where reality ends and where the “show” begins. He combines different elements in his photographs to create an embarrassing play of power and seduction with an incredible aesthetic sense.

As a great fashion photographer, he redefined the spirit of the times; his purpose was to tell exciting and surprising stories through pictures. He focused mostly on women – Paloma Picasso, Catherine Deneuve, Liz Taylor, Carla Bruni – but the interaction between men and women is a recurring theme in his footage.

In the late years, Newton also worked for German, American, Italian, French and Russian Vogue, primarily in and around Monte Carlo. It is impossible to categorize his work of more than five decades. In his pictures, he combined elegance and style. His oeuvre is not only unique but also inimitable.

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Reformed Great Church Debrecen

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Debrecen

If you know of Debrecen, just a little, you most probably think of images of the impressive Great Reformed Church dominating the central Kossuth Square surrounded by Art Deco and socialism period buildings. However, there are much more to Debrecen that just this, with many sites of interest, each with its own rich history. 10 hidden gems are listed below

If you know of Debrecen, just a little, you most probably think of images of the impressive Great Reformed Church dominating the central Kossuth Square surrounded by Art Deco and socialism period buildings. However, there is much more to Debrecen that just this, with many sites of interest, each with its own rich history. 10 hidden gems are listed below.

Hungary’s Backup Capital

For example, did you know that Debrecen was once the Capital of Hungary, not just once but twice once in 1849 and at the turn 1944-45, respectively. Each time represented dramatic episodes of revolution and war when the Reformed Big Church and the College became iconic venues of momentous historic occasions.

The Phoenix, an Important Symbol of Debrecen

A common sight in Debrecen is the image of the legendary creature the Phoenix.  Emerging from fire from atop the crown of Debrecen’s coat of arms, the phoenix symbolizes the never-ending renewal of the city. The image appears in a number of landmarks, such as the mosaic of 180,000 pieces of Venetian glass covering a prominent spot in Kossuth tér, the design of the commemorative Millennium fountain, or the bodies of the popular streetcars. 

Today the symbol has been embraced by the current government and aptly used as a logo to represent the new Phoenix City development plan, now in its second stage.

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Hungarian Christmas Gastronomy

Santa Claus Coming to Town

There are many legends about Santa Claus, but few know the origin of these legends.

There are many legends about Santa Claus, but few know the origin of these legends.

Today’s Santa Claus tradition dates back to the III. century. Born about 275 after Christ, Patras was born in Asia and he later became the Bishop of Myra in the Roman province of Lycia. He dedicated his whole life to helping the poor and the children and on the eve of his name-day, he surprised the children with sweets and food. After his death he was ordained as a saint, so we remember him as Saint Nicholas. 

In Hungary, we celebrate Santa Claus on December 6th, as it has been since the end of the 19th century.

While Santa Claus is carrying the gift at Christmas in America and in many countries of Western Europe; in Hungary, Mikulás, the Hungarian version of Santa Claus, arrives on the of the 5th of December. 

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Hungarian Christmas – Gastronomy

While advent begins at the end of November or the beginning of December, in Hungary Christmas really begins for children on the 6th December, this is because it is (Mikulás-nap) St.Nicholas day, the day when Santa visits Children throughout Hungary.

While advent begins at the end of November or the beginning of December, in Hungary Christmas really begins for children on the 6th December, this is because it is (Mikulás-nap) St.Nicholas day, the day when Santa visits Children throughout Hungary.

In preparation for this Advent and Christmas period, a number of popular treats are prepared in vast quantities, available everywhere from cukrászdák (confectionaries), and at the stalls at the Advent Christmas fairs located in bigger cities such as Budapest and Debrecen.

#1 The Beigli

In what can only be described as a sweet tradition, the Beigli is consumed in vast quantities in the build-up to Christmas.  The rolled cylinders of dough are more widely known as Christmas Roll or Poppy Seed roll or Walnut Rolls. They are named accordingly, with either poppy seed or a walnut filling and then baked.  These sweet treats last for long periods and are mass-produced by Grandma’s across the country. It is a happily unavoidable treat and a sensation that is inseparable from the Christmas experience and memory here.

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Advent Debrecen

Debrecen Advent Fair Programs – Details

The Debrecen Advent Fair opened at Kossuth Square and Piac Street on November 23rd, providing a cosy community space with vendors supplying unique handmade products, irresistible delicacies and soul-warming hot drinks.

The Debrecen Advent Fair opened at Kossuth Square and Piac Street on November 23rd, providing a cosy community space with vendors supplying unique handmade products, irresistible delicacies and soul-warming hot drinks. 

In the advent of the hustle and bustle, we can enjoy the 45-meter giant wheel, while our youngest can take a ride on the Vili train (December 2-23).

30 November: Bethlehem in the Old Town Hall

From November 30, the Old Town Hall will open its gate. In its inner courtyard, figures of Bethlehem can be seen together with biblical animals thanks to the help of the Debrecen Zoo and Botanical Garden.  In addition to those images, the wilderness of Hortobágy will be also displayed. In addition to the permanent programs, there are other nature-based attractions on the weekends, i.e. Természettár (Association of Nature) shows what we can do for animals, especially for the birds and other wildlife species, in winter. 

Opening hours of the Old Town Hall:  Saturday and Sunday 9 AM 9 PM, weekdays 4 PM – 8 PM (November 30 – December 22, 2019)

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michac gabor

Costume + Puppet Design Exhibition in the Vojtina Puppet Theater

A new exhibition entitled “Endless Ends” can be seen in the Vojtina Puppet Theater. The exhibition features the work of Gábor Michac, the set, costume and puppet designer.

A new exhibition entitled “Endless Ends” can be seen in the Vojtina Puppet Theater. The exhibition features the work of Gábor Michac, the set, costume and puppet designer. 

The young artist graduated from the Faculty of Art of the University of Kaposvár in 2010. Since then his work has been used in a number of theatrical and visual productions, – too numerous to count. 

Gábor’s design is impressive: passionate, luxurious and at times minimalist. His figures are formative and articulate with bold visuality. This season, he also co-designed two plays, “„A Csizmadia, a Szélkirály és a Nyúlpásztor esete” (“The Case of the Boots, The King of the Wind, and the Rabbit Shepherd” and the “„A libapásztorlány” (“The Goose Shepherd”). 

The exhibition entitled “Endless Ends” is the 99th exhibition of the Vojtina Puppet Theater that is open to the public.

The exhibition opens on the 19th November and continues to January 12th, 2020, from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm on weekends.

Reformed Great Church Debrecen

The 200th Anniversary of the Reformed Great Church

According to the plans of architect Mihály Péchy, the construction work of today’s church known as The Reformed Great Church of Debrecen began in 1805 and was completed in 1827.

In the 13th Century, St. Andrew Church, built by Dósa family stood in the place of today’s Reformed Great Church. In the 16th century the St. Andrew Church was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt in gothic style. Unfortunately, it was also completely destroyed in the Great Fire of Debrecen of 1802, and a new church had to be built for the Reformed believers in the city. According to the plans of architect Mihály Péchy, the construction work of today’s church known as The Reformed Great Church of Debrecen began in 1805 and was completed in 1827.

The Reformed Great Church of Debrecen is the largest Reformed church in Hungary and is the most iconic building of the city and is a sight of great importance for the Hungarian Reformed Church. Built-in the neoclassical style, the church can seat nearly two thousand people. 

The Reformed Great Church of Debrecen is not only an ecclesiastical but also an important historical and cultural site where Lajos Kossuth read the Declaration of Independence on April 14, 1849. In 1991, II. Pope John Paul also served in the Reformed Great Church of Debrecen before wreathing a galley sculpture in the Memorial Garden.

The first worship was held in the Reformed Great Church two hundred years ago, on November 24, 1819. 

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The Historical Dark Side of Debrecen

Just like any other city, Debrecen has its own dark history with scandals, intrigues, violence and murder which make for interesting stories. A far cry from what today’s Debrecen which must be one of the safest cities in Hungary.

Just like any other city, Debrecen has its own dark history with scandals, intrigues, violence and murder which make for interesting stories. A far cry from what today’s Debrecen which must be one of the safest cities in Hungary.  There are several interesting buildings and streets in the city that tell some scandalous stories.

Petőfi Square, the Little Chicago of Debrecen

Petőfi Square started to play an important role in the life of the city only in the second half of the 19th century, but before this time it was used as a dumping ground. With the construction of the railroad, it became popular, but it was never an upper-class neighbourhood, but rather the “entertainment center” of the working class. It was also called “Little Chicago”. 

The Kossuth Hotel stood at the corner of what is now Elizabeth Street, operated as a reputable place at first. Later it was seen as a dangerous inn because if the guest did not pay, they would throw them out onto the street or search their wallet while he slept. 

On the street known as Késes, (translates as Knife in English) located behind a 24 story building the street was probably named after the knife makers located there, but a far more interesting story arose that quickly became widespread, that it was named so because of stabbings there.

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