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Campus Eleven: 11 evenings with more than 150 programs

More than 150 musical performances are expected on the 11 evenings between 19 August and 19 September.

More than 150 musical performances are expected on the 11 evenings between 19 August and 19 September. 

Due to the pandemic, traditional summer festivals are not possible this summer. To keep the festival spirit alive, Campus Eleven will be organized at the end of the summer.

Campus Eleven will provide a real festival atmosphere with the most popular Hungarian performers on 19 evenings between 19 August and 19 September 2020.

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3x3 Fiba Masters Debrecen

FIBA 3×3 World Tour returns in Debrecen in August

Good news! The Debrecen stop of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour will still be held on August 29-30, 2020 according to the updated calendar of FIBA.

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an ‘open’ network of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)-endorsed 3×3 tournaments. 

FIBA 3×3 World Tour is a significant sports event in Debrecen’s sporting calendar and is held according to high international standards. Each year around two million people worldwide are watching the World Tour Masters series. 

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Nagyerdei Viztorony - architects: Zoltán Győrffy, Róbert Novák - photo: Zsolt Batár

The Great Forest Water Tower – Nagyerdei Víztorony

A relic of history, Debrecen’s water tower, known as Nagyerdei Víztorony was built in 1913 for the purpose of supplying water to Debrecen University but has become much more besides.

A relic of history, Debrecen’s water tower, known as Nagyerdei Víztorony was built in 1913 for the purpose of supplying water to Debrecen University and the surrounding villas.  The tower was designed by architect József Boros with a capacity of a thousand cubic meters of water. 

The selected design was a more modern design at the time, showing the details of the reinforced concrete structure.  It was built by an association between mechanical engineer Dezső Adorján and construction contractor Sándor Fried Aladár of Budapest.

Located between Pallagi út and Nagyerdei Körút, the tower took the name of its surroundings, Nagyerdei Víztorony which when translated is Great Forest Water tower.

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farmer expo 2020

Farmer Expo: Eastern Hungary’s Largest Agri Food Trade Fair 2020

The Farmer Expo in Debrecen is one of Hungary’s leading international agricultural and food trade fairs, fist organized in 1993 at the Agricultural Science Center of the University of Debrecen. It provides the widest and most effective opportunities for the agro-industry to establish contacts, deepen relations, and learn new trends.

The Farmer Expo in Debrecen is one of Hungary’s leading international agricultural and food trade fairs, fist organized in 1993 at the Agricultural Science Center of the University of Debrecen. It provides the widest and most effective opportunities for the agro-industry to establish contacts, deepen relations, and learn new trends. 

Although a business event it also considers the needs of families and is programmed accordingly, for instance, the show of the smallest and largest horse in the country.

In 2019 about 300 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors visited Eastern Hungary’s largest agricultural and food trade fair and the organizers expect similar numbers of visitors this year too.

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Debrecen historical events

Let Debrecen, Hungary be Your Home Escape Travel Destination in June

As we all exit COVID-19 lockdown, understandably we all want to escape the confines of our homes, the question is how to do this responsibly.  In addition, now that we are used to the quiet, and slower pace, it is perhaps wise not to take on too much. 

As we all exit COVID-19 lockdown, understandably we all want to escape the confines of our homes, the question is how to do this responsibly.  In addition, now that we are used to the quiet, and slower pace, it is perhaps wise not to take on too much, too soon. 

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Debrecen Flower Festival 2020

The Flower Carnival 2020 Will be like No Other

The Flower Carnival was officially certified last year, will be held this year too but it will be organized in a different format than in the previous fifty years.

The 20th August is the national and state holiday of Hungary and the anniversary of the consecration of Stephen I of Hungary. In Debrecen, however, it is also the day of the Flower Carnival. It is a real attraction, drawing in visitors from across the country and internationally ever since it was first organised in 1966.

According to historians, the following two events are the predecessor of today’s flower carnival:

In August 1900, the board of the Debrecen Civil Cycling Association held a meeting and decided to hold a national cycling competition later that same year in September to raise awareness of the association’s new track.  The highlight of the event and competition was a “large-scale flower corset, which they want to create with a lot of taste and splendor”. 

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Debrecen Zoo Childrens day

Children’s Day at Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park

On the last weekend in May – a three-day-long holiday including Whit Monday – children will be in the spotlight at the Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park, turning 60 this May, with awesome activities and many new attractions

On the last weekend in May – a three-day-long holiday including Whit Monday – children will be in the spotlight at the Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park, turning 60 this May, with awesome activities and many new attractions – all in keeping with current public health regulations and the institution’s extra precautionary measures.

On Children’s Day proper, May 31, there will be hourly tours on the institution’s Donkey Carriage, now complemented with music, puppeteers, and stilt walkers from Vojtina Puppet Theatre, who will also perform a puppet show (in Hungarian) both in the morning and afternoon. In addition, local hobbyists will introduce visitors to the secrets of car modeling.

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Deri Museum

The History of Déri Museum – 90 years Old

The Treaty of Trianon was signed in the Grand Trianon Palace in Versailles on June 4th, 1920 and as the result of it, not only was a significant part of Hungary was annexed but also universities and more than sixty of the museums “moved” outside the country, in an instant, together with their invaluable art treasures.

The Treaty of Trianon was signed in the Grand Trianon Palace in Versailles on June 4th, 1920 and as the result of it, not only was a significant part of Hungary was annexed but also universities and more than sixty of the museums “moved” outside the country, in an instant, together with their invaluable art treasures.

The period between June 4, 1920 and May 25, 1930 was key in the cultural life of Debrecen. It was a time when the whole country was paralyzed by the loss caused by the Treaty of Trianon.  It was during this period of cultural instability that the leadership of Debrecen decided to build an educational and a cultural institution: Tisza István University and Déri Museum. 

Frigyes Déri, ​​a manufacturer and art collector, chose Debrecen as the location of the museum presenting his collection; he donated his significant collection to the museum in 1920. His support not only covered the donation of his collection but he also allocated a significant amount for the construction.

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Debrecen old town hall

The History of the First Town Hall of Debrecen

The Old Town Hall (Régi Városháza) building is one of the most characteristic of the classicist architecture in Debrecen today. The site was originally bought by the city in 1531 from Judge András Tar and the first Town Hall was built upon it.

The Old Town Hall (Régi Városháza) building is one of the most characteristic of the classicist architecture in Debrecen today.  The site was originally bought by the city in 1531 from Judge András Tar and the first Town Hall was built upon it.

The building became one of the most important places in the city, a place where the top magistrates and the Chief Justice decided about matters of life and death. Regardless of the activities taking place there, the town hall and its operation have been characterized by frugality for centuries.

Even though the city was wealthy thanks to the income from trade and agriculture, the town hall and its operation were characterized by frugality for centuries and little was spent on “ordinary” (city-owned) houses and modernization, that is, up until the 19th century. 

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The Legend of the Ancient Gothic Church Ruins of Zelemér

The ruins of the medieval church of Zelemér in Hajdúböszörmény are a remnant from the Árpádian era and are impressive even in their “ruin” state.

The ruins of the medieval church of Zelemér in Hajdúböszörmény are a remnant from the Árpádian era and are impressive even in their “ruin” state. 

The origins of the building are linked to the decree of Stephen I, also known as King Saint Stephen, which said that every tenth village should build a church. As a result, the first Romanesque church of Zelemér was built. In subsequent years during the Tartar invasion, many settlements were depopulated and churches collapsed. What remains of the church, which can still be seen today, was constructed around 1310. 

It was a medieval church of unusual size, built in a Gothic style, and in all likelihood would have been decorated in the style of the times. While the decoration has been lost, the masonry, scale, and architecture still impress. The church would probably have had gothic windows, and inside, in a manner typical of the architecture of the time, the building would have been adorned with a Gothic carved vault.

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debrecen-libakert

The History of Libakert + Panel Blocks in Debrecen

Panel blocks and panel apartments have quite a history in Hungary, and it tends to be a love/hate relationship.  Most panel blocks were constructed during the reconstruction efforts after the second world war (1950’s and 1960’s.) Hungary has nearly 788 thousand flats in panel buildings, one-fifth of the population live in them, including most of

Panel blocks and panel apartments have quite a history in Hungary, and it tends to be a love/hate relationship.  Most panel blocks were constructed during the reconstruction efforts after the second world war (1950’s and 1960’s.)

Hungary has nearly 788 thousand flats in panel buildings, one-fifth of the population live in them, including most of the population of Debrecen.

The panel blocks in Hungary and in particular Debrecen are lovingly cared for despite their limitations and problems, they are known for their durability, and have a better build quality than most in Europe.  In addition, they were well situated among parks with trees with private play areas for children.

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Debrecen Public Baths

Aquaticum Debrecen Strand Could Open as Early as June

The Aquaticum Debrecen Strand will be the next iconic sign of the city just like the Great Forest and the Zoo.

As soon as the COVID-19 situation improves, the new bath named “Aquaticum Debrecen Strand” will start receiving guests, according to Iván Aurél, the local government’s press chief.

In the summer of 2015, a design contest for the reconstruction of the Debrecen Public Bath was announced. The winner, Bord Architectural Studio came up with a design that disrupts our current imagination about baths and transformed the city’s old public bath to a modern recreation center. 

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