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Szabo Magda Memorial House

Abigail – Magda Szabo’s Most Popular Work Released in English

While internationally Abigail is not Magda Szabo’s most famous book (The Door was previously), it is her most popular work at home in Hungary, and is therefore it is a perfect read for when travelling to or from Hungary, as a gift or souvenir.

Magda Szabó is a daughter of Debrecen, born and raised, she attended school here and graduated from the University of Debrecen in 1940 as a teacher of Latin and Hungarian.  She began her life as a teacher at a protestant girl’s boarding school in Debrecen and then later worked for the Hungarian Government in the Ministry of Religion and Education.  

Like all great works of literature, Magda Szabo’s story in part reflects her personal experience in life, in the case of the story, ’Abigail’ her youth, -growing up during the war is mirrored in her words and the experience of the character, as is her experience of a strict, religious boarding school environment she used to teach in.

Written in 1970, Abigail has since been turned into both a TV series and a musical.  For non-Hungarians, reading this book is an instant ice breaker for relations with Hungarians, and is a window into the lives of Hungarians living under Nazi occupation.

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5th Anniversary of Agóra

You can celebrate the fifth birthday of Agóra, the Science and Adventure Center, with extraordinary programs, a mini-exhibition, exciting science lectures and educational activities on the 8th and 9th, February 2020,

You can celebrate the fifth birthday of Agóra, the Science and Adventure Center, with extraordinary programs, a mini-exhibition, exciting science lectures and educational activities on the 8th and 9th, February  2020, 

You can find out about, for example, who was the ecclesiastic and botanist of Debrecen. Learn why István Hatvani the Hungarian mathematician was named as the “Hungarian Faust” in the 18th century.

The event will be hosted by Róbert Zsiros, host of a series of entertaining internet tutorials show called the “Szertár”. He will bring a special experimental presentation to Agóra this weekend. In addition to the programs, anyone can try all science games in the interactive space or participate in diverse science programs. 

The programs below can be visited free of charge, but only upon prior registration and confirmation. 

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spring concerts

Concerts in Spring 2020

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than through music. We recommend a walk in the forest to enjoy natures concert as birds get ready to nest. However, we also recommend visiting the Kölcsey Centre.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than through music. We recommend a walk in the forest to enjoy natures concert as birds get ready to nest.

However, we also recommend visiting the Kölcsey Centre, the goto venue for concerts in the city.

Some of the concerts below are organised as part of the Spring festival.

Spring family day with a concert of the band “Alma”

22 March, 10 AM  | Kölcsey Centre

The renowned Children’s Orchestra of the Minimax Children’s Channel brings a nearly 1-hour family concert to the town. Children and even parents can actively participate in the fun. The band has been performing with unrivalled success for 20 years, singing the most beautiful poems of classical and contemporary poets as well as performing children’s songs. 

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Spring Festival 2020

Debrecen Spring Festival

Once again the Spring Festival brings music concerts and theater performances and outstanding local fine arts to the streets of Debrecen.

Once again the Spring Festival brings music concerts and theater performances and outstanding local fine arts to the streets of Debrecen. This year the festival will take place from  22 March, 8 AM to 31 March, 5 PM. See some of the most exciting programs below.

Spring family day with a concert of the band “Alma”

22 March, 10 AM  | Kölcsey Centre

The renowned Children’s Orchestra of the Minimax Children’s Channel brings a nearly 1-hour family concert to the town. Children and even parents can actively participate in the fun. The band has been performing with unrivalled success for 20 years, singing the most beautiful poems of classical and contemporary poets as well as performing children’s songs. 

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Debrecen historical events

Famous Days in History to Celebrate in Debrecen

If you know of Debrecen, even just a little, you would most probably think of images of the impressive Great Reformed Church dominating the central Kossuth Square and the Art Deco and socialism period buildings surrounding it. However, there is much more to Debrecen, so much to discover and celebrate in History.

If you know of Debrecen, even just a little, you would most probably think of images of the impressive Great Reformed Church dominating the central Kossuth Square and the Art Deco and socialism period buildings surrounding it. However, there is much more to Debrecen, so much to discover and celebrate in History. 

See some of the most famous days to celebrate in Debrecen’s past:

  • On the 11th January 1860 – After the uprising in 1848, began a long period of repression of the Hungarian peoples by the Vienna government.  The protestant church was singled out for extensive measures referred to as the “Protestant Patent” which were designed to weaken the power base of the protestant movement. The members of the Protestant parish assembly held in Debrecen on January 11th 1860 rejected the Protestant Patent a move which ultimately led to a change in direction by the Austrians and May 15, 1860, the royal manuscript arrived, restoring the church to its pre- 1848 status.
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Architecture Winners List Includes – Agora, Stadium + St. George Church

Debrecen has many unique and even award-winning buildings appreciated locally. Now, three buildings in Debrecen have finally been recognised more widely and included in the list ”30 best Hungarian buildings”, compiled by the editors of the Index and the Architects’ Forum.

Debrecen has many unique and even award-winning buildings appreciated locally. Now, three buildings in Debrecen have finally been recognised more widely and included in the list ”30 best Hungarian buildings”, compiled by the editors of the Index and the Architects’ Forum. Debrecen is the only one from the rural settlements with three buildings on the list. See the three listed buildings below:

Nagyerdei Stadium – Open, Clean and Dynamic

The Nagyerdei Stadium (Great Forest Stadium) was designed by the Bord Architect Studio.  The Studio wanted to create a futuristic stadium that was connected to a human-scale city like Debrecen and be reconciled with the extraordinary values and potentials of the landscape. The Nagyerdei Stadium became an open, clear, dynamic and flexible building with the intention of focusing on the direct experience of a live game.

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Subicz-Lampas

Exhibition “Kiemelés” Features the Works of Spring Exhibition Winners

Last year’s Debrecen Spring Exhibition winners can be seen in Debrecen. The Debrecen Spring Exhibition series called “Fresh Sprouts”, features paintings and graphics/photography in rotation.

Last year’s Debrecen Spring Exhibition winners can be seen in Debrecen. The Debrecen Spring Exhibition series called “Fresh Sprouts”, features paintings and graphics/photography in rotation. In 2019, we could paintings of the winners; now the exhibition provides an opportunity to get to know the activities of the award-winning graphic artists, painters and sculptors. 

The exhibition was organised for the “Hungarian Culture Day” (January 22).

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Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Kodály Philharmonia Celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen was founded in 2011 by merging the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. In honour of the 250th anniversary of the world-famous pianist, the Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen plays all the symphonies of the great classical master throughout the 2019-2020 season.

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen was founded in 2011 by merging the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir.

BEETHOVEN 250. – III. CONCERT

11 February 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61st

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th

Featuring: Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Imre Kollár

Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806. Once Franz Clement presented it, it was seen unsuccessful and ridiculous for some decades. In 1844 by Joseph Joachim revived it and since then it has become one of the best-known violin concertos. 

The Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th was completed in 1808. It contains explicitly programmatic content and it was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808 in a four-hour concert.

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Hungarian Wine Grand Prix 2019 – Exclusive Wine Tasting in Museum Déri

At the end, one red and one white wines are awarded the title “Hungarian Wine Grand Prix”.

For the fourth time, the Hungarian Wine Writers (Magyar Borszakírók Köre) evaluated the dry and semi-dry white and red wines made by Hungarian producers that their members have tasted over the past year, and based on their experience were listed on the “Super 12” list. In 2019, a total of 14 wine regions were represented on the “Super 12” list including Villány (5), Szekszárd (4); Balatonfüred-Csopak, Eger, Etyek, Tokaj (2-2).

As part of this special competition, the members of the judging panel first ranks the wines of the past five years that was considered to be “of outstanding quality and competitive in international comparison”, and then the most voted ones are tasted and scored twice by two committees. 

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Wines of Debrecen Awards for 2020

In conclusion of the 2019 Bormustra competition, a press conference will take place on January 14th to announce the award-winning wines and wineries, earning the title of “Wines of Debrecen” for 2020.

Since 2015, the city of Debrecen has held a wine competition each year, an opportunity for wineries from across the country to compete for the title of “Wines of Debrecen” with an expert panel of renowned winemakers and sommeliers who make the final decision.

For the first time, a full wine selection has been made, from sparkling wine to classic and premium wines to dessert wine, was awarded. This new concept not only marks the growing prestige of the City of Debrecen’s Wine brand but also promotes the consumption of wines so that everyone – including the wine-loving public, restaurants and foreign delegations – everyone will find a wine to please in 2020.

The “Wines of Debrecen” competition was attended by the Debrecen Bormustra TOP20 wineries, many of whom already hold prestigious titles such as “Wine Producer of the Year” or  “Winery of the Year”.

The “Wines of Debrecen” title was awarded to 

  • Classic white wine: Mátra Rhine Rizling 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Classic red wine: Szekszárd Cabernet Franc classic 2017, Mészáros Borház
  • Classic rosé wine: Szekszárd Pinot noir Rosé 2019, Takler Borbirtok
  • Premium white wine: Mátrai Paskomi Chardonnay 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Premium red wine: Villányi Franc 2017, Koch Borház, VinArt Pincészet 
  • Dessert wine: Intuition No1 Zéta édes szamorodni 2008, Holdvölgy Pincészet
  • Champagne: Tokaji Furmint Pezsgő Extra Brut 2016, Gróf Dégenfeld Szőlőbirtok
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Forest Bump

Concerts in January + February

Music transcends all languages and ages, indeed it is a universal language in its own right.

Music transcends all languages and ages, indeed it is a universal language in its own right.  While words might be lost in translation, the emotion is clearly communicated through sound and vision.  When considering what to do in January, consider than January 22nd is Hungarian Culture day, and extend the spirit of this day to the entire month of January and explore cultural differences through music.

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Speed Skating Championships

24th ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships to be held in Debrecen

Hungary’s best Track Speed Skaters will compete on ice in front of a domestic audience in January.

Hungary’s best Track Speed Skaters will compete on ice in front of a domestic audience in January. 

The Hungarian National Skating Federation organizes the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships for 2020 in Debrecen, Hungary. The event will be held at the Főnix Arena on January 24-26, 2020. 

The event gathers together the best Short Track Speed Skaters of Europe and decides the European Champions of 2020.

Short track speed skating developed from speed skating events and it is mainly practised in the United States and Canada.

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