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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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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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megyehaza

County Hall Debrecen – The Beautiful End of the Former downtown

The County Hall of Hajdú-Bihar County is located in Debrecen, at number 54 Piac Street. It is considered one of the most impressive Hungarian Art Nouveau buildings.

The County Hall of Hajdú-Bihar County is located in Debrecen, at number 54 Piac Street. It is considered one of the most beautiful Hungarian Art Nouveau buildings. 

The first guesthouse of Debrecen, Fejérló Szálló once stood on the plot and it had many famous guests since its opening in 1688), including Joseph II, the Holy Roman Emperor in 1770. The hotel was also famous for its performances that were held in the courtyard. The Miklós Wesselényi National Theater gave its first official performance in Hungarian here on 11th August 1798. After Cluj-Napoca, the theater piece “Hamlet” was played here in Hungarian. The fire of 1811 ended the performances. 

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nagyerdei-park

Great Forest, Lake Békás + Playground Re-open

Over the weekend, the entire forest including the Lake Békás, and even the largest playground in the city known as “Ötholdas Pagony” were re-opened.

Over the weekend, the entire forest including the Lake Békás, and even the largest playground in the city known as “Ötholdas Pagony” were re-opened. 

Caution is still prescribed, including the use of social distancing, hand washing, and face masks in enclosed spaces.  Even so, it’s great to see things returning to some semblance of normality.  

The Great Forest is not only the “breathing heart of Debrecen” but the nation’s first conservation area and the part of the Natura 2000 network. Only a ten-minute ride from downtown, the park always offers peace and quiet in the shade of hundred-year-old trees as well as providing countless entertainment options.

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75 Years - Victory day world war 2

Commemorating 75 Years since the End of World War II on May 9th 2020

Victory day on May 9th marks the end of the Second World war in Europe and the German surrender late on the evening of May 8th, 1945.

Victory day on May 9th marks the end of the Second World war in Europe and the German surrender late on the evening of May 8th, 1945. 

The war came to Debrecen between 6th October and 29th October in what is known as the Battle of Debrecen.  It was in actual fact a period of ongoing clashes between the two sides.

Debrecen became a strategic objective in the final months of 1944 after German’s prior allies Romania and Bulgaria switched sides, declaring war on Germany and its Hungarian allies.  This change of sides was re-enforced by the subsequent drive of soviet general Fedor Tolbukhin’s 3rd Ukrainian Front into Romania and by forces under Malinovsky in the 2nd Ukrainian front into Bulgaria during 10th-12th September 1944.

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History – The Famous Visit of Ferenc Erkel to Debrecen

In mid-February 1952, MAFILM began filming a feature film about Erkel’s life and his visit to Debrecen. The recordings made during the filming can be viewed on the website of the Déri Museum.

In mid-February 1952, MAFILM began filming a feature film about Erkel’s life and his visit to Debrecen.  The recordings made during the filming can be viewed on the website of the Déri Museum.

Between 18 and 21 September 1868, the 4th National Song Festival was held in Debrecen Debrecen became the center of the music world and attracted many singers and conductors for a few days. 

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BELSŐ CSEND2020

“BELSŐ CSEND”, a virtual exhibition of local contemporary art

In such unusual times, Debrecen has prepared an unusual spring exhibition called “BELSŐ CSEND” (Inner Silence). The virtual exhibition represents local contemporary art. So as you might expect, we can primarily expect works reflecting the sign of the times.

In such unusual times, Debrecen has prepared an unusual spring exhibition called “BELSŐ CSEND” (Inner Silence). The virtual exhibition represents local contemporary art. So as you might expect, we can primarily expect works reflecting the sign of the times. 

Some of the works are new and have not yet been featured anywhere else in national exhibitions or previous spring exhibitions.

During the virtual exhibition, 2 May – 2 June, 2020, visitors can vote for works that they would still like to see.

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The History of Bishop’s Palace on Hatvan Utca

In Hungary, a palace might not be what you might imagine. At the beginning of the 20th century, buildings that were large and two-story houses were referred to as “palaces”, and so it is probably for this reason why the building was named as a “palace”. The reality is that Bishop’s palace is was actually a high-end apartment building.

On one corner of Kossuth Square, the street Hatvan Utca (translates to 60 street) begins.  The street was unimaginatively named after the fact that the road provided access to 60 new plots, – thirty plots were measured on each side of the road for building new houses in the 15th century. Today, still located at the beginning of the road, on the No.1 plot is situated the church tenement house known as Bishop’s Palace.

In Hungary, a palace might not be what you might imagine.  At the beginning of the 20th century, buildings that were large and two-story houses were referred to as “palaces”, and so it is probably for this reason why the building was named as a “palace”.  The reality is that Bishop’s palace is was actually a high-end apartment building. 

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60 years Debrecen Amusement Park

Reopening From 9th May Amusement Park Celebrating 60 Years

On May 1th 1960 the Nagyerdei Cultural Park opened its doors to the public. Built under socialism times, the then-named Lúdas Matyi Amusement Park was later merged with the Zoo.

On May 1th 1960 the Nagyerdei Cultural Park opened its doors to the public. Built under socialism times, the then-named Lúdas Matyi Amusement Park was later merged with the Zoo.

Since its foundation, the Cultural Park has been characterized by constant renewal. Over the past sixty years, generations of visitors have grown up gaining eternal experiences, and the park has grown into one of the region’s leading tourist, leisure, and entertainment destinations.

The amusement park has been closed since March 17 due to the pandemic but on May 1st, it will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee just before the reopening. Thanks to epidemiological mitigation provisions, the Zoo will receive visitors thereafter from May 4, while the official jubilee season at the Amusement Park will begin on May 9, subject to additional institutional public health measures.

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Festival Blues? Good News from the Campus Festival Team!

While the Campus Festival 2020 is cancelled. A replanning committee has been working on overtime to provide an alternative large scale event series to be held towards the end of the summer.

While the Campus Festival 2020 is cancelled. A replanning committee has been working on overtime to provide an alternative large scale event series to be held towards the end of the summer.

The events will be held over 11 featured nights with popular artists. It will include local cooking and specialties and local bands as well.

Those of you who have purchased tickets for Campus Festival will be able to decide between using the tickets for these new events or getting a refund.

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