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Concerts Not to Miss This Year in Debrecen

Popular stars of the Hungarian popular music scene will play in Debrecen for the remainder of the year. Renowned and acclaimed artists and bands such as Charlie, who turns 75 this year, Hobo, who have been writing songs for 40 years; the 100-piece Gypsy Orchestra, a unique musical formation, Honeybeast, a popular group among young people; and Budapest Bar, which appeals to almost all generations, – will be in town.

Charlie 75 koncert

Date: 7th November 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kölcsey Központ Debrecen

Charlie, the multiple EMeRTon award-winning artist, whose work has been recognised with the Golden Zsiraf Award, the Liszt Ferenc Award, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, and the title of Honorary Citizen of Budapest, will celebrate his 75th birthday in October this year.

Charlie is a musician and trumpeter: a performer of rock, jazz, blues, soul, and funky with a characteristically reedy voice. He has played in many groups and recorded numerous albums throughout his career.

His latest album, Beyond Everything, was released in 2020.

This jubilee edition will be the starting point for a tour that will sum up the work he has been doing for decades, not only for his very small – and very large – fan base but for everyone who loves quality music.

In fact, if you wanted to hear all his favourite songs, you’d have to have at least three different concerts, but you’d still have to play one song at each of them:


HOBO – Hunting

Date: 14th November 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kölcsey Központ Debrecen

“It’s been almost forty years since I started writing lyrics, and then Egon Póka started setting them to music. He showed me the songs on acoustic guitar in their kitchen in Kőbánya, and we put them together on the spot.

In 1984 the double album was released, and around Christmas, the premiere took place in the Budapest Sports Hall, which János Szikora adapted for the stage. Successful productions followed this by Attila Vidnyánszky in 2002 and 2007.

Several film-making plans have been scrapped over the decades, but more important than these is that we played the work in concert, as that was our goal. So now I’m embarking on a tour myself, performing my own version with my current collaborators.

The Hunt was not made for the theatre, but rather for a concert, in which you can of course incorporate theatrical elements. So the songs will be linked by a frame play performed by a clown from the fair.

In addition to songs from the old album, there will also be newer, more appropriate songs, as the theme has yet to fade, and unfortunately, it seems that it never will.

I look forward to seeing you all.”


Honeybeast X Ráskó Eszter: MINDENKIDERÜL
Date:  27th November 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Kölcsey Központ Debrecen

In the past years, Honeybeast has performed in the most important and most patriotic concert halls of the country, showing that pop music combined with classical music (Symphoney) or even contemporary dance (Let’s dance!) can create new qualities, thus expanding the boundaries of the entertainment genre.

The orchestra will go on tour again in autumn 2022. This time it will not be classical musicians or dancers performing with Honeybeast, but humour that has permeated the arts since time immemorial will take to the stage in the form of one of Dumaszínház’s most successful artists, Eszter Ráskó, who can “unravel” even the most vexing problems with airy lightness, cutting honesty and sparkling wit.

Eszter, and the band led by Zsófi Tarján, will prove on this tour that there are moments when only humour, one of the most wonderful manifestations of the human spirit, can help us. It can be bitter, acerbic, piquant, or all of these at once.

How Eszter and the Honeybeast mix the liberatingly refreshing cocktail of music and stand-up during their joint performances should be a surprise because it’s ALL ABOUT EVERYONE.

Budapest Bár koncert

Date: 2022. december 6. 19:00
Venue: Kölcsey Központ Debrecen

It looks like Santa Claus has prepared a much better present for everyone this year. This year, at the beginning of December, the 15-year-old band will bring the festive atmosphere to the Kölcsey Centre in Debrecen. In addition to the old, well-known songs, the wonderful Budapest Bár band under the leadership of Róbert Farkas is preparing new songs with an unusually large number of singers – Jucci Németh, Frenk, György Ferenczi, András Keleti, Krisztián Szűcs, László Kollár-Klemencz, András Lovasi, and Tibor Kiss.

Christmas concert of the 35-year-old 100-member Gypsy Orchestra

Date: 26th December 2022 7:00 p.m..
Venue: Kölcsey Központ Debrecen

The name of the 100 Member Gypsy Orchestra, winner of the Hungarian Heritage and Hungaricum Awards, and its performance to date are worthily preserved in the Golden Book and the Invisible Museum of the Hungarian Spirit.

Born 36 years ago, the world-famous ensemble is a classical symphony orchestra and a unique musical formation in the world. It has given over a thousand concerts in many cities in Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. The 100 Pieces Gypsy Orchestra’s artistic work in the field of tradition is invaluable and has no equal in the world. In addition to classical music – including works by Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, Hubay, Erkel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, and Strauss – they play traditional Hungarian Gypsy music, Hungarian nota, and folk songs.

From April 2021, the Mayor of the 22nd district, Mr. Ferenc Karsay, and the citizens of Budafok-Tétény will give them an excellent opportunity to learn these masterpieces and new pieces, namely a new, modern rehearsal room in the concert hall of the Cziffra György Cultural Centre.

The 100-member Gypsy Orchestra represents a unique Hungarian value

They won the Hungarian Heritage Award in 2000, the same year they were entered into the Guinness Book of Records. Since its foundation, the 100 Member Gypsy Orchestra has released 27 CDs and 5 DVDs, 5 of which have been certified platinum and 9 gold.

The orchestra has been included in the Hungaricum Collection as a “world-famous artistic and traditional practice”, and is thus entitled to use the title of Hungaricum since 18th March 2014. The Hungaricum designation is a distinction worthy of distinction, a value worthy of highlighting, which is the peak achievement of the Hungarian nation.