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The 1st Debrecen Festive Games: A Regional Arts Event

The 1st Debrecen Festive Games awaits an audience with a program of music, theater and folk dance productions, as well as an opera performance. 

Outdoor Theatre Debrecen

The large-scale festival organized by Coopera will take place between the 10th to 20th August. The city’s iconic squares, including the Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage, the courtyard of the Old Town Hall, and the square in front of the Reformed Great Church in Debrecen will become cultural venues. 

Among the performances of the National Theater and the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble, the production entitled “The Passion of Csíksomlyó” will arrive in Debrecen on 13th of August and the opera performance of Coopera entitled “Bánk bán” directed by Attila Vidnyánszky, will be performed on 17th of August.

Some of the productions are realized with the supportive cooperation of local institutions, the Kodály Philharmonic in Debrecen, the Csokonai Theater and Főnix Rendezvényszervező Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.

The organizers hope that in the long run, the new series of programs will become the leading summer music event in the region, helping Debrecen to maintain its position as the cultural capital.

The festival’s programs include summer chamber concerts, the concerts of the Virtuosos Chamber Ensemble (Virtuózok Kamaraegyüttes), independent production of the operetta and opera singer Gergely Boncsér and a concert honoring György Cziffra, who was born 100 years ago.

On the 20th of August, St. Stephen’s Day and the celebration of State Foundation Day of Hungary, Coopera awaits visitors with the Hungarikum Gala Concert. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble entitled Cluj-Napoca Market Square can be seen on the Nagyerdei Outdoor Stage.

At the festival, the audience can also meet artists such as opera singer Andrea Rost, the violin and cello playing brother duo,the Jávorkai Brothers, and Levente Molnár, who plays the main role in Bánk bán and who are are internationally successful in many parts of the world.

We would like to see a series of programs to bring together actors from the Carpathian Basin to create an all-arts base at the same level with the involvement of Western representatives, while also introducing specific local cultural values, the organizers wrote. 

Detailed information about the programs is available at debreceniunnepijatekok.hu.

Sources: Turiszmus.com Visitdebrecen.com