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PÉCS, JUNE 12, 2009
MAJOR EVENTS, FESTIVALS
FINE ARTS, EXHIBITIONS
CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAMS
FOLK AND POPULAR MUSIC PROGRAMS
THE CITY AND ITS CITIZENS PROGRAM SERIES
MINORITY AND NATIONALITY PROGRAMS
A CITY WORTH VISITING
Pécs is a unique place by both Hungarian and international standards. When you walk around in the beautiful downtown streets of this multi-coloured city of a thousand faces, you are constantly greeted by the past, the gentle breeze of ancient times. It is no accident at all that Pécs became one of the administrative centres of the province of Pannonia as early as by the end of the 3rd century AC. The representatives of different cultures living here in peaceful coexistence, or replacing one another, have bequeathed a significant, world-standard legacy to the present age in the southernmost city of the Hungarian Mediterranean region. The 4th century early Christian necropolis of the Sopianae of the Roman age was included in the World Heritage list by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in December 2000 at its meeting held in Cairns, Australia, so this extraordinary building complex was ranked as a cultural treasure with universal historical value that is highly important for the history of mankind. However, in addition to the traces of Roman culture, Pécs is also rich in remnants of Turkish culture. Tourists can take a time journey and have a great time when visiting the many museums of the city, among them the incomparably valuable Csontváry collection, the Amerigo Tot Museum, the Cathedral, the Vasarely Museum or the Zsolnay Museum. The seat of Baranya County – which is rightly called the city of Mediterranean moods owing to its bustling atmosphere and lively public spaces – deserves the attention of visitors not only for its legends and past that are linked to its buildings but also for its present. Its episcopacy is one thousand years old, and this is where the first Hungarian university was founded in 1367. In 2007 Pécs finished in the third place in its category based on the size of population when the results of the international competition “Liveable Cities and Towns” was announced at the award ceremony in London.
EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE IN 2010 13 November 2006 was a historic date in the life of Hungary: on this day the decision of the jury was officially announced and Pécs was given the right to bear the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2010. The announcement was as much surprising and pleasing for the residents of the city as it was justifiable, since the five pillars of the application entitled Borderless City was based on the traditions of the two thousand year-old city as well as on cultural innovation, regionalism and multiculturalism. In addition, the authors of the application document attached great importance to the role of Pécs as a gateway. The city was defined as a gate to the Balkans. The most important purpose of the ECoC program is to ensure that every city which bears this prestigious title is placed in the focus of attention in Europe, targeting people that are sensitive to culture. People who wish to have something new, an interesting and wonderful adventure should not wait until 2010, since as a result of working hard on program development the city has been offering great events to its visitors for years now – including the 2009 preparatory year; at the time of festivals the city’s cultural institutions as well as its public spaces, streets and squares are all filled with an exciting and bustling atmosphere. In 2010 the city will await its visitors and the local people with 200 high-quality events in the field of visual arts, literature, film, theatre, dance and science. On every day of the year the city will offer numerous opportunities for recreation and education; the public spaces of the seat of Baranya County will be the venues of unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime programs. A round-the-clock attraction will open the year of 2010. The public spaces of Pécs will be home to carnivals and stage productions, various events accompanied by painting by light and using interactive projectors at several locations in the city, and huge, spectacular shows. In addition to the traditional and popular Spring Festival, Promenade Festival and Heritage Festival, next year Pécs will also be home to the Fringe Festival. Besides the carefully selected programs of the parent festival, the organizers will launch a parallel platform at the largest and most well-known art festival of the world: a series of events that will be open to any production, since one of the most important tasks of the Fringe is to get together and support less known performing artists by providing them with the opportunity to perform.
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HIGH-QUALITY AND WORLD-CLASS ARTISTIC PROGRAMS
WORLD STARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN PÉCS
Just like the lovers of a festival atmosphere, the enthusiasts of the visual arts will also be able to find something to their liking in the 2010 series of programs. The grand exhibition entitled The Europe of “The Eight” will be held in Pécs from 18 October 2010 to 31 April 2011.
One of the basic pillars of the Pécs2010 ECoC programs was to make the two thousand year-old seat of Baranya County the city of cultural tradition and innovation. The symphonic orchestra of Pécs, today called the Pannon Philharmonic, has been an important representative of the musical culture of South Transdanubia for 200 years. Year after year, the orchestra brings several famous representatives of the Hungarian and international musical life to Pécs and its region. It will be no different in 2010 either; the audience interested in classical music will have a chance to enjoy the performance of stars like the Robi Lakatos Ensemble; Andrea Meláth, Peter Mikulas, Maxim Vengerov (Russia), Péter Eötvös, Dezsô Ránki, or the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra.
“The Eight” was the first avant-garde artistic group in Hungary that created its own special pictorial and graphic art concurrently with the most modern contemporary European trends. The exhibition to be opened in October 2010 will be accompanied by a conference, a series of concerts, literary evenings and film shows.
The distinguished partner city of Pécs is Szeged, which will be the venue of the Mezzo Opera Competition and Festival. One Hungarian and four foreign opera houses participated in the program of the Festival in the preparatory years. Another opera production will also be invited in 2010. Of course a lot more could be said about the series of programs, since the diverse cultural events offered by Pécs and the entire South Transdanubian region can satisfy every age group and field of interest. Let us meet in Pécs in 2010!
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ECoC YEAR Date: 10 January 2010 Venue: Public squares in Pécs Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. The ECoC year will officially open on the 10th of January 2010 with 24 hours of ongoing attractions between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (or even until 10 a.m. the next morning) in public spaces of the city of Pécs, including carnival and theatrical programs, interactive walls, projections at several different places in the city, painting by light in the evening. The central message and the concept of the ECoC program will be formulated in the opening ceremony program, in its visual presentation and content profile. A European tender is planned to be called for the organisation of the opening ceremony.
THE DAY OF HUNGARIAN CULTURE
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Date: 22 January 2010 Venue: National Theatre of Pécs Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. In 2010, Pécs, the European Capital of Culture, will host the Day of Hungarian Culture. The traditional formal award ceremony will be held in the National Theatre of Pécs. Key program of the event: Beethoven: Triple Concerto performed by the Pannon Philharmonic, Kossuth-prize winner pianist Jenô Jandó, violinist Barnabás Kelemen and the young cello talent born in Pécs, István Várdai. The concert will be conducted by Zsolt Hamar, the internationally acknowledged musical director of the Pannon Philharmonic. The related fringe programs will be spectacular and entertaining events that present the given branch of art (whose representatives will be rewarded at the evening ceremony) and they will also involve passers-by in the actions in an interactive way. Visitors will encounter different styles and genres of music – changing hourly – during this whole day program.
ECC 25 - LES RENCONTRES CONFERENCE
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Date: 2–7 March 2010 Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. Essen, Istanbul and Pécs will all commemorate the 25th anniversary of the European Capital of Culture program, possibly the most successful cultural program in the history of the European Union. The central part of the Pécs ECoC program will be a conference co-organized jointly with a French civil organization. “Les Rencontres”
traditionally holds its general meetings and thematic conferences in the cities of the European Capital of Culture. The organization’s philosophy includes defining progressive cultural concepts and analyzing local and regional cultural phenomena that affect European culture. The conference will be attended by members of the European Parliament, cultural ministers and mayors of European Capitals of Culture, politicians, artists, scientists, and people representing the European intellectual life. The main focus of the planned conference will be European culture. The diversity of languages, ethnic groups and religion is a historical experience in Eastern Europe, which Western Europe is just beginning to experience, due to the growing immigration. The analysis of the different historical and cultural traditions can help Europe solve its current conflicts and work out its future cultural concept. The “East-West” idea can give the Hungarian cultural government a chance to establish the country’s long-term cultural policy. As far as Pécs is concerned, the conference can be a determinative event that can have a positive impact on the European reception of the entire season. The partnerships to be established throughout the conference can also further Pécs’s plans for European integration.
PÉCS SPRING FESTIVAL Date: 15 March – 9 April 2010 Venue: National Theatre of Pécs, Dominican House, Cella Septichora, Basilica, Cathedral Museum of Stonework, Bartók Hall, University of Pécs Assembly Hall, MusicPark, Youth House, Third Theatre, Uránia Cinema Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre This event is meant to be a celebration of classical and contemporary arts. Its main endeavour is to represent the best of the cultural and artistic values of the world, and within that, primarily the values of Europe and Hungary. The Festival will be rich in genres. Classical, contemporary, jazz and popular music, dance, literature, theatre and folk performances, chamber and choir concerts, folk art exhibitions will all be represented in the program series of the Festival. Performers will be local amateur and professional bands and soloists, worldfamous Hungarian artists and bands as well as renowned artists from all over the world. The International Jazz Weekend is traditionally an integral part of the Pécs Spring Festival. For the first time, in 2012, the International Jazz Weekend will grow into a three-day event. Performers planned for 2010: Andrea Rost (HU),
Compania Antonio Marquez (ESP), Pat Metheny (USA) and the Balázs Elemér Group, Richard Bona (USA), Bobby McFerrin (USA), Mezzoforte (IS), Trilok Gurtu (India), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (USA), ContempoDanza (Mexico), Al Di Meola (USA) Further information: www.pecsitavaszifesztival.hu
FRANCOPHONE WEEK Date: 20–26 March 2010 Venue: House of Arts and Literature and different cultural institutions of Pécs Organizer: Alliance Française in Pécs, Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of Belgium, the Embassy of Canada, Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. The Francophone Week in Pécs is traditionally held in the week of March the 20th, since this date marks the Francophone World Day. In 2010, this series of programs will celebrate its 18th anniversary. The programs, organised by the Alliance Française in Pécs, are open to the city and the region, so the outcome is always extremely colourful and diverse (educational, cultural and sport programs). Education is traditionally important for the Francophone Week, shown, among others, by a theatre festival in the French language for secondary school students that is attended by several hundred Hungarian and foreign students, an international conference organised by the University of Pécs and by a culture and civilisation contest organised for elementary and secondary school pupils. Other traditional programs of the Francophone Week include, the Francophone Film Night, which is also to be held in 2010 and four concerts. These concerts will be complemented in the ECoC year by several other events that are likely to generate a lot of interest: such as, a pétanque competition, a gastronomy evening, a fashion show organised by the Galerie Lafayettes Department Store and several street theatre performances. The French Ilotopie Company will perform „Colourful People” during the festival. Several other Francophone countries will be involved in the planning of the programs in 2010. Among others, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian productions will be performed during the Francophone Week.
FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010 Date: 2–4 April 2010 Venue: Pécs – playgrounds in the city centre Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. The Fringe Festival, the largest and most widely-known arts festival in the world, was first held in 1947 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe has been organised for three years now in Hungary as part of the PRESS MATERIAL
Budapest Spring Festival. The essence of the Fringe is that in addition to the carefully selected programs of the mother festival, the organizers open up a parallel platform, a series of events where anybody can put on a show as long as it can fill the available halls. One of its key tasks is to collect and support less-known performers by offering them an opportunity to perform. The Festival ensures a stage and basic facilities, while any other costs should be borne by the applicants. In order to ensure that as many people as possible go to see the shows in this riot of events, the performers publicise themselves out in the streets before and during the Festival, thereby creating the colourful, spectacular and vibrant atmosphere that is so characteristic of Fringe festivals. The success of former Fringe Festivals is demonstrated by the fact that several of the 90 companies that annually appear in the Festival are approved after their shows by a professional jury consisting of theatre and musical experts and festival directors and are later invited to other important festivals too.
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PROMENADE FESTIVAL Date: 12–21 June 2010 Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre This is a traditional summer festival, one of the most important series of events in the summer in the region. Music programs: in addition to jazz and world music concerts on the centre stage performed by exemplary performers of Hungarian popular music, every year several renowned foreign groups and young talented bands from Pécs are invited to perform in the Barbakán Castle Pit; not to mention the events of the European Contemporary and Impromptu Music Festival. Dance events: the young group of choreographers and dancers of the “new generation” and traditionalist folk ensembles, so characteristic of multinational Pécs, and so much loved by audiences, will stage several dance productions. Visual arts: the students of the Faculty of Visual Arts and Music of the University of Pécs will enrich the event by special outdoor exhibitions and appropriate installations. Planned performers in 2010: World&Jazz, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Attila László, the Tin-Tin Ensemble, Frenky Látó and his group, László Süle, Ballet Pécs. Further information: www.setaterfesztival.hu
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CIRCUS AND STREET THEATRE FESTIVAL Date: July 2010 Venue: Public spaces in Pécs Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. The idea of the Festival is based on the need to organise outdoor family programs that can arouse the interest of a wide range of local people and visitors by their nature, scale and number and also to involve the man in the street in the ‘buzz’ generated by the ECoC program. When working out the concept, one of the key criteria was to give a more focused role to the genre represented by circus and street theatre in the 2010 programs. An important aspect of working out the concept of this event was to motivate both the local people and the tourists to discover the city and its features with the help of the different artistic tools used by the artists invited from Budapest and abroad who look at Pécs from an outsider point of view. The street theatre performances include some 3 or 4 major productions that will be prepared for or adapted specifically to the unique venues of the city. A dozen of national artists will be invited to create projects which will establish new connections with the man in the street and question the usual social relations, actions and urban codes of conduct. The event will be accompanied by workshops and analytical meetings. The main professional partner will be the Marseille – ECoC 2013 Street Theatre Centre. Companies for collaboration may include: Bängditos (D), Sarruga Produccions (ES), Grupo Puja (ARG),Strange Fruits (AUS), Cyclops Project (Teatro Nucleo (I), Theatre University of Târgu Mureş and Janus University Theatre). Three to five big shows are planned to be performed by representatives of the “New Circus”, a trend becoming increasingly popular in Hungary, too. On the one hand, the planned performances include shows that can be performed in the unique atmosphere of a circus tent. While on the other hand, amazing shows will be performed by acrobats, jugglers and other circus artists outdoors. The focus of the event will be the Hungarian premiere of a production to be performed by the graduating students of the French Circus Academy (Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque – Châlons en Champagne) directed by Árpád Schilling. The partner in this context will be the Network of Young European Circus Talents. Planned partners include: Jörg Müller (D), Baro d’evel Cirk Compagnie (F), Cirque Ici (F).
ICWIP (INTERNATIONAL CULTURE WEEK IN PÉCS) Date: 24–31 July 2010 Venue: The historic centre of Pécs Organizer: SIEN Foundation The International Culture Week in Pécs (ICWiP) is the only thematic international youth festival of Southern Transdanubia which also includes a high quality summer university. During its thirteen-year long history, the Culture Week has grown from a forty-member regional meeting into one of the most attractive thematic youth festivals of Central Europe and the Alps-Adriatic region. Its purpose and message has been the promotion of better understanding and dialogue between cultures, and emphasises the importance of cooperation through youth initiatives. The Foundation includes young, mostly volunteer experts from Hungary and abroad who use their varied experience and creativity to organize the ICWiP. Participants are assisted by local university students. The participants of the event, held in the last two weeks of July of each year, are students who come to Pécs to attend the summer university. Participants of ICWiP’s world music festival and open programs are, apart from the young people registered for the summer university, mostly representatives of civil organizations, institutions, local citizens and visitors to the Pécs and Southern Transdanubian region.
3RD ÖRDÖGKATLAN (DEVIL’S CANYON) GENERAL ART FESTIVAL Date: 2–8 August 2010 Venue: Nagyharsány, Kisharsány, Palkonya, Szársomlyói Open Air Sculpture Park, Vylyan Winery Organizer: Ördögkatlan Festival Association After using Pula of the Kapolcs Valley of Arts as a venue, the Bárka Theatre has now found, together with several institutions in Pécs and Barany County, a new port in the Mediterranean region, in the “Ördögárok” (Devil’s Valley) between Villány and Nagyharsány. The Ördögkatlan Festival was established with the support of the European Capital of Culture project to provide a long-term home for artists in the region; making use of the natural and infrastructural potentials of the wine area in the vicinity of Pécs. In 2010, the residents of the Valley will be welcome to attend high-quality programs of all artistic branches for an entire week, including, among others, artists and programs invited from “sister capitals of culture” like Essen, Istanbul and Tallinn. In addition, the Valley will
have its own productions specifically made for the Festival or created on site in international co-production. Planned programs: First night performance of János Háy’s drama entitled “Nehéz” (Hard) – (János Háy is a Hungarian contemporary author). There will also be an international visual art theatre production directed by the world famous Dimitrij Krimov with the participation of the students of the Moscow School of Dramatic Arts and the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts of the University of Pécs.
INTERNATIONAL ORIGAMI MEETING Date: 9–15 August 2010 Organizer: Origami Club of Pécs, Petôfi House of Culture The international Origami Meeting, the most significant event of this type of art, takes place in the second week of August every year. Next year the event will celebrate its 21st anniversary, to be organised between the 9th and the 15th of August and co-ordinated by local origami organizations. The meeting usually attracts about 200 participants, more than a third of them coming from different foreign countries. Planned programs of the Meeting: 1. International Origami Meeting, 2. Restricted international and national origami exhibitions in different venues, 3. Flag exhibition, 4. Giant folds in the city centre, where the man in the street is welcome to join in. This program can also liaise with the Eastern Folk Festival held in Egerág, a small village near Pécs.
INTERNATIONAL ADULT PUPPET FESTIVAL OF PÉCS Date: 23–28 August 2010 Venue: Pécs: Tettye Outdoor Stage, National Theatre of Pécs, Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Korona Teátrum Organizer: The International Puppet and Street Theatre Foundation of Pécs The International Adult Puppet Festival of Pécs is an internationally recognized local community initiative and is organized by Bóbita Puppet Theatre every 3 years. The Festival is made up of two main parts: one is a competition, in which international and local amateur and professional puppeteers compete for major prizes in front of a jury; the second part of the program is made up of shows presented by renowned puppeteers and theatre groups. Invitation to the competition was made public, in
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Hungary and abroad, in March 2009. The program components of the competition and the competitors to be invited to the Festival will be selected by Dr. Árpád Kékesi Kun, head of the Faculty of Theatre Sciences of Pannon University. The jury of the festival will include the following persons: Henryk Jurkowsky (honorary chair of UNIMA) / Stanislav Doubrava (director) / Tamás Ascher (director) / Balázs Kovalik (director) / István Sándor L. (reviewer).
the objects (fountain, stairs), the inner spaces of the Cella Septichora of late Roman times will all be transformed into organic scenery by young artists with the help of textile-art, land-art and media-art. The night “garden” will then be transformed into a moving fresco painted by light. This is the environment in which the contemporary general art Festival, including visual arts, dance and movement as well as literature and music, will take place.
Special guests of the Festival will include: • Water puppet theatre from Vietnam (National Water Puppet Theatre of Vietnam) • Bunraku presentation from Japan • Eric Bass and Company (USA) • The Meschugge – Ilka Schönbein – (Switzerland) • Le Bal des Fous (France)
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One of the locations and the main attractions of the Festival will be a round theatre made of wood, rented from Nyírbátor.
The “Heritage Festival”, or using its old and well known name, the “Pécs Days”, is the oldest festival in the history of the city since the political transition. The Heritage Festival is primarily a festive event of the city which conquers the streets, squares and buildings of Pécs, from the city centre to the suburbs. It offers an opportunity for local talents and bands to perform, while it also deepens international relations and enriches the city’s intercultural character.
As an integral part of the Festival, famous local and international puppet producers will display their works at the Bóbita Puppet Museum, the Small Gallery of Pécs, the House of Arts and Literature and the Parti Gallery.
Date: 16–26 September 2010 Venue: Outdoor venues in the historic city centre of Pécs (Promenade Square, Barbican castle pit), National Theatre of Pécs, and community locations in peripheral areas Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre
MEDITERRANEAN FESTIVAL Date: 1–5 September 2010 Venue: Cella Septichora, West Castle Wall Promenade, Szent István Square Organizer: Pécs / Sopianae Heritage Nonprofit Ltd. “The city of Mediterranean moods” is a popular slogan of the city of Pécs. The Mediterranean character does not merely show itself in the number of hours of sunny days, in the characteristic flora and in the atmosphere of the streets but also in the city’s cultural traditions. One of the main aims of the Capital of Culture programs is to urge future oriented initiatives which feed upon traditions. The Mediterranean Festival, to be organised for the first time in 2010, and born in the spirit of the capital of culture, is based on the innovative approach of this tradition. The Festival will present its programs in the buildings which play a major role in the touristic attraction of Pécs. The ancient squares, their immediate vicinity and the gardens and public areas that can be used as venues of the programs, will house genres that mediate the Mediterranean joy of life and revive the ideals of Antiquity and the Renaissance in an innovative way which takes into consideration the idea of contemporary urbanisation. The modern Bacchus-Garden in the heart of Pécs will be built within the framework of the Festival: the greenery, 10
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The Festival has several popular events that have a long history, such as the Veteran Automobile Meeting, the International Wind Music Gala, the programs of the Minority Days as well as visits to historic buildings, thematic tours and different programs on site in Pécs and its neighbourhood under the framework of the Day of Cultural Heritage. Further information: www.oroksegfesztival.hu
1ST CULTURAL WORLD FESTIVAL OF HUNGARIANS Date: 26 September – 17 October 2010 Venue: South Transdanubian region, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania Organizer: Cultural and Touristic Centre of Baranya County, Foundation for Hungarians across the Border Founding on the connections and experience of the almost two-decade old Festival of Hungarians across the Border, the Cultural World Festival of Hungarians will open with a new festival focusing on the nationalities and minorities that determine the culture of the region and also the Hungarians living in diaspora. The series of programs will give opportunities for the introduction of Hungarian creative and performing artists living across
the border. It will also provide possibilities for the representatives, public and civilian personalities and communities of the various branches of science, attaching importance to Hungarian identity. In the thematic programs of the Festival, great emphasis will be laid on the Hungarian born creative and performing artists in the world and on the outstanding artists of the minorities living across the border. Beside the Hungarian culture, the Festival intends to give an important role to the introduction of the culture and contemporary arts of nationalities living in the region and across the border in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Romania and also, to the multicultural variety of the Balkan area. Among the theatre programs, one can find the guest performances of Hungarian theatres and the introduction of ethnic non-professional theatre groups from across the border. The musical programs will include concerts of world music and popular music to be held in Pécs, in the region and in the Southern Cultural Belt. The planned performers include: Deep Forest, Márta Sebestyén, Félix Lajkó, Bajramovic (Serbia), Electric Bazar (France), Balkan Strings, Igor Papasov Quartet (Bulgaria), Tündérground (Romania), Nomada, Uzgin Üver, Borago, Csík Ensemble, Makám, Tükrös Ensemble, Mehari Garoba Ensemble. Jazz and blues evenings of performers from across the border will take place in the Garden of Cultures. Students of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Pécs will represent the contemporary visual arts with artistic happenings. Gastronomic events will offer a better taste of the culture of the region. A meeting of cultural ambassadors in Hungary will also be among the programs of the Festival.
CLOSING CEREMONY Date: December 2010 Venue: Public areas of Pécs 27-30 December 2010 – final party of European Capital of Culture event series held in public areas, virtual spaces, visual presence in the city – with installations, flags and banners. New Year 2010/11 - full day of open-air events in public areas of Pécs, TV/online broadcast in Hungary and/or in Europe and/or online link; handover of the “torch” to the next European Capital of Culture. A tender is planned to be called for the organisation of the closing ceremony.
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Date: 15 August – 15 October 2010, Pécs; 15 November 2010 – 15 February 2011, Berlin Venue: Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County (Káptalan St. 4), The House of Arts and Literature and the Small Gallery in Pécs, the Bauhaus Archive and the Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin Organizer: Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County The careers of the so-called Bauhäuslers of Pécs testify to the multicultural and inter-ethnic image of the region and represent uniquely that the town and its surroundings at one time belonged – thanks to this group – to the forefront of modern art and architecture. This era includes the Bauhäuslers of Pécs and the members of the Pécs Artists’ Circle – who can be regarded as their forerunners – and other artists of this early era of Hungarian activism. It also includes the art of masters and workshop leaders who played an important part in the training of Hungarian artists. For example, the following artists are represented in the exhibition: the artists of Pécs (Marcell Breuer, Ernô Forbát, Hugó Johan, Farkas Molnár, Henrik Stefán, Andor Weininger, Etel Fodor) and other Hungarians active in the Bauhaus era (Sándor Bortnyik, László Moholy-Nagy, Gyula Pap, Judit Kárász, Irén Blüh, Otti Berger), and other Bauhaus giants of the arts of the 20th century (Josef Albers, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Vaszilij Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, Theo van Doesburg) and members of the international students’ group that joined KURI (Peter Keler, Walter Peterhans, Semmis Rustem, Kurt Schmidt, István Sebôk, Georg Teltscher, Otto Umbehr). The material of the exhibition is made up of outstanding examples of artistic work, paintings, graphics, sculptures, and architectural designs, maquettes, photos, furniture, stage and costume designs, printed works, photos and texts and films. Events organized in connection with the exhibition include: family days and children’s programs with the participation of museum educators; guided city tours to visit works and workshops of local Bauhäuslers and their followers; revival of the Bauhaus celebrations that once attracted large crowds: Drachenfest – Dragonfest; Laternenfest – Lamp Festival; Costume Bauhaus ball; Bauhaus theatre and puppet theatre re-constructions; online presentations of local Bauhaus memorabilia and heritage (starting in 2009) and, on the basis of these, the production of a film. Publications related to the exhibition: scientific, representative “catalogue raisonnée”, which synthesises knowledge related to the topic and publishes the latest research in several languages.
THE EUROPE OF “THE EIGHT” Date: 13 November 2010 – 31 March 2011 Venue: Showroom of the Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County (Papnövelde Street) Organizer: Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County (Curators: Dr. Krisztina Passuth, Gergely Barki, Péter Molnos, Zoltán Rockenbauer, Attila Rum– all of them are art historians) “The Eight” were the first avant-garde artistic group in Hungary, which created its own art form in painting and graphics between 1905 and 1915, concurrently with the major European avant-garde movement. The members of the group (Róbert Berény, Dezsô Czigány, Béla Czóbel, Károly Kernstok, Ödön Márffy, Dezsô Orbán, Bertalan Pór, Lajos Tihanyi) opened a new era in Hungarian art. In 1911, two excellent Hungarian sculptors, Vilmos Fémes Beck and Márk Vedres joined the group and also, a wellknown writer and embroiderer of the era, Anna Lesznai. “The Eight” were introduced to the public at three shows in Budapest: 30th December 1909; in April 1911 and at the end of 1912. All three exhibitions were huge successes, unparalleled to this day. The 2010 exhibition in Pécs tries to recreate the three exhibitions and display as many of the works from the original exhibitions as possible. About 200 to 250 original works by “The Eight” (paintings, graphics, sculpture, embroidery, frescos, and mosaics) will be on display. Existing documents, including both photographs and descriptions of works that have been lost, will augment the works on display. This collection will be accompanied by European works of the major predecessor of the Eight, Cézanne, and also contemporary analogies (Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Vlaminck, Duffy, Kokoschka, Kirchner, Pechstein, Bohumil Kubista, et cetera). Events related to the exhibition: a concert series to reconstruct the concerts played at the original exhibitions by the Eight, from the works of Bartók, Weiner and Kodály (with the addition of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin); and literary evenings, which will recreate in theatrical format, the performances by Ady, Lesznai and other authors belonging to the periodical called Nyugat (West). Archive news and film footage from the era and a conference on the legacy of the Eight will complete the program. A three hundred page catalogue will be published in English and Hungarian, as well as a facsimile edition of the catalogue of the Eight published at the time. Also, a CD will be created with additional material; material which would be too extensive for the printed catalogue. As a result of the greater than expected success of the exhibition tour “Fauves hongrois”, currently in progress in France, there is a chance to present the exhibition of
the Eight to audiences in France: (primarily in Paris) and other European countries (Belgium, Germany, Austria, Estonia), and in the USA, on which negotiations are already in progress.
„MEETING POINT 2” INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF FINE ARTS Date: 15 January – 14 February 2010 Venue: Arad (Romania) and the Art Gallery and Visual Arts Workshop of Pécs Organizer: Pécs Gallery and Visual Arts Workshop In accordance with the dialogue between the cultural leaders of the two cities as well as the agreement concluded by the sister cities, „MEETING POINT 2” INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF FINE ARTS OF ARAD will be organised in cooperation with the Romanian partner organizations, the Pécs Gallery and the Visual Arts Workshop. The towns of Osijek and Pilsen, affiliated with the Pécs Gallery and the city itself, have also joined the initiative. This will help the program to become a real CentralEuropean project with three EU member states involved and one from outside the community. The Austrian city of Pöchlarn also joined the program. Pöchlarn is famous not only for the Kokoschka Documentation, but it is the seat of an important symposium of contemporary art, Atelier An Der Donau. The declared objective of the biennial is to preserve the language and forms of expression of traditional graphic art, painting and sculpture. This is the goal that this exhibition, first organised in Arad under the title “The role of traditional/conventional art in contemporary art”, is meant to accomplish.
NIGHT OF MUSEUMS Date: 26 June 2010 Venue: Csontváry Museum, Zsolnay Museum, Schaár Erzsébet “Street”, the Archaeological Museum, City History Museum, Natural Science Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Kanizsai Dorottya Museum Organizer: Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs Since 2003, “The Night of Museums” has been organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture on the weekend closest to Midsummer Night. In 2008, already one hundred and eighty five museums in the capital and the country participated in the program, which awaited the almost two hundred and fifty thousand visitors with all night long opening hours, special guided tours and programs. The special feature of the Night of the Museums is that by buying one ticket you can visit all the exhibiting locations participating in the program.
The Natural Science Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the City History Museum and the Zsolnay Museum, belonging to this umbrella institution, Janus Pannonius Museum, will organise special visits to storerooms, restoration studios and gardens, which are otherwise closed off from the public. These visits will take place with the guidance of invited professionals.
country. This is an original project since the participating countries display the works of young artists, not belonging to any gallery, to an international audience. The exposure of these artists to an international audience is beneficial to both the artists and their countries. Partner countries of the JCE include: France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Lithuania. New participating countries include: Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia and Latvia.
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EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS LARGER THAN PANEL PICTURES AND THE CREATION AND DISPLAY OF COLOURED SPATIAL WORKS /COURSE AND EXHIBITION 2010 Date: 8 June – 6 July 2010 Venue: workshops of the Zsolnay Factory Organizer: University of Pécs, Faculty of Visual Arts and Music, DLA degree program The DLA degree program in visual art, accredited in 1995 by the University of Pécs, provides an opportunity for outstandingly talented young artists to purse their studies at a higher level after completing their graduate studies and to demonstrate their autonomous creative abilities. The venue of the “Force of Colours – Change in Scale” project is an industrial site, one of the currently empty workshops of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter which will be used as a venue for workshops and exhibitions. There is no other site in Pécs where painting larger than a panel picture could be made, so this project is not only a unique opportunity but also results in a change in attitude on the part of the participating artists. Artists will be working under the leadership of consultant professors. The consultant professors will all make efforts to ensure that the young artists can learn how to use the different materials, tools and methods; so they can become autonomous artists with high-level professional expertise. The first “Force of Colours” course, held in 2007 with great success, demonstrated that the work of the Master School of Visual Arts at the University of Pécs is not only of regional importance, but also, that its results can also be measured by European standards. The works of students, sculptors and painters bore witness to an extremely original way of seeing things and, at the same time, clearly demonstrated the power of painting and colours in shaping spaces.
JEUNE CRÉATION EUROPÉENNE YOUNG EUROPEAN ARTISTS Date: 8 September – 15 October 2010 Venue: Zsolnay Factory, Pécs Organizer: Ferenc Martyn Free School of Arts Jeune Création Européenne is a travelling exhibition, held every two years, visiting nine cities of Europe. About ten artists display their works from each participating 14
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Altogether two hundred and thirty works have been submitted for the proposal “Young Contemporary Views”, published by the Municipal Government of Pécs and the Pécs 2010 Management Centre (sponsored by the Martyn Ferenc Free Art Education Foundation, the Hungarian Institute in Paris and the Jeune Création Européenne). Of these, the curator has selected thirty nine works, which will be on display between the 9th and 31st of May 2009. On the opening day, an independent six-member jury will select the ten best works, which will represent Hungary at the Jeune Création Européenne - Biennale Itinerante d’Art Contemporain exhibition to be opened on the 25th of September 2009 in Paris. This international exhibition will visit all the partner cities in two years and will attract tens of thousands of visitors. As one of the stopovers of this tour, Pécs will host the exhibition between the 8th of September and the 15th of October 2010. An English language catalogue will be prepared to accompany the international exhibition tour and will present the artists and also the concepts of the curators from the various countries. The catalogue, to be published for the opening in Montrouge, will be used by the other countries throughout the tour.
ARTS IN DIFFERENCE Date: 17-19 September 2010 Venue: Museum of Local History, Pécs Partners of the project: Janus Pannonius Museum (Pécs), Art en Marge (Belgium), Outsider Research and Distribution Centre of Arts (Brussels), Vzw Wit.h – Community Art Creative Centre (Western Flandria, Harelbeke), Stichting Zuidkunst – Independent Platform of Mentally Retarded Dutch Artists In the spring of 2008, two Belgian and a Dutch artist/therapist groups contacted the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs with the hope of establishing a partnership. Both groups deal with mentally impaired people. Rather than teaching some mechanical job to simply while away time, which is quite common practice in the case of employing disabled people, the essence of their specialist work is to provide several years of training for persons of disability under the leadership of artists from various branches of art and to establish and develop, under proper guidance, an increased awareness of
various artistic positions and employment. They have attained very good results. People with Down syndrome, autism and patients of other mental disabilities become capable of producing works of art in the framework of five years of training and employment; they become equipped with an autonomous artistic awareness. Planned programs: one-week workshop with the cooperation of Hungarian, Belgian and Dutch colleagues, a conference on the comparison of the results achieved so far and the methods used, an exhibition presenting the works of contemporary art of developmental disability artists trained in accordance with the Belgian-Dutch methods and the works of psychiatric patients who have not received such training and treatment. The pieces from Belgium and Netherlands will be complemented by the significant collection of the Psychiatric Clinic of Pécs.
PUBLIC ART & SENSORY LABYRINTH THEATRE – PÉCS Date: throughout the year (lectures, exhibition in September) Venue: Szent István Square, Civil Communities House, inner yards of Sopianae Heritage Nonprofit Ltd, Barbakán Castle Pit, Amusement Park, gardens and open areas close to Káptalan Street, Bishopric and World Heritage sites Organizer: Baranyai Alkotótelepek Nonprofit Ltd. As part of a symposium, the program creates public art by inviting international participants to downtown Pécs. This will bring contemporary European art to the European Capital of Culture. The event builds on the cooperation of professional artists of thirteen countries (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Great Britain, Portugal, Romania, and France). In the preliminary phase of the work, the participating teams will get to know the cultural characteristics and current trends of the other countries in workshops held in their own countries. The basis of the project to be realized is a labyrinth of the senses: real labyrinths will be built in dark inner spaces or natural environments. The labyrinths are created by artists and architects, as a result of which, art work will be created but occasionally, they will also serve as backdrops to theatre performance after dark. In the labyrinths one wonders alone along the paths. At the “sensory gates”, located along the route, visitors will meet various characters, where they become active participants and all their senses will become mobilized. The “Sensory gates” will be designed and created by artists selected through open international tender. As part of an international symposium, art, music and video installations, as well as mobile elements of the
labyrinth will be created. These elements are planned to be displayed in Essen and Istanbul, where they will be adapted, with the involvement of the participating artists, into local versions of the labyrinths.
“PORCELAIN–PÉCS–ZSOLNAY” CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AT THE ZSOLNAY FACTORY PORCELAIN AND CERAMIC ART SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION Date: throughout the year Venue: Zsolnay Factory Organizer: Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd.. The Zsolnay Factory has played a significant role in Central Europe during the past one hundred and fifty years. The products of the Zsolnay Factory have always been contemporary: porcelain products have always been designed by renowned contemporary artists. The ceramic symposium aims to strengthen this trend and once again involve famous artists and young designers to produce new innovative product lines based on the Zsolnay’s technology. In the first year of the program, in 2008, ten Hungarian artists (including living legends as Ilona Keserü, Sándor Pinczehelyi and Imre Schrammel and also young, successful designers, for example, Zsolt Czakó) expressed the artistic possibilities inherent in Zsolnay porcelain. The year 2009 focuses on an international ceramic and porcelain research program, workshops and also a symposium. At the 2009 symposium, legendary Hungarian and European artists and young talents work together to develop new products for Zsolnay Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt. 2010 has two main goals. Firstly, the symposium will be attended by the most successful artists of the past two years, based on themes similar to previous years. The project will aim at present achievements as well. Secondly, an exhibition will be organized from the artistic achievements of the past three years, which will be one of the highlights of the Zsolnay Cultural District.
CENTER FOR YOUNG ART AND DESIGN Date: 2010 all year round Venue: Studios: Villa Sikorszky (Zsolnay Cultural Quarter), Exhibitions: Pécs City Gallery, Hattyú Ház Gallery Organizer: Approach Arts Association The Centre for Young Art and Design is an international fine arts resident program that builds on the capacity of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter to be built within the frame of the European Capital of Culture program. The resident program will join the international network – initiated in PRESS MATERIAL
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Istanbul – to be set up as part of the 2010 European Capital of Culture program. In East Central Europe, and with that, in Hungary, this kind of artistic institutional system has no significant presence – there are only possibilities for workshops and seasonal creative activities. The Pécs resident program in this form is not only capable of integrating the international Southern Cultural Belt formulated as one of the major activity areas of ECoC but also integrating a wider international activity space. The resident program is supervised by a board of curators delegated from the standard artistic associations of the city, which ensures a professional consensus and conceptual cooperation. In this framework, the residents arriving from different parts of the world can work in studio houses which provide studios and apartment living space. The primary aim of the studio program – beside creative work and inspiration – is to provide possibilities for introduction, making connections and building a carrier for the artists and the curators. Beside this, special emphasis is laid in the program on the facilitation of international integration. Since the extended stay will give opportunities for forming more intensive contact systems, this will be functional in the long run. Along with this, the artistic life of the host city can be continuously present in the international artistic circulation with the help of the visiting residents. The aim of the program in 2010 is the continuous operation of four resident studios, where foreign artists will work for one to three months (four to six artists per quarter year). Another aim is to create a scholarship system for Pécs artists, who will be able to participate in foreign resident programs. Exhibitions of the works of artists organised every three months in the Pécs City Gallery and Hattyú Ház Gallery will form part of the program. The upshot of the resident program is the formation of a solid international culturalartistic system of connections as well as the creation of an international collection of the works of art resulting from the program.
MOBILE FOLDING SCREEN A SERIES OF MOBILE INSTALLATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS Date: June – December 2010 Venue: Public spaces in the historic centre of Pécs Organizer: South Transdanubian Tourism and Economic Development Nonprofit Ltd. The Mobile Folding Screen Exhibition series is a local civilian initiative whose concept was conceived by independent photographers from Pécs. The goal of the project is to enable the photographers of 16
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the 2010 ECoC cities (Pécs, Essen – Ruhr Region and Istanbul) to present the culture of the three cities, the three countries and the Balkans through their works. The photos will be presented on a total of sixteen large folding screens with internal lighting. The screens are suitable for both indoor and outdoor events and can be assembled and disassembled easily in the public spaces of the historic centre of Pécs. They will be illuminated at night and will present the following topics: artistic photographs of Pécs (as for themes, priority will be given to Pécs, South Transdanubia, Istanbul, Essen [Ruhr Region] and the Balkans) • images of Pécs and portraiture • reproductive photo exhibition with a selection from the works of contemporary artists from Pécs • documentary photos of the Pécs European Capital of Culture programs in December 2010.
EXHIBITIONS AND MONOGRAPHS OF VISUAL ARTISTS FROM PÉCS Organizer: Pécs Gallery and the Visual Arts Workshop In the field of visual arts, Pécs is the most valuable cultural centre in the region. Under this project, reputed art historians will process and present the works of five artists – Ilona Keserü, István Bencsik, István Gellért B., Ferenc Lantos and Sándor Pinczehelyi – using methods of scientific research and including works discovered abroad and in Hungary, using works from private and institutional collections or works in private ownership. Curators of the program: FERENC LANTOS – Katalin Keserü ISTVÁN GELLÉR B. – István Hajdu ISTVÁN BENCSIK – József Készman SÁNDOR PINCZEHELYI – Márta Kovalovszky ILONA KESERÜ – Katalin Aknai • There is a comprehensive monograph already available on Ferenc Lantos. On the occasion of his 80th birthday his works were displayed in four different venues. In 2010 the exhibition will be organized in one of Pécs’s partner cities. A catalogue of academic standard will be published for the exhibition with the support of the European Capital of Culture program. • István Gellér B. created his own mythology with his work entitled the Growing City. His works will be exhibited in 2010 in Pécs and a monograph will highlight his accomplishments.
• István Bencsik last had an independent exhibition in Pécs in 1994, held in the Parti Gallery. He will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2010, so an exhibition presenting his entire oeuvre will be organized, and a monograph will give a full introduction to his work. • Sándor Pinczehelyi’s professional life is extremely complex and reflects a wide range of artistic activities; he is a graphic artist, a member of the avant-garde group known as the Pécs Workshop, a painter and the organiser of artistic events. In 2010 a comprehensive monograph will be published on him. • Ilona Keserü is a significant member of the neoavantgarde generation of artists that started their career in the mid-sixties. In 2008-2009 her life-work was presented in a grand exhibition in Debrecen, accompanied by an impressive catalogue which will be published in several different languages in 2010.
’PLASTICON’ SHAPING PUBLIC SPACES AND AUTONOMOUS ART: SCULPTURAL TRANSFORMATION OF PUBLIC SPACES Date: continuous in the course of 2010 Venue: public squares and parks of Pécs Organizer: Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd. The renewal of the built heritage of the city with the help of autonomous forms of art was repeatedly brought up as a topic of significant importance even during the preparation phase of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture program. Two of such projects are the Renewal of Public Squares And Parks and the Public Art-project (2008, 2009) carried out with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the Faculty of Visual and Applied Arts. The works of art in question are pieces which have the power to redefine the meaning of the spaces in which they are exhibited. These works of art are no longer presented simply in their traditional artistic context, and are suitable to fill the entire space with cultural content, providing new focal points in the free spaces bounded by buildings.
BARTÓK-KODÁLY WORKSHOP WITH PÉCS CHOIRS Date: 8–11 April 2010 Venue: Dominican House, House of Civil Communities in Pécs, Palatinus Hotel - Bartók Béla Banquet Hall Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre
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The series of programs was launched in 2007 to organise a workshop on the basis of the oeuvre of Zoltán Kodály, the world-famous music educator. One interesting speciality of this program is that the participants represent a wide range of musicians, both in terms of their age and their origin. On the first two days of the three-day conductor workshop, applicants will have a chance to get to know the choirs. By rehearsing with the choir, the conductors in charge of the different choir sections will share their knowledge with the participants. On the third day, as a conclusion to the entire program, the participants will present their work in an open gala concert to the audience. It is an important goal of the project to give young conductors who are just starting their careers and also students, an opportunity to perform. The participating conductors will rehearse the choral works of Kodály, Bartók, Liszt and Erkel with four choirs from Pécs that have a long history in Pécs. The participating choirs from Pécs include the female choir of the Kodály Zoltán Secondary Grammar School, the Bartók Béla male choir of Pannon Volán Zrt, the Pécs Chamber Choir and the mixed choir of the Nagy Lajos Secondary Grammar School of the Cistercian Order. The four choirs represent the four choir types that can be encountered in choir literature. The artistic director of the program: Dr. Tamás Lakner, Liszt Prize-winner conductor. Other workshop leaders: Aurél Tillai and Attila Kertész Liszt Prize-winner conductors, and Ernô Nagy, conductor. In 2010, the local choirs will be joined by the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Choir too, representing the 2009 European Capital of Culture, Linz (conductor: prof. Kurt Dluhy) Further information: www.pecsikult.hu
ESSEN–PÉCS WIND MUSIC PROJECT Date: 1–14 July 2010 Organizer: Pécs Arts Grammar and Vocational School
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The Wind Orchestra of the Pécs Arts Grammar and Vocational School and the Schönebecker JugendBlasorchester in Essen initiated cooperation in 2007 in the spirit of the partnership of the European Capital of Culture program. During the wind music project, young Hungarian and German musicians and their teachers
have taken part in joint workshop activities in Pécs and the Ruhr region. They presented the results of their common activities at concerts in the preceding years. Beside concerts in Hungary and Germany, they performed in Linz, the 2009 European Capital of Culture. This common work will continue in 2010: the ensemble consisting of young musicians will perform again in Germany and Hungary and the musical material of the project will be published on a CD, which will represent the youth wind orchestral culture of Pécs and Essen.
Secondary School of Pécs. An international team of conductors will be leading the daily rehearsals. From the third day of the choir week the choirs will begin to make their debut with their own repertoire, and will also give a joint concert every day. In the meantime the guest choirs will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of Pécs, the entire South Transdanubian region and Croatia. This kind of intercultural communication will provide an opportunity of joint creative artistic and cultural experience for the 16-25 year-old age groups.
HUNGARIAN WIND MUSIC GRAND PRIZE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL Date: 1–14 July 2010 Concert wind music is regarded today as an independent art form capable of satisfying the highest aesthetic requirements. Today, the genre is performed in the most respected concert halls of the world. Although wind music has a rich tradition in Hungary, the number of ensembles playing high-quality concert wind music is relatively small; though this number is growing. Pécs and its surroundings hold an important place within this rich tradition and therefore, serve as an ideal location to host this highly-regarded international event. The Hungarian Wind Music Grand Prize, which is planned to be an international music competition held annually in the concert wind music genre, will be held for the first time in 2010, as part of the Pécs - European Capital of Culture event series. The concert series aims to become one of the ten most respected wind music events worldwide. Competitions between the 1st and 14th of July 2010 will be held in nine categories. Separate categories will be launched for ensembles ranging from youth to professional groups. Individual concerts, not part of the competition, will also be part of the event series. High standards will be ensured by an excellent, independent jury. Fringe programs under the title “Pécs welcomes Europe – Europe welcomes Pécs” will also be held in and around Pécs in the form of open-air concerts with the participation of international and Hungarian ensembles.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR WORKSHOP Date: 10–15 August 2010 Organizer: Hani Foundation Closely related to the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture program, the following four youth choirs will participate in an international choir workshop: Magnificat Mixed Choir (Japan), Tennessee Highland Youth Ensemble (USA), a Choir of Cluj (Romania), to be hosted by the Mixed Choir of the Reformed Catholic
PÉCS CANTAT Date: 15–22 August 2010 Venue: Concert hall in Pécs, Basilica, Palatinus Hotel Bartók Hall, public spaces: Dóm Square, Jókai Square, Theatre Square, Baranya County: churches and concert halls in Siklós, Szigetvár, Villány, Komló, Mohács, Sásd Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre Pécs has been a “choir superpower” for decades now. It was the first East-Central European city that hosted the Europa Cantat behind the iron curtain. The excellent choirs in Pécs and the professional work of their conductors are well-known all over Europe. The goal of the Pécs Cantat is to present the values of culture through the works of Kodály and Bartók. The event was recognised by the Europa Cantat as an official program in February 2009, thereby launching a new series of programs that can be related to the European Capitals of Culture. The workshops and the choir festival under the Pécs Cantat will provide a unique opportunity for choral singers, conductors, music educators and international experts of the European region to meet and exchange experiences. In addition to the workshop activities, the participants will present the choral music of their own nations in concerts and will also perform together. The programs will be further enriched by free, joint singing sessions. The nearly one thousand participants will be working in six different workshops during the one-week event. “Kodály” workshop: Kodály: Budavári Te Deum, with the participation of the Pannon Philharmonic, conducted by: Prof. Aurél Tillai, Liszt Prize-winner conductor, (participants of the mixed choir workshop: choirs, individual participants, small groups made up of choir members) “Travelling around wine” workshop: János Vajda: Janus kupája (Janus’s cup), first night performance of the drinking cantata and other European wine songs. Conducted by: Dr. Tamás Lakner, Liszt Prize-winner conductor, Vlado Sunko (Croatia) (for male choirs) “Béla Bartók’s world” workshop: Bartók: “In the village”
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and other works for male or female choirs, conducted by: Attila Kertész, Liszt Prize-winner conductor (for female choirs) “Angels’ song” workshop: Hungarian and European church music for child’s voice. Kodály and Bartók children’s choir, conducted by: Ferenc Tóth, Liszt Prizewinner conductor (for children’s choirs) “Horatii Carmen” workshop: Bartók’s and Kodály’s choral works that can be performed by youth choirs. E.g. Bartók: Four Slovakian Folk Songs, Kodály: Tribute to János, Cohors Generosa, Horatii Carmen. Conducted by: Ernô Nagy, Dr. Szabolcs Szabó, Péter Hoppál (workshop for young singers of 14 to 25 years old, mixed choirs) “Swing and sweet” workshop: Jazz-Romantic medley, a unique combination of love and humour. Conducted by: Robert Sund (Sweden) The program will be based on open application. Applicants are expected from ECoC cities, partner cities, sister cities and various European and national choirs. Numerous choirs that have performed at former festivals with great success in Pécs will also attend this grand event. The representative gala concerts will be a great attraction for people living in Pécs and the region; for those who love choral music and for visitors coming to Pécs alike. www.pecscantat.hu
IMPROVISATIO – CREATIO INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN MEMORIAM FERENC LISZT Date: 6–12 September 2010 Organizer: Faculty of Visual Arts and Music of the University of Pécs, Co-producer: KLASSZ Music Agency In 2010, Pécs, the European Capital of Culture will be home to a special musical event for the first time. The Faculty of Music and Visual Arts of the University of Pécs will organize the International Symposium “Improvisatio – Creatio” between the 6th and 12th of September in cooperation with the Hungarofest Klassz Music Office. This event serves as the continuation of the international piano competitions held in memory of Ferenc Liszt in 2005 and 2007. The six-day event includes master courses for music school piano, organ and jazz (piano) students interested in improvisation at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level, as well as for musicians, teachers, and performers. It will also feature a two-round Improvisation Competition in classical piano and organ as well as various jazz styles. Presentations, shows and meetings by experts in artistic training will also be included. This is one of the main events in the European Capital of Culture programs schedule and is of
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international significance. It will attract visitors from all corners of the world and is a major cultural project both locally and on a national level. Participants and professors of the master courses during the symposium will give improvisational concerts as part of the program. Concert by Thierry Escaich (organ) Jazz improvisational concert by Károly Binder and Joey Calderazzo Improvisational concert by István Lantos (piano) Concert by the teachers and students of the Martyn Ferenc Art Grammar School of Pécs Closing concerts of the most successful participants of the master courses Gala concert of the winners of the competitions During the symposium, an exhibition by Dr. Ferenc Lantos, holder of the Munkácsy Prize and an Artist of Distinction will be on display at the House of Arts and Literature.
4TH WORLD CONVIVIAL WINE SONG FESTIVAL Date: 24–26 September 2010 Venue: Pécs, settlements of the Villány-Siklós Wine Road Organizer: Male Choir Foundation of Pécs Since 1993, Pécs has been organising Europe’s only festival exclusively advertised for male choirs and male vocal ensembles, which has now grown into a program with an international reputation. In the past fifteen years, four thousand singers from thirty eight countries have attended the festivals, contributing to the value of the city by enriching the culture of chorus singing and wine making and consumption. The Wine Song World Festival is a significant touristic attraction, drawing six to eight thousand visitors to the city and the region each year. The Festival is popular throughout Europe and is hosted by the Béla Bartók Male Choir of Pannon Volán Zrt. Besides the festive gala to be held in the theatre, the choirs will perform in wine cellars as well as in several outdoor venues. The choirs have a total of 200 singers combined, and this united male choir will sing masterpieces of the Hungarian and the international wine song repertoire. www.winesongfestival.hu
UMZE – MUSIKFABRIK NRW PROJECT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC WEEKEND IN PÉCS Date: Autumn 2010 Venue: University of Pécs Assembly Hall, National Theatre of Pécs Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd, KLASSZ Music Agency
The New Hungarian Music Association (UMZE) was formed in 1911 by Bartók, Kodály and Leó Weiner. Among the founders of UMZE, major composers and performers of Hungarian music can be found, among others, György Ligeti , György Kurtág , András Szôllôsy , Péter Eötvös , Zoltán Jeney , Ferenc Rados , László Dobszay and Miklós Perényi . The UMZE Chamber Orchestra has been Hungary’s leading chamber orchestra since 1997 playing contemporary music. In Germany, Musikfabrik NRW is one of the most significant and best formations that play contemporary music, apart from Ensemble Modern.
The purpose of the project is to work out joint concert programs of the Hungarian UMZE and the German MusikFabrik NRW to play contemporary chamber music in the Ruhr Region, in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Pécs. The concert of the two orchestras in Pécs will be augmented by workshops for students of the Department of Music and also for practicing artists with the participation of the musicians of the two orchestras. The concerts will be accompanied by public rehearsals, in which the audience will be given a primer into the concert menu, thereby facilitating the understanding of contemporary music. The first joint rehearsals of the two orchestras and the first concerts will take place in 2010 in North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the ‘scene’ NRW festival. The concerts will then be held as part of workshops in Pécs in September and October 2010. The project thereby tries to symbolically connect the Ruhr Region and Pécs in the form of a contemporary musical project.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCES BY NICOLAS FRIZE Date: October 2010 Venue: City of Pécs Organizer: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. Nicolas Frize is an internationally renowned artist, who has been invited to put one or more performances on stage especially designed for Pécs. He visited Pécs in the spring of 2009 at the invitation of Hungarofest. First he checked the possible venues and then he sent his proposal to the organizers. The final decision on what components of the proposal can be accomplished in view of the available resources will be made after negotiating with possible local partners and consulting the artist himself. According to the concept of the artist, there would be several musical performances going on simultaneously in downtown venues, so people could choose from a variety of venues all through the evening and walk from one to the other. There will be music played non-stop at each venue from 7 p.m. to midnight with a very wide repertoire. The idea is to get as many local musicians involved in the performances as possible, but musicians from Budapest and France will also be welcome to join in (e.g. percussionists, child soloist etc.).
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Date: 3–17 November 2010 Venue: Szeged Organizer: Szeged Open-Air Theatre Festival The strategic partnerships established with partner cities are very important for the Pécs2010 ECoC program. The MEZZO Opera Competition and Festival is based on a strategic relationship that goes back several years. Four foreign and one Hungarian opera house participated in the program of the Festival in the preparatory years. However, in 2010 another opera production will be invited to expand the program and the list of partner opera houses. As a result, the recognition, reputation and prestige of the Festival and the Competition will be further increased. Each production will be put on stage in the four foreign opera houses by Hungarian directors who have had some practice in teaching, since they teach acting in Hungarian or foreign academies. In turn, the production in Hungary will be directed by a foreign director. The two symphonic orchestras, which accompany the productions of the Festival, will have a key role. Since each production will come to Szeged without the orchestra of the partner opera house, the task for the Festival is to find the best orchestras for the productions broadcast by Mezzo Television. One of the orchestras will be the Pannon Philharmonic, which will represent both the city of Pécs at the Szeged Festival and Hungary on Mezzo Television. Partner opera houses of the Festival in 2010: Csokonai Theatre (Debrecen, Hungary), Opera Krakowska (Krakow, Poland), Dicapo Opera Theatre (New York, USA), Den Nye Opera (Bergen, Norway), Helikon Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
(Gyôr, Szeged, Debrecen, Szombathely and Miskolc) as well as the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra from the capital will deliver performances. Pécs is a hub, a meeting point for different cultures. The three-day Classarts.hu Festival will be a great opportunity to provide a taste of classical music of all those cultures that are strongly affiliated with Pécs. Each concert will start with an overture composed by a contemporary artist of a nation whose culture left significant traces in Pécs’s local culture. This piece will be followed by a concerto of a prominent artist of that nation, performed by a soloist of the same nation. The Festival will begin with a Hungarian night, to be followed by Latin, Turkish, Austrian, Russian and American contemporary pieces that represent the succession of different historical layers. Finally, the closing concert of the Festival will be based on the two cultures which have always had a strong impact on the region: German and Croatian culture. In the second half of each concert, as a tribute to the Gustav Mahler anniversary, each of the eight symphonies of Mahler will be performed in eight evenings. classarts.hu 2010 invitational competition for composers: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra will announce an invitational competition, in which contemporary composers of the above-mentioned nations will be invited to compose a new overture for a full orchestra. The invited composers will include members of a new generation who may become prominent figures in Central-Europe in the decades to come. The pieces will be evaluated by a jury of five members, each of them representing a different nation. The winning composition will be the very first piece to be played in the new Conference and Concert Centre, as an “Inauguration Overture”, at the grand opening ceremony of the new facility.
CLASSARTS.HU FESTIVAL Date: November–December 2010 Venue: Pécs Conference and Concert Centre Organizer: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra The aim of the email@example.com festival is threefold: to illustrate the diversity of classical music, to combine classical music with other forms of art, and to demonstrate the richness of Hungarian symphonic orchestra culture. Since Hungary’s first concert hall of a regional significance will open in Pécs in 2010, the central theme of the Festival will be to present the richness of Hungary’s symphonic orchestras During the course of the Festival, in harmony with the spirit of the ECoC program, the symphony orchestras of Hungary’s regional centres
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WORLD STARS IN PÉCS Date: All through the year Venue: National Theatre of Pécs, Pécs Conference and Concert Centre Organizer: Pannon Philharmonic The Symphonic Orchestra of Pécs founded in 1811, today known as the Pannon Philharmonic, has been a dominant representative of the musical culture of South Transdanubia for 200 years. The program entitled “Wold Stars in Pécs”, organised by the orchestra, will bring several famous representatives of Hungarian and international musical life (singers, soloists and conductors) to the audience of Pécs and its region. The series of concerts will include productions of outstanding
artistic quality, adding high level classical content to the program of the future Concert Hall. In the spirit of artistic diversity and equal cultural opportunity, the program will embrace a wide range of musical literature with special attention to the presentation of new, contemporary pieces. Planned programs: Robi Lakatos Ensemble; Andrea Meláth - soprano, Peter Mikulas - bass, Oliver von Dohnanyi (Slovakia); Olivier Latry (France); Henning Kregerrud (Norway); Olari Elts (Estonia), Fazil Say (Turkey), Nina Bernsteiner (Austria), Leonard Elschenbroich (Germany), Sabine Meyer – clarinet (Germany), Patricia Kopatchinskaja – violin (Moldova), Miklós Perényi, Ola Rudner (Sweden), Eva Mei (Italy), Sergei Nakariakov (Russia), Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Péter Eötvös, Dezsô Ránki, Maxim Vengerov (Russia)
BATTA DEM 5TH PÉCS INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FESTIVAL Date: 8–10 April 2010 Venue: Pécs Youth Centre Organizer: Inter-Hungarian Cultural Association
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The three-day Pécs International Reggae Festival is the most important reggae event in the international vicinity of Pécs. Similar to the Jamaican, London, Italian and German Reggae Sun Splash festivals, the intention of the organizers is to spread the positive message of reggae. To mention a few international performers at the Festival from the last years: DreadZone (UK), General Levy (UK), Jahmali(JAM), Top Cat (UK) etc. Fringe programs will await those who visit the Festival not only for the sake of music: they can watch films about topics connected to the reggae sense of life (about Bob Marley, Rastas and reggae); they can also participate in round-table talks about reggae and human rights, or listen to lectures about Jamaican and European reggae bands and about the African activity of Amnesty International; take part in handicraft sessions; try out drumming for themselves in the free drums circle; and taste Rasta food specialities.
PÉCS UNIVERSITY DAYS Date: 21–24 April 2010 Venue: Pécs, Leather Factory Organizer: Student Union, University of Pécs For over ten years, the Pécs University Days has been the largest youth event organised every year in the city. The preparatory events of the Pécs University Days include a series of talent contest concerts called PEN. These are organised with the purpose of offering an opportunity for ambitious and talented, though novice musicians, to perform to a large audience as part of the PEN program. Bands from all over the country apply to participate in the talent contest program and eventually five bands are selected and offered an opportunity to perform.
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During the four days of the 2010 Pécs University Days, fifty bands will perform on four different stages, including at least ten foreign bands. Several additional fringe programs in different venues will entertain interested people (theatre shows, street theatre, dance performances, exhibitions, film shows, et cetera). Former programs of the Pécs University Days in 2008 and 2009 featured Fishbone (USA), Transglobal Underground (UK), Firewater (USA) and Ez3kiel (F).
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Date: 21–23 May 2010 Venue: Promenade Square, Youth House, National Theatre of Pécs Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre
ALTERNATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL Date: 17–19 June 2010 Venue: Orfû, Panoráma Campsite Organizer: Fishing on Orfû Ltd.
The Pécs Folk Days International Folk Festival has a long history. The events of the Pécs Folk Days host the best representatives of the vocal and instrumental folk music of nationalities living in Hungary and across the national borders in the Carpathian basin. In addition, they provide a unique opportunity to learn about the musical traditions of other European nations and remote, exotic cultures. The Festival takes place in the historic city centre of Pécs in Promenade Square in front of the Cathedral. Smaller concerts are hosted at indoor, more intimate venues. Children are entertained by puppet shows in the morning and playground activities in the afternoon. Planned performers for 2010: Slavey Quartett (Bulgaria) - Bulgarian folk music, Százcsávási Ensemble - Roma folk music, Vujicsics Ensemble - Serbian and Croatian folk music, Ágnes Herczku’s and Nikola Parov’s Ensemble Bulgarian-Hungarian world music, Mahala Hora Moldovan folk music, Dutar Ensemble - Roma world music - CimbaliBand - music of Balkan nations, Vizin Ensemble - Croatian folk music, Yusupha Kuyateh (Gambia) – folk music, Rosenah Ensemble (Iran) - Iranian folk music, Altan Ensemble (Ireland) – world music, Eszter Takács, Golestan Ensemble - Persian - Hungarian world music, Szélkiáltó Ensemble - poems set to music, Zengô Ensemble - Hungarian folk music, Intermagyar Ensemble - world musicFagyöngy Ensemble - poems set to music, Simply English - English folk music, Tintaló Company – puppet theatre, Kolompos Ensemble – Hungarian folk music, Szeredás Folk Ensemble – Hungarian folk music Further information: www.pecsifolknapok.hu
The “Fishing on Orfû” pop music festival, a program created in the years leading up to the European Capital of Culture, will be organised for the third time in Orfû near Pécs in 2010. The settlement provides possibilities for organising free time and sports programs beside the concerts through its excellent natural surroundings. The aim of the Festival is to create – beside the traditional programs of the community – a popular festival attracting masses that emerges as a new attraction among the touristic programs of the region. About a hundred bands appear on the three large stages and several small ones in the Panoráma Campsite in Orfû. Beside the concerts, free-time activities brighten up the program all day long (a cooking contest, workshops, film shows, autographing, stand up comedy, a disco, night hiking, et cetera). The organizers also run a talent contest beside the major programs of the Festival. Based on the experiences of the previous years, about fifty applicants can be expected, primarily from the region. One of the most significant upshots of the contest is that young, new bands get an opportunity to introduce themselves in front of the almost eighteen thousand visitors of the Festival. During the three days, several well-known bands and their managers appear at the Festival, so the young upand-coming talents can have the opportunity to build connections and acquire experience.
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Organised for the first time in 2007, this Festival was established by the ECoC program. Its openly acknowledged task is to revive and renew folk traditions. The program will join a talent scout project through to the year 2010, when the finished productions are performed. The project goes through several phases of discovery and training, broken down into annual cycles. As for the talent scout component, the partners of the project are the local institutions and local civil members of the national umbrella organisations called “Z point”. The talent scout competitions are announced without any restriction on genre but productions using elements of folk music are treated separately. In terms of style they can be very different, since rock, jazz, metal and pop and numerous other light music styles can all encounter the folk music traditions of any nation or ethnic group. In addition to participating in the talent scout program, the
Date: 21 June 2010 Venue: Various venues all over the city Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre The main message of the event entitled the Celebration of Music is to present the diversity of music: soloists or bands, instrumental or vocal music. The event offers an opportunity to play free and spontaneous music for fun and gives the stage to amateur and professional performers to show their talent. The Pécs Cultural Centre was the first to join the initiative in 1997, and in 2010 it will be part of the ECoC program. This event will make it possible to introduce the professional and amateur bands of Pécs, the Southern Cultural Zone and various music groups from Essen and Istanbul too. Further Information: www.pecsikult.hu
FOLK & ROLL FESTIVAL Date: 25–26 June 2010 Venue: Barbakán Castle Pit Organizer: Pécs Youth Centre
groups experimenting in this segment will have a chance to perform under the Folk & Roll Project.
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Date: 6 June – 29 August 2010 Venue: Promenade Square, Theatre Square Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre Promenade concerts will revive the tradition and atmosphere of old times every Sunday afternoon from 6 p.m. in the city centre of Pécs. The audience of Pécs will be given the opportunity to listen to high-quality wind instrument music on a dozen or so occasions thanks to miner, fire fighter, youth and German minority orchestras from Pécs and Baranya County. Visitors to the outdoor dance houses can get acquainted with the folk dances of the (German, Croatian, Serb, Greek, Roma and Bulgarian) nationalities living in Pécs. The program is especially popular among young people but the elderly generation is also welcome to attend the event where they can learn the different steps with the help of a competent choreographer. The dance houses are meant to familiarise the participants with the musical and dance culture of the neighbouring nationalities with the participation of, among others, local traditionalist associations and music and dance ensembles. Performers: Etnorom Ensemble (Budapest), Unterrock Ensemble , Vizin Ensemble (Pécs), Vujicsics Ensemble, Balkan Fanatic Collective Ensemble (Budapest), Sirtos Ensemble (Budapest), “Schnapps Kapelle” Brass Orchestra (Pécs), Los Andinos Ensemble (Székesfehérvár), Pál István Szalonna and his Band (Budapest), Chagall Klezmer Band (Budapest), Cimbaliband Ensemble (Budapest)
picturesque Nature Park In Malomvölgy (Park Forest) near Pécs. By today, the Festival has grown into the largest program of the region and has received nationwide acknowledgment. Alongside the foreign star bands, the Rock Marathon is also preparing a Hungarian sensation for 2010. Its main aim is to worthily celebrate its 10-year jubilee with a professional program with the length of a marathon, with foreign performers and guests, true world stars and national classics in the year of the European Capital of Culture.
NATIONAL TOURISTIC ASSEMBLY OF UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE STUDENTS (EFOTT) Date: 13–18 July 2010 Venue: Orfû Organizer: National Conference of Student Unions National Touristic Assembly of University and College Students (EFOTT) is one of the longest running national student events known throughout Hungary, which attracted sixty thousand students in 2008. EFOTT is held at a different location each year. During the past three decades, the event has been held throughout the country. EFOTT aims to attract students from all corners of the country for a week of festival events. It is an event where student organizations, universities and colleges, and government and nongovernmental organizations active in higher education all have the chance to be present. In 2010, for the first time in the history of EFOTT, international stars will also be invited to perform. Besides the musical events, other, sporting “fringe” programs will also be organized. As part of the “fringe” programs, street theatre performances, exhibitions, and light painting shows will attract visitors. While popular mainly among students, the Festival is open to everyone.
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OSIJEK – NOVI SAD – PÉCS JAZZ BRIDGE X. JUBILEE ROCK MARATHON Date: 5–10 July 2010 Venue: Nature Park In Malomvölgy (Park Forest) Organizer: Rock Marathon Foundation 2010 is not only the year of the European Capital of Culture in Pécs, but also the 10-year jubilee of the Rock Marathon Festival. In 2010, the Festival will indeed acquire the length of a marathon: it will be the longest running summer program of the year, when live music can thunder on for ten days. The Festival will provide a space for widely acknowledged underground musical genres and live music styles (rock, metal, alter, punk, blues, et cetera). Since 2001, its venue has been the
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Date: 15–16 October 2010 Venue: Uránia Movie Theatre Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre Launched in 2008, the Festival is built on the thematic focus of the Pécs European Capital of Culture program. It is meant to create a kind of virtual region by means of cooperation targeting Southern and South-Eastern Europe. Pécs has built a “jazz bridge” with its Croatian sister city, Eszék (Osiek) and the capital of Vajdaság (Voivodina), Újvidék (Novi Sad) in Serbia, which connects the three regions. The two-day jazz event will introduce six groups to the audience. The concerts will be followed by free jam
sessions with the participation of the performing artists, local musicians and young talents. The program is a selection of the most interesting and novel jazz projects of the Southern Cultural Zone (mainly from Serbia and Croatia) and of the local and international musical field. The participating groups will be selected by the organizers jointly with the Cultural Centre in Eszék. Pécs is a multicultural city with a significant Croatian and Serbian population who cherish their national traditions and actively participate in the cultural life of the city but rarely get an insight into the contemporary culture of the mother country. The Jazz Bridge will offer them a chance to do so. The free jam sessions of the participating artists will provide an opportunity for the participants to establish contact. The event may turn out to be the beginning of future cooperation. While for local musicians it will definitely be an inspiring experience. Further Information: www.pecsikult.hu
EAST – WEST PASSAGE, BALKAN WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL AND “THE 4TH MEETING AT THE BALKAN GATEWAY” CONFERENCE Date: 11–13 November 2010 Venue: University of Pécs, Medical School Assembly Hall, Pécs Cultural Centre, Dominican House Organizer: Sensus Research Group (University of Pécs), Department of Modern Literary History and Department of Literary Theory (University of Pécs) The East – West Passage wishes to present a picture of the cultural diversity of the Balkans using an increasingly wider perspective each year. The intercultural patchwork made up of world music concerts, exhibitions of contemporary works of art, conference lectures, philosophical, literary and theoretical workshops and discussions and public dialogues of artists and thinkers, can contribute to the representation of the idea of “Pécs as a cultural gate to the Balkans”. By connecting together the two key programs profiles of the East – West Passage, the Balkan World Music Festival and the Interdisciplinary Conference at the Gate to the Balkans, there will be a possibility to reinterpret the notions of the Balkans in a subtle and comprehensive way. Experience and knowledge are concurrently offered so as to integrate the Balkans into general knowledge as a cultural, literary, philosophical, political and artistic space; a space for cultural osmosis and continuous interaction among different communities. The topic of the interdisciplinary conference in 2010: Chances of cultural differences – the ethics, poetics and politics of borderless hospitality. Further information: www.keletnyugati.hu
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT THEATRE FESTIVAL IN PÉCS Date: 17–24 July 2010 Venue: Youth House, Uránváros, Tettye Organizer: Pécs Youth Centre, Apolló Cultural Association
Organised every other year in Pécs, the National Student Theatre Festival is one of the most popular series of events among secondary school students who love the theatre. The four-day national Festival offers an opportunity to the best of the regional pre-qualifying rounds to present their talent and capabilities. As part of the European Capital of Culture program, the National Student Theatre Festival will become international in 2010. This makes it possible to integrate international experience, establish contacts with other European groups and provide a wider reputation for the city and region alike. The best national student theatrical groups will participate at the International Student Theatre Festival where the international contingent will be represented by student groups from countries bordering Hungary. Every country will be represented by two groups, one performing in the national language and another one in Hungarian. In addition, one group from Turkey and one from Germany will also participate as representatives of these two European Capitals of Culture. The participating groups will perform a contest production evaluated by an international jury. In addition, there will be professional training programs with national and international trainers. As a supplementary event, the foreign groups will have a national day (evening) where they perform productions that represent other branches of art and their own typical customs. All the participating groups will perform at the closing gala show.
ECoC PREMIER: CYCLOPS PROJECT Date: May 2010 Venue: Public spaces in the historic centre of Pécs Organizer: Janus University Theatre (Pécs, Hungary), Teatro Nucleo (Ferrara, Italy), Târgu Mureş University of Theatre Academy (Târgu Mureş, Romania)
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As a local civil initiative, the Cyclops project is a general artistic enterprise that wishes to implement a true Dionysian festival in the public spaces of the 21st century. The project wishes to be the product of several artistic branches, so it is made up of several parts. It will be based on a street theatre performance conceived after Euripides’ satirical play “Cyclops”, accompanied by several musical pieces, short films, and visual artistic installations on the Cyclops topic that can also be interpreted independently from the street theatre performance.
The project intends to discover and present a contemporary European hero by means of modern street theatrical tools; a hero who can preserve and accomplish his personality in a cultural space that is growing at a nearly incomprehensible pace. This hero, the emblematic figure of the planned production, will be the figure of the busho. It will be the busho who has preserved his own traditional representation and, as a mysterious survivor, is viewed as a special rarity in cultural history. The goal of the project is to present a form of the performing arts hitherto less known in Eastern Europe as part of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture program; perhaps one of the top-ranked series of artistic events in the coming years, which speaks, as it were, a “foreign language” but is imbued with an ancient rarity of art and cultural history that is so characteristic of the Pécs region. In return, using the double substance of archaic life and the collective power of partly human and partly natural features, this unique ‘living’ cultural artefact can add new energies to the typically Western form of the performing arts. Film, music, exhibitions and theatrical art would be present in a closely related manner but not concurrently; not on the same day but in the different spaces of the city where one of them would “call upon” the other. These works of art, including street theatre performances will strengthen and build upon one another; though they will also have an independent life. The guarantee for the implementation of projects is that as early as the autumn of 2009 the Janus University Theatre, using its own resources, will perform an experimental version of Euripides’ Cyclops adapted for a studio theatre. This performance can be regarded as the essential basic material for a film which will be made later. In the autumn of 2009 and the winter of 2010, action theatre groups will suddenly appear in the city on several occasions as performances with a double goal: firstly, taking advantage of the situation that there will be a large audience in Pécs interested in the autumn programs, a busho satyr would break into the city, bewildering the people in an unforgettable way; secondly, these actions would also be the “external locations” of a short film in preparation. This would represent the first encounter of the people of Pécs and the satyr bushos, the first contact between them. The first phase of the film would record the performance in the studio theatre and the actions. By the time the ECoC events are up and running, the cut version of the film would be shown on every possible platform. The music and the visual designs will be completed by March 2010. The Cyclops project is a piece of art that is meant to offer a unique experience mainly to an adult audience.
OUTDOOR FESTIVAL OF PÉCS Date: 1 May 2010 Venue: Outdoor Stage in Káptalan Street – Tettye Ruins – Anna Court Organizer: Outdoor Festival of Pécs The Outdoor Festival of Pécs has been an organic part of the summer cultural program of Pécs for decades. The folk theatre (repertoire theatre) type programs traditionally taking place at several venues represent different genres of the performing arts. The popular musicals, the prosaic plays and the dance performances are co-produced with various cultural institutions of the city. Beside the chiefly theatrical productions, the popular Folk Bridge connects the folk dance productions of the international partner cities, while the performances of the Pécs Ballet Company provide a popular flavour of the high culture of dance. The Pécs National Theatre, The Pécs Ballet Company and the Pécs Croatian Theatre are partners of the Outdoor Festival of Pécs. Thanks to the active participation of the Croatian Theatre, the Outdoor Festival has close connections with the cultures of Croatia and other southern countries and is an important mediator of South Slavic culture. At the Outdoor Festival the audience can not only see the most successful performances of the season but new productions will be introduced too, which will be adapted for the repertoire of the autumn season of the partner institutions. Among others, Dante’s Divine Comedy will be performed by the cooperation of three ballet companies from the country. www.pecsiszabadteri.hu
TRANSIT – AN URBAN THERAPY ACTION SERIES Date: 1 May 2010 Venue: Public spaces of Pécs Organizer: Krétakör Theatre An enterprise of the Krétakör Theatre and several artists working around it, this project has already been tried and tested with great success in Budapest. There will be a four to six week-long action series implemented under the 2010 ECoC program using different artistic tools which have been further developed and adapted to Pécs and which can involve local artists and civilians alike. Escape art as a method ensures that the presented artistic productions are not merely viewed from the outside but they should be able to be integrated into the life experience of the local people and continue to be useful experiences even after the end of the program. The essence of the program is to transubstantiate the different community spaces by different means of expression used by various branches of art. Instead of the usual PRESS MATERIAL
festival structure based on themes and genres, the organizers offer a unique, one-off series of events spread out in time and space. The city does not simply act as a home to the productions but also inspires them. Some of these will be created specifically for Pécs, while others will be selected in a way that they can revive the given medium. The productions will be organised into a whole in line with the chain of ideas worked out by Árpád Schilling and the Krétakör Theatre. They will offer an opportunity to the locals for continuous play and hard thinking. The series of artistic actions called Escape Artist, which is the main part of the project, will create open forms with local civilians, students and creative communities, thereby providing an opportunity for active participation in addition to traditional views and attitudes. Transit will involve the people of the city by word of mouth. It will use easily accessible (free or cheap), easy to understand and popular forms and go out to meet the audience. This is how particular productions can become family programs accessible to a wide range of people and able to address every generation. Transit intends to persuade the people of the city to stare in wide-eyed wonder at their city, at its residents and their own situation; to recognise that in fact we are all just passing through.
BORDERLESS CITY – BORDERLESS THEATRE Date: all through the year Venue: Third Theatre of Pécs, Chamber Theatre Organizer: Third Theatre of Pécs The Borderless City – Borderless Theatre is an event series that started as a citizen initiative in Pécs in 2008. It aims to present high quality Hungarian language performances from the neighbouring countries to the domestic and international audiences. Within a long-term cooperation agreement, the event series will provide ongoing opportunities for Hungarian theatre companies across-the-border to play to Hungarian audiences, primarily in Pécs, the European Capital of Culture. As part of the series, two companies will visit Pécs in each theatrical season. Guest performances will focus around
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one featured play, which companies will perform four to five times. Additional programs will accompany the main performance (special literary classes at schools, theatre readings, et cetera) and, depending on the repertoire of the companies, studio performances and individual performances as well. Through the performances of the invited guests that exhibit a wider range of different genres, the event series will provide the local and the international audience with an insight into the high-quality and valuable work of theatrical companies across the border
ECoC PREMIER: GHETTO BY JOSHUA SOBOL Date: October 2010 Venue: National Theatre of Pécs Organizer: National Theatre of Pécs The play takes place in the ghetto of Vilnius in 1944. The author writes about the play like this: “For many Israeli Jews in my generation the Jewish genocide is a frightening and revolting, noli me tangere (do not touch me) topic. Instinctively, I also turned my back on it. As a matter of fact, I kept clear of it, like I do with things and questions that haunt me and which suddenly hit me one day… Everything started when one of my friends suggested I should write a short script about the activity of the Jewish youth organisations which were active in Europe during World War II. I started reading some books about this topic and I was inclined to conclude that the whole issue was over-exposed. Then suddenly, I came across this slogan in connection with the ghetto in Vilnius: “No theatre is a cemetery.” So, there must have been a theatre in the ghetto of Vilnius, a theatre which – as shown by the slogan – did what every theatre always has to do: defy reality, confront conventional taste, provoke hypocrisy, a place that turnes the forbidden game, which is irresistible, because it is forbidden – the fool is the one that is not hidden deep inside the wise man –, into theatre in the ghetto.” The music for the production will be composed by Ferenc Jávori.
DANCE MARATHON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MEETING AND FOLK WORKSHOP Date: 25 April – 2 May 2010 Venue: Streets and squares in the city centre, Assembly Hall of the Nagy Lajos Grammar School, elementary and secondary schools Organizer: Hagyománytár Foundation, Pécs Cultural Centre
The Pécs Dance Marathon is a folk event that offers a special opportunity to young people on the occasion of the World Day of Dance to learn more about and also, to experience the European traditions of dance and the branches of folk art related to it. For this very reason, the program will mostly be built on interactive “folk workshops” that can help the audience learn more about the intellectual heritage represented by the participating national and international artists while, at the same time, being actively involved. In addition, several other events will be taking place in the streets and squares of the city, filling them with a special atmosphere. The presentation of the cultural heritage of the Southern Cultural Zone, the Balkans, Istanbul and other foreign ECoC cities will be given an important role in the program. The main part of the Festival will be constituted by events that provide a great opportunity for young people in Pécs to rediscover the multi-coloured nature of European dance culture. Under the program component called “Folk workshop”, the foreign ensembles will visit elementary and secondary schools where, after a brief production, they will invite the students to join in. Similar folk workshops will also take place after the gala shows in the evenings. The program components of the Dance Marathon that will also be implemented in public spaces include, “Chain-Dance” and “Street Music”; where people and foreign tourists passing through the city centre can also become part of this intercultural exchange. Participants: Üftuder-Üsküdar Folklor Genclik ve Spor Kulübü – Istanbul, Turkey; Doina Timisului Folklore Ensemble – Temesvár (Timisoara), Romania; Hannat & Heikit Ensemble – Hollola-Lahti, Finland; Guimarães Folk Group – Guimarães, Portugal, Ilosvai Selymes Péter Folk Ensemble – Nagyida-Kassa (Kosice), Slovakia, Bartina Dance Ensemble – Szekszárd, Somogy Dance Ensemble – Kaposvár, Khelipeske Rom – Pécs, Leôwey Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Mecsek Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Misina Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Tanac Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Berze Nagy János AMI children’s group – Pécs, Fund Cigány AMI children’s group – Pécs.
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journey of a man using three different theatrical languages, while it also gives an encyclopaedic summary of the entirety of European culture.
BALLET PREMIER WITH THE COLLABORATION OF THREE BALLET COMPANIES FROM HUNGARY Date: 25-26 June 2010 in Pécs Venue: Outdoor Stage, Pécs, Open Air Stage, Szeged, ETO Stadium, Gyôr Organizer: Pécs Ballet Company, Szeged Contemporary Ballet Company and Gyôr Ballet Company
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Dante’s work is one of the foundations of European culture; a grand, comprehensive piece that paved the way for the Europe of the modern age - a monumental vision of man in search of his own self and happiness. Everybody knows something about the Divine Comedy, it is part and parcel of our common cultural consciousness, yet very few can say that they really know it. It is time for this grand European mystic journey to come to life on stage. Our century is the visual age and Dante’s work can best be interpreted in terms of the film-like visions described by him. These images can, with incredible richness, make palpable the human-centred, and overly earthly interpretation of Christian salvation from which the entire European culture evolved throughout the centuries. Dante’s pictures are modern. No film made with computerised animation can be a match for it. The authors intended to create a unique visual world in a large-scale production that mixes elements of dance, music and spectacle theatre. This production, which is a novelty in the world for several reasons, may be an outstanding event in the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture program. On the one hand, the Divine Comedy has never been put on a dance stage. On the other, the cooperation between the Pécs Ballet Company, the Gyôr Ballet Company and the Szeged Contemporary Ballet Company – three companies which operate in the country outside Budapest – is not only an novel initiative but also a symbolic gesture which demonstrates that cities other than Budapest are capable of implementing significant cultural enterprises. The director of the production involving some 70 dancers will be Tamás Jurinics, a Kossuth Prize holder. The sets will be designed by Kentaur and the costumes by Fruzsina Nagy, while the libretto will be the work of András AlmásiTóth. The three movements will be made by three different choreographers. Movement one will be choreographed by Tamás Juronics, the second one by Balázs Vincze and the third one by a Spanish choreographer, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. This largescale collaboration will be a truly festive event in the Hungarian art of dance. This unique tripartite production follows the intellectual
In September 2007, the Ballet Theatre of Pécs launched a new program in connection with the upcoming festivities: the International Dance Meeting of Pécs. The mission of the Meeting is to spread appreciation for the various forms of dance by inviting Hungarian and international groups and promoting cooperation between them. The aim of the International Dance Meeting of Pécs is to show to the citizens of Pécs and its guests the varied dance culture of the city without borders and the multitude of colours of dance as an international art form. The general concept of the Dance Meeting is based on the cultural strategy of the winning proposal, Borderless City - European Capital of Culture - Pécs 2010. When finalizing the program of the dance meetings, the organizers were not thinking in terms of independent festivals but of an integrated series of programs, which include not only shows by various ensembles from 2007 to 2010 but also an expansion of artistic styles, varied themes and the realization of artistic concepts. The Festival has two main goals: on the one hand, it aims to enrich the local audience by offering a view into the world of the dance arts; and on the other, to create independent productions by participating in international co-productions. One such realisation of these goals is the cooperation with József Nagy (Josef Nadj), the world famous director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans that started in 2007. As a result of this cooperation, a show was produced in 2008 in Pécs, and now in 2010, as part of the Dance Meeting, a brand new piece will be produced with the participation of Hungarian, Serbian and French artists, sponsored by European Capital of Culture programs. The program will present major personalities of Hungarian dance as well as members of famed international groups. This program may seem a bit eclectic at first sight but only because in a city the size of Pécs the Festival tries to present many different forms of dance because there is no other opportunity to see so many quality dance productions concurrently. The main direction is modern ballet and contemporary dance but the program will also include groups performing traditional dances. Following the great success of the
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Date: 21–26 September 2010 Venue: National Theatre of Pécs, Chamber Theatre Organizer: The Ballet Foundation of Pécs
2008 show, a dance production will be dedicated to children as well. Planned performers, among others, include: Toneelhuis / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (B), Station Zuid (NL), Hiroaki Umeda (J), Maribor Ballet (SLO), Frenák Pál Company (H-F) etc. Through the International Dance Meeting of Pécs, the city can become a major regional dance centre by 2010. We will do our upmost to maintain that momentum and to continue the project for many years to come as well.
ECoC PREMIER: PÁL FRENÁK COMPANY: ACROSS Date: 21–26 September 2010 (as part of the International Dance Festival) InTime, whose premier was in 2008, pointed out the strong physical dimension of personal relationships, and its structure was inspired by the eroticism inherent in it. The play planned for 2010, entitled ACROSS, is in some sense the continuation of this work. However, the new play is more about the self-projection and reflections of personal relationships. In this play Frenák, with the help of wonderful dancers, leads us into a labyrinth where he draws a parallel between the cultural and intellectual heritage of different generations through an encounter and raises the eternal question: What is the process of human life? How do the individual and the society tolerate change? How do they accept evanescence? These questions are especially important in a society in which the process of ageing is a negative element which should be outlawed. Frenák tries to show the beauty of different generations, and to achieve his goal, he invites wonderful elderly artists like Dóra Uhrik, Pál Lovas or Katalin Lôrinc, and many more, including the members of his own dance company and other dancers from Pécs. This is how he wants to transmit his conviction and experience about time passing away in the human body. The pure, clear space of the production is like a “waiting-room, a transfer in a train station or airport, or a heavenly crossing point where human beings just flit through.
ECoC PREMIER: JOSEF NADJ PRODUCTION: THE DAY AFTER Date: 21–26 September 2010 (as part of the International Dance Festival) Organizer: Josef Nadj Regional Creative Workshop, Magyarkanizsa (Kanjiza), Serbia In addition to waiting, motionlessness is the womb of something new coming to life. It is the womb of cosmic silence. The dancers cover up their face with their own hands or
wear masks and bags on their heads. This is a faceless, underlying world, which exists right before the impersonal. The chaos of the Hell can still be heard, but a new, pure world is being born, a renewed civilisation. Diversity, the mixture of colours, all the symptoms of decay that repeatedly flash through/from behind the scenery, are already boring. The world of the past is mediocre and ridiculous. But it does not hurt any more. Pain is over, because we are living through the great moment of silent, peaceful birth. This cosmic perspective is reflected in the scenery, the costumes and the music alike. The opening spaces lead the spectators deeper and deeper into the inner layers of consciousness. The cosmology of József Nagy at the same time is the selfdefinition of our world. It has the same attitude to objects, people and the world. Everything is measured through our culture, through the filter of thousands of years. Afterwards! Contributors: József Nagy – dance (Serbia / France), Péter Gemza – dance (Hungary), Ivan Fatjo – dance (Costa Rica), Sophie Lancelotte – dance (France), Cecile Loyer – dance (France), Dénes Döbrei – dance (Serbia), Tamás Bakó – dance (Hungary).
CENTRAL-EUROPEAN DANCE PLATFORM Date: 25–28 November 2010 Place: National Theatre of Pécs, Chamber Theatre Organizer: Pro Progressione Ltd. The dance platform is a widespread and popular form of building international relations in the international dance movement. The primary aim of organising dance platforms is to introduce the artists performing in these programs to the professionals of international dance art, thereby creating and opportunity for them to organise international appearances and to receive invitations to perform. In recent years several similar events took place in Hungary, like the IETM meeting in 2004 or DunapArt in 2008, both held in Budapest. This is the first time that an event similar to the previously mentioned two is held outside the capital. The aim of the Dance Platform, which will take place between 25 and 28 of November 2010 hosting dancers from four different countries, is to entice the best contemporary European artists and art professionals to Pécs, thereby creating an opportunity for institutions (host venues), artistic groups and individual artists in Pécs to establish prospective cooperation with foreign performers and professionals, while the local
public can get a comprehensive picture of the most recent productions of contemporary artists working in the neighbouring countries. The invited guests of the Dance Platform will come from Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia. According to current plans, the artists from each country will present three or four pieces to the general audience and the foreign professionals, which will add up to a total of 18 performances. Through the four performances shown every day the audience will get a comprehensive picture about the general trends and the achievements of the art of dancing in the neighbouring countries within a relatively short period of time, and will also have a chance to get acquainted with
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the professionals and performing artists of the host country. Using EU resources, the organizers wish to include the following countries in the program: Slovenia – FLOTA Festival, Murska Sobota; Croatia – Dance Week Zagreb; Serbia – Dom omladine, Belgrade; Romania – Project DCM Cultural Foundation, Bucharest. According the plans, every country will nominate six companies/performances each, and the international jury, delegated by the five countries, will compile the final program out of these nominations.
eral sections. The different showing venues and the programs organised around them will be about diverse topics and will address different audiences. In the promotion of the Festival, great emphasis will be laid on the addressing of different target groups. The professional participants of the Festival will primarily be Hungarian directors and producers making their first films, as well as first movie directors and producers from the EU region. One of the priorities of the broadened Festival will be film music. Its aim is to give a new start to Hungarian film music development and, in the long-run, to develop Pécs into a centre of film music. The orchestra of the region, the Pannon Philharmonics, is partner to this endeavour. The studio technology of the concert hall to be built for the ECoC has been devised in this spirit. One of the main intentions of the organiser of the Festival, the CICC Association, is the development and support of the cultural industry of the city. One aim of the Film Festival is to instigate this special segment of the cultural industry; the film industry and the creative branches of industry connected to it. In 2010, the film art of the two other capitals of culture, the Ruhr Region and Perm, will also be present at the Festival in the framework of the thematic blocks of the Turkish Film Week – our guest will be Istanbul - and the German Film Week – where our guest will be Essen and the Ruhr Region. The film foundations working in the two cities will receive an invitation to participate in the organisation of both film weeks. The Turkish Film Week will mostly present recent Hungarian – Turkish co-productions to the audience. While the German Film Week wishes to found closer cooperation in the future by reviving the common characteristics of the past.
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Date: 24–31 October 2010 Venue: Urania Movie Theatre, Apollo Movie Theatre, Dominican House, House of Civilian Communities Organizer: Cultural Innovation Competence Centre Association
Date: October 2010 Place: Bauhaus exhibition
The CinePécs – Pécs International Film Fest is the development of the Moveast – South East European Debuting Film Makers’ Festival, which has been successfully taking place for years. In 2010, the program of the Festival will be widened: the aim of this widening is to provide a home for new genres and topics and to address a broader audience. For this reason, the Festival will be divided into sev-
The aim of this film project is to present the Bauhaus architecture of Pécs on the screen and in the form of architectural tours. On the one hand, the films will introduce the architects of the Bauhaus school who were born in Pécs, and on the other hand, to explore the modernism of Pécs and finally, to show the connection between the classical modern and the contemporary architecture of Pécs. The project will be joined with the large scale Bauhaus exhibition and will be supported professionally by the Hungarian Association of Architects. PRESS MATERIAL
LITERATURE PROGRAMS PÉCS LITERATURE FESTIVAL Date: 11–14 May 2010 Venue: The House of Arts and Literature, Jókai Square, Theatre Square, Széchenyi Square, Szent István Square, Traffik café Organizer: The House of Arts and Literature, Jelenkor Foundation Launched in 2009, the Festival continues to see as its major objective in 2010 that contemporary Hungarian lit-
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erature is actively present in the city for four days and can be enjoyed by anybody. The series of programs includes components targeting a professional audience – made up of people with a special interest in literature – by round-table talks, conferences and book shows; but also, recitals by authors may generate a much wider interest. Workshops mobilising young people as well as programs specifically meant for children will also serve to broaden participation. In order to reach a broad ranging audience, the Festival will move out from its centre in the House of Arts and Literature in 2010 and settle itself down in the streets, squares, public institutions, cafés and shopping centres. The core professional part of the Festival is represented by a separate program of the Jelenkor Foundation, the international meeting and cooperation of literary journals called “Review within Review.” The Publisher of the journal Jelenkor (Our Age), the Jelenkor Foundation, participates in international cooperation among literary journals. This program of cooperation was initiated by the journal Apokalipsa, which is published in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is one of the most popular contemporary cultural journals. By now, a dozen or so Central European journals have presented themselves to one another’s readers in the readers own language. The participants include Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, Slovakian, Austrian, Polish, Lithuanian Macedonian and Montenegrin journals. Hungary is represented by Jelenkor. The participating journals give a review of the literature of the other countries by publishing a selection of articles and organise presentations at various literary festivals in these journals. The participants of the international literary meeting “Review within review”, scheduled for May 2010 in Pécs, will be selected from the authors of the partner countries. The lectures of the meeting will discuss Central European and South-Central European literary and cultural topics, works and authors. The focus will be on the similarities and common points among the different literatures and national cultures. In addition to the lectures, the meeting will be enriched by recitals with the participation of prominent representatives of foreign and national authors. The list of planned participants includes, among others: Péter Nádas, Péter Esterházy, Imre Kertész, György Konrád from Hungary and Mirko Kovać, Dubravka Ugresić, Miljenko Jergović and Elfriede Jelinek from abroad. The literary programs will be accompanied by art exhibitions and world music productions drawing from Balkan and Hungarian folk music. Focal points of the Festival programs: exhibition of photos of the author Péter Nádas; literary recitals in public spaces, on buses and in public institutions; book shows
and round-table talks related to them. There will be programs specifically designed for children: an exhibition of illustrations for children’s books (Boglárka Paulovkin); recitals from children’s literature at the permanent external venue; a playhouse for musical and artistic activities and puppet theatre shows at the permanent external venue. In addition, there will also be programs targeting the young generation: a drama workshop working with contemporary literary works and author recitals in cafés and external venues.
CULTSTOP Date: Summer 2010 Venues: bus stops in Pécs and in the neighbouring cities and villages Organizer: The House of Arts and Literature The program called CultStop has been organised for several years now with a different theme each year. The essence of the event is that several citylight and other surfaces in designated bus stops, essentially meant for advertisements, are offered to artists in the form of a restricted tender; and the winners can post high-quality advertisement posters. These posters will make up the material of an exhibition which the people in Pécs can view in June 2010 along the busiest bus routes of the city and at bus stops in the neighbouring cities and villages. The central theme of the 2010 tender will be related to the Balkans. This will provide an opportunity, among other things, to extend the project over the national borders, offering a chance for cooperation to the partner cities and organisations of the Southern Cultural Zone. The “CultStop” will be able to show how similarly or, for that matter, how differently we see Balkan culture and the cultural values of the Balkans. There will be a design exhibition in the courtyard of the House of Arts and Literature during the exhibition. This will serve as a central program venue. There will also be a retro poster exhibition and a poster drawing workshop in the House of Arts and Literature headed by leading artists. In collaboration with the Communication Department of the University of Pécs, university and secondary school students will be offered a special course on the poster as a means of communication.
II. WORLD HAIKU CONFERENCE Date: 6–8 August 2010 Organizer: Hungary – Japan Friendship Society This conference is meant to bring together poets from different nations who use the well-known form of Japanese poetry, the haiku in their poems. The first world haiku conference took place in Japan. During the
conference, visitors will also have a chance to see a haiku exhibition in connection with the 2010 ECoC programs.
WRITERS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM Date: November – December 2010 Organizer: The House of Arts and Literature The Writers in Residence scholarship opportunity for European (and Hungarian) writers was one of the first programs of the Europe Capital of Culture - Pécs 2010 project. This program has been operating with great success ever since it was launched. An individual donated a 40m2 downtown apartment to the cause in 2006, and it is now available for guests. As part of the program launched in September 2007 and based on the decision of the curatorium, writers are invited to spend one month in Pécs. Apart from their own writing, the guests also write a Pécs Napló (Pécs Diary). The following writers have participated in the program since September 2007: Florina Ilis (Romania), Esad Babacic (Slovenia), Raoul Biltgen (Luxembourg), Nelly Bekus (Belorussia), Ottó Tolnai (Serbia / Hungary), Ostap Nozhak (Ukraine), Neslihan Acu (Turkey), Mihkel Mutt (Estonai), Primoz and Stanka Repar (Slovenia), Bosco Krstic (Serbia), Donald Niedekker (the Netherlands). In the remaining months of 2009 László Deák (Hungary), Alexandr Mehlikov (Russia), Lajos Grendel (Slovakia / Hungary), Chris Chrissoupolus (Greece), Milena Oda (Czech Republic) and Pietro Spirito (Italy) will all spend some time in Pécs. Resident writers will be staying in Pécs until the end of the first half of 2010. An anthology of their writings will be published, which will be presented in the presence of several of them in the fall of 2010, in October or November.
BALKAN BALCONY SPECIAL SECTION IN THE MAGAZINE OF “ÉLET ÉS IRODALOM” Date: all through the year Organizer: Jelenkor Publishing House Balkan Balcony – Special Southeast European supplement published in the weekly literary journal Élet és Irodalom (Life and Literature) once a month on four pages: literature, essays, cultural news and events, including news and events of the region related to the European Capital of Culture event program in Pécs. This special supplement will be based on the book series “Balkan Balcony” published by the Jelenkor Publishing House, whose purpose is to present the contemporary literary values of the Sothern Cultural Zone by publishing carefully prepared texts in high quality translation.
SCIENCE DAYS WITH FLOWERING ALMOND TREES CULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY Date: 3–5 March 2010 Venue: University of Pécs Organizer: University of Pécs
The Science Days with Flowering Almond Trees is a topic and research-based forum within the University of Pécs, a series of international interdisciplinary miniconferences presenting the most recent scientific results, which is an excellent opportunity for cooperation and synergy. The event is unique in that it belongs solely to the University of Pécs and to the city of Pécs. It is scheduled to take place at a time (beginning of March) when numerous almond trees in the Transdanubian region are in full bloom. Conference series: The conference is built up of several mini-conferences dealing with topics such as sustainability, culture and cultural heritage. Each subtopic is selected by a professional board directed by am invited guest and an expert delegated by the University of Pécs. The selected topics are discussed in one-day mini-conferences with 79 presentations, and include various disciplinary fields. On each day, a prominent, internationally well-known scholar, artist or media personality delivers a keynote lecture. Related program: Pécs- Novi Sad- Zagreb: student cultural festival Media week: There will be a national press conference on the opening day of the program where the most important developments of the University will be introduced. On each of the remaining days special programs will be offered to the media in a separate media room.
CONFERENCE ON “THE FUTURE OF EUROPE AND THE CULTURE OF THE FUTURE” Date: 5–8 May 2010 Venue: Youth House of Pécs Organizer: The Cultural and Touristic Centre of Baranya County, The Foundation for Hungarians across the Border
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“The Future of Europe, the Culture of the Future” conference will be organised for the ninth time in 2010. Every year, the conference examines the current European cultural issues. The conference will look back to the previous decade. UNESCO devoted the period between 2000 and 2010 to the culture of peace. In 1998 Pécs won the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize and thus, the topic of peace and tolerance is especially important for Pécs. The European Union has
declared 2010 the European year for the fight against poverty and social segregation. Pécs is a multinational city. Therefore, using its own experiences as well as those of others, Pécs will hold a session for the discussion of the situation of minorities, equal opportunity, the chances of success and the possibilities inherent in the situation of minority groups. On the 5th of May, a meeting will be held between Hungarian representatives of the Carpathian Basin and leaders of civil organisations organised by the Foundation for Hungarians across the Border. The organizers of the conference put great emphasis on one of the basic ideas of the European Capital of Culture program, the possibility of forming the Southern Cultural Zone – the virtual cultural region stretching across the border. In this spirit, they cooperate with cultural organisations in Croatia, Slovenia, the Vajdaság (Voivodina) and Romania.
REGIONAL SCIENCES ASSOCIATION – CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL REGIONAL SCIENCES Date: 27–28 May 2010 Venue: University of Pécs Organizers: Hungarian Association of Regional Sciences, Pécs; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Regional Research Centre, Pécs; University of Pécs, Faculty of Economics; International Regional Sciences Association In 2010, the International Regional Sciences Association will bring its international regional sciences conference to Pécs. This was made possible by the fact that the EKK (Centre for European Research) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has been conducting research since the beginning of this decade. The Centre also played an important role in the preparation of the ECoC application. Participants will include the representatives of the national sections of thirty-five countries. The conference will provide an opportunity to review best practices in regional development in Western and Eastern Europe and will discuss future possibilities and trends of regional development. Several renowned authorities on the subject will attend the conference through the RSA. The organizers expect to have some five hundred participants.
13TH EUROPEAN MINING – METALLURGY MEETING Date: 27–30 May 2010 Organizer: National Hungarian Association of Mining and Metallurgy, Federation of Technical and Scientific Societies in Baranya County (MTESZ) The one hundred and sixteen year-old National Hungarian Association of Mining and Metallurgy (OMBKE) contacted the European Federation of Mining
and Metallurgy Associations and suggested that the 13th European Mining and Metallurgy Meeting should be held in Pécs in 2010 as part of the European Capital of Culture program; and also joined by the 8th Hungarian MinersMetalworkers-Foresters Meeting. The Association has managed to win the right to organise the conference. These meetings are generally attended by some two to three thousand miners, metallurgical engineers and technicians and members of traditional organisations (miner orchestras). The miner orchestras of the host country and foreign guests, as well as different folk ensembles, will be performing outdoors and in the central hall (or tent) of the event during the meeting. The main event of the meeting is a spectacular festive parade with the participants marching through the centre of the city in their uniforms in close formation with their own flags. The participants will come together in the main square where the leaders of the host country will tie a memorial ribbon on to their flags. An international conference is also planned to take place concurrently with the Meeting on the role of European mining and metallurgy in sustainable development. In collaboration with the Trade Union Federation of Mining Workers, the Meeting will also host the national festival of traditional orchestras. Held jointly with the Meeting, the National Forestry Association will familiarise interested participants with the environment protection sites of the region. The organizers also plan to hold an international mineral exhibition and market in collaboration with the Hungarian Geological Society.
BRIDGES PÉCS 2010 – EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE WORLD CONFERENCE MATHEMATICS, MUSIC, ART, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE Date: 24–28 July 2010 Venues: National Theatre of Pécs, Dominican House, Theatre Square, Sétatér (Promenade Square) etc. Organizer: Pécs Cultural Centre The “Bridges World Conference – Mathematical connection between art, science and culture” is held in a different city every year and is attended by mathematicians of the leading universities of the world, artists, teachers, musicians, computer experts, sculptors, dancers, educators and representatives of companies developing pedagogical tools; altogether more than 300 persons. The aim of the conference is to present the interdisciplinary connection points, the so-called “bridges”, and to popularize them among the wider audience through interesting programs. The Pécs – Ars Geometrica event, held since 2007 with growing popularity, was the predecessor of the conference. The
13th Bridges World Conference of Pécs, to be held in 2010, will be the first in the Eastern Hemisphere. It will present a unique opportunity for the scientists, artists, educators and students of the country and the Southern Cultural Zone to strengthen their professional ties and to present their international professional contacts and activities. The conference will be made up of lectures and workshops held in plenary and parallel sessions. Work by the participants of the Bridges event will be on public display. A full-day excursion organized for the participants, introducing topical sights of the region will also be part of the program. An event series to be held in Budapest, organized by sister organizations (International Symmetry Association, International Kepes Society, Pécs University Art Faculty), is also planned, as well as an international symposium for light artists in Pécs, and many other events as well. Ancillary events: Bridges Family Day The structure of the event also provides an opportunity to share the scientific and artistic problems being discussed at the meeting with the “man in the street”, the public. Conference presenters will prepare events, games and shows at open-air locations, to which the members of the public are welcome. The exhibition displaying the works of artists arriving at the conference will be open to the public, and will be entitled “Art in progress”. The public can also look into the creative processes of an artist and, during the conference, concerts will be held accompanied by a series of multimedia presentations. The Bridges Family Day, which will form part of the event, will present opportunities to visitors of all ages to participate in various games related to the theme of the conference. Visitors will have the opportunity to solve a puzzle based on a geometric shape, a tool called zome (which is similar to the Hungarian “Babylon” game) and the creation of eye-catching forms made of geometric models. Children and youth will be attracted by easy to understand and funny popular science presentations by scientists and artists participating at the conference.
POPULAR MUSIC MEETING AND CONFERENCE Date: beginning of October 2010 Venue: Pécs This is meant to be a weekend-long popular music meeting and conference, which will try to position local clubs on the one hand, and it will also highlight the ups and downs of the Hungarian popular and rock music scene with special regard to young talents and their musical education. The goal of the conference: to organise a professional
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forum where civil organisations and cultural institutions that support Hungarian contemporary popular music and Hungarian bands can meet; to bring together experts active in the search for talents and in high ability education; to create an opportunity for professional cooperation; to plan and launch joint projects; to provide information on and jointly make the best of tender opportunities; to widen media relations. Topics: workshops in Pécs and their results; national examples, sample projects, introduction of talent scouts; international projects and relations; questions and answers on high ability education: “Why is it important?” “How does it work?” “How to continue?” Invited speakers: influential representatives of organizations and institutions that have a strong influence on the profession. Invited organizations: cultural and educational institutions, civil organizations, festival organizers and cultural managers that play a significant role in developing the search for young talents. Fringe programs (open to the general public): the Top Talent Scout of the conference, concerts presented by guest musicians, parties in several locations of the city, concerts by top bands involved in the sample project. The event can be harmonized with the national event called “Hangfoglalás” (Conquering Sound). www.hangfoglalas.hu | www.regionconference.com
“EXPANDING EUROPE” – JUBILEE PROGRAM SERIES AND PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE Date: 12–14 October 2010 Venue: University of Pécs Organizer: University of Pécs, Department of Marketing The aim of the conference is to deepen the cooperation between Southeast European and Russian universities by providing a special platform to build connections between the two major university networks of Europe. Programs: Rector’s Conference ECoC University Network (UNeECC) and the Compostella Conference of the University Network ECoC 25 Jubilee Event
“ARCHITECTURE AND CONTEXT” PROGRAM SERIES Date: Autumn 2010 Organizer: Chamber of Architects of South Transdanubia The project highlights architecture, its borderline areas and its various artistic forms. The theme of the conference
and the related actions align with the original vision of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture tender. It aims to reflect on the new architectural challenges related to the European Capital of Culture investments in Pécs. The programs concentrate on the social, economic, scientific and artistic practices which have, according to modern urban development strategists, direct impact on architecture and the built environment. Architecture does not only intend to be the object of the events but will also be a certain view point: the position from which the meaning of the architectural object becomes more accessible; where – an often autonomous – built object gains meaning in a wider context. The event series organized by the Chamber of Architects of South Transdanubia intends to build a network of local, domestic and international partners, thereby making the individual program elements part of a system of greater efficiency. Current urban development theories and their international practice will gain primary importance at the artistic and architectural workshops, conferences and symposia of the project, as well as the socio-cultural relationships of architectural projects involving public spaces. The main themes include: displaying art in public spaces, possible connections between art forms and architectural practice based on an interdisciplinary approach. The results of the theoretical works will become apparent to the public through projects in both public areas and indoor spaces.
and Pécs) participate. These cities will have at least one event listed as part of the European Capital of Culture program, and they also initiated cooperation in culture, tourism and communications as well. These initiatives emphasize Pécs’s efforts to decentralize and to create a sustainable network. To strengthen the decentralization process and to encourage an active role for Miskolc, which came second in the tender for the European Capital of Culture, the city of Pécs and the “Deutsche Vereinigung der European Cultural Foundation” has asked Miskolc to be the coordinator of this network. At the thematic conferences of the network, the Hungarian cities meet several times a year; and, once a year, both the Hungarian and German cities meet to discuss issues of common interest.
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CULTURAL CITIES NET 2010 – “ONE TAKES ALONG ALL” Date: Ongoing Organizer: Pécs2010 Management Centre
In 2004, a pioneering initiative was launched by the Hungarian and German cities competing for the European Capital of Culture project: they organized regular meetings, where they discussed the most important general issues and exchanged experiences. The cities quickly recognized opportunities for long-term cooperation and also, that the cooperation could serve as a model for future cultural capitals. They agreed that whoever wins the title, the cooperation will continue. Apart from the meetings, both the Hungarian and the German cities met at a national level as well. The cooperation of German cities runs under the title “National Heroes” and the network of Hungarian applicants under the name “One takes along all”. In the “One takes along all” project, all eleven former applicants (Budapest, Debrecen, Eger, Gyôr, Kaposvár, Kecskemét, Miskolc, Sopron, Székesfehérvár, Veszprém
THE CITY AND ITS CITIZENS THEME APPEARS IN THE PROGRAM IN THREE DIFFERENT FORMS:
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Concrete programs programs meant to involve and mobilise the public and non-governmental organizations; PR campaigns which promote the events among local citizens and encourage them to make these events their own so they can be personally involved in the success of the Pécs2010 ECoC program. For each European Capital of Culture event, if possible: Targeted supplementary programs for: • children, parents with children (nanny service, activities, playhouses) • people with disabilities (involvement of volunteer staff, making venues wheelchair-accessible) Communication, targeted messages to families with children and to disabled people The program booklets and other means of communication it should clerarly indicate if the program venues are accessible by wheelchair and if there are special supplementary programs; “Children-friendly” programs and venues should be highlighted.
PROGRAMS: GARDENING As part of the program, citizens of Pécs will be asked to go out and plant flowers, bushes and plants. People can join the campaign as volunteers. Gardening strengthens the local pride of the citizens of Pécs, and public spaces will become more attractive.
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• My house: Citizens can write short stories on pre-fabricated tables in front of their houses. Who lived in the house; why is he/she famous; why is the property special. As a result of the campaign, a simple walk becomes an event. Tourists will be drawn into the city and its citizens and local residents will also learn more about their surroundings. • My city: Volunteers gather in the centre of Pécs at a designated place. Those interested may join the volunteer guide, who will present, over the course of an hour, places of importance. • My lock: In the past, citizens have placed “love locks” at various places in Pécs. As part of the Pécs - European Capital of Culture event series campaign, we will popularize this tradition and highlight it in the press.
READING PARK Instead of taking people to the library, as part of this program, the books will be taken to public spaces, cafes, parks and streets. The selected locations, readings and other programs will strengthen the community feeling of an activity which is basically solitary.
CASTLE TOURS In South Transdanubia, there are six significant and one less significant historic castles that are open to the public: Pécsvárad, Szigetvár, Siklós, Dunaföldvár, Simontornya, Ozora, and Magyaregregy. As part of the European Capital of Culture programs, we would like to promote castle tours; an activity which is popular with Hungarians and foreigners alike. Castle tours can be promoted in four different ways: cultural events and festivals; half-day and full-day castle tours; gastronomy programs, including local wine producers; and bicycle tours.
NEIGHBOUR’S DAY FÊTE DES VOISINS Date: 25 May 2010 Organizer: the citizens of Pécs and Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd. The goal of this initiative launched in Paris in 1999 with ten thousand participants is to bring people living in the same residential community closer to one another. Since 2004, the event has been organised in over one hundred and fifty European cities as well as in Canada, Turkey and Azerbaijan as part of the European Neighbour’s Day. By involving civil organisations and residential communities, the organizers put together entertaining programs that break the isolation of residents in large cities and make them realise that they should pay attention to others; to their neighbours too. In this way, they can promote social cooperation and personal contact, while the sense of community and the use and function of community spaces can gain new meaning. The essence of this event is that on this day four or five neighbouring families go out to a nearby square or park or come together in one of their homes and cook together, sit by the table and talk. The Neighbour’s Day is organised on the last Tuesday of May every year, which was May the 26th in 2009. This was the tenth time that the event was held. With participants from twenty nine countries, twenty three of which were European, more than nine million people participated in the event. In 2009 the focus was on children both in the preparatory phase of the program and in the actual program itself. In cooperation with the Nestlé Foundation, the organizers invented a “children’s table” so kids can also take their part in the event. A booklet containing cooking tips,
downloadable from the Internet, had been prepared which called the attention of adults to the need to make foods that facilitate the healthy development of their children. According to current plans, the Neighbour’s Day will be brought to Hungary - to Pécs - in 2010, and in the spirit of the principle “one takes along all” all the other applicant cities will also be involved in the initiative.
THE CITY’S IMAGE: PORTRAITS AND INTERVIEWS FROM PÉCS Date: 2010, throughout the entire year Organizer: House of Arts and Literature The value, the significance and the self-evaluation of a city is influenced by the personalities that shape trends in style; those who have attained reputation both as professionals and as individuals in the eyes of their contemporaries. However, the character of a city is not only shaped by its famous citizens. Often much is added to a city by its other citizens; people who are known only in their immediate environment. However, their interesting lives and thoughts still enrich the intellectual character of the city. So the image of a city is made up of well known and less known people. The goal of the project is to make interviews with people who the curators of the project deem interesting. The edited version of the interviews will then be accessible to all through the web page of the project. The web page will continue to be live even after 2010. On the one hand, the constantly growing series of interviews will serve as an archive. On the other hand, an urban “Pantheon” will be created; made up of renowned and “nameless” people from Pécs alike. The interviews may be taken in private or they may be open conversations on stage with an audience also present. The venue of the public conversations will be the House of Arts and Literature. Members of the project’s board of trustees: György Konrád, writer, Zoltán Ágoston (editor-in-chief of the journal Jelenkor), József Havasréti (Department of Communication, University of Pécs), Eszter Gyuricza (Alexandra Publishers), Tamás Szalay (Pécs2010).
TASTES OF THE REGION Date: throughout the entire year Organizer: Gastro-Artist Association, Pécs There are very few things which can tell as much about the traditions of a multinational region as its regional gastronomy. The goal of the project is to identify, preserve, bequeath and popularise the traditional foods of the region. In addition to presenting the foods of various nationalities in a traditional way, it is also PRESS MATERIAL
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important to make them up-to-date, in line with the demands of the age. The project promoting the survival of local gastronomic values has a double goal. On the one hand, the preservation of traditional special foods can strengthen the identity of the region and help make its multicultural nature more visible. While on the other hand, it can play an important role in increasing the attractive appeal of the region for cultural tourism. The project manager, the Gastro-Artis Association, aims to cultivate and further develop the traditional cuisine of the region. The results of collected data will be presented to the audience in gastronomic exhibitions, as well as at the suitable national and international events of the ECoC. The project will join the “Essen an der Ruhr – Der Geschmack der Region” program which focuses on the gastronomic traditions of the Ruhr Region. Part of the Ruhr Region project will be a specially designed mobile kitchen vehicle that will visit different parts of the region and popularise traditional foods. As a result of the cooperation between the two projects, the traditional foods of South Transdanubia travel to the Ruhr Region, while, in return, the people in Pécs will have the chance to taste the traditional foods made over there.
CONQUERING THE CITY – AN OUTDOOR EXHIBITION OF PEOPLE FROM PÉCS Date: throughout the entire year Venue: Pécs Organizer: Parti Gallery Artistic Nonprofit Ltd. Since 2000, the Parti Galéria Artistic Nonprofit Ltd has produced six exhibitions on the history of Pécs between 1900 and 2000. The Gallery has decided to rethink this series of programs and to organise a series of outdoor exhibitions, open all year round, whose main goal will be to include the residents of Pécs in planning; whereby, the entire city can be viewed as working on what may be called a “landscape map”. On the basis of this concept, the Gallery. calls upon the people living here in Pécs – the residents of a house, a block of flats or a street – to designate individuals who have lived their life as role models. The community selected from the applicants will be expected to submit a document on the basis of which a large, attractive poster will be made and placed on the given building. The residents of this building undertake to look after this banner for a period of one year and to welcome anybody interested in the details. This unique “landscape map” will also include a multilingual publication that includes visitors and makes them part, as it were, of the present and future of the city.
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“MY LAID TABLE – SPICY CHATS” Date: once a month 2010-2011 Venue: Pécs – homes of citizens Once a month the program will give a chance to the citizens of Pécs to invite one of the participating actors/artists to share a friendly dinner and chat. Individuals wishing to participate can register on the program’s webpage. The main idea of the series is to share a meal while having informal talks enriched with cultural bits – joint recitals, music, etc. – with the invited special guests. The aim of the program is to get the civil community involved in a unique way as well as to emphasize the cohesive force of the community through intimate conversations at a table neatly laid with delicious foods.
STORY SHOP FOR A FAMILY-FRIENDLY ECoC Date: throughout the year The goal of the Story Shop is to launch a series of programs with a permanent venue which combines the features of playgrounds and children’s camps and, at the same time, offers cultural, artistic and creative activities to the youngest generation. The participants visiting the Story Shop will have a chance to learn about the recycling technologies that contribute to shaping an environmentconscious attitude among young people. All in all, the Story Shop will be a specially designed ‘story island’. Its magical appearance will offer an attractive environment to children and will also make it possible for their parents to attend cultural programs for adults while their kids are engaged in exciting activities of their own. On two or three occasions every week, performing artists will also enrich the program of the Story Shop with highquality music shows, concerts, recitals and puppet theatre performances. The program will be operated by local civil organisations and volunteers.
PÉCS, FÜNFKIRCHEN, PECˇUH… THE SPACE(TIME) MAP OF A MULTINATIONAL CITY Date: 1 March–30 May 2010 Venue: Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs Organizer: Directorate of Baranya County Museums There are many different pictures of the spaces of a city in the mind of its residents. Obviously, these pictures are subjective; however, some of its parts can draw a mental map of the city by creating intersections. People attribute special features to each city quarter or smaller place on the basis of common beliefs. Similarly, visitors coming to the city also create a different kind of a map in their mind which includes main points of orientation such as tourist sights, best restaurants and pleasant tourist spots. The project intends to draw a map for both Pécs’s own community and for people who wish to learn more about the city that is novel; knowledge that is sometimes congruent with previous knowledge but often totally different: the multicultural “space(time) map” of Pécs. The travelling exhibition will be based on contemporary photos of spaces and residents in Pécs. This will be complemented by audio-visual tools containing, on the one hand, information about the topic of the exhibition and on the other, objects coming from museum collections which will make the multicultural history of Pécs tangible. After Pécs ,the exhibition will go to Ulm (15 June – 5 October 2010) and then to Berlin (1 October – 15 December 2010). The pieces will not only be exhibited in the exhibition hall but will also appear, through artistic actions, in the external spaces that they represent. Partners of the program: Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin; Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum Ulm; Kulturforum Östliches Europa; University of Pécs
EUROPEAN ACCENTS IN PERM (PERM–DUISBURG–PÉCS PROJECT) Date: March and August 2010 Venue: Perm, Duisburg, Pécs Organizer: Cultural Innovation Competence Centre Association
Pécs, Duisburg in the Ruhr Region and Perm in Russia are cities of different character with different traditions and experiences. The aim of the project is to build sustainable and active partnership between the artists, cultural managers and cultural institutions of the three cities. The two capitals of culture of 2010, Pécs and the Ruhr Region, will introduce themselves with their innovative and creative artistic projects in Perm. During the program,
possibilities will open up for presenting ongoing projects, exchanging experience and for trainings. During the eighteen-month project a sustainable network will be built with the involvement artists from Pécs, Duisburg and Perm. The cultural managers, who participate in the trainings that will be organised in the framework of the project, will play a major role in the operation of the network. Through the trainings, the participants can get acquainted with the best practices used in Pécs and can learn about the advantages of organisation via networks and of their utilisation. The project involves artists and cultural managers from Pécs, Duisburg and Perm in the common work. In March 2010, the Pécs Cultural Innovation Competence Centre will hold trainings in Perm for the institutions involved in the common project and for the institutions taking part in the Perm festival. The “European Accents” international arts festival will be held in Perm in August 2010, where two productions from the partner cities will be presented beside the host’s. Eight joint projects will also be presented in the framework of the festival. In September, the project presentations shown at the festival will be seen in Pécs and Duisburg.
VIRTUAL HEART – URBAN DISCOVERY, ST. GEORGE’S DAY IN THE CAVE Date: 23 April 2010 Venue: Pécs, Ruhr Region, one performance each Organizer: Ferenc Martyn Free School of Arts The Virtual Heart – Urban Discovery project started in 2007 with the cooperation of artists from Pécs and the Ruhr Region. The project draws on the characteristic themes, motifs, stories and urban legends of the two regions. Hungarian and German artists jointly work on these and form them into an all-artistic production. The production creates – with the help of literature, music, the fine arts and dance – an idiosyncratic, basically improvisational system of ideas. This blending of several genres and styles provides the possibility for contemporary and even real-time associations through its freshness to current issues occupying artists and society. In 2010, one performance will be held in Pécs and one in the Ruhr Region. During the production in Pécs, the performers will present partly compositions and partly improvisations. Contemporary poetic works will also be staged. The creation of works of fine arts will be shown in an unrepeatable way through the use of sand, smoke, light and water. The venue will be the sinter cave located in the hilly greenbelt of Pécs, which possesses special acoustical and scenic facilities and thus, ensures an exciting venue for this unusual, multicultural, all-artistic event.
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The performers: János Gonda – pianist-composer; Anita Rieberger, Franciska Stickel, Péter Holoda – dance art students at the Pécs Arts Grammar and Vocational School; Their training teacher: Dóra Uhrik – dance artist, Kossuth-Prize winner; Dániel Szabó – pianist-composer; Zsuzsa Hágen – dance artist, choreographer; The teaching staff of the Martyn Ferenc Artistic Free School of the Apáczai Csere János Education Centre – musical instrument performers, fine artists; Claudia Lüke – fine artist; Julian Ribarsky – electro-acoustic music; Werner Shulze – bassoonist, composer; Imre Antal – photo artist.
EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF UNIVERSITY THEATRES, ISTANBUL Date: 20–30 April 2010 Venue: Istanbul Organizer: Alternative Theatre Workshop Foundation This is a festival organised for amateur drama groups of universities in Istanbul. The aim of the international program is to strengthen the cooperation among theatres. Besides enjoying each other’s performances, the participants will have a chance to get a deeper insight into the work and culture of the other companies in roundtable discussions. During the festival a three-day international symposium will be organized on the topic of training actors. The project will be enriched with theatrical, dance and open-air performances, workshops, round-table discussions and banquets. Hungary will be represented by the Janus University Theatre.
TRAVEL AROUND THE TURKISH CRESCENT Date: 2 May–13 June 2010 Venues: House of Arts and Literature, Small Gallery of Pécs, Jakovali Hassan Mosque, Pasha Gázi Kászim’s Mosque, Apollo Art Cinema, network of cellars from the Turkish period, outdoor locations Organizer: House of Arts and Literature “Travel around the Turkish Crescent” is a series of events involving all genres of art launched in 2007 in order to present the culture of Turkey. The program will introduce the varied culture of the Balkans – illustrating the cultural traditions and heritage of Turkey, as well as offering an insight into contemporary Turkish art with special regard to its multicultural diversity. The goal is to focus on the points of cultural connection
between the two countries and cities. Pécs has numerous Turkish monuments which can serve as starting points. In the final analysis, the program will present ‘coexistence’ in that age, the mutual cultural influences and their impact that can still be felt even today. The application document of Istanbul as the “sister capital” of Pécs in 2010 bears the title of the four elements. To maintain this unity of the four components, the organizers of the “Travel around the Turkish Crescent” program also selected four artistic branches (photography, music, literature and film) which will be used to bring Turkey closer to Hungarians and refine the perhaps somewhat schematic picture of this country by means of a montage. The project will be built on five conceptual pillars: presenting the diverse culture and religions of the Balkans; focusing on cultural connection points; arousing national and international interest; and using community spaces in new ways. By the inclusion of the Turkish monuments, the program will at the same time connect them with the artistic and cultural circulatory system of Pécs.
EXPLORATION INTO THE HEART OF THE REGION Date: April, July 2010 Venue: Gelsenkirchen, Pécs Organizer: Pécs Youth Centre – Rainbow Playhouse The project, to be realized in Pécs, Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen, connects to the Virtual heart – Urban discovery project by artists from Pécs and the Ruhr Region. The project promotes the artistic activities and mobility of children of Pécs and the Ruhr Region. It aims to introduce children to the host environment, and to allow them to express their new experiences in artistic creations with the help of adult artists. As an important part of the project, participating children should come from families of varied social and intellectual backgrounds. Therefore, heterogeneous groups will form where they can meet people they would rarely encounter under average circumstances. Through the project, about forty children will have the opportunity in 2010 to visit and create. Children between the ages of twelve and sixteen will work together in the spring and summer breaks. They will spend two weeks together. During the meetings, they will discover the region with the help of Hungarian and German artists and will search for artistic forms of expression in the various domains of literature, music, dance and art. They will find the most suitable forms of expression - music, dance, performance et cetera - which will then serve as
the basis of a performance. The performance will also be available online.
DAY OF OPEN CHURCHES Date: 9 May 2010 Venue: Pécs, Ruhr Region Organizer: Pécs / Sopianae Heritage Nonprofit Ltd. In 1998, Pécs was awarded the title of „The City of Peace” by the UNESCO in recognition of its supportive attitude and tolerance towards minorities during the Balkan civil war. Based partly on this title and the above mentioned attitude of Pécs, the „Borderless City” tender proposal had also put extra emphasis on the themes of peace, openness and cultural diversity. Similarly, the Ruhr Region also attaches great importance to the topic of coexisting cultures. The joint program of the two capitals of culture sends central messages to Europe; the cooperation of the two cities gets a wide European publicity, positioning both cities through the message of peace. Throughout the program various concerts will be organized in the sacred squares of the cities that represent the various religions in them. The concerts will mostly build on the traditional and liturgical music of the given church, but contemporary performances will also take place. The free concerts held simultaneously in different venues on the same day will give an opportunity to the international partner cities of the ECoC program to introduce themselves.
GOLDEN ROUTES – INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE (2008-2010) “In the footsteps of Ferenc Liszt” Date: 24–29 May 2010 Venue: Pécs Organizer: Pécs 2010 Nonprofit Ltd. Istanbul is organising four cultural trips on four different routes. Route 2009 goes through Pécs, where conferences, exhibitions and concerts will be held with local artists. The cultural trip that starts in Essen in 2010 will take artists through the Ruhr Region, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. The last stop will be Pécs, where pop and classical concerts will be staged for five days and Turkish art exhibitions and dance productions will be performed. The theme of the conference to be held in Pécs is: “Bartók’s effect on Turkish music.”
INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL, ISTANBUL Date: May 2010 Venue: Istanbul Organizer: Pécs International Puppet and Street Theatre Festival Foundation (Bóbita Puppet Theatre) The Istanbul-based Kaspariade Puppet Theatre will organize a two-week puppet festival, workshop and exhibition in May 2010. The Festival will feature various puppet theatre genres, including shadow, children and adult puppet performances. According to future plans, the organizers will bring the puppet exhibition and the Karagöz Puppet Theatre of Istanbul to Pécs for the Adult Puppet World Festival. In 2010, Hungary will be represented by the Bóbita Puppet Theatre of Pécs.
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Date: May 2010 Venue: Karlsruhe Relations between Karlsruhe and Pécs intensified in the application phase of the European Capital of Culture project. Young student artists of the two cities were in regular contact, which served as a good basis for the two cities to enhance their relationship. In light of the European Capital of Culture, the traditional Festival of Cultures, held in Karlsruhe every year, has invited two Hungarian cities, Pécs and Budapest to stage theatrical, musical and artistic performances.
STREET FESTIVAL OF ISTANBUL Date: 11 June – 25 July 2010 Venue: Istanbul, Bosphorus Istanbul is the only city that connects two continents, as it has always been the meeting point of trade and different cultures. The aim of this project is to bring as many different cultures of Europe together in Istanbul in 2010 as possible, and to give European countries a chance to display their art and culture. Each partner city will be provided with a separate stage to display their art and culture for two weeks during the summer of 2010. The six-week long event coincides with the Istanbul Sea and History Festival and the parade of tall ships. Each country will be free to decide on what kind of performance to present, ranging from visual arts to graffiti, from classical music to pop and jazz, from puppet shows to drama, from modern to folk dance, from sculpture to handicraft and even culinary arts.
FRIENDSHIP WITHOUT BORDERS – THREE WISHES Date: July, October 2010 Venue: Rainbow Playhouse, Pécs city centre Organizer: Pécs Youth Centre – Rainbow Playhouse 48
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The project, launched in 2007, aims to offer camping opportunities to school children from the Ruhr Region in Hungary and Germany. During the creative camps, children paint on canvas, which they assemble into one piece at the end of the camp. Since the project started in 2007, the canvas flag has grown several hundred meters. The flag, which symbolises friendship, is displayed in a street parade in both Pécs and the Ruhr Region. Children from Szeged, Eszék (Osiek) and Arad are also planned to be invited.
ROOTS OF THE SOUL – LULLABIES OF THE REGION Date: September 2010 Venbue: Pécs, Ruhr Region Organizer: Arco Trió Group, Pécs Pécs and its multicultural region are rich in lullabies which say so much of the cultural roots of the people who live here. Extant lullabies will be collected in Pécs and will be performed by the local Arco Trió group. In 2010, a concert and exhibition in the Ruhr Region will be staged of the original and cover versions. (This will perhaps also include material from the Ruhr Region). A multimedia product will also be produced.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PÉCS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ISTANBUL Date: October 2010 (Pécs), November 2010 (Istanbul) Venue: Pécs - Dóm Museum, Istanbul – Pera Museum Organizer: Department of Archaeology, Institute of History, University of Pécs This is the first project of a long-term cooperation between the departments of archaeology of the two 2010 capitals of culture. The event will be organized by the Department of Archaeology of the University of Pécs and the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art of the University of Istanbul. The aim of this project is to present the Ottoman Turkish, early Christian and Byzantine remains of these two cities in archaeological exhibitions. The exhibitions will be accompanied by international scientific congresses. In October 2010 Pécs will host a threeday long international congress in the field of Classical Ottoman Arts and Architecture. The organizers expect to have participants from Turkey and Hungarian as well as speakers from all around the world. The congress, to be held in the Dóm Museum, will likely include some fifty presentations which will be published later in a separate volume. During to the exhibition in Pécs, visitors will see a collection of ceramic art from the Ottoman period provided by museums in Turkey and in Hungary. The main topic of the exhibition and congress in Istanbul
will be the art of the Late Roman period and the Early Byzantine age and the preservation of these treasures. Pécs has notable archaeological finds from the 4th and the 5th centuries, so the city will take an active part in the organisation of both the exhibition and the congress. A catalogue of the exhibition to be held in the two cities will be published in three languages. KÖZI PROGRAMOK
EU LITERATURE GOES TURKEY / TURKISH LITERATURE GOES EUROPE CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE – CULTURAL BRIDGES PROGRAM Date: Throughout 2010 – Gala in Pécs in May 2010 Venue: 2009 – Turkey 2010 – Europe Organizer: Goethe Institute, Istanbul; Pécs2010 Nonprofit Ltd.
MUSIC CARAVAN PÉCS – RUHR AREA – ISTANBUL Date: Throughout 2010 Organizer: Intermagyar Cultural Association Music Caravan is the world music project of the Ruhr Region, Pécs and Istanbul. The meeting of various cultures leads to the creation of a musical event which will encompass the musical traditions of all three countries. This combination will result in a new “global sound”, a multifaceted, exciting musical production. The musicians of the three countries represent several genres: in the musical world of the project, the traditional folk music of the three cities will surface; as well as classical music (including classical oriental music to); improvisational and contemporary music will also be represented. Musicians will work with the German world musician Rüdiger Oppermann. The works so created will connect the three very different regions through music and will be presented to the audience in all three cities and regions.
TEMPORARY CITY Date: Throughout 2010 Venue: Pécs Organizer: Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering, University of Pécs The Temporary City is an urban study project of Pécs, the Ruhr Region and Istanbul, in which students studying architecture, the environment and urban planning at the technological universities of the three cities, work together. The aim of the project is that the teams formed of students and teachers at the universities of the three cities get acquainted with all three venues – in joint workshops – with a given urban venue that needs intervention in some respect. During the one-week fieldwork, the students will analyze the venue in mixed groups, present their conclusions to the other students at the closing of the workshop; and on returning home they devise their suggestions for intervention. As a result of the first workshops, the inner harbour in Duisburg, the dry dock in Istanbul and the public area by the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter in Pécs – which is to be built as a facility under the European Capital of Culture project – have become the venues to investigate.
Literary travelling saloon. The project consists of two main phases: an eight-month long literary tour in Turkey (2009) and two-month long literary tour in Europe (2010). European and Turkish writers will be travelling around and giving interactive recitals, while musicians and photographers will be presenting their works in workshops, exhibitions and photo camps. Starting in May 2009, writers from eight European countries (Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Britain and Switzerland) will be travelling around in Turkey, visiting twenty-four cities. One of the main goals of the tour is to introduce the works of well-known European writers to the local people through bilingual recitals. The tour will be accompanied by a „library on wheels”, a bus turned into a library, containing the works of the authors, Internet terminals and audiovisual facilities. Each Turkish city will host a one week-long “Festival of EU Culture”, which will be accompanied by musical concerts presented by the musicians of the eight European countries. A team of professional filmmakers will document all stages of the literary tour. In addition, two Belgian and two Hungarian photographers will separately visit several Turkish cities of the tour and capture their impressions of Turkey, which will be presented later in a catalogue and a joint exhibition in Turkey and the EU. The European tour will start in May 2010. Eight European cities (Sofia, Bucharest, Pécs, Vienna, Venice, Zurich, Essen and Brussels) will host two well-known Turkish writers and musicians each. The artists will be accompanied by two Turkish photographers who will visit Brussels and Pécs. Their photos will be exhibited in a joint exhibition in Istanbul, Pécs and Brussels. The bus will spend one week in each city, so this time it will be transformed into a „Turkish library on wheels”. There will be grand gala events in Pécs and Essen in the course of the tour, and the closing gala will take place in Brussels with the participation of all the sixteen Turkish and forty-eight European authors in one evening in June 2010. Close to 800 people are expected to attend the gala event in Pécs in May 2010.
TALENT SCOUT FESTIVAL Date: January–May 2010 Venue: Gandhi Grammar School Organizer: Gandhi Grammar School The talent scout festival for young Roma people in the South Transdanubian region will be announced in the autumn of 2009. This program is meant to provide an opportunity for the coming generation of the Roma minority to show their talent in many different fields of art (music, fine arts, applied arts and dramatic arts, different forms of entertainment). The final is planned to be held in May 2010.
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Date: February to May 2010 – Pécs, June-October in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina Venue: Csoport-Horda Gallery (Pécs), Croatian and Bosnian towns Organizer: Croatian Minority Local Government of Pécs An exhibition of contemporary artists of Croatian, Bosnian and Croatian-Hungarian origin, as well as of prominent Hungarian artists, mainly from Pécs and Baranya County in the Csoport-Horda Gallery in Pécs; additional locations in Zagreb, Osijek, Tuzla, Pula and Baranya County (Siklós, Mohács).
DAY OF POLISH-HUNGARIAN FRIENDSHIP Date: 23 March 2010 Venue: Cultural venues in Pécs Organizer: Polish Minority Local Government of Pécs According to the joint decision of the Hungarian Parliament and the Polish Seym, 23rd March is the day of Polish-Hungarian friendship. In 2010 the Polish minority of Hungary will celebrate this day in Pécs with the collaboration of several civil organizations. The program consists of artistic events and historical exhibitions, e.g. “The Fate of Christian Priests in the occupied Poland – 1939-945.”
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GREEK FESTIVAL Date: April 2010 Venue: Pécs, Pellérd Organizer: Greek Minority Local Government of Pécs, and the Local Government of Pellérd Hungarian-Greek relations have a long history way back in time. Throughout the centuries, the Greeks have
always been present in Hungary in various different situations. Roughly 400 descendants of the refugees of the 1948-1950 Greek civil war still live in the country.
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The festival will feature Greek contemporary musicians, dramatic artists and dancers who were born or live in Hungary, and will give an overview of traditional Greek cultural values.
The 25 performing artists will give an insight into the trends of this Central-European media art. Curators: Christian Gracza, Robert Bosch.
Guest artists: Sarantis Mantzourakis, singer and buzuki artist, Neaniki Szkini (Greek drama), Nikos Ormandlidis, violinist.
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Date: May 2010 Organizer: Khetanipe for the Roma Collaboration Association Planned programs: traditional Roma outdoor cultural programs, gastronomic shows: preparing, displaying and tasting traditional Lovári and Beás Gypsy meals; Gypsy / Roma folk costume show (Beás, Lovari) “Thematic” Gypsy / Roma ethno-music and dance show with Gypsy / Roma traditional artistic groups (e.g. Kanizsa Csillagai, Csillogó Szemek, Dutár Band, Limba Nostru, Margit Bangó, and ensembles from countries bordering Hungary).
“20 YEARS OF THE LENAU HOUSE” Date: 23 May 2010 Venue: Lenau House, Pécs Organizer: Lenau House The Lenau House of Pécs will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its opening on Whit Sunday in 2010 with numerous events.
I. INTERNATIONAL ROMA FESTIVAL AND YOUTH MEETING Date: 3–5 June 2010 Venue: Pécs, Promenade Square Planned programs: a taste of Gipsy food specialities, Gipsy handicraft market, opening of Gipsy contemporary arts exhibition, Sae Roma – Bosnia, Bulgarian dance group – Bulgaria, Szászcsávási Ensemble and Romafest groups – Romania, Flamengo Dance Group – Spain, Roma Carnival – Hero’s Square, Gypsy Dance House – Nagyecsedi Black Eyes Ensemble (Budapest); joint production of groups from Marosvásárhely (Romania); Kusuna rosaja, Limba Nostru, Fracilor, Cini Jag, Bulgarian groups, Stars of Kanizsa
Date: 16-20 June 2010 Venue: inner walkway of the western city wall
“COLOURFUL YEAR – 2010”, “COLOURFUL CAVALCADE” Date: June 2010 Venue: Pécs Organizer: “Színes Gyöngyök - Délvidéki Roma Nôkért” Association The event will be a week-long street carnival. Performers will include both Hungarian and foreign artists. During the event, the play entitled “Curse and Love” will be staged, and film shows, exhibitions, reader-writer meetings and conferences will be held. The awardwinning photographs of the “Chacipe 2009” photo contest will be exhibited and their digitalized versions will shown in different venues in the city. To intensify the carnival feeling, craftsmen and witches will await the public at various locations.
13TH EUROPEAN YOUTH CULTURAL WEEK Date: 18-25 July 2010 Venue: Pécs and other towns in Baranya County Organizer: Foundation for the Promotion of German Folk Dance Traditions in Hungary, German Local Minority Local Government of Pécs, the Lenau Association. The European Cultural Week has been held every other year since 1988 in European cities that have a member (a traditionalist ensemble or dance group) in the movement. Since 1992 Pécs has been represented by the Leôwey Dance Group, which already hosted the event once in 1996. The goal of the event is to introduce Pécs and the surrounding regions to the foreign guests and to promote the cooperation of the minorities in the region. „Shall I Go or Shall I Stay?” – one-day international conference on the future of cultural and linguistic minority groups in the EU. Common market - the member countries display the handicraft goods, food and drink specialities and tourist attractions of their home in a popular location of the city.
SERBIAN NATIVE LANGUAGE MEETING Date: Summer of 2010 Venue: Pécs Organizer: Serbian Minority Local Government. The Serbian Language Camp was founded ten years ago by several Serbian local governments of Hungary. The goal is to camp kids of Serbian origin speaking Serbian, aged between 7 and 16, who do not necessarily study in the Serbian language at school; in fact, Pécs does not have a school like that. The kids will be speaking only Serbian in the camp. In the morning they learn about Serbian culture and history; in the afternoon they practice special phrases and words (e.g. of sports, arts) through several different activities.
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In the past few years, the camp was held mainly in Sikonda and at the Lake Balaton. In 2010, however, the organizers would like to take the children to Pécs or the surrounding areas to introduce them to the ECoC program as well.
GERMAN DAY OF PÉCS Date: the third Sunday of September 2010 Venue: Dóm Square Organizer: Lenau Association Traditional one-day series of programs of the Heritage Festival held at the Open Air Stage in Dóm Square.
PAVEL VIRSZKI UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE ENSEMBLE It will be a special treat for the audience of Hungary to meet the world-famous ensemble, the masters of Ukrainian ballet. The Ukrainian folk dances performed by the dancers always enchant the audience by their strength and energy. The choreography, the careful coordination of motion and music yields a performance that produces a dynamic harmony of true art.
NATIONAL GIPSY FINE ARTS EXHIBITION Venue: under discussion Organizer: Gipsy Cultural and Educational Association Gipsy fine arts in Hungary are quite unique. The primary goal of this national exhibition will be to display items created by Roma artists from the organizers’ own collections and from national collections (Hungarian Institute of Education, Museum of Salgótarján, etc.). In addition, the Rácz Aladár Community House would provide an opportunity for contemporary Roma fine artists in the region (Teréz Orsós, Gyöngyi Kalányos Rácz, József Ferkovics, László Kosztics, Mária Szilber, Gyula Kalányos, József Füzesi, László Jovánovics, János Bogdán, etc.) to introduce themselves. There are also plans to provide resources for the continuous operation and the expansion of the collection of the Szentandrássy István Gallery.
SAINT EPHREM CHOIR’S CONCERT AND PERFORMANCE OF THE UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE ENSEMBLE
ROMA MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
Date: Autumn 2010 Venue: Conference and Concert Hall, Pécs Organizer: Ruthenian and Ukrainian Minority Local Government of Pécs
In the past fifty years, the traditional Gypsy music has lost much of its importance. A notable exception is the “100member Gypsy Orchestra” which has popularised the Roma and Hungarian folklore all around the world. The 1970’s saw the emergence of Roma artists in jazz; many of them have become reputed worldwide by now, such as Béla Szakcsi-Lakatos, Aladár Pege, Gyula Babos, Vilmos Jávori, Ferenc Snétberger, etc. The Kaji Jag Band has achieved international success by building on folklore traditions and collections. By combining various forms of modern musical trends, the Váradi Roma Cafe Band has also achieved international recognition. The combination of traditional Gipsy instruments, new musical trends and Roma folklore brought international fame for the cimbalom player Kálmán Balogh and his group, who won the International Cimbalom Meeting in the early 90’s in Pécs. Since the early 90’s dance performances have become quite popular too, and today on of the most notable groups is the Khamoro Ensemble from Budapest.
The choir was founded in 2002 and took the name of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (306-373), the first great Byzantine hymn-writer called “The Harp of the Holy Spirit” by his contemporaries. The members of the choir, many of them of Greek Catholic religion, will be brought together by their shared love for ritual Byzantine church music. Their main goal is to reproduce the music of the Hungarian and Eastern-European churches of Byzantine rite in an authentic way. Occasionally, they present pieces that can be performed with a small number of singers in the ensemble. In January 2008, they presented, for the first time in Hungary, the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Tchaikovsky.
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Organizer: Roma Minority Local Government of Pécs.
The Megastar shows brought Roma performers to the limelight in pop music as well. The program planned for 2010 includes Váradi Roma Cafe, Kálmán Balogh and the Khamoro Ensemble.
CONFERENCE ON THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ROMA CULTURE
1ST NATIONAL MEETING OF ROMA POETS AND WRITERS
By summarizing the achievements of the Gypsy productions and events organised throughout the preparatory years of the ECoC program, the conference on the “Present and Future of Roma Culture” can create an opportunity for promoting sustainable development in this field of culture and define the place and role of Roma culture and art on the cultural map of Pécs.
Organizer: Roma Minority Local Government of Pécs In the past few decades Hungary was the first country in the region to take steps for the acceptance of the Gipsy language as a literary language. In the late 60s two important writers emerged: Károly Bali’s works mainly appeared in Hungary; however, “Füstös képek” (Smoky Pictures) by Menyhért Lakatos was translated into fifty languages. The first pioneer of writing in the Gipsy language was József Choli Daróczi, who translated the work of numerous Hungarian poets and was also the first to work on the translation of the Bible into Gypsy as well. The writers József Hódosi, Béla Osztolykán, Géza Csemer, and the poets József Kovács Hontalan, Gyula Horváth, Mónika Kalányos, József Rigó and many other young poets have gained popularity in the past few decades.
Date: 17 September 2010 Organizer: Roma Minority Local Government of Pécs
ICON EXHIBITION FROM SLIVEN Date: 2010 Venue: Cella Septichora Organizer: Pécs/Sopianae Heritage Nonprofit Ltd., Bulgarian Minority Local Government of Pécs. In 2010, an exchange of exhibitions will take plye between Pécs and Sliven, Bulgaria. The Vasarely exhibition will go to Sliven, and the “Icons from Sliven” exhibition will come to Pécs. The material for the latter will be provided by Sliven’s Art Gallery. Catalogues will be published in both Bulgarian and English with an introduction in Hungarian.
The organizers are planning to publish an anthology of the selected works of the writers and poets attending the event in cooperation with the ECoC project.
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