March 15 marks the anniversary of the outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution, one of the three most important National Holidays. It inspired poetry, painting and music in the past and artists still turn to this event today. If you want to learn more about the Revolution and the art influenced by it, check out this collection of educational and entertaining videos.
The first video guides you through the history of the Hungarian Revolution with the help of a colourful map that illustrates the progress of enemy occupations’ in different territories. In the left upper corner, you will find the date, while the change in colours represents the number of soldiers stationed in given territories on the current day.
The second video is more entertaining than the first one, but at the same time, just as educational. Just a year ago, the Hungarian Cultural Centre organised a flashmob in London, where Hungarian folk music was played, people dressed up in historically accurate costumes, danced and recited Hungarian poems written on the occasion of the revolution translated into English. There are captions in the video that give you even more historical facts.
The third video is of a different kind as well – while learning about Hungarian history, you can learn the language too. This is a language lesson centred around the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 (especially on Sándor Petőfi, the poet of the nation and the most significant cultural leader of the revolution), where the most important phrases, expressions and words linked to this event are highlighted. The video itself is in Hungarian, but you can follow the subtitles in English and in the left upper corner you will find the keywords in Hungarian and in English.
A couple of years ago Red Bull organised a Slam Poetry event commemorating the Hungarian Revolution. Since then, Red Bull Pilvaker four times (the last one in 2017), eventually growing to a live show that involved music and poetry at the same time.
Several Hungarian artists participated at these events, performing the most popular Hungarian poems set to music, or even writing songs inspired by such poems.
The music video below came out this year; the song was inspired by Sándor Petőfi’s Márciusi Ifjak (The Youth of March). The next song, Talpra Magyar, was written in 2014, inspired by Sándor Petőfi’s Nemzeti Dal (find it in English here), a poem which is often regarded as the spark that ignited the Hungarian Revolution. The third video is the 2017 concert event.
The Hungarian Revolution of 1848 inspired many painters too, who turned to the battles as their subjects. In this last video, you can admire said paintings, which are collected in a chronological order based on the timeline of the battles. Unfortunately, the artists and titles of the paintings are not included, nor are the outcomes of the battles.
featured image: Hungarian Cultural Centre London – YouTube Channel
Source: Daily News Hungary