There are going to be tons of programmes in Budapest for the Day of the Hungarian Culture, and collected the best ones to commemorate this special day.

For book lovers a tour of the National Széchenyi Library (OSZK) will be a perfect choice. It’s free, the guide will show visitors the whole building, the different floors, the collections and the reading rooms, and if someone decides to register at the library, they will get a 50% deduction from the yearly fee.

The National Archives of Hungary will also organize several programmes for the day, such as the introduction of a new publication about Miksa Róth’s glass windows, and lectures about the newest results of the archive’s digitalization process. Check out the Archives in advance here.

If you understand Hungarian sufficiently you can attend Ferenc Kulin literary historian’s free lecture at the House of Hungarians, and their interactive exhibition, “We, the Hungarians,” is also free for all on 22 January. More about the House here.

Music lovers can visit the Petőfi Museum of Literature (PIM) and enjoy the music of the Bob and Bobék Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, because the entire concert will consist of Petőfi’s poems.  Besides the members of Bob és Bobék, Tamás Ál and Melánia Miklós will also be present.

The Ethnographic Museum will have a lecture about Emil Torday, an explorer of Africa, by museologist Edina Földessy, and on Saturday Katalin Perger restorer will show visitors the store-rooms in the attic. Visitors need to register in advance.

If you understand Hungarian sufficiently, then you can watch  Gergely Fonyó’s movie in the Tabán Artmozi about Tamás Cseh, Hungarian composer, singer, and actor. It’s free to enter, but you still have to get a ticket at the cashier.

A great opportunity to attend an elegant and sophisticated event is to see the Bánffy György Cultural Salon’s and the Hungarian Civil Collaboration Association’s  gala on Sunday at the Danube Palace. Duna Művészegyüttes, Józsefvárosi Cigányzenekar, István Kassai (Ferenc Liszt award winner pianist), Helga Kolti, and Ödön Rubold are also among the performers.

For those who prefer to see a theatrical performance, the Klebelsberg Cultural Centre is having István Kocsis’ The Square on Friday. The play is about the mathematician János Bolyai’s life.

To make contemporary Hungarian literature more popular, the Metropolitan Szabó Ervin Library launches a programme series on 22 January. The first guests are Miklós Vámos and Tibor Bornai in the building’s music collection section.

Video source: National Archives of Hungary webpage/Youtube
Video source: Funzine/House of Hungarians/Youtube

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