This year, Hungary will commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Revolution of 1956. As October 23 is a national holiday (falling on Thursday this year), people will have plenty of time to relax during the long weekend. Still, if someone feels the energy to go out in Budapest, a wide range of programs (museums, cinemas, trips, etc.) is offered by oktober23.kormany.hu.
In the morning, at 9 o’clock, the national flag of Hungary will be hoisted at Kossuth Square, in memory of those who participated in the uprising against the government in 1956.
From 10 o’clock, there will be an open day in the Hungarian Parliament Building. The Grand Hall, the Dome Hall and the Holy Crown can be explored free of charge.
Admission to the House of Terror will also be free. This museum was specifically established to honor the victims of the dictatorial regimes of the 20th century Hungary. The fully renovated building has an exhibition of four floors of the cruelest memories of the Nazi-, and the Soviet-influenced times.
Those who are obsessed with the cinema are not let down. In Corvin and Tabán Cinemas, films about the era of the revolution and the years following it will be shown. The first films start at 10 a.m., but make sure you watch Children of Glory (4:30 p.m. at Corvin Cinema), one of the most popular Hungarian films, starring Kata Dobó and Iván Fenyő.
The Museum of Military History will have a family day. The programs include painting, presentation of weapons and dressing in period costumes. The museum also prepares with exercises leading through the exhibition for all family members. Guided tours will start at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m..
Please note that the Parliament, the House of Terror and the Museum of Military History are only open until 4 p.m.!
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., visitors can relive history during a walk in the building of the Hungarian Radio. This building played a significant role in October, 1956; news, reports, calls and declarations were broadcasted from here. Ernő Gerő and Imre Nagy, two important politicians of the time, also made their speeches here.
At Széna Square, everyone can experience emblematic places of the revolution then and now: by visiting the outdoor photo exhibition.
On the square in front of the University of Technology and Economics, László Földes (better known as Hobo) will hold a concert between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Due to the late appointment, amazing light painting makes the dark sky more magical.
As closing, János Áder, the President of Hungary, will make a ceremonial speech at the Hungarian State Opera House. After this, the audience can enjoy a gala performance.
translated by Vivien Pasztai
Photo: MTI – Szilárd Koszticsak