„Dream Scenario”: Kristoffer Borgli’s Fearless Take on the World’s Absurdities

Paul is confronted with a bizarre phenomenon – complete strangers and „long-time-no-see” acquaintances alike report dreaming about him.

„Anatomy of a Fall”: I’m No Blood Splatter Expert But This Does Not Add Up

“Anatomy of a Fall” is a masterful examination of the complexities of the human psyche and of relationships that define us.

„The Teachers’ Lounge”: 63 Euros and 45 Cents

“The Teachers’ Lounge” boasts beautiful visuals and a raw texture that adds to the overall impact of the story.

„El Conde”: How Does It Feel to Be a Beast Like You?

El Conde reimagines Augusto Pinochet as a centuries-old vampire; the result is both a biting satire of political tyranny and a gripping tale.

„Godland”: Mission Impossible Set In Iceland

Set in 19th century Iceland, Godland follows a young Danish priest as he journeys to a remote village to establish a church.

„Nyad”: Your One Wild and Precious Life

Nyad is a visually stunning film, with bright colors and beautiful cinematography that reflects the warmth and positivity of the story.

„Jules”: An Alien Teaches You the Art of Active Listening

As the characters interact with Jules the alien, they are forced to confront their own mortality and the ways in which time has changed them.

„Leave the World Behind”: Rotten Tomatoes Might Say 75% Yet This is Just a Mess

Despite a talented cast led by Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke, Leave the World Behind is a disappointing viewing experience.

„Corsage”: You Only Love What You Want From Others

Corsage is a fictionalized take on Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s (aka Sissi’s) last year filled with anachronistic hints.

Fajgerné found the harmonious disharmony in her art

In the central work of this exhibition, the artist leaves behind her the roles that have previously controlled her and other women artists.

Freud was suspicious about Dalí’s obsession with him

How, where, when did they finally meet and what happened between them? I asked Dalí-Freud curator Jaime Brihuega.

Oliver Juan: if we empathise with the panda, why not with the jellyfish?

I-Opener deals with hard topics and I want nothing less than to make participants reflect on their own behaviour – says Oliver Juan.

I-opener: A call for empathy in times of ecological crisis

I-opener is a free immersive video installation that aims to cultivate a deeper sense of ecological awareness.

Csontváry painting sets record starting price at auction

Budapest art trader Virag Judit Gallery has set the starting price for Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka’s (1853-1919) work at the December 19 sale.

Call for Entries: Artist for Residency Programme

November and May each year, the Foundation provides accommodation and use of the studio of the Villa Tosa di Sotto in San Sano.

Abundance of Doubt and Wonder: Attila Szűcs’s recent paintings showcased

The miracles of Surrealist, post-conceptual and postmedia painting may also emerge beyond the vital, panpsychic cosmos of romanticism.

Postumus exhibitions in two Budapest venues keep Tamás Konok’s legacy alive

It is painful that Tamás Konok, at the zenith of his creativity, did not live to see the opening of these exhibitions.

Colouring books open a brand new world for us!

The music sheet book is designed for schoolchildren; 50000 pupils from 116 schools will receive it as a Christmas present.

It could have happened that way too…

In Abu Dhabi, Hamilton seems to be the definite winner, as Verstappen should fight his way through five lapped cars…

Sándor Márai compared the sea to a mother’s womb

Hungarian writer and thinker Sándor Márai spend a huge part of his life in exile, partly in Italy. Soon we can learn more about those years.

Ferenc Szijj and the little man lost in the intricate system

Humour, as Ferenc Szijj does it, offers a predominantly absurd and grotesque quality and an ironic tone, similar to István Örkény.

Renaissance poet Bálint Balassi meets an actor and an orchestra

Balassi still belonged to the generation who wrote poems to melodies, so they are a great match to early music.

Edina Szvoren: If I could play Purcell on peppers filled with water…

Edina Szvoren is a master of contemporary Hungarian short stories and one of the most original voices in Hungary.

What is your Book of REB? – About ‘Prisoners of Beliefs’ by Richard Roe

In Prisoners of Beliefs, both the storyline and the cast of characters help us to delve into burning issues of our global society.

Two businesswomen from a century ago: The White Map by Cecilie Enger

Bertha and Hanna had no example to follow, they just went along with their own intuitions – says Cecilie Enger about the protagonists.

Everyone should read Bergen Waltz

The deterrent force of trauma gets weaker and weaker, and suddenly the Bergen-Belsen experiences burst out of BIG.

Endre Domonkos: An Economic History of Hungary from 1867

Endre Domonkos, in his current work, summarises the economic history of Hungary in 10 chapters and more than 200 pages, richly illustrated.

Kálmán Balogh and the cimbalom players of the future stir special emotions in our hearts

Meet Kálmán Balogh and a bunch of talented young musicians who play a characteristically Hungarian instrument!

Christmas mood with a talented organist and an angelic choir

Organist Zsolt Máté Mészáros and the Béla Bartók Women’s Choir Szeged will bring us wonderful works to make us feel the festive spirit!

Rising Stars to feature a Hungarian young talent again

Sean Shibe, Mathis Kaspar Stier, Júlia Pusker, the Sonoro Quartet and Sebastian Heindl are part of the Rising Stars programme.

György Orbán: my Requiem is a tribute to a childhood friendship

Mozart was incorporating the legacy of the past into his own oeuvre with a fantastic instinct – explains composer György Orbán.

Szakcsi Jr: everyone will remember my father in a slightly different way

My father was also very fond of Péter Eötvös, Kurtág and Ligeti, he studied their pieces with enthusiasm – Szakcsi Jr remembers.

Lusine Grigoryan and the neverending Hungarian-Armenian dialogue

The organinsers reached out to Gyumri to have a series of concerts. I am from Gyumri, so is Gurdjieff – Lusine Grigoryan explains.

Gergő Borlai: Divided Freedom is a particularly shining jewel

This free improvisational form is one of the most personal things a musician can express in his life – explains Gergő Borlai.

Energetic, vibrant, cool, and 50 years old – the Kronos Quartet

Committed to pioneering new approaches, Kronos Quartet has experimented with a wide range of genres and trends since its beginnings.

As if hundred thousand ancestresses were present – interview with Irén Lovász

Irén Lovász has worked on a four-part album series for seventeen years. Release concert of the last one is coming soon!

Drip Canon: Heraclitus meets tai chi

In the Drip Canon, the Eastern mindset is very strong, and Heraclitus is the most ‘Eastern’ Greek philosopher for me – says Gábor Goda.

Dóra Barta: I was pondering about time, whether it exists

The imagery, the music that creates a special atmosphere, and the theme itself, all take the viewer on a mythical journey – Dóra Barta says.

Liszt Fest programme announced at unusual card game

Liszt Fest returns in 2023 too! The press was invited to attend a gathering where a card game was played and programmes announced.

A “faithless wife” burnt, her love beheaded: the brutality of old ballads

The performance explains the infidelity of a woman who cannot forget her first and true love and flees her bad marriage.

There is too much singing in opera, Debussy said

Debussy: “I wished music to have such freedom to which it is probably better suited than any other art form…”

Frau Holle is a children’s opera this time

The story of Frau Holle describes an important characteristic of being ready for school – a sense of responsibility.

A wise woman gives up her younger love for the heiress

A wise woman who, realising her age, gives up her much younger love for a young and beautiful heiress in Der Rosenkavalier.

Rural people were keeping touch with the dead at Easter

There are different variations for the Easter “splashing”, from immersing the person in a lot of water to to some slight sprinkling.

A love triangle between brothers – Rameau’s Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux are indeed twin brothers, but from two different fathers. Pollux, Zeus’ son, is immortal, but Castor is mortal…

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