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Andrzej Duda encourages reading and Polish literature

The National Reading campaign which was initiated by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda was held in Poland for the eighth time....

Hungarian graphic studio wins international design award

Hungarian graphic shop Studio Nur has won the Red Dot, the world's most prestigious design award in the Brands & Communication category this year.

Photo contest to showcase Hungary's values

The Hungarian government has launched a nationwide photo contest called Magyarorszag 365 (Hungary 365), aimed at presenting the values of the country. The government also wishes to strengthen Hungarians' love for their country and their sense of community.

Budapest fireworks attract over 700,000 spectators

August 20th, one of Hungary's most important national holidays, generated huge interest with its programmes nationwide. The closing event, the popular fireworks spectacle in Budapest,...

Tens of thousands attend Hungarian national holiday events in Budapest

Events to commemorate the Hungarian state's founder King St. Stephen began a day and a half ago in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Concerts are a popular attraction during the extended weekend of one of Hungary's longest established celebrations, with most people looking forward to programmes on 20 August.

Banksy Does Bucharest

Bucharest’s Arc de Triomphe hosts a major exhibition of the work of the secretive artist Banksy. ‘The Art of Banksy' will run in the Romanian capital until the end of October.

Polish ceramicist marks Bauhaus centenary

Poland celebrates many historical milestones this year, including the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising and the 30th anniversary of the country’s first truly free elections....

Museum commemorating Greater Poland Uprising one step closer to reality

On the 100th anniversary of the Greater Poland Uprising, officials in Poznan announced that a museum commemorating this pivotal point in the country’s history is one step closer to becoming reality.

Young Hungarian illustrator makes world Top 100

World-renowned German art book publisher Taschen has released a new book with a collection of its picks from the top 100 illustrators around the world....

Hungary's Viktor Orban photographed with Paul Anka

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban posted a photo on his social media page where he's seen with the world-famous singer. The photo is entitled You Are My Destiny,...

Rembrandt's masterpiece is restored live

Remrandt's most famous painting, the Night Watch will be examined and restored on the 350th anniversary of the painter's death. The project started on Monday at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam,...

Hungarians debut at Passau

The Hungarian Academy of Arts' contemporary fine art exhibition, titled Verstrichene Zeit – Leaking time, will open in the Museum of Modern Art in Passau on 5 July. The programme is part of the 30 Years in Freedom memorial year in Hungary.

Painting stolen by Nazis to be handed back to Florence gallery

Germany will soon return an artwork to Florence after more than seven decades, according to reports. The still life of a vase of flowers was stolen by German troops from Florence's Uffizi Gallery in 1943, and has been in the possession of a Nazi soldier’s family ever since. The painting could be worth millions of euros.

Hungarian writer Tamas Ungvari dies

Szechenyi Prize laureate writer, critic and literary translator Tamas Ungvari, 89, died on Saturday, his family told Hungary’s state news agency MTI. Ungvari taught at leading universities such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Cambridge.

0-euro banknotes to be issued in the Czech Republic

The bills will feature famous Czech singer Karel Gott’s portrait. They will be issued on 14 July, on his 80th birthday.

Italian saviour of art pieces dies

Art historian Paolo Dal Poggetto has died in his hometown of Florence at the age of 83. Dal Poggetto played a key role in rescuing artworks during 1966 Florence flood. He also uncovered several lost wall drawings by Michelangelo in the Medic Chapel at the San Lorenzo Basilica in Florence. Dal Poggetto was an honorary citizen of Urbino.

Graffiti to raise awareness of violence against women in Bucharest

A graffiti in downtown Bucharest addresses the issue of violence against women. It shows a lady with a book, whose cover reads: “Home is where a woman is most likely to get killed....

The revolver that killed Van Gogh goes on auction

The Lefaucheux revolver that killed Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh goes on auction on June 19 in Paris. The artist was injured by the gun on July 27, 1890, and died from his injuries two days later.

Hungarian films at the Shanghai International Film Festival

This year's International Film Festival in Shanghai will see four Hungarian movies beginning on Saturday, according to a statement by the Hungarian National Film Fund. The presence of Hungarian works in Asia’s most prestigious film event is a great boon to the country. Visitors can enjoy the 3rd instalment of Valami Amerika, BUEK, Genezis and Getto Balboa at the A-list event.

Iranian model hounded over photoshoot

After Iranian model Negzzia was persecuted by the religious police of the Islamic State over her risque photos, she fled Iran and applied for asylum in France.

Young talent in focus at V4 fest

Culture fans can enjoy Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian theatre shows, street performances, concerts and social events.

Louis de Funes museum about open this summer

After 36 years of Louis de Funes’s death, a museum dedicated to the actor’s life achievement will open on 31 July in Southern France, in a town called Saint-Raphael....

Glastonbury cancels anti-Tory band

The UK's Glastonbury Festival is in the news after disinviting a band over a contentious lyric that refers to the British Conservative Party. Killdren pointed out that another band,...

Nicolas Cage in Cluj: “Imagination is an actor’s greatest gift”

Hollywood actor Nicolas cage has talked about his career, the behind-the-scenes secrets of his work, and his favourite filmmakers at the 18th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF)....

Beethoven’s hair to go up for auction

A lock of hair purportedly from the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on 11 June. The auction house has a guide price of 15,...

7.5 euro coin enters circulation in Portugal

A 7.5-euro coin, designed by architect Alvaro Siza, has entered circulation in Portugal. Siza designed the coin in honour of his colleague Eduardo Souto de Moura. The coin is the latest addition to the “Architecture of Portugal” series of the Banco de Portugal.

Portraits of Holocaust survivors vandalised

The Holocaust survivor portraits have been cut to pieces in an exhibition in Vienna. This is the third attack against the exhibition.

These are the best museums

The Leiden Boerhaave Museum, the Dutch national scientific and medical museum won the European Museum of the Year 2019 award in a competition of forty exhibition venues of 17 countries....

More than one million festival tourists are expected to Lake Balaton

From May to November, the coast of Lake Balaton—Hungary’s largest lake—awaits visitors with new and prestigious festivals, cultural programmes, special gastronomic events featuring Hungarian and international performers.

Eurovision 2019

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest ended with a Dutch victory, with the Netherlands also having won the right to organise next year's show. The contest was home to plenty of oddities,...

Hungary funds theatre in Satu Mare, Romania

The foundation stone of a new studio theatre for the Northern Theatre Harag Gyorgy Company has been laid in Satu Mare, Romania. The Hungarian government will subsidise the one-million-euro construction project with nearly 400,000 euros.

Leading movie industry magazine praises Hungarian film scheme

The well-established and favourable Hungarian film support system continues to attract top foreign productions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As the Cannes Film Festival kicked off,...

Tarantino could win again in Cannes

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie film The Dead Don’t Die, on Tuesday night. The jury's work will be particularly demanding this year,...

Hugging in animal costumes to be banned in Prague

The Prague City Council would issue a decree stating that individuals in animal costumes are not categorised as “street performers.” Recently,...

The world’s oldest lady is 130 years old

Paris is celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, which locals call the “vieille dame", or old lady, with three days of events.

French boy sells his art to feed homeless

For five years, a ten-year-old from northern France has sold his paintings, and fed homeless people with the proceeds.

Spotify joins the EP campaign

Spotify, one of the world’s largest music streaming platforms, has launched a campaign to get as many people as possible to vote in the European parliamentary elections at the end of May....

Lithuanian pavilion wins Golden Lion

The Lithuanian national pavilion’s project entitled Sun & Sea has won the Golden Lion award for the best national exhibit of the 58th Venice Biennale. The interational jury named the American Arthur Jafa as the best artist of the show.

Talk to living books

Visitors will get a chance to talk to “living books” during the Wiener Festwochen, the spring festival of the Austrian capital. The festival will be held between 10 May and 16 June and will host an array of theatrical,...

Colosseum security boosted partly due to Hungarian tourist

The Colosseum’s security is tightened, after another tourist, this time a Hungarian, attempted to carve his initials into the wall of the ancient amphitheatre....

Polish film festival in Hungarian cinemas

The Polish Film Spring is being organised by the Budapest Polish Institute in Hungary between 9 and 15 May, this year for the 25th time. The guests of honour for this year’s programme are Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Olgierd Lukaszewicz and Zygmunt Malanowicz.

Museum to retain Nazi-confiscated painting

The Spanish Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum can retain a Camille Pissarro painting seized by the Nazis from a Jewish woman in 1939, a California court ruled....

Prado Museum in Madrid receives award

The Prado Museum in Madrid has been granted the Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, in its 200th anniversary year. Cultural programmes linked to the Prado's jubilee will be held in more than 30 cities throughout Spain.

Leonardo da Vinci’s hair to be DNA tested

A strand of hair said to have belonged to the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci will be exhibited in his home town on Thursday. Scientists plan to carry out DNA tests on the hair to reveal the truth.

Cannes festival jury names unveiled

The names of the jury members of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival is out. The list of films has been available for two weeks, and award winners will be disclosed on the last day of the festival,...

Banana protest at Polish National Museum

Polish demonstrators protested the removal of a video of a woman eating a banana provocatively from the National Museum in Warsaw on Monday. The new museum director, an appointee of the conservative government, had withdrawn the artwork which he called "indecent". Up to a thousand people took part in the demonstration, according to local media.

China cancels Prague Philharmonia tour due to Prague mayor’s comments

China is cancelling the events of all Czech cultural organisations whose name is related to Prague. Te Chinese authorities are reacting to some earlier menifestations of Prague's mayor,...

Leonardo da Vinci exhibition available by booking only

Visitors can only see the large-scale Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre in Paris if they register for tickets in advance, the museum said in a statement.

Michael Douglas to receive a major award

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been organised for decades, where every year one of the most prominent European television awards, the Crystal Nymph,...

400-year-old Bible recovered in the Netherlands

A 400-year-old Bible stolen from a Pittsburgh library has been found in the Netherlands. Several hundred rare books, maps and atlases were stolen from the Carnegie Library last year....

A debate on Notre Dame’s reconstruction

Following the fire that destroyed the cathedral’s roof structure and spire, the aim is to complete the reconstruction as soon as possible, declared the French head of state in a statement in the wake of the tragedy....

Notre Dame will never be the same

There are not enough trees that are old or large enough to be felled and used for the reconstruction of Notre Dame. Experts believe the cathedral will “never be the same....

New mummy unveiled

Archaeologists have uncovered a 3500-year-old tomb and a coffin with a mummy dating back to at least 1069 BC, at two locations in Luxor, South Egypt, according to Egypttoday....

A drop of perfume

A new perfume museum opened by the famous factory Fragonard promises visitors a tour of three millenia of fragrances. Visitors can see and smell around 400 bottles of perfume and learn about the European history of perfume.

The man who saved the treasures of Notre-Dame

It's indisputable that besides the firemen fighting against the flames, the centre of attention was turned towards the man called the saviour of Notre-Dame’s treasures after the catastrophe of Monday night....

Rescued artefacts of Notre-Dame to be hosted by Louvre

90 percent of the artworks have been successfully rescued from the burning Notre-Dame, and after thorough examination they will be transferred to the Louvre,...

They look at the world through different eyes

The World Photography Organisation has announced the list of winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2019 photo contest. The Photographer of the Year award went to Italian photographer Federico Borella.

Firefighting at Notre-Dame - dramatic videos

The only item on the French government's agenda today is the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral. The main goal after the tragedy is to rebuild it as soon as possible....

Celebrated Korean dance performance coming to Budapest

The National Dance Company of Korea will perform the superlative traditional Korean dance piece Scent of Ink in Budapest on 18 April.

Hungarian violinist plays in Carnegie Hall, New York

Zoltan Maga received a huge round of applause at the end of his concert at the world’s most prestigious music concert hall. The famous Hungarian violinist played a sold out concert in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in New York....

Ancient cave drawings found in Croatia

30,000 year-old cave drawings were found by archaeologists in the Istrian peninsula. These drawings are the first of their kind in Croatia and second in the Balkans....

World-famous philharmonic orchestra to perform Czech piece

Russian cellist world champion Alexander Buzlov welcomes Dvorak with beer and Czech romance. Cello Concerto in B minor is one of the most important pieces of music history,...

Shakespeare’s home in London located

Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in London, based on the findings of a research published on Saturday. Evidence seems to indicate that the playwright lived near the site of today's Gherkin office complex,...

The price of a frog leg — Prize-winning Survival Instinct

Bence Mate’s photo of a frog, titled Survival Instinct, won first prize at this year’s World Press Photo contest in category ‘Nature, singles’. The photos of the Hungarian nature photographer show frogs with their legs removed as they struggle to the surface, after being thrown back into the water strewn with frogspawn. Over 4,700 photographers submitted a total of 80,000 entries to the contest. The jury nominated 43 photographers from 25 countries in the various categories.

Colourful post-its to promote Hungarian poetry

From Cairo to Beijing, the walls of 22 foreign Hungarian institutions were covered by colourful post-its on Thursday, 11 April. The quotes from poems translated to each country’s language were meant to lure foreign visitors,...

Readers’ favourites in English

The winner of the 2019 International Man Booker Award will be announced in London on May 21. The most prestigious British literary award, founded to recognise works by foreign authors translated to English,...

Hungarian piano is bridge to Bavaria

The grand piano developed by virtuoso Gergely Boganyi with the help of Hungarian engineers has been presented to the Deutsches Museum in Munich. The piano arrived at one of Germany's most visited museums ahead of a concert performance by the Kossuth Prize winner.

Politician visits concert with bodyguards

Slovakia's president-elect Zuzana Caputova attended a Bob Dylan concert with her partner in Prague on Tuesday.

Elizabeth of Hungary may become patron saint of Kosice

The city's mayor has proposed the idea, which the town council will vote on in the coming days. Local representatives have already asked the diocese of Kosice to contact the Vatican to authorise Saint Elizabeth's naming as the Slovak city's patron saint.

Giant babies crawling on the TV tower in Prague

The giant black babies return to the television tower in Prague. The first two of the giant babies crawling on the tower are now remounted, the rest will follow as the weather allows....

The season is opening at Esterhazy Palace

Sunday afternoon will see the beginning of the summer season at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt with guided family tours and the opening of two contemporary fine arts exhibitions on display until 31 December.

Arc de Triomphe to disappear

But only for a while, and not completely. The well-known Parisian monument is to be wrapped by the world-famous artist Christo from 6-19 April 2020. The arch will be wrapped in 25 thousand square metres of recycled artificial material and 7,...

Children to become composers with tablets

An international and experience-driven new music education methodology for nursery school and elementary school pupils, utilising digital tools, is to be introduced in the EU....

Vincent van Gogh suicide revolver to be auctioned

The Lefaucheux gun with which famous painter van Gogh committed suicide is to be auctioned off. The Drout Auction House in Paris expects a price between EUR 40,...

Hungarian designers at Milan Design Week

Thirteen Hungarian designers were invited to the Milan Design Week, including internationally successful Adamlamp and rug maker genius Kata Brinkus, known for her brilliant shearing technique....

Hungarian music weekend in Paris

The Hungarian music thematic weekend began in Paris with the first performer, Balogh Kalman Gipsy Cimbalom Band. The musical event takes place in the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall,...

Even Romans knew fast-food

A recent find of a fast-food diner discovered in Pompeii 5 had a trade sign and even branding. People of the ancient world supped their snacks in a milieu of painted Nymphs and artistic scenes of everyday life....

Festival by the Ipoly

Ipoly Feszt, a series of art events will take place for the first time in villages by the River Ipoly between 21 and 23 June. The new and free festival will be held in seven venues,...

Coffee table from an airplane window

Coffee table from an airplane window and a comfortable design armchair from an airplane nose. Two art lovers, engineers of Airbus, the French aircraft manufacturer, developed their extraordinary and innovative idea dreamed up in 2018, named “A Piece of Sky”, in a start-up in a Toulouse incubator house. They create design furniture from parts of Airbus models that have been deemed wrecks.

Tate Modern is the most-visited museum in the UK

Tate Modern became the most-visited museum in the UK last year: its exhibitions attracted nearly 5.9 million visitors. With this, it took the top spot from the former leader,...

Europe’s theatres unite!

The establishment of a platform and network of national minority theatres in the Danube countries was announced by the Romanian Office for Inter-ethnic Relations on Wednesday....

Artworks seized by Nazis to return home

Germany had to return two paintings while the US sent back one artpiece to their respective heirs, as the artworks had been seized by the Nazis from their families. One painting found a new home in Germany, the other two ended up in Chile.

Lennon Wall in Prague revitalised by artists

The famous Lennon Wall in Prague has been revitalised by Czech and visiting artists this month to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism during an event called ‘30 years of freedom’.

Make love, not war

It was fifty years ago to the day that Yoko Ono and John Lennon staged their first public Bed-In. They stayed in bed for a full week receiving members of the press in their Amsterdam Hilton suit with the aim of promoting love and protesting against wars....

Lost Picasso painting found

Arthur Brand, known as the Indiana Jones of the art treasure scene, found a lost painting by Pablo Picasso. The painting depicting Dora Maar, the painter’s love,...

Budapest Spring Festival is about to begin

Budapest Spring Festival is to begin in a few weeks in the Hungarian capital. One of the most important art events in the region has published a new issue of its magazine,...

Hungarian cultural season starts in Israel

Naked clown and Bridal Dance; the Israeli Hungarian cultural season will last seven months and started on 15th March. Over the season, more than fifty programmes are available from the diversity of the Hungarian culture....

Hungarian documentary might be the best

The third part of the documentary “Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”, about Syria, by Hungarian filmmaker Beatrix Siklosi has been nominated in the category of Best Documentary at the Orlando International Christian Film Festival (ICFF).

World-class performers in Budapest

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Eotvos, Adam Fischer and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra - just a few names from the list of the performers of the next season of Budapest Palace of Arts....

International traveling exhibition arrives to Budapest

An international design exhibition called “Rings in Water” is opening in the Museum of Applied Hungarian Folk Art on 22 March.

Hungarian gold medal at the international chef contest

Martin Pacsai, the student of the Budapest Business School has won the Eastern European finals of the Olivier Roellinger international chef contest.

11 Million Dollars’ Worth of Inca Gold in Budapest

The exhibition “Legendary Treasures of Incas” presenting objects of extremely high value has been opened in the Hungarian capital. The main purpose of the exhibition is to make people familiar with the history and culture of the Incas through the beautiful gold and silver exhibits.

James McAvoy auctions off his shirt

It is more than a simple piece of clothing. The white shirt has been autographed by Hollywood stars at the Oscars party.

Jackpot in Monte Carlo

Emir Kusturica awarded the Hungarian movie ‘Bad Poems’ (‘Rossz versek’) at the International Monte Carlo Film Festival. Director Gábor Reisz wanted to render the actualities of life in Hungary in his movie.

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