Official: Pope Francis to visit Budapest
In his speech following Sunday's Angelus Address, the head of the Catholic Church has officially announced that he will be co-celebrating the concluding mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary. He also expressed his gratitude to those preparing his visit.
Roman numerals banished from museum to aid comprehension
Arabic numerals will be used instead of Roman in the Carnavalet Museum in Paris to make it easier for visitors to understand. Some say this is a perfect illustratation of the "cultural catastrophe" that is currently taking place all across the world.
Leftist propaganda hidden in children s books is doomed to fail
"There is no danger so long as Central and Eastern European governments do not let harmful thoughts to be protected by legal censorship", sociologist Dr. Filip Furman told V4NA in a recent interview. Furman pointed out that early-age exposure to propaganda confuses the child s mind and insecurity can become a weapon in the hands of the left wing.
National flag hoisted at Parliament to mark 1956 Revolution s anniversary
On 23 October, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban commemorated the 64th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution with Maria Wittner, one of the freedom fighters involved in the uprising.
Activists protest removal of Napoleon statue with hand-made street signs – video
The mayor of a French city is planning to replace the local Napoleon statue with one portraying a recently deceased feminist lawyer. Members of the so-called White Shirts group, however, have glued "Napoleon" streets signs onto the sidewalls of houses to protest the change.
Another black Jesus appears on classic artwork
The Pontifical Academy for Life has posted an image of Michelangelo s Pieta, in which they painted Jesus s figure black. The image provoked outrage in both Catholic and art-loving circles, as a religious-themed work of art was used for political purposes.
V4NA roundup: this is how European countries support music industry
The pop music industry is among the sectors worst hit by the pandemic. Musicians and event organisers were among the first to lose their revenues following the cancellation of concerts and summer festivals. In its latest roundup, V4NA looks at how some European countries are trying to save the music industry from bankruptcy.
Communist censorship and how artists freedom of expression is restricted
After the Communist parties assumed power in Central and Eastern Europe, censorship of artists and their works has became common practice. People s freedom of expression was most violently restricted during the 1950s, but even in the 1980s, a film made in Poland was banned by Communists fearful of losing their grip on power.
BLM movements have values with Nazi and communist traits
Prohibition of works, books, films and television series contrary to their political ideology or distortion or falsification of the past are some features that characterise the left-wing liberal BLM movement, just as they characterised the Nazis or the Soviet communists at their time.
Film drama to mark 100th anniversary of Trianon Peace Treaty
For Hungary, choosing between accepting the peace treaty or refusing to sign it would be tantamount to "having to ask itself if it should rather commit suicide so as not to die," Count Albert Apponyi said in his famous speech a hundred years ago, as head of the Trianon peace delegation. The centenary of signing the peace dictate will, among others, be marked by a new historical drama titled The Speech, providing a dramatised, historically authentic, cinematic reconstruction of Count Apponyi s address.
While life restarts, protection is also key
At the invitation of Viktor Orban, the National Cultural Council (NKT) held its meeting in the prime minister s office, where the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Hungarian cultural institutions was reviewed, the premier s press chief reported on Saturday.
Muslim woman says Allah more important than Dutch laws - video
A Muslim woman, who lives in the Netherlands and believes that sharia supersedes Dutch laws, has refused to take off her full-face veil, or niqab. In a video interview posted online, she says she is also raising her children in this spirit.
Oscar voter Stephen King faces backlash from gender activists
Stephen King, the Master of Horror, lost the support of many virtue-signalling Twitter users after saying he would "never consider" factoring in diversity, gender or skin colour - only quality - when it came to the Oscar nominees. Worried about today s prevailing "gender dictatorship" in the film industry, French actor Vincent Cassel said we have reached a point where we can no longer joke about blacks, Jews, or gay people. "Our brains are programmed, which is another form of death", he added.
Church must provide help where it s needed
During the Christmas holiday Christians remember the birth of Christ to promote a sense of togetherness, Cardinal Peter Erdo told Hungary s public broadcaster in a recent interview. The cardinal recalled that we were again living in a period of history when Christians are persecuted at several parts of the world. During times of war the role of the church is to stand up for peace and provide help to those who are in need, he added.
Facebook uses double standards in banning charity ad
Facebook has classified a Hungarian cultural organisation s planned advertisement to promote its cultural gala as political and decided to ban it. This is not the first time the social media giant is applying double standards against events revolving around national themes.
V4 exclusive interview: Invaded by migrants, France is on its last legs
France is on the brink of social and economic disintegration, and laws are no longer enforced. A specific "progressive" group is in control of everything and influences everybody via the media. There are constant clashes in outer districts and the outskirts can become a war zone in the blink of an eye. The cause of all this is decades-long mass immigration against the will of the French people. Author Laurent Obertone sets out his vision of France in an exclusive interview with V4NA.
Hungarian director received prestigious recognition in Italy
Senior editor of the Hungarian public television, Levente Kiraly has become the first foreigner to receive the award named after San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples. Kiraly is a well-known figure there, as he shot the documentary "Footsteps of Piedone" on the Naples-born actor, Bud Spencer s life.
Greta Thunberg became a death metal star
The drummer of an American death metal band made a rattling-screaming death metal song out of Greta Thunberg s aggressive outburst at the UN. Almost as many people were interested in the raving Greta singing in a guttural voice as in her "serious" speech.
Viktor Orban: the Hungarian Jewish community lives in peace and security
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent his greetings to the Jewish leaders in Hungary in a letter on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, press chief of the Hungarian premier Bertalan Havasi informed the Hungarian state news agency MTI on Sunday.
Prominent Central European fortresses restored to its former glory
The reconstruction of the Star Fortress in Komarom, located in the Central Transdanubian region of Hungary, began in 2017 and cost approx. 18 million euros. The facility grew by an additional exhibition area of 7,000 square metres, where plaster sculpture replicas from the Museum of Fine Arts will be on display.
Hungarian movie among best of century
The Guardian has compiled the 100 best movies of the 21st century. Most of the films are American productions, but some Italian, Swedish and French movies have also made it to the list. The Son of Saul by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes Jeles has received an illustrious ranking.
Comics tell V4 history
A historical comics festival, to be held in the Hungarian city of Esztergom on Saturday, will showcase the works of Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and Polish artists. Through their comics, artists of the V4 bloc will be telling stories about the four countries shared history. The story of Prince Imre, a sequel to the "Kings and Crosses" graphic novel currently premiering in Brussels, will debut at the event.
Hungarian orchestra plays for erstwhile Japanese emperor
The Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra performed a storming concert at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The event, in one of Asia s most illustrious concert halls, was attended by Emperor Akihito, who abdicated earlier this year, and his wife Michiko.
Sissi charms Shanghai
The Hungarian National Museum received a grand prix and a gold prize at Wednesday s AVICOM multimedia festival in Shanghai. AVICOM is one of the most prestigious events for museum professionals who work with audio-visual and other new technologies. At this year s festival, one of the most popular works was an interactive video wall presenting the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi, and members of the Hungarian aristocracy. Nearly 700,000 people saw the exhibit in 2017 alone.
James Blunt to play three V4 capitals
UK singer-songwriter James Blunt has announced a spring tour that will include dates in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw, as well as a tour closer at London s Royal Albert Hall. The Grammy-nominated musician s hits include You re Beautiful and Goodbye my Lover .
Body of Napoleonic general found
The heart of Charles Etienne Gudin has long rested in a chapel at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris - and now it seems the rest of his body has been found. The remains of the repected general of Napoleon Bonaparte were recently found in a tomb in Russia. Gudin—who is mentioned on the Arc de Triomphe— lost his left leg before he died, but archaeologists have yet to locate the missing limb.
Polish aristocrat s lost art cache returns home
Although many major European art works went missing in the tumult of the Second World War as well as the Cold War, lost pieces are slowly being recovered and restored. Poland’s Trzy Traby Foundation recently acquired a cache of Polish art found in an outbuilding in the Peruvian capital, Lima.
Polish-Hungarian free university kicks off in Krasiczyn
A free university with almost 400 Hungarian and Polish students began in Krasiczyn, south-eastern Poland, on Monday. Students at the camp will address issues in Hungary, Poland, Central Europe and the EU, with a particular focus on the Union s new leadership in the wake of the European Parliament (EP) elections. The deputy speaker of the Hungarian Parliament gave a speech at the opening ceremony.
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, attract large crowds of people each year.
Carpathian Basin bread baked from a ton of flour
Five loaves, each weighing a hundred kilos, will be baked in Szolnok, eastern Hungary. The sizeable loaves, baked as part of the celebrations of the foundation of the Hungarian state, symbolise Hungary and four former Hungarian territories disannexed by the Treaty of Trianon. After a festive mass, the "sibling loaves" will be sent to Hungarian towns in areas reallocated to countries neighbouring Hungary.
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.
Hungarian Cultural Days of Cluj to be held for tenth time
The event series called Hungarian Cultural Days of Cluj begins on Saturday, providing recreation and cultural experiences to visitors of the Romanian city for nine days.
Eastern European castles make CNN’s list
Castles have captured the imagination and attention of people around the world for centuries. This week, CNN rounded up their favourite castles in the world, and two from Eastern Europe made the list: the Prague Castle in Czechia, and Slovenia s Predjama Castle.
Czech synagogues, cemeteries open up
Around 50 religious locations across the Czech Republic annually open their gates to the public on Jewish Memorial Day, now in its third year. This year the event falls on the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, which marks the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem.
Crowd prompts panic during Ed Sheeran concert at Sziget Festival
A smaller panic erupted during Ed Sheeran s concert at Budapest s Sziget Festival on Wednesday. The main show of the opening day attracted some sixty thousand visitors, and people started to panic and flee through the bar counters, possibly because the crowd was too large. A statement by the organisers has confirmed that there were no personal injuries.
Quarter billion Christians persecuted worldwide
A compilation by World Watch List, featuring the fifty most dangerous countries for Christians, is headed by North Korea. Nigeria is the bloodiest country on the list, as 90 per cent of Christians murdered for their religion die there.
Jewish Cultural Festival returns to Budapest
The Jewish Cultural Festival, now in its 22nd year, has an exciting line-up for Budapest’s visitors and residents from 1-9 September. The largest festival celebrating Jewish life and culture in the Hungarian capital will span seven venues across the city’s downtown neighbourhoods.
Warsaw uprising exhibition returns to Berlin
For the second time in five years, the Topography of Terror museum in Berlin will host an exhibition dedicated to the legacy of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The museum – located in a building that formerly housed the Nazi Secret Police and the SS headquarters – is an appropriate venue to house this exhibition, which tells the story of the Polish underground resistance bravely rising up to try to liberate Warsaw from Nazi occupation.
Ball of Nations at Summerfest International Folklore Festival
Eighteen countries, including Bolivia, Japan, China and Russia will participate at the 26th Summerfest International Folklore Festival in Hungary, with Transcarpathia as this year’s special guest. During the ten-day festival, children can enjoy a wide array of activities, such as children theatrical plays, dances, handicrafts and merry-go-rounds, as well as traditional toys and dance performances from 20 different countries. The biggest folklore event in the region will welcome visitors from 12 to 22 August.