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Autumn Festival: Budapest's Palace of Arts focuses on contemporary arts

For a long time, involving the audience was not a consideration in contemporary arts, with artists and writers often producing works for one other, Csaba Káel, director general of Budapest's Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája or Műpa in short), which opened ten years ago, says. In the interview below, Káel talks, among other things, about what he thinks Europe's biggest problem in the last 25 years has been and the hopes he attaches to the Budapest autumn festival, kicking off now.

  café budapest  autumn festival  budapest  palace of arts  müpa  csaba káel


All Fidesz has to fear is itself - commentators Török and G. Fodor agree

Now that Hungarian voters have been called to the polls for the third time this year (for parliamentary, European Parliament and municipality elections), Heti Válasz has asked two political scientists to evaluate the outcome of weekend's election and offer a forecast. Gábor Török and Gábor G. Fodor agree that PM Viktor Orbán will forge ahead with a reformer's zeal while former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány appears to be lost in the wilderness.

  gábor g. fodor  gábor török  local government elections 2014


Folk Music - Can Hungarian Music be the Next New Wave?

Fonó recently made it into 12th place among the world's top publishers of world music. So, maybe it's a bit too early qualify the recording market as DOA. There's a good chance that Hungarian folk music, dressed up just a bit differently, might become as hot on the world market as Africa or the Balkans were a few years ago.

  lászló horváth  folk  fonó  womex  worldmusic  music


Swiss-Hungarian film on Hungarian streetwalkers of Zurich

“Viktoria - A Tale of Grace and Greed” is a feature film, produced with Swiss money, which captures the dramatic ins and outs of Hungarian prostitutes working the streets of Zurich.

  maros  anna  men lareida  switzerland  zürich  hungarian prostitutes  documentary  film


Anxieties of Ceauşescu's regime still haunt poet Zsófia Balla

Poet Zsófia Balla (65, author of 14 volumes of works of litarature) transferred from Romania to Hungary in the early 1990s. Her works have received prestigious awards. However, this interview is not about her literary output but her motivation to request access to the secret police file that contains informers' reports about her, and why former informers can carry on unpunished even after exposure.

  poetry  informers  Romania  ceauşescu  zsófia balla


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