MAJOR EVENTS, FESTIVALS
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ECOC YEAR
Date: 10 January 2010
Venue: Public squares in Pécs
Organised by: Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
The ECoC year will officially open on the 10th of January 2010 with 24 hours of
ongoing attractions between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (or even until 10 a.m. the next
morning) in public spaces of the city of Pécs, including carnival and theatrical
programmes, interactive walls, projections at several different places in the city,
painting by light in the evening.
The central message and the concept of the ECoC programme will be formulated in
the opening ceremony programme, in its visual presentation and content profile..
A European tender is planned to be called for the organisation of the opening
THE DAY OF HUNGARIAN CULTURE
Date: 22 January 2010
Venue: National Theatre of Pécs
Organised by: Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
In 2010, Pécs, the European Capital of Culture, will host the Day of Hungarian
Culture. The traditional formal award ceremony will be held in the National Theatre of
Key programme of the event: Beethoven: Triple Concerto performed by the Pannon
Philharmonic, Kossuth-prize winner pianist Jenő Jandó, violinist Barnabás Kelemen
and the young cello talent born in Pécs, István Várdai. The concert will be conducted
by Zsolt Hamar, the internationally acknowledged musical director of the Pannon
The related fringe programmes will be spectacular and entertaining events that
present the given branch of art (whose representatives will be rewarded at the
evening ceremony) and they will also involve passers-by in the actions in an
Visitors will encounter different styles and genres of music – changing hourly – during
this whole day programme.
ECC 25 - LES RENCONTRES CONFERENCE
Date: 4-7 March 2010
Organised by: Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
Essen, Istanbul and Pécs will all commemorate the 25th anniversary of the European
Capital of Culture programme, possibly the most successful cultural programme in
the history of the European Union. The central part of the Pécs ECoC programme will
be a conference co-organized jointly with a French civil organization. “Les
Rencontres” traditionally holds its general meetings and thematic conferences in the
cities of the European Capital of Culture.
The organization‟s philosophy includes defining progressive cultural concepts and
analyzing local and regional cultural phenomena that affect European culture.
The conference will be attended by members of the European Parliament, cultural
ministers and mayors of European Capitals of Culture, politicians, artists, scientists,
and people representing the European intellectual life.
The main focus of the planned conference will be European culture. The diversity of
languages, ethnic groups and religion is a historical experience in Eastern Europe,
which Western Europe is just beginning to experience, due to the growing
immigration. The analysis of the different historical and cultural traditions can help
Europe solve its current conflicts and work out its future cultural concept.
The “East-West” idea can give the Hungarian cultural government a chance to
establish the country‟s long-term cultural policy.
As far as Pécs is concerned, the conference can be a determinative event that can
have a positive impact on the European reception of the entire season. The
partnerships to be established throughout the conference can also further Pécs‟s
plans for European integration.
PÉCS SPRING FESTIVAL
Date: 15 March – 9 April 2010
Venue: National Theatre of Pécs, Dominican House, Cella Septichora, Basilica,
Cathedral Museum of Stonework, Bartók Hall, University of Pécs Assembly Hall,
MusicPark, Youth House, Third Theatre, Uránia Cinema
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
This event is meant to be a celebration of classical and contemporary arts. Its main
endeavour is to represent the best of the cultural and artistic values of the world, and
within that, primarily the values of Europe and Hungary. The Festival will be rich in
genres. Classical, contemporary, jazz and popular music, dance, literature, theatre
and folk performances, chamber and choir concerts, folk art exhibitions will all be
represented in the programme series of the Festival. Performers will be local amateur
and professional bands and soloists, world-famous Hungarian artists and bands as
well as renowned artists from all over the world.
The International Jazz Weekend is traditionally an integral part of the Pécs Spring
Festival. For the first time, in 2012, the International Jazz Weekend will grow into a
Performers planned for 2010: Andrea Rost (HU), Compania Antonio Marquez (ESP),
Pat Metheny (USA) and the Balázs Elemér Group, Richard Bona (USA), Bobby
McFerrin (USA), Mezzoforte (IS), Trilok Gurtu (India), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance
Company (USA), ContempoDanza (Mexico), Al Di Meola (USA)
Further information: www.pecsitavaszifesztival.hu
Date: 20–26 March 2010
Venue: House of Arts and Literature and different cultural institutions of Pécs
Organised by: Alliance Française in Pécs, Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of
Belgium, the Embassy of Canada, Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
The Francophone Week in Pécs is traditionally held in the week of March the 20 th,
since this date marks the Francophone World Day. In 2010, this series of
programmes will celebrate its 18th anniversary. The programmes, organised by the
Alliance Française in Pécs, are open to the city and the region, so the outcome is
always extremely colourful and diverse (educational, cultural and sport programmes).
Education is traditionally important for the Francophone Week, shown, among others,
by a theatre festival in the French language for secondary school students that is
attended by several hundred Hungarian and foreign students, an international
conference organised by the University of Pécs and by a culture and civilisation
contest organised for elementary and secondary school pupils. Other traditional
programmes of the Francophone Week include, the Francophone Film Night, which
is also to be held in 2010 and four concerts. These concerts will be complemented in
the ECoC year by several other events that are likely to generate a lot of interest:
such as, a pétanque competition, a gastronomy evening, a fashion show organised
by the Galerie Lafayettes Department Store and several street theatre performances.
The French Ilotopie Company will perform „Colourful People” during the festival.
Several other Francophone countries will be involved in the planning of the
programmes in 2010. Among others, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian productions will
be performed during the Francophone Week.
FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010
Date: 2–4 April 2010
Venue: Pécs – playgrounds in the city centre
Organised by: Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
The Fringe Festival, the largest and most widely-known arts festival in the world, was
first held in 1947 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe has been
organised for three years now in Hungary as part of the Budapest Spring Festival.
The essence of the Fringe is that in addition to the carefully selected programme of
the mother festival, the organisers open up a parallel platform, a series of events
where anybody can put on a show as long as it can fill the available halls. One of its
key tasks is to collect and support less-known performers by offering them an
opportunity to perform.
The Festival ensures a stage and basic facilities, while any other costs should be
borne by the applicants. In order to ensure that as many people as possible go to see
the shows in this riot of events, the performers publicise themselves out in the streets
before and during the Festival, thereby creating the colourful, spectacular and vibrant
atmosphere that is so characteristic of Fringe festivals. The success of former Fringe
Festivals is demonstrated by the fact that several of the 90 companies that annually
appear in the Festival are approved after their shows by a professional jury consisting
of theatre and musical experts and festival directors and are later invited to other
important festivals too.
Date: 12 – 21 June 2010
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
This is a traditional summer festival, one of the most important series of events in the
summer in the region.
Music programmes: in addition to jazz and world music concerts on the centre stage
performed by exemplary performers of Hungarian popular music, every year several
renowned foreign groups and young talented bands from Pécs are invited to perform
in the Barbakán Castle Pit; not to mention the events of the European Contemporary
and Impromptu Music Festival.
Dance events: the young group of choreographers and dancers of the “new
generation” and traditionalist folk ensembles, so characteristic of multinational Pécs,
and so much loved by audiences, will stage several dance productions.
Visual arts: the students of the Faculty of Visual Arts and Music of the University of
Pécs will enrich the event by special outdoor exhibitions and appropriate installations.
Planned performers in 2010: World&Jazz, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Attila László, the
Tin-Tin Ensemble, Frenky Látó and his group, László Süle, Balett Pécs.
Further information: www.setaterfesztival.hu
CIRCUS AND STREET THEATRE FESTIVAL
Date: July 2010
Venue: Public spaces in Pécs
Organised by: Hungarofest Nonprofit Ltd.
The idea of the Festival is based on the need to organise outdoor family programmes
that can arouse the interest of a wide range of local people and visitors by their
nature, scale and number and also to involve the man in the street in the „buzz‟
generated by the ECoC programme. When working out the concept, one of the key
criteria was to give a more focused role to the genre represented by circus and street
theatre in the 2010 programme.
An important aspect of working out the concept of this event was to motivate both the
local people and the tourists to discover the city and its features with the help of the
different artistic tools used by the artists invited from Budapest and abroad who look
at Pécs from an outsider point of view. The street theatre performances include some
3 or 4 major productions that will be prepared for or adapted specifically to the unique
venues of the city. A dozen of national artists will be invited to create projects which
will establish new connections with the man in the street and question the usual
social relations, actions and urban codes of conduct.
The event will be accompanied by workshops and analytical meetings. The main
professional partner will be the Marseille – ECoC 2013 Street Theatre Centre.
Companies for collaboration may include: Bängditos (D), Sarruga Produccions (ES),
Grupo Puja (ARG), Derevo (RU), Küklopsz Projekt (Teatro Nucleo (I), Theatre
University of Târgu Mureş and Janus University Theatre.
Three to five big shows are planned to be performed by representatives of the “New
Circus”, a trend becoming increasingly popular in Hungary, too. On the one hand, the
planned performances include shows that can be performed in the unique
atmosphere of a circus tent. While on the other hand, amazing shows will be
performed by acrobats, jugglers and other circus artists outdoors.
The focus of the event will be the Hungarian premiere of a production to be
performed by the graduating students of the French Circus Academy (Le Centre
National des Arts du Cirque – Châlons en Champagne) directed by Árpád Schilling.
The partner in this context will be the Network of Young European Circus Talents.
Planned partners include: Jörg Müller (D), Baro d‟evel Cirk Compagnie (F), Cirque Ici
(F), Circus Cirkör (S).
ICWIP (INTERNATIONAL CULTURE WEEK IN PÉCS)
Date: 24-31 July, 2010
Venue: The historic centre of Pécs
Organised by: SIEN Foundation
The International Culture Week in Pécs (ICWiP) is the only thematic international
youth festival of Southern Transdanubia which also includes a high quality summer
During its thirteen-year long history, the Culture Week has grown from a forty-
member regional meeting into one of the most attractive thematic youth festivals of
Central Europe and the Alps-Adriatic region.
Its purpose and message has been the promotion of better understanding and
dialogue between cultures, and emphasises the importance of cooperation through
The Foundation includes young, mostly volunteer experts from Hungary and abroad
who use their varied experience and creativity to organize the ICWiP. Participants are
assisted by local university students.
The participants of the event, held in the last two weeks of July of each year, are
students who come to Pécs to attend the summer university.
Participants of ICWiP‟s world music festival and open programmes are, apart from
the young people registered for the summer university, mostly representatives of civil
organizations, institutions, local citizens and visitors to the Pécs and Southern
3RD ÖRDÖGKATLAN (DEVIL’S VALLEY) GENERAL ART FESTIVAL
Date: 2–8 August 2010
Venue: Nagyharsány, Kisharsány, Palkonya, Szársomlyói Open Air Sculpture Park,
Organised by: Ördögkatlan Festival Association
After using Pula of the Kapolcs Valley of Arts as a venue, the Bárka Theatre has now
found, together with several institutions in Pécs and Barany County, a new port in the
Mediterranean region, in the “Ördögárok” (Devil‟s Valley) between Villány and
Nagyharsány. The Ördögkatlan Festival was established with the support of the
European Capital of Culture project to provide a long-term home for artists in the
region; making use of the natural and infrastructural potentials of the wine area in the
vicinity of Pécs.
In 2010, the residents of the Valley will be welcome to attend high-quality
programmes of all artistic branches for an entire week, including, among others,
artists and programmess invited from “sister capitals of culture” like Essen, Istanbul
and Tallinn. In addition, the Valley will have its own productions specifically made for
the Festival or created on site in international co-production.
Planned programmes: First night performance of János Háy‟s drama entitled “Nehéz”
(Hard) – (János Hay is a Hungarian contemporary author). There will also be an
international visual art theatre production directed by the world famous Dimitrij
Krimov with the participation of the students of the Moscow School of Dramatic Arts
and the Faculty of Visual Arts and music of the University of Pécs.
INTERNATIONAL ORIGAMI MEETING
Date: 9-15 August 2010
Organised by: Origami Club of Pécs, Petőfi House of Culture
The international Origami Meeting, the most significant event of this type of art, takes
place in the second week of August every year. Next year the event will celebrate its
21st anniversary, to be organised between the 9th and the 15th of August and co-
ordinated by local origami organizations. The meeting usually attracts about 200
participants, more than a third of them coming from different foreign countries.
Planned programme of the Meeting:
1. International Origami Meeting,
2. IRestricted international and national origami exhibitions in different venues,
3. Flag exhibition,
4. Giant folds in the city centre, where the man in the street is welcome to join in.
This programme can also liaise with the Eastern Folk Festival held in Egerág, a small
village near Pécs.
INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL OF PÉCS
Date: 23-28 August, 2010
Venue: Pécs: Tettye Open Air Stage, National Theatre of Pécs, Bóbita Puppet
Theatre, Korona Teátrum
Organised by: The International Puppet and Street Theatre Foundation of Pécs
The International Adult Puppet Festival of Pécs is an internationally recognized local
community initiative and is organized by Bóbita Puppet Theatre every 3 years.
The Festival is made up of two main parts: one is a competition, in which
international and local amateur and professional puppeteers compete for major
prizes in front of a jury; the second part of the programme is made up of shows
presented by renowned puppeteers and theatre groups.
Invitation to the competition was made public, in Hungary and abroad, in March 2009.
The programme components of the competition and the competitors to be invited to
the Festival will be selected by Dr. Kékesi Kun Árpád, head of the Faculty of Theatre
Sciences of Pannon University.
The jury of the festival will include the following persons:
Henryk Jurkowsky (honorary chair of UNIMA) / Stanislav Doubrava (director) / Tamás
Ascher (director) / Kovalik Balázs (director) / Sándor L. István (reviewer).
Special guests of the Festival will include:
- An Indonesian theatre group performing traditional shadow plays
- Water puppet theatre from Vietnam (National Water Puppet Theatre of Vietnam)
- Bunraku presentation from Japan
- Eric Bass and Company (USA)
- The Meschugge – Ilka Schönbein – (Switzerland)
One of the locations and the main attractions of the Festival will be a round theatre
made of wood, rented from Nyírbátor.
As an integral part of the Festival, famous local and international puppet producers
will display their works at the Bóbita Puppet Museum, the Small Gallery of Pécs, the
House of Arts and Literature and the Parti Gallery.
Date: 1 – 5 September 2010
Venue: Cella Septichora, West Castle Wall Promenade, Szent István Square
Organised by: Pécs / Sopianae Heritage Non-profit Ltd.
“The city of Mediterranean moods” is a popular slogan of the city of Pécs. The
Mediterranean character does not merely show itself in the number of hours of sunny
days, in the characteristic flora and in the atmosphere of the streets but also in the
city‟s cultural traditions.
One of the main aims of the Capital Of Culture programme is to urge future oriented
initiatives which feed upon traditions. The Mediterranean Festival, to be organised for
the first time in 2010, and born in the spirit of the capital of culture, is based on the
innovative approach of this tradition.
The Festival will present its programmes in the buildings which play a major role in
the touristic attraction of Pécs. The ancient squares, their immediate vicinity and the
gardens and public areas that can be used as venues of the programmes, will house
genres that mediate the Mediterranean joy of life and revive the ideals of Antiquity
and the Renaissance in an innovative way which takes into consideration the idea of
The modern Bacchus-Garden in the heart of Pécs will be built within the framework of
the Festival: the greenery, the objects (fountain, stairs), the inner spaces of the Cella
Septichora of late Roman times will all be transformed into organic scenery by young
artists with the help of textile-art, land-art and media-art. The night “garden” will then
be transformed into a moving fresco painted by light.
This is the environment in which the contemporary general art Festival, including
visual arts, dance and movement as well as literature and music, will take place.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL – PÉCS DAYS
Date: 16–26 September 2010
Venue: Outdoor venues in the historic city centre of Pécs (Promenade Square,
Barbican castle pit), National Theatre of Pécs, and community locations in peripheral
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
The “Heritage Festival”, or using its old and well known name, the “Pécs Days”, is the
oldest festival in the history of the city since the political transition. The Heritage
Festival is primarily a festive event of the city which conquers the streets, squares
and buildings of Pécs, from the city centre to the suburbs. It offers an opportunity for
local talents and bands to perform, while it also deepens international relations and
enriches the city‟s intercultural character.
The Festival has several popular events that have a long history, such as the Veteran
Automobile Meeting, the International Wind Music Gala, the programmes of the
Minority Days as well as visits to historic buildings, thematic tours and different
programmes on site in Pécs and its neighbourhood under the framework of the Day
of Cultural Heritage.
Further information: www.oroksegfesztival.hu
1ST CULTURAL WORLD FESTIVAL OF HUNGARIANS
Date: 26 September – 17 October 2010
Venue: South Transdanubian region, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania
Organised by: Cultural and Touristic Centre of Baranya County, Foundation for
Hungarians across the Border
Founding on the connections and experience of the almost two-decade old Festival
of Hungarians across the Border, the Cultural World Festival of Hungarians will open
with a new festival focusing on the nationalities and minorities that determine the
culture of the region and also the Hungarians living in diaspora. The series of
programmes will give opportunities for the introduction of Hungarian creative and
performing artists living across the border. It will also provide possibilities for the
representatives, public and civilian personalities and communities of the various
branches of science, attaching importance to Hungarian identity.
In the thematic programmes of the Festival, great emphasis will be laid on the
Hungarian born creative and performing artists in the world and on the outstanding
artists of the minorities living across the border. Beside the Hungarian culture, the
Festival intends to give an important role to the introduction of the culture and
contemporary arts of nationalities living in the region and across the border in
Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Romania and also, to the multicultural variety
of the Balkan area.
Among the theatre programmes, one can find the guest performances of Hungarian
theatres and the introduction of ethnic non-professional theatre groups from across
the border. The musical programme will include concerts of world music and popular
music to be held in Pécs, in the region and in the Southern Cultural Belt. The planned
performers include: Deep Forest, Márta Sebestyén, Félix Lajkó, Bajramovic (Serbia),
Electric Bazar (France), Balkan Strings, Igor Papasov Quartet (Bulgaria),
Tündérground (Romania), Nomada, Uzgin Üver, Borago, Csík Ensemble, Makám,
Tükrös Ensemble, Mehari Garoba Ensemble. Jazz and blues evenings of performers
from across the border will take place in the Garden of Cultures. Students of the
Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Pécs will represent the contemporary visual
arts with artistic happenings. Gastronomic events will offer a better taste of the
culture of the region. A meeting of cultural ambassadors in Hungary will also be
among the programmes of the Festival.
Date: December 2010
Venue: Public areas of Pécs
27-30 December 2010 – final party of European Capital of Culture event series held
in public areas, virtual spaces, visual presence in the city – with installations, flags
New Year 2010/11 - full day of open-air events in public areas of Pécs, TV/online
broadcast in Hungary and/or in Europe and/or online link; handover of the “torch” to
the next European Capital of Culture.
A tender is planned to be called for the organisation of the closing ceremony.
FINE ARTS, EXHIBITIONS
HUNGARIANS IN BAUHAUS
Date: 15 August – 15 October 2010, Pécs; 15 November 2010 – 15 February 2011,
Venue: Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County (Káptalan St. 4), The House
of Arts and Literature and the Small Gallery in Pécs, the Bauhaus Archive and the
Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin
Organized by: Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County
The careers of the so-called Bauhäuslers of Pécs testify to the multicultural and inter-
ethnic image of the region and represent uniquely that the town and its surroundings
at one time belonged – thanks to this group – to the forefront of modern art and
architecture. This era includes the Bauhäuslers of Pécs and the members of the Pécs
Artists' Circle – who can be regarded as their forerunners – and other artists of this
early era of Hungarian activism. It also includes the art of masters and workshop
leaders who played an important part in the training of Hungarian artists. For
example, the following artists are represented in the exhibition: the artists of Pécs
(Marcell Breuer, Ernő Forbát, Hugó Johan, Farkas Molnár, Henrik Stefán, Andor
Weininger, Etel Fodor) and other Hungarians active in the Bauhaus era (Sándor
Bortnyik, László Moholy-Nagy, Gyula Pap, Judit Kárász, Irén Blüh, Otti Berger), and
other Bauhaus giants of the arts of the 20th century (Josef Albers, Walter Gropius,
Johannes Itten, Vaszilij Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, Theo van
Doesburg) and members of the international students‟ group that joined KURI (Peter
Keler, Walter Peterhans, Semmis Rustem, Kurt Schmidt, István Sebők, Georg
Teltscher, Otto Umbehr).
The material of the exhibition is made up of outstanding examples of artistic work,
paintings, graphics, sculptures, and architectural designs, maquettes, photos,
furniture, stage and costume designs, printed works, photos and texts and films.
Events organized in connection with the exhibition include: family days and children's
programmes with the participation of museum educators; guided city tours to visit
works and workshops of local Bauhäuslers and their followers; revival of the Bauhaus
celebrations that once attracted large crowds: Drachenfest – Dragonfest;
Laternenfest – Lamp Festival; Costume Bauhaus ball; Bauhaus theatre and puppet
theatre re-constructions; online presentations of local Bauhaus memorabilia and
heritage (starting in 2009) and, on the basis of these, the production of a film.
Publications related to the exhibition: scientific, representative “catalogue raisonnée”,
which synthesises knowledge related to the topic and publishes the latest research in
THE EUROPE OF “THE EIGHT”
Date: 13 November 2010 – 31 March 2011
Venue: Showroom of the Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County
Organized by: Directorate of the Museums of Baranya County (Curators: Dr.
Krisztina Passuth, Gergely Barki, Péter Molnos, Zoltán Rockenbauer, Attila Rum– all
of them are art historians)
“The Eight” were the first avant-garde artistic group in Hungary, which created its own
art form in painting and graphics between 1905 and 1915, concurrently with the
major European avant-garde movement. The members of the group (Róbert Berény,
Dezső Czigány, Béla Czóbel, Károly Kernstok, Ödön Márffy, Dezső Orbán, Bertalan
Pór, Lajos Tihanyi) opened a new era in Hungarian art. In 1911, two excellent
Hungarian sculptors, Vilmos Fémes Beck and Márk Vedres joined the group and
also, a well-known writer and embroiderer of the era, Anna Lesznai.
“The Eight” were introduced to the public at three shows in Budapest: 30 th December
1909; in April 1911 and at the end of 1912. All three exhibitions were huge
successes, unparalleled to this day. The 2010 exhibition in Pécs tries to recreate the
three exhibitions and display as many of the works from the original exhibitions as
possible. About 200 to 250 original works by “The Eight” (paintings, graphics,
sculpture, embroidery, frescos, and mosaics) will be on display. Existing documents,
including both photographs and descriptions of works that have been lost, will
augment the works on display. This collection will be accompanied by European
works of the major predecessor of the Eight, Cézanne, and also contemporary
analogies (Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Vlaminck, Duffy, Kokoschka, Kirchner,
Pechstein, Bohumil Kubista, et cetera).
Events related to the exhibition: a concert series to reconstruct the concerts played at
the original exhibitions by the Eight, from the works of Bartók, Weiner and Kodály
(with the addition of Bartók‟s Miraculous Mandarin); and literary evenings, which will
recreate in theatrical format, the performances by Ady, Lesznai and other authors
belonging to the periodical called Nyugat (West). Archive news and film footage from
the era and a conference on the legacy of the Eight will complete the programme.
A three hundred page catalogue will be published in English and Hungarian, as well
as a facsimile edition of the catalogue of the Eight published at the time. Also, a CD
will be created with additional material; material which would be too extensive for the
As a result of the greater than expected success of the exhibition tour “Fauves
hongrois”, currently in progress in France, there is a chance to present the exhibition
of the Eight to audiences in France: (primarily in Paris) and other European countries
(Belgium, Germany, Austria, Estonia), and in the USA, on which negotiations are
already in progress.
„MEETING POINT 2” INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF FINE ARTS
Date: 15 January – 14 February, 2010
Venue: Arad (Romania) and the Art Gallery and Visual Arts Workshop of Pécs
Organized by: Pécs Gallery and Visual Arts Workshop
In accordance with the dialogue between the cultural leaders of the two cities as well
as the agreement concluded by the sister cities, „MEETING POINT 2”
INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF FINE ARTS OF ARAD will be organised in
cooperation with the Romanian partner organizations, the Pécs Gallery and the
Visual Arts Workshop.
The towns of Osijek and Pilsen, affiliated with the Pécs Gallery and the city itself,
have also joined the initiative. This will help the programme to become a real Central-
European project with three EU member states involved and one from outside the
community. The Austrian city of Pöchlarn also joined the programme. Pöchlarn is
famous not only for the Kokoschka Documentation, but it is the seat of an important
symposium of contemporary art, Atelier An Der Donau.
The declared objective of the biennial is to preserve the language and forms of
expression of traditional graphic art, painting and sculpture. This is the goal that this
exhibition, first organised in Arad under the title “The role of traditional/conventional
art in contemporary art”, is meant to accomplish.
MIGHT OF MUSEUMS
Date: June 2010
Venue: Csontváry Museum, Zsolnay Museum, Schaár Erzsébet “Street”, the
Archaeological Museum, City History Museum, Natural Science Museum,
Ethnographic Museum, Kanizsai Dorottya Museum
Organised by: Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs
Since 2003, “The Night of Museums” has been organised by the Ministry of
Education and Culture on the weekend closest to Midsummer Night. In 2008, already
one hundred and eighty five museums in the capital and the country participated in
the programme, which awaited the almost two hundred and fifty thousand visitors
with all night long opening hours, special guided tours and programmes. The special
feature of the Night of the Museums is that by buying one ticket you can visit all the
exhibiting locations participating in the programme.
The Natural Science Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the City History Museum
and the Zsolnay Museum, belonging to this umbrella institution, Janus Pannonius
Museum, will organise special visits to storerooms, restoration studios and gardens,
which are otherwise closed off from the public. These visits will take place with the
guidance of invited professionals.
FORCE OF COLOURS – CHANGE IN SCALE 5
EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS LARGER THAN PANEL PICTURES AND THE
CREATION AND DISPLAY OF COLOURED SPATIAL WORKS /COURSE AND
Date: 8 June – 6 July 2010
Venue: workshops of the Zsolnay Factory
Organised by: University of Pécs, Faculty of Visual Arts and Music, DLA degree
The DLA degree programme in visual art, accredited in 1995 by the University of
Pécs, provides an opportunity for outstandingly talented young artists to purse their
studies at a higher level after completing their graduate studies and to demonstrate
their autonomous creative abilities.
The venue of the “Force of Colours – Change in Scale” project is an industrial site,
one of the currently empty workshops of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter which will be
used as a venue for workshops and exhibitions. There is no other site in Pécs where
painting larger than a panel picture could be made, so this project is not only a
unique opportunity but also results in a change in attitude on the part of the
Artists will be working under the leadership of consultant professors. The consultant
professors will all make efforts to ensure that the young artists can learn how to use
the different materials, tools and methods; so they can become autonomous artists
with high-level professional expertise. The first “Force of Colours” course, held in
2007 with great success, demonstrated that the work of the Master School of Visual
Arts at the University of Pécs is not only of regional importance, but also, that its
results can also be measured by European standards. The works of students,
sculptors and painters bore witness to an extremely original way of seeing things
and, at the same time, clearly demonstrated the power of painting and colours in
JEUNE CRÉATION EUROPÉENNE – YOUNG EUROPEAN ARTISTS
Date: 8 September – 15 October, 2010
Venue: Zsolnay Factory, Pécs
Organized by: Martyn Ferenc Foundation for Free Education
Jeune Création Européenne is a travelling exhibition, held every two years, visiting
nine cities of Europe. About ten artists display their works from each participating
country. This is an original project since the participating countries display the works
of young artists, not belonging to any gallery, to an international audience. The
exposure of these artists to an international audience is beneficial to both the artists
and their countries. Partner countries of the JCE include: France, Spain, Italy,
Austria, Portugal and Lithuania. New participating countries include: Hungary,
Estonia, Slovakia and Latvia.
Altogether two hundred and thirty works have been submitted for the proposal
“Young Contemporary Views”, published by the Municipal Government of Pécs and
the Pécs 2010 Management Centre (sponsored by the Martyn Ferenc Free Art
Education Foundation, the Hungarian Institute in Paris and the Jeune Création
Européenne). Of these, the curator has selected thirty nine works, which will be on
display between the 9th and 31st of May 2009. On the opening day, an independent
six-member jury will select the ten best works, which will represent Hungary at the
Jeune Création Européenne - Biennale Itinerante d‟Art Contemporain exhibition to be
opened on the 25th of September 2009 in Paris. This international exhibition will visit
all the partner cities in two years and will attract tens of thousands of visitors. As one
of the stopovers of this tour, Pécs will host the exhibition between the 8 th of
September and the 15th of October 2010.
An English language catalogue will be prepared to accompany the international
exhibition tour and will present the artists and also the concepts of the curators from
the various countries. The catalogue, to be published for the opening in Montrouge,
will be used by the other countries throughout the tour.
ARTS IN DIFFERENCE
Date: 17-19 September 2010
Venue: Museum of Local History, Pécs
Partners of the project: Janus Pannonius Museum (Pécs), Art en Marge (Belgium),
Outsider Research and Distribution Centre of Arts (Brussels), Vzw Wit.h –
Community Art Creative Centre (Western Flandria, Harelbeke), Stichting Zuidkunst –
Independent Platform of Mentally Retarded Dutch Artists
In the spring of 2008, two Belgian and a Dutch artist/therapist groups contacted the
Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs with the hope of establishing a partnership. Both
groups deal with mentally impaired people. Rather than teaching some mechanical
job to simply while away time, which is quite common practice in the case of
employing disabled people, the essence of their specialist work is to provide several
years of training for persons of disability under the leadership of artists from various
branches of art and to establish and develop, under proper guidance, an increased
awareness of various artistic positions and employment. They have attained very
good results. People with Down syndrome, autism and patients of other mental
disabilities become capable of producing works of art in the framework of five years
of training and employment; they become equipped with an autonomous artistic
Planned programmes: one-week workshop with the cooperation of Hungarian,
Belgian and Dutch colleagues, a conference on the comparison of the results
achieved so far and the methods used, an exhibition presenting the works of
contemporary art of developmental disability artists trained in accordance with the
Belgian-Dutch methods and the works of psychiatric patients who have not received
such training and treatment. The pieces from Belgium and Netherlands will be
complemented by the significant collection of the Psychiatric Clinic of Pécs.
PUBLIC ART & SENSORY LABYRINTH THEATRE – PÉCS
Date: throughout the year (lectures, exhibition in September)
Venue: Szent István Square, Civil Communities House, inner yards of Sopianae
Heritage Non-profit Ltd, Barbakán Castle Pit, Amusement Park, gardens and open
areas close to Káptalan Street, Bishopric and World Heritage sites.
Organised by: Baranyai Alkotótelepek Nonprofit Ltd.
As part of a symposium, the programme creates public art by inviting international
participants to downtown Pécs. This will bring contemporary European art to the
European Capital of Culture.
The event builds on the cooperation of professional artists of thirteen countries
(Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria,
Austria, Great Britain, Portugal, Romania, and France). In the preliminary phase of
the work, the participating teams will get to know the cultural characteristics and
current trends of the other countries in workshops held in their own countries.
The basis of the project to be realized is a labyrinth of the senses: real labyrinths will
be built in dark inner spaces or natural environments. The labyrinths are created by
artists and architects, as a result of which, art work will be created but occasionally,
they will also serve as backdrops to theatre performance after dark.
In the labyrinths one wonders alone along the paths. At the “sensory gates”, located
along the route, visitors will meet various characters, where they become active
participants and all their senses will become mobilized. The “Sensory gates” will be
designed and created by artists selected through open international tender.
As part of an international symposium, art, music and video installations, as well as
mobile elements of the labyrinth will be created. These elements are planned to be
displayed in Essen and Istanbul, where they will be adapted, with the involvement of
the participating artists, into local versions of the labyrinths.
“PORCELAIN–PÉCS–ZSOLNAY” CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AT THE ZSOLNAY
PORCELAIN AND CERAMIC ART SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION
Date: throughout the year
Venue: Zsolnay Factory
Organised by: Zsolnay Heritage Management Kht.
The Zsolnay Factory has played a significant role in Central Europe during the past
one hundred and fifty years. The products of the Zsolnay Factory have always been
contemporary: porcelain products have always been designed by renowned
contemporary artists. The ceramic symposium aims to strengthen this trend and once
again involve famous artists and young designers to produce new innovative product
lines based on the Zsolnay‟s technology.
In the first year of the program, in 2008, ten Hungarian artists (including living
legends as Ilona Keserü, Sándor Pinczehelyi and Imre Schrammel and also young,
successful designers, for example, Zsolt Czakó) expressed the artistic possibilities
inherent in Zsolnay porcelain. The year 2009 focuses on an international ceramic and
porcelain research program, workshops and also a symposium. At the 2009
symposium, legendary Hungarian and European artists and young talents work
together to develop new products for Zsolnay Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt. 2010 has two
main goals. Firstly, the symposium will be attended by the most successful artists of
the past two years, based on themes similar to previous years. The project will aim at
present achievements as well. Secondly, an exhibition will be organized from the
artistic achievements of the past three years, which will be one of the highlights of the
Zsolnay Cultural District.
CENTER FOR YOUNG ART AND DESIGN
Date: 2010 all year round
Venue: Studios: Villa Sikorszky (Zsolnay Cultural Quarter), Exhibitions: Pécs City
Gallery, Hattyú Ház Gallery
Organised by: Approach Arts Association
The Centre for Young Art and Design is an international fine arts resident programme
that builds on the capacity of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter to be built within the frame
of the European Capital of Culture programme. The resident programme will join the
international network – initiated in Istanbul – to be set up as part of the 2010
European Capital of Culture programme. In East Central Europe, and with that, in
Hungary, this kind of artistic institutional system has no significant presence – there
are only possibilities for workshops and seasonal creative activities. The Pécs
resident programme in this form is not only capable of integrating the international
Southern Cultural Belt formulated as one of the major activity areas of ECoC but also
integrating a wider international activity space.
The resident programme is supervised by a board of curators delegated from the
standard artistic associations of the city, which ensures a professional consensus
and conceptual cooperation .
In this framework, the residents arriving from different parts of the world can work in
studio houses which provide studios and apartment living space. The primary aim of
the studio programme – beside creative work and inspiration – is to provide
possibilities for introduction, making connections and building a carrier for the artists
and the curators. Beside this, special emphasis is laid in the programme on the
facilitation of international integration. Since the extended stay will give opportunities
for forming more intensive contact systems, this will be functional in the long run.
Along with this, the artistic life of the host city can be continuously present in the
international artistic circulation with the help of the visiting residents.
The aim of the programme in 2010 is the continuous operation of four resident
studios, where foreign artists will work for one to three months (four to six artists per
Another aim is to create a scholarship system for Pécs artists, who will be able to
participate in foreign resident programmes.
Exhibitions of the works of artists organised every three months in the Pécs City
Gallery and Hattyú Ház Gallery will form part of the programme. The upshot of the
resident programme is the formation of a solid international cultural-artistic system of
connections as well as the creation of an international collection of the works of art
resulting from the the programme.
MOBILE FOLDING SCREEN
A SERIES OF MOBILE INSTALLATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
Date: June – December 2010
Venue: Public spaces in the historic centre of Pécs
Organised by: South Transdanubian Tourism and Economic Development Non-
The Mobile Folding Screen Exhibition series is a local civilian initiative whose concept
was conceived by independent photographers from Pécs.
The goal of the project is to enable the photographers of the 2010 ECoC cities (Pécs,
Essen – Ruhr Region and Istanbul) to present the culture of the three cities, the three
countries and the Balkans through their works.
The photos will be presented on a total of sixteen large folding screens with internal
lighting. The screens are suitable for both indoor and outdoor events and can be
assembled and disassembled easily in the public spaces of the historic centre of
Pécs. They will be illuminated at night and will present the following topics:
- artistic photographs of Pécs (as for themes, priority will be given to Pécs,
South Transdanubia, Istanbul, Essen (Ruhr Region) and the Balkans
- images of Pécs and portraiture
- reproductive photo exhibition with a selection from the works of contemporary
artists from Pécs
- documentary photos of the Pécs European Capital of Culture programmes in
EXHIBITIONS AND MONOGRAPHS OF VISUAL ARTIST FROM PÉCS
Organised by: the Pécs Gallery and the Visual Arts Workshop
In the field of visual arts, Pécs is the most valuable cultural centre in the region.
Under this project, reputed art historians will process and present the works of six
artists - Ilona Keserü, István Bencsik, István Gellért B., Ferenc Lantos, Ferenc Martyn
and Sándor Pinczehelyi - using methods of scientific research and including works
discovered abroad and in Hungary, using works from private and institutional
collections or works in private ownership.
Curators of the programme:
Ferenc Lantos – Katalin Keserü
István Gellér B. – György Szegő
Ferenc Martyn – Gyula Rózsa
István Bencsik – József Készmann
Sándor Pinczehelyi – Márta Kovalovszky
There is a comprehensive monograph already available on Ferenc Lantos. On the
occasion of his 80th birthday his works were displayed in four different venues. In
2010 the exhibition will be organized in one of Pécs‟s partner cities. A catalogue of
academic standard will be published for the exhibition with the support of the
European Capital of Culture programme.
István Gellér B. created his own mythology with his work entitled the Growing City.
His works will be exhibited in 2010 in Pécs and a monograph will highlight his
Ferenc Martyn, a sculptor, painter and graphic artist was a significant figure of the
artistic life of Pécs from 1945. He was one of the first representatives of the
nonfigurative genre in Hungary. A new and modern monograph will focus on his
István Bencsik last had an independent exhibition in Pécs in 1994, held in the Parti
Gallery. He will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2010, so an exhibition presenting
his entire oeuvre will be organized, and a monograph will give a full introduction to his
Sándor Pinczehelyi‟s professional life is extremely complex and reflects a wide range
of artistic activities; he is a graphic artist, a member of the avant-garde group known
as the Pécs Workshop, a painter and the organiser of artistic events. In 2010 a
comprehensive monograph will be published on him.
Ilona Keserü is a significant member of the neo-avantgarde generation of artists that
started their career in the mid-sixties. in 2008-2009 her life-work was presented in a
grand exhibition in Debrecen, accompanied by an impressive catalogue which will be
published in several different languages in 2010.
SHAPING PUBLIC SPACES AND AUTONOMOUS ART: SCULPTURAL
TRANSFORMATION OF PUBLIC SPACES
Date: continuous in the course of 2010
Venue: public squares and parks of Pécs
Organized by: Zsolnay Heritage Management Non-profit Ltd.
The renewal of the built heritage of the city with the help of autonomous forms of art
was repeatedly brought up as a topic of significant importance even during the
preparation phase of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture programme. Two of
such projects are the Renewal of Public Squares And Parks and the Public Art-
project (2008, 2009) carried out with the support of the Ministry of Education and
Culture as well as the Faculty of Visual and Applied Arts.
The works of art in question are pieces which have the power to redefine the
meaning of the spaces in which they are exhibited. These works of art are no longer
presented simply in their traditional artistic context, and are suitable to fill the entire
space with cultural content, providing new focal points in the free spaces bounded by
CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAMS
Bartók-Kodály workshop with Pécs choirs
Date: 8–11 April 2010
Venue: Dominican House, House of Civil Communities in Pécs, Palatinus Hotel -
Bartók Béla Banquet Hall
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
The series of programmes was launched in 2007 to organise a workshop on the
basis of the oeuvre of Zoltán Kodály, the world-famous music educator. One
interesting speciality of this programme is that the participants represent a wide
range of musicians, both in terms of their age and their origin.
On the first two days of the three-day conductor workshop, applicants will have a
chance to get to know the choirs. By rehearsing with the choir, the conductors in
charge of the different choir sections will share their knowledge with the participants.
On the third day, as a conclusion to the entire programme, the participants will
present their work in an open gala concert to the audience. It is an important goal of
the project to give young conductors who are just starting their careers and also
students, an opportunity to perform.
The participating conductors will rehearse the choral works of Kodály, Bartók, Liszt
and Erkel with four choirs from Pécs that have a long history in Pécs. The
participating choirs from Pécs include the female choir of the Kodály Zoltán
Secondary Grammar School, the Bartók Béla male choir of Pannon Volán Zrt, the
Pécs Chamber Choir and the mixed choir of the Nagy Lajos Secondary Grammar
School of the Cistercian Order. The four choirs represent the four choir types that can
be encountered in choir literature. The artistic director of the program: Dr. Tamás
Lakner, Liszt Prize-winner conductor. Other workshop leaders: Aurél Tillai and Attila
Kertész Liszt Prize-winner conductors, and Ernő Nagy, conductor. In 2010, the local
choirs will be joined by the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Choir too, representing
the 2009 European Capital of Culture, Linz (conductor: prof. Kurt Dluhy)
Further information: www.pecsikult.hu
Essen–Pécs Wind Music Project
Date: 1 – 14 July 2010
Organised by: Pécs Arts Grammar and Vocational School
The Wind Orchestra of the Pécs Arts Grammar and Vocational School and the
Schönebecker Jugend-Blasorchester in Essen initiated cooperation in 2007 in the
spirit of the partnership of the European Capital of Culture programme. During the
wind music project, young Hungarian and German musicians and their teachers have
taken part in joint workshop activities in Pécs and the Ruhr region. They presented
the results of their common activities at concerts in the preceding years. Beside
concerts in Hungary and Germany, they performed in Linz, the 2009 European
Capital of Culture. This common work will continue in 2010: the ensemble consisting
of young musicians will perform again in Germany and Hungary and the musical
material of the project will be published on a CD, which will represent the youth wind
orchestral culture of Pécs and Essen.
Hungarian Wind Music Grand Prize, International Music Competition and
Date: 1–14 July, 2010
Concert wind music is regarded today as an independent art form capable of
satisfying the highest aesthetic requirements. Today, the genre is performed in the
most respected concert halls of the world. Although wind music has a rich tradition in
Hungary, the number of ensembles playing high-quality concert wind music is
relatively small; though this number is growing. Pécs and its surroundings hold an
important place within this rich tradition and therefore, serve as an ideal location to
host this highly-regarded international event.
The Hungarian Wind Music Grand Prize, which is planned to be an international
music competition held annually in the concert wind music genre, will be held for the
first time in 2010, as part of the Pécs - European Capital of Culture event series. The
concert series aims to become one of the ten most respected wind music events
Competitions between the 1st and 14th of July 2010 will be held in nine categories.
Separate categories will be launched for ensembles ranging from youth to
professional groups. Individual concerts, not part of the competition, will also be part
of the event series. High standards will be ensured by an excellent, independent jury.
Fringe programmes under the title “Pécs welcomes Europe – Europe welcomes
Pécs” will also be held in and around Pécs in the form of open-air concerts with the
participation of international and Hungarian ensembles.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR WORKSHOP
Date: 10 – 15 August, 2010
Organized by: Hani Foundation
Closely related to the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture programme, the
following four youth choirs will participate in an international choir workshop:
Magnificat Mixed Choir (Japan), Tennessee Highland Youth Ensemble (USA), a
Choir of Cluj (Romania), to be hosted by the Mixed Choir of the Reformed Catholic
Secondary School of Pécs. An international team of conductors will be leading the
daily rehearsals. From the third day of the choir week the choirs will begin to make
their debut with their own repertoire, and will also give a joint concert every day. In
the meantime the guest choirs will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the
cultural heritage of Pécs, the entire South Transdanubian region and Croatia. This
kind of intercultural communication will provide an opportunity of joint creative artistic
and cultural experience for the 16-25 year-old age groups.
Date: 15–22 August 2010
Venue: Concert hall in Pécs, Basilica, Palatinus Hotel Bartók Hall, public spaces:
Dóm Square, Jókai Square, Theatre Square, Baranya County: churches and concert
halls in Siklós, Szigetvár, Villány, Komló, Mohács, Sásd
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
Pécs has been a “choir superpower” for decades now. It was the first East-Central
European city that hosted the Europa Cantat behind the iron curtain. The excellent
choirs in Pécs and the professional work of their conductors are well-known all over
Europe. The goal of the Pécs Cantat is to present the values of culture through the
works of Kodály and Bartók. The event was recognised by the Europa Cantat as an
official programme in February 2009, thereby launching a new series of programmes
that can be related to the European Capitals of Culture. The workshops and the choir
festival under the Pécs Cantat will provide a unique opportunity for choral singers,
conductors, music educators and international experts of the European region to
meet and exchange experiences. In addition to the workshop activities, the
participants will present the choral music of their own nations in concerts and will also
perform together. The programmes will be further enriched by free, joint singing
The nearly one thousand participants will be working in six different workshops during
the one-week event.
“Kodály” workshop: Kodály: Budavári Te Deum, with the participation of the
Pannon Philharmonic, conducted by: Prof. Aurél Tillai, Liszt Prize-winner
conductor, (participants of the mixed choir workshop: choirs, individual
participants, small groups made up of choir members)
“Travelling around wine” workshop: János Vajda: Janus kupája (Janus‟s cup),
first night performance of the drinking cantata and other European wine songs.
Conducted by: Dr. Tamás Lakner, Liszt Prize-winner conductor, Vlado Sunko
(Croatia) (for male choirs)
“Béla Bartók‟s world” workshop: Bartók: “In the village” and other works for male
or female choirs, conducted by: Attila Kertész, Liszt Prize-winner conductor (for
“Angels‟ song” workshop: Hungarian and European church music for child‟s
voice. Kodály and Bartók children‟s choir, conducted by: Ferenc Tóth, Liszt
Prize-winner conductor (for children‟s choirs)
“Horatii Carmen” workshop: Bartók‟s and Kodály‟s choral works that can be
performed by youth choirs. E.g. Bartók: Four Slovakian Folk Songs, Kodály:
Tribute to János, Cohors Generosa, Horatii Carmen. Conducted by: Ernő Nagy,
Dr. Szabolcs Szabó, Péter Hoppál (workshop for young singers of 14 to 25 years
old, mixed choirs)
“Swing and sweet” workshop: Jazz-Romantic medley, a unique combination of
love and humour. Conducted by: Robert Sund (Sweden)
The programme will be based on open application. Applicants are expected from
ECoC cities, partner cities, sister cities and various European and national choirs.
Numerous choirs that have performed at former festivals with great success in Pécs
will also attend this grand event. The representative gala concerts will be a great
attraction for people living in Pécs and the region; for those who love choral music
and for visitors coming to Pécs alike.
Improvisatio – Creatio International Symposium in memoriam Ferenc Liszt
Date: 6-12 September, 2010
Organized by: Faculty of Visual Arts and Music, University of Pécs,
Co-producer: KLASSZ Music Agency
In 2010, Pécs, the Cultural Capital of Europe will be home to a special musical event
for the first time. The Faculty of Music and Visual Arts of the University of Pécs will
organize the International Symposium “Improvisatio – Creatio” between the 6th and
12th of September in cooperation with the Hungarofest Klassz Music Office. This
event serves as the continuation of the international piano competitions held in
memory of Ferenc Liszt in 2005 and 2007.
The six-day event includes master courses for music school piano, organ and jazz (piano)
students interested in improvisation at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level, as
well as for musicians, teachers, and performers. It will also feature a two-round
Improvisation Competition in classical piano and organ as well as various jazz styles.
Presentations, shows and meetings by experts in artistic training will also be included.
This is one of the main events in the European Capital of Culture programmes
schedule and is of international significance. It will attract visitors from all corners of
the world and is a major cultural project both locally and on a national level.
Participants and professors of the master courses during the symposium will give
improvisational concerts as part of the programme.
Concert by Thierry Escaich (organ)
Jazz improvisational concert by Károly Binder and Joey Calderazzo
Improvisational concert by István Lantos (piano)
Concert by the teachers and students of the Martyn Ferenc Art Grammar
School of Pécs
Closing concerts of the most successful participants of the master courses
Gala concert of the winners of the competitions
During the symposium, an exhibition by Dr. Ferenc Lantos, holder of the Munkácsy
Prize and an Artist of Distinction will be on display at the House of Arts and
4th World Convivial Wine Song Festival
Date: 24 – 26 September 2010
Venue: Pécs, settlements of the Villány-Siklós Wine Road
Organized by: Male Choir Foundation of Pécs
Since 1993, Pécs has been organising Europe‟s only festival exclusively advertised
for male choirs and male vocal ensembles, which has now grown into a programme
with an international reputation.
In the past fifteen years, four thousand singers from thirty eight countries have
attended the festivals, contributing to the value of the city by enriching the culture of
chorus singing and wine making and consumption. The Wine Song World Festival is
a significant touristic attraction, drawing six to eight thousand visitors to the city and
the region each year.
The Festival is popular throughout Europe and is hosted by the Béla Bartók Male
Choir of Pannon Volán Zrt. Besides the festive gala to be held in the theatre, the
choirs will perform in wine cellars as well as in several outdoor venues. The choirs
have a total of 200 singers combined, and this united male choir will sing
masterpieces of the Hungarian and the international wine song repertoire.
UMZE – MUSIKFABRIK NRW Project – Contemporary Music Weekend in Pécs
Date: Autumn 2010
Venue: University of Pécs Assembly Hall, National Theatre of Pécs
Organized by: Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd, KLASSZ Music Agency
The New Hungarian Music Association (UMZE) was formed in 1911 by Bartók,
Kodály and Leó Weiner . Among the founders of UMZE, major composers and
performers of Hungarian music can be found, among others, György Ligeti , György
Kurtág , András Szőllősy , Péter Eötvös , Zoltán Jeney , Ferenc Rados , László
Dobszay and Miklós Perényi . The UMZE Chamber Orchestra has been Hungary‟s
leading chamber orchestra since 1997 playing contemporary music. In Germany,
Musikfabrik NRW is one of the most significant and best formations that play
contemporary music, apart from Ensemble Modern.
The purpose of the project is to work out joint concert programmes of the Hungarian
UMZE and the German MusikFabrik NRW to play contemporary chamber music in
the Ruhr Region, in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Pécs. The concert of the two
orchestras in Pécs will be augmented by workshops for students of the Department
of Music and also for practicing artists with the participation of the musicians of the
two orchestras. The concerts will be accompanied by public rehearsals, in which the
audience will be given a primer into the concert menu, thereby facilitating the
understanding of contemporary music. The first joint rehearsals of the two orchestras
and the first concerts will take place in 2010 in North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the
„scene‟ NRW festival. The concerts will then be held as part of workshops in Pécs in
September and October 2010. The project thereby tries to symbolically connect the
Ruhr Region and Pécs in the form of a contemporary musical project.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCES – NICOLAS FRIZE
Date: Autumn 2010
Venue: City of Pécs
Organized by: Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
Nicolas Frize is an internationally renowned artist, who has been invited to put one or
more performances on stage especially designed for Pécs. He visited Pécs in the
spring of 2009 at the invitation of Hungarofest. First he checked the possible venues
and then he sent his proposal to the organisers. The final decision on what
components of the proposal can be accomplished in view of the available resources
will be made after negotiating with possible local partners and consulting the artist
himself. According to the concept of the artist, there would be several musical
performances going on simultaneously in downtown venues, so people could choose
from a variety of venues all through the evening and walk from one to the other.
There will be music played non-stop at each venue from 7 p.m. to midnight with a
very wide repertoire.
The idea is to get as many local musicians involved in the performances as possible,
but musicians from Budapest and France will also be welcome to join in (e.g.
percussionists, child soloist etc.).
Opera Competition and Festival with Mezzo Television 2010
Date: 3–17 November 2010
Organised by: Szeged Open Air Theatre Festival
The strategic partnerships established with partner cities are very important for the
Pécs2010 ECoC programme. The MEZZO Opera Competition and Festival is based
on a strategic relationship that goes back several years. Four foreign and one
Hungarian opera house participated in the programme of the Festival in the
preparatory years. However, in 2010 another opera production will be invited to
expand the programme and the list of partner opera houses. As a result, the
recognition, reputation and prestige of the Festival and the Competition will be further
Each production will be put on stage in the four foreign opera houses by Hungarian
directors who have had some practice in teaching, since they teach acting in
Hungarian or foreign academies. In turn, the production in Hungary will be directed
by a foreign director.
The two symphonic orchestras, which accompany the productions of the Festival, will
have a key role. Since each production will come to Szeged without the orchestra of
the partner opera house, the task for the Festival is to find the best orchestras for the
productions broadcast by Mezzo Television. One of the orchestras will be the Pannon
Philharmonic, which will represent both the city of Pécs at the Szeged Festival and
Hungary on Mezzo Television.
Partner opera houses of the Festival in 2010: Csokonai Theatre (Debrecen,
Hungary), Opera Krakowska (Krakow, Poland), Dicapo Opera Theatre (New York,
USA), Den Nye Opera (Bergen, Norway), Helikon Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
Date: November-December 2010
Venue: Pécs Conference and Concert Centre
Organized by: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
The aim of the email@example.com festival is threefold: to illustrate the diversity of
classical music, to combine classical music with other forms of art, and to
demonstrate the richness of Hungarian symphonic orchestra culture.
Since Hungary‟s first concert hall of a regional significance will open in Pécs in 2010,
the central theme of the Festival will be to present the richness of Hungary‟s
symphonic orchestras During the course of the Festival, in harmony with the spirit of
the ECoC programme, the symphony orchestras of Hungary‟s regional centres (Győr,
Szeged, Debrecen, Szombathely and Miskolc) as well as the National Philharmonic
Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra from the capital will deliver
Pécs is a hub, a meeting point for different cultures. The three-day Classarts.hu
Festival will be a great opportunity to provide a taste of classical music of all those
cultures that are strongly affiliated with Pécs. Each concert will start with an overture
composed by a contemporary artist of a nation whose culture left significant traces in
Pécs‟s local culture. This piece will be followed by a concerto of a prominent artist of
that nation, performed by a soloist of the same nation. The Festival will begin with a
Hungarian night, to be followed by Latin, Turkish, Austrian, Russian and American
contemporary pieces that represent the succession of different historical layers.
Finally, the closing concert of the Festival will be based on the two cultures which
have always had a strong impact on the region: German and Croatian culture.
In the second half of each concert, as a tribute to the Gustav Mahler anniversary,
each of the eight symphonies of Mahler will be performed in eight evenings.
classarts.hu 2010 invitational competition for composers:
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra will announce an invitational competition, in which
contemporary composers of the above-mentioned nations will be invited to compose
a new overture for a full orchestra. The invited composers will include members of a
new generation who may become prominent figures in Central-Europe in the
decades to come. The pieces will be evaluated by a jury of five members, each of
them representing a different nation. The winning composition will be the very first
piece to be played in the new Conference and Concert Centre, as an “Inauguration
Overture”, at the grand opening ceremony of the new facility.
WORLD STARS IN PÉCS
Date: All through the year
Venue: National Theatre of Pécs, Pécs Conference and Concert Centre
Organised by: Pannon Philharmonic
The Symphonic Orchestra of Pécs founded in 1811, today known as the Pannon
Philharmonic, has been a dominant representative of the musical culture of South
Transdanubia for 200 years. The programme entitled “Wold Stars in Pécs”, organised
by the orchestra, will bring several famous representatives of Hungarian and
international musical life (singers, soloists and conductors) to the audience of Pécs
and its region. The series of concerts will include productions of outstanding artistic
quality, adding high level classical content to the programme of the future Concert
Hall. In the spirit of artistic diversity and equal cultural opportunity, the programme will
embrace a wide range of musical literature with special attention to the presentation
of new, contemporary pieces.
Planned programme: Robi Lakatos Ensemble; Andrea Meláth - soprano,
Peter Mikulas - bass, Oliver von Dohnanyi (Slovakia); Olivier Latry (France); Henning
Kregerrud (Norway); Olari Elts (Estonia), Fazil Say (Turkey), Nina Bernsteiner
(Austria), Leonard Elschenbroich (Germany), Sabine Meyer – clarinet (Germany),
Patricia Kopatchinskaja – violin (Moldova), Miklós Perényi, Ola Rudner (Sweden),
Eva Mei (Italy), Sergei Nakariakov (Russia), Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra,
Péter Eötvös, Dezső Ránki, Maxim Vengerov (Russia)
FOLK AND POPULAR MUSIC PROGRAMMES
BATTA DEM 2010 – 5TH PÉCS INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FESTIVAL
Date: 8 – 10 April 2010
Venue: Pécs Youth Centre
Organised by: Inter-Hungarian Cultural Association
The three-day Pécs International Reggae Festival is the most important reggae event
in the international vicinity of Pécs. Similar to the Jamaican, London, Italian and
German Reggae Sun Splash festivals, the intention of the organisers is to spread the
positive message of reggae. To mention a few international performers at the Festival
from the last years: DreadZone (UK), General Levy (UK), Jahmali(JAM), Top Cat
(UK) etc. Fringe programmes will await those who visit the Festival not only for the
sake of music: they can watch films about topics connected to the reggae sense of
life (about Bob Marley, Rastas and reggae); they can also participate in round-table
talks about reggae and human rights, or listen to lectures about Jamaican and
European reggae bands and about the African activity of Amnesty International; take
part in handicraft sessions; try out drumming for themselves in the free drums circle;
and taste Rasta food specialities.
PÉCS UNIVERSITY DAYS
Date: 21–24 April 2010
Venue: Pécs, Leather Factory
Organised by: Student Union, University of Pécs
For over ten years, the Pécs University Days has been the largest youth event
organised every year in the city.
The preparatory events of the Pécs University Days include a series of talent contest
concerts called PEN. These are organised with the purpose of offering an opportunity
for ambitious and talented, though novice musicians, to perform to a large audience
as part of the PEN programme. Bands from all over the country apply to participate in
the talent contest programme and eventually five bands are selected and offered an
opportunity to perform.
During the four days of the 2010 Pécs University Days, fifty bands will perform on
four different stages, including at least ten foreign bands. Several additional fringe
programmes in different venues will entertain interested people (theatre shows, street
theatre, dance performances, exhibitions, film shows, et cetera).
Former programmes of the Pécs University Days in 2008 and 2009 featured
Fishbone (USA), Transglobal Underground (UK), Firewater (USA) and Ez3kiel (F).
Pécs Folk Days
Date: 21–23 May 2010
Venue: Promenade Square, Youth House, National Theatre of Pécs
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
The Pécs Folk Days International Folk Festival has a long history. The events of the
Pécs Folk Days host the best representatives of the vocal and instrumental folk
music of nationalities living in Hungary and across the national borders in the
Carpathian basin. In addition, they provide a unique opportunity to learn about the
musical traditions of other European nations and remote, exotic cultures.
The Festival takes place in the historic city centre of Pécs in Promenade Square in
front of the Cathedral. Smaller concerts are hosted at indoor, more intimate venues.
Children are entertained by puppet shows in the morning and playground activities in
Planned performers for 2010: Slavey Quartett (Bulgaria) - Bulgarian folk music,
Százcsávási Ensemble - Roma folk music, Vujicsics Ensemble - Serbian and
Croatian folk music, Ágnes Herczku‟s and Nikola Parov‟s Ensemble - Bulgarian-
Hungarian world music, Mahala Hora - Moldovan folk music, Dutar Ensemble - Roma
world music - CimbaliBand - music of Balkan nations, Vizin Ensemble - Croatian folk
music, Yusupha Kuyateh (Gambia) – folk music, Rosenah Ensemble (Iran) - Iranian
folk music, Altan Ensemble (Ireland) – world music, Eszter Takács, Golestan
Ensemble - Persian - Hungarian world music, Szélkiáltó Ensemble - poems set to
music, Zengő Ensemble - Hungarian folk music, Intermagyar Ensemble - world music
Fagyöngy Ensemble - poems set to music, Simply English - English folk music,
Tintaló Company – puppet theatre, Kolompos Ensemble - Hungarian folk music,
Szeredás Folk Ensemble - Hungarian folk music
Further information: www.pecsifolknapok.hu
Celebration of Music
Date: 21 June 2010
Venue: Various venues all over the city
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
The main message of the event entitled the Celebration of Music is to present the
diversity of music: soloists or bands, instrumental or vocal music. The event offers an
opportunity to play free and spontaneous music for fun and gives the stage to
amateur and professional performers to show their talent. The Pécs Cultural Centre
was the first to join the initiative in 1997, and in 2010 it will be part of the ECoC
programme. This event will make it possible to introduce the professional and
amateur bands of Pécs, the Southern Cultural Zone and various music groups from
Essen and Istanbul too.
Further Information: www.pecsikult.hu
Fishing in Orfű 2010 – Alternative Music Festival
Date: 17 – 19 June 2010
Venue: Orfű, Panoráma Campsite
Organised by: Fishing in Orfű Ltd.
The “Fishing in Orfű” pop music festival, a programme created in the years leading
up to the European Capital of Culture, will be organised for the third time in Orfű near
Pécs in 2010. The settlement provides possibilities for organising free time and
sports programmes beside the concerts through its excellent natural surroundings.
The aim of the Festival is to create – beside the traditional programmes of the
community – a popular festival attracting masses that emerges as a new attraction
among the touristic programmes of the region.
About a hundred bands appear on the three large stages and several small ones in
the Panoráma Campsite in Orfű. Beside the concerts, free-time activities brighten up
the programme all day long (a cooking contest, workshops, film shows, autographing,
stand up comedy, a disco, night hiking, et cetera).
The organisers also run a talent contest beside the major programme of the Festival.
Based on the experiences of the previous years, about fifty applicants can be
expected, primarily from the region. One of the most significant upshots of the
contest is that young, new bands get an opportunity to introduce themselves in front
of the almost eighteen thousand visitors of the Festival. During the three days,
several well-known bands and their managers appear at the Festival, so the young
up-and-coming talents can have the opportunity to build connections and acquire
Folk & Roll Festival of Pécs
Date: 25–26 June 2010
Venue: Barbakán Castle Pit
Organised by: Pécs Youth Centre
Organised for the first time in 2007, this Festival was established by the ECoC
programme. Its openly acknowledged task is to revive and renew folk traditions.
The programme will join a talent scout project through to the year 2010, when the
finished productions are performed. The project goes through several phases of
discovery and training, broken down into annual cycles. As for the talent scout
component, the partners of the project are the local institutions and local civil
members of the national umbrella organisations called “Z point”.
The talent scout competitions are announced without any restriction on genre but
productions using elements of folk music are treated separately. In terms of style they
can be very different, since rock, jazz, metal and pop and numerous other light music
styles can all encounter the folk music traditions of any nation or ethnic group. In
addition to participating in the talent scout programme, the groups experimenting in
this segment will have a chance to perform under the Folk & Roll Project.
Promenade Concerts and Dance Evenings in the City Centre
Date: 6 June – 29 August 2010
Venue: Promenade Square, Theatre Square
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
Promenade concerts will revive the tradition and atmosphere of old times every
Sunday afternoon from 6 p.m. in the city centre of Pécs. The audience of Pécs will be
given the opportunity to listen to high-quality wind instrument music on a dozen or so
occasions thanks to miner, fire fighter, youth and German minority orchestras from
Pécs and Baranya County.
Visitors to the outdoor dance houses can get acquainted with the folk dances of the
(German, Croatian, Serb, Greek, Roma and Bulgarian) nationalities living in Pécs.
The programme is especially popular among young people but the elderly generation
is also welcome to attend the event where they can learn the different steps with the
help of a competent choreographer. The dance houses are meant to familiarise the
participants with the musical and dance culture of the neighbouring nationalities with
the participation of, among others, local traditionalist associations and music and
Performers: Etnorom Ensemble (Budapest), Unterrock Ensemble , Vizin Ensemble
(Pécs), Vujicsics Ensemble, Balkan Fanatic Collective Ensemble (Budapest), Sirtos
Ensemble (Budapest), “Schnapps Kapelle” Brass Orchestra (Pécs), Los Andinos
Ensemble (Székesfehérvár), Pál István Szalonna and his Band (Budapest), Chagall
Klezmer Band (Budapest), Cimbaliband Ensemble (Budapest)
Further Information: www.pecsikult.hu
X. Jubilee Rock Marathon
Date: 5– 10 July 2010
Venue: Nature Park In Malomvölgy (Park Forest)
Organised by: Rock Marathon Foundation
2010 is not only the year of the European Capital of Culture in Pécs, but also the 10-
year jubilee of the Rock Marathon Festival. In 2010, the Festival will indeed acquire
the length of a marathon: it will be the longest running summer programme of the
year, when live music can thunder on for ten days. The Festival will provide a space
for widely acknowledged underground musical genres and live music styles (rock,
metal, alter, punk, blues, et cetera). Since 2001, its venue has been the picturesque
Nature Park In Malomvölgy (Park Forest) near Pécs. By today, the Festival has
grown into the largest programme of the region and has received nationwide
Alongside the foreign star bands, the Rock Marathon is also preparing a Hungarian
sensation for 2010. Its main aim is to worthily celebrate its 10-year jubilee with a
professional programme with the length of a marathon, with foreign performers and
guests, true world stars and national classics in the year of the European Capital of
National Touristic Assembly of University and College Students (EFOTT)
Date: 13-18 July, 2010
Organised by: National Conference of Student Unions
National Touristic Assembly of University and College Students (EFOTT) is one of
the longest running national student events known throughout Hungary, which
attracted sixty thousand students in 2008.
EFOTT is held at a different location each year. During the past three decades, the
event has been held throughout the country. EFOTT aims to attract students from all
corners of the country for a week of festival events. It is an event where student
organizations, universities and colleges, and government and non-governmental
organizations active in higher education all have the chance to be present.
In 2010, for the first time in the history of EFOTT, international stars will also be
invited to perform. Besides the musical events, other, sporting “fringe” programmes
will also be organized. As part of the “fringe” programs, street theatre performances,
exhibitions, and light painting shows will attract visitors. While popular mainly among
students, the Festival is open to everyone.
Osijek – Novi Sad – Pécs Jazz Bridge 2010
Date: 15-16-October 2010
Venue: Uránia Movie Theatre
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
Launched in 2008, the Festival is built on the thematic focus of the Pécs European
Capital of Culture programme. It is meant to create a kind of virtual region by means
of cooperation targeting Southern and South-Eastern Europe. Pécs has built a “jazz
bridge” with its Croatian sister city, Eszék (Osiek) and the capital of Vajdaság
(Voivodina), Újvidék (Novi Sad) in Serbia, which connects the three regions.
The two-day jazz event will introduce six groups to the audience. The concerts will be
followed by free jam sessions with the participation of the performing artists, local
musicians and young talents. The programme is a selection of the most interesting
and novel jazz projects of the Southern Cultural Zone (mainly from Serbia and
Croatia) and of the local and international musical field. The participating groups will
be selected by the organisers jointly with the Cultural Centre in Eszék.
Pécs is a multicultural city with a significant Croatian and Serbian population who
cherish their national traditions and actively participate in the cultural life of the city
but rarely get an insight into the contemporary culture of the mother country. The
Jazz Bridge will offer them a chance to do so. The free jam sessions of the
participating artists will provide an opportunity for the participants to establish contact.
The event may turn out to be the beginning of future cooperation. While for local
musicians it will definitely be an inspiring experience.
Further Information: www.pecsikult.hu
East – West Passage 2010, Balkan World Music Festival and the 4th Meeting at
the Balkan Gateway
Date: 11–13 November 2010
Venue: University of Pécs, Medical School Assembly Hall, Pécs Cultural Centre,
Organized by: Sensus Research Group (University of Pécs), Department of Modern
Literary History and Department of Literary Theory (University of Pécs)
The East – West Passage wishes to present a picture of the cultural diversity of the
Balkans using an increasingly wider perspective each year. The intercultural
patchwork made up of world music concerts, exhibitions of contemporary works of
art, conference lectures, philosophical, literary and theoretical workshops and
discussions and public dialogues of artists and thinkers, can contribute to the
representation of the idea of “Pécs as a cultural gate to the Balkans”.
By connecting together the two key programme profiles of the East – West Passage,
the Balkan World Music Festival and the Interdisciplinary Conference at the
Gate to the Balkans, there will be a possibility to reinterpret the notions of the
Balkans in a subtle and comprehensive way. Experience and knowledge are
concurrently offered so as to integrate the Balkans into general knowledge as a
cultural, literary, philosophical, political and artistic space; a space for cultural
osmosis and continuous interaction among different communities.
The topic of the interdisciplinary conference in 2010: Chances of cultural differences
– the ethics, poetics and politics of borderless hospitality.
Further information: www.keletnyugati.hu
International Student Theatre Festival in Pécs
Date: 17-24 July 2010
Venue: Youth House, Uránváros, Tettye
Organised by: Pécs Youth Centre, Apolló Cultural Association
Organised every other year in Pécs, the National Student Theatre Festival is one of
the most popular series of events among secondary school students who love the
theatre. The four-day national Festival offers an opportunity to the best of the
regional pre-qualifying rounds to present their talent and capabilities.
As part of the European Capital of Culture programme, the National Student Theatre
Festival will become international in 2010. This makes it possible to integrate
international experience, establish contacts with other European groups and provide
a wider reputation for the city and region alike.
The best national student theatrical groups will participate at the International Student
Theatre Festival where the international contingent will be represented by student
groups from countries bordering Hungary. Every country will be represented by two
groups, one performing in the national language and another one in Hungarian. In
addition, one group from Turkey and one from Germany will also participate as
representatives of these two capitals of culture.
The participating groups will perform a contest production evaluated by an
international jury. In addition, there will be professional training programmes with
national and international trainers. As a supplementary event, the foreign groups will
have a national day (evening) where they perform productions that represent other
branches of art and their own typical customs. All the participating groups will perform
at the closing gala show.
ECoC Premier: Cyclops Project 2010
Date: May 2010
Venue: Public spaces in the historic centre of Pécs
Organised by: Janus University Theatre (Pécs, Hungary), Teatro Nucleo (Ferrara,
Italy), Targu-Mures University of Theatre Academy (Targu-Mures, Romania)
As a local civil initiative, the Cyclops project is a general artistic enterprise that
wishes to implement a true Dionysian festival in the public spaces of the 21st century.
The project wishes to be the product of several artistic branches, so it is made up of
several parts. It will be based on a street theatre performance conceived after
Euripides‟ satirical play “Cyclops”, accompanied by several musical pieces, short
films, and visual artistic installations on the Cyclops topic that can also be interpreted
independently from the street theatre performance.
The project intends to discover and present a contemporary European hero by
means of modern street theatrical tools; a hero who can preserve and accomplish his
personality in a cultural space that is growing at a nearly incomprehensible pace.
This hero, the emblematic figure of the planned production, will be the figure of the
busho. It will be the busho who has preserved his own traditional representation and,
as a mysterious survivor, is viewed as a special rarity in cultural history.
The goal of the project is to present a form of the performing arts hitherto less known
in Eastern Europe as part of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture programme;
perhaps one of the top-ranked series of artistic events in the coming years, which
speaks, as it were, a “foreign language” but is imbued with an ancient rarity of art and
cultural history that is so characteristic of the Pécs region. In return, using the double
substance of archaic life and the collective power of partly human and partly natural
features, this unique „living‟ cultural artefact can add new energies to the typically
Western form of the performing arts.
Film, music, exhibitions and theatrical art would be present in a closely related
manner but not concurrently; not on the same day but in the different spaces of the
city where one of them would “call upon” the other. These works of art, including
street theatre performances will strengthen and build upon one another; though they
will also have an independent life.
The guarantee for the implementation of projects is that as early as the autumn of
2009 the Janus University Theatre, using its own resources, will perform an
experimental version of Euripides‟ Cyclops adapted for a studio theatre. This
performance can be regarded as the essential basic material for a film which will be
In the autumn of 2009 and the winter of 2010, action theatre groups will suddenly
appear in the city on several occasions as performances with a double goal: firstly,
taking advantage of the situation that there will be a large audience in Pécs
interested in the autumn programmes, a busho satyr would break into the city,
bewildering the people in an unforgettable way; secondly, these actions would also
be the “external locations” of a short film in preparation. This would represent the first
encounter of the people of Pécs and the satyr bushos, the first contact between
them. The first phase of the film would record the performance in the studio theatre
and the actions. By the time the ECoC events are up and running, the cut version of
the film would be shown on every possible platform. The music and the visual
designs will be completed by March 2010.
The Cyclops project is a piece of art that is meant to offer a unique experience mainly
to an adult audience.
Pécs Open Air Festival
Date: 12 June – 10 August 2010
Venue: Pécs – Outdoor Theatre in Káptalan Street – Tettye Ruins – Anna Court
Organised by: Pécs Open Air Festival
The Pécs Open Air Festival has been an organic part of the summer cultural
programme of Pécs for decades. The folk theatre (repertoire theatre) type
programmes traditionally taking place at several venues represent different genres of
the performing arts. The popular musicals, the prosaic plays and the dance
performances are co-produced with various cultural institutions of the city. Beside the
chiefly theatrical productions, the popular Folk Bridge connects the folk dance
productions of the international partner cities, while the performances of the Pécs
Ballet Company provide a popular flavour of the high culture of dance. The Pécs
National Theatre, The Pécs Ballet Company and the Pécs Croatian Theatre are
partners of the Open Air Festival of Pécs. Thanks to the active participation of the
Croatian Theatre, the Open Air Festival has close connections with the cultures of
Croatia and other southern countries and is an important mediator of South Slavic
At the Open Air Festival, the audience can not only see the most successful
performances of the season but new productions will be introduced too, which will be
adapted for the repertoire of the autumn season of the partner institutions.
Among others, Dante‟s Divine Comedy will be performed by the cooperation of three
ballet companies from the country.
Transit – an urban therapy action series
Date: 2010 Fall
Venue: Public spaces of Pécs
Organised by: Krétakör Theatre
An enterprise of the Krétakör Theatre and several artists working around it, this
project has already been tried and tested with great success in Budapest. There will
be a four to six week-long action series implemented under the 2010 ECoC
programme using different artistic tools which have been further developed and
adapted to Pécs and which can involve local artists and civilians alike. Escape art as
a method ensures that the presented artistic productions are not merely viewed from
the outside but they should be able to be integrated into the life experience of the
local people and continue to be useful experiences even after the end of the
The essence of the programme is to transubstantiate the different community spaces
by different means of expression used by various branches of art. Instead of the
usual festival structure based on themes and genres, the organisers offer a unique,
one-off series of events spread out in time and space.
The city does not simply act as a home to the productions but also inspires them.
Some of these will be created specifically for Pécs, while others will be selected in a
way that they can revive the given medium.
The productions will be organised into a whole in line with the chain of ideas worked
out by Árpád Schilling and the Krétakör Theatre. They will offer an opportunity to the
locals for continuous play and hard thinking.
The series of artistic actions called Escape Artist, which is the main part of the
project, will create open forms with local civilians, students and creative communities,
thereby providing an opportunity for active participation in addition to traditional views
Transit will involve the people of the city by word of mouth. It will use easily
accessible (free or cheap), easy to understand and popular forms and go out to meet
the audience. This is how particular productions can become family programmes
accessible to a wide range of people and able to address every generation.
Transit intends to persuade the people of the city to stare in wide-eyed wonder at
their city, at its residents and their own situation; to recognise that in fact we are all
just passing through.
BORDERLESS CITY – BORDERLESS THEATRE
Date: all through the year
Venue: Third Theatre of Pécs, Chamber Theatre
Organised by: Third theatre of Pécs
The Borderless City – Borderless Theatre is an event series that started as a citizen
initiative in Pécs in 2008. It aims to present high quality Hungarian language
performances from the neighbouring countries to the domestic and international
audiences. Within a long-term cooperation agreement, the event series will provide
ongoing opportunities for Hungarian theatre companies across-the-border to play to
Hungarian audiences, primarily in Pécs, the European Capital of Culture.
As part of the series, two companies will visit Pécs in each theatrical season. Guest
performances will focus around one featured play, which companies will perform four
to five times. Additional programmes will accompany the main performance (special
literary classes at schools, theatre readings, et cetera),and, depending on the
repertoire of the companies, studio performances and individual performances as
Through the performances of the invited guests that exhibit a wider range of different
genres, the event series will provide the local and the international audience with an
insight into the high-quality and valuable work of theatrical companies across the
ECoC PREMIER: GETTHO BY JOSHUA SOBOL
Date: October 2010
Venue: National Theatre of Pécs
Organizer: National Theatre of Pécs
The play takes place in the ghetto of Vilnius in 1944. The author writes about the play
“For many Israeli Jews in my generation the Jewish genocide is a frightening and
revolting, noli me tangere (do not touch me) topic. Instinctively, I also turned my back
on it. As a matter of fact, I kept clear of it, like I do with things and questions that
haunt me and which suddenly hit me one day… Everything started when one of my
friends suggested I should write a short script about the activity of the Jewish youth
organisations which were active in Europe during World War II. I started reading
some books about this topic and I was inclined to conclude that the whole issue was
over-exposed. Then suddenly, I came across this slogan in connection with the
ghetto in Vilnius: “No theatre is a cemetery.” So, there must have been a theatre in
the ghetto of Vilnius, a theatre which – as shown by the slogan – did what every
theatre always has to do: defy reality, confront conventional taste, provoke hypocrisy,
a place that turnes the forbidden game, which is irresistible, because it is forbidden –
the fool is the one that is not hidden deep inside the wise man –, into theatre in the
The music for the production will be composed by Ferenc Jávori.
Dance Marathon – International Youth Meeting and Folk Workshop
Date: 25 April – 2 May 2010
Venue: Streets and squares in the city centre, Assembly Hall of the Nagy Lajos
Grammar School, elementary and secondary schools
Organised by: Hagyománytár Foundation, Pécs Cultural Centre
The Pécs Dance Marathon is a folk event that offers a special opportunity to young
people on the occasion of the World Day of Dance to learn more about and also, to
experience the European traditions of dance and the branches of folk art related to it.
For this very reason, the programme will mostly be built on interactive “folk
workshops” that can help the audience learn more about the intellectual heritage
represented by the participating national and international artists while, at the same
time, being actively involved. In addition, several other events will be taking place in
the streets and squares of the city, filling them with a special atmosphere. The
presentation of the cultural heritage of the Southern Cultural Zone, the Balkans,
Istanbul and other foreign ECoC cities will be given an important role in the
The main part of the Festival will be constituted by events that provide a great
opportunity for young people in Pécs to rediscover the multi-coloured nature of
European dance culture. Under the programme component called “Folk workshop”,
the foreign ensembles will visit elementary and secondary schools where, after a
brief production, they will invite the students to join in. Similar folk workshops will also
take place after the gala shows in the evenings. The programme components of the
Dance Marathon that will also be implemented in public spaces include, “Chain-
Dance” and “Street Music”; where people and foreign tourists passing through the city
centre can also become part of this intercultural exchange.
Participants: Üftuder-Üsküdar Folklor Genclik ve Spor Kulübü – Istanbul, Turkey;
Doina Timisului Folklore Ensemble – Temesvár (Timisoara), Romania; Hannat &
Heikit Ensemble – Hollola-Lahti, Finland; Guimarães Folk Group – Guimarães,
Portugal, Ilosvai Selymes Péter Folk Ensemble – Nagyida-Kassa (Kosice), Slovakia,
Bartina Dance Ensemble – Szekszárd, Somogy Dance Ensemble – Kaposvár,
Khelipeske Rom – Pécs, Leőwey Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Mecsek Dance Ensemble
– Pécs, Misina Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Tanac Dance Ensemble – Pécs, Berze
Nagy János AMI children’s group – Pécs, Fund Cigány AMI children’s group – Pécs.
ECoC Premier: DANTE: DIVINE COMEDY
First-night ballet performance with the collaboration of three ballet companies
in the country
Date: 25-26 June 2010 in Pécs
Venue: Open Air Stage, Pécs, Open Air Stage, Szeged, ETO Stadium, Győr
Organised by: Pécs Ballet Company, Szeged Contemporary Ballet Company and
Győr Ballet Company
Dante‟s work is one of the foundations of European culture; a grand, comprehensive
piece that paved the way for the Europe of the modern age - a monumental vision of
man in search of his own self and happiness.
Everybody knows something about the Divine Comedy, it is part and parcel of our
common cultural consciousness, yet very few can say that they really know it. It is
time for this grand European mystic journey to come to life on stage. Our century is
the visual age and Dante‟s work can best be interpreted in terms of the film-like
visions described by him. These images can, with incredible richness, make palpable
the human-centred, and overly earthly interpretation of Christian salvation from which
the entire European culture evolved throughout the centuries. Dante‟s pictures are
modern. No film made with computerised animation can be a match for it. The
authors intended to create a unique visual world in a large-scale production that
mixes elements of dance, music and spectacle theatre.
This production, which is a novelty in the world for several reasons, may be an
outstanding event in the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture programme. On the
one hand, the Divine Comedy has never been put on a dance stage. On the other,
the cooperation between the Pécs Ballet Company, the Győr Ballet Company and
the Szeged Contemporary Ballet Company – three companies which operate in the
country outside Budapest – is not only an novel initiative but also a symbolic gesture
which demonstrates that cities other than Budapest are capable of implementing
significant cultural enterprises.
The director of the production involving some 70 dancers will be Tamás Jurinics, a
Kossuth Prize holder. The sets will be designed by Kentaur and the costumes by
Fruzsina Nagy, while the libretto will be the work of András Almási-Tóth. The three
movements will be made by three different choreographers. Movement one will be
choreographed by Tamás Juronics, the second one by Balázs Vincze and the third
one by a Spanish choreographer, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. This large-scale
collaboration will be a truly festive event in the Hungarian art of dance.
This unique tripartite production follows the intellectual journey of a man using three
different theatrical languages, while it also gives an encyclopaedic summary of the
entirety of European culture.
4th Pécs International Dance Festival
Date: 21-26 September, 2010
Venue: National Theatre of Pécs, Chamber Theatre
Organised by: The Ballet Foundation of Pécs
In September 2007, the Ballet Theatre of Pécs launched a new programme in
connection with the upcoming festivities: the International Dance Meeting of Pécs.
The mission of the Meeting is to spread appreciation for the various forms of dance
by inviting Hungarian and international groups and promoting cooperation between
them. The aim of the International Dance Meeting of Pécs is to show to the citizens of
Pécs and its guests the varied dance culture of the city without borders and the
multitude of colours of dance as an international art form.
The general concept of the Dance Meeting is based on the cultural strategy of the
winning proposal, Borderless City - European Capital of Culture - Pécs 2010. When
finalizing the programme of the dance meetings, the organizers were not thinking in
terms of independent festivals but of an integrated series of programs, which include
not only shows by various ensembles from 2007 to 2010 but also an expansion of
artistic styles, varied themes and the realization of artistic concepts.
The Festival has two main goals: on the one hand, it aims to enrich the local
audience by offering a view into the world of the dance arts; and on the other, to
create independent productions by participating in international co-productions. One
such realisation of these goals is the cooperation with József Nagy (Josef Nadj), the
world famous director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d‟Orléans that started
in 2007. As a result of this cooperation, a show was produced in 2008 in Pécs, and
now in 2010, as part of the Dance Meeting, a brand new piece will be produced with
the participation of Hungarian, Serbian and French artists, sponsored by European
Capital of Culture programs.
The programme will present major personalities of Hungarian dance as well as
members of famed international groups. This programme may seem a bit eclectic at
first sight but only because in a city the size of Pécs the Festival tries to present
many different forms of dance because there is no other opportunity to see so many
quality dance productions concurrently. The main direction is modern ballet and
contemporary dance but the programme will also include groups performing
traditional dances. Following the great success of the 2008 show, a dance production
will be dedicated to children as well. Planned performers, among others, include:
Toneelhuis / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (B), Station Zuid (NL), Hiroaki Umeda (J), Maribor
Ballet (SLO), Frenák Pál Company (H-F) etc.
Through the International Dance Meeting of Pécs, the city can become a major
regional dance centre by 2010. We will do our upmost to maintain that momentum
and to continue the project for many years to come as well.
ECoC PREMIER: PÁL FRENÁK COMPANY: ACROSS
Date: 21-26 September 2010 (as part of the International Dance Festival)
InTime, whose premier was in 2008, pointed out the strong physical dimension of
personal relationships, and its structure was inspired by the eroticism inherent in it.
The play planned for 2010, entitled ACROSS, is in some sense the continuation of
this work. However, the new play is more about the self-projection and reflections of
personal relationships. In this play Frenák, with the help of wonderful dancers, leads
us into a labyrinth where he draws a parallel between the cultural and intellectual
heritage of different generations through an encounter and raises the eternal
question: What is the process of human life? How do the individual and the society
tolerate change? How do they accept evanescence? These questions are especially
important in a society in which the process of ageing is a negative element which
should be outlawed. Frenák tries to show the beauty of different generations, and to
achieve his goal, he invites wonderful elderly artists like Dóra Uhrik, Pál Lovas or
Katalin Lőrinc, and many more, including the members of his own dance company
and other dancers from Pécs. This is how he wants to transmit his conviction and
experience about time passing away in the human body. The pure, clear space of the
production is like a “waiting-room, a transfer in a train station or airport, or a heavenly
crossing point where human beings just flit through.
ECC PREMIER: JOSEF NADJ PRODUCTION:
THE DAY AFTER
Date: 21-26 September 2010 (as part of the International Dance Festival)
Organiser: Josef Nadj Regional Creative Workshop, Magyarkanizsa (Kanjiza),
In addition to waiting, motionlessness is the womb of something new coming to life. It
is the womb of cosmic silence.
The dancers cover up their face with their own hands or wear masks and bags on
their heads. This a faceless, underlying world, which exists right before the
impersonal. The chaos of the Hell can still be heard, but a new, pure world is being
born, a renewed civilisation. Diversity, the mixture of colours, all the symptoms of
decay that repeatedly flash through/from behind the scenery, are already boring. The
world of the past is mediocre and ridiculous. But it does not hurt any more. Pain is
over, because we are living through the great moment of silent, peaceful birth. This
cosmic perspective is reflected in the scenery, the costumes and the music alike. The
opening spaces lead the spectators deeper and deeper into the inner layers of
The cosmology of József Nagy at the same time is the self-definition of our world. It
has the same attitude to objects, people and the world. Everything is measured
through our culture, through the filter of thousands of years. Afterwards!
Contributors: József Nagy – dance (Serbia / France),
Péter Gemza – dance (Hungary), Ivan Fatjo – dance
(Costa Rica), Sophie Lancelotte – dance (France), Cecile
Loyer – dance (France), Dénes Döbrei – dance (Serbia),
Tamás Bakó – dance (Hungary).
CENTRAL-EUROPEAN DANCE PLATFORM
Date: 25-28 November 2010
Place: National Theatre of Pécs, Chamber Theatre
Organiser: Pro Progressione Ltd.
The dance platform is a widespread and popular form of building international
relations in the international dance movement. The primary aim of organising dance
platforms is to introduce the artists performing in these programmes to the
professionals of international dance art, thereby creating and opportunity for them to
organise international appearances and to receive invitations to perform. In recent
years several similar events took place in Hungary, like the IETM meeting in 2004 or
DunapArt in 2008, both held in Budapest. This is the first time that an event similar to
the previously mentioned two is held outside the capital. The aim of the Dance
Platform, which will take place between 25 and 28 of November 2010 hosting
dancers from four different countries, is to entice the best contemporary European
artists and art professionals to Pécs, thereby creating an opportunity for institutions
(host venues), artistic groups and individual artists in Pécs to establish prospective
cooperation with foreign performers and professionals, while the local public can get
a comprehensive picture of the most recent productions of contemporary artists
working in the neighbouring countries. The invited guests of the Dance Platform will
come from Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia. According to current
plans, the artists from each country will present three or four pieces to the general
audience and the foreign professionals, which will add up to a total of 18
performances. Through the four performances shown every day the audience will get
a comprehensive picture about the general trends and the achievements of the art of
dancing in the neighbouring countries within a relatively short period of time, and will
also have a chance to get acquainted with the professionals and performing artists of
the host country.
Using EU resources, the organisers wish to include the following countries in the
programme: Slovenia – FLOTA Festival, Murska Sobota; Croatia – Dance Week
Zagreb; Serbia – Dom omladine, Belgrade; Romania – Project DCM Cultural
Foundation, Bucharest. According the plans, every country will nominate six
companies/performances each, and the international jury, delegated by the five
countries, will compile the final programme out of these nominations.
2nd CINEPÉCS International Film Fest
Date: 24-31. October 2010
Venue: Urania Movie Theatre, Apollo Movie Theatre, Dominican House, House of
Organised by: Cultural Innovation Competence Centre Association
The CinePécs – Pécs International Film Fest is the development of the Moveast –
South East European Debuting Film Makers‟ Festival, which has been successfully
taking place for years. In 2010, the programme of the Festival will be widened: the
aim of this widening is to provide a home for new genres and topics and to address a
broader audience. For this reason, the Festival will be divided into several sections.
The different showing venues and the programmes organised around them will be
about diverse topics and will address different audiences. In the promotion of the
Festival, great emphasis will be laid on the addressing of different target groups.
The professional participants of the Festival will primarily be Hungarian directors and
producers making their first films, as well as first movie directors and producers from
the EU region.
One of the priorities of the broadened Festival will be film music. Its aim is to give a
new start to Hungarian film music development and, in the long-run, to develop Pécs
into a centre of film music. The orchestra of the region, the Pannon Philharmonics, is
partner to this endeavour. The studio technology of the concert hall to be built for the
ECoC has been devised in this spirit.
One of the main intentions of the organiser of the Festival, the CICC Association, is
the development and support of the cultural industry of the city. One aim of the Film
Festival is to instigate this special segment of the cultural industry; the film industry
and the creative branches of industry connected to it.
In 2010, the film art of the two other capitals of culture, the Ruhr Region and Perm,
will also be present at the Festival in the framework of the thematic blocks of the
Turkish Film Week – our guest will be Istanbul - and the German Film Week – where
our guest will be Essen and the Ruhr Region. The film foundations working in the two
cities will receive an invitation to participate in the organisation of both film weeks.
The Turkish Film Week will mostly present recent Hungarian – Turkish co-
productions to the audience. While the German Film Week wishes to found closer
cooperation in the future by reviving the common characteristics of the past.
BAUHAUS MOVI(E)ING MODERN (XPORT)
Date: October 2010
Place: Bauhaus exhibition
The aim of this film project is to present the Bauhaus architecture of Pécs on the
screen and in the form of architectural tours. On the one hand, the films will introduce
the architects of the Bauhaus school who were born in Pécs, and on the other hand,
to explore the modernism of Pécs and finally, to show the connection between the
classical modern and the contemporary architecture of Pécs. The project will be
joined with the large scale Bauhaus exhibition and will be supported professionally by
the Hungarian Association of Architects.
Pécs Literature Festival
Date: 11–14 May 2010
Venue: The House of Arts and Literature, Jókai Square, Theatre Square, Széchenyi
Square, Szent István Square, Traffik café
Organised by: The House of Arts and Literature, Jelenkor Foundation
Launched in 2009, the Festival continues to see as its major objective in 2010 that
contemporary Hungarian literature is actively present in the city for four days and can
be enjoyed by anybody.
The series of programmes includes components targeting a professional audience –
made up of people with a special interest in literature – by round-table talks,
conferences and book shows; but also, recitals by authors may generate a much
wider interest. Workshops mobilising young people as well as programmes
specifically meant for children will also serve to broaden participation. In order to
reach a broad ranging audience, the Festival will move out from its centre in the
House of Arts and Literature in 2010 and settle itself down in the streets, squares,
public institutions, cafés and shopping centres.
The core professional part of the Festival is represented by a separate programme of
the Jelenkor Foundation, the international meeting and cooperation of literary
journals called “Review within Review.” The Publisher of the journal Jelenkor (Our
Age), the Jelenkor Foundation, participates in international cooperation among
literary journals. This programme of cooperation was initiated by the journal
Apokalipsa, which is published in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is one of the most popular
contemporary cultural journals. By now, a dozen or so Central European journals
have presented themselves to one another‟s readers in the readers own language.
The participants include Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, Slovakian, Austrian, Polish,
Lithuanian Macedonian and Montenegrin journals. Hungary is represented by
Jelenkor. The participating journals give a review of the literature of the other
countries by publishing a selection of articles and organise presentations at various
literary festivals in these journals.
The participants of the international literary meeting “Review within review”,
scheduled for May 2010 in Pécs, will be selected from the authors of the partner
countries. The lectures of the meeting will discuss Central European and South-
Central European literary and cultural topics, works and authors. The focus will be on
the similarities and common points among the different literatures and national
In addition to the lectures, the meeting will be enriched by recitals with the
participation of prominent representatives of foreign and national authors. The list of
planned participants includes, among others: Péter Nádas, Péter Esterházy, Imre
Kertész, György Konrád from Hungary and Mirko Kovać, Dubravka Ugresić, Miljenko
Jergović and Elfriede Jelinek from abroad. The literary programmes will be
accompanied by art exhibitions and world music productions drawing from Balkan
and Hungarian folk music.
Focal points of the Festival programme: exhibition of photos of the author Péter
Nádas; literary recitals in public spaces, on buses and in public institutions; book
shows and round-table talks related to them.
There will be programmes specifically designed for children: an exhibition of
illustrations for children‟s books (Boglárka Paulovkin); recitals from children‟s
literature at the permanent external venue; a playhouse for musical and artistic
activities and puppet theatre shows at the permanent external venue. In addition,
there will also be programmes targeting the young generation: a drama workshop
working with contemporary literary works and author recitals in cafés and external
Date: Summer 2010
Venues: bus stops in Pécs and in the neighbouring cities and villages
Organised by: The House of Arts and Literature
The programme called CultStop has been organised for several years now with a
different theme each year. The essence of the event is that several citylight and other
surfaces in designated bus stops, essentially meant for advertisements, are offered
to artists in the form of a restricted tender; and the winners can post high-quality
advertisement posters. These posters will make up the material of an exhibition
which the people in Pécs can view in June 2010 along the busiest bus routes of the
city and at bus stops in the neighbouring cities and villages.
The central theme of the 2010 tender will be related to the Balkans. This will provide
an opportunity, among other things, to extend the project over the national borders,
offering a chance for cooperation to the partner cities and organisations of the
Southern Cultural Zone. The “CultStop” will be able to show how similarly or, for that
matter, how differently we see Balkan culture and the cultural values of the Balkans.
There will be a design exhibition in the courtyard of the House of Arts and Literature
during the exhibition. This will serve as a central programme venue. There will also
be a retro poster exhibition and a poster drawing workshop in the House of Arts and
Literature headed by leading artists. In collaboration with the Communication
Department of the University of Pécs, university and secondary school students will
be offered a special course on the poster as a means of communication.
II. WORLD HAIKU CONFERENCE
Date: 6-8. August 2010.
Organized by: Hungary – Japan Friendship Society
This conference is meant to bring together poets from different nations who use the
well-known form of Japanese poetry, the haiku in their poems. The first world haiku
conference took place in Japan. During the conference, visitors will also have a
chance to see a haiku exhibition in connection with the 2010 ECoC programmes.
Writers in Residence Programme
Date: November – December 2010
Organized by: House of Arts and Literature
The Writers in Residence scholarship opportunity for European (and Hungarian)
writers was one of the first programmes of the Europe Capital of Culture - Pécs 2010
project. This programme has been operating with great success ever since it was
An individual donated a 40m2 downtown apartment to the cause in 2006, and it is
now available for guests. As part of the programme launched in September 2007 and
based on the decision of the curatorium, writers are invited to spend one month in
Pécs. Apart from their own writing, the guests also write a Pécs Napló (Pécs Diary).
The following writers have participated in the programme since September 2007:
Florina Ilis (Romania), Esad Babacic (Slovenia), Raoul Biltgen (Luxembourg), Nelly
Bekus (Belorussia), Ottó Tolnai (Serbia / Hungary), Ostap Nozhak (Ukraine),
Neslihan Acu (Turkey), Mihkel Mutt (Estonai), Primoz and Stanka Repar (Slovenia),
Bosco Krstic (Serbia), Donald Niedekker (the Netherlands). In the remaining months
of 2009 László Deák (Hungary), Alexandr Mehlikov (Russia), Lajos Grendel (Slovakia
/ Hungary), Chris Chrissoupolus (Greece), Milena Oda (Czech Republic) and Pietro
Spirito (Italy) will all spend some time in Pécs.
Resident writers will be staying in Pécs until the end of the first half of 2010. An
anthology of their writings will be published, which will be presented in the presence
of several of them in the fall of 2010, in October or November.
Balkan Balcony Special Section
in Élet és Irodalom
Date: all through the year
Organized by: Jelenkor Publishing House
Balkan Balcony – Special Southeast European supplement published in the weekly
literary journal Élet és Irodalom (Life and Literature) once a month on four pages:
literature, essays, cultural news and events, including news and events of the region
related to the European Capital of Culture event programme in Pécs. This special
supplement will be based on the book series “Balkan Balcony” published by the
Jelenkor Publishing House, whose purpose is to present the contemporary literary
values of the Sothern Cultural Zone by publishing carefully prepared texts in high
SCIENCE DAYS WITH FLOWERING ALMOND TREES
CULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY
Date: 3-5 March, 2010.
Venue: University of Pécs
Organized by: University of Pécs
The Science Days with Flowering Almond Trees is a topic and research-based forum
within the University of Pécs, a series of international interdisciplinary mini-
conferences presenting the most recent scientific results, which is an excellent
opportunity for cooperation and synergy. The event is unique in that it belongs solely
to the University of Pécs and to the city of Pécs. It is scheduled to take place at a
time (beginning of March) when numerous almond trees in the Transdanubian region
are in full bloom.
The conference is built up of several mini-conferences dealing with topics such as
sustainability, culture and cultural heritage. Each subtopic is selected by a
professional board directed by am invited guest and an expert delegated by the
University of Pécs. The selected topics are discussed in one-day mini-conferences
with 7-9 presentations, and include various disciplinary fields. On each day, a
prominent, internationally well-known scholar, artist or media personality delivers a
Pécs- Novi Sad- Zagreb: student cultural festival
There will be a national press conference on the opening day of the programme
where the most important developments of the University will be introduced. The, on
each of the remaining days, special programmes will be offered to the media in a
separate media room.
Conference on “The Future of Europe and the Culture of the Future”
Date: 5 – 8 May, 2010
Venue: Youth House of Pécs
Organised by: The Cultural and Touristic Centre of Baranya County, The
Foundation for Hungarians across the Border
“The Future of Europe, the Culture of the Future” conference will be organised for the
ninth time in 2010. Every year, the conference examines the current European
The conference will look back to the previous decade. UNESCO devoted the period
between 2000 and 2010 to the culture of peace. In 1998 Pécs won the UNESCO
Cities for Peace Prize and thus, the topic of peace and tolerance is especially
important for Pécs. The European Union has declared 2010 the European year for
the fight against poverty and social segregation. Pécs is a multinational city.
Therefore, using its own experiences as well as those of others, Pécs will hold a
session for the discussion of the situation of minorities, equal opportunity, the
chances of success and the possibilities inherent in the situation of minority groups.
On the 5th of May, a meeting will be held between Hungarian representatives of the
Carpathian Basin and leaders of civil organisations organised by the Foundation for
Hungarians across the Border.
The organisers of the conference put great emphasis on one of the basic ideas of the
European Capital of Culture programme, the possibility of forming the Southern
Cultural Zone – the virtual cultural region stretching across the border. In this spirit,
they cooperate with cultural organisations in Croatia, Slovenia, the Vajdaság
(Voivodina) and Romania.
Regional Sciences Association – Conference on International Regional
Date: 27–28 May, 2010
Venue: University of Pécs
Organisers: Hungarian Association of Regional Sciences, Pécs; Hungarian
Academy of Sciences, Regional Research Centre, Pécs; University of Pécs, Faculty
of Economics; International Regional Sciences Association
In 2010, the International Regional Sciences Association will bring its international
regional sciences conference to Pécs. This was made possible by the fact that the
EKK (Centre for European Research) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has
been conducting research since the beginning of this decade. The Centre also
played an important role in the preparation of the ECoC application. Participants will
include the representatives of the national sections of thirty five countries. The
conference will provide an opportunity to review best practices in regional
development in Western and Eastern Europe and will discuss future possibilities and
trends of regional development. Several renowned authorities on the subject will
attend the conference through the RSA. The organisers expect to have some five
13th European Mining – Metallurgy Meeting
Date: 27–30 May, 2010
Organised by: National Hungarian Association of Mining and Metallurgy, Federation
of Technical and Scientific Societies in Baranya County (MTESZ)
The one hundred and sixteen year-old National Hungarian Association of Mining and
Metallurgy (OMBKE) contacted the European Federation of Mining and Metallurgy
Associations and suggested that the 13th European Mining and Metallurgy Meeting
should be held in Pécs in 2010 as part of the European Capital of Culture
programme; and also joined by the 8th Hungarian Miners-Metalworkers-Foresters
Meeting. The Association has managed to win the right to organise the conference.
These meetings are generally attended by some two to three thousand miners,
metallurgical engineers and technicians and members of traditional organisations
(miner orchestras). The miner orchestras of the host country and foreign guests, as
well as different folk ensembles, will be performing outdoors and in the central hall (or
tent) of the event during the meeting. The main event of the meeting is a spectacular
festive parade with the participants marching through the centre of the city in their
uniforms in close formation with their own flags. The participants will come together in
the main square where the leaders of the host country will tie a memorial ribbon on to
An international conference is also planned to take place concurrently with the
Meeting on the role of European mining and metallurgy in sustainable development.
In collaboration with the Trade Union Federation of Mining Workers, the Meeting will
also host the national festival of traditional orchestras.
Held jointly with the Meeting, the National Forestry Association will familiarise
interested participants with the environment protection sites of the region. The
organisers also plan to hold an international mineral exhibition and market in
collaboration with the Hungarian Geological Society.
Bridges Pécs 2010 – European Capital of Culture World Conference:
MATHEMATICS, MUSIC, ART, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE
Date: 24-28 July, 2010
Organised by: Pécs Cultural Centre
Venues: National Theatre of Pécs, Dominican House, Theatre Square, Sétatér
(Promenade Square) etc.
The “Bridges World Conference – Mathematical connection between art, science and
culture” is held in a different city every year and is attended by mathematicians of the
leading universities of the world, artists, teachers, musicians, computer experts,
sculptors, dancers, educators and representatives of companies developing
pedagogical tools; altogether more than 300 persons. The aim of the conference is to
present the interdisciplinary connection points, the so-called "bridges”, and to
popularize them among the wider audience through interesting programmes. The
Pécs – Ars Geometrica event, held since 2007 with growing popularity, was the
predecessor of the conference. The 13th Bridges World Conference of Pécs, to be
held in 2010, will be the first in the Eastern Hemisphere. It will present a unique
opportunity for the scientists, artists, educators and students of the country and the
Southern Cultural Zone to strengthen their professional ties and to present their
international professional contacts and activities.
The conference will be made up of lectures and workshops held in plenary and
parallel sessions. Work by the participants of the Bridges event will be on public
display. A full-day excursion organized for the participants, introducing topical sights
of the region will also be part of the programme. An event series to be held in
Budapest, organized by sister organizations (International Symmetry Association,
International Kepes Society, Pécs University Art Faculty), is also planned, as well as
an international symposium for light artists in Pécs, and many other events as well.
Ancillary events: Bridges Family Day
The structure of the event also provides an opportunity to share the scientific and
artistic problems being discussed at the meeting with the “man in the street”, the
public. Conference presenters will prepare events, games and shows at open-air
locations, to which the members of the public are welcome. The exhibition displaying
the works of artists arriving at the conference will be open to the public, and will be
entitled “Art in progress”. The public can also look into the creative processes of an
artist and, during the conference, concerts will be held accompanied by a series of
multimedia presentations. The Bridges Family Day, which will form part of the
event, will present opportunities to visitors of all ages to participate in various games
related to the theme of the conference. Visitors will have the opportunity to solve a
puzzle based on a geometric shape, a tool called zome (which is similar to the
Hungarian “Babylon" game) and the creation of eye-catching forms made of
geometric models. Children and youth will be attracted by easy to understand and
funny popular science presentations by scientists and artists participating at the
POPULAR MUSIC MEETING AND CONFERENCE
Date: beginning of October, 2010
This is meant to be a weekend-long popular music meeting and conference, which
will try to position local clubs on the one hand, and it will also highlight the ups and
downs of the Hungarian popular and rock music scene with special regard to young
talents and their musical education.
The goal of the conference: to organise a professional forum where civil
organisations and cultural institutions that support Hungarian contemporary popular
music and Hungarian bands can meet; to bring together experts active in the search
for talents and in high ability education; to create an opportunity for professional
cooperation; to plan and launch joint projects; to provide information on and jointly
make the best of tender opportunities; to widen media relations.
Topics: workshops in Pécs and their results; national examples, sample projects,
introduction of talent scouts; international projects and relations; questions and
answers on high ability education: “Why is it important?” “How does it work?” “How
Invited speakers: influential representatives of organizations and institutions that
have a strong influence on the profession.
Invited organizations: cultural and educational institutions, civil organizations, festival
organizers and cultural managers that play a significant role in developing the search
for young talents.
Fringe programmes (open to the general public): the Top Talent Scout of the
conference, concerts presented by guest musicians, parties in several locations of
the city, concerts by top bands involved in the sample project. The event can be
harmonized with the national event called “Hangfoglalás” (Conquering Sound).
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“EXPANDING EUROPE” – JUBILEE PROGRAMME SERIES AND PRESIDENT’S
Date: 12-14 October, 2010
Venue: University of Pécs
Organizer: University of Pécs, Department of Marketing
The aim of the conference is to deepen the cooperation between Southeast
European and Russian universities by providing a special platform to build
connections between the two major university networks of Europe.
ECoC University Network (UNeECC) and the Compostella
Conference of the University Network
ECoC 25 Jubilee Event
“ARCHITECTURE AND CONTEXT” PROGRAMME SEIRES
Date: Autumn 2010
Organised by: Chamber of Architects of South Transdanubia
The project highlights architecture, its borderline areas and its various artistic forms.
The theme of the conference and the related actions align with the original vision of
the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture tender. It aims to reflect on the new
architectural challenges related to the European Capital of Culture investments in
Pécs. The programmes concentrate on the social, economic, scientific and artistic
practices which have, according to modern urban development strategists, direct
impact on architecture and the built environment.
Architecture does not only intend to be the object of the events but will also be a
certain view point: the position from which the meaning of the architectural object
becomes more accessible; where – an often autonomous – built object gains
meaning in a wider context.
The event series organized by the Chamber of Architects of South Transdanubia
intends to build a network of local, domestic and international partners, thereby
making the individual programme elements part of a system of greater efficiency.
Current urban development theories and their international practice will gain primary
importance at the artistic and architectural workshops, conferences and symposia of
the project, as well as the socio-cultural relationships of architectural projects
involving public spaces. The main themes include: displaying art in public spaces,
possible connections between art forms and architectural practice based on an
interdisciplinary approach. The results of the theoretical works will become apparent
to the public through projects in both public areas and indoor spaces.
Cultural Cities Net 2010 – “One takes everybody else along”
Venue: Pécs, Budapest, Miskolc
Organised by: Pécs2010 Management Centre
In 2004, a pioneering initiative was launched by the Hungarian and German cities
competing for the European Capital of Culture project: they organized regular
meetings, where they discussed the most important general issues and exchanged
The cities quickly recognized opportunities for long-term cooperation and also, that
the cooperation could serve as a model for future cultural capitals. They agreed that
whoever wins the title, the cooperation will continue.
Apart from the meetings, both the Hungarian and the German cities met at a national
level as well. The cooperation of German cities runs under the title “National Heroes”
and the network of Hungarian applicants under the name “One takes everybody else
In the “One takes everybody else along” project, all eleven former applicants
(Budapest, Debrecen, Eger, Győr, Kaposvár, Kecskemét, Miskolc, Sopron,
Székesfehérvár, Veszprém and Pécs) participate. These cities will have at least one
event listed as part of the European Capital of Culture programme, and they also
initiated cooperation in culture, tourism and communications as well. These initiatives
emphasize Pécs‟s efforts to decentralize and to create a sustainable network. To
strengthen the decentralization process and to encourage an active role for Miskolc,
which came second in the tender for the European Capital of Culture, the city of Pécs
and the “Deutsche Vereinigung der European Cultural Foundation” has asked
Miskolc to be the coordinator of this network.
At the thematic conferences of the network, the Hungarian cities meet several times
a year; and, once a year, both the Hungarian and German cities meet to discuss
issues of common interest.
THE CITY AND ITS CITIZENS
THE CITY AND ITS CITIZENS THEME APPEARS IN THE PROGRAMME IN
THREE DIFFERENT FORMS:
programmes meant to involve and mobilise the public and non-governmental
organizations; PR campaigns which promote the events among local citizens and
encourage them to make these events their own so they can be personally involved
in the success of the Pécs2010 ECoC programme.
For each European Capital of Culture event, if possible:
Targeted supplementary programmes for:
- children, parents with children (nanny service, activities, playhouses)
- people with disabilities (involvement of volunteer staff, making venues
Communication, targeted messages to families with children and to
The programme booklets and other means of communication it should clerarly
indicate if the programme venues are accessible by wheelchair and if there are
special supplementary programmes; “Children-friendly” programmes and venues
should be highlighted.
As part of the program, citizens of Pécs will be asked to go out and plant flowers,
bushes and plants. People can join the campaign as volunteers. Gardening
strengthens the local pride of the citizens of Pécs, and public spaces will become
Citizens can write short stories on pre-fabricated tables in front of their houses. Who
lived in the house; why is he/she famous; why is the property special. As a result of
the campaign, a simple walk becomes an event. Tourists will be drawn into the city
and its citizens and local residents will also learn more about their surroundings.
Volunteers gather in the centre of Pécs at a designated place. Those interested may
join the volunteer guide, who will present, over the course of an hour, places of
In the past, citizens have placed “love locks” at various places in Pécs. As part of the
Pécs - European Capital of Culture event series campaign, we will popularize this
tradition and highlight it in the press.
Instead of taking people to the library, as part of this program, the books will be taken
to public spaces, cafes, parks and streets. The selected locations, readings and other
programmes will strengthen the community feeling of an activity which is basically
In South Transdanubia, there are six significant and one less significant historic
castles that are open to the public: Pécsvárad, Szigetvár, Siklós, Dunaföldvár,
Simontornya, Ozora, and Magyaregregy. As part of the European Capital of Culture
programs, we would like to promote castle tours; an activity which is popular with
Hungarians and foreigners alike. Castle tours can be promoted in four different ways:
cultural events and festivals; half-day and full-day castle tours; gastronomy programs,
including local wine producers; and bicycle tours.
FÊTE DES VOISINS
Date: 25 May 2010
Organised by: the citizens of Pécs and Hungarofest Non-profit Ltd.
The goal of this initiative launched in Paris in 1999 with ten thousand participants is
to bring people living in the same residential community closer to one another. Since
2004, the event has been organised in over one hundred and fifty European cities as
well as in Canada, Turkey and Azerbaijan as part of the European Neighbour‟s Day.
By involving civil organisations and residential communities, the organisers put
together entertaining programmes that break the isolation of residents in large cities
and make them realise that they should pay attention to others; to their neighbours
too. In this way, they can promote social cooperation and personal contact, while the
sense of community and the use and function of community spaces can gain new
meaning. The essence of this event is that on this day four or five neighbouring
families go out to a nearby square or park or come together in one of their homes
and cook together, sit by the table and talk.
The Neighbour‟s Day is organised on the last Tuesday of May every year, which was
May the 26th in 2009. This was the tenth time that the event was held. With
participants from twenty nine countries, twenty three of which were European, more
than nine million people participated in the event.
In 2009 the focus was on children both in the preparatory phase of the programme
and in the actual programme itself. In cooperation with the Nestlé Foundation, the
organisers invented a “children‟s table” so kids can also take their part in the event. A
booklet containing cooking tips, downloadable from the Internet, had been prepared
which called the attention of adults to the need to make foods that facilitate the
healthy development of their children.
According to current plans, the Neighbour‟s Day will be brought to Hungary - to Pécs
- in 2010, and in the spirit of the principle “one takes everybody else along” all the
other applicant cities will also be involved in the initiative.
THE CITY’S IMAGE: PORTRAITS AND INTERVIEWS FROM PÉCS
Date: 2010, throughout the entire year
Organised by: House of Arts and Literature
The value, the significance and the self-evaluation of a city is influenced by the
personalities that shape trends in style; those who have attained reputation both as
professionals and as individuals in the eyes of their contemporaries. However, the
character of a city is not only shaped by its famous citizens. Often much is added to a
city by its other citizens; people who are known only in their immediate environment.
However, their interesting lives and thoughts still enrich the intellectual character of
So the image of a city is made up of well known and less known people. The goal of
the project is to make interviews with people who the curators of the project deem
interesting. The edited version of the interviews will then be accessible to all through
the web page of the project. The web page will continue to be live even after 2010.
On the one hand, the constantly growing series of interviews will serve as an archive.
On the other hand, an urban “Pantheon” will be created; made up of renowned and
“nameless” people from Pécs alike. The interviews may be taken in private or they
may be open conversations on stage with an audience also present. The venue of
the public conversations will be the House of Arts and Literature.
Members of the project‟s board of trustees: György Konrád, writer, Zoltán Ágoston
(editor-in-chief of the journal Jelenkor), József Havasréti (Department of
Communication, University of Pécs), Eszter Gyuricza (Alexandra Publishers), Tamás
TASTES OF THE REGION
Date: 2010, throughout the entire year
Organised by: Gastro-Artist Association, Pécs
There are very few things which can tell as much about the traditions of a
multinational region as its regional gastronomy. The goal of the project is to identify,
preserve, bequeath and popularise the traditional foods of the region. In addition to
presenting the foods of various nationalities in a traditional way, it is also important to
make them up-to-date, in line with the demands of the age.
The project promoting the survival of local gastronomic values has a double goal. On
the one hand, the preservation of traditional special foods can strengthen the identity
of the region and help make its multicultural nature more visible. While on the other
hand, it can play an important role in increasing the attractive appeal of the region for
The project manager, the Gastro-Artis Association, aims to cultivate and further
develop the traditional cuisine of the region. The results of collected data will be
presented to the audience in gastronomic exhibitions, as well as at the suitable
national and international events of the ECoC.
The project will join the “Essen an der Ruhr – Der Geschmack der Region”
programme which focuses on the gastronomic traditions of the Ruhr Region. Part of
the Ruhr Region project will be a specially designed mobile kitchen vehicle that will
visit different parts of the region and popularise traditional foods. As a result of the
cooperation between the two projects, the traditional foods of South Transdanubia
travel to the Ruhr Region, while, in return, the people in Pécs will have the chance to
taste the traditional foods made over there.
CONQUERING THE CITY – AN OUTDOOR EXHIBITION OF PEOPLE FROM
Date: 2010, throughout the entire year
Organised by: Parti Gallery Artistic Non-profit Ltd.
Since 2000, the Parti Galéria Artistic Non-profit Ltd has produced six exhibitions on
the history of Pécs between 1900 and 2000. The Gallery has decided to rethink this
series of programmes and to organise a series of outdoor exhibitions, open all year
round, whose main goal will be to include the residents of Pécs in planning; whereby,
the entire city can be viewed as working on what may be called a “landscape map”.
On the basis of this concept, the Gallery. calls upon the people living here in Pécs –
the residents of a house, a block of flats or a street – to designate individuals who
have lived their life as role models. The community selected from the applicants will
be expected to submit a document on the basis of which a large, attractive poster will
be made and placed on the given building. The residents of this building undertake to
look after this banner for a period of one year and to welcome anybody interested in
This unique “landscape map” will also include a multilingual publication that includes
visitors and makes them part, as it were, of the present and future of the city.
“MY LAID TABLE –
Date: once a month, 2010-2011
Venue: Pécs – homes of citizens
Once a month the programme will give a chance to the citizens of Pécs to invite one
of the participating actors/artists to share a friendly dinner and chat. Individuals
wishing to participate can register on the program‟s webpage. The main idea of the
series is to share a meal while having informal talks enriched with cultural bits – joint
recitals, music, etc. – with the invited special guests.
The aim of the programme is to get the civil community involved in a unique way as
well as to emphasize the cohesive force of the community through intimate
conversations at a table neatly laid with delicious foods.
STORY SHOP FOR A FAMILY-FRIENDLY ECOC
Date: throughout the year
The goal of the Story Shop is to launch a series of programmes with a permanent
venue which combines the features of playgrounds and children‟s camps and, at the
same time, offers cultural, artistic and creative activities to the youngest generation.
The participants visiting the Story Shop will have a chance to learn about the
recycling technologies that contribute to shaping an environment-conscious attitude
among young people. All in all, the Story Shop will be a specially designed „story
island‟. Its magical appearance will offer an attractive environment to children and will
also make it possible for their parents to attend cultural programmes for adults while
their kids are engaged in exciting activities of their own.
On two or three occasions every week, performing artists will also enrich the
programme of the Story Shop with high-quality music shows, concerts, recitals and
puppet theatre performances. The programme will be operated by local civil
organisations and volunteers.
Pécs, Fünfkirchen, Pečuh… – The space(time) map of a multinational city
Date: 1 March – 30 May 2010
Venue: Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs
Organised by: Directorate of Baranya County Museums
There are many different pictures of the spaces of a city in the mind of its residents.
Obviously, these pictures are subjective; however, some of its parts can draw a
mental map of the city by creating intersections. People attribute special features to
each city quarter or smaller place on the basis of common beliefs. Similarly, visitors
coming to the city also create a different kind of a map in their mind which includes
main points of orientation such as tourist sights, best restaurants and pleasant tourist
The project intends to draw a map for both Pécs‟s own community and for people
who wish to learn more about the city that is novel; knowledge that is sometimes
congruent with previous knowledge but often totally different: the multicultural
“space(time) map” of Pécs.
The travelling exhibition will be based on contemporary photos of spaces and
residents in Pécs. This will be complemented by audio-visual tools containing, on the
one hand, information about the topic of the exhibition and on the other, objects
coming from museum collections which will make the multicultural history of Pécs
tangible. After Pécs ,the exhibition will go to Ulm (15 June – 5 October 2010) and
then to Berlin (1 October – 15 December 2010).
The pieces will not only be exhibited in the exhibition hall but will also appear,
through artistic actions, in the external spaces that they represent.
Partners of the programme:
Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin; Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum Ulm;
Kulturforum Östliches Europa; University of Pécs
European Accents in Perm
Date: March and August 2010
Venue: Perm, Duisburg, Pécs
Organised by: Cultural Innovation Competence Centre Association
Pécs, Duisburg in the Ruhr Region and Perm in Russia are cities of different
character with different traditions and experiences. The aim of the project is to build
sustainable and active partnership between the artists, cultural managers and cultural
institutions of the three cities. The two capitals of culture of 2010, Pécs and the Ruhr
Region, will introduce themselves with their innovative and creative artistic projects in
Perm. During the programme, possibilities will open up for presenting ongoing
projects, exchanging experience and for trainings.
During the eighteen-month project a sustainable network will be built with the
involvement artists from Pécs, Duisburg and Perm. The cultural managers, who
participate in the trainings that will be organised in the framework of the project, will
play a major role in the operation of the network. Through the trainings, the
participants can get acquainted with the best practices used in Pécs and can learn
about the advantages of organisation via networks and of their utilisation.
The project involves artists and cultural managers from Pécs, Duisburg and Perm in
the common work. In March 2010, the Pécs Cultural Innovation Competence Centre
will hold trainings in Perm for the institutions involved in the common project and for
the institutions taking part in the Perm festival. The “European Accents” international
arts festival will be held in Perm in August 2010, where two productions from the
partner cities will be presented beside the host‟s. Eight joint projects will also be
presented in the framework of the festival. In September, the project presentations
shown at the festival will be seen in Pécs and Duisburg.
Virtual Heart – Urban Discovery, St. George’s Day in the Cave
Date: 23 April 2010
Venue: Pécs, Ruhr Region, one performance each
Organised by: Ferenc Martyn Foundation for Free Arts Training
The Virtual Heart – Urban Discovery project started in 2007 with the cooperation of
artists from Pécs and the Ruhr Region. The project draws on the characteristic
themes, motifs, stories and urban legends of the two regions. Hungarian and German
artists jointly work on these and form them into an all-artistic production. The
production creates – with the help of literature, music, the fine arts and dance – an
idiosyncratic, basically improvisational system of ideas. This blending of several
genres and styles provides the possibility for contemporary and even real-time
associations through its freshness to current issues occupying artists and society.
In 2010, one performance will be held in Pécs and one in the Ruhr Region. During
the production in Pécs, the performers will present partly compositions and partly
improvisations. Contemporary poetic works will also be staged. The creation of works
of fine arts will be shown in an unrepeatable way through the use of sand, smoke,
light and water. The venue will be the sinter cave located in the hilly greenbelt of
Pécs, which possesses special acoustical and scenic facilities and thus, ensures an
exciting venue for this unusual, multicultural, all-artistic event.
János Gonda – pianist-composer;
Anita Rieberger, Franciska Stickel, Péter Holoda – dance art students at the Pécs
Arts Grammar and Vocational School;
Their training teacher: Dóra Uhrik – dance artist, Kossuth-Prize winner;
Dániel Szabó – pianist-composer;
Zsuzsa Hágen – dance artist, choreographer;
The teaching staff of the Martyn Ferenc Artistic Free School of the Apáczai Csere
János Education Centre – musical instrument performers, fine artists;
Claudia Lüke – fine artist;
Julian Ribarsky – electro-acoustic music;
Werner Shulze – bassoonist, composer;
Imre Antal – photo artist.
European Festival of University Theatres, Istanbul
Date: 20-30 April, 2010
Organised by: Alternative Theatre Workshop Foundation
This is a festival organised for amateur drama groups of universities in Istanbul. The
aim of the international programme is to strengthen the cooperation among theatres.
Besides enjoying each other‟s performances, the participants will have a chance to
get a deeper insight into the work and culture of the other companies in round-table
During the festival a three-day international symposium will be organized on the topic
of training actors. The project will be enriched with theatrical, dance and open-air
performances, workshops, round-table discussions and banquets. Hungary will be
represented by the Janus University Theatre.
Travel Around the Turkish Crescent
Date: 2 May – 13 June 2010
Venues: House of Arts and Literature, Small Gallery of Pécs, Jakovali Hassan
Mosque, Pasha Gázi Kászim‟s Mosque, Apollo Art Cinema, network of cellars from
the Turkish period, outdoor locations
Organised by: House of Arts and Literature
“Travel around the Turkish Crescent” is a series of events involving all genres of art
launched in 2007 in order to present the culture of Turkey.
The programme will introduce the varied culture of the Balkans – illustrating the
cultural traditions and heritage of Turkey, as well as offering an insight into
contemporary Turkish art with special regard to its multicultural diversity.
The goal is to focus on the points of cultural connection between the two countries
and cities. Pécs has numerous Turkish monuments which can serve as starting
In the final analysis, the programme will present „coexistence‟ in that age, the mutual
cultural influences and their impact that can still be felt even today.
The application document of Istanbul as the “sister capital” of Pécs in 2010 bears the
title of the four elements. To maintain this unity of the four components, the
organisers of the “Travel around the Turkish Crescent” programme also selected four
artistic branches (photography, music, literature and film) which will be used to bring
Turkey closer to Hungarians and refine the perhaps somewhat schematic picture of
this country by means of a montage.
The project will be built on five conceptual pillars: presenting the diverse culture and
religions of the Balkans; focusing on cultural connection points; arousing national and
international interest; and using community spaces in new ways.
By the inclusion of the Turkish monuments, the programme will at the same time
connect them with the artistic and cultural circulatory system of Pécs.
Exploration into the Heart of the Region
Date: April, July 2010
Venue: Gelsenkirchen, Pécs
Organised by: Pécs Youth Centre – Rainbow Playhouse
The project, to be realized in Pécs, Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen, connects to the
Virtual heart – Urban discovery project by artists from Pécs and the Ruhr Region.
The project promotes the artistic activities and mobility of children of Pécs and the
Ruhr Region. It aims to introduce children to the host environment, and to allow them
to express their new experiences in artistic creations with the help of adult artists.
As an important part of the project, participating children should come from families of
varied social and intellectual backgrounds. Therefore, heterogeneous groups will
form where they can meet people they would rarely encounter under average
Through the project, about forty children will have the opportunity in 2010 to visit and
create. Children between the ages of twelve and sixteen will work together in the
spring and summer breaks. They will spend two weeks together. During the
meetings, they will discover the region with the help of Hungarian and German artists
and will search for artistic forms of expression in the various domains of literature,
music, dance and art. They will find the most suitable forms of expression - music,
dance, performance et cetera - which will then serve as the basis of a performance.
The performance will also be available online.
Day of Open Churches – Pécs – Ruhr Region
Date: 9 May, 2010
Venue: Pécs, Ruhr Region
Organised by: Pécs / Sopianae Heritage Non-profit Ltd.
In 198, Pécs was awarded the title of „The City of Peace” by the UNESCO in
recognition of its supportive attitude and tolerance towards minorities during the
Balkan civil war. Based partly on this title and the above mentioned attitude of Pécs,
the „Borderless City” tender proposal had also put extra emphasis on the themes of
peace, openness and cultural diversity. Similarly, the Ruhr Region also attaches
great importance to the topic of coexisting cultures. The joint programme of the two
capitals of culture sends central messages to Europe; the cooperation of the two
cities gets a wide European publicity, positioning both cities through the message of
peace. Throughout the programme various concerts will be organized in the sacred
squares of the cities that represent the various religions in them. The concerts will
mostly build on the traditional and liturgical music of the given church, but
contemporary performances will also take place. The free concerts held
simultaneously in different venues on the same day will give an opportunity to the
international partner cities of the ECoC programme to introduce themselves.
Golden Routes – Intercultural Dialog (2008-2010)
“In the footsteps of Ferenc Liszt”
Date: 24 – 29 May 2010
Organised by: Pécs 2010 Non-profit Ltd.
Istanbul is organising four cultural trips on four different routes. Route 2009 goes
through Pécs, where conferences, exhibitions and concerts will be held with local
The cultural trip that starts in Essen in 2010 will take artists through the Ruhr Region,
the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. The last stop will be Pécs,
where pop and classical concerts will be staged for five days and Turkish art
exhibitions and dance productions will be performed. The theme of the conference to
be held in Pécs is: “Bartók‟s effect on Turkish music.”
International Puppet Theatre Festival, Istanbul
Date: May 2010
Organised by: Pécs International Puppet and Street Theatre Festival Foundation
(Bóbita Puppet Theatre)
The Istanbul-based Kaspariade Puppet Theatre will organize a two-week puppet
festival, workshop and exhibition in May 2010. The Festival will feature various
puppet theatre genres, including shadow, children and adult puppet performances.
According to future plans, the organizers will bring the puppet exhibition and the
Karagöz Puppet Theatre of Istanbul to Pécs for the Adult Puppet World Festival. In
2010, Hungary will be represented by the Bóbita Puppet Theatre of Pécs.
Fest der Kulturen, Karlsruhe
Date: May 2010
Relations between Karlsruhe and Pécs intensified in the application phase of the
European Capital of Culture project. Young student artists of the two cities were in
regular contact, which served as a good basis for the two cities to enhance their
In light of the European Capital of Culture, the traditional Festival of Cultures, held in
Karlsruhe every year, has invited two Hungarian cities, Pécs and Budapest to stage
theatrical, musical and artistic performances.
Street Festival of Istanbul
Date: 11 June – 25 July, 2010
Venue: Istanbul, Bosporus
Istanbul is the only city that connects two continents, as it has always been the
meeting point of trade and different cultures. The aim of this project is to bring as
many different cultures of Europe together in Istanbul in 2010 as possible, and to
give European countries a chance to display their art and culture. Each partner city
will be provided with a separate stage to display their art and culture for two weeks
during the summer of 2010. The six-week long event coincides with the Istanbul Sea
and History Festival and the parade of tall ships.
Each country will be free to decide on what kind of performance to present, ranging
from visual arts to graffiti, from classical music to pop and jazz, from puppet shows to
drama, from modern to folk dance, from sculpture to handicraft and even culinary
Friendship without Borders – Three wishes
Date: July, October 2010
Venue: Rainbow Playhouse, Pécs city centre
Organised by: Pécs Youth Centre – Rainbow Playhouse
The project, launched in 2007, aims to offer camping opportunities to school children
from the Ruhr Region in Hungary and Germany. During the creative camps, children
paint on canvas, which they assemble into one piece at the end of the camp. Since
the project started in 2007, the canvas flag has grown several hundred meters. The
flag, which symbolises friendship, is displayed in a street parade in both Pécs and the
Children from Szeged, Eszék (Osiek) and Arad are also planned to be invited.
ROOTS OF THE SOUL – LULLABIES OF THE REGION
Date: September 2010
Venbue: Pécs, Ruhr Region
Organised by: Arco Trió Group, Pécs
Pécs and its multicultural region are rich in lullabies which say so much of the cultural
roots of the people who live here. Extant lullabies will be collected in Pécs and will be
performed by the local Arco Trió group. In 2010, a concert and exhibition in the Ruhr
Region will be staged of the original and cover versions. (This will perhaps also
include material from the Ruhr Region). A multimedia product will also be produced.
Archaeological Project by the Department of Archaeology, the University of
Pécs and the University of Istanbul
Date: October 2010 (Pécs), November 2010 (Istanbul)
Venue: Pécs - Dóm Museum, Istanbul – Pera Museum
Organised by: Department of Archaeology, Institute of History, University of Pécs
This is the first project of a long-term cooperation between the departments of
archaeology of the two 2010 capitals of culture. The event will be organized by the
Department of Archaeology of the University of Pécs and the Department of
Archaeology and the History of Art of the University of Istanbul. The aim of this
project is to present the Ottoman Turkish, early Christian and Byzantine remains of
these two cities in archaeological exhibitions. The exhibitions will be accompanied by
international scientific congresses.
In October 2010 Pécs will host a three-day long international congress in the field of
Classical Ottoman Arts and Architecture. The organizers expect to have participants
from Turkey and Hungarian as well as speakers from all around the world. The
congress, to be held in the Dóm Museum, will likely include some fifty presentations
which will be published later in a separate volume.
During to the exhibition in Pécs, visitors will see a collection of ceramic art from the
Ottoman period provided by museums in Turkey and in Hungary.
The main topic of the exhibition and congress in Istanbul will be the art of the Late
Roman period and the Early Byzantine age and the preservation of these treasures.
Pécs has notable archaeological finds from the 4th and the 5th centuries, so the city
will take an active part in the organisation of both the exhibition and the congress.
A catalogue of the exhibition to be held in the two cities will be published in three
Music Caravan Pécs, Ruhr Area, Istanbul
Date: Throughout 2010
Organised by: Intermagyar Cultural Association
Music Caravan is the world music project of the Ruhr Region, Pécs and Istanbul. The
meeting of various cultures leads to the creation of a musical event which will
encompass the musical traditions of all three countries. This combination will result in
a new “global sound”, a multifaceted, exciting musical production.
The musicians of the three countries represent several genres: in the musical world
of the project, the traditional folk music of the three cities will surface; as well as
classical music (including classical oriental music to); improvisational and
contemporary music will also be represented. Musicians will work with the German
world musician Rüdiger Oppermann.
The works so created will connect the three very different regions through music and
will be presented to the audience in all three cities and regions.
Date: Throughout 2010
Organised by: Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering, University of Pécs
The Temporary City is an urban study project of Pécs, the Ruhr Region and Istanbul,
in which students studying architecture, the environment and urban planning at the
technological universities of the three cities, work together. The aim of the project is
that the teams formed of students and teachers at the universities of the three cities
get acquainted with all three venues – in joint workshops – with a given urban venue
that needs intervention in some respect. During the one-week fieldwork, the students
will analyze the venue in mixed groups, present their conclusions to the other
students at the closing of the workshop; and on returning home they devise their
suggestions for intervention. As a result of the first workshops, the inner harbour in
Duisburg, the dry dock in Istanbul and the public area by the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter
in Pécs – which is to be built as a facility under the European Capital of Culture
project – have become the venues to investigate.
EU Literature Goes Turkey/ Turkish Literature Goes Europe
Civil Society Dialogue – Cultural Bridges Programme
Date: Throughout 2010 – Gala in Pécs in May 2010
Venue: 2009 – Turkey, 2010 – Europe
Organised by: Goethe Institute, Istanbul; Pécs2010 Non-profit Ltd.
Literary travelling saloon. The project consists of two main phases: an eight-month
long literary tour in Turkey (2009) and two-month long literary tour in Europe (2010).
European and Turkish writers will be travelling around and giving interactive recitals,
while musicians and photographers will be presenting their works in workshops,
exhibitions and photo camps.
Starting in May 2009, writers from eight European countries (Germany, Belgium,
Austria, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Britain and Switzerland) will be
travelling around in Turkey, visiting twenty-four cities. One of the main goals of the
tour is to introduce the works of well-known European writers to the local people
through bilingual recitals. The tour will be accompanied by a „library on wheels”, a
bus turned into a library, containing the works of the authors, Internet terminals and
audiovisual facilities. Each Turkish city will host a one week-long “Festival of EU
Culture”, which will be accompanied by musical concerts presented by the musicians
of the eight European countries. A team of professional filmmakers will document all
stages of the literary tour. In addition, two Belgian and two Hungarian photographers
will separately visit several Turkish cities of the tour and capture their impressions of
Turkey, which will be presented later in a catalogue and a joint exhibition in Turkey
and the EU.
The European tour will start in May 2010. Eight European cities (Sofia, Bucharest,
Pécs, Vienna, Venice, Zurich, Essen and Brussels) will host two well-known Turkish
writers and musicians each. The artists will be accompanied by two Turkish
photographers who will visit Brussels and Pécs. Their photos will be exhibited in a
joint exhibition in Istanbul, Pécs and Brussels. The bus will spend one week in each
city, so this time it will be transformed into a „Turkish library on wheels”.
There will be grand gala events in Pécs and Essen in the course of the tour, and the
closing gala will take place in Brussels with the participation of all the sixteen Turkish
and forty-eight European authors in one evening in June 2010.
Close to 800 people are expected to attend the gala event in Pécs in may 2010.
MINORITY AND NATIONALITY PROGRAMS
TALENT SCOUT FESTIVAL
Date: January – May 2010
Venue: Gandhi Grammar School
Organised by: Gandhi Grammar School
The talent scout festival for young Roma people in the South Transdanubian region
will be announced in the autumn of 2009. This programme is meant to provide an
opportunity for the coming generation of the Roma minority to show their talent in
many different fields of art (music, fine arts, applied arts and dramatic arts, different
forms of entertainment). The final is planned to be held in May 2010.
Croatian Contemporary Arts Exhibition
Date: February to May, 2010 - Pécs, June-October in Croatia and Bosnia-
Venue: Csoport-Horda Gallery (Pécs), Croatian and Bosnian towns
Organised by: the Croatian Minority Local Government of Pécs
An exhibition of contemporary artists of Croatian, Bosnian and Croatian-Hungarian
origin, as well as of prominent Hungarian artists, mainly from Pécs and Baranya
County in the Csoport-Horda Gallery in Pécs; additional locations in Zagreb, Osijek,
Tuzla, Pula and Baranya County (Siklós, Mohács).
Day of Polish-Hungarian Friendship
Date: March 23, 2010
Venue: Cultural venues in Pécs
Organised by: the Polish Minority Local Government of Pécs
According to the joint decision of the Hungarian Parliament and the Polish Seym,
23rd March is the day of Polish-Hungarian friendship. In 2010 the Polish minority of
Hungary will celebrate this day in Pécs with the collaboration of several civil
organizations. The programme consists of artistic events and historical exhibitions,
e.g. “The Fate of Christian Priests in the occupied Poland – 1939-945.”
Date: April 2010
Venue: Pécs, Pellérd
Organised by: the Greek Minority Local Government of Pécs, and the Local
Government of Pellérd
Hungarian-Greek relations have a long history way back in time. Throughout the
centuries, the Greeks have always been present in Hungary in various different
situations. Roughly 400 descendants of the refugees of the 1948-1950 Greek civil
war still live in the country.
The festival will feature Greek contemporary musicians, dramatic artists and dancers
who were born or live in Hungary, and will give an overview of traditional Greek
Guest artists: Sarantis Mantzourakis, singer and buzuki artist, Neaniki Szkini (Greek
drama), Nikos Ormandlidis, violinist.
May Cultural Festival 2010
Date: May 2010
Organised by: Khetanipe for the Roma Collaboration Association
Planned programs: traditional Roma outdoor cultural programs, gastronomic shows:
preparing, displaying and tasting traditional Lovári and Beás Gypsy meals; Gypsy /
Roma folk costume show (Beás, Lovari)
“Thematic” Gypsy / Roma ethno-music and dance show with Gypsy / Roma
traditional artistic groups (e.g. Kanizsa Csillagai, Csillogó Szemek, Dutár Band,
Limba Nostru, Margit Bangó, and ensembles from countries bordering Hungary).
"20 years of the Lenau House"
Date: 23rd May 2010.
Venue: Lenau House, Pécs
Organised by: the Lenau House
The Lenau House of Pécs will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its opening on
Whit Sunday in 2010 with numerous events.
I. International Roma Festival and Youth Meeting
Date: 3-5 June, 2010.
Venue: Pécs, Promenade Square
Planned programs: a taste of Gipsy food specialities, Gipsy handicraft market,
opening of Gipsy contemporary arts exhibition, Sae Roma – Bosnia, Bulgarian dance
group – Bulgaria, Szászcsávási Ensemble and Romafest groups – Romania,
Flamengo Dance Group – Spain, Roma Carnival – Hero‟s Square, Gypsy Dance
House – Nagyecsedi Black Eyes Ensemble (Budapest); joint production of groups
from Marosvásárhely (Romania); Kusuna rosaja, Limba Nostru, Fracilor, Cini Jag,
Bulgarian groups, Stars of Kanizsa
PRIVATELEKTRO OPEN AIR HEADPHONE FESTIVAL
Date: 16-20 June, 2010
Venue: inner walkway of the western city wall
The 25 performing artists will give an insight into the trends of this Central-European
media art. Curators: Christian Gracza, Robert Bosch.
“Colourful year – 2010”, “Colourful Cavalcade”
Date: June 2010
Organised by: “Színes Gyöngyök - Délvidéki Roma Nőkért” Association
The event will be a week-long street carnival. Performers will include both Hungarian
and foreign artists. During the event, the play entitled “Curse and Love” will be
staged, and film shows, exhibitions, reader-writer meetings and conferences will be
held. The award-winning photographs of the “Chacipe 2009” photo contest will be
exhibited and their digitalized versions will shown in different venues in the city. To
intensify the carnival feeling, craftsmen and witches will await the public at various
13th European Youth Cultural Week
Date: 18-25. July 2010
Venue: Pécs and other towns in Baranya County
Organised by: Foundation for the Promotion of German Folk Dance Traditions in
Hungary, German Local Minority Local Government of Pécs, the Lenau Association.
The European Cultural Week has been held every other year since 1988 in European
cities that have a member (a traditionalist ensemble or dance group) in the
movement. Since 1992 Pécs has been represented by the Leőwey Dance Group,
which already hosted the event once in 1996. The goal of the event is to introduce
Pécs and the surrounding regions to the foreign guests and to promote the
cooperation of the minorities in the region.
„Shall I Go or Shall I Stay?” – one-day international conference on the future of
cultural and linguistic minority groups in the EU.
Common market - the member countries display the handicraft goods, food and drink
specialities and tourist attractions of their home in a popular location of the city.
Serbian Native Language Meeting
Date: Summer of 2010
Organised by: the Serbian Minority Local Government.
The Serbian Language Camp was founded ten years ago by several Serbian local
governments of Hungary. The goal is to camp kids of Serbian origin speaking
Serbian, aged between 7 and 16, who do not necessarily study in the Serbian
language at school; in fact, Pécs does not have a school like that.
The kids will be speaking only Serbian in the camp. In the morning they learn about
Serbian culture and history; in the afternoon they practice special phrases and words
(e.g. of sports, arts) through several different activities.
In the past few years, the camp was held mainly in Sikonda and at the Lake Balaton.
In 2010, however, the organizers would like to take the children to Pécs or the
surrounding areas to introduce them to the ECoC programme as well.
German Day of Pécs
Date: the third Sunday of September 2010
Venue: Dóm Square
Organised by: the Lenau Association
Traditional one-day series of programmes of the Heritage Festival held at the Open
Air Stage in Dóm Square.
Saint Ephrem Choir's Concert and Performance of the Ukrainian National
Date: Autumn 2010
Venue: Conference and Concert Hall, Pécs
Organised by: the Ruthenian and Ukrainian Minority Local Government of Pécs
The choir was founded in 2002 and took the name of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (306-
373), the first great Byzantine hymn-writer called “The Harp of the Holy Spirit” by his
contemporaries. The members of the choir, many of them of Greek Catholic religion,
will be brought together by their shared love for ritual Byzantine church music. Their
main goal is to reproduce the music of the Hungarian and Eastern-European
churches of Byzantine rite in an authentic way.
Occasionally, they present pieces that can be performed with a small number of
singers in the ensemble. In January 2008, they presented, for the first time in
Hungary, the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Tchaikovsky.
Pavel Virszki Ukrainian National Dance Ensemble
It will be a special treat for the audience of Hungary to meet the world-famous
ensemble, the masters of Ukrainian ballet. The Ukrainian folk dances performed by
the dancers always enchant the audience by their strength and energy. The
choreography, the careful coordination of motion and music yields a performance that
produces a dynamic harmony of true art.
National Gipsy Fine Arts Exhibition
Venue: under discussion
Organised by: the Gipsy Cultural and Educational Association
Gipsy fine arts in Hungary are quite unique. The primary goal of this national
exhibition will be to display items created by Roma artists from the organizers' own
collections and from national collections (Hungarian Institute of Education, Museum
of Salgótarján, etc.).
In addition, the Rácz Aladár Community House would provide an opportunity for
contemporary Roma fine artists in the region (Teréz Orsós, Gyöngyi Kalányos Rácz,
József Ferkovics, László Kosztics, Mária Szilber, Gyula Kalányos, József Füzesi,
László Jovánovics, János Bogdán, etc.) to introduce themselves. There are also
plans to provide resources for the continuous operation and the expansion of the
collection of the Szentandrássy István Gallery.
Roma Musical Performances
Organised by: the Roma Minority Local Government of Pécs.
In the past fifty years, the traditional Gypsy music has lost much of its importance. A
notable exception is the “100-member Gypsy Orchestra” which has popularised the
Roma and Hungarian folklore all around the world.
The 1970‟s saw the emergence of Roma artists in jazz; many of them have become
reputed worldwide by now, such as Béla Szakcsi-Lakatos, Aladár Pege, Gyula
Babos, Vilmos Jávori, Ferenc Snétberger, etc.
The Kaji Jag Band has achieved international success by building on folklore
traditions and collections. By combining various forms of modern musical trends, the
Váradi Roma Cafe Band has also achieved international recognition. The
combination of traditional Gipsy instruments, new musical trends and Roma folklore
brought international fame for the cimbalom player Kálmán Balogh and his group,
who won the International Cimbalom Meeting in the early 90's in Pécs.
Since the early 90's dance performances have become quite popular too, and today
on of the most notable groups is the Khamoro Ensemble from Budapest.
The Megastar shows brought Roma performers to the limelight in pop music as well.
The programme planned for 2010 includes Váradi Roma Cafe, Kálmán Balogh and
the Khamoro Ensemble.
1st National Meeting of Roma Poets and Writers
Organised by: the Roma Minority Local Government of Pécs
In the past few decades Hungary was the first country in the region to take steps for
the acceptance of the Gipsy language as a literary language.
In the late 60s two important writers emerged: Károly Bali's works mainly appeared in
Hungary; however, “Füstös képek” (Smoky Pictures) by Menyhért Lakatos was
translated into fifty languages.
The first pioneer of writing in the Gipsy language was József Choli Daróczi, who
translated the work of numerous Hungarian poets and was also the first to work on
the translation of the Bible into Gypsy as well. The writers József Hódosi, Béla
Osztolykán, Géza Csemer, and the poets József Kovács Hontalan, Gyula Horváth,
Mónika Kalányos, József Rigó and many other young poets have gained popularity in
the past few decades.
The organizers are planning to publish an anthology of the selected works of the
writers and poets attending the event in cooperation with the ECoC project.
Conference on the Present and Future of Roma Culture
Date: 17 September, 2010
Organised by: the Roma Minority Local Government of Pécs
By summarizing the achievements of the Gypsy productions and events organised
throughout the preparatory years of the ECoC programme, the conference on the
“Present and Future of Roma Culture” can create an opportunity for promoting
sustainable development in this field of culture and define the place and role of Roma
culture and art on the cultural map of Pécs.
Icon Exhibition from Sliven
Venue: Cella Septichora
Organised by: the Pécs/Sopianae Heritage Non-profit Ltd., Bulgarian Minority Local
Government of Pécs.
In 2010, an exchange of exhibitions will take plye between Pécs and Sliven, Bulgaria.
The Vasarely exhibition will go to Sliven, and the “Icons from Sliven” exhibition will
come to Pécs. The material for the latter will be provided by Sliven's Art Gallery.
Catalogues will be published in both Bulgarian and English with an introduction in