In its April 26th edition, The Budapest Times carried a open letter by Richard Field to Krisztina Morvai, Jobbik’s EU parliamentarian. In the lengthy letter Mr Field questioned the “Hungarian-ness of Morvai and Jobbik leader Gábor Vona.He said the far-right party, which had just gained seats in Hungary’s parliament, distorts facts to serve its “cynical political objectives and that “For Jobbik to deliberately model itself on Hitler’s Nazis and Szálasi’s Arrow Cross is to dishonour the victims of fascism, including 290,000 Hungarian civilians of non-Jewish descent who died during the Second World War.”Below are replies to Mr. Field’s letter. For his full letter check our website, www.bzt.hu and search for ‘Field’.
Daily Archive: May 11, 2010
The more I learn about the world, the more I realise how little I actually know. Last week, what I knew about South Africa had been gleaned from newspapers, TV documentaries, reports by aid organisations, internet blogs, and the occasional conversation about the state of the nation with some Afrikaaner friends.
Review: If Not Now, Trafó Gallery. The If Not Now exhibition in the Trafó Gallery addresses Roma issues. Artists of various nationalities have used their work to express solidarity with Gypsies and to stand up for equal opportunities.
Eighth Etyek Cellar Festival this weekend. A full-bodied red wine with a piece of chocolate that melts on the tongue? Or a fruity white with a tasty Hungarian fish soup? Guests can expect all that and more at the Etyek Wine Festival.
Like Lord Lucan and Lee Harvey Oswald, US-Mexican band Los Lobos, who appear at Petöfi Csarnok on Friday evening, will always be best remembered for one act of madness, however unrepresentative of their life’s work that act may have been.
Director of the Mücsarnok museum of contemporary art Zsolt Petrányi says his top priority is engaging the audience: “if a passer-by is walking past, what should I shout to them; to tell them that there is something in here that says something about their life?” he asks. The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmuvészeti) that faces his institution from the other side of Heroes’ square (Hösök tere) has a far easier remit and several millennia to draw on for their exhibitions: their Van Gogh show was the fourth most-visited exhibition in the world in 2007. Petrányi’s mission is more complex, however. As you might expect from the holder of arguably the most influential post in Hungary’s contemporary art scene, he answers his own question on what to say to the passer-by from many angles.
Smiling Hospital Foundation brightens sick children’s day. The Smiling Hospital Foundation aims to make life more bearable for hospitalised children in Hungary. It is, however, relatively unusual for a whole family to dedicate itself to bringing smiles to the faces of such children through music,Â arts and crafts. The Budapest Times spoke to Magdi Veres about why her family supports the foundation, the work itself, and its importance.
Hungary’s largest telco Magyar Telekom announced last week that it was diversifying into retailing natural gas and electricity. The new service will initially be rolled out on 17 May in District XVIII and four major provincial cities, Miskolc, Szeged, Székesfehérvár and Szombathely.