Tito defeated Nazis, faced down StalinTito has received surprisingly little attention from English-language biographers despite his stature as a leader in the Second World War, in the Communist world and the Non-Aligned Movement.
A worthy homage to Lajos Kassák Avant-garde artist Lajos Kassák (1887-1967), who established a reputation throughout Europe, was born 120 years ago and died 40 years ago. To mark the anniversaries the Magyar M?hely Gallery has dedicated an international exhibition to his work.
The Ambassador has no clothesLászló Fehér’s unapologetic self-publicity has made him an icon of Hungarian art, having recently acquired the title of Hungarian Ambassador of Culture. Yet, if you dare to be so cynical, you can attribute his success as an award-winning painter simply to skilled advertisement. When confronted by the art-loving eye, his work – on display at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art until 16 September – appears like one lucky man’s overvalued hobby.
You can also subject yourself to their music or sign the petition on the same siteLive Earth 2007 – the worldwide concert for environmental change – billed itself as featuring 150 bands. In reality, 151 bands strutted their stuff. While major stars performed in London, Tokyo, New York and other capital cities, the extra one – the bizarre “ethical folk-pop-rock” duo Quentin and Crisp – performed a surprise concert at Live Earth Budapest in the City Park.
Finding jest within the patterns of lifeMost photography collections on Budapest present a typical view of Parliament resting gloriously on the bank of the Danube or the bridges softly framed in lights that glitter in the water. The glamour is interrupted by the occasional black-and-white image of a musty street corner where a woman passes with her face lowered in a dark collar. Yet as smoothly as the beautiful and the secret blend in these collections is, like postcards they eventually grow dull and unconvincing. Personality is lost, and we’re caught claiming that Budapest looks just like Prague.
Erkel Theatre closesThe curtain went down at the Erkel Theatre last Monday to allow long overdue restoration work. However, financing for the work is not yet in place and it is still unclear when the work will begin. The theatre is tentatively scheduled to reopen in 2011.
First Balaton Sound Festival: Sushi Bar, Café Del Mar and BodyWashCocktails, a sushi bar, fine Hungarian wines, small oasis bars in Lake Balaton, BodyWash equipment and the best music – this is what the first Balaton Sound Festival this weekend is promising. The ambitious little sister of the Sziget Festival will take place between Thursday and Sunday.
Valley of the Arts festival in its 19th yearThe Valley of the Arts festival between 28 July and 6 August will include over 2,000 events encompassing theatre, classical and contemporary music, jazz, visual arts, literary readings and roundtable discussions. This year the festival, centred on six villages in the Bakony region north of Lake Balaton, will celebrate its 19th anniversary.
Sopron’s eclectic VOLT festival expected
to attract 60,000 fans British
dance band The Prodigy, US rockers Korn and “organic” rappers The Roots will
headline this year’s VOLT Festival in Sopron from Wednesday to Saturday (4 to 7
Mathematicians break world recordÂ More than 30 years after Hungarian building engineer and architect Ern? Rubik patented his six-sided puzzle in 1975, mathematicians, with the help of a new theory and a high performance computer, have broken a world record, proving that the Rubik’s cube can be restored to its original state from any position in just 26 moves.