Things To Do After The Lockdown

Budapest news and events 22-28 June 2020

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Re-openings

  • All farmer's markets are now operational. On the Pest side, the Pancs and the Zugló bread community, in Buda the Czakó, the MOM Organic Market, and the Római are open. There is a new competitor on the Buda side, Pasarét Bistro has also launched its market.
  • Guided tours at the Opera are on-again at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm daily, including a short concert.
  • The National Museum has reopened. You can view the exhibitions from 10 am to 6 pm by buying tickets online.
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center reopens on Tuesday, 23 June. Learn about available exhibitions on their webpage.
  • Puskin, Toldi, Tabán, Kino Cafe, and Corvin art-cinemas will open on Thursday and will be screening without restrictions from now on.
  • From now on, you can visit not only the outdoor showrooms but also the animal houses at Budapest Zoo. The Palm House, Aquarium, Crocodile House, Australian House, Vombathouse, Australian Trail Indoor Showroom, Xantus House, Waterfront House, India House, Poisonous House, Savannah House, Anthropoid House will be open, and the Magic Mountain inside the Great Rock.
  • Opus Jazz Club will reopen as a concert venue from 2 July. On Thursday, the Subtones band, led by trumpet player Gábor Subicz, will be the first to perform after the opening, presenting their new album, Octopus.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes visitors back again in the regular opening hours. In addition to the permanent ones, a new temporary exhibition opens titled The age of Durer – 15th- and 16th-century German drawings from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts. However, the Romanesque Hall is temporarily closed due to technical reasons.

New Openings

  • On Wednesday, the KULTIK Terrace opened its doors on the roof of Corvin Plaza. They are screening premiere films every night from 9 pm. You can watch movies in English there, with Hungarian subtitles.
  • Enjoy live concerts from the safety of your car by Müpa's Drive-in Concert Cinema. Open 1-25 July.
  • A photo exhibition about American actress Marilyn Monroe and French fashion designer Coco Chanel opened on Friday at Mai Manó House. The photos are the work of American photographer Douglas Kirkland.

Trains to Balaton

MÁV-Start Zrt. have introduced their summer train schedule. Trains will run more frequently to Lake Balaton from now on. The company introduced two new ticket types: Balaton 24 and Balaton 72, which will provide unlimited travel in the vicinity of Lake Balaton for 24 and 72 hours from the date of purchase.

 

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Budapest Now Open – Weekly News

Budapest news and events 15-21 June 2020

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COVID

Great news: Budapest is finally open! From Monday, family events can take place in Budapest after funerals and weddings - the number of participants must not exceed 200, and social distance must be kept. Starting from Monday, libraries will also be open. And back to the old days: you can board buses and trolleys using the front door only.

Getting around

Starting from Monday, BKK will be replacing tracks of tram 4 and 6 between the Buda end of the Petőfi bridge and Frigyes Karinthy út. Works will last from 11 June to 5 August. During this period, the trams will take passengers only to the end of the Petőfi Bridge. Tram replacement buses will operate between the Buda end of the Petőfi Bridge and Móricz Zsigmond körtér.

Just do it

Why don't you relax and play some sports in Újbuda? The brand new Independence Park has opened - a multifunctional space offering street workout equipment, deck chairs, and a rest area with benches.

On the Pest side, there is another Park project coming up. Several sports fields, a two-kilometer running track, a dog adventure park, and a special off-road playground will be available for use by the end of the summer in Városliget (City Park). These will include skateboard-, BMX-, and scooter tracks, and climbing walls.

Exhibitions

Two exhibitions are coming up soon. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Várfok Gallery continues its program with a large-scale group exhibition called Extraordinary Artworks in Extraordinary Times. This features outstanding art pieces such as Françoise Gilot's self-portrait, Pénelopé, a gem of Endre Rozsda's kaleidoscopic period, the radiant Tidal Factors by László Mulasics and, one of his final works, Interferences III.

The Transport Museum is having a display on Ferihegy (now Liszt Ferenc) International Airport, built 70 years ago, via an online exhibition with many photos.

Music

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Müpa will offer a taste of the composer's oeuvre with video material. In the twenty-part series, you can listen to and watch the composer's significant works in five-minute episodes with the help of concert recordings selected from the archives of the institution.

And finally, live music! On Thursday, 18 June, the Budapest Jazz Club will reopen, with having The Szakcsi Lakatos Róbert Trio as the first formation to perform after the lockdown. Check out the venue's website for more upcoming acts!

Graveyard App

Discover the Fiumei Road Graveyard with a new application! You can explore one of the most significant cemeteries in Budapest now through the app for Android smartphones, called FiumeiGuide. With the help of it, you can find the tombs of many great politicians of the nation, such as Lajos Batthyány, Ferenc Deák, and Lajos Kossuth, as well as the tombs of famous people, like Endre Ady, Mihály Munkácsy, or Attila József.

Drive-in cinema

Watch great movies at the PANAM drive-in cinema, which has just opened at the top of Árkád Budapest! They are screening old films mainly, and you can book tickets online via their website.

Beach

It is time to go to the beach! Isn't it? Budapest's seaside is now open on Lupa-Beach.

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Buda Hills For Kids: The Ultimate Guide

Buda Hills for kids: The unique playground near Budapest

Take the family out for the perfect day trip to Buda Hills, and enjoy the many great things this excursion has to offer. Start with riding the Cog-wheel Railway, then change to the Children's Railway on the top of Széchenyi-hegy. Get off at János Hill to go for a ride on the Chairlift and continue your journey to the end of the Children's Railway line at Hűvösvölgy. Kids will love the experience and will go straight to bed once at home, guaranteed.

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1. Cog-wheel Railway

The Cog-wheel Railway (Fogaskerekű), officially tram no. 60, dates from 1874 and is one of the oldest means of transport in Budapest. First, it was steam-powered and got electrified later. There are spectacular views to enjoy as the train climbs into the Buda hills. It begins its journey at Városmajor and reaches Széchenyi-hegy, the upper terminus in half an hour. The difference in height is 327 metres between the two termini.

Where is the Cog-wheel Railway station located?

To start your journey from the valley, you can approach Városmajor station from Széll Kálmán tér by bus 22, 22A, 155 or 222 or by tram 56, 59, 61. The upper terminus Széchenyi-hegy is less than 200 meters from the Children's Railway station of the same name.

Spectacular views of Buda Hills

For the best views, sit on the right-hand side facing away from the direction of travel. You can see Szent János Kórház, one of the oldest in the city, when arriving at the first stop. As the train climbs, the modern buildings of the Kútvölgyi Hospital, once an exclusive clinic for Communist Party members, will appear.

The line passes through the villas of Diós árok and Svábhegy, a hill whose name comes from the Swabian settlers who came to Hungary after the Ottomans had left. Construction of the railway brought summer villas soon, many of them belonging to writers and artists.

Hikers use the cog railway a lot and many residents of the area, too. It is also very popular with cyclists because they allow them to transport bicycles. Therefore, it runs throughout the year, from early morning to late evening, being operated by BKK, whose tariff is valid on the trains.

Cogwheel Railway Budapest
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Things to do in Buda Hills near the Cog-wheel Railway

Getting to Széchenyi-hegy mountain station, you can easily reach the Children's Railway station on foot, and Normafa is also within a short walk distance. There is a hiking trail to get to the Chairlift, and there are many great cycling paths around, too.

Cog-wheel Railway Timetable

Check the timetable on their webpage.

Cogwheel Railway map Budapest

2. Children's Railway

The Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) begins near the last stop on the cog-wheel train line. The trains run on an eleven-kilometre narrow-gauge track built between 1948 and 1950 and make an enchanting trip through the woods for over 10 km with an average journey time of 40 minutes. It is run by children (except for driving), naturally with adult helpers for some of the tasks.

Getting to Children's Railway station

To start your journey from the valley, you can approach Hűvösvölgy station by tram 56, 56A, 59B, 61, or by bus 64, 64A, 164, 257, 264, 963, 964, 29, 57, 63, 157, 157A, 956. The upper terminus Széchenyi-hegy is less than 200 meters from the Cog-wheel Railway Station of the same name. There is limited or no parking around the Childen's Railway stations. The only exception to this is Hűvösvölgy station, which has several P+R car parks nearby.

One of the best things to do for kids in Budapest

Celebrating its 70th birthday in 2018, the Children’s Railway is always popular with newer and newer generations of children. For most kids, it’s magnificent to admire the small trains, stations, and little workers. Kids are more than impressed when a slightly older child handles their ticket. The stations of the Children's Railway are all perfect starting points for a longer or shorter trip to Buda. There are both open-sided and closed carriages in operation, and occasionally there is a steam locomotive.

The trains, stations, and ticket offices are entirely staffed by children between the ages of ten and 14. The children still wear traditional blue uniforms and red peaked caps and enthusiastically salute the trains in and out of the stations. They also make the loudspeaker announcements and pass up and down the carriages announcing stations and checking tickets. Participation is conditional on getting good marks at school and securing the permission of the headteacher. There are training courses and an exam to pass before the young guards and station masters are permitted to start working.

On platform one at Hűvösvölgy station, an interactive exhibition presents the history of the railway at the Children’s Railway Museum and Souvenir Shop.

Childrens Railway Budapest
Image: Wikimedia Commons

The world's largest child-operated railway

They used to call it the Pioneers’ Railway, after the Communist equivalent of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, whose Youth Camp was at Csillebérc. The railway was ceremonially opened by Ernő Gerő, hardline early Communist, former KGB agent, and, at the time, Hungarian Minister of Transport. The rail has been operated by children ever since, linking the hiking trails of Buda Hills.

Attractions in Buda Hills for kids near the Children's Railway

There are many attractions in the vicinity of Children's Railway, such as Erzsébet Lookout Tower, Normafa, Chairlift, Cogwheel, and many playgrounds.

Children's Railway Timetable

From June 13, 2020, the Children's Railway will run again after the lockdown. Check the timetable on their webpage.

Children's Railway map Budapest

3. Chairlift (Zugliget Libegő)

The Chairlift (Libegő) runs eight metres above the hillside from the valley called Zugliget to the highest peak in the city, the look-out tower on János-hegy. There is a 262-metre difference in elevation between the two termini and it takes twelve minutes to make the journey. The Chairlift is a popular means of transportation in the Buda hills, offering amazing forest views and panorama of Budapest. The two-seat, open chairs cover the 1,040-meter ropeway distance in fifteen minutes.

How to get to the Chairlift?

The valley station of the Chairlift is in Zugliget, at the terminus of bus 291. Bus 291 leaves from Nyugati Railway Station. Its mountain station is on the Hármaskút roof, which connects János Hill with Normafa. You can get to Normafa by bus 21, 21A from Széll Kálmán tér. A pleasant 30-minute forest trip from Normafa leads to the upper station of the Libegő. The Children's Railway is within a short forest walk from János Hill and Virágvölgy station.

Probably the best thing to do in Buda Hills for kids

Many of Budapest's transport vehicles have an amazing impact on children, but nothing can compete with the Chairlift. Although adults are more interested in the beautiful view, children tend not to care about that at all. For them, the experience of gliding is captivating, and some complementary activities are far more interesting, like shouting and waving to oncoming passengers. There is a chair at the lower terminus in Zugliget, where you can practice to get in and out the Chairlift before you travel. If only one child under the age of ten sits next to you, you can take a sledge on board with you in winter.

Spectacular views over Budapest from the Chairlift

The cable car starts in the forest, and then it passes over private gardens. There is an amazing view of Hármashatárhegy, the peaks of Pilis Hill, as well as Buda and Pest. When approaching the lower terminus, you can see the Zugliget Valley with houses in the green.

Buda Hills for kids Chairlift
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Reconstructing the Chairlift by 2022

The current reception buildings of the Libegő are outdated both functionally and technically, and the two-seater chairlift can no longer meet the expectations. They will renovate the Libegő with twenty-first-century technology; with a four-seater lift suitable for transporting bicycles and skis including a rain cover, and a modern lighting system. Hikers will be able to take possession of the new Chairlift in 2022.

Things to do in Buda Hills for kids near the Chairlift

There is a smaller playground at the upper terminus, and you can enjoy countless child-friendly excursions in-between János Hill and Normafa.

Chairlift timetable

The chairlift operates all year round except in strong winds and heavy rain. At the moment, because of the COVID situation, it runs only on weekends. Check the timetable on their webpage.

Chairlift map Budapest

4. Normafa

One of the most famous excursion places in Budapest, Normafa, was named after a tree. The ancient old beech tree fell in 1927 due to a lightning strike after surviving storms for many centuries. This Svábhegy area is a popular destination for hikers, tourists, and those wishing to relax and unwind since the 17th century. Two ski jumps were established in the 1920s here: small and large ski jumps, hosting domestic championships, and international jumping competitions.

Things to do at Normafa

There are two playgrounds for children near Normafa Park: one at the upper station of the Chairlift, and another called Anna's meadow playground near Normafa Children's Railway station. There is a great cult of sports here; skiing, cross-country skiing, running, hiking, cycling, dog walking and Nordic walking attract countless people of all ages.

5. More attractions in Buda Hills for kids

The highest point in Budapest, János-hegy (527m), is near the Children's Railway stop of the same name. You can reach it on foot by the path above Béka-tó (Frog Pond), a natural clay-bedded pool that is home to frogs and dragonflies. A stepped path leads to the top of János-Hill, where you can climb the neo-Romanesque lookout tower, Erzsébet-kilátó (Elizabeth Lookout), which offers excellent views. Close to the lower station of the Chairlift, is the recently restored station building of the old Lóvasút (horse-drawn tram). There is a small local history display on its past.

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Lockdown Art Stories: Judit Horváth Lóczi

Judit Horváth Lóczi interview

“Our democratic society needs its unique and diverse cultural and media landscape in this historical situation, which was unimaginable until recently,” said German culture minister Monika Grütters. “The creative courage of creative people can help to overcome the crisis. We should seize every opportunity to create good things for the future. That is why the following applies: artists are not only indispensable but also vital, especially now”.

These lines, coming from the German government in March 2020, confirm my thoughts about the role of artists, especially now. This is why I was asking contemporary artist Judit Horváth Lóczi a few questions about the current situation. I was curious about how she was doing, what she was thinking, under lockdown?

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Judit Horvath Loczi interview

Day By Day

Judit Horváth Lóczi interview

- How can artists in Budapest now help society? How can artists, with their creative courage, point to a better future?

- To start with personal memory, I learned from my parents that love, knowledge, and enjoyment of works of art can help in difficult situations. It is a recognition that gives a sense of security even in the darkest period. This means that I fully agree with the German Minister. Indeed, consumption of art is not a physical necessity, but at the same time, the human soul needs spiritual nourishment even in such a problematic period, otherwise, it withers away. It is gratifying to see that there are countries - not so far away from us - where they understand this at the leadership level.

Even though Hungarian artists do not receive any help or support yet, the art scene is turbulent, and better and better initiatives are being taken. Just for the sake of example: there are online, free theatre performances, audiobooks, and guided tours available. There are works of fine art put up for auction (where revenue is used to support hospitals), or you might want to look for podcasts just launched. Many groups have formed in cyberspace, it is very good to see that this otherwise quite divisive scene comes together. And we support those working against the virus, each other, and also those who are open to artistic experiences. I guess and even see that there are many people on the recipient side welcoming this, and I trust that they will draw strength from these contents. In the words of art historian János Schneller: "Man defends himself with art."

- Do you get any extra inspiration from such a historic situation? Do you guys feel more motivated now? Does isolation change much in artistic work?

- Indeed, this is a situation so subversive around us that we have to react somehow. I remember the first week I froze, and then I started to work out the difficult thoughts and feelings.

For me, this has proven itself at other times; I do the creation with a therapeutic purpose and frequency, and it helps a lot.

Of course, an artist is often alone, locking herself in her apartment, her studio, her rehearsal room, creating. But for those with a family, this is not a viable option now. This is because caring for children comes first, which makes you busy almost all day. Now that space and time have narrowed, instead of the studio, I can only create at home on the dining table, near my family. So the works now shrink, and techniques get simplified. I started a series of quarantine, which consist of small (around 15x5cm) paper sections, recording my current, often not very positive thoughts. Every day I post a new piece on my Instagram and Facebook page. Although I started this series just to ease my soul, I get a lot of feedback that this helps others, to process, and to visualize their problems. And it's a fantastic feeling.

You Can Do That

You Can Do That

- How do you intend to (re)connect with your audience in these circumstances? What new tools and platforms you would think are going to help to achieve this?

- Because of the aforementioned series, I am much more actively involved in cyberspace than before. Like many others, I cling to the online community thread when I can no longer embrace my parents and friends. So at least I keep in touch with other art lovers through the platforms provided by the internet.

Interesting ideas come to mind at such times. I’ve already done guided tours, given an online interview in my studio. I also follow several gallery open calls where I can meet artists who are otherwise light years away from me (and not just in km). The parallel reality of the internet is very interesting: we can be close to someone who is far away, but at the same time, we cannot see a person close to us. By the way, I’m focusing on Instagram, Facebook, updating my website often.

- What you would think the single biggest change is going to be in the art world in Budapest once this crisis ends?

- I think, or rather hope, that the Hungarian art community has realized that it is not possible to stay afloat anymore with semi-functional websites in an international environment. Yes, you need to be present in the virtual space by offering fresh content on other platforms as well. I hope this good direction will not change at the end of this unusual situation.

However, I can't wait to go to exhibitions again. I’m sure I’ll appreciate every real minute spent with art better.

Running is my LSD

Running is my LSD

- Is there any “Lockdown” piece of art produced recently that you can share with the readers?

- I’ve mentioned before the series of quarantine I am working on during the curfew period. Every day I post a new piece of art, which I usually create the night before when my family is asleep already. Creating something every day helps a lot, and I also do sports, without which I would have lost the way.

There is another project in which I have been an active participant from the beginning. I have worked hard to make (fine) art one of our cornerstones. This is Béla Bartók Boulevard, behind which our civic association stands. Now I feel like the quarantine has brought out the best in the team. The members work together in a never-before-seen collaboration, to be at least virtually visible in the absence of physical presence. Among other things, we will be introducing introductory videos about each member and organizing a virtual festival in May. Therefore it is worth paying attention to our pages.

- Is there any way for art lovers to support your work, and how?

- Now it is very important that those to whom art gives energy support the artists somehow. There are many ways to do this; they can send a positive message, buy a piece of art, anything like that. I am happy for every encouraging word people have for me. It makes my day when someone writes to me, and people take this step now much sooner than usual. This is a very good direction! Although this is not why I have started it, I’m happy that my supporters are buying from my quarantine series. Anyone able can support artists this way too, helping them not to give up.

Maternal Instincts - Worry

Maternal Instincts - Worry

The art of Judit Horvath Loczi is full of playfulness and preciseness at the same time. Her toolbar is well-diversified. She is familiar with the depths of abstract painting and assemblages (like art- boxes and books). Besides the classical materials, she likes to discover and use extreme substances. In her artwork, she explores the colored reflections of light and shadow. As an inspiration, she is always using a life situation or personal story which she abstracts and visualizes with basic geometrical forms. That is how she processes the events of her life, releases herself from tensions, and reminds herself of the happy moments. Every artwork is like a page from a diary of hers.

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Budapest Weekly: Things To Do 4-10 May

Things to do 4-10 May in our Budapest Weekly Newsletter

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Things To Do 4-10 May


Virtual events

Here is the program for the second show week of the Budapest Remote Cinema. The Remote Cinema's offer is updated every Thursday, just like when the movie theaters are open.

Thanks to the Budapest Dance Theater, Béla Földi holds online training for those who want to dance, which anyone can join.

Every morning from 8 o'clock you can do yoga and start the day with dance training with the help of dancer Csilla Nagy.

An online exhibition opened about the first free Hungarian election, held 30 years ago on April 29, 1990.


Great news

According to the latest information, restaurants and gardens may not open until the first week of May, but sometime in the middle of the month. Hospitality professionals have also said they are preparing to open in some form in the coming weeks. Some venues expect garden facilities to be an advantage, but there are also beliefs that hospitality may resume with shortened opening hours and a maximum number of guests depending on the size of the restaurant.

A fantastic program tip for Budapest for the next two weeks: go out and roll along the fresh boulevard bike lane. It’s not finished all the way through yet, but they promise to keep painting. So far, the bike lane has been completed on the side of József körút leading to Blaha Lujza tér from Baross street, but these days it will be painted between Üllői út and Nyugati tér.


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Arts

If you miss Budapest's sometimes dirty, smoggy, but unique streets, with all kinds of people, check out the photos of Budapest Street Photography Collective for the duration of the quarantine.

The Kieselbach Gallery has decided to organise a special quarantine exhibition with contemporary painters and sculptors. The exhibition will be closed and open at the same time. In physical reality, “visitors” can only view the works lined up on the walls through the windows of the shop facing Falk Miksa Street and Szent István Boulevard. But the online space allows everyone to view the exhibition from home via the gallery’s website.

The National Film Institute is making unforgettable Hungarian comedies from the past 80 years available to watch for free, online to mark Hungarian Film Day on 30 April. Hyppolit, the Butler, The Witness, Dollybirds, and Moscow Square, plus many others can be enjoyed with English subtitles until 10 May.

Read our Lockdown Art Stories interview with Budapest painter, media artist, VJ performer KristofLab.


Music

The organisers cancelled Sziget Festival for this summer.

Budapest Pride Festival will move from June to August. It will last ten days, beginning on Friday, 14th August.

The big concerts at Budapest Arena will be either cancelled or moved to new dates. As of now, this affects System of a Down, Nick Cave, Korn, Judas Priest, Daddy Yankee, and Kiss, among others. According to the venue's website, they are trying to get new dates also for Pearl Jam, Harry Styles, and Celine Dion. Alanis Morrisette’s concert on the 12th of October will take place.

In the case of Budapest Park, performances by Deftones, Scooter, and Morcheeba, among others, will be either cancelled or moved to new dates.

Read our interview with AWS singer Örs Siklósi, who talks about music during the lockdown.

Lockdown Art Stories: KristofLab

Kristóf Szabó KristofLab interview

“Our democratic society needs its unique and diverse cultural and media landscape in this historical situation, which was unimaginable until recently,” said German culture minister Monika Grütters. “The creative courage of creative people can help to overcome the crisis. We should seize every opportunity to create good things for the future. That is why the following applies: artists are not only indispensable but also vital, especially now”.

These lines, coming from the German government in March 2020, confirm my thoughts about the role of artists, especially now. This is why I was asking painter, media artist, and VJ performer Kristóf Szabó at KristofLab a few questions about the current situation. I was curious about how he was doing, what he was thinking, under lockdown?

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KristofLab

KRISTOFLAB

Kristóf Szabó KristofLab interview

- How can artists in Budapest now help society? How can artists, with their creative courage, point to a better future?

- The first thing that comes to mind is that like all my peers, the world has closed itself to me from one moment to the next. There are no exhibitions, performances, concerts. We have to get up from this situation and look for new ways, and this position can be an incentive in itself. From another point of view, appearances in the online space – like exhibitions and concerts - can bring back some of the liveliness we have lost. This can move people out of everyday life, which makes it easier to endure the situation. But as soon as we get back to normal life, I think everyone will crave culture like a mouthful of bread. Our first thing will be to go to concerts, exhibitions, and social events. The energy that is stuck in the artists will break out, and everyone will understand how much art can give people. Until then, courage, the will to live, and persistence can encourage our fellow human beings that this is just a situation that will pass, and something else must come after it.

- Do you get any extra inspiration from such a historic situation? Do you guys feel more motivated now? Does isolation change much in artistic work?

- Looking at my situation, many of my sources of income - theaters, and clubs - have disappeared. Talking to my friends, however, this is different for everyone. Some have been upset recently, but most of us are positive. I feel a flare-up, togetherness. Now we encourage and help each other, a little window has opened overlooking a new street, and it fills the creative people with curiosity. I embarked on a series of paintings that contrast the recently bustling urban spaces with the current emptiness. I also got involved in making an installation inspired by the situation. I do all this at home or online though; I won’t go to the studio. At first, it was difficult to switch to this method, but now the calmness and retreat have borne fruit. I am living in my productive era, which will bring many positive changes in my life.

Kristof Szabo Painter

KRISTOFLAB

- How do you intend to (re)connect with your audience in these circumstances? What new tools and platforms you would think are going to help to achieve this?

- My online activity is more now. We recently made a performance in our living room on an online broadcast of a Czech gallery. We did this with Emese Kovács and Attila Szász, under the auspices of the Hoygadayax formation, which made its debut at the closing event of our exhibition with Balázs Csizik. And now we are just preparing for a similar one, Babicska will be the host, but the event will take place in the living room again. Other initiatives have also been launched, with one of my work posted on the 1111 virtual gallery. Now Budapest Art Week has also been postponed, so I presented my studio in the form of an interview. As for now, I can get my work to the audience through similar channels only. This is why we have recently come up with the idea of creating a special outdoor venue with Ziggurat Project, a contemporary dance-centric interdisciplinary company. We have already submitted several applications in Hungary as well as abroad for this. And once normal life returns, we will be able to start location-specific performances with renewed vigor.

- What you would think the single biggest change is going to be in the art world in Budapest once this crisis ends?

- I expect some kind of segregation. Some components become stronger, and others fade. The international art life will recover later, the smaller sectors will intensify, which may bring us, Eastern European artists more attention. Budapest can also be better included in the European art cycle. The big international fairs are much more affected by this situation and thus more attention can be paid to the artists of our country. New forms will emerge, attitudes will be more experimental, traditional forms that have worked so far will be reviewed and new ones will come up to the surface shortly. It will definitely be an exciting period for sure.

Kristof Szabo Artist Paintings

KRISTOFLAB

- Is there any “Lockdown” piece of art produced recently that you can share with the readers?

- The series of paintings mentioned at the beginning, which started when we visited Madrid with the Budapest Art Mentor at the ARCO Madrid fair, before the epidemic became serious. And a week later, school closures began in Hungary. Not long after, a friend of mine living in Madrid sent photos of the vacated city, and I took pictures of one of the buildings even during my stay. That’s how the idea came to paint in empty and in bustling versions. Since then, I’ve been asking for photos from my other friends as well. Vienna has now been completed, and the next one will be Warsaw. And another series is in the pipeline too: I have asked artists to collaborate by sending me photos of vacant urban places for rework. I add image errors and glitches reminiscent of corrupted JPG files. I am referring to the impact of man on nature. For example, the spread of the epidemic stems from globalization. Traffic between distant countries has stopped in a matter of moments, and factories stopped working too, no wonder it drastically reduced air pollution. We can also look at man as an error, and perhaps this situation awakens humanity because it cannot continue its way of life with impunity.

- Is there any way for art lovers to support your work, and how?

- The biggest support if the audience follows me on my social media platforms and gets the news of my work in as many places as possible. And when life comes back, we can meet at exhibitions and performances with the Ziggurat Project, to talk about art and other interesting topics. If anyone is interested in my work, they can email me and even look around the studio.

Kristoflab Budapest

KRISTOFLAB

Kristóf Szabó – KristofLab was born in 1988 in Győr. He is a visual and media artist. He graduated from the University of Fine Arts, as a graphic designer (2012) and as an art teacher (2013). He won an Erasmus scholarship in 2011 to study in Dresden (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden). Kristóf is a member of the MAMŰ and Hungarian Artist’s Book Association and the Ziggurat Project, which groups are experimenting with various co-artistic collaborations. He is fond of working with dancers or representatives of other branches of art. He took part in several solo and group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. More recently he is experimenting with the relationship between painting and new media art.

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Budapest Weekly: Things To Do 26 April – 3 May

Things to do 26 April - 3 May in our Budapest Weekly Newsletter

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Things To Do 26 April - 3 May


Virtual events

Remote cinema: Művész, Puskin, Toldi, Tabán, and Kino Cafe have started showing movies on film.artmozi.hu. You can buy tickets and watch them at home.

This Wednesday, you can enjoy online wine tasting with the following drinks:
- Írsai Olivér 2019, Geszler Winery, Mór Region
- Szürkebarát 2018, Váli Winery, Badacsony
- Kékfrankos 2017 Cseri Winery, Pannonhalma

There is a dance workout live stream by Arthur Murray Budapest Dance Studio on Monday morning.

Watch daily videos on the YouTube channel of Central European Dance Theater.


Gastro

The Mom Biopiac farmer’s market is open again and now operates on Saturdays.

The Pancs farmer’s market, pancspiac.com offers a selection of goods from many producers. Orders placed by Tuesday will be delivered to your home in Budapest on Friday or Saturday.

New initiatives are focusing on specific Budapest districts. Such is the case with Zugló Bread Community, and Babka restaurant also launched a similar one in Újlipótváros.


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Arts

The illustrations of contemporary Hungarian graphic artists are at the centre of My Little Beast online exhibition. View beasts and imaginary creatures in children’s book illustration.

Art from home: there are seven online mini-tours at the Museum of Fine Arts, and these are perfect for kids. The child-friendly exhibitions consist of stations, making it easier for learning, and they help to accommodate the visual experience.

In the online gallery of the Kiscelli Museum, photos of two exciting projects can be viewed as part of the virtual backup: the station building and the fast-food restaurant of the Southern Railway Station.

Pop street artist 0036Mark’s posters can be found in hidden downtown doorways or windows of empty shops. The method of the artist is unique: he places the characters of old Hungarian cartoons in international pop culture.

Although Budapest Art Week had to be cancelled this April, fortunately it has got the new dates already. The exhibitions take place from 16-25 October 2020.

Acb Gallery presents its first online exhibition, Hands That Make The World Go Round Even In Times Of Quarantine. The artworks are engaging in an important dialogue with the unique character of the space, which has been an abandoned flat used as storage in the past years.


Music

The autumn 2020 tickets of the Academy of Music are already available for purchase, with Julia Leznyeva, Il Giardino Armonico, Isabelle Faust, Emmanuel Pahud, and his brass band partners, among others, as well as many excellent Hungarian musicians performing at the concerts.

Müpa Budapest has opened up its season ticket general sale for the 2020/21 season, because the venue will remain closed until 7 July 2020. The upcoming season will feature legendary conductors, world-class soloists and outstanding ensembles, including Sir Antonio Pappano and Rome's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniele Gatti and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding and the Vienna Philharmonic, István Várdai, the Ballet Company of Győr, Ádám Fischer, Víkingur Ólafsson, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Elīna Garanča, one of the finest mezzos of our time.

Alternative rock band Quimby will make available its 25th-anniversary grand concert on Sunday night, which you can enjoy from your home.

Music video premieres: a recent video by Anima Sound System, ‘Lord of the Desert, was shot in the Israeli desert. The new video of Mary PopKids performing `The Carnival` of their upcoming LP, coming late 2020, premiered in April. Odett’s new single Fehér Fényis available now with a video recently published on YouTube.