DREAMFAIRY – children’s programme
“We’d been preparing to present an album for children, where verse could become one with tune, tune with child, and poetry could creep unnoticed into their lives, for many years. We wrote the songs straight out of our hearts for small children, schoolchildren, teenagers and all those who are able to feel the magical colours of the surrounding world from music and verse.
For sometimes it feels so right to wander sparkling with the wind, dance with flashing colours, glance up to the skies of the Blessed Mother, watch foxes in the forest, rest in the meadow, caress a comrade with fair maidenhair, dine with toads to the song of mosquitoes in ponds and lakes, call upon the titmouse on our way home, dream with folk and fairies many, listen to prancing horses’ stories… Sometimes it feels so good to be a child… Even a fully grown child.”
MISZTRÁL LITERARY EVENT
In just 70 minutes, almost two dozen poems from Misztrál’s repertoire evoke the evergreen thoughts of classical and contemporary Hungarian poets with both soul and humour.
A CHURCH BELL’S FADED RING (1456-1956) – programme
It has been more than half a millennium, but church bells can still be heard ringing every noon to remember the victory at Nándorfehérvár (today: Belgrade) in 1456. And more than fifty years ago, in 1956 the whole of Europe rang their bells again for Hungarians and the Hungarian revolution. We won the battle at Nándorfehérvár, we won the revolution in October – and then the Turkish army engulfed our country for 150 years, and the Soviets came back again for several more decades.
In 1456 and 1956, a small nation decided to stand up against the barbarism flooding Europe. János Hunyadi and his army, the Hungarian revolutionaries – children, youth, men and women – protected us from barricades built with the street stones of our capital against the huge, overpowering force threatening freedom, future and soul of not only our country, but the whole of Christian Europe.
The Turkish sultan and his descendants, aiming to totally conquer Europe, learned at Nándorfehérvár that her lands and her strength is impregnable. The lords of Moscow craving world power in 1956 received a mortal wound in Hungary: in a few decades, their inhuman realm would vanish without a trace.
Hungarian thinkers, poets, musicians remember 1456 and 1956 with words, poems and tunes.
They speak of the past: they teach you about the future.