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Free chardash lessons at UKI
Free chardash lessons at UKI

The Hungarian Cultural Institute has chosen the excerpt from Sándor Marai below to precede the institute's program for April 2013. After it, we present you the entire rich April program, which does not lack chardash lessons.


For a time he walked distractedly, bent over some book or some woman's face, smiled in self-forgetfulness, looked at the stars or the flowers or the suicides - but then one day he "made a career"; and then it changed so strangely. His face, the sweet, familiar face, became as official as that of the modern mannequins in the shop-windows: he smiled but quite stiffly, he was well-dressed, but somehow, like an artist or a secretary of state on official occasions. It was as if he always wore a jacket, even in the bathroom. It was as if he kept repeating, “Aware of his responsibility.” As if he would happily do what people, the world, plants and raccoons asked him to do, but only from nine to two, during official business hours.

(Shandor Marai: The Four Seasons – April, translation: Yulia Krumova)


April 3-6, Wednesday-Saturday

Kyustendil - Community center "Brotherhood"

XVII International Classical Guitar Competition "Acad. Marin Goleminov"

In the jury: Sándor Meszter (Hungary)

The international classical guitar competition "Acad. Marin Goleminov" is organized annually in April under the patronage of the mayor of Kyustendil Municipality. The artistic director of the competition is Ivan Andonov. Technical director – Svetlin Kirilov. The competition is included in the program to support gifted children in Bulgaria.


April 4, Thursday, 6pm

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Presenting the collection of short stories " Tiger under the rain" by Todor Nikolov (Zhanet 45, 2013)

Presented by: Mitko Novkov. Starring actor Todor Dimitrov

Todor Nikolov was born in Kazanlak, lives in Sofia. He graduated in journalism from SU "Kliment Ohridski", worked as an editor in daily and weekly newspapers. He has also tried other professions and over the years he has understood that everything around us has its price, but in fact the happiest things in life are the free things: friendship, smile, love, he alth, the sun and even the rain after which they become all kinds of miracles and under which you can even find a tiger.

“If you are tired of over-the-top approximate, incomplete, pretentious or downright half-literate literature, Todor Nikolov's stories are just for you. Precise in statement, delicate in suggestion, impeccable in style, the author will guide you through the tragedy of existence without sugary pathos."Tiger in the Rain" is a contemporary reading of our lives, brought to you by a writer who has something to say and knows how to say it." (Bojko Lambowski)


April 5, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Sofia – Bulgarian National Radio, Studio 1

Solo recital of Gabor Čalog (piano) at the XVI International Festival of Contemporary Piano Music ppIANISSIMO

In the program: works by Jörd Kurtág, Dyula Chapeau, Jörd Ligeti and Ferenc Liszt

Entrance: Free!

The International Festival of Contemporary Piano Music ppIANISSIMO is unique and unique in concept in national and world practice. It is mainly focused on the inexhaustible possibilities of the piano as a keyboard and percussion instrument. Besides a "laboratory" for contemporary art, the festival is also a creative space for established and debuting performers, "researching" the complex processes of contemporary piano aesthetics.

Gabor Čalog is a special name in Hungarian music. He was born in 1960, and when he was only 11 years old, he was admitted to the Special Talents faculty of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest). Among his teachers are famous musicians such as Dejo Ranki, András Schiff, Djord Kurtág and Zoltan Kočis. After graduating in Hungary, he continued his studies at Indiana State University (USA) under Djord Šebök, to whom he was an assistant for two years.

Calog established creative partnerships with various Hungarian composers, resulting in a number of premieres and works dedicated to him. Even today, he has an extremely close professional relationship with Djord Kurtag, with whom he has worked since 1980

Gabor Chalog's extensive repertoire includes both rare works by Girolamo Frescobali and François Coupren, as well as contemporary works. Characteristic of his performing work is also the "different view", revealing in a "new light" often interpreted works such as The Art of the Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach or the late works of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Besides his numerous solo recitals and chamber concerts in Hungary, Čalog has performed in almost all European countries, as well as in the USA. He has played with names such as Miklos Pereni, Heinz Holigerel, Boris Pergamenchikov and András Keller.

Gabor Čalog is a professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music - in the faculty of chamber music and piano. Under his editorship, the Konemann Music Budapest publishing house published the collected works of Frederic Chopin. In 2003, he was awarded the Ferenc Liszt Prize, and in 2008 he created the Ludium ensemble - a group of young musicians performing Kurtag's music, maintaining a creative relationship with the composer, with the aim of authentic interpretation of his works.

Music and Photography

April 8, Monday, 6pm

Haskovo - GHC "Atanas Sharenkov"

Opening of the photo exhibition of student photographers by MOME Masters from the Moholy-Nad University of Arts (Budapest) and classical guitar concert by Sándor Meszter

MOME Masters covers students graduating from Department of Photography of Moholi-Nad University of Arts. It is an organization that represents the photographic, media and artistic currents and views that we consider relevant, important and up-to-date, as well as supporting the realization of students' personal ambitions. The artists included in the MOME Masters exhibition: Viola Fatiol, Ana Durkovic, Reka Saint-Ivani, Eva Oravec.

Leading teachers: Gabor Kopec, Gergei Satmari, Gabor Fabriciusz, Zoltan Alexander, Gabor Mate, Miklos Guias, Judit Koper.

The solo repertoire of Shandor Meshter spans nearly 600 years of music from the Renaissance to the present day. Sandor Meshcher interrupted his solo career in 1994 due to the professional musical disease "focal dystonia". In the years when Meshter was not playing the guitar, he began to learn composition and developed a new music software, digital improvisation - Digimpro. After nearly 10 years, Sandor Meshter recovered and started giving concerts again. Since 2005, Sandor Meszter (MS3) has performed countless concerts in Hungary and abroad. He participated in two series called "150 concerts". Filmmaker Ester Hajdu shot a socio-musical documentary "Lullaby Song" for his tour in Romania in 2008. The film was broadcast on Hungarian National Television MTV and Duna TV Satellite.

Since 2009, Sandor Meshter – MS3 has been touring in many countries around the world: Portugal, Romania, USA, Italy, Morocco, Israel, Slovakia. Sandor Meshter's blog presents his concerts with video and photos -


April 8, Monday, 7pm

Sofia - Chamber Stage "Slavic Talk"

Drama and puppet theater production - Vratsa " Liselote and the month of May" by Zholt Pozhgai

Director: Ventsislav Asenov, translation: Neli Dimova, Scenography and costumes: Manoela Doichinova, Participants: Zhana Rasheva and Konstantin Sokolov

Entrance: with tickets!

Zholt Pozhgai is a popular film and theater director. He was born in 1960 in Pécs, Hungary. At the age of 14, he became the director of a theater troupe in his hometown and has been associated with the theater ever since, regardless of the fact that he worked as a postman, orderly, driver… Currently, he is the chief dramatist of the Budapest New Theater. Among his more famous works are: "Horace", "Waxbird", "The Kid", "Prophetic W altz", "The Whore and the Monster", "I love you, theater" and others.

The genre of "Liselotte and the month of May" is known to be defined by the author himself: "The genre is defined by the author as tragicomedy. The basis is on comedy, but sometimes it comes to serious things. But serious assessments are also made of the things of life… The relationship between the man and the woman is the basis of the work. On their sad and funny side, because when there are representatives of both sexes, there is always a desire to outplay, to outwit, one always tries to outwit the other," explains director Vencislav Assenov.


April 9, Tuesday, 6pm

Dimitrovgrad - House-Museum "Peño Penev"

Concert-classical guitar of Sandor Meshter

In the program: Hector Villa Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, John Doland, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Francisco Tarrega, Bela Bartok and Carlos Paredes

The concert is part of the mini-tour of the Hungarian guitarist and is carried out with the help of: the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Municipality of Haskovo, Jazz Club Haskovo, GHG "Atanas Sharenkov" - Haskovo, Municipality of Dimitrovgrad, Acoustic Jazz Trio from Dimitrovgrad, House-Museum "Peño Penev" - Dimitrovgrad and NUMSI "Hristina Morfova" - Stara Zagora

Folk dances

April 9, Tuesday, 6-7pm

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Traditional Hungarian chardash lesson with professional dancers Dimitar Korchakov and Elitsa Kostadinova

Participation is free, pre-registration is required! You can sign up for the chardash lesson by calling 02/9872307 or e-mail: [email protected] until April 8.

Čardášůt is a traditional Hungarian folk dance, its name comes from the word "charda" ("inn, inn"). The czardash is the epitome of the Hungarian dance style, in which tight-knit dancers improvise individually and then dance in pairs with women. The dance originated in Hungary and, thanks to the gypsy musicians, became popular in the neighboring countries - Vojvodina, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Subcarpathia, Moravia and among the Banat Bulgarians.

Characteristic of chardasha is the change, the varieties of the rhythm: it starts slowly and ends with a cheerful, fast pace.

Chardash is a pair dance, most often the man and woman dance holding each other. When they do separate, the so-called seduction begins with displays of strength and teasing.

Classics such as Ferenc Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky used the theme of chardash in their works. The most famous "chardash" in the world was written for violin and piano by Vittorio Monti.


April 10, Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Opening of the photo exhibition of students from 67 "Vasil Drumev" elementary school, who participated in the project "In focus - the classmates"

The project "Focus on the classmates" of the Civil Association "Politronik" aims to show, through the creativity of 45 children from the 5th and 6th grades of the 67th elementary school in Sofia, how children of different ethnic origins learn and succeed together. Armed with cameras and a lot of desire, the children created a photo story that describes their life at school. Each child is the author of one photo in this photo story, which we will see arranged in an exhibition. We hope that in this way more people will be exposed to the unbiased children's point of view to the serious problem of access to quality education for children of Roma origin.

The exhibition, which opens on 10.04.2013, is accompanied by a round table on the problems of the integration of children of Roma origin in the field of education, as well as their access to quality education. It is jointly organized by the Politronik Civic Association, the Anti-Discrimination Committee "Tenth of December" and the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Sofia.

This project is possible thanks to the support of the "Development" Donation Circle, the "Workshop for Civic Initiatives" Foundation and the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Sofia.


April 10, Wednesday, 12:30-5:00 p.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

International conference on the problems of integration in the field of education and access of Roma children to quality education

With the participation of Hungarian and Bulgarian experts:

Dr Zoltan Kovacs, State Secretary in the State Secretariat in charge of Public Cohesion in the Ministry of Human Resources (Hungary)

Penka Ivanova - Director of the Directorate "Access to Education and Development Support" at the Ministry of Education and Culture

Lilia Tirkova - chief expert in the Directorate "Access to education and development support" in the Ministry of Education and Culture

prof. dsn. Maia Grekova - teacher at SU "St. Kliment Ohridski", head of the Research Center for Social Sciences at the Department of Sociology. Author of studies and analyzes related to the situation of the Roma community in Bulgaria

Assoc. Emil Buzov, Program "Step by Step"

Moderators: Petya Manchorova (Anti-Discrimination Committee "Tenth of December") and Bilyana Zaharieva (Civil Association "Politronik")


April 10, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.

Stara Zagora - NUMSI "Hristina Morfova" - Chamber Hall

Concert of Sandor Meshter (guitar)

In the program: Hector Villa Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, John Doland, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Francisco Tarrega, Bela Bartok and Carlos Paredes

The concert is part of the Hungarian guitarist's mini-tour and is being implemented with the help of: the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Haskovo Municipality, Haskovo Jazz Club, Dimitrovgrad Municipality, Acoustic Jazz Trio and NUMSI "Hristina Morfova" - Stara Zagora

Fine Art

April 10, Wednesday, 5pm

Pleven - HG "Ilia Beshkov"

Opening of the exhibition " For the Motherland and Freedom" by Dyula Frommel

Dyula Frommel was born in 1959 in Budapest. Former serviceman in the Hungarian Army, "officer candidate". The beginning of his creative maturation as an artist was set by the artist Pal Mijer from the Free University of Fine Arts in Seebegen and the graphic designer Renata Bröhme from the Academy of Design in Halle. He feels the greatest gratitude to the artist Adam Misch, his mentor, who taught him the art of non-figurative depiction. Since 1981, he regularly presents his works at solo and group exhibitions. He graduated from the "Management of Culture" speci alty at the Janus Panonius University in the city of Pécs. He is a member of the National Association of Hungarian Artists, legal successor of the Art Fund. Winner of the following awards: Commemorative Plaque "For Military Culture" (2010), Achievement Award of the Ministry of War (2008), II Award of "Army Brush" (2006), Medal of Honor, Bronze, "for contribution to cultural life in the army" (2005), 1st prize of the Motorola art competition (2000), creative scholarship for representatives of ethnic groups of the MNEK Foundation (2000), "Knight of Hungarian Culture" title (1999).

The exhibition will continue until May 10


April 11, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Presentation of the book by Ekaterina Grigorova " Faradeev cage" (Zhanette 45, 2013)

Presented by: Plamen Doinov

Sometimes in the morning

One piece of the chest flies with the birds.

Sometimes it's just wind.

Another time the black body of the ant

deceives him in his firm determination to build


Sometimes he meets another sky and their colors

embrace each other in a beautiful nebula -

like dance steps near and far.

Or a garden grows.

It happens in this garden that no one grieves.

It might be the blessing.

Fine Art

April 15, Monday, 6 p.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Opening of the exhibition of Annamaria YoriMetamorphoses of the rose ” and “ Heart-seed-bed ' featuring the author

Opened by: Prof. Dr. Peter Tsanev, lecturer at NHA

Annamaria Jori was born in Budapest on September 13, 1980. She graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Arts, majoring in Fine Art (2001-2006) under Attila Kovacs, Jozef Gal. She specialized in Edinburgh College of Art (2005). Scholarships: 2009-Creative Scholarship of the National Fund "Culture" (2010), Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy, Rome (2008), Erasmus Scholarship (2005). Since 2007, he has been a member of the Society of Hungarian Artists and the Union of Hungarian Artists and Artists, and since 2009 of the Caffart Art Association.

“Annamaria Yori creates paintings with both oil and pastel, ink, watercolor. She is mainly concerned with the possibilities offered by different techniques, explores them, interprets them and at the same time covers a given thematic circle or artistic genre. In her case, the technique is most often connected with a corresponding thematic, philosophical thread. Thus, during the research and interpretation of the artistic problematic, her series of paintings developing a given theme are born. Cyclical thinking hides within itself the possibility of consistency, continuity. There is no closure. There are posing problems and possible answers." (Judith Seifert: The Fine Art of a Platter)

Ink painting, as a flow rooted in the traditions of Eastern calligraphy and perhaps due to the improvisational nature of ink, can be understood as a kind of meditation, an exercise in concentration.

The exhibition about the rose is composed of individual ink drawings that merge into a single whole, connecting to the myriad meanings of the rose. The rose itself is a continuation of an earlier series – the heart series. As with each of her series, so with the roses, Annamaria Yori, progressing from symbol to symbol, focuses on one main one. In his series about the heart, he tries to cover this symbol in all its layers of meaning.

The exhibition will continue until May 7

Hungarian Easter Customs

April 17, Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Children make Easter decorations

Under the guidance of Fanny Boda and Esther Redmond, all willing children will be able to make painted eggs and Easter egg baskets


April 18, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Podium discussion around the book of Yordan Eftimov " Poetics of consent and disagreement" (NBU) with the participation of Prof. Mikhail Nedelchev, Prof. Plamen Doinov, Prof. Maurice Fadel and Dr. Yordan Eftimov

Yordan Eftimov is a literary critic and poet. He graduated from the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures (1990) and Bulgarian Philology at the University of St. Cl. Ohridski" (1995). One of the founders of the Department of New Bulgarian Studies at the New Bulgarian University.

Yordan Eftimov is a senior assistant professor of literary theory at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Since 1993, he has been intermittently the editor of the independent weekly culture publication "Literaturen Vestnik". He is the author of five poetry collections, including "Opera Nigra" (2001) and "My Wife Always Says" (2005), as well as the popular scientific books "Ancient Literature" (2001) and "Modernism" (2003). In addition to his academic duties, he also devoted himself to radio journalism - author and host first of the show "Book Tigers" on Radio France International (2001-2005) and of "Helicon Studio" in the program "Horizon" of Bulgarian National Radio (2005-2007).

This monograph consists of fourteen chapters, in which an innovative reading of significant texts from Bulgarian poetry from the 1950s to the 1990s unfolds. In recent years, the specific closed reading is not the most actively practiced and actually well-mastered practice of literary history, but it is exactly what the monograph insists on. But in this work, the strategy of using an interdisciplinary approach is even more important - between microhistory, anthropology, sociology, ethical literary studies and rhetorical analysis. The spotlight is focused on texts by: Atanas Dalchev, Penyo Penev, Ivan Mirchev, Ivan Hadzhihristov, Ivan Radoev, Tsvetan Marangozov, Hristo Fotev, Ivan Dinkov, Konstantin Pavlov, Ivan Teofilov, Nikolay Kanchev, Ekaterina Yosifova.

Folk dances

April 23, Tuesday, 6-7 p.m.

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Hungarian folk dance-chango lesson from Ratskeve with professional dancers Dimitar Korchakov and Elitsa Kostadinova

Participation is free, pre-registration is required! You can sign up by calling 02/9872307 or e-mail: [email protected] until April 22!

Ratskeve is a city in the Pest region, located 50 km south of Budapest. Every year in August, Ratskeve hosts the International Folklore Festival and Assembly of Folk Art and the "Little Danube" Folklore Meeting for singers and dancers.

The collective dances, chango-people of the Ratskeve region, are performed by men and women. In the recent past, however, in many places there were only women or only men dancing, the reason for this being that the Roman Catholic priests did not allow men and women to dance together.


April 24, Wednesday, 7pm

Hungarian Cultural Institute

Mnogokletka “– One-man show of the actress Mariela Stancheva based on the stories of Lajos Nagy, Istvan Yorken, Karoi Sacconi, Ferenc Shanta and the music by Jan Tiersen, Alexandre Desplats, Ludovico Einaudi, Modest Mussorgsky and Michael Niemann

Mariela Stancheva was born on the 15th.01.1986 in Varna. Graduated Acting at NATFIZ in 2011 in the class of Prof. Krasimir Spasov and Nikolay Lambrev-Mikhailovski. Until the end of 2012, he was part of the troupe of the Drama Theater "Stoyan Bachvarov", Varna. He is currently playing there in the performances "Urboleshka Tragedy" by D. Kovacevich, directed by D. Stoyanov; "American Roulette" by Al. Mardan, directed by K. Bandutov; "Don Juan or the love of geometry" by Max Frisch, directed by G. Mikhalkov.

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