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Film club – Fateless (Lajos Koltai)

fateless-sorstalansag5th November, Monday, 7 p.m., Balassi Institute
Sorstalanság, Lajos Koltai, 2005, Germany/Hungary/United Kingdom, 136'

Gyorgy "Gyurka" Koves (Marcell Nagy) is a 14-year-old Jewish boy, growing up in Hungary during the Nazi pogroms. The Koves family's business is taken away by the Nazis, and soon after that the father is deported to a concentration camp, with Gyurka to follow just a day later. Gyurka is sent to Auschwitz, but is later transferred to Buchenwald, and finally to Zeitz; at each stop the teenager is witness to greater and greater horrors, until his emotions begin to wear away.

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Folkdance with Mária Keck


6nd and 27th November, Tuesday 6 p.m., Balassi Institute

Join our new project and learn how to enjoy Hungarian folkdance and be a part of a great community. “We will intertwine, gambol, go round and round, and our steps and hearts will beat at the same time. We can sing, shout and laugh together at an old song or rhyme and we can also relax while we get to know the ancient dances.”

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International Rubik’s Cube Competition in Ljubljana

Rubik 1

10th and 11th November, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., Balassi Institute

On the Hungarian Day of Science, Balassi Institute will organize the International Rubik’s Cube Competition for the third time. At the two-day event, participants, as well as elementary and secondary school students, will be able to learn tricks from the best. We organize the event together with Slovenian champions - Jernej Omulec and Petra Kobal Vogrinec.

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Opening of the Kodály exhibition at the Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Ljubljana

kodalybig-1038x57614th November, Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Pedagogy

The Balassi Institute prepared an excellent exhibition in 2017 for the Kodály memorial year. The English language exhibition, consisting of 12 roll ups, will be this time on display in the aula of the Faculty of Pedagogy in Ljubljana. David Veber, professor at the Academy of Music will hold a lectureabout Zoltán Kodály at the opening  and the faculty choirwill sing the most famous pieces of the Hungarian composer.

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Where does the good wine live? In conversation with Slovene and Hungarian Architects

boros arhitektura15th November, Thursday, 6 p.m., Balassi Institute

In Hungary and in Slovenia it’s all about wine at the time around St. Martin’s Day. But wine is a lot more than only a beverage: throughout the centuries, the cultivation of vine and viniculture have established themselves as important activities that shape the cultural landscape, too. Viniculture influenced art, but also the natural environment as well as the construction of buildings.

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Children’s Film Club


17th November, Saturday, 10 a.m., Balassi institute
10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. screening of animated films 
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. workshop

In November, we continue with the screening of children's cartoons from the 80'. Apart from Frakk, who is again bothered by two cats, we will get to know the Three Rabiits and the Water spider – the miraculous spider. After the projection we will have the opportunity to make our own cartoon by stop motion technique (frame by frame). In this cartoon, lost animals will search for each other with help of their footprints.

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Prekmurje in Ljubljana

PRekmurje1-217th November, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pogačarjev trg, Ljubljana

Prekmurje farmers and handicraftsmen will offer their goods in the heart of Ljubljana - Pogačarjev trg on the occasion of St. Martin's Day. 

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Music Workshop for Young Children with Julcsi Laposa

laposa 1-222nd November, Thursday, 5 p.m., Balassi Institute

You are kindly invited to a workshop for small children, together with parents and grandparents. Come and play along with music and motion. The program lasts about 40 minutes. During the workshop children discover songs and rhymes. The workshop concentrates on the emotional relationship between parent and child and developing closeness with the help of music. You will learn about special instruments as well!

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Cultural festivals in Hungary