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Power of Documentary Cinema and Human Rights and MEDIA success stories


14th and 15th March, Thursday and Friday, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana



Motovila Institute (CED Slovenia) organizes a two-day seminar in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk Hungary, Cankarjev dom and Amnesty International Slovenia. The programme is focusing on production and promotion of Hungarian documentary films with human rights topics. Moreover, head of Creative Europe Desk Hungary will present the experience of Hungarian producers in the MEDIA sub-programme as well as opportunities for Hungarian-Slovene co-productions.


The seminar is intended for experts and professionals from AV sector and other interested audience.

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Cycling around the West Balaton region


21st March, Thursday, 1 p.m., Balassi Institute


Have you ever tried the sunny bike roads near Lake Balaton? It is time to give it a shot! During the May holidays, Keszthely and its region has a lot to offer for bikers from the vine cellars of volcanic hills to castles and spas. Get to know what the West Balaton Tourist Board has to offer and win precious gifts at our lottery game. Only for bikers!



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Coffee house in the memory of the Revolution of 1848


15th March, Friday, 11: 00-18:00, Balassi Institute



Did you know that the revolution that erupted 15th of March, 1848 started in the Pilvax Coffee house in Budapest? In memory of this day, a cup of hot coffee awaits everyone who visits the Balassi Institute.

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Hungarian Film Club: Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky, 2000)

Werckmeister 2

11th March, Monday, 7 p.m., Balassi Institute



The Balassi Institute's March film club will pay tribute to Béla Tarr, one of the giants of Hungarian cinema and one of the key figures of contemporary filmmakers. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's seventh feature film and one of five on which he worked with the novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai (the screenplay was adapted from Krasznahorkai's novel The Melancholy of Resistance from 1989). That the film is defined by the dark existentialist horror, comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with Tarr's work. Nor does the mood and the bleak outdoors that are affected by cold, mud, rain and fog surrounding the small village somewhere in the Hungarian countryside. Things begin to change when a circus walks into town with a bizarre attraction in form of a whale that starts pushing things into chaos. Young János Valuska becomes the witness of the happenings and the consequences. The film is built of only thirty-nine frames that speak of Tarr's slow but thorough directing technique, poetic and deeply political at all times. The film has been interpreted as a complex and almost metaphysical allegory of the transition period and of chaos and capitalism. Werckmeister Harmonies is often listed among the major cinematic works of the new millenium.

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Children’s Film Club

9th March, 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


The films will be screened in Hungarian with live voice-over dubbing into Slovene.

Suitable for children aged 4 or older. The whole family is welcome!




This time we will watch four Hungarian short animated children’s films. You will have the chance to get to know more stories about Pom Pom and the dog Frakk. From the large collection of Hungarian folk tales the Poor man and the little dog will be screened. Also, the Car with seven dots, animated film by Richly Zsolt will be shown.

After the screening, a workshop of animated film will take place. Wthe childrene will prepare animated films by stop-motion technique (frame by frame).

Pom Pom: The Hoo-hoo Cork
Frakk: Nightlights
Hungarian folk tales: Poor man and the little dog
Car with seven dots

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Festival Fabula - Talk with Edina Szvoren


8th March, Friday, 18:00 p.m., Balassi Institute


Edina Szvoren has won the European Union Literature Prize (EUPL) in 2015 with her collection of short stories, There is not and it should not have to be. Twelve short stories about family relations and people-to-people relationships among all those anti-heroes, who have fallen into their own trap and cannot escape from it. The author will talk to translator Marjanca Mihelič, in Hungarian, translated to Slovene.


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Music Workshop for Young Children with Julcsi Laposa

7th March, Thursday, 5 p.m., Balassi institute


Welcome 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.

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Táncház with Mária Keck


5th and 19th March, Tuesday, 17:30 p.m., Balassi Institute



Welcome to the regular dance classes with folk dancer Mária Keck. Besides learning Hungarian folk dances and getting a taste of the diverse treasures of Hungarian folk culture, the participants can also become part of an outstanding community. This excellent physical activity is suitable for the young and old alike. 

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Masterclass by László Stachó (Franz Liszt University of Music, Budapest) on Methodology of Practice

5th March, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., Ljubljana


László Stachó, lecturer at the Franz Liszt University of Music will hold a masterclass at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Practice Methodology is an all-inclusive attentional training for performers of all instruments and singers. As a result of the training, the musicians feels more secure and comfortable during performance; they can ‘navigate’ the musical process with ease. Participation is free of charge.

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Cultural festivals in Hungary