Cluj Day | Here are the Hungarian cultural days:

Exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, operas, guided tours, round tables, children’s activities, book launches, traditional dances, film screenings, sports competitions, wine tastings, medieval games and parties – more than 450 programs have been prepared by the organizers of the Hungarian Cultural Days in Cluj for the thirteenth edition, which will take place between 14 and 21 August 2022, with preparatory activities from 12 to 13 August.

“We are back to normal this year, after a year in which we did our best and another year in which the festival was almost more. We exist with 450 programs for 8 days, implemented with 150 partner organizations and institutions, in about 60 places. Due to the works in Kogălniceanu, which Usually the heart of the festival, we had to move some of the activities, the craft fair, the tourism fair, the book fair. “We didn’t compromise on it, we moved it and that way we were able to maintain the street atmosphere,” said Szabo Lila, the festival’s program manager.

“This year we are also with the Hungarian Cultural Days, which is one of the main events that our municipality has supported since its foundation. There will be some traffic restrictions, but it won’t be too annoying. Cluj-Napoca’s deputy mayor, Olah Emes, who attended the conference, said that Mikhail Koglnicino Street is already under construction, as a result of which there was no need to close it this year. ”

In advance of the festival, the organizers planned for the public a series of exhibitions and concerts that would whet the appetite for the upcoming events. Thus, on Friday, August 12, the concert series of the Hungarian Forum of Sacred Music will begin, concerts that will take place for the duration of the festival in several churches in the city. On Saturday, August 13, from 11:00 a.m., the altar and St. Michael’s Chapel will be consecrated, and beginning at 5:00 p.m., in the Museum of Art, the bilingual opening of the retrospective tribute exhibition of the sculptor will be held. Conducted by Gergely István (1939-2008). His works can be admired by the visiting public until September 3. Also, starting at 18:00, also in the Art Museum, the hybrid exhibition of the bilingual plastic artist Elemér Könczey will be painted. On the same day, the exhibition space of Bastionol Kroeturilor will open with the bilingual opening of the exhibition “Kaleidoscope of Cartooning” by Attila Szalay, “Fortress of Tailors through the Centuries” and “The City and the Academy. The Jesuit College of Cluj from its Establishment in 1581 to its Re-establishment in 1698”.

The thirteenth edition of the Hungarian Cultural Days in Cluj will officially open on Sunday, 14 August, at the Hungarian State Opera with the performance “Country of Kolati, Beloved Land”, directed by choreographer Johas Zsolt and presented by the Donna Art Troupe from Budapest. Together with the orchestra Gonkul Zenkar. The production evokes in a picturesque way the unique and peculiar features of the relevant ethno-cultural area: the astonishing purity of the air, the choppy curves of the hills, the colorful spots of crops and straw, respectively, the special and almost unique wealth possessed by the Land of Călatei progresses around the world around folk costumes and dances.

This year, the festival will be held in the already well-known places – Biawa Unirii, the Art Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, Potissa Street, the ruins of Gardena-Co, except for Mikhail Koglinicino Street, which is in the process of modernization.

The theater at Piața Unirii will host, from Wednesday, August 17, two concerts each evening, and the artists who will perform here are, among others, Varga Miklós and Band, Republic, Budapest Klezmer Band, Loose Neckties Society and Bagossy Brothers Company. Starting Tuesday, August 16, Biawa Oneri will host the International Folklore Festival “Svantul Stefan”, now in its 24th edition, in which many folk dance troupes from Europe participate.

Concerts will also be held in the Square of the Art Museum, on the stage this year called Petőfi, as well as in the Youth Square on Iuliu Maniu Street. If the audience on the Petőfi platform will be able to listen to BRVLG, Meg Egy Cukorka, Eztán Együttes, Rafael Mario Trio, Szintaxis, Horányi Youlï or 3AD, in the youth court they will be able to enjoy Tárkány Művek, Ötödik, Bobby, Évskozak and DJ Hunay KMDT JAM and many more.

A moment of great attraction for the public will surely be, after three years of restoration, the tower of St. Michael’s Church. It will be possible to visit it throughout the festival starting on Monday, August 15, between 10:00-17:00, based on pre-registration at the Info Point of Piaţa Unirii or online at www.zilelemaghiare.ro. Groups of 20 people will go up every half hour.

This year, guided audiences will be led by Romanian-speaking curators, tours where they will discover the stories of the buildings on Kogălniceanu Street, Cluj’s Baroque and King Matthias jewels, they will learn the history of the renovated members of the St. Michael and Petty Evangelical Lutheran Church and where they will be able to enjoy the work of The church art exhibition Ars Sacra Claudiopolitana, organized by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Michael.

During this year’s edition of Hungarian Cultural Days, the Hungarian State Theater in Cluj will present four performances with Romanian subtitles. It’s about “What would I be without you?” – Supported by the Gyula Citadel Theater (Tuesday, August 16, 8:00 pm, Sala Studio), “Tinerii barbari” – co-production of the Hungarian State Theater in Cluj and the Gyula Castle Theater (Wednesday, August 17, 8:00 pm), Sala Studio ), “Romeo and Juliet” (Thursday, August 18, 19:00, Sala Studio) and “Passion of Christ from Şumuleu-Ciuc”. Guest show at the Budapest National Theater and the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble (Saturday 20 August from 19:00). Tickets for Cluj’s performances can be purchased from the website www.biletmaster.ro and will also be on sale at the theater box office from August 8.

Those with a passion for history and exhibitions will have the opportunity to combine both sentiments by visiting the open-air exhibition on the Boulevard of Heroes entitled “Our St. Michael’s Church” which will reflect in pictures the rehabilitation work that this church underwent in the period 2018-2022. Opening will take place on Sunday 14 August at 12:00.

On that day too, there will be another moment filled with history, but also music. This time at the National History Museum of Transylvania where the Arcadia Quartet will perform from 17:00. Under the title “Classic High Rooms – Museum Music Hall, Episode 2”, the concert will take place in the hall reconstructed with the original furniture of the Giulai Castle of Mentia. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbook.ro.

Furthermore, during the Hungarian Cultural Days, classical music lovers will be able to enjoy the noon organ concerts and Baroque Sectio Aurea concerts (Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 pm) which will take place in the Reformed Church in Kogălniceanu or with “Musical Stories from the 9th Century” Ten Cluj” from the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania (Friday, August 19, 18:00)

This year’s festival will not miss the Hungarian Film Days Film Festival in Cluj, an event in its thirteenth edition, most of these productions are subtitled in Romanian and English.

The park with the ruins of the restored church in Kogălniceanu will now also house the turmoil of the medieval markets, revived this time by members of the Compania Historical Society for Reconstruction. There will be craft activities, knights’ tents, archery/archery, fencing/sword fighting for children, Renaissance folk games and courts, display of historical machines with performances, period stories and a music and games exhibit.

Strada Potaissa, known as Strada Vinului, will once again host this year’s wine fair, where visitors will be able to consume or purchase selected drinks from famous winemakers from Hungary and Romania.

Due to the rehabilitation work taking place in Kogălniceanu, the craft fair will move to Gaál Gábor and Hermann Oberth Streets and to the courtyard of Apáczai Csere János Theoretical Secondary School, and a cocktail terrace and book fair will be established in Emmanuel de Marton. At the same time, the tourist fair moves to the courtyard of the Hungarian Consulate, where there will also be a balcony.

With great enthusiasm, Donaton Cross continues this year, its fourth edition in which runners of all ages are invited to participate. The cross-country race will take place on Sunday, August 21, starting at 10:00 am, in the ethnographic park “Romulus Voya” and through the Hoya Forest. Registration is possible on the website www.donaton.ro until Thursday, August 18 at 20:00. As in every year, participants will test their endurance for distances of 1, 5 and 10 km, in 10 different categories (3-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years, 16-17 years, 18-34 years, 35-44 years, 45-54 years and older (55 years). The registration fee is 15 lei – for those under 14 years old, and 25 lei – for those over 14 years old. Starter packages can be obtained on August 20, between 15:00 and 20:00, at the information point at Piața Unirii.

The closing ceremony of the Hungarian Culture Days will take place in Unirii Square, Sunday, August 21, 19:00, with an operetta performed by the Operetta Theater in Budapest, which will bring on stage more than 130 artists and musicians.

Admission to festival events will be free, except for performances at the Cluj State Hungarian Theatre. The full program of the festival can be viewed here: https://zilelemaghiare.ro/program/

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