Pesti Vigadó Nonprofit Ltd.'s Press Release concerning its Events entitled ‘Open Doors' held on 21st May 2016

2016. September 19.

Over two thousand people participated at the events of the program entitled ‘Open Doors' organised for the second time by Pesti Vigadó Nonprofit Ltd.

Pesti Vigadó Nonprofit Ltd.'s Press Release concerning its Events entitled ‘Open Doors' held on 21st May 2016

On 21st May, all those interested had the opportunity to visit Vigadó, functioning as the seat of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, for free and could also attend the accompanying programs gratis. The free-to-attend guided tours, which were organised on eight occasions on that special day, were also very popular: it was only a matter of hours and all the places for the guided tours, requiring pre-registration, were gone. The 80-year-old István Csukás delivered a performance in the company of his much-liked children's tale figure called Pom-Pom and he also gave autographs on the spot. Under the artistic supervision of Regular Member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts textile artist Krisztina Kókay and Regular Member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, Artist of the Nation Award winning sculptor Pál Kő a fine art workshop was organised, and an interactive lecture was likewise held with the participation of Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts architect Lőrinc Csernyus as supervisor. The audience could get a taste of Hungarian folk music through performances by Bence Pálházi and his band and the Students of the Hungarian Dance Academy, whereas violinist Katalin Kokas and Artist of the Nation Award winning pianist Tamás Vásáry gave performances of classical music.  Over two thousand people visited Vigadó's halls and other premises and took part in the exhibitions and programs organised in Vigadó.

It was also on this day that a café opened on Vigadó's Panoramic Balcony. Likewise, Vigadó's intranet has also been accessible from that date on: with the help of this development even those who do not wish to take part in Vigadó's guided tours for groups, which are now available in eight languages, can easily learn about the history of this Budapest-based cultural gem.

Pesti Vigadó Nonprofit Ltd. aims at continuing to offer similar programs to the general public in the future and, in the scope of these efforts, an ‘Open Doors' weekend will be organised in Vigadó on 17-18th September 2016. The events of this two-day-long program are related to Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, who was born 135 years ago. By organising this special weekend, Vigadó also wishes to contribute to the events of the Béla Bartók Memorial Year.