At a press conference, the organizers presented the programs of this year’s Night of Museums in Debrecen on the 21st of June. In addition to the Great Temple Reformed Congregation, representatives of MODEM, the Déri Museum, the Reformed College, and the Debrecen Jewish Community were also present at the event.
Deputy Mayor Dr. István Puskás highlighted the diversity of Saturday. He is pleased to see that so many institutions and so many locations have joined this year.
He was followed by Katalin Vizi, the managing director of MODEM, who told about the programs implemented in the contemporary gallery. There will be children’s programs, stand-up comedy, guided tours, audiovisual DJ sessions, but also silent films, to which contemporary musicians will improvise live music. This evening, visitors can get an insight into MODEM’s warehouses. This guided tour will be held by the managing director herself. They are also planning a groundbreaking round table discussion called Re:Talk, in which, in addition to Süli-Zakar Szabolcs, József Pólik (writer and director of the recently debuted film Balcsillag) and Tibor Dombi, who is one of the permanent members of TIBIÉK on Alföld Television, will participate. The detailed program is available HERE. The organizers are preparing a lot of programs, and there will also be many English-language elements, considering the large number of expats living in Debrecen. You can find the detailed program HERE and purchase tickets online HERE.
Saturday will not be an ordinary occasion in the Great Temple either. Pastor András Beszterczey told details about this. You can visit the Glass Pyramid. The Karakter 1517 Bookstore and Café will host the CSAK Design Fair, starting at 11 am, where many children’s programs will await visitors. If the weather is kind to the people of Debrecen, you will be able to look at the stars with binoculars on the panoramic terrace of the Great Church. Even in cloudy or rainy weather, no one will be left without stars because there will also be an astrological photo exhibition in the church. Finally, from 11:30 pm, those interested are invited to an organ concert, during which organist Gergő Csorba will perform pieces, including theme songs from well-known films.
The programs of the Déri Museum were presented by Dr. Lajos Lakner, the museum’s deputy scientific director. Their new exhibition titled Cívisek Világa opens that day, but they are preparing for the weekend with many concerts, screenings, and other fascinating things. The detailed programs are available HERE.
Dr. Dávid Csorba, director of the museum of the college, spoke on behalf of the Reformed College. Since the activities of the college range from kindergarten to higher education, they work with a very diverse team of teachers, which will also be reflected in their programs. There will be thirty-three programs in three locations (in the college building, the Magda Szabó Memorial House belonging to the Dóczy High School, and the Little Church). Guided tours will also be held in English. There will be extraordinary plays for children (such as Ludas Matyi). Since there is a Petőfi 200 and a Himnusz 200 commemorative year, Sándor Petőfi and Ferenc Kölcsey will receive extra attention this night. In addition to an organ concert in the Little Church, a visit to the tower is also included in the plans.
Zsolt Heller, the deputy president of the Debrecen Jewish Community, explained that this year there will be no visit to the synagogue. Instead, it will be possible to view the rabbi’s room and its book collection in the Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street building of their community. For those who are interested, they also prepare delicacies: they open a “flódnibüfé” to introduce the delicious kosher dessert to as many people as possible.
DKV also joins the Saturday cavalcade, as it starts free nostalgia trams on tram line 1. The trams depart from Nagyállomás at 6:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:15 pm, stopping at all stops.