Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bonus language school Szeged

If you come to Szeged and spend longer time in the city it could be useful to learn some of the Hungarian language. Whether you work in Szeged,  study or an Erasmus student, life can be easier if you speak and understand the language. People in Szeged are very friendly and open and many of the speak other languages but everybody is happy if a foreigner can talk in their native language. It gives you an advantage when you make friends or look for a job.

There is an amazing language school right in the centre of Szeged, in Feketesas street, where you can learn in a relaxed atmosphere. There are small groups with people from all over the world but if you prefer to study alone with a private teacher it is also possible. Well-prepared teachers, friendly atmosphere, helpful customer service in the heart of Szeged.

You can find the school at Althoug the website is in Hungarian, but Noemi, our secretary speaks English and answers all e-mails within 24 hours.

Bonus language school can be found at 28/A Feketesas utca. You can call us on 62/311-300 or on mobile number +3670/352-6424, our e-mail address is

Saturday, July 12, 2014

World Cup Finals, Szeged

Watch the World Cup final in the city center of Szeged!

When? 13 July, Sunday - From 20:40

Where? In the Downtown Movie Theatre (Belvárosi Mozi), Zsigmond Vilmos Room
Watch the Football Cup final on a 60 square meter screen in HD quality!

How much? IT'S TOTALLY FREE of course!

Get your beers from the Casablanca Cafeteria next door and join us for the final!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Outdoor cinema in the city center this Sunday

Come and join us for a good movie at Széchenyi Square this Sunday, 6th July from 16:00 and have a great time! There will be four different types of movies played for every age category:

16:00 Madagascar 3. (2012) Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the Big Apple and their beloved Central Park zoo, but first they need to find the penguins. When they travel to Monte Carlo, they attract the attention of Animal Control after gate crashing a party and are joined by the penguins, King Julian and Co., and the monkeys. How do a lion, zebra, hippo, giraffe, four penguins, two monkeys, three lemurs travel through Europe without attracting attention and get back to New York? They join a traveling circus. Their attempts to get back to New York are consistently hampered by the Captain of Animal Control who wants to make Alex part of her collection. Once they make it back to New York Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman realize that they want to be part of the traveling circus.
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18:00 Puskás Hungary (2009) Documentary, Drama
A portrayal of Ferenc Puskas, the kid from Kispest who became the brightest star in the footballing galaxy. He created a legend in his youth as captain of the famous Golden Team but adoration turned to persecution when he fled his homeland in 1956. He went on to travel the world with his soccer skills and achieved almost all that can be achieved on a football pitch. He was adored by Real Madrid supporters and played for the Spanish national squad after making Spain his second home. His career as a player lasted an amazing 20 years and after leading the sport on the field, he moved to the bench from where he coached players all the way to the European Cup Finals. He is still greatly admired in Hungary, Spain, Greece, Australia and across the globe. Puskas spent his life bringing people together from all walks of life as he took on new cultures and learned new languages but always remained a true Hungarian at heart. He loved life and lived it to the full. He became the world's most ...
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21:00 Kameleon (2008) Comedy, Drama, Thriller
While cleaning offices at night, Zsolt Kovàcs learns a lot about his invisible employers by examining what they leave behind, carefully choosing his targets, often disillusioned women whom he seduces, methodically taking their money. An artist of manipulation, with a generous dose of humor and the ability to assume different personalities, Zsolt begins to work in a psychologist's practice, where he meets Hanna, a 30 year-old dancer who is physically incapacitated and the daughter of a millionaire. The ideal victim if love doesn't get in the way.
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23:00 Egészséges Erotika (1985) Comedy
The manager of the country crate factory have TV cameras installed in the women's dressing room. He and his friends amuse themselves by watching the women dressing. When the workers discover the cameras they decide to go on strike.
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So DON'T forget! 6th July, Sunday 16:00 - Film Club at Széchenyi Square ;) Enjoy a perfect night in Szeged totally free!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Greetings from Hungary

O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam / Donna Ankney
Choir of Tömörkény István Secondary Grammar School, Szeged, Hungary

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lose weight !

Dear Readers,

This year, for the twelfth time, the citizens of Szeged and its region can compete in an extraordinary diet competition. The aim of the program is to persuade dwellers to pursue a healthier lifestyle with more exercise and sports activity. It would also highlight the positive features of the healthy diet and day-to-day exercise. This initiation became really popular in the past decade, the participant lost more than 10 tons of overweight all together. :D In my opinion this is a really great and good result!!!

Hungary has the third place on Europe's obesity list right now, and it is quite well-known that the best way to "cure" obesity is to do daily exercise. The participants of this program usually get rid of 8-12 kilograms in a few months, but there are also many who can lose more than 30 kilos!!! They are not only here to get free of the excess fat, but to learn how to live a healthier and sportier lifestyle. In the program they have the opportunity to take part in 2 trainings a week, to achieve the coveted weight.

In the past 11 years quite a few hundred people could participate effectively in the program, the youngest participant wasn't even 10 years old, on the other hand the oldest one has passed 70 when joined the team! :)
The program takes part in Aquapolis Szeged.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Key to China - New Confucius Institute in Szeged

More than 70 cities have angled for establishing a new Confucius Institute, but only Szeged have succeeded.
The institute will open in September and there is no doubt about the various facilities and benefits it will provide for the students, local businesses and residents of Szeged. The themes of the recent conference in the town hall were the strenghtening relationships between Hungary and China, Szeged and Shanghai.
The parliamentary representative, István Újhelyi stated, that if we want to cut in the chase for Chinese business, economic and diplomatic relations we have to 'learn China' and understand the Chinese way of thinking. He also mentioned that he appeciates the efforts of the present-day government for establishing better relations with Chinese partners. Besides these he claims that due to our Asian ancestors we have a better chance for creating strong contacts with Chinese partners.

It is a huge accomplishment that out of 70 applicants, Szeged can have the opportunity to host a new Confucius Institute. The mayor expects economic and cultural development in Szeged.

Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions aligned with the Government of the People's Republic of China that aim to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges.

Confucius Institute (CI) headquarters are located in Beijing, and the program is overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and the United Front Work Department. The institutes operate in co-operation with local affiliate colleges and universities around the world, and financing is shared between Hanban and the host institutions.

The related Confucius Classroom program partners with local secondary schools or school districts to provide teachers and instructional materials. It provides opportunities to study Chinese culture and language for those who are interested.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

VIRSKY dance crew in Szeged again

The Open-Air Theatre of Szeged has opened and invites all of you to its fantastic shows. One of them is the world-wide famous show of the Virsky dance crew, a team which has played an important part in shaping the history of dancing. The biggest rival of the Mojszejev dance crew has arrived to Szeged after 10 years of impatient waiting. While the Mojszejev crew is more famous in Europe, the Virsky is better known in the USA. This can be pressed for the fact that the Virsky crew has only spent 2 months in Europe before.

The ensemble was created in 1937 by Pavlo Virsky and Mykola Bolotov, and guided by Pavlo Virsky until his death in 1975. During World War II, Virsky performed for the soldiers at the front. In 1980, the company's artistic direction was overtaken by Myroslav Vantukh, who had been a disciple of Pavlo Virsky. Virsky's aim is to create dances that embrace historical Ukrainian dance traditions as well as dances that are innovative and forward-moving.

Pavlo Pavlovych Virsky was an innovative dancer, balletmaster, choreographer, and founder of the P. Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble, whose work in Ukrainian dance was groundbreaking and influenced generations of dancers.

Pavlo Virsky was born on February 25, 1905 in Odesa, Ukraine. After graduating from the Odesa Music and Drama School in 1927, he continued his studies in Moscow, at the Theater Technicum, from 1927-28. Virsky joined the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theatre as a dancer and choreographer. It was at this theater that he collaborated with Mykola Bolotov in their first joint production: Gliere's The Red Poppy. Virsky left the Odesa in 1931, and worked as a balletmaster at various theatres, including those in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kiev, working on productions of ballets such as Raymonda, La Esmeralda, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote.

With the outbreak World War II, and in the build-up to the Great Patriotic War, many ensembles suspended activity, as performers were enlisted to entertain the troops. Virsky continued his work with folk-themed choreography as the director of the Red Flag Song and Dance Ensemble of the Kiev Military District beginning in 1939.
 In 1955, Virsky returned to Kiev to helm the State Folk Dance Ensemble of the Ukrainian SSR, just after World War II. For the next 20 years (until his death in 1975) Pavlo Virsky developed the concepts of Ukrainian folk-stage dance further than had previously been imagined. He founded a school to train dancers in the technique he developed. He toured the world with his dancers, influencing Ukrainian dancers the world over.

Virsky died on July 5, 1975 in Kiev. The State Folk Dance Ensemble of the Ukrainian SSR was named after him in 1977.

Today this widely known crew celebrates its 75th anniversary on the stages of the Open-Air Theatre of Szeged with its 84 members in a hundred minutes long performance. It can be seen on the 7th of August, 9pm, in New-Szeged.

Tickets for the show can be bought online here: TICKETS ONLINE

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Food scandal in Szeged

An unbelievably large number of people (98) became infected with Salmonella enteritidis, a serious infecting agent in Szeged and Domaszék last week. Most of the infected are kids, however, there are four adults involved, too. Not only schoolchildren, but also kids attending nursery school and play-school got infected. The poisonous food arrived from a restaurant in Domaszék, the so-called "Nagyi Kifőzde", which was shut down by the authorities last week.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhoea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. In most cases, the illness lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases the diarrhoea may be so severe that the patient becomes dangerously dehydrated and must be taken to a hospital. This happened to a few of the infected children.

The seriousness of this infection is demonstrated by the fact that there are few children who are still under treatment at the Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Szeged at the moment. According to the food-delivering company, the cause of the infection was the swelter and the inadequate storing. The schools, nurseries and play-schools have been desinfected last week. The company appears to have made several serious mistakes which lead to the break-out of the infection so it was shut down a few days ago. The parents and teachers are indignant.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Munkácsy exhibition in the Móra Ferenc Museum, Szeged

World-wide famous Munkácsy paintings can be seen in Szeged's Móra Ferenc Museum this month. You can admire 41 renowned paintings, many of them haven't been exhibited in Hungary yet. Actors of the Szeged Theatre revive Munkácsy's life, you can visit the shows in July. In the great hall of the Museum you can see the 36 m2 big painting of Munkácsy, the Golgotha.

Munkácsy Mihály can be proclaimed Hungary's greatest and most well-known painter. He lived in Paris and earned international reputation with his amazing genre and biblical paintings. He was born to German parents in the Kingdom of Hungary, in Munkács, the town of which he later named himself. He was quite influenced by the modern French art seen at the Universal Exposition in 1867.

In the early years of his career Munkácsy painted mainly scenes from the daily lives of peasants and poor people. In 1869, Munkácsy painted his much acclaimed work The Last Day of a Condemned Man. This is considered his first masterpiece. The picture was rewarded with the Gold Medal of the Paris Salon in 1870. Towards the end of his career he painted two monumental works: "Hungarian Conquest" for the House of Parliament and a fresco entitled "Apotheosis of Renaissance", for the ceiling of Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna. By the 1890s, his depression grew into a severe mental illness which was probably intensified by the syphilis he caught in his youth. His last pictures are troubled and sometimes even bizarre. Nineteenth century visual art or the historical developments of Hungarian art cannot be discussed without considering Munkácsy's lifework.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Szeged is extremely hot these days

During this week the visitors of Szeged won't need any warm spring clothes. Tourists can enjoy the various pleasure resorts of our beautiful city, which is the most impressive in the summer. It is fantastic to chill out in the city centre, try the better and better ice-cream bars and relax by the riverside.

The temperature can rise up to 40 °C, which also requires higher protection of our skin. The best is to use suncream and drink minimum 2 litres of water every day. Most skin cancer can be prevented, so don't be afraid of sun rays, but be aware. The best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid sun exposure. Stay out of the midday sun (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is the strongest sunlight.

 Wear sunglasses with UV ray protection, to prevent eye damage that may lead to cataracts. Wear loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs. It’s safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. If you can’t keep your baby out of the sun, cover your child’s skin with hats and clothing. Protect any bare skin with a small amount of sunscreen that is sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher.