Not exactly a cultural programme but a topic I just have to write about. On 4th October Arkad was opened which is the biggest shopping centre in the region!
It might not be interesting for those who live int he capital or in very large cities but Szeged did not have a proper shopping centre before.
With so many people living in Szeged not to mention the tourists during the year we deserved it!
I went there on Saturday and I am absolutely satisfied with it. It was extremely crowded but I think it will get better it’s just the novelty at the moment.
The place is full of very good shops and everybody can find something for their taste.
You can choose from 130 stores and if you are tired there are places where you can relax. I really enjoyed the cafe in Alexandra bookshop buti f you are hungry you can choose from many different eateries. The interior is modern and if you don’t want to spend money on food there are places where you can simply sit down and relax before you go int he next shop.
Parking is free and although the place was very crowded I could still manage to find a parking space.
Most shops are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday but Spar, Media Markt and Deichmann have longer opening hours, check it on their websites. It is very convenient and at last a place in Szeged where you can really buy everything under one roof. Visiting Arkad in Szeged is really a must!
Forty of Csontvary Kosztka Tivadar’s paintings can be seen in Szeged Mora Ferenc Museum and Szentes, from 14th October until the middle of December.
It is a unique event as apart from two other exhibitions, one in 1994 and the other last year in Istanbul, these paintings could not have been seen in any other places than Pecs since the opening of Csontvary Museum in 1974 there.
You can ask why Szeged and Szentes are the places where his works are exhibited.
During the Great Flood of Szeged in 1879 Csontvary took an active part in helping and as originally he wanted to be a pharmacist, he worked in a pharmacy in Szentes. Seeing the destruction in Szeged might have pushed him in the direction of becoming an artist.
Ticket prices are 1500 HUF for adults and 900 HUF for students and pensioners. There is special family ticket for 2 adults and maximum3 children for 2900 HUF. The museum in Szegen is open every day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
In Szentes the opening hours are from Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Prices are lower than in Szeged, 700 HUF for adults, 400 HUF for students and pensioners and the family ticket is only 1200 HUF.