Post Tagged with: "Budapest"

Plans for inner Budapest (1946) Source: Tér és Forma / Arcanum.hu.

Modern Budapest–A 1946 plan to drastically reimagine the Hungarian capital

If architect József Fischer had his way, much of central Budapest as we know it today would have been gutted, making way for what may have been considered seventy years ago as a groundbreaking modern utopia. The Urbanista blog, associated with the Index news site, dug up some fascinating plans and proposals from 1946, for how Budapest might look in […]

by · September 23, 2016 · Culture
Budapest's Living Memorial vandalized late at night on September 9th. Photo: Péter Fávics

Antisemitic attack in Hungary — Holocaust memorial vandalised

The Living Memorial, a grassroots monument in Budapest’s Liberty Square, in memory to the 600,000 victims of the Holocaust in Hungary, was vandalised this weekend, shortly after the neo-Nazi Kuruc.info website published an article threatening to destroy the monument. Photographs displayed at the site were torn and other items of remembrance added to the Living Memorial by survivors and descendants […]

by · September 11, 2016 · Antisemitism
Olympic Park in Budapest.

No Olympics for Budapest? Hungarian journalist proposes referendum to oppose 2024 Summer Games

Hungarian journalist Katalin Erdélyi submitted a referendum proposal to the National Election Commission, in the hope of giving Hungarian citizens the right to vote on whether Budapest should continue its bid to host the 2024 Summer Games. Both the Hungarian government and the Budapest municipal government are enthusiastically supporting the bid to host the Olympics in the Hungarian capital, even […]

by · September 6, 2016 · Culture
György Budaházy receives a standing ovation in the Budapest Capital Regional Court on Tuesday from Jobbik supporters, right before his sentencing. Photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI.

Hungarian extremist sentenced to 13 years in prison for terrorism

A far-right extremist, whose group sadistically assaulted and nearly killed a media personality, bombed gay clubs in Budapest and attacked the homes of Socialist and liberal politicians using Molotov cocktails, received a 13-year prison sentence on Tuesday in the Budapest Capital Regional Court. Between 2007 and 2009, György Budaházy led a group of far-right terrorists, called the “Arrows of Hungarians” […]

by · August 30, 2016 · Politics
Budapest's Living Memorial in Freedom Square. Photo: Christopher Adam

Budapest Living Memorial – An interview with Eszter Garai-Édler and Balázs Horváth

As a continuation of the presentation of the work of the Living Memorial group in Budapest, Eszter Garai-Édler and Balázs Horváth provide insight behind more than two years of activism and almost four hundred public forum sessions. The interview was conducted by Katalin Szlukovényi. * K.S.: What were your personal motives for joining the Living Memorial? Eszter: I got involved […]

by · August 15, 2016 · Focus
Living Memorial activists. Photo: jeumag.com.

From Memory to Presence — Hungary’s Living Memorial

There are no conflict-free communities. But it is literally a question of life and death how communities address their common issues and whether they can learn from previous mistakes. Inescapably, this question came into the foreground two years ago, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary, full of commemoration events all over the country. The […]

by · August 14, 2016 · Focus
Placido Domingo and Viktor Orbán.

Meet Placido Domingo’s new friends – Europe’s authoritarian leaders

We all know and admire the art of Maestro Placido Domingo, the great opera singer, conductor and musical director. He was born in Spain, raised in Mexico; his singing career blossomed in the United States and continued in Europe. The 75-year old is well known in Budapest, he visited Hungary several times and the Maestro even considered bringing Ferenc Erkel’s […]

by · August 10, 2016 · Politics
Protestors in Budapest's Városliget. Photo Credit: Colby Hopkins.

Activists occupy major park in Budapest to stop unwanted development

Colby Hopkins, an American social justice activist and graduate of New York University, is currently in Budapest and is witnessing firsthand an on-going protest in the Városliget (City Park) against the Orbán government’s decision to construct a new museum quarter, at the expense of trees and much needed public green space. Many analysts believe that the government is using the development […]

by · July 13, 2016 · Focus
Trams at Budapest's Széll Kálmán tér (formerly Moszkva tér) in June 2016. Photo: Christopher Adam.

Far fewer Hungarians own cars, according to new study

One of Hungary’s most prominent pollsters and research firms, Medián (commissioned by Robert Bosch Kft.), published some insightful statistics today, on how transportation and the role of cars in the lives of ordinary citizens is changing in Hungary. Anyone who has been to Budapest (I just returned from a three week trip) can tell you that driving in the city […]

by · July 4, 2016 · Focus
One of the nameless, security guards/thugs hired to intimidate demonstrators. Photo: C. Adam

An example of contemporary Hungarian fascism in Budapest

In other news from the European Union, not related to Brexit…Many thanks to my friend, Balázs Szücs, a city councillor in Budapest’s 7th District, for taking me to an eye-opening example of civil disobedience in Budapest’s City Park (Városliget) on Tuesday. Pro-democracy opposition activists and civil liberties demonstrators occupied the Hungarian Technical and Transportation Museum, chaining themselves to the windows, […]

by · June 30, 2016 · Politics