The Benedictines came down to the city

On Wednesday, the opening of the project “Abbey Manor Visitor Centre - the first Hungarian regional exhibition area” was held and the investment’s foundation stone was laid. János Lázár, the Under-Secretary of State to the Prime Minister's Office attended the ceremony, as well.

The tourism development program of the Pannonhalma Archabbey is continued. In the latest investment phase, the manor building and the historic cellar in the city centre, crumbling for decades, will be renewed and will gain new functions; the buildings were given back to the Benedictine order after the change in the political system. The large-scale reconstruction is a high-priority project; the Abbey has received more than 1.4 billion Forint government support for the implementation.

"Through this investment, the Benedictines came down from the mountain to the city" - said László Rábai project manager jokingly, who detailed how the building, erected in 1650’s, will be changed into a visitor centre, a tourist information centre, museum, and a regional exhibition and event centre, i.e. a place which stores values that satisfies the requirements of the 21st century, until June, next year. Péter Laki, the president and CEO of the construction company has shown the extent of the renovation in figures. According to him, five thousand square meters of building, and twenty-five thousand square meters of surface will be renewed by next summer.

János Lázár, the Under-Secretary of State to the Prime Minister's Office attended the opening ceremony who emphasized that the government considers the churches as its “allies” therefore it supports their work and their developments. The Under-Secretary of State announced that the government intends to provide benefits to the churches during the EU tender resource allocations between 2014 and 2020.

He added that he would propose to the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán next week that the four per cent of the EU funds that could be used to support the workers in the central apparatus should be offered to the historic churches and so they could get additional funding of HUF 250 to 300 billion.

After the ceremonial foundation stone laying, and before the blessing, Asztrik Várszegi, Chief Abbot thanked everyone for help, including Ákos Kara, member of the Parliament, who in some way contributed to the realization of the project.



The new look of the Music Academy – let’s see

"The construction of the Academy of Music is one of our greatest pride, if not the greatest pride" (Péter Laki)

The entire reconstruction was realised from altogether HUF 13.2 billion, using European and Hungarian funds. The renovated Academy of Music is the result of more than one hundred restorers and altogether more than one thousand people worked on it – András Batta rector stressed when the representatives of the press visited the building of the Ferenc Liszt square that was renovated in 26 months and inaugurated on Tuesday with a celebrating concert.

Mr Zoltán Balog, minister of human resources recalled the moment when a year ago he was listening to a chorus standing under the scaffolding and said that arts are flourishing even in difficult circumstances, and now the Hungarian music got its deserved conditions. He made us remember that the entire reconstruction – containing also the György Ligeti building that was finished in 2011 - was realised from altogether HUF 13.2 billion, using European and Hungarian funds.

The supporting contract on the complex development program was signed in October, 2008. The development focused at the full-scope reconstruction and modernisation of the central monument building of the university. Out of the total cost of the project HUF 11,829 billion were covered by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund, within the Central-Hungarian Operations Program.

The government is allocating HUF 800 million for restoring the original Voit-organ, this is going to taken place in 3 years. The organ – as told by Gergely Lakatos, lead engineer to the Hungarian News Agency (MTI) is going to get back the playing table that was built in 1907 and now being inserted into the enlarged podium, and there will a mobile version that can be placed in the front of the stage.

Before the concert on Tuesday they inaugurate the work of Péter Párkányi Raab situated on the left side of the main entrance in the Ferenc Liszt square, which is representing George Solti, the world-famous conductor. Even the small hall of the Music Academy is going to be named after George Solti on Tuesday. It is planned that Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister is going to give a speech at the evening gala.

The small hall where mostly the opera exams are going to be taken, will operate as a chamber opera, too, and rope-loft, lighting system, dressing rooms and the orchestra pit were installed. The basement contains the warehouse for the musical instruments, the dressing rooms of the chorus and orchestra musicians and there are new lavatories for the audience.

The chairs of the main hall were upholstered, altogether 460 sqm of velvet was used for this purpose and for the curtains. The distance between the rows in the ground floor was increased in this way the auditorium is less crowded, the number of seats decreased from 579 to 432 while the number of seats on the upper floor remained unchanged. The buffet disappeared from the ground-floor’s foyer, there is a new café for the audience in the glass-roofed court on the right side of the main hall. The reconstruction introduced an elevator for the main hall and small hall.

Besides the introduction of the 21 century’s modern educational and comfort functions the main criterion of the reconstruction consisted of complying strictly with the monument-related requirements. Mr Gergely Lakatos, lead engineer told that the building regained its colours through the researching, more than one hundred restorers worked on the renovation of the statues, the Miksa Róth stained glass windows and mosaics, wooden surfaces, wall upholstery, the piro-granite and eosin-enamelled Zsolnay ceramics ornaments and the Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch frescoes. The chandeliers of the main and small hall were reconstructed by decomposing them into 10-cm pieces.

During the trial concert held on Sunday for the former and current students of the institution turned out that the famous and sophisticated acoustics of the main hall remained perfect. The Music Academy’s Concert Centre that was associated with the university after the reopening of the Music Academy is awaiting the audience with the program at the highest possible level.

Source: MTI,


Mór’s Historic City Centre Renewed

On Friday, October 4th, the opening ceremony of the 79th Mór Wine Days was preceded by special, festive moments, when a renewed building and a public square was inaugurated and consecrated. The Municipality of the City had successfully applied for “City Rehabilitation for Value Conservation and Function Augmentation in Cities with a Population between 10,000 and 20,000” grants announced under the Mid-Trans-Danubian Operative Program. As a result of the works, the historic city centre of Mór has been renewed.

Following the festive salutation by Mayor Péter Fenyves, Gábor Törő, the Chairman of the General Assembly of Fejér County and MP for Mór highlighted that

“The fundamental purpose of the function augmentation grant scheme is to renew urban areas in such an integrated way that substantially contribute to the enhancement of the economic and social activities within the city. In addition to infrastructural and investment type development, soft elements aimed at turning Szent István Park into a community area. One of the means of achieving that is to organize events in the park that attract interested parties.”

“One of the objectives of the Project was to strengthen the central function of the city centre of Mór,” added Tamás Molnár during the celebration, who is the Managing Director of the Mid-Trans-Danubian Regional Development Agency Non-Profit Ltd. (or KDRFÜ). In his speech he underlined that “The renewed city centre may become a centre possessing economic and community functions that could be decisive on a micro-regional level. If you look around at the location of the investment, you can see that as a result of the New Széchenyi Plan Project we have managed to achieve all those goals that the applicant set for itself, and which the KDRFÜ wished to support.”

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Antal Spányi County Bishop consecrated the inaugurated series of shops.

As a result of a successful European Union proposal, the historic city centre of Mór was renewed from a sum of HUF 678,200,129. The Municipality applied and received a non-refundable grant of HUF 485,798,912 under the New Széchenyi Plan for the rehabilitation of the city centre. The works started in the spring of 2012. A year ago, during the Wine Days, the dwellers of the city had the chance of taking over the renewed Kapucinus Square, the rebuilt Szent István Park and the renovated Luzsénszky Castle. This year, the operations continued, and as a result of that the grand-scale investment was completed by inaugurating the BUILDING BLOCK at 7 SZENT ISTVÁN SQUARE and 1 LOVARDA STREET at the opening ceremony of the Mór Wine Days. The building has several functions; it houses shops, provides an opportunity for tourists who like a peaceful place and love tasty food, and the “Lábasház” in the back yard looks like new again, too, and may be used as the venue of exhibitions or weddings. In the course of the operations that lasted for approximately a year and a half, the public administration, cultural and public institutional centre of the city and the entire micro-region was renewed in the area surrounded by Vértes Street, Kodály Zoltán Street, Dózsa György Street, Vámos Alley, Arany János Street, Kapucínus Square, Erzsébet Square, Budai Nagy Antal Square, Kossuth Lajos Street and Ady Endre Street. The monuments of the city that are important as far as the image of the settlement goes are located also here, and so is the Szent István Park. The improved city centre makes up for 0.2% of the entire area of Mór, and 10.2% (1,504 people) of its population.

Szent István Park has become a community area with a playground and a decorative pond. The facade of the Luzsénszky Castle that is used as the Mayor’s Office has also regained its former colours, the heating system of the building has been modernized, the doors and windows and the roof has been replaced. The Kapucinus Square looks nicer than ever, too, the walkway, the roads and the green areas have been rebuilt, and new parking spaces have been created; the Project has become complete by inaugurating the row of shops that line the park, which has been given a new look.

Source: Fidesz


Tihany received a new image

Both the local people and the tourists were delighted on Thursday, because the works on the project ‘Tihany Legend’ have been officially completed and the village’s historical centre has been renewed. As a result of the development funded from HUF 793 total costs, including HUF 608 million EU and national funding, the Echo Hill and the Pisky walkway, the panorama route connecting the abbey church, received decorative paving, a new central square was formed by demolishing the former telephone exchange in front of the community centre, the Miklós Borsos Square, used previously as a parking space, was transformed into a beautiful square with a fountain, several streets and parking spaces in the old village received new surfacing, the Csokonai Grove along the Pisky Walkway was renewed and the Calvary consecrated in 1927 and demolished in 1960 was restored on the Calvary Hill.

Everyone is enriched by the development. Mayor Imre Tósoki, who welcomed the participants of the inauguration ceremony, talked about the positive reception of the previously finished parts. In addition to the renewal of the direct centre of the village, he considered it important that the local government’s development nearly pulled along the investments of the entrepreneurs. It would be great to maintain this practice, he said.

The representatives of the twin towns welcomed the completion of this work. Tihany, the gem of Lake Balaton has just got a new look, which will attract even more tourists to the village. It also helps to build up better contacts between people of different countries, as the existence of the European Union actually serves this purpose, said Marie-Luce Bridier, deputy mayor of the French town Saint-Florent-le-Vieil who spoke in Hungarian. Similar opinion was given by Imola Pécsi-Kolumbán, the representative of the council of Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc) who said that we are all enriched from what has been achieved in the village in recent years.

One always feels good in Tihany, especially today, because as a result of collaboration, the village is enriched, said Dr. Károly Kontrát, Secretary of State of the Ministry of the Interior. As Tihany is not just one of our towns and villages, but the treasure of the Hungarian nation, everyone is enriched as the people of Tihany are growing, continued Dr. Kontrát and encouraged the people of Tihany to continue to work together in the future.

At the end of the ceremony, Imre Tósoki, Károly Kontrát, Government Agent Dr. Kovács Zoltán, and Dr. Richárd Korzenszky, head of the Benedictine Abbey cut through the national tricolour ribbon stretched at the entrance of the Echo Hill parking lot, as an indication of the completion of the investment. The Mayor handed a piece of the ribbon to the twin town delegations and to Béla Pál, MSZP parliamentary representative who used to play a significant role in obtaining the EU funding, and to Tamás Suchmann, member of MSZP, the former chairman of the Lake Balaton Development Council.

Source: napló online


Reconstruction of the Erkel Theather gets underway

Tuesday evening the contract was signed in the Hungarian State Opera House with Laki Épületszobrász Zrt, winner of the two-round procurement process called for “reconstruction of the Erkel Theatre ‘to the state of suitable for housing performances’.

After the contract signature the works ‘immediately’ get underway – told Monika Turkovics, Marketing Director to MTI. At the end of the first phase of the construction i.e. from March 2013 there will be a test operation at the Erkel Theatre for 100 days, during this period the Opera ensemble will complete 80 performances.

The Erkel Theatre under the management of the Hungarian State Opera will be officially opened in less than a year on 7 November 2013, on the 203rd anniversary of Ferenc Erkel’s birth. The Hungarian State Opera wishes to celebrate this day as the day of the Hungarian Opera.

The re-opening theatre will start the introduction of the future generation into the world of opera with Erkel’s Hunyadi László. The Hunyadi opera, the first very successful première of the 2012/13 season has become an all-social event: twelve thousand seats were occupied in front of the screen on Andrássy Street, on total one million people saw the details of the première through the television and online broadcast, while the junior version of the same piece will get on stage this spring for ten thousands of students in Erkel Theatre

Source: Napi Gazdaság