The life of 16th-century dervish Gül Baba, Roman archaeological finds in Europe’s largest stone archives and the fan of famed 19th-century Hungarian actress-singer Lujza Blaha will be among the new highlights of this year’s Night of Artefacts on June 17-19, the organisers have said. The three-day summer arts festival offers 100 programmes in 50 museums, galleries, art studios, cultural centres and artist’s workshops in Budapest. The schedule includes meet-the-artist guided studio tours, thematic walks and workshops in addition to presentations by professionals at museum exhibitions, roundtable discussions and film screenings.
“We strongly believe that art is not only confined to the places behind the doors of a museum, but also surrounds us in our everyday lives and can be found even in the most unexpected places,” Szilvia Kollmann, the festival’s director, said.
Among the new venues is the recently refurbished Gül Baba cultural centre which will offer insight into the life and work of the 16th-century poet and soldier who had been sent to Buda in 1541 by Sultan Suleiman to set up a Bektashi monastery. Another venue to join this year’s event is the BTM Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park which will introduce to visitors archaeological excavations, as well as the treasures of one of Europe’s largest stone archives and the everyday life of the Romans.
The National Museum will present its top ten most precious artefacts including the coronation mantel of St Stephen, Hungary’s founding king, a clavichord played by Mozart and a statue of Josef Stalin. The Kiscelli Museum will tell visitors the story of the fan of famed Hungarian actress-singer Lujza Blaha, who appeared in Hungary’s first ever film, The Dance, in 1901. For those who want to participate in making art, the Herend Porcelain Palace will offer the opportunity to try out porcelain rose moulding and porcelain painting. The Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Institute will show visitors how to make smaller felt objects.