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    Ramblings in breweries

    In the hot summertime, there isn’t a better thing to do than to drink a pint of cold beer on your favourite terrace. Though Hungary is rather a vine-producing than a beer-brewer country, it has four historical breweries that produce more than 6 million hectolitres of beer a year. Take a bottle of your favourite bitter hop-drink in your hand and let’s have a closer look into the small Hungarian beer history, along these four factories – with a little outlook.

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    History of soft drinks

    The rich water-supply of Hungary is legendary. Hungarians have the possibility of both swimming in waters and consume them. We are going to study the history of beneficial mineral waters and the soda-water – its maiden name was ‘szikvíz’ that means ’alkaline-water’ – and that of soft drinks made by the socialist industry.
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    Under the open sky of Pest - on the plain side of Budapest

    Last week we visited the former garden-restaurants, terraces and taverns of Buda and gained some insight into where the celebrities of the era, the middle-class citizens longing for amusement, or the members of aristocracy went out if they wanted to have a rest with a drink after a trip, or to have a good meal. Let’s see what happened meanwhile on the other side, in the shadows of plane trees and parks.

  • Avar Mihály vendéglője, Budapest, 1931

    A table for two with shade, view and fresh air

    Compared to previous years, beer-gardens and terraces have been opened a bit later than usual this year, due to the winter in April after Easter, but slowly one can plan to sit outside more confidently. Let’s look around the terraces of restaurants and taverns next to once-popular hiking destinations. First on the side of Buda.

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    National Exhibition and Fair of Pécs in 1907

    There was a feast in Pécs 110 years ago today, because the National Exhibition and Fair of Pécs in 1907 was organised on this very day. The expo that attracted almost a million visitors aimed to introduce the trade, agriculture, home industry and art of Hungary to the general public – according to its rules – and to strengthen the relationships between producers and consumers. It was not a well-known fact that the construction of a culture palace in Pécs depended on the incomes of the fair. Although the expo was successful, Pécs did not get the palace.

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Virtual exhibitions

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Besides searching and browsing digitized cultural contents, visitors can view thematic virtual exhibitions from the records of MaNDA’s database, which are widened weekly. Our aim with the exhibitions is to introduce the cultural contents of the database in a new context, in a way that they would never be in the same virtual room otherwise, due to their spatial, legal or formal features. You can see our former exhibitions under this menu.

Establishment of Europeana

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During the period of the Swedish EU presidency in April 2001 in Lund, representatives of the then 15 Member States formulated their demand that a breakthrough in the field of cultural digitisation was necessary. One of their most important issues was that a cooperative forum should be created in order to put cultural digitisation in the European dimension and the accessibility and visibility of the European digital cultural heritage must be promoted.