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Buildings, people, past and present

Unique portrait of the group of buildings, the milieu and inhabitants living in the era of the 1950s -- short account

Recreation, conversation, history of society - to see, feel and understand the events of the past and the atmosphere of the age

Dear Readers,
An exciting programme series is organized in the Central Library, supported by the Memorial Commission established for the 60th anniversary of the revolution and fight for freedom of 1956.
The main goal is to present the facts (and characteristics) of everyday life encompassing the events of the revolution and later on.
Hopefully, it facilitates the understanding of the events of the period which affected not only the life in those days but the lives of the next generations as well.

By the programmes you can get closer to the happenings of the past (1956) and you can get to know the era better.

The first programme focused on music and other sorts of entertainment people were interested in within the period of the 1950s.
Last week, the second event of the series presented a great view of the streets – a unique portrait of the group of buildings (and the atmosphere of the age) by András Ferkai, expert of architecture and history of civilization.
His research area is the history of 20th century Hungarian architecture (art history, intellectual history, preservation of modern buildings, among others).

Last November, a famous film by István Szabó was projected, then an exciting conversation was held by Tibor Valuch.
People’s shop and luxury department store - abundance, pauperization, consumer society

People living in the 21st century are interested in everyday life of the second half of the 20th century.
We can get a colorful portrait of not only the features how people lived in the 1950s-70s but the changes that occured in the life of society.
Let’s see an example:
One of the fields of social life was pastime in coffee-bars in the Hungarian capital – espresso was the favourite type of bars in the 1950s and later (even in the 1980s).

See more information about Tibor Valuch and his life-work

Coffee house, coffee bar, café