Advent celebrations in Józsefváros

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Let's get ready for the Advent season in Józsefváros together!

We invite you on each weekend of Advent at Horváth Mihály tér in the Józsefváros Bálaszín for various programs.

We will light the candle on the square in front of the church.

Programs for the first Advent weekend

Friday, 25 November

4 pm Rézeleje Fanfárosok - concert

Moldavian dance music on modern instruments, mixing with the popular tunes of "muzică populară". Inspired by the music of the Carpathian Basin, Romania and the Balkan as well.

5 pm Literary program (Irodalmi bálabontás)

Our guests will be writers form the 8th district Pál Ficsku and István Szathmári. Host: György Szerbhorváth

6 pm Rézeleje táncház

At our folk dance events old melodies live on in modern times, but in their original setting. In addition to the music of Moldovan folk dances, comprising the majority of the repertoire, the music of the Carpathian Basin, Romania and the Balkan will be included as well.

7 pm Szőke András és a műszálas tündérek (András Szőke and the synthetic fiber fairies) – Szatymazi otthonka-revü (House dress revue from Szatymaz)

In the first act, András Szőke does stand-up comedy (house dress chronology), then in the second act, a fashion show of house dresses can be observed, with commentary from András Szőke. A small house dress exhibition will also be held. We are accepting applications of brave amateur models for the fashion show as well! (Apply at kulturkubikos@gmail.com.)

Saturday, November 26

11 am Kispárna Mesezenekar

Own songs paired with games. In their themes the topics of environmental protection, importance of being active and of hygiene, family, values of friendship are embedded into the framework of Christmas celebrations.

2 pm „Zenegyerekeknek”: The sound of nimble jungle bells

Cheerful winter songs with Laci Juhász of „Zenegyerekeknek”.

3 pm Batyu Színház: Vulpine Székely fairy tale

Based on a fairy tale from Bukovina, The vulpine Székely bride and the devil. Once upon a time in the country of Erdély, at the borders of River Arieș, there lived a Székely man and his wife...

4:30 pm Zoltán Rostás and Róbert Lakatos: Folklore Duo

Authentic ethno concert with Boyash Romani songs.

6 pm Stux és barátai – concert

Chansons from the previous century.

Sunday, 27 November

3 pm Ottrock Béla cocktail pianist concert

Popular old Hungarian hits on piano.

4 pm Batyu Színház: Hófehér és Rózsapiros

suitcase puppet play with Bunraku puppets involving the audience. For kindergartners and children at school.

5 pm Lighting of the candle - at the square in front of the church

5:30 pm Skálakópék concert

Ironic-iconic music, big city street music.

Programs for the second Advent weekend

December 2, Friday

3 pm „Zenegyerekeknek”: Resounding from the depths of night

Cheerful winter songs with Laci Juhász of „Zenegyerekeknek”. Popular children’s songs, folk songs, traditional elements, round dances, and nursery rhymes. In addition to the guitar, vocal, and rhythm section, woodwind and other instruments will perform.

4 pm Mese-Játék és Kézműves Céh: Waiting for Mikulás

Stories, games, and nursery rhymes with music in anticipation of the holiday. Songs and poems about winter and the holiday. (for 3-7 years olds – family program).

5 pm Literary program (Irodalmi bálabontás)

Our guest: László Garaczi.  Host: György Szerbhorváth

6 pm Sonivius Vappae – concert

A band of noisy rascals born from the mud of the Middle Ages condemned to eternal wandering.  They torment unsuspecting people who come their way with coarse slurs and punish those destined for similar damnation while convicted by the same means. Their instruments of torture: medieval bagpipe, medieval whistle, flute, cistern, human voice, Tapan, djembe, lute, lute.

December 3, Saturday

11 am Mese-Játék és Kézműves Céh: Toddler playground

Sung stories, games, and nursery rhymes for the little ones during Advent. Greeting Mikulás with kids’ activities and games. (for 0-3 years old infants and toddlers – family program).

2 pm Mojo – concert

Sound of Brazil: December summer mood with a single guitar in Bálaszín.

3 pm Batyu Színház: Residents of Silver Forest

A festive musical puppet show for preschool and school-age children.

4:30 pm József Balázs Jr. and his folk band: Tunes in Bálaszín

Violin, dulcimer, bass line-up from operetta to czardas.

6 pm Rézeleje - Christmas concert

Rézeleje Fanfárosk plays Moldavian folk music in a modern, metropolitan style. The popular Carpathian, Romanian and Balkan tunes now get a Christmas twist.

December 4, Sunday

3 pm Batyu Színház: Santa’s secret helper

Interactive storytelling game with puppets. What happens when Santa gets sick, and how are the gifts made?

4 pm Mojo – concert

Brazilian rhythms on a single guitar

5 pm Lighting of the candle - at the square in front of the church

5:30 pm Helka Banda – concert

Taboo breaking, female energies, uncompromising honesty, musical fusions, and a good dose of charm. Their music is influenced not only by Hungarian folk music but also by the folk music of the surrounding countries and classical music.

“You are like a pearlescent sponge from which music flows.” - Ferenc Sebő

Helga Debreczeni-Kis - zither, vocals

Anikó Barna - cobza, vocals

Bettina Török - double bass

Programmes for the third Advent weekend

December 9, Friday

3 pm La Samaria Duo: Cuban Latin

Live Latin American music – concert

4 pm Mese-Játék és Kézműves Céh: The girl dressed in a star

And other short stories for Advent. A family program with music, singing and singing lessons.

5 pm Literary program (Irodalmi bálabontás)

Our guest: András B. Vágvölgyi. Host: György Szerbhorváth

6 pm Mojo – concert

A warm welcome from Brazil with a single guitar.

December 10, Saturday

11 am Szeleburdi Meseszínház: The two cheerful reindeer

Gyuszi and Guszti reindeers lose Santa's sleigh loaded with sweets in the neck-deep snow. What will Santa Claus say?  The mystery will be solved by the end of the story with the help of the children.

2 pm „Zenegyerekeknek”: Hull a hó és hózik

Cheerful winter songs for the "Zenegyerekeknek" with Lacija Juhász.  Popular children’s songs, folk songs, traditional elements, round dances, and nursery rhymes. In addition to the guitar, vocal, and rhythm section, woodwind and other instruments will perform.

3 pm Jazz concert by János Egri Jr.

Forever hit songs and Jazz standards

4:30 pm Mojo – concert

Brazilian summer melodies

6 pm Vxatio Auris – concert

Medieval music. The raucous good-for-nothings shout in the ears of unsuspecting listeners as a means of punishment. Thus they cheer the worthy and punish the damned. Their instruments include the medieval bagpipe, whistle, flute, tapan, djembedrum, hurdy gurdy and lute. They sing in Hungarian and in Latin and Old French as well.

11 December, Sunday

3 pm Krisztina Borbély – Zoltán Boros: Three tales

The legend of the Pine

Klára's gift

The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats

Puppet shows for children with audience participation

4 pm Concert by Elias Lakatos and Ákos Kerényi

Guitar and percussion music from Venezuela

5 pm Lighting of the candle - at the square in front of the church

5:30 pm Versi Varsa – concert

Children's world music for child-minded adults and their younger companions. Contemporary poems in melody.

Béla Ágoston – bagpipe

Kata Horváti – vocals

Ádám Móser – accordion

Tamás Móser – guitar

István Rózsa – tuba

Csaba Gyulai – percussion instruments

Programs for the fourth Advent weekend

Friday, 16 December

3 pm Mojo – concert

Brazilian tunes performed with one single guitar

4 pm Mese-Játék és Kézműves Céh: Fly, Angels!

Christmas in the old days: traditions, beliefs, tales, stories, with music and teaching of songs (family activity)

5 pm Literary program (Irodalmi bálabontás)

Our guest is Triceps László Lantos, newly honored with the “For Józsefváros” award. Triceps is the underground-renaissance figure of the district: actor, director, writer, editor, publisher, and bookseller, community manager, performance artist.

6 pm Mai Rumba - concert

Cuban salsa music

Saturday, 17 December

11 am Krisztina Borbély + Zoltán Boros: Three tales

Little Red Riding Hood and the Great Wizard

Scat!

The Frog King

Puppet shows for children with audience participation.

2 pm „Zenegyerekeknek”: Little Christmas, Big Christmas

Winter songs with Laci Juhász

3 pm Szeleburdi mesezenekar: Happy Frogs

A fairy tale concert. Not only kids but also the adults accompanying them will find the songs of the Szeleburdi amusing. The music is varied, presenting many styles from pop-rock to bossa nova to tango.

Gabi Gubás – vocal, prose

Zsolt Pálfy – vocal, guitar

Dimitri Radukov – piano

István Bata – bass guitar

Zsolt Magda – drums

4:30 pm Balázs Family: The violin tells tales

Christmas tunes for strings

6 pm Izreality - concert

Traditional Jewish Klezmer folk music and Israeli songs: stream of music encompassing Pest and Buda, friendly music on the day before Hanukkah.

Sunday, 18 December

3 pm Krisztina Borbély + Zoltán Boros: Three tales

The Christmas Guest

The Seven-Headed Fairy

A dotted day.

Puppet shows for children with audience participation.

4 pm Lajos Csiki and his Band: Retroyal - concert

Dance music concert

5 pm Lighting of the candle - at the square in front of the church

6 pm Sörbanditák - concert

Much to the beer lovers’ and abstinents’ delight, the songs are in rock, blues, reggae, and ska styles.

Zsolt Pálfy – vocal, guitar

Márton Sütő – vocal, lead guitar

Zsolt Rónai – vocal, bass guitar

Szilveszter Juhász – drum, percussion

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