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Pécs is the European Capital of Culture in 2010

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Outstanding success for the Pécs European Capital of Culture

The revived public spaces and streets of the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture have filled with life since springtime. During almost the whole season there were no parts of the city that did not make the bywalkers stop by some kind of an attraction like an exhibition, open-air performance, concert or some alternative art event.

Finally leaving the preparatory years in 2010 we have had a series of cultural events while the city's public spaces and parks have been revived and complemented by new institutions and we still hold a few surprises for the local people and the tourists until the end of the year. The South Transdanubian Library and Knowledge Centre has already opened its gates and the Kodály Centre with such acoustic characteristics that are unique in Europe has also given place for its first performance already in December 2010.
In the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter the Sikorski House that is already open gives home now for the Gyugyi Collection introducing the golden age of Zsolnay. The exhibition that opened on 1 September 2010 has already attracted more than 10 thousand visitors even though people can only view the artworks following a preliminary registration in limited hours because of the continuous construction works. The renovation of the old Sándor Doktor - Zsolnay Educational House - the home of the Zsolnay family - that will give home to the Bóbita Puppet Theatre is also coming to an end soon. The new exhibition space in the Zsolnay Quarter has also already opened - replacing the Széchenyi square Pécs Gallery - and offers its first exhibition introducing the lifetime works of the Munkácsy prizewinner Pécs artists Sándor Pinczehelyi.

In the past 11 months the festivals, exhibitions and concerts followed one another non-stop. There have been no time periods during the year when the tourists from all over the world have not flooded the spaces of the city. The Fringe Festival that took place at multiple venues - streets and squares - was a huge success in the framework of which beside the already popular and famous artists the amateurs also got the chance for introduction.

Attached to Istanbul the one-month-long general arts festival entitled 'Travel around the Turkish Crescent' gave insight to the variegation of the Turkish culture. Essen and the Ruhr Region have also taken part in countless concerts, scientific meetings and exhibitions in the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture Programme. The different nationalities dwelling in Pécs - Greek, Romany, Serbian, German, Croatian, Polish, Ruthenian - got the chance to give performances during their own festivals in the spirit of tolerance and acceptance. A wide-scale circus and street-theatre series of events took place starting in the middle of summer, while in August the adult puppet festival and in September the international dance festivals were organised.

The president of the CinePécs international film festival was the world-popular Jiri Menzel and the narrator of the opening movie was the famous Hungarian actress Mari Törőcsik.

The series of musical events have also brought special success to the city. During the time of the Pécs Cantat 2010 the Dóm square got filled with people every single night where the young and old, the Hungarian and the foreign and the male and female visitors have all sung together. Not too far back in the past the music of the human body has also turned audible for a while thank to the contemporary musical happenings of the French composer Nicolas Frize.

The Munkácsy Christ Triology was open between April and October and was visited by around 68.000 people. The 'Hungarians in Bauhaus' exhibition that introduced the works of many Hungarian, and even some Pécs Bauhauslers also closed at the end of October.

To crown the whole year the 'Under the spell of Cézanne and Matisse - The Eight - Centennial Exhibition' has just opened on 10 December 2010 in the new Papnövelde street exhibition space reconstructing the three previous Budapest exhibitions of the Eight complemented by a representative collection of their works from 1910.