Socialist candidate for Budapest mayor announces programme

City 'destruction would end'

The opposition Socialists' candidate for Budapest mayor Csaba Horváth has announced his programme, promising to address the city's main problem which he defined as a lack of freedom and financial…

15 January 2019 - 11:01 AM

Acclaimed singers, original musicians in The Show: A Tribute

The 'best Abba since Abba'

The Show: A Tribute to Abba has two elements to make it one of the leading copycats of the world-topping but long-gone pop group – first, they use Swedish singers, and second, several of the original…

15 January 2019 - 01:01 PM

Waiting on a friend – just like the Rolling Stones – at the new Spíler Buda

Classic eats, classic beats

After making the big decision to open a third Spíler restaurant in Budapest, Roy Zsidai turned his mind to thinking of a suitable theme for the place. Spíler Original at Gozsdu udvar, which opened in…

22 January 2019 - 11:01 AM

European Capital of Culture 2019 opens at Plovdiv in Bulgaria

A year in the spotlight

The European Capital of Culture 2019 is up and running at Plovdiv in Bulgaria after a lavish January 12 opening ceremony featuring a specially designed stage with more than 1500 people from the city…

18 January 2019 - 11:01 AM

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A Sunday blessing, via New York

Benediction brunch, The Living Room, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Outside there is light but steady snow and the temperature is single-digit. The…

18 arrested for Quanjian's pyramid scheme claims

Some 18 people, including Quanjian Company's real controller, were arrested in…

On the up and up from Down Under

TFE Hotels, an Australian company doing well in Europe as well as at home

It shouldn’t take long before guests at Budapest’s Adina Apartment Hotel begin…

Green cuisine, red tractor

Traktor Farmfood Restaurant in District V

Organic is in – and not only on the shelves of grocery markets. More and more…

Five places where smooth temptation awaits

Hand-made chocolate in Budapest

Christmastime is just over, and while different people prefer very different…

New year, new local

The capital with the eye of an expat

The lads have bought a bar. A neighbourhood joint in District IX. I was…

From luxury to decay – a landmark’s fall

Corvin Department Store to dominate again at Blaha Lujza Square

Citizens stood to watch as the Corvin department store’s aluminium cover was…

How Austria-Hungary contributed to the dream factory

Interview with film historian Péter Muszatics

"It’s not enough to be Hungarian, you need to be talented too." This quote…

New terminal among plans

Budapest Airport closes another record year in 2018

Double-digit passenger traffic growth in 2018 saw some 14.9 million passengers…

Sargentini blasts Fidesz 'danger'

Critical MEP joins opposition anti-government protest in Brussels

Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, author of a report critical of the state of…

Demonstrators make demands

Anti-government violence 'gone to next level'

Opposition MPs attended a demonstration outside Parliament and the public media…

End migration once and for all: PM

Orbán believes all Europe will rally to the call

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said Hungary's goal is to have "anti-immigration…

China's 35th Antarctic expedition team arrive at Kunlun station

China’s 35th Antarctic expedition team arrived at the Kunlun station on 4…

31 million Indians represent their country abroad

Exhibition showcases spinning and cloth as shown by Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, was famously photographed using a charkha,…

Immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever

Welcome to Kumbh Mela 2019

Kumbh Mela, also called Kumbha Mela, is a religious festival that is celebrated…

Deadly, perhaps, but 1960s Paris is still a good place to be

“Maigret and the Ghost” by Georges Simenon (published by Penguin Books)

There’s a comforting familiarity in settling down to the latest “Maigret”. Not…

Brexit and beyond

'Town Hall Meeting' for UK nationals

British Ambassador to Hungary Iain Lindsay and a senior official of the…

The gift of art

The capital with the eye of an expat

Nothing makes me feel more “of” a place than running into someone I know on the…

Gourmet canteen in the sausage factory

PICK Deli and Gourmet in District V

The salamis and sausage specialties manufactured by House Pick are known and…

Tapas from the Near-East

Leila's Authentic Lebanese Cuisine in District VI

Similarly as the French cuisine in Europe, the Lebanese cuisine is the gourmet…

Empowering the world’s indigenous people

Wapikoni mobile at the 15th Verzio film festival

The annual Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival held in…

From uncool to hot

Tom Odell at Barba Negra Music Club

English singer-songwriter Tom Odell released his debut extended play “Songs From…

Mystery in the graveyard

Young girl aristocrat with British royal name laid to rest in Ukraine in empire times

It was by remarkable chance that friend and TV journalist Michael Dankanych, an…

Yesteryear spirit in leafy Zugló

Family-friendly neighbourhood is so near but yet so far from the city

Although passably central, as shown by the yellow number 1 metro line end-stop…

New setting for old masters

Three-year renovation almost complete at reopened Museum of Fine Arts

It’s taken three years, but finally Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts has just…

'Everyone needs their own time and their own story'

Hungarian artist couple Nóra Soós and Márton Győri

Nóra Soós and Márton Győri have known and loved each other for about 20 years.…

Figyelő firmly rejects accusations of anti-Semitism

Editorial team indifferent to religious, ethnic affiliations in our articles

The Figyelő editorial staff has faced numerous unfounded attacks since we drew…

Sweep away tired MEPs: PM

European Parliament elections a chance to end 'elite'

New blood is needed in the European Parliament, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has…

'Dark day' for Europe, Hungary

CEU’s US-accredited programs ‘forced out’ to Vienna

Budapest's Central European University (CEU) will launch all US-accredited…

The brief history of the month (2018. December)

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Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating…

Russia “plotting chemical attack” in Donbas

Ukraine intelligence fears significant number of civilian casualties

A group of Russian specialists in the field of chemical warfare agents and toxic…

Government to call new tender for Budapest-Belgrade railway upgrade

Hungary's government has decided to launch a new public procurement procedure…

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