“If you’re with us, you’ll eat this!” This slogan along with the picture of a loaf of bread on its banner summarised succinctly the political program of the Hungarian Smallholders’ Party after the Second World War. They were not the only political party trying to outdo the others in making clever use of the traditional festive day on August 20 known as the “Festival of the New Bread.”

What does Zsófi Mautner show to a world famous star chef from the gastronomy of the Hungarian countryside?

Fisherman’s soup and paprika, of course

Wolfgang Puck is without any doubt a legendary chef. According to the Chinese Morning Post, he occupies the prestigious 6th place on the international list of the 10 richest chefs, with his net worth estimated to 90 million dollars. He has more than 25 ...

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Zsa Zsa: a star on Hollywood Boulevard, a museum in Budapest

Glamorous dresses and furniture and the edition of "Life" magazine with Zsa Zsa Gábor on the cover are among the exhibits at the museum dedicated to Hungary’s most famous film star that opened recently in Budapest’s District XV.

Weekly Fortepan – The fashion of resistance

Blue jeans acid-washed in bathtubs, etc – anything but mass-produced items!

Fashion has been a favourite topic of discussion even back in Socialist times when bold dreams met a rather modest reality and modest means compared to the present or to the Western world. However, in spite of the fact that there was hardly anything ...

Weekly Fortepan – The untold success story of the cyclists in the countryside

A little Amsterdam on the Great Hungarian Plain

In the minds of most Hungarians, bicycle riding is associated with the Netherlands or Denmark. In fact, it has a long tradition in Hungary, too, and – thanks to the cyclists of the countryside – Hungary is one of the top bicycle-riding countries in ...

How the socialist food industry reformed everyday life in Hungary

The ‘modern’ diet

The second half of the 20th century saw major changes in food consumption worldwide: new types of ready and ready-to-cook meals, frozen and canned goods appeared on the shelves transforming daily life. Although in the West these new technologies boosted the lucrative character of ...

Holocaust survivor receives Hungarian honour

Lily Ebert, a 98-year-old Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust living in London, has been decorated with Hungary's Order of Merit, Knight's Cross, in recognition for her efforts in Holocaust education.

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From ‘Death on the Nile’ to life on the Danube

As strange as any of the films that Mark Rimmell worked on, is the plot of his own life; in particular, the months he spent at the Marriott hotel, sitting on his balcony and staring across the Danube at the building in which he ...

Festive photos by Krisztián Bódis

Christmas in Budapest captured

The eco-friendly Christmas lights around Budapest may have been admired by fewer people this year, with locals having to hurry home by 8pm and tourists in short supply, but there was still plenty for renowned urban photographer Krisztián Bódis to snap.

Cutting it short in the soap factory

The factory is gone, but the payroll accountants are still beaming and the women’s football team is posing for us from these pictures. These were the times when the arrows of the soapery workers made the dollar-tailed imperialist beast screech in pain – socialist ...

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Kincsem appoints CALLUM for Hyper-car design brief

Horse power the inspiration behind digital luxury

Kincsem, the world-famous Hungarian racehorse, was unbeaten over a career of 54 races, and her legacy lives on with the global launch on March 17 of British-Hungarian digital luxury brand Kincsem, founded by 35-year-old Hungarian businessman Tibor Bak.

Refugees welcomed in Polish sanctuary but worries remain

At first, as Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Natalia Orekhova and her mother held on as best they could in under-attack Kharkiv. Life was dangerous but it was still possible to go to the shops. Then the bombs and bullets ...