As in previous years, CEU participated in the annual nationwide project, Cultural Heritage Days, Hungary (Kulturális Örökség Napjai), part of European Heritage Days, on Sept. 20 and 21. CEU’s participation was organized by the Center for Arts and Culture, the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, and the External Relations Office. This year saw a 33 percent increase in visitors, with the majority of the 133 attendees joining tours of the historical buildings – Nador 9 and 11, as well as two in-depth presentations; on Saturday, by CEU PhD student Zsuzsa Sido of the Department of History (Bela Janszky, Tibor Szivessy, Odon Moiret and Hungarian architecture from the early 20th century), and on Sunday, by guest lecturer Professor Jozsef Rozsnyai, PPKE, who spoke about Mihaly Pollack, the prominent Hungarian neoclassicist architect who designed the Festetics Palace (c. 1830.) at Nador u. 9, known at CEU as the Monument Building. A related poster exhibition depicting the building history of the Festetics Palace was on display in the Octagon on both days.
“These heritage days were particularly important for CEU this year, as the University started its MA program in Cultural Heritage Studies”, noted Professor Jozsef Laszlovszky, head of the program committee of Cultural Heritage Studies. “Furthermore, we also celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the CEU building at Nador 11, which represents an important phase in Hungarian architectural history in the beginning of the 20th century.” The weekend events were planned by Professor Laszlovszky, and program coordinators Dora Merai and Johanna Toth, as well as CAC program coordinator, Lilla Foldy-Molnar. Tours were also led by Johanna Toth, Lilla Foldy-Molnar, and Katalin Romhanyi (ERO). Also, among those assisting with the weekend events were some of the students in the new program: Gergo Paukovics (also leading tours), Michael Shamah, Sanijela Stulic, Lara Taffer, and Nora Ujhelyi. This cultural heritage weekend offered a good opportunity for the cultural heritage students to learn about their subject by working and participating in the program.