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Friday 29 April, 8pm, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church College

Iván Fischer - A Portrait

Film night and talk by director András Sólyom

This film about world-famous Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer was shot along his journeys spanning the globe, from New York to Hong Kong. It presents not only the conductor, director and composer but also the private individual, giving insight into some of the secrets of his success. Director András Sólyom will be present to introduce the film and take questions afterwards.


Friday 6 May, 8pm, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church College

Drinks Reception

Please join us for an evening of friendly chat with Hungarian wines and nibbles. Dress code: smart casual.


Friday 13 May, 8pm, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church College

Inspiration from Disaster: The 1838 Pest Flood and How Devastation Led to Building the Metropolis of Budapest

Sándor Váci (RIBA)

Sándor Váci is a British architect with numerous British-Hungarian interests. He will be giving an illustrated talk on the consequences for Pest of the 1838 flood which struck the city.


Friday 20 May, 8pm, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church College

Bad Vibes in the Brain: The Role of Oscillations in Parkinson’s Disease

Eszter Kormann (DPhil Student, Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit, University of Oxford) 

Electrical oscillations within the brain are unique fingerprints of neural communication, and it has been proposed that they play an important role in healthy and diseased neural networks. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common disorder that can be characterised by motor symptoms, such as tremor and rigidity, but also by elevated electrical oscillatory activity in the beta frequency band. Eszter will talk about how these activities can be used to connect brain-computer interfaces with deep brain stimulation in order to deliver more effective therapeutic strategies in the treatment of PD.


Friday 27 May, 8pm, Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

A Country of Middling Importance in High Politics: Margaret Thatcher’s Meddling in Hungary, 1984

Gábor Bátonyi (Lecturer in History, University of Bradford)

A graduate of the Nitze Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Gábor Bátonyi received his DPhil from Oxford in 1995 and started giving lectures in the history of diplomacy at the University of Bradford in 1996. He is interested in British-Hungarian relations and is an author of several studies in this field.


Friday 3 June, 8pm, Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Literary Night - Discussing ‘Fever at Dawn’ by Péter Gárdos

We invite you to a discussion of Péter Gárdos’s first novel, entitled Fever at Dawn. Based on the real letters from the author’s father to his mother, this is a remarkable post-war love story of how a young man given six months to live decides to find a wife.

If you are interested in joining us, please make sure you read the book before the event.


Tuesday 14 June, 5pm, St Aldates Tavern, Oxford

Pub night - Austria-Hungary Football Match

In 2016, Hungary will participate in the UEFA European Championship for the first time since 1972. Join us to celebrate this occasion and to enjoy Hungary’s first match in this year’s Championship. Pick a side to support, grab a beer and enjoy what hopefully will be a warm June evening!






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