Pécsi Tudományegyetem

University of Pécs



Cultural Sensitivity Program

Would you like to know more about Hungary and Pécs? Join our elective courses!

Cultural Sensitivity Program


Cultural Heritage of Pécs

Every second Thursday 2pm-5:30pm, starting from September 14

The course is designed for students who are willing to “read” the city’s historic evolvement, the important layers of its “texture” highlighting how local culture and identity has been shaped throughout the centuries. There is much to explore in a 2000-year-old city. Discover the rich and vivid history from the Roman period through to the “Cultural Capital of Europe” – phase (2010) in the big year of the 650th anniversary of founding the University of Pécs (September 1, 2017). The course provides opportunities for visiting heritage attractions.  Heritage is seen not only as a memory base of communities that needs to be preserved but bestowed for the benefit of future generations as a resource that can trigger innovation.

Lecturer: dr. Teréz Kleisz PhD, assistant professor



Cultural Heritage of Hungary

Monday 4pm-5:30pm, starting from September 18

Beyond providing an introduction to the most important events and features of Hungarian history the course focuses on the major cultural achievements and the most influential historical figures of Hungary. Students will learn about the most important historical events and personalities, which shaped Hungarian history and culture throughout the centuries. The course also provides an overview of the significant art styles of Hungary from the middle ages till the end of the 20th century. The course aims to develop students’ understanding of Hungarian folk traditions, customs, identity and gastronomy as well. The course provides an insight to the collections of the most important Hungarian museums and historical sites. The course reveals the significance of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Hungary and it also provides an opportunity for the students to get familiar with the cultural heritage of Pécs.

Lecturer: dr. Zsuzsa Koltai PhD, assistant professor



Contemporary Hungarian Culture

Tuesday 3:30pm-5:00pm

The purpose of the course is to represent and advance multi- and cross-disciplinary work in Hungarian cultural studies. The focus is on today’s cultural phenomena. Starting from a broad definition of culture, the interests of the course range from relations and interaction between the social and cultural spheres to issues of the everyday and “way of life”, as well as to the meanings and functions of arts and media.

Lecturer: dr. Judit Béres PhD, assistant professor



Intercultural Communication. Etiquette, Protocol and the Rules of Social Interaction in Hungary

every second Tuesday 4pm-7:30pm

This course provides an introduction to the key conceptual elements related to intercultural communication and its practical aspects in the special context of Hungarian culture and everyday life. In the frame of the course, students are invited to create their own intercultural written, drawn, comics, photo or video diaries of their experiences in Pécs. To increase their intercultural awareness, students are required to demonstrate their diaries in the end-term paper.

Lecturer: dr. habil Gyula Maksa PhD, assistant professor



Current Political, Economic and Social Issues of Hungary

Monday 2pm-3:30pm

This course aims to introduce students to general political, economic and social features of Hungary. Students will learn about the political system and some hot topics that characterise today’s Hungarian political life. They will gain more knowledge on some specific issues such as the economic perspectives and challenges, the education system of the country and main social challenges like ageing, unemployment, emigration and ethnic tensions.

Lecturer: dr. Inez Koller PhD, assistant professor



For further information please contact dr. Zsuzsa Koltai PhD, coordinator of the Cultural Sensitivity Program. E-mail: koltai.zsuzsa@kpvk.pte.hu


You can enroll in courses via NEPTUN.



Pécs Music Society

PMS is Pécs Music Society, a group formed by music-loving and music-playing students of the University of Pécs. It’s not a band, or a single event, maybe better described as a ‘world-view’ to promote live music and musicians in Pécs. PMS started in 2010, at a table outside the old Fortuna Cáfé in the medical faculty, by a Swedish student Arvin Lashgarara (now living in Sweden) and Ian O’Sullivan.  The Society was born in UP, in the Medical School of UP to be precise, and maintains a close friendship with the university. UP students form the backbone of PMS, and we love to perform for the students and to invite them to participate. The main organizers are Ian O’Sullivan, András Langer and Alan Abada.

Photo: Oliver Nivbrant


We organize regular and one-off events around the city to give opportunities for amateur and professional musicians, who might otherwise just leave their instrument at home and play in their bedroom. Pécs has nightclubs, bars, theatres etc. but for many people an evening entertainment involves meeting at a bar or a restaurant with a DJ (or iTunes :) ) in the background, then going to a nightclub with DJ (or iTunes DJ!)… We always felt there was more space for live music. Live music is a living, breathing thing and we wanted to show that the city has an appetite for real performances by real people and that this hunger has not been satisfied. Over the last 7 years, as our events have grown and grown, we are continuously seeing that there is a strong appetite, a huge appetite for live music. It makes us happy to have people who would have remained ‘closet-musicians’, doctors, teachers, dentists, electricians or shop workers, to come on stage and show what they can do; We have also met musicians who have gone on to play on the national scene like Márk Járai (Halott Pénz), Dániel Misota (Zanzinger), Dani Ertl and Zsuzsanna Weber (Delusions of Grandeur), Magnus Maloy and Ian of course (Mongooz and the Magnet) and many more.


Pécs Music Society


The ‘flagship’ event of PMS is what is called ‘Open Mic’. It runs every second week in a bar called Trafik, and gives an opportunity for anyone (anyone!) to get up and play. The deal is simple: give us 2 songs, and we give you a free beer. It started as an international event, but now there are as many Hungarians as foreigners, something that makes us very happy!

We organize other events around the year and will be organizing a ‘PMS: Rhythm against Racism’ stage, which will be the main stage at the Pécs City Carnival, the biggest Halloween party in the city (PMS Halloween). We shall also participate in some Medical School events like the International Evening, the Egészségügyi Felsőoktatási Napok, City Race, and more.


Pécs Music Society


We want you. Everyone. If you like music. If you play music. If you don’t want to sit around and listen to the same  ‘sláger lista’ one million times. Our aim is to give a fresh alternative. If we have live music, it’s a range of styles and genres that our DJs provide, if everyone else plays dance, we play hip-hop. We want to give alternatives and broaden the spectrum of events in Pécs. At our one-off events we always try to make something special happen, we’ve already had parties interrupted by spontaneous shows like break dancers, brass-bands and even Halloween actors with chainsaws! We don’t like to be lazy, and give you ‘some of the same’ every year.


It’s a great place to meet other musicians if you are an aspiring musician, and our events offer stages that would otherwise be inaccessible to a small band that isn’t famous (yet!). We have a very open-minded and tolerant attitude, just like our audience, which is great.

Every year we have bigger events, with more people, that everyone keeps asking when the next event is coming, and that people keep coming is the best feedback we can get. You never know what will happen at an Open Mic, who will get up on stage. Even we don’t know. That’s part of the magic, and why we still love it after all these years.

See you at the First Open Mic of the semester! September 13th


Photo: Oliver Nivbrant

Author: Alexandra Kékesi, UnivPécs


Chamber Concerts - Spring 2017

We are excited about our music events at the University of Pécs, and we do hope that you will be able to join us at the Liszt Ferenc Concert Hall and the Kodály Centre.

Chamber Concerts - Spring 2017


Wednesday, 3 May, 2017, 7 p.m.
Venue: Kodály Centre
Opera Premiere

Students of the Opera Singing programmes of the Institute of Music, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, University of Pécs Students of the Dance Programme of the Pécs Secondary Grammar School of Arts.

Professional manager: Márton SZABÓ
Pécs University Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by: Balázs KOCSÁR, Liszt Prize-winning conductor
Directed by: András HÁBETLER

Friedrich HÄNDEL: Serse
Tickets HUF 1500


Monday, 8 May, 2017, 7 p.m.
Venue: Liszt Ferenc Concert Hall
Sándor Szilágyi guitar recital

Selection of the most beautiful pieces composed by Heitor VILLA-LOBOS, Attila JESZENSZKY-BÖHM and Alberto GINASTERA.

Tickets: HUF 2000
Students and pensioners: HUF 500


Friday, 12 May 2017, 7 p.m.
Zsolnay Plays Music
Venue: Kodály Centre

Zsolnay Wind Orchestra (ZSWO)
Founder conductor: Károly NEUMAYER, Liszt Prize-winning wind orchestra conductor
Conducted by: András MAJOR, Balázs STAURÓCZKY, Lajos SZILÁGYI
Ticket HUF 1000 | Family ticket HUF 2500
Students and pensioners HUF 500


Monday, 15 May, 2017, 7 p.m.
Venue: Liszt Ferenc Concert Hall
Tchaikovsky song recital

Eszter Sümegi, opera singer (soprano)
Bernadett WIEDEMANN, Liszt prize-winning opera singer (mezzosoprano)
Bence PATAKI, bass
Emese VIRÁG, Liszt-Prize-winning pianist
Narrator: Sándor KOVÁCS, Lajtha Prize-winning music historian

Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular composers, however his songs are not very well known, despite the fact, that he composed more the hundred of them. Beautiful songs interpreted by great artist, and because it is largely unknown territory, Sándor Kovács will guide us among the songs.

Tickets: HUF 2000
Students and pensioners: HUF 500



Tickets can be purchased online at www.jegymester.hu
or in person at the info points of the Zsolnay Örökségkezelő NKft.

  • Zsolnay Cultural Quarter – Visitor Centre
  • Zsolnay Cultural Quarter – Northern Infopoint at the Ledina gate
  • Zsolnay Cultural Quarter – Guesthouse, reception
  • House of Arts and Literature
  • Kodály Centre, ticket office at the entrance of the Concert Hall,

1 hour before the concert


Further information

Emanuela FARAGÓ | farago.emanuela@art.pte.hu

The concert is a joint event of the Potenton Foundation and the University of Pécs.

Programme subject to change



International Dance Day Pécs 2017

We invite everybody between the age of 14 and 104 who wants to move, dance or watch dance! All programs are ENGLISH FRIENDLY as well.

International Dance Day Pécs 2017


The International Dance Day Pécs 2017 is a one-day-long Festival organised by the Talking Bodies.
The Talking Bodies is a movement theatre collective, founded and organised by Flora Veres. Our goal is to created high-quality contemporary theatre performances, reach the audience, make the contemporary dance more common and well known for a wide range of people.
The Dance Day is our first open workshop program brought to life by Flora Veres and Alexandra Rab. The event offers a divers program for young and old, for people with or without experience. Everybody can find class for his or her own interest. Beside the movement workshops, dance film screening and performances are organised. The Day closes by a less formal rock'n'roll party!



JESZ – Janus University Theater - 7630 Pécs, Zsolnay Vilmos Str. 16. Zsolnay Cultural District



9.00 - Opening event, orientation
9.30 - 11.00 Intergenerational Movement Workshop - Under 20 and over 50 - Kinga Szemessy
11.15 - 12.45 Contemporary Dance - Dorottya Podmaniczky
13.00 - 14.30 Improvisation - Júlia Vavra 
14.45 - 16.15 Contact Dance - Flóra Veres&Alexandra Rab
18:00 - 19.30 Performances, talk – Dorottya Podmaniczky, Júlia Vavra, Flóra Veres, Alexandra Rab 



12.45 - 14.35 The Mind is a Muscle - Embodied Dance Theory – Kinga Szemessy 
16.30-17.30 Dance films - movies from: Mariann Gaál, Réka Szűcs , Csilla Nagy - Cipolla Collectiva, SAPP, Rita Góbi - Gobe, Gergő Lukács 


SZABADKIKÖTŐ - 7626 Pécs, Király Str. 64.

20.30 – 21.30 Fordan Retro Workshop – Tamás Tóth & Andrea Tóthné Láng 
21.30 - 22.00 Free rock'n'roll jam
22.00 – 00.00 Dynamite Dudes concert
00.00 - 02.00 Rockabilly - Swing - Jive - Postmodern Jukebox DJ set, free DANCE!

Szabadkikötő's event

Dynamit Dudes: 

All the programs are FREE, but don't forget to REGISTER on the TANCVILAGNAPJAPECS@GMAIL.COM

The movement workshops are open from the age of 14 to 104, the dance film screening and performances are open with NO age limit!

You don't need previous experience to join the workshops but experienced dancers are also welcome!


More information:


website: https://tancvilagnapjapecs.wixsite.com/tancvilagnapja2017
facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TancVilagnapjaPecs2017/
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/379425475776152/



Janus University Theatre - Casting new members to perform in English

Have you always wanted to try acting? Have you performed in English before and would want to do it again? If so, come and join us at PTE University Theatre, JESZ's (Janus University Theater) new member casting workshop.

Janus University Theatre - Casting new members to perform in English


JESZ has been staging plays in Hungarian for 20 years and now we are starting a new department in English.


We are looking for non-Hungarian students to create a new piece of theater together. We have a small number of places for people who love performing and study at PTE.


What: Bring a piece of theater, poem, song, monologue, tell us a story etc.

When: April 11th 7pm

Where: Zsolnay Negyed, Zsolnay Vilmos street16, JESZ ( Janus University Theater) building


Details: jesz@pte.hu




Denver-Pécs and about whom everyone is talking …

Dr. Sheila Rucki is a political economist and an associate professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her work is mostly on Gramsci and notions of the relationships between culture and economy. After two conference participations at the University of Pécs she came to teach here as visiting professor to launch a faculty exchange with the Department of Political Science and International Studies. 

Dr. Sheila Rucki is a political economist and an associate professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver


The relationship between the two universities was established by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology of the UP, and now there's a minor at MSU Denver, in which both Hungarian and American professors have been teaching. In order to further strengthen this bilateral relationship, as part of the Internationalization Strategic Program, the Center for International Relations of UP tries to involve other faculties of the UP into the co-operation. For example, during the spring another visiting professor’s arrival will bring new methodology to the Faculty of Business and Economics. Sheila Rucki taught students majoring in International Relations at the Faculty of Humanities.

How much publicity does Hungary get in the United States?

Hungary did appear in the news quite a bit when the refugee crisis was at its height: there were a lot of stories in the major press about the way immigrants was treated, the difficulties they had and so on.


On the 20th of January United States will have a new president. (The interview was done on 17 of December, 2016. - the ed.)

It may sound terrible but the voters of Trump are called low information voters who actively engaged in politics but not committed themselves to the media or to education. There is also serious division in race, so Hillary Clinton did very well among African Americans, the Hispanic community and Asians, whereas Trump ran much better among white men. Another division is between rural and urban regions: Hillary Clinton did very well in urban communities whereas Trump won in rural areas.


Dr. Sheila Rucki is a political economist and an associate professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver / photo: Szabolcs Csortos, UnivPécs


For me it was totally obvious that Clinton will win the elections. Did social media destroy her chances?

One of the things what's remarkable about this election is not that it was that close, but the two sides don't even know how to talk to one another. I think that relates to the facebook phenomenon. The fake news were introduced through facebook and twitter feed and these could not get repeated frequently enough to not be able to cover it by the mainstream media. The MSM had no idea how to handle the fake news.


The expectations were quite high for Obama's Presidency. According to many people these did not align with reality. How do you see his work from this angle?

I think that the original hopes that people had for Obama were reflected more about them than it reflected about Obama himself. Even as a senator he was a very centrist politician not the revolutionary firebrand people expected. When he became president he was consensus oriented, he had to negotiate with the congress and as a result of that his entire program got tiny. I'm not saying that he had not done anything or his presidency was unimportant. I think he is one of the most important presidents. But he achieved so much less than people had hoped.


What can we expect from Trump's foreign policy?

That's a very good question. If we look at his foreign policy appointments so far we see people with a paranoid, anti islamic world view that supports totalitarian leadership. Maybe that would be okay except that he also shows no intention to uphold the previous US foreign policy commitments.


Is the historic role of the US being the “world's policeman” over?

We'll see. If the president can't cooperate with the bureaucracy there will be little change.


Related to the ongoing refugee crisis the traditional European values are not existing anymore. Can traditional American values change in any way?

I think they have to. Immigration is mostly accepted when there’s not a lot of immigrants coming in the United States. The great waves of immigration historically have also been matched by great waves of xenophobia. The difference is that the Trump administration seems to attach this xenophobia to Islam in an explicit way which means that not only will the United States be less welcoming for Islamic refugees but also for muslims who are already living in States.


Hungarian society has been divided in the last couple of elections. Do you see similar tendency in America?

Absolutely. After the election there were articles and tv shows about how to talk to your family member who voted for Trump. Some of them was funny, but some of them was not funny at all.


Robert Balogh, UnivPécs International



Cultural shock - chill out, it doesn’t cause permanent damage

When moving to another country, either temporarily or permanently, you have to face the several unexpected: new people, new situations, new habits and eventually, you have to meet the new you - at least a yet undiscovered side of yours. How can you handle it? How can you prepare for it? How can you get the most out of your studies abroad and acquire skills that can help you throughout your life both professionally and personally? We asked Dr Sára Bigazzi, lecturer of the Psychology Department at the University of Pécs (Faculty of Humanities).

Dr Sára Bigazzi, lecturer of the Psychology Department at the University of Pécs

Dr Sára Bigazzi, lecturer of the Psychology Department at the University of Pécs
Photo: Szabolcs Csortos, UnivPécs


Which nation do you think is mostly affected by cultural shock?

I wouldn’t connect the measure of cultural shock to nations: in my opinion it depends rather on one’s former experiences with diversity, on being open-minded and flexible. Besides, your ability to operate in new situations, with new people is also influenced by your past experiences. If someone lived in a little village in Italy, coming to Pécs, he or she might feel extremely big differences between his former and current lifestyle, and might not be not be aware of how to overcome this gap. At the same time, there can be someone else from India - which has a completely far different culture than  Hungary - who can adapt to the changes easily since she already spent some time in a foreign country and, on top of it, has an easy-going personality.


I think open mindedness is closely linked to experiences: after a while it has to evolve otherwise you can’t cope with your novel lifestyle successfully. Of course, you shouldn’t deny your values and attitudes. The challenge is to cope with the differences when you meet people who don’t share your norms. When you get into a new situation, your only choice is to experience new things. The more new situations you experience, the easier you can handle them.


How long does it take to get acclimatized to the new environment?

I don’t think we can talk about a general length of time, since everyone arrives with different purposes: some will live here for a short time, some for years, and some move here permanently. Moreover, it depends on how much you are willing to discover your limits and also on how frequently you interact with local people. Acclimatization can be much faster if you go to the grocery alone, or go to pubs where you can meet local people, and try to talk to them. If you take part in courses which though held in English, there are also Hungarian students and visit little pubs in “Uránváros”! This way you will understand how things take place in Pécs more easily.

This is the reason why I don’t agree with placing all the Erasmus students near to each other: this way there is almost nothing they can experience regarding the reality in Pécs or in Hungary. You might be surrounded by local people, but if you close the door of your room and do nothing else but studying... don’t expect too much good: this protected situation makes your adaptation more difficult.

As far as I see, those who spend years in Pécs, are more motivated to get acquainted with Hungarian culture, than those students who spend only a few months here.


When do you think adaptation is easier? Spending a short or a long time in a foreign country?

Of course, when you don’t move to a place permanently, you don’t necessarily have to experience cultural shock: you can stay with a closed circle of people. Immigrants for example frequently create their own neighbourhoods like in the case of Chinatowns, where people belonging together can preserve their own traditions. Cultural shock is more common in those cases, when you feel alone with your values and you experience that everyone else behaves differently. We all try to categorize people, especially when we don’t know them yet. However, certain categories might have a completely different meaning as compared to those in your home country. If you can’t position their behaviour along your category system, you should deactivate your frame of references as much as possible and accept the stimuli coming towards you.


Dr Sára Bigazzi, lecturer of the Psychology Department at the University of Pécs

Dr Sára Bigazzi, lecturer of the Psychology Department at the University of Pécs
Photo: Szabolcs Csortos, UnivPécs


Does keeping in touch with our fellow countrymen help or hinder our integration?

It can naturally give you an internal protection and safety: if you know that there are people around you who understand what you are saying and think similarly. However, it is important to leave the protection of this net, even together with them. You can experience things together, too and in this case you have the possibility to discuss your experiences later.


Technology makes it very easy to keep contact nowadays. How much can it shorten the integration time?

As well as your fellow countrymen, it can give you an internal protection. You can contact people from home who are behind you and if you are in trouble, they can support you, but I don’t think that it would restrain your adaptation. However, you should focus on finding your place in the new system. It doesn’t mean that you should accept everything unconditionally, but you have to get known your limits: how much you can give up from yourself and how much you want to keep. Of course, you will lose a little bit from yourself, but with the help of this attitude, you can change your own behaviour much easier later if necessary.



Is it possible to prepare for the changes?

Absolutely. There are some trainings where the rules you should behaviour abroad can be acquired. You can learn how you can have a talk with someone who speaks a different language and think in a different way.  I’m not thinking about speaking in English, but about showing the world around us from different perspectives, and about the ways we can accept, discuss and share that with others.


What can we win with a study abroad?

It also depends on our purpose. I think the main task of an Erasmus student is having fun in another world, they shouldn’t focus only on the university. As human beings they can develop a lot by this experience. The challenge is leaving our protected environment.


Those who spend more years in our town, experience the Hungarian reality much deeper, they live through a different process. They have to understand how the public transport system works in Hungary, they could be part of a community which will be theirs for years. I think that this kind of experience and flexibility can help in almost each profession.


I would also advise Hungarian students to go abroad: learning from books or listening to our teachers are not the most important sources of our knowledge. With foreign experience we can use our knowledge in a different way. We will be able to question it, and this way we can develop ourselves.


cultural shock


When does the degree of homesickness appear when consultation should be obtained?

Obviously if you have so much homesickness that you can’t deal with it, you can always go home. A psychologist can help you adapt to a certain point, but sooner or later you need to be able to survive alone.


What would you recommend for the foreign students arriving in Hungary?

Guidebooks can’t prepare you when arriving in another country. At first you are still only a tourist. The local people make you feel this: they can appreciate if you speak even two words in their language. Later, however, this won’t be enough: you should learn the basic words and phrases to communicate what you want. Increase your awareness about finding yourself, your own schemes, categories and value system. You can’t and don’t have to get rid of them, but you can think about them in a reflective way. That’s the reason why spending some time in a foreign country can help us

recognise question our perspectives. At the same time, though doing it, we may even reinforce ourselves.


By Vivien NÉMETH, UnivPécs International



„Egészségedre!” Let’s taste wine!

Travelling or going on a trip with our friends can be a great opportunity to leave everything behind and switch off, since students also need some time to get out of their duties’. Let’s see, what the neighbourhood of Pécs has in store!



Students in Pécs are really fortunate since there are several opportunities both in the city and in its agglomeration, so they do not have to go far away to have fun.

Hungary has 22 famous and well-known wine regions and one of the most acknowledged one is here, in Baranya county. Its centre is Villány which is only about 30-40 minutes from Pécs. The area offers great opportunities for tourists and locals alike to enjoy a quality vacation and spend some much needed time to relax. Thousands of people visit here during the summer to break out of the treadmill of their busy life and enjoy participating in programmes like the Rosé Festival. Guests can also appreciate the fresh air and take nice walks in the beautiful Hungarian countryside.


„Egészségedre!” Let’s taste wine!


Visiting Villány can offer us a diverse set of amazing experiences, especially during the school year, because there are a lot of opportunities to have fun with others.

It is no coincidence that several people from the world of gastronomy visit Villány: the city represents high class gastronomy. This duality makes this settlement so special: you can visit the local wineries and taste their unique products well-known all around the country and the continent. Some bigger wineries present the whole process of winemaking to their guests and in the end visitors may also taste some delicious wine. The juice of the various grapes are of extraordinary quality: every winery processes it in their own ways. Some use their original and historical family recipes so they are absolutely unique. The wineries are recognizable by their logo or hatchment, which comes near to what the guilds had in Medieval times.


„Egészségedre!” Let’s taste wine!


There are more than 25 guest houses belonging to the various wineries. And the good news for foreigners is that at every place there is at least one person who speaks English or German. Furthermore, while drinking wine you also have the chance to eat something similarly good as your drink. Just like in the past, when there were some strict rules to pair a wine with a meal. Wine can never be boring, it is not only enjoyable but also healthy.
There are several types of wine and you can buy them in bottles from 1200 HUF up to 9000 HUF depending on their type and vintage.


5 tips:


1. It’ s good to get to know Hungarian wines. At least try “Juhfark”, Cirfandli, and Pinot Noir all produced in the region.
2. Don’t drink and starve. Drinking with an empty stomach makes you tipsy easily.
3. Try wine jam. It gives your taste buds a truly exciting experience.
4. During the winter mulled wine can be bought at several Christmas festivals. You can develop your very own recipe but use good-quality wines. It is worth it.
5. Not so far away there is another world-famous wine region: Szekszárd. If you liked Villány, don’t miss Szekszárd, either.



A little bit Hungarian, a little bit German, and very tasty

When it comes to Swabian cuisine, Gábor Schneider is our man. He saves recipes from oblivion, has cooked many, many meals himself and shares these with anyone interested in his blog. Besides, he is an editor for Dunántúli Napló and a PTE alumnus. His dedication to gastronomy is proved by the fact that he not only offers recipes and cooks for himself: recently he gave a Swabian dinner party for the public at Balkán Bisztró.

Gábor Schneider, editor for Dunántúli Napló and a PTE alumnus / Photo: Szabolcs Csortos, UnivPécs

 Gábor Schneider, editor for Dunántúli Napló and a PTE alumnus / Photo: Szabolcs Csortos, UnivPécs


Where did you get your love for Swabian cuisine?
Basically I like cooking as a hobby, for family or friends. I started a food blog (http://pekeskifli.blog.hu) six years ago, which, after a while, developed into a thematic blog since it only covered Swabian dishes. Today it functions as a kind of online cookbook: over 100 recipes can be found here, and, of course, I write new entries when I find something new or something interesting happens with respect to its topic. I consider Swabian cuisine at least as much important as any other aspects of Hungarian ethnic German culture, which all have their own pursuers and nurturers. As for me, I can experience my Swabian roots and identity through cooking. While others learn and perform songs and dances, I learn recipes and introduce them to possibly more and more people. I think it is a value which is worth sharing.


Photo: http://pekeskifli.blog.hu/ 


How do Swabian dishes differ from other kinds of food?

It is an extremely simple and thrifty cuisine: mainly seasonal ingredients are used which could be grown around the house. Everything has its own place and process; nothing goes to waste. For example, when making bean soup, they used as much beans as is enough to make salad or a vegetable dish from the rest. And, not least, they are very characteristic and tasty dishes, such as Tunges, which is a kind of stew with a lot of onions, or Stifolder, which is a typical Swabian meat product.


Gábor Schneider, editor for Dunántúli Napló and a PTE alumnus

Gábor Schneider, editor for Dunántúli Napló and a PTE alumnus / Photo: Szabolcs Csortos, UnivPécs 


Do you also produce your own ingredients at home?

Yes, I have a garden where I produce a lot of things. Of course I don’t have enough room and time for everything, but, for instance, I have an herb garden with at least twenty kinds of herb, and the fresh seasoning adds a lot to the dishes. It is an entirely different feeling when you cook what you produce.


Photo: http://pekeskifli.blog.hu/ 


How open are people to Swabian cuisine these days?

A lot of people find and browse my blog; I can see they are interested. Of course I won’t save the world, but it’s not my goal, either: I find pleasure in it and have fun doing it. The dinner party was a full-house event, too, I could see people were curious. In Pécs you can find food from several nationalities, from Chinese to Turkish and Italian, which is a very good thing. And there is a large number of Swabians living in Baranya county, and their traditions are not negligible, either. So why could there not be a place where their cuisine is available, too? 


Are you planning to write a cookbook? Or perhaps to open a restaurant?

The idea of a book has occurred to me more than once. There is no Swabian cookery book satisfying today’s demands, so it is an open possibility. As for now, the restaurant is only a dream, but maybe some time the story will take that direction. I would be happy, in spite of the fact that the blog was not started with that goal in mind. Anyhow, I started a two-year chef course last autumn so that I not only can speak and write about cooking but also get some qualification.





Advent concert at the Medical School

This year will be the 8th Advent Concert at the Medical School on the 7th of December in the Aula at 8 o’clock. 

Advent Concert / Photo: Dávid Verébi

Photo: Dávid Verébi


The free concerts were initiated in 2009 by students, and supported by the Dean's Office, HÖK and EGSC. Thanks to the rehearsals, and gatherings from more and more students and professors turned out that they excel outside of medicine in music, literature and dance. The concert has not lost its popularity although the performers change from year to year. Luckily as the number of the foreign students increase, so grows their number participating at the concerts.


Advent Concert / Photo: Dávid Verébi

Photo: Dávid Verébi


The concerts have an important community forming effect, for example the choir named ’The Voicebox’ was formed because of the influence of the first concert. The Voicebox affected the music-lover medical students’ life with its two rehearsals weekly, and other performances and gatherings. Last year this choir ended up, but the also old standing Norwegian Tinnitus choir will perform at the event. As well as the choir of the Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy department, who will perform for the first time at the Advent Concert -  until now they used to sing at the annual advent gatherings of the department.


Advent Concert / Photo: Dávid Verébi

Photo: Dávid Verébi


At the concert on the 7th of December you could hear an aria, instrumental music, singers with piano, solo pianists, as a novelty a violin-bassoon duett and a band of seven people during the two acts of the evening.


Advent Concert / Photo: Dávid Verébi

 Photo: Dávid Verébi


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