Inspired by the culture of Central Asia and the Caucasus, The Silk Road Society, sponsored by The Travel Scientists, will bring the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of the Silk Road to Budapest with its three-day festival, running from Monday to Wednesday 12-14 May at the Brody Studios, to showcase the culture and travel opportunities of the countries along the historic Silk Road.
The Silk Road Festival will combine a variety of activities, from its inaugural dinner catered by Hachapuri Georgian Restaurant, to talks from top academics, food and wine tasting sessions, and exhibitions focusing on contemporary artists in the region (including paintings loaned by the Vollnhofer ArtStudio of Budapest along with independent artists), and travel photography showcasing the places along the Silk Road.
The festival entwines contemporary culture with history, where a series of talks from esteemed academics will link up the present-day countries with their history.
The inaugural dinner (12 May) is a ticketed event, which will include access to the exhibition, plus talks from the UNESCO Chair of Art History, Professor Levon Chookaszian, who will open with the subject of Armenian art history and textiles throughout the centuries, followed by the Georgian dinner and a talk on Central Asian music by Dr. János Sipos, a musicology researcher and lecturer from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Liszt Ferenc Academy. The evening will conclude with a concert by Majda Mária Guessous, whose music will showcase the sounds of Central Asia.
The following two days are open to the public and require no reservation. There will be talks on Georgian art, along with a speech from the Georgian ambassador on the second day of the event, Tuesday, at 6.30pm. There will also be a Georgian food tasting seminar and session at 7pm.
The final day, Wednesday, will open with Dr. Matteo Fumagalli from Central European University at 4pm speaking on the cultural and economic emergence of Central Asia, followed by a talk from Dr. Ágnes Birtalan from ELTE at 6pm, on the Mongol civilisation’s effect on the Silk Road. To conclude the event, there will be a wine tasting session focusing on the products of the Caucasus at 7pm.
The Silk Road Festival is the first event from the Silk Road Society, which plans to host more, focusing on other countries along the Silk Road.
The event is sponsored by Hachapuri and The Travel Scientists, and is partnered with the Brody Studios and Vollnhofer ArtStudio, with media sponsorship from the Budapest Times/Budapester Zeitung and TheDaily.Hu.
To attend the dinner, RSVP Jennifer@silkroadsociety.org. All other events are open without reservation.
Tickets for the dinner (including talks and concert): HUF 4500
Food tasting/wine tasting events: HUF 1500/HUF 1000 (students and Brody House members)
For more information: http://silkroadsociety.org/the-silk-road-festival/
Address: Brody Studios
Vörösmarty utca 38, District VI
Dates: 12-14 May, doors open 5pm