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100 Years of Poland Regaining Independence 1918-2018

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in film and music

Budaors Airport, 1112 Budapest, Kőérberki út 36/a.

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in film and music at Budaörs Airport

Polish jazz music, movies of the 1930s and the exhibition at the historic Budaors Airport are the June events that form part of an extremely important anniversary for Poland – regaining independence in November 1918.

Hungary is one of the dozen countries that will celebrate this unique event together with Poland. On this occasion, in an unusual setting - at the first airport in Hungary there will be an event referring to the culture prevailing in the interwar period.

The films represent the most important titles of Polish cinematography of that period, the 100nka band will play, among others, music of the 1930s, dominated by jazz avant-garde and the exhibition shown: "Budaors airport - a step towards modernity" will show the aspirations of modern societies that emerged after the First World War to be modern. All this in the atmosphere of spring picnic.

Film screenings, concert and exhibition will take place at the Budaörs Airport, 11th district of Budapest. Admission to all events is free of charge.

Fundacja Rozwoju Inicjatyw Kreatywnych, Budaörsi Repülőtérért Alapítvány.
Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the "Cultural bridges" subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.



  • 15.30Opening
  • 16.00Film IS LUCYNA A GIRL? (1934), 75 min.
  • 17.30Film ADA, BEHAVE YOURSELF! (1936), 82 min.
  • 20.00Concert 100nka (jazz band)

After becoming a licensed engineer abroad, Lucyna (Jadwiga Smosarska)comes back to Poland and looks for a job. Because her wealthy father thinks it's inappropriate for a girl to work, she decides to put on men's clothes and get a job as Julian Kwiatkowski. Once instated, she uses her feminine charm to provoke her colleagues.

(1936), 82 min.

A side-splitting musical comedy with songs by Jerzy Jurandot (lyrics) and Zygmunt Wiehler (music). "Nie kochać w taką noc to grzech" [It's a sin not to love the night like tonight] and "Ada, Behave Yourself" are songs that still enjoy a great popularity and are sung both by professionals in cabarets and theaters, as well as amateurs at holiday picnics. One of the leading roles is played by Antoni Fertner, the patriarch among the Polish comedians, endowed with an incredible vis comica, and as his unruly daughter is impersonated by the talented Loda Niemirzanka. Great music, amazing dialogues and the top quality pre-war humor.

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Sounds of 100nka, established in 2004, should put into vibration organisms of even the toughest jazz conservatives.

Przemek's drums, Adam's bass and Tom's guitar work together as if they played jazz even in elementary school. And all these years, inseparably and without conflict between men and women, still functioning as once a legendary television program duo "Probe" Kurek-Kaminski. The old guard can sleep peacefully and go into retirement. Percussion acrobatics, confident, deep bass sound, the search of unobvious sounds outside the traditional harmonic scales by playing a bow, a smooth transition from the sonic experimentation with effects to electric melody. Incredible technical skills of head open to the influence of improvised music around the world, while attempting to give the music its own individual character. All of that you can hear both, on band's four previous albums, where the musicians contributed with Mikolaj Trzaska, Antoni Gralak and Herb Robertson, as well as at the gigs, where 100nka is able to effectively perform complex arrangements, and also completely indulge in the energetic, open free music.

More info: http://100nka.pl/#pl



  • 15.00Film FORGOTTEN MELODY (1938), 82 min.
  • 17.00Film THE BALL STANDS (1939), 104 min.
Budaors airport - a step towards modernity.
(1938), 82 min.

A love story between Stefan, the nephew of a music teacher, and Helenka, the daughter of a wealthy cosmetics industry entrepreneur. Her father remembers the recipe for a new soap thanks to a catchy tune composed by Stefan.

(1939), 104 min.

One of the film's themes is related to the stay of a young employee of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw. The Warsaw shots were filmed in August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the war. In the August sun we watch Saski Square, the Saxon Palace, the Brühl Palace and the Belvedere Palace.

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Budaors Airport
A step towards modernity

Board exhibition „Budaors Airport – a step towards modernity” presents a dozen of photos from Hungarian Fortepan archive's collections. Unique photos of various authors were taken in 1937-1939.

The historical plane of the exhibition emphasizes the role of documentary photography in the visual transmission of events important for the city and the country. The pictures have several points in common: history, aviation, architecture and fashion.

The exhibition, being in its main layer a historical exhibition, is a collection of photographs showing the beginnings of the first international airport in Hungary – Budaörsi repülőtér, build in 1937. One of the first airlines operated at the airport was LOT Polish Airlines, which was depicted in a photo from 1938.

The airport is unique for many reasons: designed by a talented Hungarian architect – Borbíró Virgil, is considered a symbol of Hungarian modernism, it had the largest and longest hangar in Europe at that time. The port was built at a very fast pace – 232 days. The paintings in the round main hall, decorating the balcony, had an unusual and useful use – breaking the passengers' fear of flying. Today, both the hangar, the main building and frescoes are protected by a conservator.

The airport is an expression of the explosion of creativity and the aspirations of the nation to build a modern society. Hungary, like Poland, regained independence in 1918.

The exhibition will be presented outdoors in the area of the airport.
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  • Lotnisko Budaörsi
  • Fundacja FRIK
  • Independent Poland
  • Ministerstwo Kultury
  • Instytut Adama Mickiewicza

Honorary Patronage

  • Ambasada RP


  • Filmarin
  • Fina
  • Fortepan
  • Gold Timer
  • Lengyel Intezet Instytut Polski
  • Media Craft
  • Magyar Namzeti
  • Aeroglobe
  • Media Craft


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  • Minalunk.hu
  • Nemzetisegi adasok
  • Calisia