From mid-March to the end of May, the Archivum’s program series entitled PETŐFI MIRAGES is not about Petőfi’s life and art, but about the history of Petőfi’s memory and its various aspects. We have been chasing Petőfi’s mirage for 176 years. A series of events, including film screenings, theater performances, readings, and talks, will offer insights into this history.
During the event, an exhibition entitled PETŐFI FOR ALL SEASONS in the Archivum’s Galeria Centralis will show the roller-coaster of Petőfi’s political memory from World War II to 1956.
April 12, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – Revolutionary Youth Days (FIN) – The Ideological Emptiness of the Kádár Era. Discussion and film screening.
The Revolutionary Youth Days, first organized by the KISZ (Communist Youth League) in 1967, aimed at the youth, trying to link the memory of March 15, 1848, March 21, 1919 (the establishment of the Hungarian Soviet Republic), and April 4, 1945 (the day of fictitious liberation by the Soviets) in a historical chain, in a fake revolutionary ritual. The main aim, of course, was to merge the memory of March 15 with two emblematic events of the Kádár regime’s myth of origin. During the discussion, we will screen a documentary film about FIN, made in 1974 by filmmaker Péter Gárdos.
Participants in the discussion: Péter Apor and Orsolya Sudár, historians
Moderated by András Mink