In spite of all programming difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, in Summer 2020 Debrecen's much-loved Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre was fortunate and flexible enough to be able to present yet another full season of spectacular theatre, musical theatre and dance performances, concerts, film screenings, as well as folklore presentations and entertaining family shows, still attracting a very high number of both regular and occasional theatregoers.
In Summer 2019, Debrecen's much-loved Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre presented a colorful new season of spectacular theatre, musical theatre and dance performances; classical, pop and jazz concerts, film screenings, as well as folklore presentations and entertaining family shows.
Between 1 May and 19 September, the 2017 season of Debrecen's annual Open Air Festival once again presented a colorful array of open air events.
Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre
In Debrecen, Hungary, the original Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre was built among huge pinewoods and oaktrees in Debrecen's most beautiful 'Nagyerdő' (Great Forest) area back in 1950. At its opening ceremony on 10 June 1950, world-renowned Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály's popular 1932 singspiel called Székelyfonó (The Spinning Room) was presented in a monumental performance directed by Imre Csenki and featuring a set design by famous Hungarian painter József Menyhárt that also included the iconic Szekler gate. Mr. Zoltán Kodály himself also honoured the city of Debrecen by attending this legendary performance.
Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, the Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre became an elemental force within Debrecen's cultural life, entertaining many generations all the way till the new millenium.