During the six months of the Hungarian EU presidency, Gödöllő will be hosting not only informal ministerial meetings, but also several cultural programmes.
The first exhibition on display is about the town’s past and present. A portrait gallery of the Habsburg-dynasty is to be set up in the session rooms, and pieces of the Town Museum’s collection – some from the local arts district - will be installed in the Grassalkovich Palace, to be admired by the visiting politicians and families, the media and the public.
As Csaba Péterfi, Press Officer of Gödöllő Town Council informed, the press centre in the House of Arts next to the palace will exhibit an array of paintings, depicting the sights of Gödöllő and its twin-cities: Giessen (Germany), Miercurea-Ciuc (Romania), Forssa (Finland), Berehove (Ukraine), Wageningen (The Netherlands), Dunajská Streda (Slovakia), Zenta (Serbia), Hillerod (Denmark), Laxenburg (Austria), Turnhout (Belgium), Zywiec (Poland), Aichac (Germany), Valdemoro (Spain), Brandys nad Labem-Stará Boleslav (The Czech Republic) and Bogor (Indonesia).
There are two apropos for the numerous classical concerts and other cultural events, which will be organised by the Fréderic Chopin School of Music and local cultural institutions: the 260th anniversary of Queen Maria Theresa’s visit to the palace and the 240h anniversary of the death of Count Anthony Grassalkovich I, who built the palace itself. After the recent renovation of the one-time Royal Palace, the waiting hall of the train station and several public parks will also undergo some reconstructions, in order to celebrate the EU presidency approprietly.