The Silk Road Festival

The Silk Road Festival | 12-14 May 2014 | Brody Studios

The Silk Road Festival, focussing on the cultures of Central Asia and the Caucasus will comprise of an opening dinner, an exhibition, food & wine tastings, music and talks from renowned academics. The event is sponsored by the Travel Scientists,Hachapuri Georgian Restaurant, with the collaboration of Brody Studios, Vollnhofer ArtStudio and media partners The Budapest Times, Xpatloop and the

 Monday 12 May

[ Inaugural Dinner ]

 Tuesday 13 May  Wednesday 14 May
  Ticketed event: 4500 HUF/

 3000 HUF for Brody House members & Students


RSVP [email protected]

 Festival and exhibition free                                     entry! Festival and exhibition free


5 p.m. Doors open for the         exhibition

6 p.m.  Talk: “Armenian medieval textiles throughout the centuries” – Prof. Levon Chookaszian

6:30 p.m. Georgian Buffet Dinner, courtesy of Hachapuri Georgian Restaurant.

8 p.m. Talk: “Introduction to the concert” – Dr. János Sipos

8:30 p.m. A short concert of Central Asian music by Majda Mária Guessous.

5 p.m. Talk: “The Evolution of Georgian Art” – Dr. Jennifer Walker

6:30 p.m. Speech from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Hungary, H.E. Dr. Zaza Kandelaki

7 p.m. Georgian food tasting and seminar

(Tasting entry:

1500 HUF/Brody House Members and Students 1000 HUF)

4 p.m. Talk: “Cultural and Economic Emergence of Central Asia”– Dr. Matteo Fumagalli TALK CANCELLED

6 p.m. Talk: “The Great Mongolian Empire – the first attempt at globalisation” – Dr. Ágnes Birtalan


7 p.m. Caucasian wine tasting.

(Tasting entry:

1500 HUF/Brody House Members and Students 1000 HUF)

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Participant Biographies:

Professor Levon Chookaszian, Yerevan State University. Prof. Chookaszian is an Armenian art historian and the current UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History. He has delivered numerous lectures on medieval Armenian art all over the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States.   

Dr. János Sipos, Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Franz Liszt Music Academy. Dr. Sipos is a senior researcher at the Institute of Musicology (MTA) and lecture in the folk music department of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy. His work focuses on the comparative analysis of Turkic people, from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Central Asia.

Dr. Jennifer Walker undertook a PhD in Physics before switching careers to journalism. She’s an arts journalist and worked as a cultural correspondent in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she researched and worked on a series of articles on Georgian art history, wine and local culture.

H.E. Dr. Zaza Kandelaki, Embassy of Georgia to Hungary. H.E. Dr. Kandelaki has a PhD in Georgian History from the XIX Century and has been the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador for Georgia since 2000.  

Dr. Matteo Fumagalli, Central European University. Dr. Fumagalli is the Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at CEU, and the Head of the Department for the department of International Relations and European Studies. He has been the Director of the CEU Asia Research Initiative (ARI) since 2009.

Dr. Ágnes Birtalan, Eötvös Loránd University. Dr. Birtalan is the Head of Department for the Department of Inner Asian Studies at ELTE. Dr. Birtalan, specialises in the study of Mongolian ethnic groups and has two decades of field work experience.






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