The common roots of a traditional ‘Debrecen identity’ are perhaps best exemplified by the fact that the same emblem – the lamb bearing a flag – is emblazoned on the coat of arms of the municipality, the Reformed church district and the Alföldi Printing House alike. This connection represents a unique local culture that we may define as a Debrecen-based literacy.

Debrecen literacy is a historical construct founded on the five-hundred-year-old presence of the Reformation: its basic framework is provided by the Reformed College and the printing press and it is first and foremost represented by books. 

 

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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was founded in 2004 with the objective of supporting international cooperation worldwide. The Network gathers cities of various demographical, economic and cultural backgrounds from all continents. 

The Network is the cooperation of cities that are dedicated to taking stock of their resources, experience and knowledge and using those for the common goals that appear in the Network’s Mission Statement. Joining the Network reinforces the local economy and employment via the cultural and creative industries, has a benevolent impact on tourism, as well as helps the holder of the title gain more visibility and renown internationally as a member of a network created by a highly prestigious organisation.

 

 

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A unique book presented at the Reformed College
A unique book presented at the Reformed College
János Zsoldos’ student diary from 1956 presents the Debrecen events and the impact of the war of independence in detail from autumn 1956 to December 1956.
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Imre Sarkadi commemorated at his alma mater on the centenary of his birth
Imre Sarkadi commemorated at his alma mater on the centenary of his birth
The Kossuth and Attila József Award-winning writer, journalist and dramaturg was a student of the Reformed College, so the centennial anniversary was celebrated jointly by the municipality of Debrecen and the College on 21 October.
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A memorial plaque revealed and room named after renowned literary historian of Debrecen
A memorial plaque revealed and room named after renowned literary historian of Debrecen
On 19 October the municipality commemorated András Görömbei, Kossuth Award-winning literary historian, one-time professor at the University of Debrecen.
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Literary sites of Debrecen

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Literary communities of Debrecen

Besides books and reading, Debrecen has a noteworthy tradition of communities related to writing, too, the roots of which are similarly found in the Reformed College. This is best exemplified by one of Hungary’s most prestigious and most enduring literary periodicals, Alföld, and the Debrecen-based and nationwide community around it, but there are other communities today, too, that gather those dealing and interested in literature, poetry and drama. 

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