Children Around the World


Children Around the World is an international matinee for children at Deák17 Youth Art Gallery.
We will continue our adventures in 2019. We are inviting children and their parents to participate in a family day together with different Budapest-living nations. Our aim is to give an opportunity to Hungarian and foreigner children to meet with other cultures through discovering their games, tales, and habits. 

The Children Around the World programs are free but registration is required.

To register, please email us:
Please mark the name of the event in the subject line and state the number of children and grown-ups who are willing to participate.

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Learn about different nations of the world through their tales and games!

Upcoming events:



18 January 2020 - 9.30-12.30: Moldova

Partner: Embassy of Moldova in Budapest


15 February 2020 - 9.30-12.30: South Korea

Partner: Korean Cultural Center in Budapest


21 March 2020 - 9.30-12.30: Poland

Partner: Wonderland Foundation





Program description: we are inviting children and their parents to our program to participate in a family day together with different Budapest-living nationalities. Each time we choose one country to immerse in its geographical and cultural heritage. The chosen country and its culture is the topic of the event. Therefore we name the chosen country the ’host’ of the event.

The aim of our program: we would like to give an opportunity to Hungarian and foreigner children to meet with other cultures through discovering their games, tales, and habits. At the same time, our event provides a great occasion to represent a country and to show how various the cultures of the World are.

We organise one Children Around the World event every month (exception: summer school break) on a Saturday between 9.30 and 12.30.


Children Around the World is a nationality program for children in the Deák17 Gallery. A different nation introduces itself through its tales and games during this series of programs. Children between the ages of 3 and 10 and of course their parents or guardians, have the opportunity get to know the cultures of different nations from the experts of the program.

This series of programs is significant for the gallery and its partner organizations because each time, we cooperate with the nation’s embassy, cultural institution and school in Budapest, which enables the gallery to expand its international connections. Every program is different, but over the years a structure was established through which we can provide the most complex experience.

After getting to know the country through games, we continue with a puppet or dance show connected to the topic or watch an animated film. We follow up the fixed program with creative activities, during which the children can participate in 3-4 activities, developed for various age groups, but still connected to the topic. This could be a pop-up postcard depicting a Russian onion dome, folding origami cherry blossoms during a children’s day about the topic of Japanese hanami, decorating Swedish biscuits called pepperkakor with frosting or making Chinese rice pictures. During these programs, we always try to have a gastronomy corner, e.g.: Chinese tea (with the assistance of Kong Ming Teahouse), Japanese tea biscuits, British sweets, Russian tea prepared in a samovar or the Portuguese pasteis de nata.

The strengths of the Children Around the World series:

  • It is a program for families, therefore it is not only a special experience for children, but the parents can learn a great deal about the culture of the given country as well.
  • We provide opportunities for families from different countries living here to meet and talk to Hungarian families.
  • Children from different age groups can participate in quality activities based on their interests and abilities.
  • We try to introduce as many aspects of a country and its culture as possible, such as gastronomy, music, dance, puppet art, fine art, architecture, traditions, and religion.
  • This opportunity is often the first time that children are exposed to that foreign culture, therefore it is important to make the experience authentic.

The aims of the matinee series are

  • to help children who are open and interested in other cultures mature
  • to show the national minorities living in Hungary to the Hungarian audience
  • to provide situations and opportunities in which Hungarian people can meet and talk to the members of the community living here
  •  to help interested people take the first step by showing the opportunities and institutions where they can later gain a deeper insight into the various aspects of the language and culture of the given country


Our guests were in 2019:

30 November 2019 - 9.30-12.30: Greece

Partner: Greek Institute

26 October 2019 - 9.30-12.30: Israel

Partner: Israel Cultural Institute Budapest


28 September 2019 - 9.30-12.30: Czech Republic

Partner: Czech Centre Budapest, Csirimojó Publishing House


11 May 2019 - 9.30-12.30: Japan

Partner: Japan Foundation



6 April 2019 - 9.30-12.30: Turkey

Partner: Yunus Emre Enstitüsü

9 March 2019 - 9.30-12.30: Ireland

Partner: Embassy of Ireland

9 February 2019. - 9.30-12.30: Italy

Partner: Accociazione Scuola Italiana di Budapest



12 January 2019. - 9.30-12.30: Ecuador

Partner: Embassy of Ecuador

Our guests were in 2018:

24 November 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Norway 

Partners: Norwegian Embassy, The Scandinavian House Foundation 







27 October 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Mexico 

Partner: Mexican Embassy



29 September 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Germany 

Partner: Oxford Education Centre


5 May 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Spain

Partner: Embassy of Spain, Instituto Cervantes






7 April 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Indonesia

Partner: Indonesian Embassy





10 March 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Bulgaria 

Partner: Bulgarian Cultural Institute Budapest, Hungary
Bulgarian Nationality School Budapest





10 February 2018. - 9.30-12.30: Scotland 

Partner: Scottish Dance Club Budapest




13 January 2018. -  9.30-12.30: India 

Partner: Indian Embassy of Budapest, Hungary




Our guests were in 2017

25th November, Saturday, 9.30-12.30: USA

Partner: American Corners Hungary


28th October, Saturday, 9.30-12.30: Ghana

Partner: Consulate General of Ghana in Budapest, Hungary



30th September, Saturday, 9.30-12.30: Republic of Estonia

Partner: Estonian Institute



9th May, Saturday, 9.30-12.30: Argentina

What do you think about a trip to South-America? Argentina’s waiting for us!

Partner: Embassy of Argentina in Budapest




Denmark, 8th April, 9.30-12.30 

Come and know better the country, the fairy tales and of course the famous Danish design!

Partner: Scandinavian House Foundation



France, 11th March, 9.30-12.30

We waite you with a typical french feeling, games and tales in March.

Partner: French Institute-Budapest

Registration: (subject: french matine, please send us the number of adults and children how like to participate on the matinee)


China, 18th February, 9.30-12.30

Hurrah, we begin the year of the Rooster! Celebrate with us the Chinese New Year!

Partner: ELTE Konfuciusz Institute, Pázmány Péter Catholic University China Department, Gateway Hungarian-Chinese Association, Kong Ming TeeHouse

Registration: (subject: Chinese matine, please send us the number of adults and children how like to participate on the matinee)





Russian Federation, 14th January 2017

Celebrate with us the orthodox New Year and know better the Russian culture!

Partner: Alfavit Educational and Cultural Foundation and the Russian Cultural Center


Portugal, 26th November 2017

Imaginary voyaging to Portugal and the Portuguese speaker countries. 

9.30: arrival

10.00-10.20: Know better Portugal and the different countries where people speak this language

10.30-10.45: The tree - Portugues-Japanese story

11.00-12.30: museum education program with a lot of fish, ships and cork.

Partner: Camoes Institute



Programs were in 2016


South Korea - 8th October 2016

Partner: Korean Cultural Center  



Czech Republic - 17th September 2016

Visit with us the famous Czech outlow, Rumcájsz and his family in the forest Řáholec! 

Partner: Czech Centrum Budapest - Česká centra



Great Britain - 7 May 2016

In May we celebrate Shakespeare, so come with us to the homeland of Shakespeare, go to Great Britain!

The language of the program: English and Hungarian
The program is available for children between 3 and 10 years.

From 9.30: arriving
10.15-10.35: Go better Great Britain
10.40-11.00: interactive play about the Midsummer Night's Dream
11.00-12.30: museum education program (create your own pocket theater and magic set)
12.00-12.30: plays from the renaissance markets

Partner: British Council Budapest

Partner: British Council, Budapest


Finland - 27th February 2016

On 28th February we celebrate the Kalevala, the national epic poetry, on 27th February get know better this poem and the Finnish culture.



9.30 - 10.15: arrival

10.15 - 10.25: what's the Finnish national music

10.25-10.40: know better Finland

10.40-11.00: Kalevala for children

11.00-11.20: learn traditional Finnish children songs, dances

11.20-12.30/13.00: museum education - create your own kantele (traditional music instrument) and sampo (the magic mill), coloring prints and Finnish children books

Partners: Embassy of Finland, Budapest and the Finnish School


Israel - 20 March 2016

 9.30-10.00: arriving

10.15-10.25: know better Israel

10.25-10.55: puppet theater performance about Purim

10.55-11.20: traditional Purim songs and dances

11.20-12.30: museum education program - create an own Mishloach Mano (presente box) and Ra'ashan (music instrument), face painting.

Try on the costumes of Haman!


Partner: Israeli Cultural Institute in Budapest


Japan - 9 April 2016


Celebrate with us the Hanami, the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.

Partner: The Japan Foundation, Budapest



Programs were in 2015


Sweden - 21 November 2015


9.00-10.00:  Encounter Sweden

10.00-11.00: Pippi Longstocking‘s and Nils Holgersson’s adventure

11.00- 13.00: Swedish nursery rhymes and playful children workshop with the Swedish tale-heroes

Cooperating partner: The Scandinavian House Foundation 


Serbia - 26 September 2015


9.00-10.00: Encounter with Serbia

10.00-11.00: „Spotless/ Immaculate friendship“- interactive children performance in Serbian language translated by an interpreter

11-13.00: museum education workshop and traditional games

Cooperating Partner: Serbian Culture and Documentation Center in Budapest


17 October, 9. a.m.- 1p.m. - Host: Poland


9.00-10.00: getting acquainted with / meeting with/encounter Poland

11.00-12.00: screening selections from famous polish animated films

11.00-13.00: museum education workshop and playing traditional polish games

Cooperating partner:  The Polish Insitute in Budapest