A VERY SPECIAL PLACE
BY GÁBOR HELLER
A few steps from Kálvin tér, in a trendy neighborhood of cafés, bakeries and pubs you can find an excellent establishment with a unique name and a big heart. It’s called Premier Kultcafé, which is actually three things rolled into one.
The café itself is a great place to have breakfast (every weekday until 11 o’clock, weekends ’till early afternoon, call it “brunch”), and sandwiches and salads all day, and all kinds of coffee drinks. Its major attraction, however, is its spirit. Owned and operated by a foundation that helps people with disabilities, the Kultcafé is staffed by super friendly young people with a variety of disabilities, physical and cognitive, as well as those with no impairments. A mentor trains the staff with disabilities who comes in every day to offer help and supervision.
Premier Kult will host the Active8 Saturday Cinema Series. Bring your kids and their friends out to see some of their favorite animated films up on the big screen on the second Saturday of each month, from November to March. Screenings start at 11:00 AM. Reservations can be made at +36 30 250 6692. For more information visit active8.hu/cinema.
On Thursdays from 5 pm until closing, you can enjoy live jazz thanks to renowned jazz pianist Kálmán Cseky, who occasionally invites fellow jazz musicians. It’s all free, of course.
The café also has a separate room for events (the main screening room of the one-time movie theatre) that hosts lectures, discussions on a variety of socially relevant subjects, and meetings with artists, writers and social scientists.
And let’s not forget about the screening room proper, accessible from the café, that shows all kinds of movies from Hollywood classics to art films. Often, the screening is followed by a discussion, and not only after the movie. For example, the recent screening of Black Swan was interrupted at times and a well-known ballet dancer made comments from a practitioner’s point of view. At other times the film is narrated by a psychologist for students of a nearby college, but the screenings are open to anyone.
There are also film clubs for enthusiasts who want to watch and talk about cult movies, documentaries, films on art history or social issues.
The foundation was the brainchild of a television host, Róbert Kárász. Its president is Mari Töröcsik, a world-famous actress now in her 80s. The foundation’s name, Adopt a Teddy Bear, refers to their annual event in which donated teddy bears are auctioned off to raise money for the organisation. Along the years, teddy bear donors have included such Hollywood stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashton Kutcher and Antonio Banderas, as well as countless Hungarian and foreign donors who are happy to support the foundation’s mission: to educate the public and create jobs for people with disabilities.