Social programme for VOCAL 2004

  1. 13th Dec, 2004 - Organ concert at 8 p.m at the St Michael's Cathedral opposite the conference venue free for the participants (including accompanying persons)

  2. 14th Dec, 2004 - Banquett at 7 p.m. at Hotel Villa Medici (Kittenberger Kálmán u. 11.) free for the registered participants

  3. 14th Dec, 2004 Visiting the Herend Manufactury

Gathering place: Conference registration office

Departure: 14th Dec, 2004, 13:30 right after lunch

Price: 4000 HUF including travelling to and from Herend, admission fee to the manufactory, guiding and insurance

The manufactory was founded in 1826 by Vince Stingl. as the first porcelain manufactory in Hungary, since then Herend has been striving after the highest standards of artistic handwork. This respect for traditions created such a high level of craftsmanship, astonished several generations over 165 years. Today mold makers, potters and painters, trained with the highest standards, are creating figurines, dinnerware and fancy items with amazing skill for the delight of generations to come. Herend "white gold" is classical hard porcelain, made from a mixture of china-clay, felspar and quartz sand which is then sluiced, strained and pressed. The pieces made from these raw materials are all made by hand.

The strength of Herend porcelain art, which assures also today world-wide success, lies in its enormous range of forms and decorations. The Herend Manufactory produces almost 3000 patterns and 16,000 designs.

In the rich assortment of dinner-ware, fancy items and figurines everybody can find - besides the stability of value - something which gives a lasting and aesthetic experience.

At the London World Exhibition of 1851, Queen Victoria ordered a very large table service for Windsor Castle. Decorated with a colorful, Chinese-inspired design of flowers and butterflies, it has since become famous and quite popular as Herend's "Queen Victoria" pattern. Many aristocrats followed the Queen's example, and Herend continued to prosper.

Further information about the Herend Manufactory is available at