Artists in residence

Eco-cultural hotspot in the countryside

Lookin yonder

Guests are also automatically sponsors of the Bedepuszta Project in Bedepuszta. The income generated from renting out accommodation, for example, is invested in green and cultural projects.

Our vision goes beyond commercial exploitation of the location. The small scale of Bedepuszta offers great opportunities in the area of food production, waste processing, energy production and water management. But also in the field of culture in the form of, for example, artists in residence, cultural exchange programmes and small quirky events.

What are our plans?

Energy house: we want to heat most houses in the village centrally by building an energy house. From this building a network of pipes is built through the village, these pipes transport hot water and the houses can be connected to this network by means of heat exchangers. The energy required will be generated, depending on the season, through biomass, waste, pellets, solar boilers or with a heat pump (solar panels/grid).

Circularity: in a small village it’s relatively easy to see what comes in and out of the village. Not only do we want to recycle as much as possible, we also want to keep this transparent. Where the village begins, there is a rubbish container where all the waste that leaves the village is collected. In addition to the container, we want a ‘Waste Base’ which enables reusable waste to enter the village as a basic material that can be used for construction, energy or horticulture: paper and wood for lighting the wood ovens, glass and polystyrene foam for construction and food waste for compost. Hard plastic will be ground into a basic product using a shredder.

Collecting water: the water from the largest roofs is already being collected in underground basins and wells. In the future we will expand this and also save resources ourselves. The water is used for irrigation and the greywater system.

Water purification: there’s no sewerage in the village, therefore grey water is collected in cesspits/septic tanks. In the future, septic tanks will be connected via a steps system to a mechanism that allows this water to be purified and then used as part of the greywater system for flushing the toilets.

Food production: the village and its surroundings have fields with very fertile soil. Already, we have more than a hundred fruit trees and great honey, but in the near future we will also grow our own vegetables and herbs.

Art: the Müvesz Ház (Artist House) is located in the centre of the village and offers accommodation for artists. Artists and musicians can stay and work in Bedepuszta for free during a certain period and under certain conditions. In the future we want to make this an international programme.

Events: music and art are made in Bedepuszta, there are yoga and tai-chi classes, food is made, cooked and eaten, all with the nature as a backdrop. Bring the right people together in the right place and you have all the fundamental ingredients for a festival. Several festivals are set to take place in Bedepuszta in the near future. Often with different themes but always with a link to the environment.

Culinary: unfortunately it’s not feasible to operate an exclusive restaurant in Bedepuszta. Instead, in 2020 we want to start ‘dinner & breakfast’ food events, where guest cooks cook with our own produce and ingredients from the forests of Nógrád. This way we hope to set up a network of local entrepreneurs involved in the production or processing of food in a special way. The D & B programme will consist of an extensive dinner, live music in the bar or beside a campfire, overnight stay, morning walk and full breakfast served by innovative chefs.

Knowledge: the environment that surrounds Bedepuszta lends itself very well to field work. Geologists (Bedepuszta is in a Geopark), archaeologists (traces of prehistoric life found in Bedepuszta), biologists (protecting and enriching flora and fauna) and historians (applied history of the direct environment), together, make the landscape ‘readable’. The solutions for energy, water and circularity used in the village also provide insight into knowledge. Finally, the Bedepuszta Project is seen by futurologists as an interesting experiment that could possibly offer a solution to the mass exodus currently facing rural Europe. All this knowledge and more comes together in Bedepuszta.

Biodiversity: we consider the plants and animals as much as possible in and around the village. Bushes for small birds, open stalls for the swallows, wetlands for frogs and dragonflies, piles of wood and roof tiles for butterflies and insects, etc. We also want to apply this in the countryside around the village by planting different types of trees, digging up fens (wetlands) and laying hedges.

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  • Artists (inspired by nature) Free accommodation
  • Musicians Free accommodation
  • Writers Free accommodation
  • Developers Free accommodation
  • Conditions? Please contact us
  • Artists (inspired by nature) Free accommodation
  • Musicians Free accommodation
  • Writers Free accommodation
  • Developers Free accommodation
  • Conditions? Please contact us