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QUARTET

TV magazine of the Visegrad Four regions

Quartet is the only permanent common programme prepared and aired in all four public service TV stations of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Currently it is broadcasting in Polish television TVP3, TVP3 Rzeszów and TVP3 Kraków, TVP Polonia, in Czech television CT, in Slovak television RTVS and in Hungarian television on DUNA and DUNA WORLD channels. Each magazine deals with one main topic presented from the point of view of particular journalists from the four countries. Countries prepare their own language versions of the programme consisting of 4 shots. Quartet magazine was awarded The International Visegrad Prize in 2015 by the Visegrad Group (V4) ministries and is supported by International Visegrad Fund. On this site you can watch Quartet’s video in 4 language versions. Meet people, places, attractions, nature, traditions of the V4 regions

Rivers of our regionsRivers of our regionsPoland’s Wisla River is an integral and inseparable part of historic Krakow. It gives the city a special atmosphere and a lot of relaxation. Along the banks of the Moravian town of Dyje you can admire the beautiful natural surroundings, but also several castles, charming towns and water factories. The Hornad Gorge is an extraordinary work of the mother of nature. An ideal paradise for lovers of natural beauty, hiking and monuments. The Tisza River in the Lower Hungary determines the rhythm of life in this region. It has kept this influence to this day.


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Inventions and patentsInventions and patentsResearchers from Brno are involved in the development of a device for the diagnosis of breast cancer. It is more accurate and free of radiation. From Rzeszow, going into the world are not only 3D, but also industrial 5D, printing machines. Young Hungarian artists have developed plates of plastic waste that produce energy. It's just enough to follow them. Inventions in the field of new eco-friendly drives of the future cars were created in the minds of creative engineers from the Technical University of Kosice.


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Rivers of our regions

Rivers of our regions

Poland’s Wisla River is an integral and inseparable part of historic Krakow. It gives the city a special atmosphere and a lot of relaxation. Along the banks of the Moravian town of Dyje you can admire the beautiful natural surroundings, but also several castles, charming towns and water factories. The Hornad Gorge is an extraordinary work of the mother of nature. An ideal paradise for lovers of natural beauty, hiking and monuments. The Tisza River in the Lower Hungary determines the rhythm of life in this region. It has kept this influence to this day.

Inventions and patents

Inventions and patents

Researchers from Brno are involved in the development of a device for the diagnosis of breast cancer. It is more accurate and free of radiation. From Rzeszow, going into the world are not only 3D, but also industrial 5D, printing machines. Young Hungarian artists have developed plates of plastic waste that produce energy. It's just enough to follow them. Inventions in the field of new eco-friendly drives of the future cars were created in the minds of creative engineers from the Technical University of Kosice.

A man who changes his neighborhood

A man who changes his neighborhood

The 800-year long history of the famous Oswiecim is the passion of an amateur historian from this Polish city, once called the "prosperity of Jerusalem". In Ostrava, a group of residents created great conditions for people with disabilities, in which they found not only work, but which also completely changed their lives. An extraordinary cafe was created in Budapest, where people share their joy. For visitors in this popular place, there is the slogan "I do not give up being nice". We will also visit the granary in Jablonowo-over-Turnia, which, thanks to its owners, gave the village a fairy-tale charm.

Young at the start

Young at the start

A graduate of the University of Economics, who has problems with hearing, made a courageous decision. She gained new qualifications, founded a confectionery in Szeged and mastered the art of creating cakes and pastries. A Centre for the Creative and Business Industry was founded in Zlin in the Czech Republic. It provides working space, especially professional help, which is offered to creative and enterprising young people at the start of their professional career. Already as students, they became interested in 3D printers, which were a breakthrough in this field. Today in Rzeszow they are successful as entrepreneurs. They export their 3D products to the whole world. A family goat breeding farm in central Slovakia is run by young spouses. It is not only a job for them, but also a lifestyle. It’s about healthy products, healthy environment and a sense of belonging to everything that surrounds them.

Ideas for living outside the city

Ideas for living outside the city

In Turczanska Szczawinica, we visit a family with 15 beautiful sled dogs. Surrounded by beautiful nature, they fulfill their dreams here. The mountainous village of Biala Woda changed the lives of people who, tired of urban stress, found a new sense of life.
Minerals and Zemplínske Vrchy fascinated some Hungarian official. He left the city, where he was a financier, to explore the knowledge of geophysics, and is looking for minerals today. He also found happiness.
In Jaworki, in turn, Kasia from Warsaw found her happiness. She left her job in advertising, and now, along with her husband, a sculptor, they are occupied with the art and breeding of sled dogs. Being a mariner has become a great passion for her.

Mummies and relics in the V4 countries

Mummies and relics in the V4 countries

The programme follows traces of mummies and relics that can be found in the four Visegrad countries. We have the opportunity to see “Konstancja at St. James” and the Capuchin Tomb, which are part of the history of Brno. The underground of the Hungarian city of Vác hides the secrets of the former bourgeoisie. This exhibition is known all over the world. The mummified Countess Zofia is inseparably connected with the castle of Piekna Gora (Krasna Horka), and the castle of Betliar remains a mystery for historians to this day. The Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Jaroslaw protects the relics, and the unique altar contains several hundred particles of holy and blessed bodies from around the world.

Extraordinary artists and their works

Extraordinary artists and their works

This episode features extraordinary artists and works of art. The works of this original Polish artist from Krakow exude the extraordinary strength of a free female personality. Many artistic treasures have been assembled in the Ostrava Art Gallery, supported by the most advanced digital technology. Hungarian Pannonhalma is famous for the production of magnificent stained glass, which was once a privilege reserved only for temples and palaces. The unusual abilities of the artist from Slovakia appeared by accident after a serious illness. Today, the resident of Medzeva creates magical, sandy creatures for children and adults.

Secrets of museums

Secrets of museums

In this episode, we discover some secrets of museums.On a daily basis, the unseen collections have been made available only to viewers of the Quartet.And it is surprising that the access to them is virtually impossible.

Unusual records and their authors.

Unusual records and their authors.

In each of our countries there are many people who want to go down in history with extraordinary records.In order for them to be beaten, sometimes you need many years of practice or huge passion and commitment.

We save old varieties of edible plants and trees.

We save old varieties of edible plants and trees.

There are varieties and species of plantswhich were cultivated years ago;today they have either lost popularity and are now forgotten, or worse, they have died out.Yet for centuries they have been the basis of healthy dieting and appealed to us with their beauty.Today there are people who want to save them from oblivion and extinction.

We protect cultural heritage.

We protect cultural heritage.

Each of our countries cares for the protection of their material heritage in the form of old buildings, equipment, tools, clothing or other traces of our past.In this programme, we look at interesting places where actions have been taken to preserve them.

Historical attractions.

Historical attractions.

Each country has their own “must see” places.They are attractions for tourists visited by native tourists, but often little known to foreigners. In recent years, many historical places have gained an extraordinary splendour.

Tourist cross-border routes.

Tourist cross-border routes.

Open borders between our countries make travelling and tourism more and more often international.There are general routes and tourist routes being created,which encourage visiting border areas, often very unknown but attractive to neighbours.And you can get to know them in different ways.

Health by nature.

Health by nature.

The areas of the Visegrad Four are full of places that have a positive impact on our health and well-being.They are often unique on a global scale, and are visited by tourists who are seeking rest and relaxation.And all of that - thanks to gifts of nature.

Places and their legends.

Places and their legends.

In each country, you can find places with legends and unusual stories.Often, it is the amazing taleswhich are the additional magnet attracting tourists.In this episode of the programme, we encourage you to visit unusual places and learn about their mysterious stories.

Regional products and dishes.

Regional products and dishes.

Regional and local food, organic products, are increasingly popular among V4 residents.In this episode, we show how delicious, healthy goodies, based on old recipes, are created, which are characteristic of the Visegrad Four regions.

Attractions for entire families throughout the year.

Attractions for entire families throughout the year.

Each of our countries can boast of numerous tourist attractions.Some of them are less known, though - they are available all year round and can be used by whole families.

Unusual winter sports and passions.

Unusual winter sports and passions.

This programme features tips on what to do in the winter and how the well-being lovers go about it.It follows a lot will be included about enthusiasts of swimming in ice-cold water as well as about unusual paddling and skiing.
 

Young music talents

Young music talents

In each of our countries there are talented young musicians around.What does their learning process and grinding of musical skills look like?In this episode of the programme, they talk about their work, passion for science and the future.

Unusual cafes.

Unusual cafes.

In the programme, we make a tour of unusual cafes and eateries.Here the customers can not only eat and drink, but also expect other surprises in store.

Almost like capitals.

Almost like capitals.

This broadcast features popular landmarks of the second largest cities of the countries of the Visegrad Four (V4).Film expeditions are made around Krakow, Košice, Debrecen and Brno.

Aviation passions – the art of living in the air.

Aviation passions – the art of living in the air.

Flying enthusiasts are by no means in decline in each of our countries.Neither professional nor amateur ones.Anopportunity of flying into the air, gliding in the sky and watching the world from above is always an extraordinary experience.

Delicacies  of the Visegrad Four–festivals of cuisine.

Delicacies of the Visegrad Four–festivals of cuisine.

In each of the countries, culinary festivals have become a fashionable trend, where you can enjoy regional and local dishes, get to know recipes for them and taste Visegrad flavours.

Tourism for ambitious people.

Tourism for ambitious people.

Visiting a place of interest on the map of one of our countries is often coupled with additional impressions and attractions that you can experience during your stay.

Agriculture is a way of life

Agriculture is a way of life

This episode of the programmeis about farmers and enthusiasts. Because workingon a farmcan not only bring an income but also great satisfaction. We will see the saving of Hungarian cattle breeds. We will meet beekeepers in the Slovak High Tatras. We'll see how the Czech village changes into a lavender kingdom. We will also visit Polish growers of fragrant and healthy herbs.

Athletes worthy of admiration.

Athletes worthy of admiration.

The story includes profiles of people who chose sport as their pursuit and way of life.They practise persistently with dedication to not only win sports laurels, but alsoto overcome their personallife’s challenges.

Schools with a soul.

Schools with a soul.

In each of the countries there are schools that are distinguished by their originality, and which defyan image of an ordinary educational institution.Students acquire knowledge and shape skills in various fields to make practical use of them in the future.

Folklore and tradition are “in” again.

Folklore and tradition are “in” again.

Regional and local folklore and traditions become a perfect inspiration for craftsmen and artists in various fields.Each of our countries can boast abundance in this field.

Foreigners in the V4 countries.

Foreigners in the V4 countries.

Our countries have become a second home for some foreigners.Despite the cultural differences they found a place for themselves succeeding in various fields of professional and social activity.

Rescuing history.

Rescuing history.

Souvenirs of our history, which are gnawed by a tooth of time, require constant care.In order for them to survive for the next generations, they often require special protection and conservation work.Featuring are the unusual ways to rescue the history in the stories recorded by journalists from  four countries.

Orphanages and help for the youngest children.

Orphanages and help for the youngest children.

The mode of functioning of orphanages in our countries.How we help the youngest, who have been  victims of life’s circumstances.Can we stand as an example for others in this field?

Remnants of and memory about world war ii in the countries of the visehrad

Remnants of and memory about world war ii in the countries of the visehrad

Even though 70 years have passed since World War II, the memory of its dramas and cruelty is constantly present in the countries of the Visegrad Four. There are still many traces and remains of those times. For the contemporaries, they are a warning so that such times will never happen again.

International visehrad fund - supporting cooperation in the four countries

International visehrad fund - supporting cooperation in the four countries

The International Visehrad Fund was established to support joint initiatives of the four countries. The quartet is also supported by the Fund. In this programme, you’ll hear  about other interesting projects organized in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Wood – the unusual material

Wood – the unusual material

For centuries, wood has been the basic building material. It was used to create tools, equipment or toys. It was a great material for artists. After years of fascination with new materials, we return to what is natural and ecological. We save and renovate wooden buildings with great care. The programme presents real artists who can create wonders from wood.

Historical groups and reconstruction associations

Historical groups and reconstruction associations

Exploring the past in an active way is becoming more and more fashionable in the countries of the Visehrad Four. Numerous groups and associations are being formed, which reconstruct old costumes, uniforms and equipment.   They participate in the reconstruction of events and battles, actively teaching the history of their areas.  They compete in contests, pursue their passions and at the same time - enjoy themselves.

Contemporary life in the monasteries

Contemporary life in the monasteries

In this episode we dwell on the history and present day of monasteries and abbeys. Today, these are not only isolated places of religious worship, oases of peace and quiet. They are opening to the present day. Places that were once available only for the religious, are visited by tourists and history researchers. They conduct various activities: they publish books, produce herbal products, promote culture and tourism, taking advantage of European Union funds.

Natural paths

Natural paths

Thematic nature paths reveal many mysteries and extraordinarities to tourists. They become attractions, because not only can you spend time actively here, but you can get to know the peculiarities of architecture, fauna and the history of areas where the trails lead. 

Extreme sports

Extreme sports

Adrenaline, challenges, adventure, passion - this is the guiding light of this episode of the programme. They practice disciplines that require a lot of courage, and they are: a motorcycle trial, speleology, urban parkour and climbing.

Unusual hand-made musical instruments

Unusual hand-made musical instruments

Musical instruments created by the masters in their profession. They all have unique charm and they sound great. Regardless of whether they are drums, violins or piano.

Culinary delicacies

Culinary delicacies

We pay more and more attention to what and how we eat. Contemporary cuisine is not just satisfaction hunger, but also taking care of health, tourist offer or the field of art.

Professional filming amateurs

Professional filming amateurs

In each country, amateur filmmakers work with passion with no big budgets involved. Although it seems unrealistic, they make films, achieve successes, showing us the world with their eyes. 

Is it difficult to publish a book?

Is it difficult to publish a book?

Publishing books is an increasingly difficult task. What can we do to reach the reader better? The programme includes examples from the four countries.

Science in the service of humans

Science in the service of humans

Science, inventions, modern solutions - all this makes us live better. Reporters from the four countries show places, solutions and scientists worth being proud of.

ABOUT QUARTET

Quartet is the only permanent common programme prepared and aired in all four public service TV stations of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia since 2000. Currently it is broadcast in Polish television TVP3 local TV station, TVP Polonia, Czech television CT, Slovak television RTVS and in Hungarian television MTV2, Duna TV.

There are premiere TV magazines broadcast monthly with the total timing of 26 minutes. Each magazine deals with one main topic presented from the point of view of particular journalists from the four countries. Countries prepare their own language versions of the programme consisting of 4 shots - three from the partners and one own shot.

Quartet magazine has also a common jingle, graphic design and subtitles. The televisions prepare their own language versions. Quartet magazine was awarded The International Visegrad Prize in 2015 by the Visegrad Group ministries responsible for culture. It took only 4 months to make the first idea about a common V4 magazine happen and broadcast its premiere episode.


HISTORY OF QUARTET

In autumn 1999 directors of regional TV studios of the public service televisions from Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary were invited by Marian Kleis, director of STV Kośice to meet up in Kośice. TV studio Kośice was the first one in Czechoslovakia to cooperate with the western televisions united in the CIRCOM REGIONAL association. They have been producing programmes called ALICE and later on The Wheel of life. Directors therefore wanted to use the gained knowledge and create a trans-border programme. Inevitable expert advice was provided by one of the five members of executive of CIRCOM REGIONAL Jaromir Bureś from Kośice. Then the directors general began to look for opportunities of cooperation within Visegrad Four countries. One of the very first creative suggestions was to produce a common TV Euro-magazine. The idea was developed by then a PR manager Jan Dianiśka who came up with a new programme called CARPATHIANS. Creators of the future trans-border magazine managed to organise another meeting in Szeged, Hungary in the same year. They discussed the content and a common title which was supposed to sound similar in all four languages - QUARTET.

The meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic was attended by newly appointed national coordinators Luba Kol'ova Slovakia, Piotr Socha Poland, Vladimir Stvrtna Czech Republic and Erika Kocsor Hungary. This time their task was to choose the best common jingle from 4 versions and then the premiere QUARTET magazine could start with the new millennium. All beginnings are difficult so we were preparing 8 topics for each episode until we realised that QUARTET should rather have one common topic from 4 points of view in. In past every regional TV studio - Kośice, Banska Bystrica, Cracow, Rzeszów, Brno, Ostrava, Miskolc and Szeged used to prepare one shot for each magazine. Those were the times when all texts and TV records had to be transcribed and transmitted on BTC and sent by regular mail to the partner countries monthly. Coordinators used to pick up the shipments at customs-house and officially inform the officers about their content. The whole process was very unreliable so after 2 years of stresses to meet the broadcast deadlines we finally changed the system. A 6 minutes long shot was prepared by one studio from each country monthly so we could get deeper into the topics. Magazine composition, translations, subtitles, dubbing, completion and broadcasting has always been realised by one regional TV studio from each country.

Besides all changes of the working procedures and used technologies there has only been one personal shift. After 10 years of cooperation Hungarian National coordinator from Szeged Erika Kocsor was replaced by Zsuzsa Sari. BTC video tapes were replaced by DVC technology and 4:3 aspect ratio has changed to 16:9. After 15 years the viewers could watch the QUARTET magazines in Full HD quality and find it later in web-archives of televisions. Internet has become the biggest help for translators who do not have to come to pick up the texts from the studios because now they have e-mails.

Since foundation of The International Visegrad Fund in 2000 the QUARTET coordinators has been applying for grants to finance their work meetings twice a year in different country. They have been successful eight times and also got financial support to organise festival of regional TV studios' production called Visegrad Seal four times. QUARTET does not try to solve political problems. On the other hand this programme educates, informs and tries to bring the four nations closer together. After 17 years of regular continuous broadcast it is a rare exception in this dynamic media space


FUTURE OF QUARTET

Since the beginning of QUARTET magazine we have broadcasted almost 230 premiere episodes. Approximately 900 reports, profiles and documentaries attracted the attention of several million of viewers in the four neighbouring countries. Topics inspired by the lives of ordinary people, success, troubles and their solutions, economy, education, science, culture, history, ecology, sport or various natural places of interest, these are the universal and timeless topics with the particular European character. It is mostly its thematic potential that enables QUARTET project to become a successful TV programme broadcast also on a weekly basis.

When considering concept of a new common Visegrad Four Television directors general of the public service televisions of V4 countries take QUARTET project as the main programme and example that such cooperation is possible. Connecting forces and financial sources is the way for further production and preparation of common concerts and entertainment programmes.

Social networks and social media as such are also gaining importance not only among the young viewers therefore we are trying to keep up with the times. Viewers do not have to call us anymore if they missed some information from live programme because now everything can be found in online TV archives, on our website or facebook. Last but not least International Visegrad Fund and its support is the future perspective of QUARTET project. Especially thanks to the personal meetings of creators and producers we have been able to improve the content and production of QUARTET magazine, solve troubles and even save the programme sometimes. Considering other workload we would not have been able to visit so many interesting places and personally verify the attractiveness of these places for our viewers.

To sum up the relevance of this programme was confirmed by the award of the Visegrad prize given by the ministries responsible for culture of V4 countries. It was the first time when a TV programme of all four countries was awarded this prize.

KVARTETO TEAM:
SLOVAKIA: Luba Kol'ova, Natasa Lutterova, Jozef Puchala, Leopold Henzely, Viola Oceliakova, Zsuzsa Sarkozy, Ladislav Csiky POLAND: Piotr Socha, Katarzyna Kotula, Beata Padel, Maciej Dzwigaj CZECH REPUBLIC: Vladimir Stvrtna, Nora Obrtelova, Marta Ruzickova, Krunoslav Keteles HUNGARY: Sari Zsuzsa, Kiss Monika, Szel Zsolt, Szogi Laszlo, Kajtsa Zoltan, Nagy Istvan Four different languages sound to be in a perfect harmony in this programme and we believe in QUARTET'S long future

 

Ľuba Koľová

PhDr. Ľuba Koľová
KOORDINÁTOR KVARTETA STV Kosice

Národným koordinátorom za Slovensko je PhDr. Ľuba Koľová, vedúca Redakcie národnostného vysielania košického televízneho štúdia RTVS




RTVS, štúdio Košice, Rastislavova 13, Košice t.č.: 055/7233 210,
mobil: 0905 639 910 luba.kolova@rtvs.sk

Sári Zsuzsa

SÁRI ZSUZSA
a KVARTETT KOORDINÁTORA
MTVA Szeged

A Kvartett felelős szerkesztője, Sári Zsuzsa harminc éve a Magyar Televízió munkatársa, számos magazinműsor és díjnyertes dokumentumfilm szerkesztője és rendezője.



Medimédia KFT Ügyvezető igazgatók : Borbély Zsuzsa, Pató Tibor
Cím: 6722 Szeged Kosssuth L. sgt.29.
Telefonszám: +36 62 549 200
kvartett@mtva.hu
Vladimír Štvrtňa

Vladimír Štvrtňa
KOORDINÁTOR KVARTETA
ČT Ostrava

V ostravském studiu České televize pracuje řadu let. Nejvíce ho však oslovil televizní dokument. Jako dramaturg se podílel na velmi sledovaných dokumentárních cyklech, později Nevyjasněná úmrtí a na pokračování projektu pod názvem Příběhy slavných.

Česká televize Ostrava
Dvořákova 18
728 20 Ostrava 1
vstvrtna@gmail.com

Piotr Socha

Piotr Socha
koordynator Kwartet
TVP3 RZESZÓW

Dziennikarz, reporter, wydawca i autor programów w TVP. Z telewizją związany od 1992 roku. Współtworzy m.in. programy poświęcone współpracy międzynarodowej. Obecnie sekretarz programu TVP3 Rzeszów.


Telewizja Polska S.A. Oddział
w Rzeszowie
Telefon: +48 (17) 86 13 368
Fax: +48 (17) 86 13 368
piotr.socha@tvp.pl