Day of Hungarian Culture Marked Across the Country and in Hungarian Communities Worldwide
Fanni Kaszás 2018.01.22.
Every year, on January 22nd, The Day of Hungarian Culture is marked with concerts, exhibitions and literary events across the country and in Hungarian communities around the world, on the anniversary of the day Hungarian poet Ferenc Kölcsey completed his poem Hymn, which later became the Hungarian National Anthem.
Results of the architectural contest of Székesfehérvár’s historic center will be announced on today, while Eger will present the city’s European Capital of Culture tender. A Nation reciting, an event involving several Hungarian schools and high schools in Hungary and abroad, will be hosted by the southern town of Pécs, while Arany 200, an orchestra piece marking the 200th birth anniversary of Hungarian poet János Arany, is starting on a tour from the city on Monday. The Hungarian opening of 2018 Cultural Heritage Year, a European Union event, begins today in Budapest.
In Shanghai, Hungary’s Consulate General is organizing a New Year’s Concert, for the third time, in Moore Memorial Church, designed by Hungarian-Slovakian architect László Hudec. In Istanbul, an exhibition of Tímea Harkiss’s mosaics opens to mark the Day of Hungarian Culture, while in Delhi, a two-week program series will be launched on January 19, entitled Hungarian Folk Days. Aspects, a contemporary Hungarian graphic and statuette exhibition, will open in the Gallery of the Hungarian Academy in Rome. Helsinki celebrates the day with an exhibition of the work of children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Molnár at the Balassi Institute.
The New York edition of the BuSho Short Film Festival marks the day this year at the New York Institute of Hungarian Literature, while in Moscow, a memorial will be held for Hungarian composer Rezső Seress, who passed away 50 years ago. In Tallin, Kornél Mundruczó’s new film, Jupiter’s Moon will be screened on The Day of Hungarian Culture.
Hungarian politicians have also addressed the day. László Kövér, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary said that, although Hungarians were separated and scattered by history, they have survived with the help of their culture, which has made them a “nation of survival”. Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Resources, distributed prizes in recognition of achievements in public education. He claimed that “culture is reaching more and more people” and hailed the increase in ticket sales for theatre, cinemas and museums.
István Simicsko, Minister of Defence, spoke at a commemoration organized by his ministry, and highlighted the importance of “religious foundations for civilisation”.
The opposition Socialist and Párbeszéd (Dialogue) parties called for restructuring cultural institutions so that they serve “multicoloured Hungarian culture rather than politics”. Gergely Karácsony, the two parties’ Prime Ministerial candidate, said that “cultural policy in recent years promoted divisions rather than unity in variety”. If they won power in the next election, the two parties would “reinforce autonomous cultural endeavours” and ensure a financing mechanism to promote “unity in variety”.