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Hungary To Mark 500th Anniversary Of Reformation With Hundreds Of Events Next Year

Tamás Székely 2016.12.30.

Close to 400 programmes will be organised by Hungary in 2017 to mark the 500th anniversary of Reformation in Europe.

The series of events will open with an arts performance in Budapest’s Palace of Arts (Müpa) on Jan. 6, Károly Hafenscher, the head of the organising committee, said. On April 25 a rock version of Handel’s oratorio Messiah will be performed in the Müpa.

A large-scale exhibition presenting the history of protestant Reformation and its influence on Europe and Hungary will open in the Hungarian National Museum on April 26, he added. Meanwhile in Wittenberg, the birthplace of Reformation in Germany, Hungarian Days will be held from Aug. 24 to 27 with several programs, including a conference, an exhibition and a concert.

According to the 2011 census 13,8% of Hungarians are Protestants (11.6% Calvinists, 2.2% Lutherans). The Reformed Church is the second largest church in Hungary with 1,622 000 adherents, and 600 000 active members. The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Hungary counts around 215 000 members.

via and MTI