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Week in the Life of the Hungarian Diaspora: Kodály Weekend, Kányádi Memorial, and Fundraising

Fanni Kaszás 2019.06.08.

In our recurring Week in the life of the Hungarian Diaspora series, we’ll be looking back at recent events and exploring the many success stories of the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program, which targets Hungarians outside the Carpathian Basin, and the Petőfi Sándor Program, which focuses on dispersed Hungarian communities beyond the borders of Hungary.

Kodály Weekend 2019

One hundred and twenty scouts spent the weekend enjoying magical Hungarian music at the New Brunswick Hungarian House. They learned to play traditional instruments, such as the cither or the recorder, sang Hungarian folk songs, participated in arts and crafts workshops, and became familiar with Kodály’s heritage. The highlight of the music programs was a dance house on Saturday evening.

Kányádi memorial literary evening in Stuttgart

The Transylvanian World Federation held a memorial evening in honor of Sándor Kányádi, along with the farewell evening of the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor scholarship holders on May 25, 2019 in Stuttgart. The two-part performance commemorated the Hungarian poet Sándor Kányádi from Transylvania on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth. His works were featured in the performance by the Stuttgart Amateur Theater Circle on stage, together with recitation, music, and text. The more than 60 year old Napsugár magazine has published Kányádi’s children’s poems, such as the “Kecse,” the religious “Noah’s Ark,” the romantic “Reflections Under the Stars” poems, as well as the infamous “There are lands” poem cycle. Some of his poems were performed in the form of songs, earlier performed by the Hungarian band Kaláka.

Bukovina Székely country house opened in Hertelendyfalva

On May 25th, the newly built country house was opened at the Tamási Áron Székely-Hungarian Cultural Association in Hertelendyfalva. Hertelendyfalva is part of the town of Pancova, located on the southern border of Vojvodina, to which Székely settlers arrived in 1883 from Bukovina. Since then, their descendants have carefully preserved their traditions, language and, last but not least, the material heritage of their ancestors. The exhibition space consists of three rooms and four guest rooms on the ground floor of the house. The courtyard has been expanded with an open-air stage and a “supa,” a shed where visitors can see an exhibition of old agricultural machinery and tools.

Fundraising in Galánta for the St. Francis Foundation of Déva

A fundraising run was organized in Galánta for the benefit of the Saint Francis Foundation of Déva. The initiative was launched by the Megbecsültek Társasága and they collected durable food and hygienic items, which they  delivered by bus to the children’s home in Déva. The fundraising run was linked to the visit of Pope Francis to Romania on June 1st.