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1 by Mikls Erdly

Events
JANUARY

MARCH
2 01 5

january

27 Jan page 12
concert
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
presents: Duke Bluebeards
Castle by Bla Bartk

Jan page 3
film
UK Release of White God
and Masterclass with
director Kornl Mundrucz
11 Jan page 4
concert
Sunday morning coffee
concert featuring
Barnabs Kelemen (violin)
and Olli Mustonen (piano)
15 Jan page 5
exhibition
Hungarian artists works
in Adventures of the Black
Square: Abstract Art and
Society 19152015
22 Jan page 7
award ceremony
Announcement of the
Student Ambassadors
of Hungarian Culture
22 Jan page 7
film screening, talk
National Day of Hungarian
Culture, Celebrating the
Rt. Revd. Rbert Ptkai
and his achievements in
the UK
22 Jan page 9
jazz
Viktor Tth jazz
saxophonist returns
to London
23 Jan page 10
children & families
Hold in your lap, rock and
sing Demonstration
and training sessions
of the Ringat method
by Ilona Grh

28 Jan page 13
book launch
Thomas Kabdebo,
Danubius Danubia
(Fapadosknyv, 2013)
29 Jan page 14
exhibition
The place: Eastern Europe
in photography practice

february
2 Feb page 16
monday music soires
Bartk Evening with
Viv McLean (piano) and
David LePage (violin)
4 Feb page 17
literature
Mtys Srkzi: Cs
5 Feb page 18
lecture
Hungarian Avant-Garde?
Neo-Avant-Garde?
Contemporary or PostContemporary Art?
By Lszl Beke
11 Feb page 20
symposium
Hungarian Student College
presents: Hungarian brain
research
12 Feb page 23
exhibition
Great Expectations
Memories from the
19th century. Graphic art
works by Ilona Luca Decsi

19 Feb page 24
children & families
Kodly-based Music
Sessions for Children
(05 yrs) and their Families

march
5 Mar page 24
children & families
Kodly-based Music
Sessions for Children
(05 yrs) and their Families
8 Mar page 25
concert
Sunday Morning Coffee
Concert, Kelemen Quartet
9 Mar page 26
monday music soires
Renta Konyicska (piano)
and Jlia Pusker (violin)
11 Mar page 28
book launch
Dramaturgy in the Making.
A Users Guide for Theatre
Practitioners by Katalin
Trencsnyi
19 Mar page 29
jazz
Jazz violinist Lajos Srkzi
returns to London
21 Mar

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education, teacher training

Motivation and efficiency in


Hungarian Language Courses
22 Mar page 32
concert
Introducing Talented
Children The Folk
Chamber Ensemble
and St Catharines Girls
Choir Cambridge

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e FILM

White God (Fehr Isten), 2014


When tween trumpet-player Lili has to stay with her dad for a few days, he is not
interested in taking care of her pet dog Hagen and in a fit of irritation leaves it by the
side of the road. Bad idea. This sets off events that lead to a full-scale canine uprising
in a film that blends a coming-of-age narrative, political allegory and horror-style
revenge. Thrills run the gamut, from scenes of Hagen bonding with fellow street mutts
to dramatic chase sequences as the dogs tear through the city, finally taking a gory
turn when Hagen reaches
breaking point. Filmed
with a cast of 280 dogs
and featuring staged
scenes of animal cruelty,
director Kornl Mundrucz
has crafted an ambitious,
visceral opus, rightfully
earning plaudits at Cannes,
including the Un Certain
Regard prize, as well as
the Palme Dog for best
four-legged performance.
(Kate Taylor)
Kornl Mundrucz was born in Hungary in 1975. He studied at the Hungarian University
of Film and Drama and is now a renowned European film-director, whose films premier
at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. He directed his short film Afta
shortly after leaving school. It went on to win numerous international awards. Pleasant
Days, his first feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002 for
best first and second feature. He entered the Cannes Residence in 2003. His second
feature film Johanna an operatic adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc was
presented in the Un Certain Regard in 2005. His third
feature film Delta won the FIPRESCI Critics Award in
Cannes 2008. His film Tender Son was shown in the
Offical Selection of Cannes 2010. Mundruczs latest
movie White God won the Un Certain Regard prize at
Cannes 2014 and was screened at the 58th BFI London
Film Festival. White God has also been selected as the
official Hungarian entry for the 87th Academy Awards.
Details to be confirmed. For further information please visit our website www.hungary.org.uk

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UK Release of White God and


Masterclass with director Kornl Mundrucz

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Sunday | 11 January | 11.30am

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e CONCERT

Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

sunday morning coffee concert featuring


Barnabs Kelemen (violin)
Olli Mustonen (piano)
An artist of innate musicality with a technical execution that belongs only to the greatest
(The Guardian), Hungarian violinist Barnabs Kelemen has captured the attention of
the music world. With a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary music,
Kelemen gave the Hungarian premieres of the Ligeti and Schnittke Violin Concertos
as well as the Hungarian premiere and world premiere of violin works by Gubaidulina
and Kurtg.
Barnabs Kelemen collaborates amongst others with the American Symphony, BBC
Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Budapest Festival, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
Saarbrcken, Helsinki Philharmonic, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Hong Kong Philharmonic,
Hungarian National Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Irish Chamber, Kioi
Sinfonietta, Lahti Symphony, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, NDR
Radiophilharmonie Hannover,
Netherlands Radio, Norwegian
Chamber, Orchestra della
Toscana, Pannon Philharmonic,
Philharmonia Auckland, Tapiola
Sinfonietta, Trondheim
Symphony and the Yomiuri
Nippon Symphony orchestras.
In 2010 he founded the Kelemen
Quartet, which received a silver
medal, audience prize and the
Musica Viva Grand Prize at the
Melbourne International Chamber
Music Competition in 2011. The
Kelemen Quartett gave concerts
in Florence, Munich, London and
toured in China, India, Australia
and New Zealand.
He performs on a Guarneri del
Ges violin of 1742 (ex-Dnes
Kovcs), generously loaned by
the State of Hungary.

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Olli Mustonen has a unique place on todays music scene. As a pianist, he has challenged
and fascinated audiences throughout Europe and America with his brilliant technique
and startling originality. In his role as conductor, he founded the Helsinki Festival
Orchestra and as a composer he forms part of a very special line of musicians whose
vision is expressed as vividly in the art of re-creative interpretation as it is in their
own compositions.

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Tickets: 12.50 (concs 10) For further information and booking please visit www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

15 January 6 April
Whitechapel Gallery 7782 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

e EXHIBITION
hungarian artists works in
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 19152015
Bringing together over 100 works by 80 modern masters and contemporary artists
including Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Piet Mondrian, Gabriel Orozco and Aleksander
Rodchenko, this exhibition of the Whitechapel Gallery will trace a century of Abstract
art from 1915 to today, shedding new light on the evolution of geometric abstraction.
Beginning with Kazimir Malevichs Black and White. Suprematist Composition (1915)
the exhibition will explore how abstract art can both underpin socially transformative
spaces and filter into all aspects of visual culture.

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Lszl Moholy-Nagy From the radio tower, Berlin, 1928


Maurer Dra Seven twists IVI., 1979-2011

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Exhibition highlights include an


entire wall filled with photographs
documenting the radio towers of
Moscow and Berlin by Aleksandr
Rodchenko and Lszl MoholyNagy amongst others, blow-up
archive photographs of iconic
exhibitions running through the
history of abstraction and a
selection of magazines which
convey revolutionary ideas in art
and society through typography
and graphic design.
The exhibition takes a fresh look
at this new art for a modern age,
and asks how art relates to
society and politics. Curated by
Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director,
and Magnus af Petersens, Curator
at Large, Whitechapel Gallery,
Adventures of the Black Square:
Abstract Art and Society
19152015, is international in its scope. As well as following the rise of Constructivist
art from its revolutionary beginnings amongst the avant-garde in Russia and Europe,
the exhibition sheds new light on the evolution of geometric abstraction from continents
across the globe including Asia, the US and Latin America.
The exhibition includes paintings,
sculptures, film and photographs
spanning the century from 1915 to the
present, brought together from major
international collections including
Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum
of Contemporary Art, Barcelona;
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago;
The Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki;
National Galleries of Scotland,
Edinburgh; Tate, London; and Van
Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
Opening times: TueSun 11am6pm; Thurs

11am9pm. Admission 10.95/8.95 concs


including Gift Aid donation, 9.95/7.95
concs without Gift Aid.
For further information and booking please
visit www.whitechapelgallery.org

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Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e AWARD CEREMONY

The Student Ambassador of Hungarian Culture


project is the initiative of the Hungarian Cultural
Centre (HCC), which has been launched with the
aim to reach university students and to inspire
them through the events of the Hungarian Cultural
Centre, and the mission of the Balassi Institute to
promote Hungarian culture in the United Kingdom
as Student Ambassadors.
The selection process had two rounds: after the first written round, the successful
candidates proved their capabilities through a presentation where they had the
opportunity to elaborate on their action plan.
H.E. Pter Szabadhegy, Ambassador of Hungary in London and Dr. Beata Pszthy,
Cultural and Scientific Counsellor, Director will officially announce the names of the
selected Student Ambassadors and present them with their Letter of Commission.
Please note this event is by invitation only.
To keep up-to-date please join the page of the Student Ambassador of Hungarian Culture on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/pages/Student-Ambassador-of-Hungarian-Culture/1478412729099835?ref=hl

Thursday | 22 January | 7pm


Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e FILM SCREENING, TALK


national day of hungarian culture

Celebrating the Rt. Revd. Rbert Ptkai


and his achievements in the UK
The Rt. Revd. Rbert Ptkai was born in Budapest in 1930. His secondary education
took place in Szszrgen (now Romania) and Bkscsaba. He studied for the Lutheran
ministry in Sopron and Budapest. In order to support himself while at the seminary,
he worked on the railways and in agriculture during the summer breaks. After his
ordination in 1954, he was appointed to be curate and secretary to the Dean of Pestcounty in Albertirsa.

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Announcement of the Student Ambassadors


of Hungarian Culture

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Thursday | 22 January | 3pm

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During the Hungarian uprising he headed the Revolutionary Committee first in


Albertirsa, then the whole of Cegld district until the defeat of the revolution nine
days later. In order to avoid the inescapable secret police interrogation, he had no
choice but to leave Hungary.
Rbert Ptkai came to London in late
November 1956 and became vicar
of the Hungarian Lutheran Church.
A few years on, parallel to his Hungarian
ministry, he was called to serve as
pastor of the English-speaking Lutheran
congregation in London. Soon after,
he was appointed dean (later becoming
bishop) of the English-speaking Lutheran
Church in Great Britain. He also served as
secretary, later chairman of The Lutheran
Council of Great Britain, a federation of
all Lutheran churches in the United Kingdom.
In his capacity as leader of the Lutheran
community, he was able to establish for
the first time a good working relationship
with the Church of England. As a result
Rbert Ptkai was presented with the
Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop
of Canterbury in 1998. The Hungarian
Lutheran Church honoured him with
the Bishop Lajos Ordass award in 2010.
In addition to his varied church related duties and activities, he was Radio Evangelist
to Eastern Europe from 19661993, and Lutheran lecturer at a North London Roman
Catholic Seminary for a number of years. Also secretary/chairman of the Hungarian
Church-Workers Abroad for four decades.
In the early 1990s he became the first chairman of the National Federation of
Hungarians in Britain (MAOSZ). In acknowledgement for his activities in the secular
Hungarian community, he was awarded the Officers Cross followed by the Middle
Cross of the Hungarian Republic. Rbert Ptkai also participated in the activities
of the British Hungarian Fellowship, the World Federation of Hungarians and in the
Federation of the National Associations of Hungarians in Western Europe.
Rbert with his wife Elizabeth raised three children, twin sons Robert and Thomas
and daughter Julianna.
Please note this event is in Hungarian.
Free but booking is required. Please call 020 7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk

To keep up-to-date please join the event on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HCCLondon

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FOR HUNGARIAN CULTURE


IN THE UK AWARD 2015
announcement

The Award, which comes with a cheque of 1000, has been previously won by the
Hungarian Cultural Association Guildford (2012) and the Hungarian Children and
Parents Group (LMI+ Londoni Magyar Iskola) (2013).
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Application deadline: Friday 30 October 2015.


For further information and an application form please visit our website www.hungary.org.uk.

Thursday | 22 January | 7pm


606 Jazz Club 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD

e JAZZ
Viktor Tth jazz saxophonist returns to London
Viktor Tth is one of the most talented musicians in the young generation of jazz
artists in Hungary said the press when reviewing his 2007 Climbing with Mountains,
which, incidentally, won best jazz album of the same year. Viktor Tth earned the
title jazzman of the year 2010 on Fidelios countrywide online poll in 2011. Despite this,
he still sees himself as a truth seeker and with his musical endeavors seeks to reach
oneness with universal harmony. In 2010 he published the album Tartim and in 2011

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In celebration of the National Day of Hungarian Culture the Hungarian Cultural


Centre proudly announces its For Hungarian Culture in the UK Award 2015.
Director Dr. Beata Pszthy established the Award in 2012 for non-profit
cultural and/or educational organisations operating in the UK for the promotion
of Hungarian culture and heritage. The aim of the Award is to help preserve and
nurture the cultural identity of Hungarians living in the UK.

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Popping Bopping album came out.


As Viktor Tth has played with such
internationally renowned musicians
as Hamid Drake (drums), Henry
Franklin (bass), William Parker (bass)
John Betsch (drums) Piotr Wojtasik
(trumpet) and Mihly Dresch (sax),
he has garnered respect as a peer and
has grown as a musician from these
collaborations. His musical expression
is dynamic yet sensitive and he strives
to capture the energy of the moment
with every performance. He has
played throughout Europe and the
United States in various jazz festivals.
He leads his own Tth Viktor Tercett,
he composes his own material, he
produces music for contemporary
dance performances and he collects
folk music.
He will be joined by the best musicians
on the British jazz scene at the
prestigious 606 Jazz Club.
Entry: 10. For more information and booking please contact 606 at jazz@606club.co.uk,
on 0207 352 5953 or visit www.606club.co.uk

Friday | 23 January | 11am 4pm


Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e EDUCATION / CHILDREN & FAMILIES


Hold in your lap, rock and sing
Demonstration and training sessions
of the Ringat method
By Ilona Grh
Ilona Grh, a highly respected infant and
early childhood educator, leads the
demonstration session and the professional
discussion. She is a music teacher and the
developer of the Ringat (Rocking) method.
Viktoria Emese Gall will also contribute and
assist during the sessions.

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In the sessions parents get a model for the musical education of their pre-nursery
children based on Kodlys principles. Grandparents, fathers and mothers who love
singing and playing together with their little ones in a friendly mood are all warmly
welcome and encouraged to participate in the program actively.
The material of the training:
Discussion of the demonstration session
Instructions of Kodly, the characteristics of the conception, especially regarding
the youngest childrens musical education
Aims, tasks, musical materials
Characteristics of the age-group musical education from birth to school
Development of musical skills ear for music, singing abilities, sense of rhythm,
sense of form, creativity and getting children to listen to music step by step
Indirect effects of musical education
Learning games and songs

Free but booking is required. Please call 020 7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk.
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What exactly is Ringat?


It is a group of singing and playing mothers, fathers and their children ranging
from a few-month-old babies to three-year-old toddlers.
The goal of the sessions is to help parents get to know the possibilities of the
youngest childrens musical education in an affectionate atmosphere.
The method encourages them to become sensitive and responsive to good music.
It is a family program where both grown-ups and children get experiences at the same
time. Ringat helps childrens mind improve and the family bonding get stronger.
Ringat is a great way to get to know our musical mother tounge through songs,
rhytmical games out of clear spring (Kodly).

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schedule
11.00am 11.45am Ringat Music Sessions for children (05 yrs) and their families
1.30pm 4.00pm
Teacher training and professional discussion

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Tuesday | 27 January | 7.30pm

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e CONCERT

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents


Duke Bluebeards Castle by Bla Bartk
Concert also includes:
Berlioz The Damnation of Faust:
Hungarian March
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2
Charles Dutoit: Conductor
Marc-Andr Hamelin: Piano
Andrea Melth: Mezzo-soprano
Blint Szab: Bass
A masterpiece of 20th century opera,
Bartks Duke Blubeards Castle is
a haunting tale of a Duke whose dark
secrets are gradually unveiled by his new
wife, Judith. Seven mysterious doors await
Judith as she returns to Bluebeards castle.
Curious to know what lies behind the
doors, Judith pleads for the doors to be
opened one by one. As she discovers what
lies behind each door, Judith edges closer
to her own fate
Charles Dutoit is joined by a host of outstanding soloists, who recently performed
Duke Bluebeards Castle abroad to critical acclaim with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra. The first half sees Marc-Andr Hamelins unique blend of musicianship
and virtuosity as he performs Liszts Piano Concerto No.2.
Two Hungarian opera stars
Andrea Melth as Judith and
Blint Szab as Duke Bluebeard
will bring Bartks unique
work to life.

Tickets: 10 58 (Subscription and group discounts apply. Transaction fees may apply.)
Telephone bookings: 0844 847 9910, online bookings: www.soutbankcentre.co.uk

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e BOOK LAUNCH

Introduction by Lily Kabdeb, reading by Myrtill Ndasi


Thomas Kabdebo will introduce his Danube
trilogy in English at the Hungarian Cultural
Centre. The writer has been nominated for
the Kossuth Prize due to this work.
rpd Gncz President of Hungary (19902000)
wrote in his letter to the author about the book:
After the first pages I was enchanted by the
books emotional richness and its crystal clear
language then its historical authenticity absolutely
gripped me. Parts of the trilogy will be read out by
Hungarian actress Myrtill Ndasi.

Thomas Kabdebo (Kabdeb Tams) is a Hungarian


writer, poet and littrateur who has written over forty
books and translated just as many. He has received numerous awards from his native
land and in 1971 he was prize-winner of the International Poetry
Award. As a student he took part in the 1956 uprising and so was
forced to flee to the West. Kabdebo lived in England until he settled
in Ireland where he was director of the Maynooth University
Library. Born in 1934, he witnessed and experienced several
historical episodes during his life. His is one of those lives which
serve as a European history lesson.

Myrtill Ndasi is a talented ballerina and actress, who moved


to the United Kingdom in her twenties. In Hungary she is mostly
known as one of the main characters in the famous movie classic
A kszv ember fiai (The Barons Sons) based on the novel of
Mr Jkai.

Free but booking is required. Please call 020 7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk.
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Thomas Kabdebo, Danubius Danubia (Fapadosknyv, 2013)

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Wednesday | 28 January | 7pm

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Thursday | 29 January | 7pm (Private view)

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e EXHIBITION

Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

The place: Eastern Europe in photography practice


Works of PhD Candidates of the Royal College of Art
Contributions from artist and filmmaker David Bickerstaff; Hungarian photographer
Viktor Nmeth; artist and researcher Christian Nyampeta, in collaboration with
curator of the project Azadeh Fatehrad.
A job for the artist which no one else does is to dismantle existing communication
codes and to recombine some of their elements into structures which can be used to
generate new pictures of the world... (Victor Burgin, Work and Commentary, 1973)

This project explores two forms of photography practice: fiction and documentary.
The concept is based on re-visiting and recreating existing images. The events of
everyday life could be captured as a social reality in the form of documentation, or
from a completely different position a position of fascination that would, in fact,
create a fictional representation. What could differentiate amateur photography
and flneur style in the existing of captured images? How does documentation
represent a historical event, and how does it differ from a fictional representation
of the same event? By revisiting existing images, this project tries to answer the
questions above, as well as illuminate the life of archive images the life of the
past. Any specific historical event such as a revolution, victory, or catastrophe
marks a key point or time in the history of a particular society, country, community.
The mark made or left on the historical timeline necessarily creates a time both
before and after the event. Here, we place the emphasis on the period after the
event, as we believe the event, whatever it may be, continues to exist in one way or
another; the people around or alive after the event will be the ones most affected
by it and will have to deal with and digest the effects of it for a long time to come.

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The place: Eastern Europe in photography practice investigates the archive material
of the Ukrainian National Film on the fairly recent Chernobyl Disaster, which occurred
on 26 April 1986, as well as the Hungarian Police Photo Archive in particular,
photographs by Pl Csattos on 17 June 1986. The exhibition comprises a multi-media
installation; a series of printed photographs; two channel videos; and selected
publications that have enriched the research. The project enhances visitor interaction
by holding a days workshop exploring the relation between human agency in response
to archive images; more information will be made available online.
Exhibition open:
30 Jan 6 Feb
Opening hours:
MonThurs 10am5pm, Fri 10am2pm
Free but booking is required. Please call 020
7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk.
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Monday | 2 February | 7pm

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e MONDAY MUSIC SOIRES

Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

Bartk Evening with Viv McLean (piano) and David LePage (violin)
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of Bla Bartk (18811945)
Bla Bartk, Hungarian composer, pianist and teacher, is
considered to be one of the most important composers of the
20th century. Through his collection and analytical study of folk
music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology,
which later became ethnomusicology. Bartk is noted for the
Hungarian flavour of his major musical works, which include
orchestral works, string quartets, piano solos, several stage
works, a cantata, and a number of settings of folk songs for
voice and piano.
His most productive years were the two decades that followed the end of World War I
in 1918, when his musical language was completely and expressively formulated. He had
assimilated many disparate influences, in addition to Strauss and Debussy there were
the 19th-century Hungarian composer Ferenc Liszt and the modernists Igor Stravinsky
and Arnold Schoenberg. Bartk arrived at a vital and varied style, rhythmically animated,
in which diatonic and chromatic elements are juxtaposed without incompatibility.
Within these two creative decades, Bartk composed two concerti for piano and
orchestra and one for violin; the Cantata Profana (1930), his only large-scale choral
work; the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (1936) and other orchestral
works; and several important chamber scores, including the Sonata for Two Pianos
and Percussion (1937). The same period saw
Bartk expanding his activities as a concert
pianist, playing in most of the countries of
western Europe, the United States and the
Soviet Union. (www.britannica.com)
David LePage was a prizewinner in BBC
Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi
Menuhin Competition. In 1999 he was
appointed leader of the Orchestra of the
Swan, with which he regularly appears as
soloist and director. David is president of the
European String Teachers Association.
He has recently released a CD of his own
music, The Reinvention of Harmony and
Imagination. Scintillating... Le Page cast a
sinuously flexible spell. Birmingham Post

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Wednesday | 4 February | 7pm


Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e LITERATURE
Mtys Srkzi Cs
Lszl Cs. Szab (19051984) was one of the
most important figures of the Hungarian emigrant
literary community. Highly esteemed as an essayist,
extremely popular as a broadcaster and conference
speaker, author of a number of important short-story
collections and memoirs, he was considered
to be a unique creative force to maintain the integrity
of Hungarian intellectuals living in the West.
The subject of our book launch, Mtys Srkzis
biography, entitled Cs (this is how his friends
and colleagues used to refer to Lszl Cs. Szab),
recently published in Budapest by Kortrs, follows
the happenings of his eventful life and summarizes
the critical reception of his work.
Brought up in Kolozsvr, Cs. Szab remained under the spell of the urban culture of
this scene of his early youth for the rest of his life, even though with his parents they
chose to move to Budapest after Transylvania had been awarded to Romania by the
Treaty of Trianon. A visit to Paris made him decide to become a writer. His brilliant
essays soon made Cs. Szab an important regular contributor of the leading literary

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8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk
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Viv McLean (piano), winner of the First Prize


at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano
Competition in Barcelona, has performed at
all the major concert halls in the UK and
extensively around the world. He has
recorded often for BBC Radio 3, numerous
international radio stations and CD labels.
Extraordinary originality, superb simplicity,
and fingers of steel hidden behind muscles
of velvet. Le Monde, Paris

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magazine of the age Nyugat. Eventually he was appointed


to head the Literary Department of Hungarian Radio.

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He considered his 1948 flight to the West from Sovietoppressed Hungary a true emigration in the classic sense,
and spoke little of his past to his friends and his colleagues
at the BBC Hungarian Section where he worked until his last
years. Cs. Szabs fascinating life-story had to be rediscovered
episode by episode to write his comprehensive biography.
Mtys Srkzi, living in London since the end of 1956, is a
novelist, journalist and broadcaster. Working for the BBC
Hungarian Section for almost forty years, he became not only
a colleague but also a friend of the writer Lszl Cs. Szab.
Since Szabs works are now widely published in Hungary,
there was a need to write his intimate biography, and also to
summarize his life work as an essayist, author of radio-plays,
poetry and short-stories. Mtys Srkzi fulfills this task in
his new book Cs, published by Kortrs in Budapest.
Please note this event is in Hungarian.
Free but booking is required. Please call 020 7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk

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Thursday | 5 February | 7pm


Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e LECTURE
Hungarian Avant-Garde? Neo-Avant-Garde?
Contemporary or Post-Contemporary Art?
By Lszl Beke, Ex-Director, Research Institute for Art History,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
This lecture will give an overview of the most remarkable artists and works from the
period of the 1960s to the present day in Hungary. There is an interesting ideological
and aesthetic debate in our country about the mainstream in art. These discussions
run parallel with a new international tendency of an emerging interest in East (CentralEast) Europe in the context of European and Global cultures.
Another aspect of the past few decades in their evaluation is that there is a real
growing interest in art both high and low not only among artists and experts
but everyday people, the younger genaration in particular.

Gyula Pauer Pszeudo (Pseudo)

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Prof. Dr. Lszl Beke, CSc., dr. habil. is


an Art Historian, up to 2011 Director, now
Senior Research Fellow of the Institute
of Art History of the Research Centre for
Humanities of the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences (Budapest), Professor at the
Hungarian University of Fine Arts, teaching
at several Hungarian institutions. Professor
Beke taught at the University of Lyon 2
Louis Lumiere (198889) and was Chief
Curator of the 19th and 20th Centuries
collections at the Hungarian National
Gallery (from 1988 to 1995) and General
Director of Mcsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest (19952000). He has curated numerous
exhibitions (including the Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 1996), has written
texts and published books on art, 20th century theory and contemporary trends.
Member of AICA, European Academy of Art and Sciences, Advisory Board of the
reviews Arts (Bratislava) and Perspective (Paris), Editorial Board of Acta Historiae
Artium (Budapest). Professor Beke was awarded the Szchenyi-Prize of the Hungarian
Republic, Chevalier de lArts et Lettres de la Rpublique Francaise, Doctor Honoris
Causa of University of Fine Arts (Bucarest).

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e SYMPOSIUM

Hungarian Cultural Centre 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

hungarian student college presents

Hungarian brain research


Professor Tams Freund:

The National Brain Research Program

Professor Angus Silver:

Neuroscience and the Magyars: Links between Hungarian


and British neuroscience

Professor Pter Somogyi:

Scientific mentoring in the past and in the information age

Hungarian Brain Research Program


In February 2014, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbn along with Jzsef Plinks,
the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), and Tams Freund, the
director of the MTAs Institute of Experimental Medicine signed an agreement
establishing the Hungarian Brain Research Program (HBRP). With a budget of 39 million
euros spanning four years, this Program has received the largest grant of any branch of
science in Hungary to date. To put the size of the award in perspective, the annual level
of funding (approximately 10 million euros per year) is nearly half of the annual National
Scientific Research Fund dedicated to the full range of scientific research in Hungary.
The program was prepared in collaboration between leading neuroscientists and
governmental experts. Reflecting scientific actuality and strengths of Hungarian
neuroscience the HBRP is focused on five thematic pillars. These pillars and their
Chairs are the following: Discovery Research Clinical Research, Pharmaceutical
Research, Bionic and Infobionic Research, Social Challenges.
The Programs long-term goal is to strengthen the international competitiveness and
societal respect of brain research in Hungary and to contribute to decreasing the
societal and economic burden of brain disorders. Establishing a Neuroscience
Network of Excellence is one of the key points to be addressed in meeting this goal.
As a former chair of the IBRO (International Brain Research Organisation) Central &
Eastern Europe Regional Committee in addition to his recent appointment as a
member of the European Commissions Presidents Science and Technology Advisory
Council Professor Freund is well-suited to progressing brain research through
promoting international collaboration.
The main message is that it is in the best interest of Hungary and of all European
countries to consider discovery research into the mechanisms of brain disorders
as major priority.

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Professor Angus Silver is Professor of Neuroscience & Wellcome Trust Senior Basic Fellow
working at UCLs Neuroscience, Physiology and
Pharmacology Department.
The brain gathers information about the body and
the surrounding world, allowing it to build internal
representations and to plan and execute movement.
Professor Silvers lab works on how synapses,
neurons and networks transmit and process such
information and perform computations. The brain
areas the lab investigates include the cerebellum
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His main scientific interest is the synaptic and molecular organization, functional
architecture and physiology of neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex and related
structures, the network basis of behaviour-dependent activity patterns in the brain,
the changes in neuronal connectivity/chemical architecture underlying addiction
or epileptic and ischemic brain damage. He unraveled the molecular cascade of
endocannabinoid signaling and its relationship with anxiety. His work shed light
on the mechanism by which impulses of our inner world (motivations, emotions,
autonomic state) facilitates brain oscillations and memory storage.

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Professor Tams F. Freund is the Director


of the Institute of Experimental Medicine,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Chairman
of the Neuroscience Department of the Pter
Pzmny Catholic University in Budapest.
He graduated as a biologist at the Eotvos
University in Budapest, worked as a student
researcher at the Department of Anatomy,
Semmelweis Medical School, Budapest under
the supervision of Jnos Szentgothai and
Peter Somogyi, and spent a total of 4 years
in Oxford. He became head of department
(1990), then director (2002) of the Institute
of Experimental Medicine. He served as
president of FENS (20042006), member of
the Executive Committee of IBRO (19982003),
and Chairman of IBROs Central and Eastern Europe Regional Committee (19992003).
He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1998), the Academia Europaea
(London, 2000), the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2001), the Academia
Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (2001), and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences (2014). The major prizes and awards he received include: the KRIEG Cortical
Discoverer Award and the Cajal Medal of the Cajal Club (1998, U.S.A.), the Kemali
Foundation Award (1998, FENS Forum, Berlin), the Bolyai Prize (2000, Hungary),
The Brain Prize (2011, Denmark), and the Prima Primissima Award (2013, Hungary).

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to develop a mechanistic understanding of brain function that links the molecular,


synaptic, neuronal and network levels. This requires a multidisciplinary approach that
combines the most powerful experimental and theoretical methods available. To
achieve this the lab both develops and applies new optical methods for measuring rapid
signalling in 3D and new software tools for data acquisition, analysis and modelling.
Application of these new experimental and theoretical approaches allows Professor
Silvers lab to link neuronal mechanisms to information processing, thereby bridging
different levels of description of brain function.
Professor Pter Somogyi, PhD., DSc, is director of
the Medical Research Council, Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit and professor of neurobiology
at the Department of Pharmacology, University of
Oxford, UK. He graduated in biology and received his
PhD in cell biology at the Etvs Lornd University,
Budapest, Hungary. His research training included
neurocytology with Istvn Benedeczky, neuroanatomy
with Jnos Szentgothai at Semmelweis Medical
University, Budapest, biochemistry with A. David
Smith and Ian Chubb at the University of Oxford,
and immunocytochemistry with Claudio Cuello at
Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the
British Academy of Medical Sciences, the Hungarian,
the German and the European Academies, and
received The Brain Prize in 2011.
Professor Somogyi is recognised for his fundamental work on the identification of cell
types in the cerebral cortex and for the localization of signalling molecules in identified
synapses of microcircuits in the brain. He pioneered the high-resolutions synaptic
dissection of connections in the cerebral cortex defining synaptic links and their
temporal dynamics. His vision that explanations of normal and pathological events in
the brain can only come from the rigorous spatio-temporal definition of the neuronal
circuits that underlie these events has led to the discoveries of novel cell types, rules
of neuronal connections, their molecular constituents and temporal dynamics. In
general, his work has demonstrated how co-operative interactions in time and space
between distinct identified neurons and receptors in the plasma membrane underlie the
processing power of the cortex. He has educated and mentored many students and
postdoctoral scientists, who are now professors and leaders throughout the world.
Further information: www.mrc.ox.ac.uk/groups/somogyi-group
The Hungarian Cultural Centre and the Association of Hungarian Students Abroad
(KMA), together with the UCLU, LSE SU, Kings SOAS and Imperial Hungarian Societies
have joined forces to host a special series of events with the title Hungarian Student
College in January 2014.
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e EXHIBITION

drgaltos, zletes, krte-des szerelem, amelynek


nincs szksge arra, hogy a lehunyt szemek ms nk
alakjait varzsoljk az eleven helybe, s a bujkl gondolatok
tvoli des nk emlkeit idzgessk, mint a nyugalmazott testr
nedvesti szja szlt a szp kirlyn emlkvel,
akinl fiatal korban szolglt (Krdy Gyula)

Remembrance

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Memory to William Morris

Ilona Luca Decsi has always been interested in the life of women and wanted to
paint those beautiful ladies of olden days. A few years ago she started to deal with the
extraordinary female characters of the 19th century following her long fascination
with women of the late middle ages. She has tried to visualise their life stories in her
paintings, which was marked by the desire for freedom and the long-aspired changes
in womens lives during the course of the 19th century.
The remarkable technology of photography, which was invented in this period of time,
records enigmatic images. People were elegant, women wearing beautiful dresses full

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Great Expectations Memories from the 19th century


Graphic art works by Ilona Luca Decsi

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Thursday | 12 February | 7pm (Private view)

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of lace and madeira at traditional balls and festivities. Pictures of them preserved
these magical moments. Ilona Luca Decsi uses those old photographs for her artwork
and applies these on handmade paper. Laced collars, ruffles and petticoats, as well as
the later fashion of the 1920s and 1930s, are all depicted in her work. Words from
Gyula Krdy, psychological insights from Sndor Ferenczy, the richness of musical and
literary culture of old Budapest and exhibitions her teachers talked about, all inspired
her to make this graphic art work series. In addition to her graphic art works, drawings
as well as oil paintings will be exhibited.
Ilona Luca Decsi was born in Budapest in 1950.
She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest
and earned her degree there. Since then she has been
working as a graphic artist, art-historian and teacher.
Her first exhibition was in Berlin in the Galerie Fundus
in 1979. She won the Hungarian Derkovits prize
for drawings and etchings. In 1989 Ilona Luca Decsi
won a Flemish scholarship and went on to study at the
Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten. She had
several exhibitions at home and abroad, including
the recent one in Veszprm (2012), Budapest (2014)
and this year in Moscow together with her husband,
the widely known painter and graphic artist Imre Kri.
Exhibition open: 13 Feb 27 Feb
Opening hours: MonThurs 10am5pm, Fri 10am2pm
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Thursday | 19 February | 11am11.45


Thursday | 5 March | 11am11.45
Hungarian Cultural Centre  10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e CHILDREN & FAMILIES


Kodly-based Music Sessions for Children (05 yrs)
and their Families
Jointly presented by the Hungarian Cultural Association Guildford
and the Hungarian Cultural Centre
These music sessions are suitable for children as small as 6-month-old. During the
session the parents learn and try out songs and games they can use at home with
their children, which will help them develop not only their musical skills but create
a strong bond between parents and children.

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6/child/session. To book your place, please contact


Mria Chambers on 01483 808 643, 07843 054 940
or info@hcaguildford.org.uk

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Mria Chambers, founding director and


a highly experienced teacher of the
Hungarian Cultural Association in Guildford,
leads the sessions. She plays music, sings
and enchants children and parents with the
engaging and creative activities.

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Sunday | 8 March | 11.30am


Wigmore Hall  36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

sunday morning coffee concert

Kelemen Quartet

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The Kelemen Quartet, founded in Budapest in 2010, has already gained a reputation as
one of the most exciting young string quartets. At the Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio
Emilia 2011, Ensemble magazine described the musicians in these enthusiastic terms
they lit a firework of emotions, wrestling with the emotion in the music, and praised
the Kelemen Quartet as perhaps one of the greatest discoveries of this competition.
The Kelemen Quartets international acclaim was further enhanced in July 2011 when
they received three prizes at the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition:
the overall second prize, the audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize, which
resulted in an Australian tour in spring 2014. The Kelemen Quartet also received
the first prize ex aequo at the Beijing International Music Competition in 2011 and at
the International
Sndor Vgh
String Quartet
Competition in
Budapest in 2012.
The Quartet has
performed in
Hungary, Germany,
Austria,
Switzerland,
Finland, Italy,
Croatia, North
America and
Australia, and
collaborated with
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Joshua Bell, Pekka Kuusisto, Joseph Lendvay, Maxim Rysanov, Nicolas Altstaedt and
pianists Zoltn Kocsis and Ferenc Rados. The Kelemen Quartet received further
tuition from Zoltn Kocsis, Pter Komls, Mikls Pernyi, Gnter Pichler (Alban Berg
Quartet), Ferenc Rados, Andrs Schiff and Gbor Takcs-Nagy.
In the 201314 season highlights include debuts at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival,
the Wigmore Hall, Amici della Musica in Florence, in Munich, at the Franz Liszt Academy
Budapest, at Nardodni Dom Maribor, in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Sydney, Brisbane,
Adelaide, Perth (Australia), Wellington, Auckland, Eindhoven and further ahead at the
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Bozar in Brussels and at the Carnegie Hall, New York.
All four of the Kelemen Quartets members are prizewinning Hungarian musicians, admired
as soloists and as chamber players, and close-knit both professionally and personally.
The Kelemen Quartets debut CD has been released by the label Hunnia (2012)
featuring works by Bartk and Mozart.
Barnabs Kelemen performs on a Guarneri del Ges violin from 1742 (ex-Dnes
Kovcs) and Katalin Kokas performs on a Testore violin from 1698 (Milan), both on
generous loan from the State of Hungary. The other two members of the quartet are
Gbor Homoki (violin/viola) and Dra Kokas (cello).
Tickets: 12.50 (concs 10) For further information and booking please visit www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Monday | 9 March | 7pm


Hungarian Cultural Centre  10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e MONDAY MUSIC SOIRES


Renta Konyicska (piano) and Jlia Pusker (violin)
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of Bla Bartk (18811945)
Hungarian pianist Renta Kriszta Konyicska started studying music at the age of five.
At the age of ten she was accepted at the Special School for Exceptional Young
Talents of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, in the class of Zsuzsa
Eszt. From 2010 to 2014 she continued her musical
studies at the same institute under the guidance of
Lszl Baranyay, Mrta Gulys and Rita Wagner. She
attained her Bachelors degree with highest honours in
Piano. Renata is completing her graduate studies at the
Royal Academy of Music, where she holds the Gilling
Family Scholarship. Her professor is Pascal Nemirovski.
She has won many prizes in various piano competitions,
including first prize at the Zlatko Grgosevic Piano
Competition (Croatia), first prize at the Citt di Gorizia

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Jlia Pusker began her musical studies at the age of five. Her violin teacher was
Tams Ittzs and Judit Szszn-Rger. In 2005, she entered the Special School
for Young Talents, Preparatory Department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music
in Budapest, where she studied under Katalin Kokas, from 2006 with Istvn Kertsz.
In 2011 she moved to London to further
her studies at the Royal Academy of
Music under the guidance of Gyrgy Pauk.
She has been a multiple recipient of
major awards in competition such as the
Jnos Koncz National Violin Competition,
the Dnes Kovcs Violin Competition,
the Georg Philipp Telemann International
Violin Competition, as well as the Carl
Flesch Violin Competition. In 2007,
together with her sister, she was
nominated, and in 2011 she received
the Junior Prima Primissima Prize in her
hometown, Kecskemt. In 2009 she won
the Music Scholarship by Yamaha.
As a soloist she has performed with numerous orchestras such as the Budapest String
Orchestra, Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Budapest
Festival Orchestra, Budapest Philharmony Orchestra, Danubia Symphony Orchestra,
Gyr Philharmonic Orchestra and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010 she was
featured in a documentary called Invisible Strings The talented Pusker Sisters and
was widely recognised all around the world. In 2013 she recorded the chamber version
of Bruckner 2nd symphony with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy Soloists
Ensemble for the Royal Academy of Musics second disc in their chamber symphony
series released on Linn Records. Her violin, a G. Gagliano crafted in 1791, is loaned to
her by the Royal Academy of Music.
The programme includes pieces by Schumann, Chopin and Bartk.
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She has been invited to perform recitals and chamber music concerts in several
festivals such as Nuits Classiques, Festival de Piano Classique Biarritz (France),
Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander (Spain), Internationale Sommerakademie
der mdw isa Reichenau (Austria), Ferenc Liszt Week Esztergom (Hungary).
Renta has played several times with orchestras, performing concerti by J. Haydn,
W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, F. Liszt and E. Grieg. She is grateful for support
from the Lszl Slyom Foundation.

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Competition (Italy), first prize at the Smetana Piano Competition (Czech Republic) and
third prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians (The Netherlands).

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e BOOK LAUNCH

Hungarian Cultural Centre  10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

Dramaturgy in the Making. A Users Guide


for Theatre Practitioners
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London, 2015)
By Katalin Trencsnyi

and
New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice
(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London, 2014)
Edited by Katalin Trencsnyi and Bernadette Cochrane
The evening will feature a round table discussion on contemporary dramaturgy on the
occasion of the launch of Dramaturgy in the Making and New Dramaturgy. The books
are introduced by Mark Dudgeon, senior commissioning editor at Bloomsbury and Paul
Sirett, associate dramaturg, Ambassador Theatre group, and associate teacher, Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art, who will also be chairing the discussion. The guest speakers
are Katalin Trencsnyi (dramaturg,
author) and dramaturgs featured
in the book: Christopher Campbell
(literary manager, Royal Court),
Mischa Twitchin (theatre-maker,
British Academy post-doctoral
fellow, Queen Mary University of
London, and a co-founder of Shunt),
and Hildegard De Vuyst (dramaturg,
Royal Flemish Theatre, Brussels
and les ballets C de la B, Ghent).
The evening concludes with a wine
reception, accompanied by live jazz
by Nick Tomalin (E17 Jazz Collective).
Dramaturgy in the Making maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various
settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs
work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice institutional
dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy with each illustrated
through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology.Through these, a detailed
and precise insight is provided into dramaturgical processes at organisations such
as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Ghent), the National Theatre, the
Royal Court and Shunt (London), the Schaubhne (Berlin), The Sundance Institute
Theatre Lab (Utah), and the Secret Company (Budapest) among others.The book
features a foreword by Geoff Proehl, author of Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility:
Landscape and Journey.

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Thursday | 19 March | 8.30pm


606 Jazz Club  90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD

e JAZZ
Jazz violinist Lajos Srkzi returns to London
The Hungarian Cultural Centre has regularly
been bringing the best Hungarian jazz talents
to London as part of its long-term cooperation
with the well-known 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea.
Young and talented violin and guitar virtuoso,
Lajos Srkzi comes from a long-standing
Roma musical dynasty in Hungary. His father,
a maestro of traditional Hungarian Gipsy music
started to teach him the violin at the age of
five. Young Lajos went on to study classical
music and at the age of twelve he came first at
a national violin competition. Two years later in
2005 he came first at the International Georg
Philipp Telemann Violin Competition in Poland.
Without ever turning his back on classical
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Katalin Trencsnyi is a London-based dramaturg. She


completed her PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics) at Etvs
Lornd University, Budapest. As a freelance dramaturg,
she has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal
Court Theatre, Deafinitely Theatre, Corali Dance Company
and Company of Angels among others. From 2010 to 2012
Katalin served as president of the Dramaturgs Network.
She is also one of the contributors to The Routledge
Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014).

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New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice is the first book
to explore new dramaturgy in depth, and considers how our thinking about dramaturgy
and the role of the dramaturg has been transformed since the emergence of live art,
devised and physical theatre, dance theatre and experimental performance. With
essays, case studies and interviews drawn from practitioners and scholars across
Europe, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the USA, it offers a uniquely
international overview of current practice.

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still only 15, he also managed to win the first prize at the national jazz violin competition
organized by the Hungarian Radio. He is a fierce jazz player fusing his fiery Gipsy
temperament with his classical technique and displaying a distinct bent for bebop.
He is equally formidable as a guitar player. On this occasion at 606 he will be backed
by top-line British musicians.
Entry: 10. For more information and booking please contact 606 at jazz@606club.co.uk,
on 0207 352 5953 or visit www.606club.co.uk

Saturday | 21 March | 9.30am 4pm


Hungarian Cultural Centre  10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA

e EDUCATION, TEACHER TRAINING


Motivation and efficiency in Hungarian Language Courses
Professional development training for teachers of Hungarian
By Orsolya Marti, Head of the Hungarian Language Department,
Balassi Institute, Budapest
The Hungarian Language Department of the Balassi Institute organises numerous
courses for students wishing to learn Hungarian. Each year there are hundreds of
students who enroll in these courses. The department holds conferences and workshops
centred on Hungarian as a Foreign and as Heritage Language. In addition, they publish
magazines and help their network of guest lecturers with professional support.
The goal of the department is to develop
and improve the language knowledge of
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non-Hungarians as well as second and third
9.30am 10.00am
Registration
generation Hungarians who grew up abroad.
10.00am 11.30am
11.30am 11.45am
11.45am 1.15pm
1.15pm 2.30pm
2.30pm 4.00pm

Workshop I
Coffee break
Workshop II
Lunch break
Workshop III

Time spent on studying should be interesting


and efficient. How can we now achieve this
goal in teaching Hungarian as a Foreign and
as Heritage Language? These workshops, led
by Orsolya Marti, will provide participants
with some answers to this question and many
others. Apart from learning the secret of great exercises, they can have a look at
the Balassi booklet 4 and 5, which will be published in autumn 2015. Hungarian language
teachers from all over the UK are welcome to these sessions organised by MOKKA
(Teachers of Hungarian as a foreign language in the UK) in collaboration with the
Hungarian Cultural Centre London.

Orsolya Marti (MA Hungarian Literature, Linguistics and Language Pedagogy,


Etvs Lornd University, Budapest; MA Hungarian as a Second Language and
Hungarian Studies, Etvs Lornd University, Budapest; MA Cultural Anthropology,

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Participation at the teacher training workshop is free but booking is required.


Please call 020 7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk

Sunday | 22 March | 3pm


St Jamess Church  Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London W2 3UD

e CONCERT
introducing talented children

The Folk Chamber Ensemble


The Chamber Group of Dugonics Andrs Piarist Gymnasium from Szeged

St Catharine's Girls' Choir Cambridge


By supporting this concert in partnership with the Cambridge Szeged Society,
the Hungarian Cultural Centre launches its new project Talented Children, which
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MOKKA was founded in February 2013 upon the initiative of the Hungarian Cultural
Centre with the aim to provide teachers of Hungarian as a Foreign or a Second Language
with the possibility to meet regularly. These meetings offer participants a platform
where they can build professional contacts and share their experiences, ideas,
difficulties, and some useful learning materials. In addition, MOKKA helps to organise
teacher training sessions, develop start-up projects based on participants ideas, as
well as to jointly promote Hungarian as a Foreign Language
in the UK. Meeting three to four times a year, membership
to MOKKA is open for everyone who teaches Hungarian
either at a University, at a Hungarian Saturday School, as a
private teacher, in any institutionalised surrounding or other
form of language education. The Hungarian Cultural Centre
in London provides the location for these meetings and it
also offers further information regarding membership to
MOKKA, dates and schedules for future meetings, which can
be requested by contacting the HCC.

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Etvs Lornd University, Budapest; PhD in Linguistics,


University of Pcs) works as the Head of the Hungarian
Language Department at the Balassi Institute. She has been
teaching foreign (HSL) and heritage students (HHL) for 17
years at the Balassi Institute and at Corvinus University in
Budapest. She also teaches linguistics and language
pedagogy at Etvs Lornd University and at Kroli Gspr
Protestant University. She has also worked with Hungarian
language teachers as a teacher trainer (HSL and HHL) in
Canada, in the Netherlands, in Germany and in many other
countries where there are Hungarian language courses for
heritage and HSL students.

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The Piarist Mastery School (Piarista Mester Tanoda) is the Elementary Level Art
School of the Dugonics Andrs Piarist Gymnasium. Folk music with koboz, fiddle and
folk singing has been taught here since its foundation in 2001. The PMS regularly
attend state contests, providing recordings
on the Tnchz Society CD issues and play
an important role in the cultural life of their
town Szeged, while following classical and
innovative ways in preserving and teaching
folk music. One of their programs is the
cultural mission called If I were a river
through which the school regularly visits
the Csng Hungarians in Moldova to bulid
bridges of friendship and saving jems of
our common culture.
The Folk Chamber Ensemble is formed by the schools koboz, fiddle and folk song
students, along with their master teachers who include:
Tnde Fbri-Ivnovics vocals, bells, drums
Lajos Vass Grand Prize, holder of the Young Master of Folk Art Prize twice, Klcsey
Award and the Szeged Culture Award and a Gold Ring folk singer, folk singing teacher
Dniel Liptk violin, vocals
holder of the Young Master of Folk Art Prize folk fiddler and folk violin teacher)
Gza Fbri lute, tamboura, vocals
Bcs-Kiskun County Arts Award, 'Parallel Culture' Lifetime Achievement Prize
minstrel koboz (plucked lute) and folk music instruments teacher
Mester Tanoda Alaptvny foundation is the permanent supporter of the Folk Chamber Ensemble.

The St Catharine's Girls' Choir Cambridge the only


college-based girls' choir in the UK was founded in
2008. The choir sings weekly in the College Chapel
and gives regular concerts. Its repertoire extends
from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century, with
several works written specially for it, by the likes
of Nigel Hess, Christopher Fox and Jeremy Thurlow.
In its first six years, the choir has given performances in such distinguished venues
as St Paul's Cathedral, St David's Hall, Cardiff and St John's Smith Square; and sung
services in the Cathedrals of Ely, Lichfield and Gloucester. The choir has toured to
Poland and Hungary, and are regularly asked to participate in major choral/orchestral
works such as Bach's St Matthew Passion, Mahler's Third Symphony and Holst's The Planets.
Further information: www.mestertanoda.hu, www.mentesmaskent.hu
Free but booking is required. Please call 020 7240 8448 or email bookings@hungary.org.uk
To keep up-to-date please join the event on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HCCLondon

hcc recommends

st stephen house, london


62 Little Ealing Lane, London, W5 4EA

17 Jan, 6.30pm
St Stephen House
Hungarian Dance, Live Folk Music,
Dance teaching
o www.hunique.co.uk
huniquedance@hchs.org.uk
1 Feb, 5pm & 2 Feb, 7pm
St Stephen House
Oson Theatre from Transylvania
presents: Ahogy a vz tkrzi az arcot
A special play for a small audience
(max. 45 people per show).
o Booking by phone or email is
necessary: Mob: 07858399572, Email:
szentistvanhazbookings@gmail.com
Free entry. Donations are welcome.
More info: osono.ro/hu

7 Feb, 6pm till midnight


St Stephen House
Spring Fancy Dress Ball (Jelmezes
Farsangi Bl) with three course
dinner, live music, entertainment by
actors from Hungary, fancy dress
competition, raffle prizes and more.
o Tickets and info:
www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/136211
Seated event with limited places.
Advanced booking only.
Mobile: 07858399572

15 Mar, 5pm
St Stephen House

maosz (national federation


of hungarians in the uk)
o Free entry. For more information,
please email artalindop@hotmail.com

cambridge szeged society


programme
o For more information please visit
www.cambridge-szeged-society.org.uk

4 Mar, 6pm
MRC Anatomical
Neuropharmacology Unit
Pter Somogyi and Linda Katona:
Time and Space in the Brain
The eminent neuroscientist and his
fellow researcher introduce us to
the labyrinth of brain cells which
help us to perceive time and space.
They also discuss the work of Prof.
Somogyis friend, Daniel OKeefe,
recipient of the Nobel Prize.
13 Mar, 8pm
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

oxford hungarian society


michaelmas term 2014
1 Jan, 8pm
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Alpr Lzr: Sleep and Circadian


Rhythms
Alpr, a research associate at the
University of Cambridge, guides us
through some of the mysteries of
sleep and circadian rhythms.

The Budapest House: A Life


Rediscovered by Marcus Ferrar
Ferrar, former Reuters correspondent
for Eastern Europe, introduces his
new book, which takes us through
the history of 20th-century Hungary
through the eyes of a Hungarian Jew
retracing his roots.
6 Feb, 8pm
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College
Osono Theatre:
As Water Reflects the Face
Osono Theatre is an independent
theatre company from Sfntu
Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyrgy),
Romania. Their performance is
about social and personal problems
from all over the world, and aims to
establish a dialogue with the audience.

o
For further information please visit
www.hungsoc.com

the hungarian cultural


associations programme
14 Jan
10am10.30am (03 years old group)
10.30am11.15am (35 years old group)
11.15am 12.00am (school groups),

HCA Guildford, Surrey

RINGAT Music group


with Dr. Galln Grh Ilona
and Gall Viktria
24 Jan, 2pm6pm
HCA Guildford, Surrey

Organ Concert Organist:


Levente Kuzma from Hungary
Mr Kuzma has given concerts in many
European countries and made his
debut in USA in 2013. He is serving as
music director at the Piarists Church
in Szeged and he is the artist director
of the Lieto Music and Art School.
In addition he is organist in residence
of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra.

13 Feb, 8pm
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

20 Feb, 8pm
Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Traditional Hungarian
Folk Dance Workshop

o www.kuzma-levente.hu
szentistvanhazbookings@gmail.com
Free entry. Donations are welcome.
Mobile: 07858399572

H. E. Pter Szabadhegy
The Hungarian Ambassador
gives a talk to the Oxford
Hungarian Society.

o Tickets: 10 (HCA Members)

Young Researchers at Oxford


Doctoral and post-doctoral
researchers present the cuttingedge work they are doing in Oxford.

Celebrating Hungarian
Folk Songs and Singing
o Tickets: 10. Advanced booking only.
24 Jan, 8pm11pm
HCA Guildford, Surrey

12 (Guests). On the door:


12 (HCA Members) 14 (Guests).
Advanced booking only.

hcc recommends
10 & 24 Jan, 10am1.30pm
7 & 21 Feb, 10am1.30pm
7 & 21 Mar, 10am1.30pm
HCA Guildford, Surrey
Hungarian Language, Music,
Folkdance, Craft, Play groups
for children (014 years old)
Hungarian Youth Group
for 1114 years old
Hungarian as a Foreign
Language Groups for adults
Hungarian Folkdance and
Folk Singing Group
15 Feb, 3pm6pm
HCA Guildford, Surrey
Hungarian traditions: CARNIVAL
o Tickets: HCA members 6.00/child
2.00/adult. Guests: 8.00/child and
2.50/adults. Advanced booking only.

12 Apr, 10am2pm
HCA Guildford, Surrey
Celebrating Easter: 5 km family
walk with Easter Egg Hunt
Devils Punchbowl Surrey
o Tickets: free for HCA enrolled children
and their parents, parking fees apply.
Saturdays 12am1pm
Welfare information

o Free for HCA members.


Saturdays 10am1pm
Hungarian Library
The Hungarian Library offers over 500
books cds and dvds to children and adults.
o Free for HCA members
Saturdays 9.30am1.30pm
Hungarian Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shop offers traditional
Hungarian hot and cold food.

o
For further info on the Hungarian
Cultural Associations programme
please contact Maria Chambers.
Tel: 00 44 1483 808 643
Mobile: 00 44 7843 054 940
maria.chambers@hcaguildford.org.uk
www.magyartanodaguildford.org.uk
www.hcaguildford.org.uk
facebook.com/HCAGuildford

hungarian school of
st albans
o For further information please visit
www.hungarianschool.co.uk, or email
hungarianschoolofstalbans@gmail.com.
Info on Facebook: www.facebook.com/
StAlbansHungarianSchool

stage in london
78 March
Watford, Wimbledon, Ealing
Carnival Day for Families
Costume show for children and
adults, creative games, balloon-disco,
Hungarian foods and a lot of gifts.
o Tickets: 3.00 (Adult), free for children.
For further information please visit:
www.hchs.org.uk or contact us:
info@hchs.org.uk Info on Facebook:
facebook.com/hungary.hchs?fref=ts

hungarian folk dance


group (hunique)
Two folk dance classes a week,
one for beginners and one for
advanced dancers. For members
of the advanced group we offer
regular public appearance
possibility with the dance group.
Monthly Hungarian dance house
with live music.
o For further information please
visit: www.hchs.org.uk or contact us:
huniquedance@hchs.org.uk
Info on Facebook:
facebook.com/hunique.dance

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Twitter @HCCLondon. Thank you for your interest.

The HCC team:


Dr Beata Pszthy PhD | Cultural and Scientific Counsellor Director
Gyngyi Vgh | Head of Programming and Communications
Barbara Rvsz | Junior Programme Manager
Andrea Ks | Office Manager
Fruzsina Kovts | Finance Manager
Balzs Szaszk | IT Consultant

The information in this brochure is believed to be correct at the time of going to press, but as this
may be three months or more before the events take place, we strongly advise you to confirm dates,
times and availability on our website and Facebook page before setting out for any particular event.
The HCC reserves the right to alter artists or programme details as necessary.
Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre London
10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA
Tel: 020 7240 8448 Fax: 020 7240 4847
E-mail: andrea.kos@hungary.org.uk and bookings@hungary.org.uk

www.hungary.org.uk

10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden


London WC2E 7NA
Tel: 020 7240 8448

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