National Parks to Visit in Hungary

April 25, 2016

Almost half a century ago, national parks did not exist in Hungary, even though most of the European countries created their first national parks in the early 20th century. Currently, Hungary has ten national parks in various regions of the country, and two of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

According to the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, the number of registered national park visitors reached a record number of 1.4 million in 2014. Here are five of the best Hungarian national parks to visit.

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Top Summer Cultural and Music Festivals of Hungary in 2016

April 12, 2016

Each summer, Hungary offers several art related programs, such as music festivals, exhibitions and folklore events, to show the uniqueness of the Hungarian tradition to foreigners and natives. Here is a sampling of the country’s most exciting festivals.

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Nobel Prize Winner Imre Kertész Dies at 86

April 1, 2016

Imre Kertész, prestigious and celebrated Hungarian Nazi concentration camp survivor, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner (2002) died March 31 in his Budapest home at the age of 86.

According to book publishing firm Magveto Kiado, Kertész died after a long illness.

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Hungary Celebrates the 135th Anniversary of Béla Bartók’s Birth

March 25, 2016

March 25 marks the 135th anniversary of Béla Bartók’s birth, one of the most prominent Hungarian and European composers, pianists, folk music collectors and musicologists of the 20th century.

Several concerts and other cultural events were scheduled to take place in Hungary on the occasion to commemorate Béla Bartók’s outstanding lifetime accomplishments. One of the most significant memorial concerts was to be held in the iconic concert hall of Budapest, called Müpa Budapest.

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Kossuth Foundation Welcomes New Intern

March 22, 2016

The Kossuth Foundation welcomes Bence (Ben) Janek to the team as our new Intern. Since mid-February, Ben has been writing and posting online content on the Foundation’s website; he also attends meetings, takes notes in conference calls, and serve the Hungarian-American community in the Washington DC area.

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Makers of ‘Son of Saul’ receive Kossuth Prize

March 16, 2016

On March 15, László Nemes, director of the Oscar winning “Son of Saul”, Géza Röhrig, the lead actor, and Mátyás Erdély, cameraman, were among the artists who received the Kossuth Prize on the occasion of the anniversary of the revolution of 1848.

In addition to the “Son of Saul” film crew, János Áder, President of Hungary, awarded the Kossuth Prize to fifteen other Hungarian artists, including Miklós Benedek (actor), Adam Farkas (sculptor), Balázs "Fecó" Ferenc (composer), and Anna Kiss (poet).

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Hungarian Historians and Film Crew Visit Kossuth House

March 18, 2016

A group of Hungarian historians and a film crew from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) visited and filmed the Kossuth House in Washington DC on March 8, to make a documentary on Lajos Kossuth’s trip to the United States in early 1852.

The leading historian of the film crew was Laszlo Csorba, the Director-General at the Hungarian National Museum since 2010, and guest lecturer at the Indiana University between 1992 and 1993.

According to plans, the documentary will be broadcast in the second half of the year. Besides Washington DC, the film crew visited Boston and New York.

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‘Son of Saul’ wins Oscar in Best Foreign Language Film category

March 9, 2016

“Son of Saul”, a Holocaust drama from first-time feature director László Nemes, became the first Hungarian film to win Academy Award in 35 years in Best Foreign Language Film category.

During his speech at the annual Oscar ceremony Sunday night in Los Angeles, Nemes thanked the  Academy for the award and the Hungarian National Film Fund for funding the film.

“Thanks to Hungary for funding this film. I want to share this with Geza Rohrig, my main actor, and the incredible cast and crew that believed in this project when no one else did.”

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Hungarian Language Program Update

The January 8, 2018 meeting at Arlington Central Library from 6pm IS CANCELLED due to weather conditions. 

NEW MEETING DATE AND TIME: The Kossuth Foundation will hold an organizational meeting for those interested in attending Hungarian language evening/weekend classes in the spring on January 13, 2018 between 1- 2PM at the Kossuth House (2001 Massachusetts Ave, NW. Washingon DC 20036) close to Dupont Circle. All interested students are encouraged to attend. If there is enough interest we hope to offer beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced class this spring.

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