Birthday celebration of István Szilágyi
One of the most important living Hungarian writers, István Szilágyi, an Artist of the Nation and a regular member of HAA was greeted on the occasion of his 80th birthday at the Petőfi Literary Museum (PIM) in Budapest on 15 October. The celebration was arranged by HAA, the Hungarian Writers' Union, PIM as well as Magvető Publishing House.
Second conference on Zoltán Kodály
A second conference on Zoltán Kodály was held by the Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology of HAA at Vigadó on 24 September 2018. The first one was held on 14 November last year, which was the official Kodály Memorial Year in Hungary. At the second conference experts having practical experience utilising the Kodály Method at home and abroad gave lectures. In his welcoming speech director of the Research Institute, Miklós Kocsis stressed that this second conference was not planned as the last, because the scientific discussions on the heritage of Zoltán Kodály needed to be continued in the near future.
International success of Satan's Bastard
A new Hungarian film entitled Satan's Bastard have had great sussess at several film festivals around the world. It received two awards (Best Actress: Victoria Tarpai, Best Cinematographer: Gábor Halász) at the 18. Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which was also attended by Secretary-General of HAA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera, who served as one of the patrons of the festival and he was one of the members of the Hungarian delegation too which also attended the commemorative celebration of the Revolution of 1956 in San Francisco.
New Artists of the Nation
Seven Hungarian artists were given the Artist of the Nation Award on 5 November, the birthday of HAA as a public body at Vigadó, the centre of HAA. These personalities are the following: Ilona Budai folk music singer; György Fekete interior designer (former and honorary President of HAA); Miklós Kampis architect; László Kunkovács photographer, ethnographer; László Lator poet, translator, essayist; István Orosz graphic artist and Ferenc Rófusz animator. The award were handed over by the President of HAA, György Vashegyi and the Minister of Human Capacities, Miklós Kásler.