Nation Award Committee consisting of eleven artists with the Kossuth State Awards. The award is given to provide appropriate living conditions for personalities with high artistic accomplishment and reputation.
István Madarassy's statues of Ignác Semmelweis
The Hungarian Government declared 2018 to be the Semmelweis Memorial Year to commemorate the "saviour of mothers" on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The patron of the memorial year was János Áder, President of Hungary. At one of the most important events of the Memorial Year at the Festive Scientific Symposium held in the Theoretical Block of Semmelweis University, Budapest several national and foreign speeches were given about the saviour of mothers and more than 600 participants were welcomed by Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Capacities as well as Ágoston Szél, outgoing rector of Semmelweis University.
Helmuth Rilling received his certificate of HAA
At the second general assembly of HAA in 2018 held on 22 November German choral conductor, Helmuth Rilling was chosen to be a honorary member of the academy. On 20 December the President of HAA, György Vashegyi personally handed over the certificate of his honorary membership of HAA to Helmuth Rilling at a solemn event in Schwäbisch Gmünd near Stuttgart.
Writer Lajos Grendel passed away
One of the outstanding contemporary Hungarian writers having lived in Slovakia and a regular member of HAA, Lajos Grendel died aged 70.
Lajos Grendel died on 18 December 2018 in Bratislava. His funeral took place on 27 December 2018 according to Roman Catholic liturgy in Bratislava. HAA as well as the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities regard his death as losing one of their own.
Charity Concert of Andrea Rost
World-famous lyric soprano and corresponding member of HAA, Andrea Rost gave a charity gala concert on 19 December 2018 at Vigadó, the artistic centre of HAA. The Kossuth State Award winning artist and the Goodwill Ambassador of Pető Institute together with her Art Foundation wished to promote the Institute's development of a music room, while also marking the occasion as the closing event of the Year of Talent.