It is seldom given in the life of a cultural politician that the creation of two dominant cultural institutions have been tied to his name. György Fekete was given this: he was one of the founders, then the first president of the National Cultural Fund, then almost two decades later he was instrumental when the Hungarian Academy of Arts became a public body, and he was its president for two terms. We asked György Vashegyi, who followed him in this post in 2017.
Two more Artists of the Nation
Two outstanding writers, the 83-year-old Ádám Bodor and the 77-year-old Gábor Czakó – the latter is a regular member of HAA – became Artists of the Nation and the awards were handed over by the President of HAA, György Vashegyi and the Minister of Human Capacities, Miklós Kásler at Vigadó, the centre of HAA on 5 November 2019.
Standing ovation for Szeged Contemporary Dance Company
At the international festival called One Dance Week in Plovdiv the performance of Carmina Burana by Szeged Contemporary Dance Company led by Tamás Juronics, an internationally acclaimed artist, choreographer and corresponding member of HAA was received with standing ovation on 29 September. The performance was also a great success in Bulgaria in 2016 on the occasion of the anniversary of the 1956 revolution.
The 40th anniversary of the Ballet Company of Győr
The Ballet Company of Győr led by János Kiss, a corresponding member of HAA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and on this occasion a series of programs is to take place in Hungary. HAA is also taking part in the celebration and at the press conference the Secretary-General of HAA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera said that HAA published a memorial album on the 40 years of the company. The book is to be launched on 17 November in Győr as well as on 25 November at Vigadó, the centre of HAA.
A day with György Szabados
On 21 November at Vigadó, the centre of HAA several programs are devoted to the art and memory of György Szabados (1939 – 2011), who was a Hungarian jazz pianist and is sometimes regarded as the "father" or "unofficial king" of the Hungarian free jazz movement.