Ákos: An Hour with János Arany


Sunday, October 29, 2017 / 15:00 - 16:00

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A selection of János Arany poems compiled and recited by Ákos Kovács.


This year is the 200th anniversary of János Arany’s birth (March 2, 1817 – October 22, 1882), one of the most prestigious Hungarian poets ever. The Kossuth-prize winner composer, poet, performer Ákos Kovács takes a break from musical touring to produce an audio book of his favourite poet’s, János Arany’s priceless works. He used his book for an on-stage production as well, which debuted at the National Theatre in Budapest. He dedicated the second half of October this year to bring it to the Canadian audience.

Performance locations:
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 17:00 – Hungarian Cultural Centre Toronto
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 18:00 – Mindszenty Hall, Windsor
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 19:00 – St. Stephen Church, Hamilton
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 19:00 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 15:00 – Ottawai Hungarian Community Centre

HU címerSponsored by the Government of Hungary. The Canadian tour is organized and managed by the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa and the Hungarian Consulate in Toronto.


15:00 — Recital

About the Performer

Kovács Ákos

Kovács Ákos

Ákos Kovács (Akosh)(Budapest, 1968) One of Hungary’s foremost, defining performers, Ákos Kovács is a Kossuth-Prize winning songwriter, composer, poet, who performs under the stage name of Ákos, known as Akosh in the English speaking world. Founding member of the cult-band Bonanza Banzai, he spearheaded the ensemble from 1987 to 1994, as singer, lyrics writer and composer.

From 1995 on, he pursues a prolific solo career, continuing to sign for most of his performance numbers.

He graduated Budapest University’s Faculty of Economics, with Honours in International Business.

He is the author/co-author of six albums with Bonanza Banzai, eighteen albums in Hungarian and six albums in English. Most of these releases attained gold or platinum status. His total Hungarian sales has reached the one million mark in CDs and DVDs.

He complements his performing and songwriting with writing poetry (five volumes have already appeared), producing his own video clips, writing theatre and movie scores, producing in collaboration with noted actors audio-books and radio-plays.

The 12 shows of his 2016 tour have been attended by 120 000 people.In addition, he filled the bleachers of the László Papp Arena in Budapest in double concerts three times in a row.

He produces his albums in his own studio, he plays the acoustic, the electric, and the bass guitar, he plays with equal dexterity on synthesizer and on drums. He is a regular guest of national festivals. Last, but not least, he is the father of four children, and a generous donor. He provided Franciscan father Csaba Böjte’s Save the Children Found with 50 million Forints (approx. 240 000 Cad) so far.


Ákos: A katona imája (A Soldier’s Prayer)

The admission is free, but donations to cover part of the costs of the Canadian tour and the causes supported by the artist himself are most welcome. $10/adult is recommended.

We can only guarantee the seating for reservations received in time. Please make yours by 9 PM on Friday prior to the event. Reservations successfully submitted through the web are confirmed by e-mail.


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