Remembering the Heroes of 1956


Saturday, November 6, 2021 / 13:00 - 19:30

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13.00—14.00 Laying of the Wreath at the ’56 Monument in the Beechwood Cemetery – singing by István Savanya and Eszter Várkonyi, recital by Béla Köntés koszorú
17:00—18:00 Reception held at the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre for the participants of the remembrance – Photo exhibition by Zsolt Bede-Fazekas: Paraméter Fotó Klub Fall Exhibition
18.00—19.30 “Now, let the words play” – Musical-poetic performance by István Savanya and Eszter Várkonyi

Monument in the Beechwood Cemetery

Photo exhibition by Zsolt Bede-Fazekas,
Paraméter Fotó Klub Fall Exhibition


The musical-poetic performance “Now, let the words play” is composed of the poetry of István Savanya. István and his wife Eszter selected the material of the one and a half hour performance from folk songs and István’s most successful poems.

The compilation presents drifting, varied, uplifting, thought-provoking, lighthearted or even deep moods about the colour palette of human life experiences, the path and belief lived from birth to death. These are spoken in poems, songs, and folk songs that resonate with the audience as a personal inner journey.

István and Eszter have been performing poems and songs for more than four decades in both Hungarian and English. They performed at prestigious festivals, as well as radio and television shows in Hungary, Transylvania and North America.

István was awarded the Ex Libris Prize in 2013 for his performance in contemporary poetry. István and Eszter were awarded with the Pro Arte Prize in 2017, and István was awarded with the Golden Cross of the Republic of Hungary in 2020.

Admission to the reception is free.
Tickets to the performance are $10 (Free for youth under the age of 18).
Ticket sales will be donated to the Ottawa Hungarian School and No. 28. Kölcsey Ferenc Scouts.

We can only guarantee the seating by reservations only. The reservation deadline is at 12 p.m. on the Friday before the event. Please make yours in time. Reservations successfully submitted through the web are confirmed by e-mail.


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    $10 / person

    Ticket / Youth (under 18 years)

    free admission

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