Mothers' Day Celebration

On May 7th, 2017 the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre celebrated Mother’s day according to the Hungarian calendar. The students of the Hungarian School, music students and scouts gave thanks to mothers and grandmothers in front of a full house. After a great dinner (prepared by the fathers) the evening concluded with a very enjoyable concert given by two artists from Hungary, the “Belvárosi Betyárok”. You will be able to watch their performance here as well as soon as they finish their Canadian concert tour.

The Show – full feature

(Video by Bea, Gábor Finta and Tibor Fasanga)

The Great Hungarian Silence in (Czecho)slovakia

Saturday evening we have witnessed a great performance in the Hungarian Community Centre. Géza Benkő made us reflect but also gave us opportunity to laugh. Many of us can remember the forced relocation of our parents – grandparents from the Highlands – I am among those. Tens of thousands of Hungarians were forced to leave their homeland with only 50 kgs of their belongings. They were deprived of not only their life savings but also their human dignity. It is sad that the perpetrators never apologized for this. The Benes doctrines are in force ever since. The tragedy is always present in the performance but through the glass of humor it seems less serious than it was in reality. Nevertheless, the one-person drama makes us think and at the same time glues us to our seats. The performance of Géza Benkő fascinates the audience. I have not heard such an entertaining and also saddening production for a long time.

The full performance

(Video by Gábor Finta, audio by István Koleszár)

Remembering the 1848 Revolution

On March 17, 2017 the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre celebrated the 169th anniversary of the 1848 revolution. The audience filled completely the house where the Hungarian School and music students paid tribute to the memory of the heroes of the revolution. The guest speaker was Dr. Bálint Ódor, ambassador of the Republic of Hungary. Dr. Lapohos Tibor read excerpts from Sándor Petőfi’s Memoires and Károly Dombi spoke about the the influence of the events on the literary world. The enjoyable evening concluded with a tasty supper.

The Show – full feature

(Video by Bea Finta)

Egmont Ouverture

On March 4th we had the pleasure to see Egmont Ouveture, a podium program presented by the 8kor Színház (8 PM Theatre) group from Sárospatak, Hungary, in honour of the 60th anniversary of the revolution and fight for freedom of Hungary in 1956. Against the fairly cold weather, there were was a half-full house enjoying a great meal and then the show.

The Show – full feature

(Video by Gábor Finta)

Mardi Gras Masquerade

On February 25th there were 92 of us having a good time spoiling our taste buds, laughing and dancing.

Video report

(Video by Gábor Finta)