Day of National Unity

On the Day of National Unity the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre opened its Trianon exhibition. The tableaues on display were provided by the Hungarian Trianon Museum of Várpalota.

The 31 pictures explained the reasons, consequences of the tragic events of the peace treaty. On the first day there were more than sixty people visiting the exhibition.

After the viewing the participants were shown the film prepared by the participants of the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor program and the video made by Tibor Lapohos at the Hungarian Calvary in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary.

Short Report about the Exhibition and Event at the OHCC Standing at the Hungarian Calvary at Sátoraljaújhely and Remembering the Ruthless Acts of Trianon –
KCSP: “We Belong Together”

(Video by Gábor Finta)

Concert by the "Belvárosi betyárok"

On Mothers’ Day this year, the duo of László Váray and Tamás Valastyán earned great success in the Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre. The audience received the program with enthusiasm and occasionally even took active part in it. This surprised but at the same time touched the performers – as they mentioned it at the end of the evening. The songs of László Váray are meant primarily for children but the adults also appreciated the linguistic resourcefulness of the poems.

The Show – full feature

(Video by Gábor Finta and Tibor Fasanga)

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)