Greetings from Budapest

The Petőfi Sándor and the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program of the year 2016-2017 is coming to an end. The students of the programs are returning home and new students will replace them in their role to support the Hungarian community living in diaspora around the world. Members of these two programs send their greeting with this shot flash-mob video. . .


Attila Pataky’s concerts on the west coast of Canada

Canadian-Hungarians in EDDA T-shirts, unforgettable parties, meetups with a rockstar and lost voice for days for those who were singing loud all the hits… Attila Pataky, the leader and main singer of the famous Hungarian band, EDDA Művek continued his Canadian tour on the west coast, giving a great opportunity for Hungarians to have a party they will never forget.


The concert was held at the Hungarian House of Edmonton on the 6 th of April. The audience were excited to see the Hungarian singer, they arrived early and the crowd continued to grow until the start of the concert. Attila greeted the audience one by one, he said he is truly happy to have them. He is such an attentive and empathic singer.
He started the night with a short lecture, where he shared his greatest memories with the audience from the last 43 years. It was a pleasure to listen his enthusiastic stories about his carrier and his family. While Attila was prepared for the concert, DJ Gary entertained the audience with retro disco. Attila enchanted the crowd with his professionalism and vocal. Evergreen EDDA hits were danced and sang aloud by the audience. He created such an amazing atmosphere as if he was singing in a fifteen thousand arena. A family told me, that after the day of the concert the kids were singing loud the EDDA hits while they were brushing their teeth. Since the concert they always ask for some EDDA music…


It was not the first time Attila Pataky has visited the city of Calgary, but now he did lot more than just one concert. The night started with meet and greet, where he signed, and took pictures with the fans. By the time the meet and greet ended the Culture House was full. Then Attila told stories from his new book for the audience, about family, rock and faith. The concert started after the reading, and it was absolutely amazing to see everyone started to dance and sing loud, regardless of age and gender. We heard all the hits, we sang along, and had an unforgettable night. After the concert the party did not end, thanks to DJ Gary we were in a Hungarian retro disco until dawn.


On the 8th of April, the tour had its final stop in Canada. An enthusiastic and large number of fans gathered at the event, which started with a public gathering. Among other things, we heard stories about EDDA, and Attila gave us insight into the life of the legendary band. During the evening, sausages and hot dogs alleviated the hunger of the people, the food was provided by the kitchen of the Hungarian House. The concert was fantastic. Some fans wore EDDA T-shirts, and almost everyone sang along the old hits. The show was a great Hungarian experience for the locals, and after that they could dance in the retro disco. This night had been known for days in Vancouver. This year the Canadian Attila Pataky tour has ended, but we got so such memorable experiences.
Thanks to the helpers and the NAHC (National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada) for the organization of the Canadian Pataky tour. Without them this tour could not have been created. Gabor Vaski, the leader of the Alliance helped not only to organize the event, but also to ensure that every tour is prepared for the shows. Attila and Gary were welcomed everywhere by enthusiastic Canadian-Hungarian crowds. The result of the careful preparation and collaboration between Hungarian organizations were six great show. If everything goes well the Canadian audience soon will be able to hear live EDDA hits again. NAHC is working to bring the entire EDDA band to Canada in the fall of 2018 to two large-scale concerts on the east and west coast.

The concert’s photos can be seen here:

Celebrate The Hungarian Way

Sára Lehoczki, KCSP

“Kör közepén állok, Körbevesznek jó barátok, Körbevesznek jó barátok és rosszak…” (“Standing in the middle of the circle surrounded by good friends and bad ones, too. . .”) There are some lyrics that all Hungarians start humming as they read them. If you are Hungarian, you know what to do when you hear the “Limbó-hintó” (Limbo coach) is coming, or the “a vonat nem vár” (The train won’t wait”) …

Every nation celebrates in different ways. There are songs, movies, tales, culinary specialties that everybody knows. Somehow the song lyrics get stuck in your head, and even if you have the worst memory, you can easily remember the words of those songs forever. You didn’t learn them in school, or memorized at the university, you just know them.

Songs, such as Hűtlen, Éjjel érkezem, Mi vagyunk a rock, Kölyköd voltam, Gyere őrült, Elhagyom a várost . . . to name a few of the many songs by EDDA Művek (EDDA Works) that everybody can recall within seconds of hearing them. This was not the first time Attila Pataky, the leader and lead singer of the band, has visited the country. In 2013, he had a seven-stop tour across Canada. This year the band have had concerts in Toronto, Hamilton, Cambridge with three more stops to go in Edmonton (April, 6), Calgary (April, 7), and Vancouver (April, 8).

The concert starts with Attila reading out loud from his new book, titled “Mi vagyunk a rock” (We are the rock). He takes questions from the audience, and gives honest answers, about the band, his family, or his spirituality.

The concert creates a great atmosphere. The audience enjoys the show so much that they sing together with Attila. After the concert DJ Gary spins retro tunes, with all the Hungarian classics from the ’70’s and ’80’s. Even the members of the older generation dance like youngsters for a few hours.

The Canadian Pataky tour is organized by National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada (NAHC). Mr. Gabor Vaski, the president of NAHC greeted the audience in the three cities and opened the shows. One of the main goals of NAHC is to promote and distribute the Hungarian language, cultural heritage, history, folklore and traditions among the Hungarian communities in Canada.

Concerts like these, make a great opportunity for Hungarians to celebrate together. The shows were enjoyed by performers and audience alike, and hopefully it is not the last time Pataky will visit Canada.