If You Only New…

a concert by the Hungarikum Ensemble
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  • musical poems
  • Hungarian folk songs
  • own compositions
  • songs praising God

The Hungarikum group has been performing for over seven years, during which its repertoire has grown continuously. Hungarikum translates old folk songs into our present day lives, uses own compositions and arrangements to give momentum to our thoughts, nourishes our souls with divine songs, and highlights the literary text when adapts poetry in a musical framework.

The instruments include – guitar, benjitar, ukulele, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, flutes, and mesmerizing vocals.

They feel it in their bones that traditions oblige.

Their unique sound is modern and archaic at the same time.

Their credo is: “Present the song, don’t abuse it”. What this really means to say is that they love singing for what the songs mean to them, and not for showing off themselves. They make their presence felt in this machine dominated world, and that’s important.

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Concerts

September 2018
21 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge
22 – Mindszenty Hall, Windsor
23 – RC Church, Hamilton
27 – Parameter Club, Toronto
29 – Ottawa Hungarian CC
30 – Presbyterian Church, Montréal

Hungarikum

jelvényKMOSZ címer The Canadian tour is sponsored by Studio Art, and it is organized by the NAHC: Cambridge – Windsor – Hamilton – Toronto – Ottawa – Montréal

43 Years in the Centre of the Circle

Meet Attila Pataky: The secrets of 43 years
Attila Pataky Concert
Retro Disco with D.J. Gary (AUS)

Locations

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  • Friday, March 31 – Hungarian Community Centre, Toronto
  • Saturday, April 1 – St. Stephen Church, Hamilton
  • Sunday, April 2 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge
  • Friday, April 7 – Hungarian Community Centre, Calgary
  • Saturday, April 8 – Hungarian Community Centre, Vancouver
  • Sunday, April 9 – Hungarian Community Centre, Victoria
KMOSZ címer The Canadian tour is organized by the NAHC.
Toronto – Hamilton – Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo – Calgary – Vancouver – Victoria

The Great Hungarian Silence in (Czecho)Slovakia

A monodrama with humour

Written by: László Soóky
Directed and performed by: Géza Benkő
Dramaturg: Emese Varga

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„This story tells us about the small details of the minority life that we think are not important. Our forefathers experienced them, we experience them every day, and yet we think our story is not important to anybody. But what is important and what isn’t is decided by important people who declare it in glorifying speeches. We have the silence, faith and cheer that are rooted in our humanity and decency. This is what we will bequeath on this land when our language can be read only on our epitaphs.” (László Soóky, translation by NAHC)

Locations

  • Saturday, April 1 – Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre, Ottawa
  • Sunday, April 2 – First Presbyterian Church, Montréal
  • Friday, April 7 – Parameter Club, Toronto
  • Saturday, April 8 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge
  • Sunday, April 9 – Mindszenty Hall, Windsor
KMOSZ címer The Canadian tour is organized by the NAHC.
Ottawa – Montréal – Toronto – Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo – Windsor

About the Play

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The Great Hungarian Silence in (Czecho)Slovakia is a monodrama that is not about the life of a man but about a community. The story of the Hungarian community in Slovakia is told through the life of a person with a perspective in history. It is like a modern tale: once upon a time comrade Stalin died, then so did comrade Gottwald too… – as the author sets the historical time frame, he is jumping freely between the time zones overlapping the minority life in Slovakia; a close-up look at one man.

The world is reflected in his eyes; a period of history is replayed in his mind, not facts and statistics but the perceived and real tragedies, memories, stories from the past. And the rest is silence…

Trailer Interview

The  play made its debut on February 27, 2016, in Komárom, at the Officers’ Hall and it was a great success.

About the Actor

Géza Benkő
Géza Benkő

Géza Benkő grew up in Királyhelmec, Felvidék (part of Slovakia). He started his career at the Thalia theatre in Kassa followed by the Jókai theatre at Komárom where he worked as a stage manager. Soon he started his studies at the College of Arts and Drama at Pozsony where received his degree. His first assignment as an actor was at the City Theatre at Nagyszombat followed by the Jókai theatre. He also worked as an actor in Győr, Dublin, Ireland, and currently at the Thalia theatre in Kassa. His repertoire involves 33 major stage roles and 17 roles in films. The Great Hungarian Silence in (Czecho)Slovakia is his debut performance as a director.

Railway Station (Vasútállomás)

Poetry and prose written by Attila József Stand-up presenter Péter Lóránt Tóth winner of Radnóti and Latinovits Awards.

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The railway station. Nobody’s land.

Outside: tracks running into the distance, rails that never join,
Inside: the final wish of a soul, longing incessantly:
“If only I could just grab a ticket and travel to my inner self!…”

The helpless wait of a former foster child who missed the last train: voiced inner monologues for those who would listen and join the fray.

A novel representation of Attila József – a broad canvass about love, faith, inner peace and intransigence.

Locations

Friday, February 10, Toronto, Paraméter Klub
• Vasútállomás; József Attila pódium est

Saturday February 11, Ottawa, Ottawai Magyar Ház
• Vasútállomás – József Attila pódium est

Sunday, February 12, Montréal, Első Magyar Református Egyház
• A rendhagyó irodalomóra az iskolában
• Vasútállomás – József Attila pódium est

Tuesday, February 14, Hamiltoni Magyar Iskola
• Rendhagyó irodalomóra az iskolában

Wednesday, February 15, Cambridge, Kossuth Ház
• Rendhagyó irodalomóra a Guelphi Magyar Iskola és a Kitcheneri Magyar Iskola részére

Friday, February 17, Windsor, Mindszenty Hall
• Vasútállomás – József Attila pódium est

Saturday, February 18, Windsor, Magyar Iskola
• Rendhagyó irodalomóra

HU címer The Canadian tour is organized by the NAHC.
Toronto – Ottawa – Montréal – Hamilton – Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo – Windsor

Egmont Overture

A Hungarian theatrical compilation in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution in 1956
Performers: 8-kor Színház (the theater group at 8 PM is from Sárospatak, Hungary)

Locations

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Saturday, February 25 – St. Stephen Church, Hamilton
Sunday, February 26 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge
Friday, March 3 – Parameter Club, Toronto
Saturday, March 4 – Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre, Ottawa
Sunday, March 5 – First Presbyterian Church, Montréal

logoThe event is sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board.
HU címerThe Canadian tour is organized by the NAHC.
Toronto – Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo – Hamilton – Ottawa – Montréal

Recital Program

The „Egmont Ouverture” contains archival elements from the events in 1956 (Egmont Ouverture, street fights, news on radio, speeches Imre Nagy), poetry, prose and songs:

  • József Utassy: Toast
  • Adorján – Kocsis: What Was 1956?
  • Jenő Heltai: Freedom
  • Attila Gérecz: Chrismas Song in the Prison
  • Milán Füst: I’d Like to Break into Sobs
  • Alajos Kannás: Sooty Stones
  • Lóránt Zas: In November
  • Kocsák – Miklós: Budapest (Travelling)
  • Kormorán – Ferenc Juhász: Fragment of Anthem
  • Kormorán: The Ballad of Gergő Kurán
  • Kormorán: Iván Ruszki (1956. Who Is Hungarian…)
  • Kormorán: Lost Handshake
  • Kormorán: What Is My Sin? (Elektra Forever)
  • Kormorán: Contemporary Inauguration
  • Kormorán – József Ratkó: One Bed, One Bread

About the Artists

  • Béla Bálint – Producing and Logistics Manager, Advisor
  • József Donkó – Actor
  • Mónika Karacs – Actor, Instrumentalist
  • Zsolt Nagy – Actor
  • István Sipos – Music Director, Technician, Instrumentalist

The 8-kor Szíház Group won several awards:
– Comenius Medal
– Ex Libris Award for the Hungarian Art
– Botond Pécsvárady Award
– Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County’s Award for Creativity
– Gold Cross for National Heritage
– Honorary Citizens of Koltó Community

The group works and lives by its creed: „to be Hungarian is our mandate!