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Budapest in Montreal

Hungarian Cultural Week

Are you ready to discover Hungary in Montreal?

Hungary aims at strengthening the relations with Quebec. Quebec, in our view, is a natural partner to Hungary and we are ready to exploit the potential in culture, trade and business. There are already many links between the province and Hungary: Montreal received Hungarian immigrants and refugees at different times, Montreal was the centre where Hungarians fleeing communism arrived in 1956.

This year represents a great opportunity to revive and strengthen relations. The 60th anniversary of the Revolution of 1956 provides us an opportunity to look back and pay homage to the individual achievements of Hungarian Canadians who contributed to a great extent to the success and prosperity of Canada that we see today.

Hungarians today are present in Canada and we would like to emphasise that their culture is Canada’s culture, too.

There will be several concerts and exhibitions, a movie festival in two cinemas during the week. There will also be opportunities to learn about Hungarian gastronomy and handcrafts. Local Hungarian artists will also showcase their talent. Building on the cultural activities we will bring business opportunities to Montreal. During the week the Montreal Chamber of Commerce will organise a Business Forum where Canadian companies will have the chance to get an insight into the trends of the Hungarian economy and meet Hungarian companies.

The events of the Hungarian Cultural Week are sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board.

Budapest

Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montreal

Montreal is pleased to welcome the Hungarian Cultural Week. As a diverse city that is inclusive and open to the world, Montreal values the communities that call our city home as well as those who have helped to build our metropolis through immigration. A large number of Hungarians arrived in Montreal in the twentieth century, many of whom were refugees and have successfully integrated into the Montreal community and contributed to our city’s development.

The first Living Together Summit was held last year in Montreal, where inclusion, integration and acceptance were discussed as part of our openness philosophy. As a cosmopolitan city, Montreal believes in peace and harmony and is open to newcomers who wish to start a new life here.

I invite Montrealers to take part in the Hungarian Cultural Week and discover the thousand-year-old Hungarian culture, including local handicrafts, music and gastronomy. Perhaps a trip to Hungary will be part of your future travel plans.

I congratulate all those who have contributed to the Hungarian Cultural Week. I am certain that Montrealers will participate with great enthusiasm.

Denis Coderre
István Tarlós

István Tarlós

Mayor of Budapest

I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the Hungarian Week held in Montreal. In the framework of this cultural event organized between September 6th and 13th, the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra inter alia will play musical works of Dohnányi, Bartók and Liszt.

The close relations between Canada and Hungary reach back to the 19th century when the first wave of Hungarian immigrants arrived. The Hungarian nation still looks back with gratitude to Canada when tens of thousands of refugees were accepted after the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Meanwhile, in 2010 the Government of Canada announced the designation of the Refugees of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution as a national historic event. Today, over 315,000 people residing in Canada claim Hungarian descent. Hungarian-Canadians make up an important ethnic community (one of the most prominent living in Montreal), and contribute to Canada's national diversity.

As Hungary’s Constitution of 2011 also determines: “Bearing in mind that there is one single Hungarian nation that belongs together, Hungary shall bear responsibility for the fate of Hungarians living beyond its borders, and shall facilitate the survival and development of their communities; it shall support their efforts to preserve their Hungarian identity.”

As the Mayor of Budapest, the capital of the Hungarian nation, I would like to convey to you the gratitude and love of the people living in Budapest.

I hope you will enjoy the rich program of the Montreal Hungarian Week!

BÁLINT ÓDOR

Ambassador of Hungary to Canada

Dear Montrealers,

As an Ambassador of a country that shares more in common with Montreal and Quebec than you might think, it is important to me to show you some samples of beautiful works of the over a thousand-year-old Hungarian culture.

Hungarian culture is deeply and profoundly European and original. During the second week of September, Béla Bartók, Ferenc Liszt, folk songs and many others will tell you more. Creativity and ingenuity are words that come to mind for those who know our history and our present. Matches, the ballpoint pen, the computer, the car, and many other inventions would not be present in your life without Hungarian innovators.

A gold mine is the term I often use to describe in two words the many opportunities available to establish even closer relations between Hungary and Canada, between Quebec and Hungary.

As part of the Hungarian Cultural Week, great composers will be presented by artists of the highest caliber. Culture is a sphere increasingly important in communication among peoples, countries and individuals. Let’s preserve our cultural heritage and try to build relationships on what is our common heritage. You will discover that there is much more than you thought. Take the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, for instance. After the defeat of this historic act, 38.000 refugees were accepted into Canada. Among them, many chose to settle, work and create in Montreal, thereby contributing to the richness of Canada.

I look forward to the Cultural Week for this reason, but also because during the course of the preparations I was amazed to see the wealth of cultural institutions at the forefront of Montreal.

So welcome to Hungary in Montreal for the second week of September. Afterwards, feel free to follow in the footsteps of tens of thousands of your compatriots by taking a flight and enjoying much more than a coffee in Budapest.

Bálint Ódor
Magdolna Fekete

MAGDOLNA FEKETE

Director of the Hungarian National Tourist Office, New York

The secret is out. Have you heard? It changes everything, and that’s a good thing.

What’s the secret? Budapest is hot, Hungary is trendy.

When I was young, growing up in Budapest, I didn’t think that the character of my city would one day draw thousands of travellers every day as a cosmopolitan vacation destination and party town. But now that Hungary is part of the European Union and word has gotten out about what an amazing place it is, people from all over the world are flocking to experience the sights, the spirit, and the specialties of my beautiful homeland.

Now I’m in New York for no other reason than to help bring the Canadian travellers to Hungary. As the head of the Hungarian National Tourist office here, I want to do everything I can to get the word out about how amazing a trip to Hungary can be. Whether you are interested in travel for business or pleasure, for a conference week or a party weekend, to enjoy the spas or photograph the sights, I can help.

To make a visit to Hungary is very simple now: you should say: Hey, this is Hungary. There is no need for any more explanation. The timing is perfect, our enthusiasm is great. Let’s put Hungary on the top of your list of your must visit destinations.