News and Events January to December 2011
Making Sense of Federal Provincial Relations
An interview with Robert Csehi, PhD student from Hungary, participant in the “Thinking Canada” tour 2011, and the first intern supported by a grant from the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation through its partnership project with the European Association for Canadian Studies and the European Commission.
December 9th 2011
“From a European perspective, Canada’s approach to federalism is certainly not a traditional one,” says Robert Csehi, a confident and impressive doctoral student from Budapest’s Central European University, an institution founded by George Soros. Read more...
Coaching award for Tamas Buday
November 19th 2011
On November 11th 2011 Canoe-Kayak coach Tamas Buday Sr was honoured (among other top Canadian coaches) by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) with the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award.
His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has made public a message on the occasion of Canadian Citizenship Week (October 17-21); a week during which Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the “unity through diversity” of our society and the enrichment we enjoy through multiculturalism. His Excellency comments on the values inherent in our openness to immigrants and refugees who often flee injustice or simply want to start a new life but in either case come to Canada in pursuit of their dreams and help weave the fabric of our harmonious Canadian family.
The Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation promotes these same values and is therefore sharing His Excellency’s message on this website HERE...
Read the message on the Governor General’s website:
Hungarian Movies at the World Film Festival, Montreal
August 14th, 2011
Magyar Filmunió (The Hungarian Film Union), Hungary’s film promotion office, has informed us that the
35th Montreal World Film Festival (18-28 August) will premiere two Hungarian feature films.
How music flows from his head via his heart to the tips of his fingers
April 5, 2011
To be a successful concert artist is a major achievement. To accomplish this without being able to see shows what can happens when artistic giftedness, gutsy determination, and innovative teaching methods combine. The Budapest-born pianist, Tamás Érdi, now in this 30s, is a truly gifted musician with a flourishing international career behind him and ahead of him. He is not celebrated sympathetically as a blind musician, rather he is a successful classical musician who has found his own unique way to work around a debilitating challenge: blindness. His vision loss has not prevented him from playing concerts and recitals in Hungary, Canada - which he describes as his second home - and the United States. Read more...
Refugee Rights Day, April 4, 2011
April 3, 2011
It’s impossible to address the story of the Hungarian community in Canada without encountering that highly charged word: Refugee. Although it certainly does not define the Canadian-Hungarian experience, it certainly captures a fundamental piece of the story and the responses to those life-threatening events of 1956.
On April 4, 2011, Canada celebrates Refugee Rights Day with a series of events across the country. This is no arbitrary date. April 4 was selected because it was the day in 1985 that the Supreme Court of Canada delivered one of its truly “landmark” decisions concerning the status of refugees. On April 4, 1985, the court delivered its ruling on the Singh case, dealing with a challenge to a decision by the then Minister of Immigration and Refugee Status Advisory Committee. Read more...
Tibor Egervari’s latest theatrical exploration of how anti-Semitism starts, what it does, and how it works
March 8, 2011
Audiences at the latest production of the University of Ottawa’s theatre department are in for a bit of surprise. Just before the house lights dim they will be told to turn their smart phones on and to unwrap as many noisy candies as they wish during the production they are about to see. This is no mere gimmick. During Tibor Egervari’s production of Christopher Marlowe’s deeply problematic play, The Jew of Malta, audience members are actively encouraged to tweet their observation and reactions to the play. As scene upon scene of bloody betrayal mounts up, their tweets will be flashed onto a large screen built into the set for all the audience to see. Why? “For too long the theatre has been all about control,” explains Egervari during a break in rehearsals. Using facebook in this way in a live theatre performance is also a first in Canada, he suggests. Read more...
Canada’s Alexander Seredenko and Hungary’s Adam Banda are pioneers in a new musical “exchange” program
March 8, 2011
Canada’s Alexander Seredenko and Hungary’s Adam Banda are pioneers in a new musical “exchange” program organized by Andrea Fellner and János Vecsernyés
Franz Liszt once described the role of the artist as “the bearer of the beautiful.” There’s a new exchange initiative designed to bring a new generation of “bearers of the beautiful” from Hungary to Canada, and from Canada to Hungary. This initiative involves young and highly talented musicians.
February 25th 2011
A graduate student conference entitled “Finding Meaning in Multiculturalism 40 Years Later” is taking place on April 16th 2011 at Ryerson University and has issued a call for papers. Using the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the introduction of Canada’s Multiculturalism Policy, the conference offers graduate students interested in multiculturalism and migration the opportunity to present and discuss their research. The conference’s goal is to have comprehensive and interdisciplinary discussion of contemporary Canadian and international migration around such issues as: Immigrants and Security, Politics and Policies of Migration, Mobility in a Global Context, Racialization and Poverty, Race and Multiculturalism, Immigration and Labour Markets, and others. Deadline for submission of proposals is March 8th 2011.
For more information visit http://ceris.metropolis.net
Working Things out with Music
Kati Agócs and Winnipeg’s New Music Festival
February 7, 2011
Kati Agócs found herself sandwiched between Kelly-Marie Murphy’s evocation of hundreds of starlings in flight and Krzysztof Penderecki’s thunderous choral celebration of Jerusalem. The event was the closing night concert of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. For twenty years this festival has showcased the work of living Canadian and international composers during what is typically the coldest week of a Winnipeg winter.
For seven nights, composers come on stage and explain to audiences about what they will hear. Kati Agócs told her audience that during ...like treasure hidden in a field, her piece for orchestra, “You’re going to hear some bells.” And the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s percussionist certainly delivered.
Hungarian Film Week and photo exhibit in Montreal Feb 25 - March 3rd 2011
February 14th 2011
An exciting week of Hungarian film and photography is taking place at the Cinema du Parc in Montreal with the vernissage for both at 5 pm on February 25th 2011. The event is being organized by members of the Canadian Hungarian Artists’ Collective (CHAC) and curated by filmmaker Tamas Wormser.
Programs for Canadians at Corvinus University, Budapest
January 2, 2011
Corvinus University Budapest is once again offering a number of programs of interest to Canadian (and international) students as well as professors. Corvinus U (formerly the Budapest University of Economics and Technology) is one of Europe’s top economics universities and has an increasing number of courses in English for international students. Those interested may also be eligible for scholarships from the Hungarian government. Read more...