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Famous Hungarian Lace Exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa


Hungarian LaceFamous Lace from Kiskunhalas in Hungary is travelling to different locations across Canada this spring and summer. The exhibition is being organized by the Embassy of Hungary in cooperation with Canadian institutions. The original impetus for the exhibit was the Governor General’s State visit to Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia in November 2008. The Lace was displayed at Rideau Hall for the special cultural event organized by Her Excellency in advance of her visit. The exhibit was then on display at the Place des Arts in Montreal in March-April 2009, in the Robarts Library of the University of Toronto in April-May 2009 and will be shown to the Ottawa art and textile loving public at the gallery Framed! In Ottawa during June. For the details see the invitation below – as well as the poster, press release and logo.


The last stop of the tour is the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario where the lace exhibit can be viewed in August and September.


The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary is pleased to bring you an exhibit of Halas Lace in cooperation with FRAMED!, and we invite you to come and see these wonderful examples of Hungarian art and culture.

This lace has been created for more than a century in the small town of Kiskunhalas, Hungary. Woven from whisper thin fibers of a Saudi Arabian water plant, these works are stunning in their incredible detail, and have won awards around the world rivalling the best lace of Venice and Brussels. For those with an interest in world textiles and highly refined handwork, this exhibit offers an opportunity normally open only to those traveling to Eastern Europe. The exhibition is open to the public: June 5 –June 21.

FRAMED! 1075 Bank St. Ottawa , ON
Framed Gallery Hours: Weekdays 9-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5.


June 1, 2009




World Refugee Day 2009 – Journée mondiale du réfugié


June 20th is World Refugee day, as designated by the United Nations. This year’s theme is “Real People, real needs: - de vraies personnes, de réels besoins.” UNHCR Canada has a website where information can be found about the situation of refugees in the world today and what Canadians can do to mark this day and get involved.

“The intolerance that is often at the root of internal displacement and refugee flows is also present in some of the countries that refugees flee to. Instead of finding empathy and understanding, they are often met with mistrust or scorn. On World Refugee Day, let's not forget that some day in the future any one of us could be knocking at a stranger's door hoping to find a safe and friendly shelter. We should extend refugees the same kind of welcome we would like to receive if we were in their position.”


Those Hungarians who found refuge in Canada are grateful for the welcome they received and it is only right that we should be mindful of the fate of others who are experiencing difficult situations around the world today.

June 2, 2009





Elizabeth Merei’s 25 years in Canada


Elizabeth Merie Anniversary Art ShowElizabeth Merei celebrates 25 years of sculpture in Canada: June 12-14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s International Art Fair and July 15- August 7th at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church St, Toronto. See poster and her website for more information.







June 2, 2009



Hungarian writers at the Montreal Blue Metropolis Festival
April 23-25



Janos LackfiThe 11th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival will feature a Hungarian contingent consisting of two writers and a publisher, who will participate in events in French, English and Hungarian.


Krisztina TothAward-winning writer Krisztina Tóth is one of Hungary’s most highly acclaimed poets. Her poetry has been translated into many languages and published in English by Bloodaxe. Born in Budapest, János Lackfi is a writer and a professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and the editor of the journal Nagyvilág.


For more information click here.


En français.


April 22nd, 2009


Accredited Hungarian language exams in Toronto and Vancouver


Since 2003 Hungarian as a Second Language exams have been offered in Canada; first through the Helicon Society of Toronto which in 2006 became the first accredited site in North America for these examinations and secondly by the Calvin Hungarian Educational Federation in Vancouver. The examinations are run by the Centre for Foreign Languages ( Idegennyelvi Tovabbképz? Központ – ITK) of Budapest, an affiliated centre of the Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE). Examinations are offered at different levels from Basic to Advanced.


The Toronto date is Sunday May 3rd and the location is the St Elizabeth of Hungary Church School Building, 432 Sheppard Ave East, Toronto. For further information, check HERE or visit the website of the Helicon Society at


The Vancouver date is Saturday, May 2nd at the First Hungarian Reformed Church, 2791 East 27th Ave, Vancouver, V5R 1N4. For further information see the website of the association at or write to

April 14th, 2009


Weininger Exhibition in Oshawa


Weininger ExhibitionUniversity of Manitoba art historian and CHEF advisory board member Oliver Botar is the curator of an exhibition about the Canadian work of Bauhaus artist Andor Weininger which opens at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa on May 9th and continues to June 28th 2009. Andor Weininger, an artist of international stature, was the only important Bauhaus artist to have lived in Canada (from 1951-1958) but his Canadian work is almost completely unknown. Read more...

April 8th, 2009



Four film Jancso retrospective in Vancouver


Between April 1-6 2009, The Pacific Cinemateque in Vancouver is presenting a four film retrospective of the films of Miklos Jancso, one of Hungary's best-known film directors. Jancso has been called "Hungary's greatest living film-maker" and is the recipient of many international awards, including Best Director at Cannes and the Golden Lion at Venice. The films being shown are The Round-Up, The Red and the White, Red Psalm, and Silence and Cry. For the press release click here or visit the Cinématèque's website.

March 27, 2009




Nato 60th Anniversary

A reception was held on Parliament Hill on Thursday March 5th to mark the 60th anniversary of NATO and the tenth of Hungary’s accession to the organization together with Poland and the Czech Republic. Five years ago 7 of the other Central European countries also joined the alliance as will two more: Albania and Croatia. The ambassadors of all these countries celebrated the anniversaries with Canadian NATO officials as well as MP’s, Senators and other guests. The Hon Peter Van Loan represented the Government at the event and the ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland had an article published in the Globe and Mail of March 6th about the significance of this event.


The article can be read here.

March 9, 2009


Pablo Urbanyi’s book launch March 17th 2009


Canadian Argentine-Hungarian author Pablo Urbanyi’s most recent work of fiction, El zoologico de dios, was translated and published in Hungary in 2007. There is a book launch and discussion to release the Hungarian version of the book at the Dominican University College in Ottawa on March 17th at 7 pm. The event is in Hungarian. To see the invitation, click here. To find out more about Pablo’s work, see this page of our website.

March 6, 2009



Canada welcomes a record number of immigrants in 2008


The Department of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) recently released figures indicating that in 2008 Canada received a record high number of newcomers to Canada: 247,202 permanent residents including 10,740 refugees; 193,061 temporary workers and 79,459 foreign students, for a total of 519,722 newcomers. Those interested can read the CIC media release at:

March 4, 2009



Hungarian Studies Association of Canada annual conference,
May 22-24 2009


For the Program, click here.


The Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC) is holding its annual conference as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada at Carleton University, Ottawa, May 22-24. This year’s conference promises to be an interesting and diverse combination of papers, discussions and cultural events. In addition to papers by scholars and graduate students from Canada and Hungary based on the latest research in history, education, literature, fine arts and music, the conference will provide an opportunity to become informed about the Hungarian contribution to the National Gallery’s major summer exhibition on 16th century Italian art about Rome.


Anna PorterOne of the highlights of the conference will be an evening with Canadian writer Anna Porter on Saturday May 23rd at 8 pm in Simard Hall, Room 125 (60 Université). Anna will talk about her recent visits to her birthplace, Hungary, in relation to her published work, including the award-winning Kasztner’s Train (Douglas and McIntyre 2007) and The Storyteller (Doubleday 2000, re-issued by Douglas and McIntyre in 2006), as well as work in progress. The title of her talk is “Memory, History, Citizenship - Reflections on Hungary and Canada.” This event is open to the public.


For the poster click here. For Anna’s biography, see this page on our site.


Finally, researchers will have an opportunity, in a post conference tour, to visit some of the Collections of the Library and Archives Canada at its ultra modern Preservation Centre, including a selection of multi-media materials relating to Hungary or Hungarians in Canada.


For the original Call for Papers (sent out in October 2008) click here.


For information about the HSAC, click here.

February 23, 2009



Hungarian government scholarships for Canadian students



We would like to inform you about an opportunity for young Canadians to study Hungarian language and culture in Hungary.

The Education and Cultural Ministry of the Republic of Hungary, the Secretariat for Hungarians Abroad and the Balassi Institute invite applications for a 10 month Hungarian State scholarship during the 2009/2010 academic year. The scholarship is intended for individuals of Hungarian origin living outside of Hungary who wish to learn or improve their knowledge of Hungarian language and culture. Several scholarships will be offered to Canadian applicants. Read more...


February 10, 2009




Canada Hungary Educational Foundation’s 2008 AGM

The Canada Hungary Educational Foundation (CHEF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 1 December 2008 in Ottawa. President Judy Young-Drache, Vice-President Gábor Csepregi, directors Catherine Bélanger and Mark Curfoot-Mollington, as well as CHEF’s secretary, Christopher Adam, were all re-elected to serve an additional one-year term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The AGM served as an opportunity to discuss CHEF’s activities in 2008, which had proved to be a busy year for the Foundation. One of the highlights of the year was CHEF’s participation in the Governor General’s State Visit to Hungary. Read more...

February 24, 2009




Canadian Hungarian Artists’ Exhibitions in Hungary and Canada


“Re: In Situ Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian-Hungarian Artists”


CHAC-exhibitOrganized by the Canadian-Hungarian Artists’ Collective (CHAC), this multimedia exhibition will showcase the work of over 40 Canadian- Hungarian artists, highlighting the important role that Hungarian descent artist have played within Canada’s multicultural tapestry. The exhibitions series will travel to public galleries during 2009 and 2010 across Canada and tour the following museums in Hungary: the Muveszetmalom, Szentendre, the Helikon Kastely Muzeum, Keszthely, the REOK Muzeum, in Szeged and finally the Székely Nemzeti Múzeum, in Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania

CHAC urgently needs your help to realize this unprecedented project. You can make a donation by downloading the fundraising letter and donor form HERE. Otherwise contact CHAC through their website: or CHAC President Andrea Blanar at


CHAC is presenting the work of several of the participating artists in a fundraiser in Montreal on February 18th 2009.


Click on the above image for the PDF of the Exhibit Flyer.

Jan 23, 2009




Three Hungarians among 2008 Order of Canada nominations


Among the Order of Canada appointments made during 2008 were three Hungarian Canadians. In the December 2008 list, Peter Munk, who had been named to the Order in 1993, was promoted to the highest of the three levels, Companion of the Order of Canada. Mr Munk was born in Hungary and was rescued as a teenager together with his family from the Holocaust in Hungary. Read his story in Anna Porter’s book, Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust.

He arrived in Canada in 1947, received his education in Toronto and became one of Canada’s pre-eminent businessmen and philanthropists. He is Founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold, one of the largest mining companies in the world. His citation for the honour reads:


“For his contributions as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, helping to establish world-class health care and education institutions in Canada and abroad."


The other two Hungarian Canadians, Professor Dezso Horvath and Dr Rudolph Kriegler, were named in the July 2008 list and they both came to Canada after 1956. For more information about them click here.

Jan 27, 2009



Vancouver Première of Freedom’s Fury and Touched by Water


Pacific Cinémathèque and the New Hungarian Voice are presenting Freedom's Fury and Touched by Water

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Pacific Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2L7 Canada


See both films for the Single Bill Ticket Price: $9.50 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors. Membership in Pacific Cinémathèque or the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Alliance will be accepted for this event.


For more information about the films click here.

Jan.9, 2009



Government speeds up front end of refugee arrival system


By Randy Ray


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has streamlined the refugee intake process.

Changes announced in mid-December are designed to make the application process easier by introducing a single form that replaces several other forms previously in use. Read the article.




For those interested in knowing the number of refugees and from which countries they come, Immigration Canada’s website provides statistics. See for instance:

Jan.16, 2009




Governor General's State Visit to Hungary and Central Europe

Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Honorary Patron of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation, has embarked on a State Visit to four countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Slovenia. She and a small delegation of Canadians have arrived in Hungary and start a busy program of official activities, meetings and discussions in Hungary on November 24th. Among the programs in Hungary will be the unveiling by her Excellency of a special monument in Budapest’s City Park in honour of Hungarian Canadians – and in recognition of their contributions to Canada. The Canada Hungary Educational Foundation is pleased to have been part of this important project and to have raised – together with the Rakoczi Foundation – the necessary funds for this Canadian-Hungarian monument. Judy Young Drache is in Budapest to participate in the unveiling at which the President of Hungary and a number of Canadians and Hungarians will also be present.


Here are some pictures of the event in Hungary. Also, those interested should visit the website of Her Excellency at where details of the visit can be found and where blogs and pictures will give information on an ongoing basis.


For the speech of the Governor General at the unveiling, click here.


You can read Judy Young’s comment on Her Excellency’s blog here.


The Governor General was interviewed by various media. Here is a selection of them:


- Duna TV's coverage;

- MTI's short report;

and three newspaper articles from the two major dailies:



Nov. 24, Dec.19, Dec. 30, 2008



CHEF's Activities Report


CHEF has recently sent a report on its activities to the Governor General with the following covering letter. The letter and report can be found here:


- Letter to the Governor General


- CHEF Activity Report

January 9, 2009



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