Hungary-Korea Society celebrated the first year birthday of Ahn’s statue on 15th May, 2013.
Main speaker: Jakab István, Vice-President of the Hungarian Parliament and Nam Gwan Pyo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.
Special guest of Hungary-Korea Society from Korea: Prof. Hur Young-Han, Korea National University of Arts.
He lectured “Korea Fantasy around the world” at Liszt Academy of Music,a joint event of Hungary-Korea Society and Liszt Academy of Music. Liszt Academy also hosted another joint event with our Society, the exhibition of “Anh Eak Tai and his Master Kodaly Zoltan” in the Aula of Liszt Academy. It was open to the public from 15th till 31st May. In his other lecture held at the Ahn Eak Tai statue Prof. Hur Young Han highlighted the international importance of Ahn Eak Tai.
Special flavor was given to the event not only by performing a number of Ahn’s compositions the first time in Hungary (Sweet Sixteen, Arirang Hill) but also by performing Hungarian and Korean fairy tales played by Hungarian and Korean school children together. It was unique in Hungary.
Compositions of Ahn Eak Tai were performed by Hegedűs Endre Kossuth Prize artist awarded in 2014 and Chung Ho Sung Korean cellist.
Program of the event at the Ahn Eak Tai statue:
First our guests listened to the Korean an Hungarian national anthems.
In honour of the first year anniversary festive speeches were delivered from Korean and Hungarian side as well.
From Korean side H.E. Nam Gwan Pyo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea delivered a festive speech.
From Hungarian side Jakab István, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly delivered a festive speech.
From Seoul, the Korea National University of Arts professor Hur Young Han came to Budapest upon invitation of Hungary-Korea Society. Professor Hur is a great authorithy on the life and art of Ahn Eak Tai.
Ahn Eak Tai made up his mind already as a child to gain the appreciation of the leading artists of the world with his compositions and conductor’s performance. His fame is that of Korea as well.
Flowers of commemoration were put in front of the statue by our invited guests.
From Hungarian side as first
The following people bowed their heads in front of Ahn Eak Tai statue: Csomós Miklós, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Professor Hur Young Han, Mohi Csaba, member of the Presidium of Hungary-Korea Society, Hegedüs Endre, pianist, Farkas Erzsébet opera singer, Rózsahegyi Péter from the local government of Rákosmente, Molnárné Pataki Márta, leader of Fairy Tale Players, teacher of Hunyadi János General School, Tóthné Záhorszky Margit from the local government of Dunaújváros.
Several compositions of Ahn Eak Tai were played for the first time at the festive event.
After performing Sweet Sixteen and Arirang Hill the artists got deservedly a great applause.
From left to right: Jakab István, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, Ambassador Nam Gwan Pyo, Lee interpreter, Csomós Miklós Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Professor Hur Young Han, Csépe Valéria, Deputy General Secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Scienes, spouse of Professor Hur.
After the adults children came to the stage. First the fairy tale „Kitrákotty” song and market games were performed by the pupils of Hunyadi János General School, Fairy Tale Players’ Group and Korean schoolchildren. The piece was applied to the stage by Molnárné Pataki Márta, leader and teacher of Fairy Tale Players’ Group.
„It is often said but not without a reason that music is a bridge between nations.” – that is how Csomós Miklós, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Main Speaker of the event started his speech. The joint singing of children was a proof for that.
White Lily, the composition of Ahn Eak Tai was also performed during the unveiling of the statue.
Again children came to the stage. It was their joint performance of a tale with philosophical contents, which is of topical interest especially in our days.
The last lines were read out by the Korean children in their own language.
The joint performance of the children was a great success.
After Bibimbap fairy tale came the Bibimbap food. In order to be able to taste, everyone had to work a little.
One may touch the food only in traditional white gloves, cook’s cap and apron.
No one wanted to be left out from the mixing together of the festive food.
Then the cook’s caps received new function.
It is a rare occasion that one can ask for a signature from the Korean ambassador.
In addition to making fun there was a possibility for informal talk as well.
Main organizer of the event: Hungary Korea Society
Hunyadi János General School, Zugló
Please, look at the pictures taken about the event in the galleries.