Hungarian Poetry Day, 11 April

  • 11 Apr 2019 1:03 PM
Hungarian Poetry Day, 11 April
Every year, on the day of poet Attila József’s birth, guest performers in Hungary share their favourite poems to celebrate local poets in theatrical fashion.

Attila József is the best known of the modern Hungarian poets internationally. His poems have been translated into many languages and he is taught in world literature classes around the globe.

Hailed during the communist era of the 1950s as Hungary's great "proletarian poet", his life, personality, and works are now being re-evaluated with the current celebrations of the centenary of his birth.

Video: Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary, reading one of Attila József’s poems on 11 April 2016.

Learn more about Attila József by clicking here.

Hommage à Sándor Kányádi at Festival Theatre Budapest

In one of his last interviews, Sándor Kányádi called himself the most fortunate member of his generation.

"There are those who are more talented, who have written greater things, but I certainly am the most fortunate,” for having such paternal friends as Károly Kós, Áron Tamási, Gyula Illyés, and Áron Márton, former Roman Catholic bishop of Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia).

The poet, who passed away in the summer of 2018, was one of the most eminent artists of our time, with an oeuvre that guarantees his position in the literary pantheon of Bálint Balassi, Mihály Csokonai Vitéz, Sándor Petőfi, Attila József, and Sándor Weöres.

On this evening, his person and poetry will be evoked by distinguished actors and musicians, artists who are attached to Transylvania - in a dynamic, cheerful, and playful manner, as it befits the most fortunate man in the world.

11 April 2019, Thursday 7 pm — 9 pm no interval

Venue: Festival Theatre
1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1.

Ticket prices: HUF 2300  / HUF2900


Detailed program in Hungarian available here.

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