Craft workshops, Transcarpathian dances and book presentation at the National Assembly of Hungarians

The program series of the National Assembly of Hungarians continued on August 12th.

The day began with a reformed church service, followed by various thematic presentations for the attendees. At the pavilion of the Pro Cultura Subcarpathica civil organization, participants had the opportunity to explore a variety of interesting programs. Andrea Mester, artisan of the Tulipán Tanoda Hungarian School of Folk Music and Folk Art, held different craft workshops for children, and then, under the guidance of Erzsébet Kokas, the folk singing teacher of the Tulipán Tanoda Hungarian School of Folk Music and Folk Art, they engaged in learning children’s games.

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During the program, János Árpád Potápi, Secretary of State for National Policy, visited our college’s pavilion. He explored the exhibitions and watched the performance by Kokas Banda. Additionally, a delicious lunch was provided, as Róbert Puskás and Ildikó Puskás invited the interested attendees for a tasting of Transcarpathian cabbage and bean soup. In the afternoon, the Kokas Banda introduced the participants to Transcarpathian dances. Erzsébet Kokas began the dance performances by sharing their histories with the audience.

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Following this, the book presentation of “Struggle for Survival: Hungarians in Transcarpathia (1944-2022)” took place. The authors of the book are: Prof. Dr. István Csernicskó, rector of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education (II. RF KMF), Dr. Ildikó Orosz, president of the II. RF KMF, Dr. Erzsébet D. Molnár, lecturer of the college, director of the Tivadar Lehoczky Social Sciences Research Centre, Dr. Natália Váradi, college lecturer, office director of the “GENIUS” Charity Foundation, and Karolina Darcsi, college professor, KMKSZ political-communication secretary. The book’s chapters were presented by Dr. Andrea Bocskor, Member of the European Parliament, Ildikó Orosz and Natália Váradi. Andrea Bocskor spoke about the circumstances of the book’s creation, Váradi Natália presented the chapters covering the years from 1944 to 1991, while Ildikó Orosz shared personal family examples that allowed the audience to better experience the everyday life of 20th-century Transcarpathia. She also covered the chapters from 1991 to 2022.

In addition to all this, our college offered a full-day film screening related to Transcarpathia. As the films of the day, the audience had the opportunity to watch “21TV Ungvár: Sentenced to life” – a documentary about KMKSZ and “21TV Ungvár: The oak tree” – a documentary about the birth of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education. The films were directed by Mihály K. Debreceni.

Anita Kurmay