The National Assembly of Hungarians has begun

The National Assembly of Hungarians (MOGY) is being held for the ninth time between 11-13 August 2023 at the Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park, organized by the National Defence Free University Foundation. The aim of the event is to strengthen the resilience of Hungarians in times of crisis and to showcase the diversity of Hungarian culture.

The official opening of the event took place on August 11th. The attendees were greeted by Ferenc Vukics, the founder of the National Defense Free University Foundation, and the board members, Henrik Németh and István Andrási.

Following the greetings, the participants were able to attend presentations that matched their interests. The Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education and the units founded by the institution were also presented at the event. Ildikó Orosz, the president of our college, introduced the unknown Transcarpathia from our perspective. In her speech, she recounted the history of Transcarpathia detached as a result of the Treaty of Trianon.

Krisztina Molnár, from the NGO Pro Cultura Subcarpathica, presented the work of the organisation. Natália Váradi, the office director of the “GENIUS” Charity Foundation, spoke about the Foundation’s programmes and talent management in Transcarpathia. Andzselika Kepics, the director of the Tulipán Tanoda Hungarian School of Folk Music and Folk Art, presented their activities. Vanessza Birtók, from the “Rákóczi-tour” Tourist Information Center, introduced the Rákóczi College and the activities of the tourist center to the participants. János Balogh, the director of the Ede Egán Vocational Training Center of the Rákóczi College, introduced the Nagydobrony Vocational Training Center. Andrea Jakab, the acting director of the P. Frangepán Katalin Grammar, discussed the operation of the grammar school and the Transcarpathian Hungarian Lyceum.

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Following this, Barnabás Kész, lecturer at our college’s Department of History and Social Sciences, guided the participants into the world of Transcarpathian ethnography and traditional costumes.

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In addition to all this, our college welcomed the interested participants with a full-day film screening related to Transcarpathia. As the film of the day, they had the opportunity to watch the movie “Satan’s bastard” based on the work of Zoltán Mihály Nagy, followed by a meet-and-greet with Tarpai Viktória, recipient of the Jászai Mari Award and the leading actress of the film, from the Transcarpathian Regional Hungarian Drama Theatre. The conversation was moderated by Natália Váradi.

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Anita Kurmay