Last Thursday, Magyar Cymru was a topic of discussion at Budapest Metropolitan University, as BA Public Diplomacy students heard from Founder Balint Brunner about the success of the initiative - and about the peculiarities of its unique no-budget, 'grassroots' approach to cultural diplomacy.
Balint Brunner said: "I'm honoured to have been invited to speak at Budapest Metropolitan University and reflect on how Magyar Cymru's creative activations have resulted in hundreds of pieces of media coverage in both countries so far - and piqued the interest of embassies, local authorities and high-profile cultural organisations.
Following the success of the inaugural Wales Week Hungary programme, Magyar Cymru's newest campaign - celebrating Cornwall's St Piran's Day - has attracted widespread attention in the lesser-known Celtic nation, with Cornish-language television and several local news outlets reporting on the initiative.
At the centre of the campaign was a heartfelt video message, recorded in Hungarian and Cornish with the help of Celtic culture enthusiasts from Hungarian online community ‘Keltaklub’. The video featured several lines in the Cornish language – a nod to Cornwall’s distinct identity and rich cultural heritage, which are of particular interest to Kernow fans in the Central European country.
"Gwnewch y pethau bychain." "Do the little things." St David's final words to his followers have become a well-known maxim across Wales. And as we prepare to celebrate St David's Day from the comfort of our own homes, it's more important than ever to cherish the little things we do to show others we care!
Magyar Cymru is proud to have launched its inaugural Wales Week Hungary this week - a virtual celebration of everything Welsh.
Between 22nd February and 7th March 2021, we'll be sharing small acts of love and kindness from Hungarian individuals and organisations who are celebrating Wales' national day with us.
In a bid to strengthen their cultural ties with Hungary, the Mayor of Montgomery in Mid-Wales has sent his seasonal greetings, and a copy of the seminal ‘Story of Montgomery’ book authored by Ann and John Welton, to Kunágota in southeast Hungary - branded Hungary's "Welshest" village.
Montgomery Mayor Haydn Andrew's letter to Kunágota Mayor Zoltán Pápai comes shortly after the Hungarian village published a short video, in which members of the local council wished a merry Christmas to their Welsh friends in Welsh, English and Hungarian.
The first ever virtual Welsh-Hungarian Christmas Concert, hosted via Magyar Cymru, has been well-received by Hungarian and Welsh music lovers alike, clocking up hundreds of views throughout the Christmas period.
The virtual concert featured a range of musical performances from across Wales and Hungary, including Hungarian singers performing Welsh-language hymns, Welsh kid violinists playing Hungarian Christmas carols, and more.