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This is the original website of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation (CHEF). It is no longer active but has been archived on the site which CHEF started in 2007 as its special informational and educational project to showcase the diversity of the Hungarian experience in a culturally diverse Canada.

Hungarian Studies Association of Canada annual conference,
May 22-24 2009

The Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC) is holding its annual conference as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada at Carleton University, Ottawa, May 22-24. This year’s conference promises to be an interesting and diverse combination of papers, discussions and cultural events. In addition to papers by scholars and graduate students from Canada and Hungary based on the latest research in history, education, literature, fine arts and music, the conference includes a peek preview lecture about a painting by Giorgio Vasari which is coming from Hungary to the National Gallery as part of its major summer exhibition on 16th century Italian art about Rome. In addition, there will be a public event with Canadian writer Anna Porter. For the Program, click here.

For the original Call for Papers (sent out in October 2008) click here.

For information about the HSAC, click here.

Hungarian government scholarships for Canadian students

We would like to inform you about an opportunity for young Canadians to study Hungarian language and culture in Hungary.

The Education and Cultural Ministry of the Republic of Hungary, the Secretariat for Hungarians Abroad and the Balassi Institute invite applications for a 10 month Hungarian State scholarship during the 2009/2010 academic year. The scholarship is intended for individuals of Hungarian origin living outside of Hungary who wish to learn or improve their knowledge of Hungarian language and culture. Several scholarships will be offered to Canadian applicants. Read more...

Canada Hungary Educational Foundation’s 2008 AGM

The Canada Hungary Educational Foundation (CHEF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 1 December 2008 in Ottawa. President Judy Young-Drache, Vice-President Gábor Csepregi, directors Catherine Bélanger and Mark Curfoot-Mollington, as well as CHEF’s secretary, Christopher Adam, were all re-elected to serve an additional one-year term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The AGM served as an opportunity to discuss CHEF’s activities in 2008, which had proved to be a busy year for the Foundation. One of the highlights of the year was CHEF’s participation in the Governor General’s State Visit to Hungary. Read more...


Governor General's State Visit to Hungary and Central Europe

Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Honorary Patron of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation, has embarked on a State Visit to four countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Slovenia. She and a small delegation of Canadians have arrived in Hungary and start a busy program of official activities, meetings and discussions in Hungary on November 24th. Among the programs in Hungary will be the unveiling by her Excellency of a special monument in Budapest’s City Park in honour of Hungarian Canadians – and in recognition of their contributions to Canada. The Canada Hungary Educational Foundation is pleased to have been part of this important project and to have raised – together with the Rakoczi Foundation – the necessary funds for this Canadian-Hungarian monument. Judy Young Drache is in Budapest to participate in the unveiling at which the President of Hungary and a number of Canadians and Hungarians will also be present.

Here are some pictures of the event in Hungary. Also, those interested should visit the website of Her Excellency at where details of the visit can be found and where blogs and pictures will give information on an ongoing basis.

For the speech of the Governor General at the unveiling, click here.

You can read Judy Young’s comment on Her Excellency’s blog here.

The Governor General was interviewed by various media. Here is a selection of them:

- Duna TV's coverage;

- MTI's short report;

and three newspaper articles from the two major dailies:


Annual General Meeting of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation

CHEF Board of DirectorsThe Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation (CHEF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM), as well as a board meeting on December 14, 2007 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, in Gatineau, Québec. The AGM included the re-election of the foundation’s current board of directors, a diverse group composed of individuals from a range of professional backgrounds. Judy Young-Drache, the foundation’s president, worked for years at Multiculturalism Canada, while Gábor Csepregi, CHEF’s vice-president, heads the Dominican University College, in Ottawa. Catherine Bélanger and Mark Curfoot-Mollington, the foundation’s directors, both bring years of experience in public service to CHEF, while Christopher Adam, the organization’s secretary, is a PhD candidate in history, at the University of Ottawa.

The foundation’s main activities in 2007 were focused around the development of a website aimed at exploring the contributions of Hungarian Canadians to all aspects of culture and society in Canada. The site, which went live earlier this year at, will continue to be expanded and developed in 2008, with special emphasis placed on creating and presenting content in such a way as to attract students and younger audiences. CHEF will also be actively promoting the site at cultural events throughout the country, as part of an official launch.

Starting in 2008, CHEF will be looking at ways to facilitate educational and cultural exchanges between Canada and Hungary, as part of the foundation’s on-going effort to create and support programs that promote dialogue between the two countries. A number of possible educational programs are currently being considered and more information will be made available on our website early next year.

Hungarian/Magyar Language School

For Adults and High School Students being offered for the first time by the Ottawa Carleton Catholic Schoolboard

  1.  A Hungarian language course (grade 9 credit course for beginners) is being tentatively offered on Saturday mornings if there is sufficient registration enrolment.

  2.  In order to run the course, a minimum of 30 students is needed. (IF THERE IS NOT ENOUGH INTEREST, THIS COURSE WILL BE CANCELLED).

  3.  Registration will be held at St. Pius X High School (note new location) on 1481 Fisher Ave., south of Baseline on Sept. 5 between 6-8 pm (please mark your calendars).

  4.  Provided that there is sufficient registration (and that a qualified Ontario certified teacher can be found), classes will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15,  2007 (from 9-12:30) and continue until June 2008.

  5.  If you have any further questions about the course itself, please contact:  Shailja Verma Continuing and Community Education OCCSB tel: 613 224-2288 fax: 613 723-7510 E-Mail -

Tantramar art symposium in New Brunswick”

This annual art symposium is once again being organized by the Canadian Hungarian Artists Collective (CHAC) in August. Please see program and application information here: Application - Final Form Symposium-2007 and Information on Symposium_2007. CHAC organized a very successful exhibition in Montreal in March-April, 2006. For further information please look on their website at or contact Andrea Blanar at

New Lives - on Tour to Budapest

Commissioned by the National Arts Centre, this exhibition of fifty portraits by noted photographer V. Tony Hauser, presented together with the portrait sitters’ own words and memories, pays homage to these distinguished Hungarian-Canadians and their passion for Canada.

Commandé par le Centre national des Arts, cette exposition de cinquante portaits du célèbre photographe V. Tony hauser, assortis des propos et souvenirs de ses modèles, rend homage à ces distinguées Canadiens d’origine hongroise et à leurs passion pour le Canada.

This exhibit is now going to Budapest and will open on Feb 20th to March 4th at the Magyar Kultura Alapitvany (Hungarian Cultural Foundation’s gallery near to Buda Castle). The Canadian embassy is organizing a private reception on February 19th. Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC and a member of the advisory board of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation, will be present at the opening as will photographer, Tony Hauser.

If anyone wishes to see the portraits, you can visit the website at:

“New Lives/ Nouvelles vies”

The National Arts Centre’s photo exhibit “New Lives/ Nouvelles vies” of 50 specially commissioned portraits by V. Tony Hauser has been touring the country and is opening on December 8th at Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum in Halifax together with “Hungarian Exodus”, a commemorative exhibit on the refugee movement to Canada after the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The latter was curated by Dr Susan Papp-Aykler of the Rakoczi Foundation. More information on both exhibits can be found on our Anniversary page. See invitation here…

The Hungarians and Montreal--a Shared Heritage

The Montreal Hungarian Historical Society's exhibit, entitled "The Hungarians and Montreal--a Shared Heritage," opened at City Hall on November 15, 2006, in the presence of Mayor Gérard Tremblay and city councillor, Marcel Tremblay. For the complete press release and pictures, please click here.

Hungarian Splendor

Masterpieces from the National Gallery in Budapest are being exhibited in the Art Gallery of Hamilton from October 19th 2006 to January 28th 2007.

NATO acknowledges the Anniversary

NATO released a Resolution on the "50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and fight for freedom" on 17 November 2006, Québec. Visit the site by clicking here.

The Corvina Consort from Hungary participates in Quebec Festival

CHEF provided a small travel grant to the Festival des musiques sacrees de Quebec to enable the Corvina Consort of three young musicians to come from Hungary and participate in this year’s festival which took place in early November in Quebec City.

Click on thumbnail on the right for a larger image. For another photo, click here.

To access the program: Brochure , Consort Flyer .

Detours of Technology: Insights into the Hungarian and Weimar German Oeuvres of László Moholy-Nagy - Public Symposium

Held on Saturday, October 28, this symposium presented new research on the Hungarian polymath artist. While the show emphasized Moholy-Nagy’s years in Hungary and on his first engagements in Germany, the symposium expanded its coverage to the period that follows, broaching a broad range of subjects concerning Moholy-Nagy’s career in Weimar-era Germany.

Dr. Oliver Botar, Associate Professor of Art History at University of Manitoba and a member of the Foundation's Advisory Board, gave the introduction.

Moholy Nagy Symposium Flyer

New Patron for the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation

The Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada has accepted the invitation to become Patron of the Foundation. The Foundation’s Board and advisors are most appreciative of this honour and recognition and hope to continue the educational work started during 2006.


September 29, 2006, National Gallery of Canada, Auditorium, 20:00 Canadian première and Gala fundraiser for the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation (CHEF) and Waterpolo Canada (WPC). Freedom’s Fury, directed by Ottawa-born Colin K. Gray and Megan Raney, is a feature length historical documentary on the 1956 Olympic semi-final water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union. Held in Australia, the match occurred just after Russian forces suppressed the Hungarian Revolution in Budapest. Narrated by Mark Spitz. Special guests are Ervin Zador of the 1956 Hungarian Olympic Water Polo team and Valeria Gyenge, Olympic champion and member of the 1956 Hungarian Olympic swim team. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and a reception. Event hosted by Carolyn Waldo. Contact CHEF at 613-567-5756 for tickets and information.

Invitation to the Gala Premiere of Freedom's Fury

Press Release - September 12 - Freedom's Fury

Freedom's Fury - Flyer Front

Freedom's Fury -Flyer Back

Rise Up 1956 Project - Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

The New Hungarian Voice and the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Alliance, Vancouver presents "RISE UP! THE 1956 PROJECT" - A showcase of three major events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution. The New Hungarian Voice and the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Alliance together are non-profit organizations whose purpose is dedicated to the promotion of Hungarian culture.

Click here for more information of upcoming events.

The Montreal Hungarian Historical Society is formed

The Montreal Hungarian Historical Society (MHHS) was formed at the beginning of June 2006 to create and coordinate a historical exhibit at the Montreal City Hall, entitled "Celebrating Montreal's Hungarians - A Reflection of our Community." The exhibit will open on November 15, 2006 and will last until November 24, 2006. The MHHS's president and curator is Christopher Adam, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Ottawa, and the members of the board include representatives from a large number of Hungarian associations in Montreal. These include Andrea Blanar, from the Canadian Hungarian Artists' Collective, Barbara Brzezinski from the Hungarian Saint Stephen's Ball, Maria Mailath of the Hungarian Chronicle (Magyar Kronika), Julia Ciamarra of the Hungarian School of Montreal and Viktoria Madarasz of the Hungarian - Canadian Engineers' Association (Montreal branch). The Magor Foundation, the Foyer Hongrois and the city's three Hungarian churches also have representatives on the board.  In addition to the exhibit, the MHHS has initiated three other related projects, namely the production of a film including interviews with elderly members of the Montreal Hungarian community,  collecting and organizing archival material related to the local community's history and development and publishing a book covering the community's history and the lives of well-known Hungarians in Montreal. The MHHS meets on a regular basis at the Foyer Hongrois (II. building, 1956 Room) and all are invited to attend. For more information, please contact MHHS by e-mail:

Foundation's Launch on Parliament Hill

The Foundation's launch on Parliament Hill, on April 26, 2006, was a success, with a number of federal agencies and departments represented. The event was organized by the Foundation, with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary. The guests included Dénes Tomaj, Ambassador of Hungary in Canada, Robert Hage, Ambassador of Canada in Hungary, Barbara Uteck, Secretary to the Governor General, Curtis Barlow, Deputy Secretary, Daniel Jean and Janet Siddall from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and many other guests. For more information on our event, you may read the Hungarian article, which in appeared in Magyar Krónika, the Hungarian biweekly printed in Montréal. Click here..

Exhibition of Hungarian Artists on Montreal's West Island (City of Pointe-Claire)
March 16, 2006

The Stewart Hall Art Gallery is pleased to present Reflections: Canada – Hungary, an exhibition of fourteen visual artists of Hungarian descent, all members of the Canadian-Hungarian Artists’ Collective.  Coinciding as it does with the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, the exhibition becomes a symbolic event that unites and honours all those who have chosen to make Canada their home.

As Canadian-Hungarian artist Andrea Blanar has written: 

Canada welcomed Hungarians who sought freedom of mind and body, a better world to live and create free of impediments, fear and persecution.  Canada provided a safe haven that allowed creative people the opportunity to maximize their assets.  The respect Canada has for the ethnic diversity of its people, permitted these artists to surge forward in their creative endeavours without negating their origins and cultural fabric. What is important to stress is that creators were not lost in adaptation and survival in this new country; that despite the economic struggles, so many were able to pursue their vocations. In some respects, this exhibition thanks Canada for providing conditions that would lead to the existence of so many visual artists who have  made important contributions  in the visual arts sector.

The Canadian-Hungarian artists represented in this multidisciplinary exhibition reflect the plurality and diversity of contemporary Canadian art – one that has been enriched by different ethnic heritages. Whether their cultural ties directly inform their work or offer an intriguing point of departure, the Canadian-Hungarian artists in this exhibition clearly acknowledge their collective heritage and, with us, celebrate achievements and commemorate the freedom of all Canadians.

The exhibition will travel to venues in Canada and Budapest (dates and venues to be confirmed). 

A catalogue for the exhibition will be published.

Vernissage: Sunday March 19th at 2 p.m.

CHEF encourages Canada Post to issue a commemorative Stamp for 1956.
March 12, 2006

CHEF has written to Canada Post to encourage them to issue a special stamp commemorating the arrival of Hungarian refugees in 1956/57. Canada Post is currently examining the possibility of issuing a commemorative stamp later this year.

Art Exhibit in Budapest - March 12, 2006

An art exhibit is being planned in Budapest in order to display the works of Hungarian artists living abroad. For more information, visit their website:

CHEF Submits Grant Application for Website Development Project
February 22, 2006

The Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation has submitted a grant application to Canadian Heritage for a website development project aimed at introducing the Hungarian experience in Canada to Canadian audiences. The project will make available on an engaging and interactive website (and using a variety of media) new primary archival material and creative works, specially gathered and created for the site. It will also gather and digitize such material from sources not publicly available, or dispersed in private collections. The website has an underlying educational intent and will specifically reach out to schools and universities to solicit participation in its development. The website’s content is aimed at all Canadians, not only those of Hungarian origin. Most of the content will deal with a story in which many Canadians played a part or are familiar with: specifically the arrival of the Hungarian refugees in 1957. But the content also presents artistic or cultural products and forms of expression of interest to a general public.

The website to be developed could be likened to a museum in which the visitor moves from room to room and display to display to experience the sights and sounds of the personal and human experience or expression, where stories can be told and images displayed in clusters of themes so the visitor can pick and choose which rooms to visit and which themes to explore in more detail.

Stay tuned for more information on our website development project!

CHEF Held its First Board of Directors Meeting

The Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation (CHEF) held its first board of directors meeting on December 20, 2005 in Ottawa. Christopher Adam, Catherine Belanger, Mark Curfoot-Mollington, Barclay Easton, Tibor Egervari, Sasa Gyökér, Joseph Imre, Tina Legari, George Pandi and Judy Young-Drache were present at the meeting. It was decided that several committees would be created to help coordinate the various aspects of the 1956 anniversary year, as well as the Foundation's other activities. The board also decided that CHEF will assume an active role in initiating various projects related to the anniversary of 1956, as well as assisting in those events organized by other in institutions.

Become a supporter of the Foundation. We welcome your ideas, suggestions, information and any help or cooperation you can offer. If you can make a financial contribution, we will issue a charitable receipt and acknowledge the donation in a mutually agreeable and appropriate fashion. To make a donation or to get in touch, please contact us.

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