Kossuth Radio’s new 200-part radio series, “I Believe in a Home” (“Hiszek egy hazában”), will focus on Hungary’s cross-border heritage, millennial values of Hungarian culture, and the intellectual and material creations of Hungarians living abroad.
Monday, Zsolt V. Németh, Secretary of State for Environment, Agrarian Development and Hungaricums (Hungary’s unique and extraordinary products, assets, animals, art, etc.), noted at a press conference that the Hungarian parliament had declared 2020 to be the Year of National Unity, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Trianon peace treaty.
“This year, we are addressing the unresolved economic and psychological problems caused by the dictates of the peace treaty, but even more the aim is to build on the faith of Hungarians living abroad,” Németh stated, emphasizing that Parliament did not proclaim 2020 to be a year of mourning.
The new radio program expresses the values and traditions of the Hungarians in those attached nations lost back in 1920. That is, how did lands that now lie outside of Hungary – Transcarpathia, Transylvania, Hungarian Croatia, and areas such as Muravid (Croatia), Vojvodina (autonomous province now in Serbia) and the Highlands (Slovakia) – enrich and create a universal Hungarian culture. The secretary further stated that when speaking of Trianon, despite the boundaries imposed, nothing could ever take away from Hungarians their memories of Hunyadi or Rákóczi, nor the works of János Arany, Endre Ady or Béla Bartók.
The new series, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungaricum Committee, draws on works from these formerly Hungarian regions to show how they enriched the “motherland.” These will include Transylvania architect, writer and illustrator Károly Kós, sculptor György Zala from Alsólendva (Slovenia), Hungarian tambourine music in Vojvodina, the Rongyos Gárda paramilitary group of the Őrvidék (Burgenland, Austria), student traditions in Selmec (Slovakia) and small-scale fishing in Drávaszög (now split between Hungary and Croatia).
The program will also feature recent ethnic Hungarian interests/developments, such as the Tusványos camp in Transylvania; the Szentegyháza Children’s Philharmonic, also from Transylvania; and the Dunajská Streda football stadium in Slovakia.
The contemporary song “Nélküled” (“Without You”) by Ismerős Arcok (Familiar faces) inspired the title song for the new Kossuth series. At the press conference, the first compilation of the series was presented – the story and work of the Szentegyháza Children’s Philharmonic.