Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Hungarian culture, the Hungarian Cultural Center organizes and supports a wide spectrum of events that celebrate Hungary's past, present and future. HCC's ultimate goal is to bring attention to the great achievements in Hungarian art and culture while encouraging collaborations between Hungarians and New Yorkers.
The Hungarian Cultural Center was founded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture in 2001 as part of Hungary's mission to promote cultural diplomacy abroad. The center operates out of its offices on 52nd Street, in the building of the Consulate General of Hungary. Programs are organized with partners in academia and culture, including both venerable and cutting edge New York and other US institutions, as well as the organizations of Hungarian Americans. We emphasize the importance of appearing in multiple spaces and with multiple profiles, trying to do justice to the complex and fascinating mix that is Hungarian culture.
Gergely Romsics, director of the Hungarian Cultural Center and Advisor for Academic Affairs. Prior to accepting this position at the Center, Gergely was assistant professor in International Relations at Eotvos Lorand University and senior research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. He has considerable experience in promoting international cooperation in research and education, and oversees the Academic activities of the Center.
Zita Vadász, Program curator and Press Officer. Zita holds an MA in Political Science from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She has worked with a policy think tank and polling institute in Budapest, before joining Balassi Institute in 2010. There she acted as liaison officer for Hungarian cultural centers abroad and worked on programs ranging from photo exhibitions to fashion shows in Hungary and neighbouring countries. Since November 2011, she has been overseeing cultural events and programming at the Center. For press and professional inquiries, please contact Zita at
Szandra Nagy, Office manager. Before joining Balassi Institue in 2014, Szandra worked for the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice as protocol officer and event manager. She has completed a BA program in International Administration at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary. Questions related to events, tickets and attending, as well as general content inquiries, please contact Szandra at
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