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Balassi Institute

Balassi Institute is a network of cultural matchmakers, Hungarian centers of culture in 23 countries, and all seeking to link up artists, academics, arts and culture professionals and audiences in processes of exchange and bridgebuilding between societies. It is an agency overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but enjoying substantial autonomy to promote Hungarian and Central European culture, often through collaborative efforts - a principle especially relevant in a scene as saturated with great productions as New York City and the United States. As the only US representation of the Balassi network, the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York attempts to present the multicultural past and present of Hungarian arts and society to American audiences while also inviting professionals and artists from the United States to engage with their Hungarian counterparts back home. The more Center succeeds in fostering Transatlantic cultural dialogues, the more it is fulfilling its principal role.

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.


BBBálint Bűcs, Director. Balint leads the Institute since March 2020. As an experienced leader in the fields of international program management and corporate diplomacy he worked and studied in five different countries before starting his assignment in the USA. He is contemporary literature and visual arts enthusiast, who also collects books and paintings. His primary goal is to bring the finest Hungarian cultural performances to the New York audience while covering a wide spectrum of artistic fields.

SZMMárton Szegedi, Senior Program Manager. Being with the Institute since March 2017, Márton has a graduate degree in Sociology and during his academic time, he specialized in the study of culture with a particular focus of interest on music. Prior to beginning his assignment at the Center, he was a Cultural Consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, providing backline support for Hungarian diplomatic missions and cultural institutions with their cultural programming.


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