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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.

Mission
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.

History
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.


Associates




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Sára Zalányi, Junior Program Manager. Sára got her BA in Humanities after her studies in Hungary and Italy, which were followed by a Masters in International Relations. As a choir singer, designer and an avid supporter of classical music, culture has always played a special role in her life. Before joining the ranks of the Center, she was working as an International Coordinator at Balassi HQ in Budapest and as a Desk Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Please contact Sára at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









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 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.










profil VMMáté Vincze, Director, Cultural Counselor. Having spent over a decade working and traveling across cultures, as a road tripper in all but five of the 50 US States, an alumnus of Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a co-founder of the Hungarian birthright program, ReConnect Hungary, Máté is a bridge-builder. His aim as the head of the Hungarian Cultural Center is to bring together creative talents from Hungary and the United States of America to help them cooperate and produce inspirational works together. With his team and a similar-minded network of advisers, Máté wants to make sure New Yorkers are treated to nothing but the very best of stimulating, mind-blowing Hungarian art.

As a blogger and PR specialist, Máté is passionate about the written word as well as visual arts. As a project manager, he loves to see numbers come together like the rhythm of good music. As a translator for several defining authors of 20th-century history and political sociology, Máté is thrilled by the depths and determination of human nature. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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