Confucius Institute - Budapest, Hungary
Yearbook - 2007
ECI Lunar New Year
February 23, 2007.
The program comprised of a Chinese Culture Day (photo exhibition, calligraphy and paper-cut workshop, lectures, tea culture presentation, Chinese movie, etc.), and an evening cultural show held with the participation of Chinese and Hungarian artists.
The programs were enjoyed by an audience of about 400 people. The event was visited by Liang Caide, chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of China to Hungary, the chair and seven members of the Sino-Hungarian Friendship Society of the Hungarian Parliament, Ferenc Hudecz, president of ELTE, managers of Chinese companies operating in Hungary, leaders of local Chinese associations, etc. The high point of the program was the evening cultural gala, featuring interesting and valuable artistic performances. The show was warmly welcomed by the audience, and contributed to a better knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture. The event was widely covered by the Hungarian Danube Television, the Phoenix Television, and local Chinese media.
"The East Asian »Mediterranean« c. 1400–1800." - international two-day workshop
March 5-6, 2007.
On 5–6 March, 2007 an international two-day workshop was held in ECI under the title “The East Asian »Mediterranean« c. 1400–1800.”
The lectures were presented by scholars of the University of Munich, Germany. About 30 local students majoring in Chinese were present at the conference. The papers dealt with the trade, immigration, and cultural relations between China, Japan, Ryukyu during the 15th through the 18th century, and reflected the newest scientific results of the researchers.
Solo Concert of Wang Meiyu
March 13, 2007.
On 13 March, 2007 the well-known singer and visiting researcher Wang Meiyu had a successful solo concert in the Concert Hall of the University of Debrecen, in the East Hungarian town of Debrecen. The concert was sponsored by ECI, the Embassy of China to Hungary, the Faculty of Music of the University of Debrecen, as well as local Chinese newspapers Xindaobao and Ouya Xinwenbao. Wang Meiyu is a singer and music researcher of the Yi nationality from Yunnan, at present she is a visiting scholar in Hungary.
This event was her first solo performance in Hungary, and also the first Chinese solo show ever taken place at the University of Debrecen. An extensive coverage on the event was given by the Debrecen Television, other local media, and the Network of Chinese Studying Abroad.4. On 2 May, 2007 Ann Heirmann, a visiting professor from Belgium gave a lecture on Chinese Buddhist Vinaya to about 30 students majoring in Chinese.
Lecture of a Belgian visiting professor, Dr. Ann Heirmann
May 2, 2007.
On 2 May, 2007 Dr. Ann Heirmann, a well-known expert on Chinese Buddhism and a visiting professor from the University of Ghent, Belgium gave a successful lecture on the vinaya (monks’ regulations) in Chinese Buddhism at ECI. Her lecture reflected the newest researches on the field. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion on the institutions of Chinese Buddhism, involving Hungarian students and experts of the field.
Participation in the Symbiosis Cultural Anthropology Days 2007
May 11-12, 2007.
On 11–12 May, 2007 ECI has actively taken part in a program called “Symbiosis Cultural Anthropology Days 2007”, held in the Center for Contemporary Architecture in Budapest.
During the two days of the event, ECI provided Chinese calligraphy, painting and paper-cut presentations, teaching basic techniques to all those interested in Chinese arts. In a program called “Living Library”, a student of ELTE majoring in Chinese answered questions raised by the audience on China and Chinese people. A number of Hungarian media reported on the event.
May 27, 2007.
On 27 May, 2007 ECI participated in the largest program series held on the occasion of Childrens’ Day in Hungary. ECI had its own large tent in the City Park of Budapest, offering Chinese cultural and other programs (calligraphy, paper-cut, mahjong, chopstick-using, painting, wushu, pingpong, trying on Chinese traditional dress, etc.) from morning to evening.
The City Park on that day was visited by tens of thousands of children and parents, and our tent was also full of people for the whole day. Pupils from the Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Elementary School sang Chinese songs to a wide audience. Volunteering students of ELTE majoring in Chinese gave a great help in managing the programs. The chairman of the foundation organizing Childrens’ Day personally visited the tent of ECI twice, and even asked to have his daughter’s name written down in Chinese. After the event the staff of ECI reported that a thousand pairs of chopsticks had been used, and 10 kilograms of peanuts had been eaten with them by the visitors, proving the high popularity of our tent. The event appeared in Hungarian and Chinese media many times. New China Agency has published an article with photos on its web page entitled “Chinese traditions at the Children’s Day”, and this material was taken by many other press organs, boosting the reputation of ECI.
Chinese Bridge Competition
June 4, 2007.
On 4 June, 2007 ECI organized the 3rd Chinese Bridge Competition for Hungarian University Students Studying Chinese. The event also served as a qualifier for the 6th World Chinese Bridge Competition held in China.
The event was attended by Zhang Chunxiang, ambassador of China to Hungary, Liang Caide, political counselor, Liu Wenqing, cultural counselor, and Gábor Nagy, vice director of the Department of International Affairs of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture. The competition consisted of three rounds: in the first round, students from ELTE and the Budapest College of Foreign Trade delivered a speech in Chinese; in the second one, they answered questions on China; and in the third round they presented an artistic performance. The winner of the competition was Csaba Nahoczky, who presented an excellent performance, and represented Hungary in the finals held in China during the summer.
Participation in the "Night of Museums"
June 23, 2007.
On 23 June, 2007 the 5th “Night of Museums” program was organized in the museums of Hungary. ECI was a co-organizer of the programs in the János Xántus Museum of the city of Győr in Western Hungary.
At this program, opened by Zhang Chunxiang, ambassador of China, and visited by Liang Caide, political counselor of the Chinese embassy, the major of Győr, Zsolt Borkay and the director of the museum ECI provided calligraphy, paper-cut and painting workshop, lectures, wushu performance, and a one-hour Chinese music show with Chinese singers and musicians. Wang Yuefei, an associate professor of Zhejiang University performed a tea ceremony and gave a lecture on traditional Chinese tea culture to the special guests of the night. The programs were very successful, and ECI succeeded to bring Chinese culture closer to the citizens of Győr.
Chinese tea ceremony at a press conference
October 18. 2007.
On the morning of 18 October, 2007 Huawei Technologies, Hungary Ltd. and Vodafone Hungary held a news conference on the occasion of signing a contract on jointly developing 3G technology.
The event was held in the Kempinsky Hotel, Budapest. To the invitation of the organizers, ECI presented a Chinese tea ceremony to the participants. The participation of ECI has not only contributed to the propagation of ancient Chinese tea culture, but also to the increasing of the reputation of ECI.
The first HSK Exam in ECI
October 27, 2007.
November 5, 2007.
On 5 November, 2007 ECI held a book presentation ceremony for the volume entitled Modern Chinese Short Stories—Studies and Translations in Honor of Endre Galla’s 80th Birthday, with the participation of more than 200 people interested in Chinese culture.
The event took place in the Kodály Hall of ELTE, and was attended by Katalin Bogyay, state secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture, Ferenc Hudecz, president of ELTE, Klára Mészáros, president of the Chinese-Hungarian Friendship Association, Mrs. Gusztáv Lindner, principal of the Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Elementary School, Mao Shoufu, the wife of the famous sinologist Endre Galla, Chinese students studying in Hungary, and other people interested in China. The hall that can seat 150 people was completely full, those who were late could only stand or sit outside. The book was introduced to the audience by Ernő Kulcsár Szabó, a literary historian and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Actor László Gálffi, a winner of Kossuth Prize, the highest artistic award in Hungary, read selections from three short stories published in the volume. The content and humor of the stories won the deep appreciation of the audience. The closing event of the night was the performance of the Pro Musica Hungarica Choir of ELTE, consisting of 30 students. The last piece sung by them was a Hungarian version of Jasmine (Molihua).
Through the Bridge of Words—Chinese-Hungarian Book Exhibition
November 15, 2007.
As an event of the Hungarian Cultural Season in China, Through the Bridge of Words—Chinese-Hungarian Book Exhibition was designed and organized by ECI in the Chinese National Library in Beijing.
More than 200 people participated in the opening ceremony held on 15 November, 2007. The exhibition presented selection of a few hundred from the China-related books and translations published in Hungarian, and the Hungary-related publications that appeared in Chinese. This was the first such exhibition co-organized by the two countries, demonstrating the development of cultural relations. The opening ceremony was attended by István Hiller, Hungarian minister of education and culture, Katalin Bogyay, state secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture, Oscar winner Hungarian film director, István Szabó, and vice president of Hanban, Zhao Guocheng. The unique design, rich content and meticulous organization of the exhibition earned the appreciation of all of the visitors.
Sino–Hungarian Translators’ Conference
November 16, 2007.
On 16 November, 2007, a Sino–Hungarian Translators’ Conference was successfully held at the Beijing Foreign Studies University as another program of the Hungarian Cultural Season in China.
The conference was attended by 50 Chinese and Hungarian translators, scholars, and students. This was the first joint conference of Chinese and Hungarian translators who work with each other’s language. The translators exchanged ideas, presented the newest results of their research, and discussed the theoretical and practical problems of translation. ECI plans to publish the proceedings of the conference is a book.
Lecture by an American sinologist, Howard Y.E. Choy
November 21, 2007.
In the evening of 21 November, 2007 Howard Y.E. Choy, a professor at the Wittenberg University (US) presented a lecture on contemporary Chinese literature to 30 students and experts.
His main topic was the short novel “Bababa” by Han Shaogong, representing Chinese “root-seeking” literature. The lecture was followed by a lively debate in which not only students, but also Hungarian translators of contemporary Chinese writers exchanged ideas.
The Second Conference of Confucius Institutes, Beijing
December 11-12, 2007.
The Second Conference of Confucius Institutes was held in Beijing, 11-12th December, 2007. The worldwide number of Confucian Institutes has already exceeded two hundred; it was the representative rectors, directors and deputy directors of these institutes who participated in the conference.
The Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Confucian Institute (EKI) was established in December 2006, and it was Prof. Dr. Ferenc Hudecz rector, Dr. Imre Hamar director and Guo Xiaojing deputy director who represented the institute at the conference.
The opening ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People, in the presence of high-ranking Chinese state leaders, such as Chen Zhili, member of the State Council and Zhou Ji, Minister of Education. ELTE Confucius Institute, along with other nineteen institutes, was awarded the qualification ’Institute of Excellence’.
After the opening ceremony the participants viewed the exhibition introducing the work of the institutions. In the frame of the exhibition the unique installation of EKI designed by Szonja Buslig and György Szabó aroused special attention, even the Chinese leadership expressed a warm appreciation. As a result of the conference, the Central Board of Directors of the Confucius Institutes was founded, in which the Chinese ministries are represented with 12, overseas universities with 10, and Chinese universities with 5 delegates.
Prof. Dr. Ferenc Hudecz was elected a member of the Board of Directors. The fourth channel of Chinese Television dedicated a half-hour programme to the event: in the studio the directors of three institutes, including Dr. Imre Hamar, were interviewed about their experiences so far. The show also presented a selection of films recorded at EKI events.