Hungary seeks closer cooperation with Ukraine (PHOTO)
In particular, in the fields of culture and charity
The charity tour of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble entitled "Transcarpathia call me - on both sides of the pass" in Western Ukraine will begin in late May. This was announced by the organizers and artists to journalists from Transcarpathia and Lviv region during the visit to Budapest - on the initiative of the Consulate General of Hungary in the city of Uzhgorod and the Consulates of Hungary in Beregovo.
The tour will consist of two parts. On May 25, the premiere will take place in Transcarpathian Regional State Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater, then the Hungarian Ensemble will travel to Kyiv, Lviv, Skolye, Beregovo. The second part of the tour starts in early June and will cover Beregovo, Tyachiv, Rakhiv, Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk.
In addition to the main goal of the tour - to strengthen good neighborly relations with Ukrainian - the ensemble intends to support participants of the ATO. "The Hungarian government has allocated HUF 40 million for this campaign and all proceeds from our concerts will be given to charity - the Secretary of State for Culture of the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary Peter Hoppal says - From Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv to concert halls in small towns - everywhere we go, we will try to show that Hungary is in solidarity with the Ukrainian people."
Hungary systematically provides financial and health rehabilitation assistance to Ukrainian soldiers, as well as IDPs and citizens who suffer from financial problems caused by the depreciation of the national currency.
Menawhile, Hungary also suffered considerable losses due to the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. "The situation that has developed is unprofitable and unpleasant for Hungary. Geographically we are a kind of corridor between East and West, South and North, but we would rather be such mediator in peacetime, and see Ukraine an indivisible and prosperous European state - the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Csaba Balogh said - Believe me, we would rather have a neighbor, who buys our goods and sends us tourists than border with a financially and socially ruined country. So we really hope for the restoration of peace and cooperation."
Ukrainians in Hungary also take an active part in supporting their fellows, in particular, with the promotion of the Head of the State Self-Government of Ukrainians in Hungary Yuriy Kravchenko and the deputy of the Hungarian Parliament from the Ukrainian community Yaroslava Khortyani.
Also, the State Self-Government of Ukrainians in Hungary holds cultural events to important anniversaries, organizes numerous clubs and Sunday schools for children and young people, publishes its own informational and educational magazine and maintains a bilingual website where anyone can find objective information on Ukraine.
Hungary, of course, is rife with its own tourist attractions. Many of them are concentrated in the capital crowded with tourists all year round.
One of the most luxurious ones is the building of Hungarian Parliament, the construction of which lasted from 1885 to 1904. It is the largest architectural structure in the state, which has 691 rooms and 10 yards. The building was designed by famous Hungarian architect, master of neogothic Imre Steindl. Now it is not only the functional seat of the Parliament, but also a real mecca for tourists and the central panoramic object visible from many viewing platforms in Budapest.
The is also city famous for its sacral architecture. For example, Budapest Great Synagogue - the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The sanctuary was built in 1859, can accommodate more than 3000 people.
The Hungarian capital has a rich museum life, presenting visitors a unique artistic and educational exhibitions. One of them is the House of Terror with a large and extremely graphic exhibition that recounts the history of Hungary under the influence of two criminal regimes of the twentieth century.
The museum is a complete and truthful testimony of uncomfortable but necessary truth that must never happen again.
Visiting Hungary, Ukrainians once again can see that Europe is close not only geographically, but also spiritually, culturally, our aspirations are similar and values are- common, so we have to preserve and increase them together.
Of course, in terms of the standard of living, Hungary is far ahead. But there is hope that Ukraine can make up for lost time, confirming its European choice: not only in a military confrontation, but in everyday decisions and concrete actions of every citizen.