Festival of Nations 2010

Festival of Nations 2010

Minnesota’s largest ethnic celebration, the events of the Festival of Nations took place at the River Center in St. Paul between April 29 and May 2. It was the 78th Anniversary of this exciting carnival, organized by the International Institute of Minnesota. Taking pride in the richness of diverse cultures in our community the participating nationalities with 90 ethnic groups presented their delectable foods, brilliant folk dancing, fascinating cultural exhibits, folk art demonstrations and an international shopping bazaar.

The Hungarians (Minnesota Hungarians) have been participating in the Festival of Nations from the beginning. Our current chair coordinating contact with the FON is Dr. Tibor Gallo.  We present:

  • the Hungarian Café/Kitchen (Chair Rozy Nemeth)
  • the Cultural Exhibit,Chair Agnes Fulop)
  • the Vidéki Dancers (group leader Dennis Fritz) performed among other dance groups
  • the Hungarian Chess Master, Laszlo Ficsor played with visitors as a folk art demonstrator

The menu of the Hungarian Café attracted many visitors with the Stewed Beef over Dumplings, Hungarian Goulash soup, Sautéed Mushrooms w/paprika over Dumplings as a vegetarian dish, pickles. For dessert they offered Dobos Tort, Chocolate Cream Tort (Rigó Jancsi), also Coffee and Milk. The Vidéki Dancers performed on the Atrium Stage and the Main Stage with their singers aside. To maintain fun and festive atmosphere the Festival Organizers of the International Institute decided on the theme for all cultural exhibits: Folklore, Legends, and Heroes.

They intention were - “to give the opportunity to develop an appreciation, rather then just a tolerance of the culture of others as we build for the future together.“ Preparing the Hungarian Cultural Exhibit - following the given theme - Agnes and Laszlo Fulop drew a series of pictures illustrating Sándor Petôfi’s poem/story : János Vitéz, (John the Valiant). The main folk figure, János (John) became a hero in the fairy tale. The Fulops assembled and exhibited an additional poster about Sandor Petofi, a brilliant Hungarian poet, who in his times became real hero: in his writings he inspired Hungarians for the desire of freedom and human equality. He himself fought and died for his ideas in the revolutionary war and Freedom Fight of 1848-49.
 

Photo:Kathy and Tibor Gallo, Agnes and Laszlo Fulop

 

This year the Hungarian Exhibit won  the “Festival of Nations Award of  Excellence - Cultural Exhibits”
 
Congratulations to Agnes and Laszlo Fulop for their work drawing,  designing and assembling the exhibit and to Tibor Gallo for helping to   set up the exhibit; to Rozy Nemeth for managing the Café, its  successful menu and deliciously prepared food; to the Vidéki Dancers  led by Dennis Fritz and singers for their stage presentation and to  Laszlo Ficsor for  combining teaching with outstanding entertainment as  Chess Master.  Special thanks to all participants who worked in the  Café/Kitchen  cooking and serving the visitors. We thanks every  attendant, who see in  the Hungarian Exhibit booth talking to the  visitors, giving out  information about the exhibit, answering  questions, and get the visitors interested in the Hungarian culture.  
 
The Minnesota Hungarians’ Leadership expresses appreciation to the  International Institute for providing opportunities for ethnic  minorities to partake in these worthy events sharing culture, folklore  with others.    
 
Minnesota Hungarians May 2010

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"Dear Tibor, Kathy, Marika, Demetri, Zsolti, Mari, Carla, Gabor, Katika, Attila, Amy, Ibolya, Béla, Ákos, Anna, Éva, Simon, Barbara, Katie and  George,
Thank you for your continued support for attending the Hungarian cultural exhibit during the four day programs of the Festival of Nations. It was a successful event and your personal contribution in communicating with  the visitors enhanced our overall presence. I want you to know, this year the Hungarian Exhibit received one of the "Festival of Nations Award of  Excellence for Cultural Exhibits" reward. I hope you all had a good time and memorable moments at the Festival. Special thanks to Tibor who was  very efficient and inventive in helping us to set up our exhibit and with Kathy helping to take it down at the end.
 
Thank you again for your participation and help. Agnes and Laszlo"

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"Agnes - I also would like to thank you and Laci for the beautiful  display -- It was a pleasure to tell visitors about Petofi Sandor and  the story boards you made were so beautifully done.  Many parents were  reading the story to their children - I even read the boards to some  children and adults.  The entire display was so simple and elegant.   Your work on this year's display will be remembered by many. 
Thank you!
Amy Konkoly and family"