On the occasion of the Day of Hungarian Culture 2023, the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania awarded the Contemporary Hungarian Culture Awards in Transylvania for the eleventh time.
Éva Imre was honoured in the category of performing arts, while András Visky was awarded in the category dedicated to literature.
The winners will be presented with their awards at the Cluj-Napoca Book Week.
Our heartfelt congratulations to the award recipients!
Éva Imre, actress. So many hues and voices she has: how self-evidently effortless, mind-blowingly attractive, contemporary and personal, ethereally unattainable and terrifyingly, powerfully solid she can be! Imagine the strength, the experimentation, the dead ends, the searches, the daily work, the body and soul in continuous training. Thus, we can create a list of roles where the leading and supporting roles can coexist perfectly. Her elementary artistic creations of Rebekka West, Lulu, the femme fatale of a bygone world, the dewy Varya, the androgynous Mercutio, the object of male fantasy Jessica, are all classic dramatic figures. Her contemporary stage personas are equally powerful: the devil-angelically willful child infanta Margaret, the familiar everyday Hilda, the reclusive pianist-genius Barbarian B. Rather than reviewing her outstanding female performances, I will highlight her portrayal of a male role, primarily because it is currently on the theatre's current programme and demonstrates her amazing powers of transformation.
(Excerpt from the laudatio written by Katalin Ágnes Bartha)
András Visky is a writer, playwright and dramaturg poet. András Visky's novel (Resettlement) is powerful in the most tender sense of the word, a novel we have been waiting for since The Story of a Stuttering, not only because behind its lines there is a faint glimmer of "irrational hope", as Imre József Balázs puts it, but also because it does not laugh at me when I try to believe... ; I don't know of any contemporary Transylvanian novel that has reached so many readers in such a short time span of the last few years, I refrain from calling it a sensation because I feel that the word would be about a different type of book, it's not enough, but you tell me what to call a book we have all heard about in Transylvania and Hungary, in Vojvodina and Slovakia, which, despite its solid historical references to Romania, is read differently and yet similarly everywhere, which speaks of the most terrible events in Transylvanian history without leaving us alone in the dark.
(Excerpt from the laudatio written by Dóra Mărcuțiu-Rácz)