Hungarian Cultural Centre “Népkör” – Serbia
Subotica is a modern town with a population about 150000 with great transport connections with Europe and other countries in the world. Thanks to its geographical location and hard-working and open-minded citizens it has become one of the most important administrative, industrial, commercial, transport and cultural centers in the region. The Hungarian Cultural Centre “Népkör” – Serbia in the oldest continuously operating cultural organization in Vojvodina. It was founded on 15th October in 1871. Depending on the political situation its operation has had its more and less successful periods. Today the organization has about 500 registered members in the following groups: folk art groups, folk dance groups, art school, art workshop, handicraft groups, drama club for children and young people. The Népkör has been organizing festivals, lectures, performances, concerts, literary performances, quizzes, competitions, professional meetings and other cultural programmes on a local and also on international level.
Hungarian Cultural Association “Népkör” – Croatia
The Hungarian Cultural Association “Népkör” – Croatia was formed in 1949 with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of the Hungarian minorities in the region. It organises about 20-25 events annually such as: „Magyarság napja Eszék” (Hungarian Days in Eszék, for the 17th time), Christian Days in Rétfalu (for the 16th time). The sections of the association include: mixed choir (30 years old), Hungarian creative workshop for children (9 years old), Hungarian language courses for adults, drama and literary section. It has 295 registered members of which about 50 is actively taking part in the work of the association. The Hungarian Cultural Association “Népkör” – Croatia has a good cooperation with numerous Croatian organizations, the Hungarian Cultural Centre „Népkör”, with Pécs and the 13th district of Budapest. Since its foundation it has always stood by the Hungarian culture and minority and feels its duty is to participate in programmes that encourage mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as the future of a common Europe.
Association “Szórvány” (Románia)
The Association „Szórvány” from Temesvár was founded in 1993 by university professors, teachers, researchers, journalists with the aim of protecting and strengthening the self-knowledge and self-esteem of the Hungarians living in the region Bánság on a moral, professional and social ground, and also to highlight on the importance of the Hungarian community in the modernization of the region, help the mutual understanding and coexistence of different nationalities for achieving a harmonical cooperation. Its aim is to explore and present the values of the historical region Bánság, connecting the shared traditions to the European processes of regionalization. The association finds it important to build and maintain cooperation with local and international partners building on the region’s traditions towards a common Europe.
Municipality of Kiskunhalas (Hungary)
The town of Kiskunhalas has good relations with its sister cities: Kanizsa from Serbia, Kronach from Germany, Nowy Sacz from Poland, Sepsiszentgyörgy from Romania, Subotica from Serbia and Aizkraule from Latvia. This contributes to a mutual understanding of the nations of Europe and the idea of a common Europe. The town organizes and takes part in many programmes and thanks to this the citizens of these cities can get to know each other, contribute to the successes of the European Union and build a common European identity. These programmes inculde exchange programmes for adults and children, and espeacially young people in the fields of culture, music, dance and sports. This cooperation is a good example for presenting the diversity of Europe. The town of Kiskunhalas is proud to have won prizes in partneship from the EU three times already.
Social Organization ECCLESIA (Slovakia)
The Ecclesia Social Organization has operated since 2008 with the aim to do humanitarian work, organize training courses and promote the idea of volunteering. The members of the organization are deacons, marketing managers, project managers, volunteers working at church and civilians. Joining the EU has given opportunity for municipalities and NGO’s for development, but these opportunities have not been fully exploited due to the lack of information and knowledge. The aim of Ecclesia is to help the municipalities and NGO’s by realizing projects. This year the organization has been the initiator of numerous campaigns and charitable activities in Slovakia and in Europe, and thanks to this it has wide relations all around Europe and the Balkan.
Hungarian Scout Group Árpád Nr.80 (Austria)
Scouting is not only entertaining, but educational too. The aim of scouting is to develop a healthy physical and menthal lifestyle and Hungarian identity. The scouts are educated invisibly, through games. Real-life values are taught to scouts, such as honesty, punctuality, politeness, generosity, reliability, persevereness and forgiveness. The scout group from Linz is also organized around these values. In the past decades a lot of children and young people grew up according to these values. The scout group organises a lot of events, camps, programmes for children and trainings all year for three age groups.
Organization Gravitas (Serbia)
The Organization Gravitas is an NGO founded by well-trained young professionals with the aim of promoting democratic engagement and reducing social differences, helping the minorities in advocacy on local and regional levels. The Gravitas has gained experience in realizing EU projects, organising events and activating the community.