The Pro Minoritate Foundation has a wide range of activities. It organises summer universities, conferences, festivals and publishes the "Pro Minoritate" quarterly as well as books analysing the current issues of minority rights, European integration and regional cooperation.
In cooperation with the Osiris Publishing Company we publish a series of books. Each book in the Pro Minoritate-Osiris series is addressing the problems of minority politics or of cultural survival of minorities in today's Europe. We have published so far seven books in this series. In 2001 there will be two more volumes, one by Károly Grúber (European identities: region, nation, integration) and one by Béla Csorba.
The first issue of the Pro Minoritate scientific
quarterly was published in the summer of 1992, during the second summer university
in Bálványos. The journal has a new chief editor and a new editorial board as
well a new format since 1999. It is published four times a year.
In the quaterly, we regularly inform the public about the political and cultural life of Hungarians living outside of Hungary. As well as the history and current issues regarding the neighbouring nations. Moreover, we strive to continuously provide a current analysis of our geographic region - Central and Eastern Europe and that of the wider Europe.
Our contributors are mainly Ph.D. students our young researchers from the region from various ethnic background. We try to publish as many different views from Central, South-East and Western Europe as possible in order to get a full picture and facilitate each others better understanding.
Outstanding events organised by the Foundation
Each Year the Foundation organises summer universities in Ukraine, Transylvania/Romania and Slovakia in order to facilitate and strengthen the relationship between the various ethnicities and nationalities in the Central European region by easing the tensions between them.
The goal of these organised events is to provide an open forum where Hungarians who live in minority situation could meet Hungarians from the kin-state and discuss the actual political, economical, cultural problems, and could find possible joint solutions and strategies to resolve these problems.
At all events there are lecturers from various ethnic backgrounds, so the problems could be analysed from the point of views of minorities and majorities in that particular country.
This fundamental approach provides an opportunity for various ethnicities living in the Carpathian basin for the mutual understanding of each others standpoints.
In the framework of our events, we pay special attention to provide cultural entertainment after the political and scientific discussions by involving local orchestras, bands, folk dancers and theatres in our programmes.
Next year, we are planning to organize the 10th Kárpátalja/Transcarpathia
summer university in Ukraine (from 3 to 7 July).
The 13th summer university and student camp in Bálványos/Transylvania (22-28 July) and then 5th summer university in Slovakia (14-18 August) will be also organised next year.
It is going to be the sixth occasion that by the help of our foundation the
Csángó Festival will take place. This time we
have asked prime minister, Viktor Orbán to be the chief patron of our event.
The principle goal of this event is to introduce the particularly rich and archaic
folk art and traditions of the Csángó ethnic group from Moldva and from Gyimes
to the international audience. With this festival, we would like to create an
opportunity for the Csángó Hungarians to introduce their customs, music and
dances. The remnants of this archaic culture clearly show the traces of medieval
and early modern Hungarian culture.
At the Csángó Festivals, following the stage productions, there is usually a dance workshop in which the audience can also participate. It is an excellent way of getting acquainted with Hungarian Csángó dances through the help of contemporary art and through traditional folk groups from Moldva and Gyimes
At these occasions, we consider it very important to get a glimpse of the old Csángó culture with the aid of contemporary arts. For this reason, there will also be an exhibition of photographers, textile manufactures exhibiting their works related to the Csángó World.
This event has been a great success so far. There are over 3000 participants each year, amongst them, the leading representatives of culture, commerce, politics of the region.
Within the Pro Minoritate Foundation, there is also the Moldvai Csángó Bizottság (Csángó Committee of Moldva), whose goal is the preservation of Csángó Hungarian culture and identity in Moldva through various projects and programmes.
In order to achieve the goal above, the committee is cooperating with the scientific, social and governmental institutions dealing with the Csángó cause in Hungary and abroad.
We also have a website, www.csango.hu as well as the web page of the foundation which will be completely accessible from December 2001.
Office: 1055 Budapest, Falk Miksa u. 6. V/10.
Phone/fax: (36-1) 445 0473, 445 0479
Bank account: 11742001-20045649-00000000 (HUF)