Budapest is the capital of the nation, its future cannot depend on party sympathy and self-interest, says Gergely Karácsony, the mayor, when he gave civic titles and recognitions in Budapest on the occasion of the capital’s day.
The mayor put it this way: Budapest is a bridgehead, an island in a medium where power is once again striving for full centralization and political success is based on frustration, fear, selfishness and isolation, in addition to the bending of reality. “But Budapest is defending itself against self-interested interests, and the power striving for hegemony has no chance of subjugating the city,” he added.
The title of honorary citizen of the capital was awarded to Anna Adamis, lyricist, poet, Bíróné Keleti Ágnes, five-time Olympic champion, Gyula Bodrogi, Kossuth Prize-winning actor, Gábor Iványi, President of the Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood, and Ferenc Novák. The title of posthumous citizen was awarded to the Kossuth Prize-winning cinematographer Mihály Ráday, the architect Anna Perczel and the Kossuth Prize-winning poet Dezső Tandori.
Pro Yelt Urbe Budapest Award Judge Hernádi and actor Gábor Máté, writer and director Béla Pintér, Péter Kirschner, president of the Hungarian Jewish Cultural Association, Fészek Artists’ Club and Nándor “Beke”, president and manager of the 100-member Gypsy Orchestra.
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