Over the years, Visegrad Cooperation has become a globally-known brand, thanks also to joint activities of the embassies and consulates of the V4 countries around the world. The Hungarian Presidency will continue to organise events promoting the V4 both as an attractive touristic and business destination, and as a regional cooperation ready to build partnerships with interested countries. V4 cooperation in cultural diplomacy will also continue, to present the V4 region’s diversity and cultural values worldwide.

 

Browse this section for recent V4 presidency events from around the world

 

26 October 2021

Izmir / Turkey

On 26 October 2021 the 5th Visegrad Cultural Festival opened in Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey. The one-week long event showcases the most successful V4 films of recent years, including films by Ferenc Török and Kornél Mundruczó from the Hungarian side. In addition to the film festival, the opening ceremony featured the exhibition of two contemporary Hungarian artists entitled "Passenger" and the V4-themed, visual dance theater performance of the Budapest theater group Bandart, under the title of "Dancing Graffiti".

 

18 October 2021

Bucharest / Romania

The Association of Hungarian Architects has been organizing the V4 Family Houses competition every year since 2008. The Liszt Institute - Hungarian Cultural Centre Bucharest regularly organizes a travelling exhibition as a result of the competition to present the current state of family house architecture in the Visegrad region. Following the opening of the exhibition -attended by 150 people- an expert conference on family house architecture was held in the framework of the Hungarian V4 Presidency.

 

16 October 2021

Paris / France

In the framework of the Hungarian V4 Presidency, the Embassy of Hungary in Paris organised a V4 Jazz Marathon in cooperation with the Slovak, Czech and Polish cultural institutes at the Liszt Institute. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the fact that jazz is an integral part of the musical tradition in our region, cultivated and promoted by generations of young musicians. The V4 countries were represented by four young jazz groups, showcasing their talents in front of an audience of around 250 people.

 

14 October 2021

Sarajevo / Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Embassy of Hungary in Sarajevo in cooperation with the Embassies of Poland, Czechia and Slovakia hosted a V4 handover ceremony at the Dom Armije building in Sarajevo during which the works of artists from the V4 countries were also presented as part of the PoszTerra poster exhibiton. A lengthy article has also been published in one of the most widely read daily newspapers in Bosnia, jointly written by the V4 ambassadors.

 

11 October - 5 November 2021

Sofia / Bulgaria

H.E. Hungarian Ambassador Tekla Harangozó opened the V4 sustainable fashion and design exhibition in Sofia on 11 October 2021. In the framework of the joint exhibition 24 sustainable fashion and design brands from the V4 Countries were introduced to the Bulgarian audience. They have dedicated their work to good design and to create products in accordance with the ethos of sustainability: use natural materials, recycle or/and upcycle, search for eco-friendly and innovative alternatives, stick to local resources, commit to zero waste manufacturing, and focus on social impact.

 

1 October 2021

Munich /Germany

On 1 October 2021 the Consulate General of Hungary in Munich organized its traditional garden party, the main attraction of which was the "Natural treasures of the Visegrad Group" photography exhibition on the occassion of our V4 Presidency. In addition to the Consul Generals of the V4, the event was also attended by Government Commissioner István Joó and Tobias Gotthardt, Chairman of the Committee on Federal and European Affairs of the Bavarian Parliament.

 

23 September 2021

Istanbul / Turkey

The Hungarian V4 Presidency was launched in Istanbul with the exhibition "Passenger" by János Korodi and András Szigeti on 23 September 2021. The opening was also the kick-off of a season-long series of programmes bringing the latest cultural selections from the Visegrad countries to three of Turkey's largest cities. A series of events in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir with a Central European Film Festival, contemporary exhibitions and other accompanying cultural programmes will bring the culture of the Visegrad countries to the Turkish audiences.

 

21 September 2021

Riga / Latvia

On 21 September 2021, H.E. Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Bányai opened a V4 poster exhibition at the House of Europe in Riga, Latvia. In addition to the V4 countries, the event was attended by the ambassadors of the United States, France, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Denmark, South Korea and Moldova. The most prominent guest of the exhibition was the President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia, Sanita Osipova. The exhibition is open until the 10th of October.

 

20 September 2021

Luxembourg / Luxembourg

On 20 September 2021, H.E. Hungarian Ambassador Iván Tamás Kovács hosted an informal working lunch with the V4 Ambassadors accredited to Luxembourg. The main topics of the meeting were the objectives and programme of the Hungarian V4 Presidency, especially the programmes planned for Luxembourg and further opportunities for local V4 cooperation.

 

17 September 2021

Paris / France

The Embassy of Hungary in Paris organized a press breakfast on 17 September to present the programme and priorities of the Hungarian V4 Presidency and the results of the Visegrad Cooperation. The event attracted considerable press interest; several prominent French media outlets were present at the breakfast, including France Télévisions, CNews, Les Echos, l'Opinion and Le Point. 

 

16-19 September 2021

Tirana / Albania

The 10th International Jazz in Albania Festival took place in Tirana from 16-19 September 2021 with performers from France, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Sweden, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro and Hungary (representing the Visegrad Four). The V4 Quartet's sold-out performance was the opening event of the cultural programmes linked to Hungary's V4 Presidency on 18 September 2021 at the University of Arts in Tirana.

 

16 September 2021

Baku / Azerbaijan

The V4 Quartet performed at the Baku International Jazz Festival - a prestigious musical festival of the Caucasus region- on 16 September at the first event of the 2021-2022 Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group organized in Azerbaijan. The concert was attended by H. E. Hungarian Ambassador Viktor Szemerkényi and representatives from the Czech, Polish and Slovak embassies.

 

16 September 2021

Bern / Switzerland

The opening event of the 2021-22 Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group took place on 16 September 2021 at the Casino Bern Cultural Centre with the participation of 250 guests. The highlight of the event was the highly succesful concert of guitarist and composer Ferenc Snétberger whose repertoire was inspired by Roma traditions, Brazilian music and flamenco, as well as classical guitar and jazz.

 

15 September 2021

London / United Kingdom

On 15 September 2021, H. E. Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Kumin hosted Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative Leader of the House of Commons at a working lunch with the Heads of Mission of the Visegrad Group. In addition to the V4+UK parliamentary cooperation, the discussion also covered defence and security issues and had a strong focus on V4 citizens living in the UK. The Leader of the House of Commons is an influential Tory MP who knows and sympathises with our region and will remain in his position after the major cabinet reshuffle.

 

14 September 2021

Bern / Switzerland

On 14 September 2021, H.E. Hungarian Ambassador József Czukor paid a visit to Ms Livia Leu, State Secretary for European Affairs at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EDA). where they discussed issues related to the future of the IFA and EU-Swiss relations in general. The State Secretary emphasized that Switzerland has a positive view of the Visegrad countries with significant presence of the Swiss economy and lacking any bilateral tensions.

 

10-12 September 2021

Leidschendam-Voorburg / Netherlands

The annual classical music festival, known as the Huygens Festival, had a V4 representation for the fourth time this year. On 11 September the widely known Dutch-Hungarian pianist Valentina Tóth presented a special programme: on the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrád Group, she played pieces related to the Visegrád countries, including pieces by Dohnányi, Janáček and Chopin. The Huygens Festival took place from 10-12 September 2021 in Leidschendam-Voorburg near The Hague.

 

30 August 2021

Düsseldorf / Germany

On 30 August 2021, H. E. Consul General Dr. Hanna Hittner hosted a wine tasting at the Consulate General of Hungary in Düsseldorf on the occasion of the handover of the V4 Presidency. The event was attended by André Kuper (CDU), President of the North Rhine-Westphalian Regional Parliament (Landtag), H. E. Jakub Wawrzyniak, Consul General of Poland, and other German partners.

 

16 July 2021

UK / London

On 16 July 2021, as the opening event of the Hungarian V4 Presidency in the United Kingdom, the Hungarian Embassy organized a working breakfast with the Heads of Mission of the Visegrad countries in London, and UK Minister of State Lord Frost. At the meeting, H. E. Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Kumin outlined the priorities of the Hungarian V4 Presidency including V4+UK cooperation.

 

15 July 2021

Japan / Tokyo

On July 15, 2021, the presidency of the Visegrad Four was formally handed over in Japan as part of a ceremony at the embassy. At an event attended by the four Visegrad Ambassadors and the V4 Ambassador and Deputy Director General of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both H. E. Hungarian Ambassador Norbert Palanovics and Deputy Director General Kawazu emphasized the need to give new impetus to V4-Japan cooperation.

 

Germany / Stuttgart

15 July 2021

To celebrate the launching of the Hungarian presidency H. E. Consul General Dr. András Izsák in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stuftung e.V office in Stuttgart and the Hungarian Cultural Institute of Stuttgart organized a panel discussion. Hungarian V4 Ministerial Commissioner Krisztina Varju took part in the debate along with Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and others.

 

13 July 2021

France / Paris

H. E. György Habsburg took part in a V4 work breakfast at the residence of the Polish Ambassador, where the invited guest was Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State for EU Affairs. At the meeting, he outlined the priorities of the Hungarian V4 presidency, its EU agenda in particular.

 

13 July 2021

Croatia / Zagreb

The official opening of the Hungarian V4 Presidency took place in Zagreb with the participation of Zsolt Németh, Hungarian Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament, and Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman from Croatia. The regional charge of the event and the symbolism of bilateral relations were raised by the Croatian Foreign Minister's speech given in Hungarian.

 

13 July 2021

Belgium / Brussels

H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács hosted the first V4 brunch at his residence with the highest legislative representatives of the people of Belgium, Ms. Éliane Tilleux, the President of the Chamber of Representatives and Ms. Stephanie D’Hose, the President of the Senate. During the event the priorities and objectives of the current Hungarian V4 Presidency were discussed.

 

12 July 2021

Latvia / Riga

H. E. Ambassador Ferenc Bányai held a V4 lunch to celebrate the launching of the Hungarian Presidency. The event was attended by Ilgvars Kļava, Deputy State Secretary for Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Far East and North America at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

7 July 2021

France / Paris

H. E. Ambassador György Habsburg organized the opening event of the Hungarian V4 presidency, together with the Hungarian Institute in Paris, in the form of a cocktail reception with an exhibition. In addition to ambassadors and diplomats from EU Member States, the event was attended by French senators, journalists and representatives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

5-11 July 2021

Munich / Germany

Under the auspices of the Hungarian V4 Presidency, the fifth edition of the Mittel Punkt Europa Filmfest was held in Munich from 5-11 July 2021. The aim of the festival, which presents recent, award-winning films from the V4 countries, is to give Bavarian audiences the opportunity to discover the Hungarian, Polish, Slovakian and Czech cinematics, especially documentaries and feature films. This year's guest country at the film festival was Belarus, which presented their film "Courage".

 

5 July 2021

Luxembourg

H. E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács launched the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group in Luxembourg during a lunch graciously hosted by the Embassy of Austria in Luxembourg, and attended by Olivier Maes, political director at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg.

 

2 July 2021

China / Shanghai

As a result of H. E. Consul General Szillárd Bolla’s initiative, from 2021 the V4 countries of Shanghai welcomed a wandering trophy symbolizing the convergence of Visegrád group. The unique art piece created by Zoltán Viczán was presented to the public on the 2nd of July on the occasion of the newly started Hungarian Visegrád presidency.

 

1 July 2021

Turkey / Istanbul

On the 1st of June H. E. Consul General László Keller took over the Visegrad Group presidency from H. E. Witold Leśniak Polish Ambassador at the Hungarian Cultural Institute of Istanbul. The private ceremony was also attended by Istanbul’ Deputy Provincial Governor as well as its President of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

1 July 2021

Poland / Krakow

Within the framework of a four day picnic, promoting V4 related art showcasing the Visegrad countries’ culture, H. E. Consul General Tibor Gerencsér took over the presidency of the Visegrad Group by hosting the opening day of the event.

 

1 July 2021

Italy / Milan

H. E. Hungarian Consul General Jenő Csiszár took over the V4 presidency from H. E. Ambassador Adrianna Seinnicka by receiving an engraved copper baton that has been wandering from one Consulate to another over the past four years following the initially Hungarian pattern.

 

1 July 2021

Israel / Tel Aviv

H. E. Hungarian Ambassador Levente Benkő took over the presidency of the Visegrád Group from H. E. Polish Ambassador Marek Magierowski on the 1st of June. The event featured a short animated movie premiere followed by a ceremonial reception.

 

1 July 2021

Germany / Munich

Within the framework of a ceremonial dinner, H. E. Consul General Gábor Tordai-Lejkó took over the presidency of the Visegrád Group from H. E. Jan Malkiewicz. The event took place at the Polish Consulate General of Munich.

 

1 July 2021

Belgium / Brussels

The Cultural Service of the Hungarian Embassy in Brussels, the Hungarian Cultural Institute hosted a wonderful concert and a captivating exhibition opening marking the handover of the V4 Presidencies. Ambassador Támas Iván Kovács took over the Brussels Presidency of the group. The opening event featured a fantastic concert of violin, cello, and piano introducing a truly V4 repertoire: Liszt, Różycki and Dvořák. 

 

30 June 20201

Canada / Ottawa

H. E. Ambassador of Poland Andrzej Kurnicki handed over the Presidency of the Visegrád Group in Canada to H. E. Ambassador Mária Vass-Salazar in an online ceremony with V4 Ambassadors.

 

24 June 2021

Norway / Oslo

H. E. Ambassador Eszter Sándorfi launched the Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group during a lunch at H. E. Iwona Liliana Woicka-Żuławska Polish Ambassador’s residence, attended by Laila Stenseg, the current Deputy Director-General for European Affairs.

 

24 June 2021

Canada / Toronto

In the presence of H. E. Provincial Minister Kinga Surma and H. E. Chief Advisor of the Prime Minister Anish Dwiedi, under joint Polish-Hungarian organization H. E. Consul General Valér Palkovits officially received the duties of the V4 Presidency on the 24th of June.