Béla Bartók 140

On the initiative of the Hungarian Cultural Centre London, Hungarian communities across the globe from Beijing through Berlin and Istanbul to Sfântu Gheorghe honoured Béla Bartók's legacy with a flashmob at more than fifty locations last year. The short film about the event premiered recently to mark the 140th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The Hungarian Cultural Centre London, the London-based Bartók Cultural Society and the National Federation of Hungarians in England launched a joint initiative last year to commemorate the famous Hungarian composer with a sing-along and flashmob on the 75th anniversary of his death.

Several other Hungarian cultural centres, diplomatic missions and local diaspora organisations joined the project launched in London. More than fifty venues across the globe held flash mobs. The composer's works were performed in Berlin, Stuttgart, Brussels, Bucharest, Sfântu Gheorghe, Istanbul, Beijing and nine towns across the United Kingdom (Gloucester, Coventry, Birmingham, Canterbury, Cardiff, Llandybie, Southhampton, Southend). Six Hungarian locations, Budapest, Rákoskereszttúr, Szeged, Sopron, Lökösháza and Orosháza also took part in the event, honouring the legacy of Béla Bartók with a sing-along.

This year the pandemic prevented holding such large-scale programmes. However, the Hungarian Cultural Centre London published the full-length documentary made by Bartók Cultural Society leader Attila Király about last year's event and short film on the 140th anniversary of the composer's birth.