Egmont Overture

A Hungarian theatrical compilation in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution in 1956

Performers: 8-kor Színház (the theater group at 8 PM is from Sárospatak, Hungary)



  • Saturday, February 25 – St. Stephen Church, Hamilton
  • Sunday, February 26 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge
  • Friday, March 3 – Parameter Club, Toronto
  • Saturday, March 4 – Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre, Ottawa
  • Sunday, March 5 – First Presbyterian Church, Montréal
logoThe event is sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board, Hungary
HU címerThe Canadian tour is organized by the NAHC. Toronto – Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo – Hamilton – Ottawa – Montréal.

Recital Program

The „Egmont Ouverture” contains archival elements from the events in 1956 (Egmont Ouverture, street fights, news on radio, speeches Imre Nagy), poetry, prose and songs:

  • József Utassy: Toast
  • Adorján – Kocsis: What Was 1956?
  • Jenő Heltai: Freedom
  • Attila Gérecz: Chrismas Song in the Prison
  • Milán Füst: I’d Like to Break into Sobs
  • Alajos Kannás: Sooty Stones
  • Lóránt Zas: In November
  • Kocsák – Miklós: Budapest (Travelling)
  • Kormorán – Ferenc Juhász: Fragment of Anthem
  • Kormorán: The Ballad of Gergő Kurán
  • Kormorán: Iván Ruszki (1956. Who Is Hungarian…)
  • Kormorán: Lost Handshake
  • Kormorán: What Is My Sin? (Elektra Forever)
  • Kormorán: Contemporary Inauguration
  • Kormorán – József Ratkó: One Bed, One Bread

About the Artists

  • Béla Bálint – Producing and Logistics Manager, Advisor
  • József Donkó – Actor
  • Mónika Karacs – Actor, Instrumentalist
  • Zsolt Nagy – Actor
  • István Sipos – Music Director, Technician, Instrumentalist

The 8-kor Szíház Group won several awards:
– Comenius Medal
– Ex Libris Award for the Hungarian Art
– Botond Pécsvárady Award
– Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County’s Award for Creativity
– Gold Cross for National Heritage
– Honorary Citizens of Koltó Community

The group works and lives by its creed: „to be Hungarian is our mandate!