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Vienna (MTI) – The day of Hungarian culture was marked in Vienna on Thursday by opening the Zoltán Kodály memorial year at the Collegium Hungaricum cultural institute.

The Kodály memorial year is held in 2017 to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the composer’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his death.

A concert featuring works by Kodály, Béla Bartók, László Lajtha and György Orbán was performed at the event in Vienna.

Ruling Fidesz lawmaker László L Simon said at the event that the European Union would be stable only if its identity is built on the cooperation of nation states.

The day of Hungarian culture is celebrated on January 22 since 1989.

The foreign ministry’s Balassi Institute said it had organised concerts, exhibitions, film screenings and literary events in nearly 25 countries this year.

Source: MTI

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