Ahead of the performance, the Hungarian mission to the UN held a commemoration of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s ambassador to the UN, said at the event that a desire for independence, patriotism and the fight against foreign powers were common features to the uprising, t
he story of Bánk bán which is set in the 13th century, and that of setting up an Opera house in Budapest in the 19th century.
Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Alison Smale, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, UN ambassadors and Hungarian government officials attended the event.
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