Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén on Friday awarded the Pro Cultura Minoritatum Hungariae prize to 13 persons and organisations working to preserve the culture of Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Roma and other ethnic minorities in Hungary.
Ivan Kariliev received the award for his four-decade work to preserve the culture and religious life of ethnic Bulgarians in Hungary. Publisher Athéna Görög and the Sirtos orchestra received the prize for promoting Greek culture and folk music. Zoltán Gyula Halmi and Zoltán Patyi were awarded as dance teachers and choreographers promoting Romanian folk music and dances.
Géza Ásós, the founder and chef of the Kira restaurant in Békés, southeastern Hungary, was awarded for his work promoting traditional Roma cuisine.
Other awardees included the Croatian Traditions Association, the St Kinga Choir of ethnic Poles in Hungary and the Pécs-Baranya National Association of ethnic Germans.
Pro Cultura Minoritatum Hungariae was founded in 2005.