Csaba Káel, managing director of the Budapest Palace of Arts (Müpa), has received the French Legion of Honour for his work to develop Hungarian-French cultural relations and his achievements as a film and theatre director and institution manager in the field of cultural diplomacy, Müpa said in a statement on Friday.
French Ambassador to Hungary Eric Fournier decorated Káel Knight of the Legion of Honour at a reception ceremony on Thursday, the statement said.
Fournier praised Káel’s efforts to advance French-Hungarian cultural diplomatic ties as Mupa’s managing director and chairman of the operative body organising the Budapest Spring Festival.
The ambassador said
Káel had made possible the highly successful debuts in Hungary of French artists like Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Louis Langree, Natalie Dessay and Philippe Jaroussky.
As the home page says, “Müpa Budapest is one of Hungary’s best known cultural brands and one of its most modern cultural institutions. It brings together the many and varied disciplines of the arts in unique fashion by providing a home for classical, contemporary, popular and world music, not to mention jazz and opera, as well as contemporary circus, dance, literature and film.
The venue known to Hungarians simply as Müpa opened its doors in 2005 to offer cultural events of the highest quality to the diverse audiences for the above genres.
The institution’s fundamental task is to introduce new artistic trends and directions – while respecting Hungarian and European artistic traditions – and to relay them in a clearly understandable way that creates rich and rewarding experiences to be enjoyed by both the connossieur and the person on the street.”