[As we were traveling in the week leading up to the last salon, with no internet access, we were unable to post our latest Salon invitation ahead of time. However, in keeping with our tradition of including this info on the website, we're posting it anyway after the fact...]
After a long absence – much too long – the Ráday Salon is back once again for a new season! Next Thursday, November 2, we are very excited to be able to bring you a very special evening on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution.
With all the official commemorations going on, we know there’s been many opportunities around the city to get a sense of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution on a grand, historical scale. We decided we wanted to try to do something a little different, by looking at things from more human scale – which is why we are very pleased to be able to bring you an evening of conversation with a speaker (or possibly two) who experienced the 56 Revolution first-hand.
Joining us will be Gaston Vadász, who experienced the revolution as a young teenager in Budapest . By December 1956, Gaston and his mother had left Budapest for the US , where he lived until 1994. In 1994, Gaston returned to Hungary with his wife Linda, and they have been living and working here since. By profession a marketing and media executive, Gaston is, in real life, many things: a committed adherent to non-violence in conflict resolution (who has frequently lectured on the topic), as well as a furniture maker, sculptor, theatre devotee, falcon trainer, wine enthusiast, bon vivant, and all-around renaissance man. Above all, Gaston is an engaging storyteller, and we are sure to have a fascinating evening.
(Gaston is our confirmed speaker for the evening, though we may additionally have one more speaker, depending on his availability – we are hoping to also be joined by a friend of Linda’s family who took part in the events of 1956, and also left Hungary shortly thereafter, settling in the United States. )
As you all know, we always encourage folks to bring a friend and otherwise spread the word. This time around we are especially encouraging you all to extend the invitation – as this is the first event of a new season many on our invitation list have, sadly (for us, anyway) left our fair city on the Danube and moved on to distant shores. Please do let your friends, colleagues, students, classmates know that they will be welcomed with open arms, tasty food, and engaging conversation and discussion. In addition, we would be glad to have others join the discussion – whether they lived through the revolution or grew up learning about it later – to share their impressions of events.
We look forward to seeing you all.