On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Embassy of Hungary will host a VIP Gala Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The Gala Dinner will be the Embassy's keynote event of a series of programs to take place throughout the months of October and November in honor of the anniversary of the Freedom Fight.

The Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC, with the support of the Government of Hungary, the Hungarian Memorial Committee of the 1956 Freedom Fight in Budapest, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as in cooperation with the Hungarian American Community, is organizing a six-week-long series of public and private events in the capital of the United States to commemorate the sacrifice of the heroes of 1956, the Freedom Fighters who gave their blood and lives for the cause of Hungarian freedom, liberty, independence and democracy.

The program of events is scheduled to take place between Tuesday, September 27 and Friday, November 4 in Washington, DC, culminating with a VIP Gala Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue, one of the best recognized venues of downtown Washington, DC.

The organization of the event was strongly supported by the Gala Dinner Honorary Committee of 140 distinguished Americans, Hungarian Americans and Hungarians, all of whom have devoted significant parts of their lives to further strengthening Hungarian-American relations.

Entertainment for the VIP guests of the invitation-only, black-tie seated dinner will be provided by Hungarian Pianist Csilla Szentpéteri and her accompanying on-stage band of musicians who will perform a special one-night-only concert program titled “The Tempest of October 1956” in dedication to the memory of the Revolution.

Short films will also be presented on TV screens in the hall of the Auditorium along with the artistic portrayals of the 1956 Revolution produced by young Hungarian American contestants of the 1956 Embassy Drawing Contest. A special exhibition, entitled “Objects of Freedom” will also open to the public, displaying personal items that will include books, photos, clothes, flags and more. Generously offered by Hungarian American Freedom Fighters, the "Objects of Freedom" exhibition will transform personal possessions into an inspiring and emotional mosaic telling the magnificent story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.

To view the full program of events in honor of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, please click HERE.