"Gwnewch y pethau bychain." "Do the little things." St David's final words to his followers have become a well-known maxim across Wales. And as we prepare to celebrate St David's Day from the comfort of our own homes, it's more important than ever to cherish the little things we do to show others we care!
The Welsh-Hungarian Cultural Association is proud to have launched its inaugural Wales Week Hungary this week - a virtual celebration of everything Welsh.
Between 22nd February and 7th March 2021, we'll be sharing small acts of love and kindness from Hungarian individuals and organisations who are celebrating Wales' national day with us.
There will be music performances, 3D projection mapping at a picturesque venue in Hungary, history, blogs, recipes, interviews, resources and more!
We're especially pleased to be working closely with the popular Wales Week Worldwide initiative, Magyar Cymru, the British Embassy in Budapest and the Welsh Government - as one of its official content-sharing partners.
Make sure you follow the 'Wales Week Hungary' Twitter account (@walesweekhu), which serves as a hub to the campaign - this is where we'll be revealing our programme and a plethora of Welsh-Hungarian content.
Not on Twitter? Keep an eye on our interactive content wall, here on the WHCA website, to stay up to date!
In a bid to strengthen their cultural ties with Hungary, the Mayor of Montgomery in Mid-Wales has sent his seasonal greetings, and a copy of the seminal ‘Story of Montgomery’ book authored by Ann and John Welton, to Kunágota in southeast Hungary - branded Hungary's "Welshest" village.
Montgomery Mayor Haydn Andrew's letter to Kunágota Mayor Zoltán Pápai comes shortly after the Hungarian village published a short video, in which members of the local council wished a merry Christmas to their Welsh friends in Welsh, English and Hungarian.
In an interview for local magazine My Newtown, Montgomery council member Claire Weston said, "Kunágota styles itself the most Welsh village in Hungary and, although few of the residents have ever visited Wales, they enjoy an annual Welsh concert and never miss an opportunity to sing Sosban Fach or Cwm Rhondda."
"The residents of [Kunágota] were delighted by Montgomery’s ‘Building Bridges’ video that was even shown on Hungarian national television."
Montgomery's strong literary links to Hungary - with the town being the setting to Hungarian poet János Arany's famous allegorical ballad "The Bards of Wales" - inspired the town to respond to Magyar Cymru's heartfelt video message to Wales earlier this year.
The video response, coordinated by Montgomery Town Council member Jill Kibble, made headlines in Hungary and was a first step towards a beautiful friendship between Wales' "most Hungarian" town and Hungary's "Welshest" village.
The first ever virtual Welsh-Hungarian Christmas Concert, hosted via Magyar Cymru, has been well-received by Hungarian and Welsh music lovers alike, clocking up hundreds of views throughout the Christmas period.
The virtual concert featured a range of musical performances from across Wales and Hungary, including Hungarian singers performing Welsh-language hymns, Welsh kid violinists playing Hungarian Christmas carols, and more.
"This Christmas is like no other," the organisers said on the project's webpage. "As COVID-19 takes its unpredictable course and we watch the events unfold from the comfort of our homes, we invite you to join us for a range of Welsh and Hungarian musical performances, available on-demand."
Performers included WHCA Chair and classical singer Elizabeth Sillo, Welsh tenor Ceri Davies, as well as pupils from Dorothy Singh's Kodály Violin School in Carmarthenshire. All performances are available to watch here.
Before the pandemic, we have been coming together in Cardiff and Kunágota – Hungary’s “Welshest village” – every year to celebrate the friendship between our two cultures, and to build bridges through the one language we have in common: music.
Kunágota melted the hearts of Welsh readers last Christmas and has since forged a beautiful friendship with Trefaldwyn/Montgomery in Powys - a town with fascinating cultural links to Hungary.