Cultural Organizations

Cultural Organizations


  • California European Cultural Initiative (CECI)

CECI, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization, creates cultural exchange between the two regions, starting with a Hungarian Film Festival in San Francisco (HFSF) and developing into a wide array of cultural events. The mission of CECI, which was founded in 2013 and now run by Steven Kovacs (SFSU Cinema Chair), Eva Homor (producer), Reka Pigniczky (journalist, filmmaker) is to promote Hungarian and Central European cultural and technological events in California. 



Hungarian Film in San Francisco

  • Corvinus Hungarian Chamber Chorus

Corvinus Hungarian Chamber Chorus was established in 2015. Our members are a diverse range of Hungarian musicians (currently women only). The Chorus is committed to offering the finest Hungarian choral repertoire and inspiring people with its passion in Hungarian culture.
Corvinus is the first Hungarian chamber chorus in the San Francisco Bay Area that performs choral works exclusively from Hungarian composers, like Bartók, Kodály, Bárdos, Karai, etc.
We're continuously auditioning for all sections (soprano, mezzo, alto)

Daniella Urbán

Corvinus Chamber Chorus

  • Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble

Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble is a performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble has been celebrating and showcasing Hungarian folk culture in the Bay Area since 1977 through presentations to the Hungarian community and the general public.

The Ensemble consists of twenty to forty young adults ranging from age 14 and up. Most are of Hungarian heritage, although membership has never been limited to those with Hungarian backgrounds. The dancers receive their training in the Ensemble as well as from guest teachers and at workshops statewide.

The community served by Eszterlánc is vast, as appearances include international festivals, social events, patriotic holidays, and ethnic events. Practices are held every week at the Belmont Professional Ballet School, 425 Harbor Boulevard #3, Belmont CA 94002 on Friday nights from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

We have performances serving the community frequently, the details of upcoming performances can be seen on our home page:

Our mission is to promote and present traditional Hungarian folk dances and to preserve the history of Hungarian folk culture in all its forms.

Gyöngyi Sonkoly
Business Director

  • First California Hussar Regiment

This equestrian organization was established in 2000 in Los Gatos, CA.

Educate, Entertain and Enjoy. 

Educate the public about the interwoven history of the US and Hungary: 1) In 1776, a Hungarian Hussar officer established and trained the US Cavalry for George Washington. 2) Hungarian soldiers participated in the American Revolution for Independence and the Civil War. 3) Americans helped to preserve Hungarian National Treasures during WWII.

Enjoy by providing colorful entertainment for the public and providing lessons to young people who learn about the equestrian heritage and all the associated skills.
Anyone can become a Hussar (riding or none riding) by joining the First California Hussar Regiment by following the information below:

Ferenc (Frank) Bakonyi
First California Hussar Regiment
5128 Calle Del Sol
Santa Clara, CA 95054

tel.:  (408) 719-9400
fax.: (408) 719-9403
cell: (408) 674-3899

  • Harangvirág Playhouse

A group of enthusiastic and energetic Hungarians established Harangvirág Játszóház to bring together Hungarian children and their families living in the San Francisco Bay area and enrich their cultural experience by bringing to life Hungarian folk stories in our puppet shows, learning more about our rich Hungarian folk world through stories, songs and children's plays, getting creative at our crafting table, and learning Hungarian crafts.
The Játszóház organizes children programs four times a year and accepts invitations to perform.

Réka Kiss

Harangvirág Játszóház

  • Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble

Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble was founded in 2007 in Hayward, CA. The ensemble's mission is to enrich the lives of children from all ethnic backgrounds by introducing them to Hungarian folk culture through dance, music, and folklore with the goal of preserving and passing on the Hungarian heritage.

The ensemble performs several times throughout the year in various community events. Mazsola dancers gather selected Saturday afternoons to share their joy of Hungarian dancing and music in a fun, friendly and engaging environment.

Fusion Dance Project
22461 Foothill Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541

Mailing Address:
Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble
P. O. Box 4793
Foster City CA 94404

Réka Kiss
Business Director    

    The Hungarian Heritage Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area promotes, shares and educates the public about Hungarian culture, language and art.

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    Victoria Szabo-Lengyel

    Szilvia Gilbert