2016 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956. On 23 October 2016, it was six decades ago that students started protesting against the communist dictatorship.

On Thursday afternoon 16 March 2017, the Embassy of Hungary presented the short documentary ‘The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 - 60 years later. The 1956 Commemoration Season in the Netherlands’ to dozens of special invitees in The Hague.

The documentary was made by the Netherlands based Hungarian filmmaker Csaba Bogádi and reflects upon eleven events that were organized throughout the Netherlands from August to November 2016 and attended by over 7000 visitors.

The worldwide commemoration of the revolution was sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board. Together with various partners, the Embassy of Hungary in the Netherlands organized various events which told previously untold stories of compassion and rebellion, highlighted the important historic connection between the Netherlands and Hungary and thanked the Netherlands for their support given to the Hungarian freedom fighters of 1956. Besides the national commemoration service on 23 October 2016, highlights included the premiere of a composition written by Peter Vigh on the occasion of the commemoration, the Dutch-Hungarian ZeNe music festival, a conference for Dutch secondary school teachers and a photography exhibition of Ata Kando at the Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. A complete list of events may be found below. 

August 
Sunday 14 August - Premiere of Peter Vigh’s And we are looking for the Truth during Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam

September
Saturday 10 September - First edition of Dutch-Hungarian Music Festival ZeNe in Utrecht
From 16 September to 1 January - Exhibition Ata Kando I shall use my time at Fotomuseum Rotterdam
Thursday 29 September - Teachers conference (nascholingsconferentie) The Hungarian Revolution: 60 Years Later. Contemporary Perspectives on 1956. In collaboration with the Atlantic Committee, in Zwolle 

October
From 13 October to 3 November
- Exhibition The Hungarian Revolution at de Bibliotheek aan de Vliet (location Voorburg). With unique photos, objects and lectures
Monday 17 October - Discussion evening Would you stand up for your own freedom? Looking back upon the Hungarian Revolution. At Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam
Sunday 23 October - National commemoration service at the Kloosterkerk in The Hague organized by the Hungarian Federation in the Netherlands. With representatives of the Hungarian and Dutch government
Monday 24 October - Diplomatic Roundtable Hungarian Revolution of 1956. 60 Years After – Diplomacy and Independence. At The Hague Institute for Global Justice

November
Tuesday 1 November - Concert Toonkunstkoor Caecilia ft. Philips' Philharmonisch koor at Theater de Spiegel in Zwolle. Works by Kodály and Fauré’s Requiem
Friday 4 November – Official closing concert 1956 Commemoration Season at Regentenkamer in The Hague. With Orsi Burján’s Pálinkálom and Zoli Soós’s Vinsky Project  

The 1956 Commemoration Season was followed by Hungarian film director Csaba Bogádi. His company Lonely Film created short video reports of almost all events organized by the Embassy of Hungary. The videos may be watched on the YouTube channel of the Embassy.