From across borders and beyond, this year’s ambassadors have collected for the Highlights of Hungary the most outstanding and endearing stories that everyone can look up to with pride. There was only one measure: the excellence that can serve as an example to all. Under the slogan “Hass, alkoss, gyarapíts” (“Do, Create, Enrich”) Highlights of Hungary sought the most outstanding Hungarian achievements of 2021, without categories, to reward and present them to the public.
This year, compared to previous years, there was a much stronger focus on those who contribute to the protection of our environment in some way. So for example, this year’s list includes contemporary artworks made from waste, an eco-friendly stylist and green businesses. The business venture Plante Budapest, started a few years ago by two young girls, is featured among the business solutions.
“Not only do they now have their own greenhouse, but this year they have also launched their own collection of pots, which are manufactured domestically and are already sold in 5 different countries. They are a typical example of what even a micro-enterprise like this can do with the right determination,” says Levente Trellay, founder of 100sparks, TELEP, TELEP Gallery and BUDAPEST BÄGEL.
Annamária Kaptay, founder of Art From My Heart, is among the nominees of Péter Gém, who is praised by the creator of Dorko as “the most colorful emerging Hungarian fashion brand with an outstanding environmental commitment.”
“Clothing stylist Lilla Lendvai has opened a concept store in Szentendre that focuses on sustainability, fashion and style, under the name ‘Ruha. The Recycled Fashion Store’, which contributes to the sustainability trend and ideology by selling worn, unworn, designer and vintage clothing and accessories.” says brand consultant Margaret Ann Dowling in her appreciation.
This year, as a new ambassador, Anna Pakosz, an internationally renowned painter, who had her first solo, experimental exhibition, titled “Szabadon nő” (Freewoman / Growing free—free transl.) in the Balaton Uplands this autumn, after returning home from years abroad, is also among the aspirants. “With my nomination, I am helping to bring her art to as many people as possible, now in her home country.”
Like last year, the winners will receive 2 million HUF. Voting will start at the beginning of February and will run for two weeks, with the awards ceremony on 24 February, which you can also follow online. The full list of nominees is available here.