Thursday, 13 November 2014

PETŐ DAY, 28 NOVEMBER

An opportunity not to be lost

The annual Hungarian Science Festival, organised by the Hungarian Academy of Science, began in 1997, and the Academy is well pleased with its success 
One can say that by now the yearly events have permeated Hungarian society’s everyday living right down to small town or even village communities. In the very first years of its existence, Hungarian Science Festival made every Hungarian understand that for the Hungarian economy or culture, no progress was possible without a firm scientific footing. People understood at once that their own well-being, too, depended on such a foundation.
This year's Festival runs from 3 to 30 November and the PAF (András Pető College, formerly the Pető Institute) is again contributing its annual Pető Day to this extensive national event. Pető Day 2014 will seek to define the place of conductive pedagogy and conductor-training within the world of 'science' (tudomány – usual caution for English-speakers over this word). This will include changes in conductors' competencies, and the matter of interdisciplinary dialogue:


The overall Festival's extensive (88-page) programme is available on line. I could not find the PAF programme there, though the András Pető College does publish its Pető Day programme in detail on its own website:


It sounds a great event, so share it

These annual Days are announced, but not reported. In November 2011, however, conductor Susie Mallett attended a Pető Day and published a vivid account., Never mind the 'science', it sounded a wonderful, warm and motivating event and many who read her account at the time must have very much envied her attending:


'Never mind the science'? Perhaps I should not have written that. But the presentations from these annual Pető Days once spoken appear never to be published, which suggests that their content was not really all that minded in the first place. 

The intentions of the themes that this year's Pető Day will cover, as expressed on the PAF's webpage cited above, are most excellent and timely. What is said about them could be of wide interest outside Hungary and make an important contribution towards establishing the much needed dialogue between the PAF and the world of Conductive Education (and perhaps in Hungary as well).

Perhaps now that the PAF is back in the public fold, as the Pető Institute once used to be but now explicitly retitled 'a college', there may be advances on this front too among other changes anticipated...


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