András Béres (1928-1993), ethnographer, late director of the Déri Museum, founder of the Debrecen Folk Ensemble, artistic director, folk dance choreographer, was honored through a memorial plaque.
László Balogh, the president of the Cívisporta Association, said on the spot that one of the key opportunities for preserving the cívis tradition is to mark the buildings that are culturally, historically, or architecturally emblematic in the life of the city.
The work of András Béres is still alive today: his ethnographic collections and publications are of source value, and his choreographies are performed not only in Debrecen but also in several folk dance ensembles in the country. As the originator of the flower carnival, he has made the annual cultural event of the Cívis town known beyond the borders of the country, he added.
Mihály Duffek, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Culture of Debrecen, emphasized that the impulsive, restless, and diverse individuality of András Béres was the engine of the discovery and dissemination of folk culture not only in his works and work but also in everyday life. “The enduring creations rightly justify that the inauguration of today’s nameplate could have been created and evoked in a form that lives on in us, in his works, and in the many theatrical experiences he delighted his audience with thanks to folk dance ensembles,” he said.
In addition to the family members, a wreath was placed on the memorial plaque to the representatives of his workplaces – Déri Museum, Hajdú-Bihar County Archives – alma mater, the ethnographic department of the University of Debrecen, the city’s folk dance ensembles, his former students, his friends
After the wreath, Mayor Zoltán Tímár announced that a street would soon be named after András Béres in Mikepércs, thus commemorating the traditionalist of the settlement.