Artists and authors

Balatongyörök is the birth place of several hungarian authors.

Károly Eötvös – writer

His words depict in the nicest way the beauty of Balatongyörök’s landscape: „When we arrive in the direction of Meszes Györök, where the road turns to the North, the sun was preparing to set. It poured out it’s beams for all one is worth to the landscpe laying before us but the beams started to gleam yellow and to turn red.  And the light of the beams turning red opened up a landscape before me that alike a genius never constructed. Neither dreamt…”

„I will never forget the moment when I saw this,fairyland.”

László Nógrády – literary historian

The best known novels from him, written as an effect of staying in Balatongyörök are: Balatoni kaland, Egy ágról szakadt diák élete, Jómadarak etc.

Bulcsu Bertha – writer

He wrote a sociography titled “A Balatoni évtizedek” from what the reader can get acquainted with the life of Balatongyörök between 1950 and 1955. Among others he writes this in his writing: “You can see most beautiful Balaton panorama from Balatongyörök. From the side of the hill, looking to the water unfolds such a panorama, which matches with the view of the Neapolitan bay.”

Dénes Kiss, Károly Szakonyi, Tibor Tüskés and Ákos Kertész visited the writer in his house in Balatongyörök. He was working as a cultural columnist at the Esti Napló and at the Dunántúli Napló from 1960, but he edited the prose column of the Jelenkor. He was the executive editor of the Új Írás and the Élet és Irodalom between 1971and 1974. Awards: József Attila-, Gábor Andor-, Füst Milán-, Táncsics Mihály-award. The culture house of Balatongyörök wears his name in honour of him.

István Simon  – poet

He were in Balatongyörök as a young poet and he wrote poems about his experiences titled as “Györöki halászok”.

Gyula Takáts  – poet, writer, translator

He bougth a vineyard on Becehegy in 1956. He spent mostly his summers here, and he composed in his house which turned into a writer workshop. He perpetuated the beauty of Balatongyörök in several poems, but he wrote also about his estate, winecellar and about the viticulture and houseworks.  His poetry inspired by tthe Becehegy is very colourful. Poets, writers and artists visited him on his estate, among others: Ferenc Jankovicz poet, Tamás Bárány writer, András Laczkó writer, József Fodor and Jenő Kenessey composers. They also mention the beauty of the country in their writings and the viticulture work of Gyula Takáts.

György Moldova György – writer

He publicated his book “A Balaton elrablása” in 1996. The story is not about the landscape but about a sad happening. About the sad happening that how a big entrepreneur took away and fill upp 2000 quadratmeters from the Balaton.

József Simándy – operatic singer

The Kossuth awarded singer bought a house in Petőfi street and a vineyard on Becehegy. He reckoned the village as his second home. For the first anniversary of the world-famous tenorist’s death a Friendly Society was formed on the village in 1997 with the aim of tending the artist’s memory. After this a Simándy Memorial Night is organized every year.

Ferenc Martyn Ferenc – painter

The painter had a bungalow in the village. The landscape, the silence and the possibility of resting attrected him here.

Ferenc Töreky Ferenc – graphic artist

He was born here, he spent his childhood on the Becehegy, from where he moved to the village later. He created his own atelier in his house. Anyone could admire his prominent graphics on the summer exhibitions.

Pogány Ödön Gábor

The director of the Fine Arts Museum lived in Balatongyörök. He was almost a constant opener of the exhibitions of Balatongyörök.

Gellért Raksányi – actor

The Actor of tha NAtion spent almost every summer in Balatongyörök.

He took part regulary on events and season openings.

Csont Ferenc – painter

He lived in Balatongyörök from the II. World War during his death.

Gyula Mikus – painter

He painted frequently on the Becehegy. His paintings made here are well- known, they represents the landscape and the almond trees.

Zsigmond Széchenyi – hunter, writer

A well-known Africa explorer who lived in Balatongyörök since the end of the ’50s.

Dr. József Sólyi  – photo artist

Balatongyörök was his love since 1947 till his death. His pictures were a reflection of this too, he made his pictures about the landscape, people and the lake for more than 40 years. The municipality organized a seasonal exibition from his pictures in 2004.