The 2008 Centenary made Kispest famous, not only in Europe but also overseas. Newspapers from Australia to Israel and Canada reported on the garden city’s centenary. Most people primarily connect Kispest with the football club named after Ferenc Puskás, however, there is also a very strong connection with Wekerle.
In 2009, it joined the Climate Friendly Settlements Association, as the first non-independent settlement, and in 2011 it was the first entity in Hungary to join the movement called ‘Transition Towns’.
The following sections can be found at Wekerle Community Association:
Centre of Volunteers of Wekerle
An operative organization to bring the volunteers together was established at the beginning of 2011.
Weekly around the four colours.
Professional club for architects who wish to preserve and get to know the architectural heritage and values of Wekerle Estate.
From March to November one angling session per month. From November to March there are conversations in the Community Association.
Table-, intellectual- and board games with or without tools. A club for those who love playing.
Knitting Club for everybody: for beginners, for advanced knitters, for boys and girls, for greens and for creative ones.
Old Age Club
Free discussions on grandchildren, gardening, tricks and tips around the house.
Evening Tales of Wekerle
Every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Community Association, for small ones and big ones, with a different performer each week.
Film Club of Wekerle
Introduction of documentaries then talking to the creators.
The green thought, the green movement pushed out of the Wekerle Community Association, its seed was provided by the enormous green area of Wekerle, the small gardens, the viable infrastructure and the environmental awareness of the residents higher than the average.
Members of the sections – in order to pursue the activity indicated in their names – get together regularly and lead a club life.
Community interest exchange opportunities organized by Wekerle Community Centre
Exchange of clothes (3 times a year)
Flea Market of Wekerle (3 times a year)
Exchange of Baby stuff (4 times a year)
Hungarian College Cultural Association (public benefit purpose organisation)
Year of foundation: 1996.
The aim of the organization is to protect and enlarge the Hungarian cultural values. The association is an intellectual workshop, a national institution the task of which is to broadcast the results of the Hungarian public education and its methods to the Hungarians living over the borders.
The Hungarian College has taken part in organizing the cultural life of Wekerle estate since 2000. The greater part of its activities trends toward the direct living environment.
Running Club of Wekerle (civil association)
Year of foundation: 1993, number of members: changeable
The Running Club of Wekerle is a loose, friendly organization of people who are fond of healthy running and a healthy lifestyle. The aim of its competitions and events is to popularize cooperation of the residents (running, orienteering, bicycle skills, bicycle tours, walking tours, etc). The community formation effect of Wekerle Running Club happenings goes beyond the events.
Transition Wekerle (civil movement)
The aim of the co-operation of the green groups is not only to find environmentally friendly solutions but also to strengthen the local community by supporting the local producers, entrepreneurs, and the residential community relationships. Their objective is mutual: they see the future Wekerle similarly. They operate a successful green waste and a compost programme. Seed exchange programmes, location-specific tomato adoption events are organized by them. Furthermore, they organize bicycle tours. They also deal with building-energy themes of the Wekerle flats. Volunteers organize window insulation training. For those who are in need in Wekerle the members of the movement carry out insulation free of charge. One of the successful initiatives is the farmers market organized on Thursday afternoons in Wekerle market. Originally the aim of the programme was to find buyers for producers living along the River Tisza and started from the yard of a local resident who wanted to help them.
Community programmes in Wekerle
The Wekerle Centenary programmes (2008) laid the foundations. Most of the programmes invented and implemented at that time have been organized each year since then. The most important recurring events in time sequence are the following ones:
Burying winter – in Károly Kós square, on the day of Ice Breaker Matthew (24th February)
Transforming Wekerle Green Saturday – Seed fair (a Saturday in February)
Film-Gallery – in the basement gallery of the Wekerle Community Association, 5-6 times a year
Celebration of Wekerle Life Tree – in Károly Kós square and in its surroundings, the first Saturday after the vernal equinox (21st March)
Bicycle tour (9 times a year, from March till November, at weekends and on Sundays)
The Earth Day – Károly Kós Square 22nd April
Open Day at the police station: On Saint George Day (24th April)
Wekerle Bike Riding – Bicycle skills competition – in Károly Kós square, last Sunday of April
Budapest 100 (a weekend in April)
Open day at the Fire Station – Saint Florian Day, 4th May
Szekely Gate Days of Wekerle – in Károly Kós square, third weekend of May
Szekely Gate Running of Wekerle – along the streets of the estate, third Sunday of May
Open Air Music – Károly Kós square, June-July, on Sundays
Celebration of Volunteers – Károly Kós square, first Saturday of June
Midsummer Night – Károly Kós square, 24th June
Wekerle Days, cultural and sports programmes – in Károly Kós square, in the Community Association, and the churches, second weekend of September
Canoe tour – Soroksár branch of the Danube – a weekend in September
Day of Cultural Heritage – at more scenes, third weekend of September
Wreathing of the Sándor Wekerle statue – Károly Kós Square, 15th November
Thoughts Calendar of Advent – in the window of Wekerle Community Association, 1-24 December
Advent Fair at weekends – in the Community Association, from 1st December
Santa Claus of Wekerle – at Zrumeczky Gate, 5th December
Christmas Handcraft Fair – in the Community House, first weekend of December
Wreathing of Károly Kós statue – Károly Kós Square, 15th December
Christmas donations for those who are in need – in the middle of December
Decorating the Wekerle Christmas tree – Károly Kós square, on Saturday before 24th December
For detailed information please visit: www.wekerletelep.hu