"I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work"

- The Dalai Lama

The week of interfaith dialogue on Radio Tilos was held on the occasion of the Europen Year of Inter-cultural Dialogue, between the 19th and the 23rd of may 2008.

This project was the second component of the Euromedina action (the first component being the EuroMed Party) - one of the 1001 Actions For Dialogue in the Euro Med area. 

This action was part of a larger endavour, titled "One World Project", comprising a series of thematic weeks on Radio Tilos, which ran from the beginning of 2008 to celebrate the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The thematic weeks preceeding the Euromedina project were held on: Indiginous and ancient cultures, Middle East and Islamic culture, and a thematic week on Africa.

Regretably, the Interfaith Dialogue Week was not as successful as the previous thematic weeks (where we had 20 special thematic programs on average per week). Thus, out of 23 subjects and 24 experts suggested by the One World Project, the following programs were broadcasted live on Radio Tilos during the Week of Interfaith Dialogue.


1. What is religion? Who is religious? What are the forms of religious existance? On religious cultures and their role in modern day life style.

(Guest: Attila Marton Farkas, professor of Buddhist studies, ELTE University. Time and date of program: may 20, Tuesday, from 16.00 to 17.30)

Tune in URL:;2008/05/20/1700.mp3;2008/05/20/1730.mp3;.m3u

 (Please note that links in this document have expired )

"When I do good, I feel good When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."

- Abraham Lincoln

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“One of the biggest challenges for people involved in interfaith dialogue is to break down the stereotypes of the "other" that exist within their own religious traditions and groups."

David R. Smock, Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding


2. Art and religion

(Guest: Tamas Paulinyi, Hugarian writer. Time and date of program: may 21, Wednesday, 15.00-16.00).

Tune in URL:;2008/05/21/1530.mp3;.m3u

3. Jewish faith and interfaith dialogue

(Guest: Rabbi Tamas Vero. Date and Time of program: may 19th, Monday, 08.00-10.00)

Tune in URL:;2008/05/19/0830.mp3;2008/05/19/0900.mp3;2008/05/19/0930.mp3;.m3u

4. Can there be true interfaith dialogue?

Guests: Govardhana Das Gustav Toroncky, press coodinator, Hare Krisna Community of Hungary.

Tamas Dede, member of the Hungarian Teozofian Community.

Date and Time of program: may 22nd, Thursday, 10.00-12.00).


 Interfaith Roundtable Discussion

The third component of the Euromedina project was the the interfaith round table discusion, which took place on the day after Dialogue Night (23rd of may 2008, from 16.00-18.30).

The discussion focused on one central issue:

What is common between the various faiths represented in the Roundtable discussion.


"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."
-- Kofi Annan



The following persons participated in the Interfaith Roundtable Discussion:

1. Attila Karaszon (Muslim Faith, member of the Dar Al Salam Hungarian Muslim Community and delegated by the head of the community, who could not participate due to being outside of Hungary on the date of the Roundtable)

2. Zoltan Cser (Buddhist Faith, head of the Hungarian Buddhist community)

3. Viktor Kokai Nagy (Christian Reformist Faith, priest).

4. Prof. Mihaly Kranitz (Christian Catholic Faith, head of communications office, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest). 5. Sh

lomo Koves (Jewish Faith, rabbi, delegated by the Hungarian Jewish Community).

6. Ervin Nagy (Hindu Faith, deputy of the head of the Hindu faith in Hungary. (The head of the Hindu community also came along, but did not sit in the actual Roundtable)

The archived version of the live broadcast of the roundtable discussion was made available online until 2012.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Each part is 30 minutes long, includes musical breaks.


 A full transcript of this discussion is available in Hungarian. 

(image on top of page: Abed Abdi, Copyright Abed Abdi)

About Radio Tilos / Tilos Cultural Foundation

Tilos Cultural Foundation is the operator of Radio Tilos, the first not for profit community radio station in Hungary.

The Foundation was established in 1991, and it has a board of trustees elected by the members of the radio.Members include about 250 Dj's, reporters, journalists, artists, NGO's, etc. The radio broadcasts on FM 90, but also via streaming or archive on the internet.

Variety, multiculturalism, critique, social commitment and independence are all our slogans.

Tilos Radio is the best-known Hungarian community radio station. Its structure, operation, programming structure, financial model, basic principles and values are unique in Hungary and it plays a key role at the time of Hungary’s EU entry in propagating and popularizing the notion of open society as well as in its everyday practice.

Tilos Radio   FM 90.3 MHz   - Budapest


Note on how the thematic weeks were organized:

1. A team of the One World Project puts together the subjects of the thematic weeks, and then looks for the most prominent experts on the subject.

2. The list of about 25 programs would then go to the editors of Radio Tilos, who would offer these programs to the hosts of talk shows and musical origrams of the Radio.

3. Talk show hosts would select the subjects they want to deal with, if they want to be part of the action at all.

4. The team of the One world Project would then contact the experts, and set the dates for the shows

 5. Preparation of the talk show hosts and the listeners.

We wish to extend our gratitude to all those who participated in this project and made it happen.

Thank you!

This project was sponsored and partly financed by the European Union, The Hungarian Ministry of Education & Culture and the Anna Lindh Foundation

Creative director & Head of project: dr. Amir A. Abdi

Thematic Weeks Coordinator: Kata Tenke

Thematic Weeks Editor: Orsolya Árvayi

 Published by Interkulti Association for the Advancement of Inter-cultural Dialogue, 2008

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