The Hungarian program represents an attempt to present all the components that make up the richness of Hungarian folk art. Music and dance, arts and crafts, wine and gastronomy will take center stage at the festival, underscored by a design concept and installations developed specifically for this event, at the same time traditional and commanding attention.

Concerts, dance and music instrument showcases will highlight one dimension of Hungarian folk culture, with the support and cooperation of participants from Hungary, the Hungarian minorities of neighbouring countries and the Hungarian American community in the United States. Visitors can participate in dance instruction, learn songs or try their musical gifts playing traditional instruments. The Hungary program will feature, as a special attraction, recreations of marches and processions (weddings, religious rituals, harvest celebrations) which themselves include a number of folk customs.

The program also seeks to provide a memory that will last and to transmit knowledge in an interactive fashion about arts and crafts in Hungary. It presents key components of folk architecture, such as thatching, wood carving, picketing, as well as traditions of dress and the accoutrements of folk costumes including pearl and leather ornaments. Beyond masters of these crafts, potters and coopers will round out the demonstration of the richness of these traditions in Hungary.

Fans of winemaking and gastronomy will be enticed by the gourmanderie at the Festival site. Chimney cake, home-made strudel, stuffed cabbage baked in the furnace will be presented, among other exquisite dishes, to visitors who will be able to witness all stages of the preparation of these staples. A food concession tent will present a series of carefully selected dishes for tasting as well as a selection of wines.

A series of side events to the Festival will round out the picture and help us accomplish our aim: presenting a complex and well-rounded image of Hungary and folk heritage in Hungary.



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