Featuring photography by Kása Béla and selected photos from the archives of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography
Hofer Tamás discusses preserving folk cultural heritage in light of Hungary’s desire to join the European Union, mentioning France’s approach of ’open cultural pluralism’.
Bankó András (member of folkMAGazin editorial staff) tells why they felt there was a need for a magazine on folk music, folk dance and folk arts.
Bankó András provides history on the Táncháztalálkozó (dance house festival) to date, starting from the first one that was held in March of 1982 (an excerpt from his book "Muzsikás évtizedek” (Kós Alapítvány, Budapest 1994).
News, information on dance houses, and listing of folk music, dance and crafts camps, etc
Program for the Táncháztalálkozó (dance house festival) March 26-27, 1994.
Photograph by Kása Béla: musicians from the village of Magyarpalatka (Pălatca), Cluj County, Romania.
György Károly reports on the Kalotaszeg Ball held at the Belvárosi Ifjúsági Centrum (Downtown Youth Center) on Molnár utca in Budapest on Februry 12th, 1994 – where 8 traditional village musicians were invited from Transylvania’s Kalotaszeg region to play a concert (recorded for the folk music archives) and for the ball.
Pesovár Ernő remembers Széll Jenő (1912–1994), a firm believer in Hungarians and the folk arts: as one-time director of the Institute of Folk Arts, Széll was responsible for initiating and supporting important collection work, documentation and publications on folk music and dance.
The Muharay Association’s thoughts on preserving folk tradition as written in Muharay Elemér’s (1901–1960) book from 1942 "Hagyományunk, műveltségünk, életünk” [Our Traditions, Our Culture, Our Life].
Szabó Zoltán reports on ‘Bagpiper’s Carnival’ – a meeting of bagpipers from all corners of the Hungarian language area, both traditional musicians and their students – held in the town of Kislehota (Mala Lehota), Slovakia.
Horváth Károly’s thoughts on Hungary’s dance house movement, Hungarian folk music (both traditional and arranged), the Hungarian diaspora and folk life in Britain – upon the launch of folkMAGazin.
Hamar Dániel (double bassist – Muzsikás Ensemble) offers a bit of history as Muzsikás Ensemble turns 20 years old.
Mohácsy Albert (instructor) announces completion of the so-called "C. Category” training course for dance house musicians (string instrument players) held one weekend a month in Budafok from January 1993.
Kaláka Ensemble celebrated their 25th anniversary on March 6, 1994 with a folk festival held at the Petőfi Csarnok in Budapest featuring childrens programs, and concerts by 6 groups representing 5 different countries and/or ethnic groups.
Bankó András writes on Portéka Ensemble – a young folk band from Komárom.
Bankó András reviews the versatile, talented cymbalom player Balogh Kálmán’s career to date and his music.
Hofer Tamás announces an exhibition at the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography entitled "Hungarians between East and West. National Legends and Symbols”, open: March 25 – September 25, 1994.
Back cover: Molnár V. József provides information on customs surrounding Whitsuntide (Pentecost) in Hungarian folk tradition.