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Between March 27 and April 2, 2001, a festival was organized in Budapest for professional dance ensembles and ensembles from outside of the Hungarian borders. The week culminated with a gala program at the State Opera House in celebration of the the State Ensemble's 50th anniversary. During the week there were workshops and performances by all participating ensembles with professional opinion offered after performances by Novák Ferenc, Zsuráfszky Zoltán and Sebő Ferenc. Participating ensembles: from Budapest: the Honvéd, Budapest, BM Duna and the State Ensembles. From Pozsony (Bratislava), the Szőttes and Ifjú Szívek. From Topolya the Cirkalom Ensemble. From Transylvania the Maros Ensemble, Udvarhely Dance Workshop, Haromszék Dance Ensemble and Hargita National Székely Folk Ensemble. From the Ukraine, the Derceni Gyöngyösbokréta. A comment made by spokesman for the Harghita ensemble regarding the authentic style: "Anyone who doesn't like it, should have ten mothers in law". Review by Záhonyi András

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"Hagyományok Háza" - (house of tradition) – Charter of foundation The institution housed at Corvin tér 8 in Budapest has, as of January 1, 2001, been renamed and begun reorganization under a new governmental ruling as a "central budgetary organ" relating to the upkeep of State Folk Ensemble, the many arms of institutions surrounding it and the protection the [Hungarian] Folk Arts. The actual charter appears to have been printed here citing the law and related regulations, with 9 points and signature by Rockenbauer Zoltán Minister of National Cultural Heritage.

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From táncház to remix Ghymes is a Hungarian band from Slovakia where the band members still live. In the wave of popularity of the dance house movement, they formed their band in 1983 and have been playing Hungarian folk music ever since. In this interview with Szarka Tamás, the band's lead violin player, there is a lot of discussion about the changing character of their music. Over the last couple of years the band has enjoyed more and more popularity amongst a wider and wider audience. Their most recent CD "Smaragdváros" [Emerald city] is being handled by EMI and is currently being distributed in six eastern countries. They are now number 11 on the radio world music hit lists. With their music they want to reach a wider and wider audience. As Szarka Tamás put it, "maybe we are dancing on a knife blade, because we are using a lot of drum and synthesizer....this is the way we like it." Interview by Abkarovits Endre

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A review of the literature on traditional children's games of the Jászság region of central Hungary – east of Budapest. By Kocsán László of Jászberény

Page 25
Sipos János's book "Kazakh Folksongs from Two Ends of the Steppe" has been published by the Akadémiai Kiadó in Budapest and judging by its English title, perhaps is even in English (though this does not become clear through the article here). It is accompanied by a CD with the most characteristic melodies collected on two research trips. The article printed here is gives us a taste of the author's trip to Mangistau in 1997 to do field research.

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Soós János from the village of Szék gives some history and a description of the local custom for sending boys off to serve in the military. Roughly it consists of three days of singing and eating by the men and young men in the local pub, finally culminating with dancing, more eating at home and then at dawn the father accompanies his son to the central square of town where the new recruits gather and sing before setting off for their military service.

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Sebestyén Márta was the guest of the Gajdos Klub in the town of Eger for an informal evening of conversation-interview and music in January 2001. During the evening, her childhood, her parents, how she met Sebő Ferenc and began to perform, the film music for "The English Patient" and the Deep Forest recording were subjects of conversastion. When asked what it is like to have such popularity, how much of a burden it has been and how it has changed her life, in reply Márta mentioned that "it's like, when someone is sitting in a room doing whatever they usually do and then one time a ray of light falls upon them". She is doing what she has always done and she still loves doing it. By Abkarovits Endre

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Bartók's dream has been realized - the "Pátria" recordings Announcing 3 CD ROMs of Hungarian traditional music. Music recorded on gramophone by Bartók, Kodály and Lajtha – a project completed in the early 1940's – has now been released on CD ROM organized into the three larger dialect regions. Series editor: Sebő Ferenc

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The Final Hour Project – Hungary series A comprehensive project to document traditional music still played by village bands from all over the Hungarian language area. The project began in 1997, first covering Transylvania, then continued with so-called "Felvidék" (Hungarian inhabited Slovakia) and shall ultimately include all Hungarian areas of the Carpathian Basin. The recording period is slated for completion in Dec. 2001. The project is hosted by the Fonó in Budapest, where the initial recordings and documentations are made of each band invited. See list in the Hungarian article of villages in process now. Project director - Kelemen László

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Nostalgia concert in Debrecen The first of a series of folk music concerts in the town of Debrecen in northeastern Hungary. The underlying theme of this first concert seems to have been Rőmer Ottó's 50th birthday. Of all four bands (Délibab, Gereben, Karikás, Morotva) celebrated here, the common denominator was Rőmer Ottó, who has since 1970 been an active musician, music teacher and inspirational energy in the area. Article by Juhász Erika

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A Hungarian's thoughts on returning from a trip to Ireland. For whatever reason, most Hungarians feel some sort of special kinship to the Irish and no one would pass up the opportunity to visit Ireland and then report back at home on their adventures. A few points from this article: The Hungarians say, "A nation lives in its language". It has also been said, "a nation lives in its music". In a country like Ireland that almost lost its native language, it has however kept its musical mother tongue....and music is in the people's blood, while at the same time they are espeically open to new, outside influences... By Abkarovits Endre

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Ifj. Vitányi Iván has a few words of practical advice on performance contracts for folk musicians.

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Conversation with Kelemen László, director of the Hungarian Heritage House. Here Kelemen stresses the Carpathian Basin (which means the entire Hungarian language area as opposed to just the political borders of Hungary itself) as a direction in plans for the work of this institution. Currently he has cut back on his other activities so that he can concentrate on the challenges of his post which officially began on July 1. The Hungarian Heritage House is located at Corvin tér in Buda, though in two years, construction of a new building is planned for completion. Kelemen tells of many plans here, including development of a network of archives, dance houses, training programs thoughout the Hungarian language area. By K. Tóth László

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Pesovár Erno is 75 years old. Mr. Pesovár is the author of four books considered to be amongst the handbooks on Hungarian folk dance, he has been awarded the highest state honours for someone in his field, he is an ethnographer, choreographer, professor, academician. Among many other things of interest here in this interview, I liked his overview of the trends in Hungarian folk dance choreography through the decades of the fifties, sixties and seventies. Interview by Varga Lajos Márton, which appeared in Nép szabadság, 2001. September 5.

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On June 20, 2001 a group called "Ordasok" performed at the "Budai Vigadó" at Corvin tér in Budapest. The group and a new choreography are both the brain child of Sára Ferenc. The name of the new choreography can be translated as ..."men's dances and laments from Kalotaszeg", which is what is was. Sára's well-picked group of five men who all sing as well as they dance, along with musicians who were able to do justice to this music – carried off this choreography brilliantly. The result – a lot of men's dance, a lot of singing, a lot of music and the kind of performance that Sára is able to get out of people - energy, with a feeling of raw talent that isn't affected. It worked. Záhonyi András offers his commentary on the event.

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Thoughts after attending the fourth annual camp for dance and music in Hungarian Moldavia. On the far side of the Carpathian mountains, lie the villages of the Moldavian Csangó people – an isolated group of Hungarians living in the depths of Romania. This group of people have an extremely rich culture and traditional life amidst economic poverty. In addition to local music and dance, the participants experienced the local people, crafts, tales and much more during the camp. By Benko András

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On Sundays since the July 6th opening ceremonies of a place called "Millenáris Park", in Budapest, a series of events called "The Regions" has presented local dances, music and customs from various regions inhabited by Hungarians. Záhonyi András' observations and comments on some groups arriving from Transylvania.

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Takács András (Hungarian dance researcher from Slovakia) congratulates a new professional Hungarian dance group in Bratislava, the "Ifjú Szívek", on their debut performance last spring. This group of talented performers have inherited a tradition begun in 1956 by an ensemble of college students in the same city. The Ifjú Szívek perform Hungarian dance on a high level of expertise and artistry. Their performances feature dances of their native "Felvidék" (Hungarian Slovakia), Hungary and Transylvania.

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Announcement of publication of a book cataloging the traditional village dancers that have been awarded the title of "Masters of Folk Art" – a title bestowed on extraordinary folk artists by the Hungarian state since 1953. The book has been published in 2001 in cooperation between the Hungarian Heritage House, Center for European Folklore and Insitute of Musicology. It gives biographical information on each dance personality and provides a listing of the written, audio and visual materials existing in the Hungarian archives on each person. The volume was edited by Felföldi László and Gombos András (and will also be published in English).

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Announcement for a book by Farkas Zoltán, a.k.a. "Batyu" soon to be released by Panétás Kiadó (Press). This will be Batyu's newest offering on methodology for teaching Hungarian dance and a summary of his 25 years of experience performing, choreographing and teaching Hungarian ethnic dance. "..the essence of this playfulness lies in always breaking the movements down to the basic elements and then practicing them using space and rhythm creatively..." Fügedi János – leading dance notation expert

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Music journalist, Marton László Távolodó on: What is world music? Amongst others quoted here with a variety of answers...Frank London of the Klezmatics said the following, "...I think world music is a marketing question....but the way I look at it, all music is world music. Bartók and Beethoven too.  And if we listen to rock music or techno, they are a kind of folk music or world music....".

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Hungarian Jazz Conversation with Dresch Dudás Mihály "I never wanted to deny that I was born and live here (in Hungary): I see this as my fate - which I live out at times happily, and other times with despair". Dresch is an extraordinary jazz saxophonist who has spent the past perhaps 15 years allowing Hungarian village music to find its way into his own brand of what is probably best described as free jazz. Inspirations and influences he mentions here...Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, Szabados György, music at village celebrations from his youth. Interview by Marton László Távolodó

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Interview with Csík János - leader and fiddler of the Csík Band, from the town of Kecskemét in the Hungarian plain. As the band prepares a new record for release and in the wave of performances representing Hungary at the Olympics in Sydney, Csík talks about repertorie, his band and dance houses in Hungary's countryside. By Abkarovits Endre

Page 42
The Barozda Ensemble celebrates its 25th anniversary. Barozda formed in the fall of 1976 to become first táncház band in the Székelyföld area of Transylvania. The anniversary celebration will be a two day event in the town of Csíkszereda in Romania on October 26-27, with concerts, performances and dance house with former band members and friends.

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Molnár Miklós fiddler with the Ökrös Band strikes out in response to some stereotypical public opinions about folk musicians, and the existence of a certain wall between upper class society and the folk musician. He begins with a quote "why do they always have to go to the west to play, can't they play at home?" and then ends his commentary with, "But when the newspaper prints an article about the ragged little peasant band from home performing with the Philidelphia Orchestra, those talking from their high horse immediately begin clearing their throats."

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Káplár Tamás: discusses some of his opinions about Budapest táncház behavior, etiquette, repertoire.

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Conversation with Kallós Zoltán. In celebration of Kallós' 75th birthday, Abkarovits Endre went to Transylvania to seek him out for an interview. They finally met in Kallós' Kolozsvár home. At 75, Kallós has spent his life collecting traditional music in Transylvania, providing a wealth of guiding information and inspiration to generations of researchers, musicians, dancers, ethnographers. He is now deeply involved in organizing camps and workshops in Transylvania, setting up a foundation and museum, gradually arranging for release of one recording at a time from the huge amount of musical material he has collected throughout the years, all over Transylvania. This is a process of making his extensive collections of folk objects and music available to others while organizing opportunities for the youth of Transylvania to relearn and/or appreciate their own traditional music and culture. An amazing person.

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III. Hungarian Dance House Festival in Vienna. 2001 November 10. The festival featured performances by the Csík Band, Gajdos and Galga ensembles, Haránt Esther, Lukács Laci, Gémesi Zoli, Sóskuti Edit, the Szőttes Dance Ensemble (Bratislava, Slovakia), Muszka György and Ilonka, Neti Sanyi, his son, and band from Transylvania, the Napraforgók Dance Ensemble (Vienna, Austria) and many others, followed by táncház afterwards. Report by Henics Tamás

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Pesovár Ernő The list of activities, projects, publications, collaborations, positions, posts, awards and ongoing work that include the name of this key figure in Hungarian dance ethnography, history and research is awe-inspiring. Felföldi László has compiled a summary thereof, in greeting Mr. Pesovár at his 75th birthday.

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Lévai Péter comments on folk dance as a part of school curriculum in Hungary. The article starts by asking: is it possible to live without dance? ...(or music for that matter...). The answer: Yes. But what's the point?

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Announcemnt of a new choreography of the Hargita National Székely Folk Ensmeble, a dance company in Transylvania. Theme of the new work is the ancient magic stag myth of origin related to the winter solstice. Premiere of the new piece was in early November, 2001. By Orza Călin - choreographer

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An inventory of the Final Hour project. This December marks the end of a project documenting traditional village music to be found today in areas inhabited by Hungarians. The project began in 1997. During this time the repertoires of 47 bands from Transylvania, 25 Bands from Slovakia and 40 bands from Ukraine, Western Romania, Yugoslavia and Hungary have been documented in the studios of the Fonó Music Hall in Budapest. Each week a different band was brought from a different village. A total of 1250 CDs worth of material has been recorded for archival purposes and 15 CDs of selections from specific areas of Transylvania have been prepared for commercial release. More CDs of the material collected, are planned for commercial release under the Új Pátria series title. A complete listing of the villages (accompanied by the old county names used by the Hungarian researchers, but not by contemporary map-makers) covered within this program can be found in the Hungarian article. Report by Árendás Péter

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Book release - Etnofon Kiadó 2001. Moldavian Instrumental Tunes. The Óbuda Folkmusic School Series Accompanied by CD of examples. Review by Sándor Ildikó

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On October 26th and 27th, 2001, an event was held in the town of Csíkszereda in Transylvania. The occaision was the 25th anniversary of the formation of a band called Barozda. This band is no longer in existence, but it was one of the first bands of dance house movement in Transylvania. Most of its members have left Transylvania: they are living now in places like Sweden, Germany and Hungary. The event was a reunion and a chance to perform together again. Many people whose names are well known today in these circles and beyond as researchers, musicians, teachers and singers were connected with this band or joined in this celebration as friends and contemporaries of the band. Allegedly 700-800 people attended and the party lasted until the next day. In this issue, the event is covered by the conversation with Györfi Erzsébet (singer). By Abkarovits Endre.

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Soós János, though he now lives in Budapest, is from the Transylvanian village of Szék, where he worked as a teacher in the Hungarian language elementary school there from 1981-1988. Here is a sample of what it was like to live in 99 % ethnically Hungarian Szék during the time of the Ceasescu dictatorship (a regime not fond of ethnic Hungarians), the hardships imposed upon the citizens, and the nasty traps devised by the secret police (even the wall had ears then) to "catch" the Szék residents in the act of thinking of themselves as Hungarian'. Those caught in such traps were often times fined, sometimes even put in prison. To illustrate, is the story of a group of teachers, parents and students tired of unheated classrooms during the tough winter of 1985, who finally took it upon themselves to get some firewood...

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Dance personalities: Szappanos Lukács of Kunszentmiklós (1886-1973). A short portrait of the life of this traditional dancer. He was a great dancer, local personality and organizer of local dance groups and events. His dancing (the local verbunk variants in particular) has been studied, documented, placed in the archives and awarded by the state. List of references in Hungarian article. Felföldi László, Gombos András.

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Kocsán László – on the verbunk of the Jászság area (part II). In Kocsán's continuing quest of reconstructing the nearly lost dances of the Jászság area, here he makes use of historical accounts of cavalry and soldiers from the area from the period of the early 1700's til the 1850's. Dance historians have stated that a method used for recruiting soldiers for the armies during that period was the men's dance: the verbunk. Therefore historical background supports the probable existence of verbunk in the Jászság area. Furthermore there is film footage from 1952 of man from the region dancing a verbunk, which has recently, with the help of modern technology, become usable for reseach. A summary of the results of this reseach has been presented in the form of a dance performed at a festival in northeastern Hungary in October 2001.

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K. Tóth László reports on the rising value of folk art items at the Budapest antique market auctions.

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Part I - Moldavian Csángó bagpipe players. Dr. Stuber György has been going to the Hungarian villages of Romanian Moldavia since the early 1970's collecting information on bagpipes - an instrument that is very nearly extinct in that area. Over the years he has amassed an enormous amount of information on the musicians, their instrument, the repertoire – some of which he shares with us here. In this article dr. Stuber György also discusses at some length his complaints against Tobak Ferenc a Hungarian bagpipe player and maker who presently resides in California. Stuber's charges against Tobak include plagerism (misuse of Stuber's manuscript), poor handling of informant rapport (paying off informants so that they won't allow others to make documentary recordings of them), and more. (There must be a more graceful way of sharing field work results amongst colleagues. SF)

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Abkarovits Endre writes on the village of Torockó in the Kalotaszeg area of Transylvania. Some historical, ethnographical, touristic information on this village that has through help from experts of Budapest's fifth district and financial assistance for historical momuments have done enough restoration to win the Europa Nostra award in 1999 and set up village tourism there. All of this however has apparantly given the village a rather museum-like atmosphere. 

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Announcing: 21st National Dance House Festival and Market 2002. March, 16 and 17. Budapest: SAP Events Hall and Körcsarnok (at the "Népstadion" metro stop)

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Kiss Ferenc - musician, composer, director of Etnofon record label, publisher of folk and ethnographical publications, founder of the Héttorony Festival. A prolific mind with a wealth of ideas. Active in encouraging discourse amongst colleagues on tradition preservation. Kiss has now even applied for funding to make documentary films... Interview by K. Tóth László

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"The Brashov Train Station" An event staged at the Kelenföld Train Station in Budapest in November of 2002, directed by Diószegi László and Szántó Zoltán. Included 3 bands of traditional musicians from Transylvania and Romania, dancers and musicians from Budapest. Article by Babarczy Eszter (appeared in "Népszabadság" 2002 November 16.)

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4th Vienna Dance House Festival. Held on 2002 Nov. 9 at Collegium Hungaricum Report by Henics Tamás Performances by local dance ensembles, Csik Band, Galga Band, Berecz András and a host of dance teachers and musicians including members of Muzsikás Ensemble.

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Fall folk dance festivals outside of Hungary Dance house festival in Vajdaság (Voivodina) The 8th festival of southern Hungarian folk dance was held on October 12, 2002, in the town of Csóka. More than 1000 people gathered at the Vajdaság Hungarian Folklore Center for the event. Festivals that were held in Transylvania in November: Sepsiszentgyorgy (Sfintu Gheorghe) Szamosújvár (Gherla) - Mezôség Nagykároly (Carei) in northwestern Transylvania, Szatmar county. Report by Záhonyi András

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The András Foundation started a program in 2001 to encourage dancers, musicians and singers from the Hargita National Székely Folk Ensemble of Transylvania, to pass on their knowledge by teaching local youth. On 2002 November 29 - the Friday before (St.) András Day, childrens groups from at least six local villages gathered for performances, followed by dance house. This was the fourth annual such gathering in Transylvania (unfortunately the report doesn't mention exactly where the event was held). The teaching program is supported by 4 Hungarian organizations including the Hungarian Ministry of Education. Report by János Enikő and Bodi Ildikó

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The Forrás Folk Dance Ensemble toured in Mexico. Report by Szigetvári József

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The Fonó Band: MIXTURA CULTIVALIS - a new CD.

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Publication announcement: "A magyarság népzenéje" (Folk music of the Hungarians) The large scale comprehensive work of Vargyas Lajos. Edited and revised by Paksa Katalin. Book includes: more than 1000 examples of music noatation, 10 CDs of 433 melodies. Published by Planétás Kiadó, part of the series entitled "Jelenlévő múlt" . Released on 2002, Nov. Announcement by Dala Sára

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Conversation with singer Herczku Ágnes. Upon the release of her solo CD: Arany és kék szavakkal (In gold and blue). Ági started out studying dance, in 1997 went to dance with the Honvéd Ensemble, then came more and more invitations to sing and now the CD (backed up by a lot of good musicians) with songs mainly about life in love.
By Sándor Ildikó

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2002 Series of Performances by Hungarian amateur folk dance ensembles. These performances were judged by a professional jury, rating the level of expertise of each ensemble According to the system of qualifi cation reorganized in 1996, groups are re-evaluated every two years. This year 71 groups were evaluated at six diff erent events. Summary by Diószegi László - Jury member, choreographer, president of the Martin Folk Dance Association

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In the town of Székesfehérvár about 70 km south of Budapest, recently there was an exhibition at the City Gallery showing Hungarian dance history in the pictorial arts from 1686 to 1940. Karácsony Zoltán summarizes the exhibition from - as he puts it - "a dance folklore point of departure". This article gives a certain broad historical picture of Hungarian folk dance.

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Méra (Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania) September 22, 2002. An event celebrating the opening of their regional house-museum and 20th anniversary of the foundation of the local tradition preserving [practicing] performing group. This renowned and extraordinary rural community has been frequented by the most famous music and dance researchers, folklorists both Hungarian and foreign, for nearly a century. In celebration there were performances by the group from Méra, 7 other local villages and two groups from Hungary. Borbély Jolán

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Szomjas György's newest film is to be premiered at the Hungarian Film Festival in Budapest in February 2003. This is a film about Budapest's dance house scene - the táncház movement - a story told mainly through music and dance. Photography: Grunwalsky Ferenc Musical director: Kiss Ferenc Dance director: Zsuráfszki Zoltán Director: Szomjas György

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In celebration of Erdélyi Tibor's 70th birthday. Pesovár Ernő's speech heard on the November 23, 2002 evening presenting works by Erdélyi Tibor, at the Hagyományok Háza (Corvin tér) in Budapest. Érdelyi Tibor hails from northeastern Hungary's Szatmár county. Still active as dancer, choreographer, folk artist, woodcarver, teacher, Érdelyi's many faceted work is well known both in Hungary and abroad.

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Report on a festival organized for the 7th time in the village of Vice (in Transylvania). Following the festival, the Hargita National Székely Folk Ensemble gave a series of performances in other scattered communities of Hungarians in the Mezőség region of central Transylvania.

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Discussion on preserving Hungarian tradition: During a festival organized on the occaision of the 10th birthday of the Etnofon record label - a group of people who work in this field were invited to participate in a professional theoretical discourse. Pavai: "...In its original environment [tradition] wasn't preserved, it lived. The peasants had no goal of protecting their traditions...; this is an intellectual endeavor..." Printed here are notes from the discussion which indicate: there are varying opinions on just what is the best way to preserve tradition, there is a conscious eff ort to do so and that several types of Hungarian institutions are involved in this activity. Themes discussed were: what the process of globalization will do to folklore, the role of the dance house city revival movement, various Hungarian archives, the merits of the institution newly reorganized in 2001, now called the Hungarian Heritage House: previously two organizations: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and [Hungarian] Institute of Culture, with the addition of an archive housing Martin György's library and other renowned collections. Opinions were voiced by: Pávai, I.; Kiss, F.; Diószegi, L.; Berán, I.; Fekete, M. ; Éri, P.; P. Vas, J.; Lelkes, L.; Halmos, B.; Fügedi J.

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January 10-12, 2003, the 16th solo dance festival (a juried competition) will be held in the town of Békescsaba in eastern Hungary.

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Kóka Rozália - Going from House to House. Telling the story of her own family's Bukovina Székely origin and the process of her reconstruction of the Bukovina bethlehem pagent plays. A widespread Christmas custom that varies from region to region, entailing a group of people going from house to house bringing greetings in memory of the birth of Christ and for St Stephen's day. We have come not to make comedy Nor to start some humorous game We just came for a little bit of fun And to show you a little example of Christ Praise God in heaven Peace to those on earth To all people benevolent.

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Soós János - Winter Blessing in Szék. Soós regularly writes these short memoirs for FolkMAGazin about his home village in Transylvania, off ering to those of us not from such a village, little tastes of that life. Here, we hear about spinning parties on winter evenings - great gatherings for discussion of local issues, etc over needle work, spinning or other handwork. In such villages, books were rare and treasured items: as a rule only three people in a village owned books at all; the priest, the schoolmaster and the town clerk. Books were brought to spinning parties and stories read aloud. Th is is the story of the first time Soós was asked to read aloud at such a gathering and how he got his first book.

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Announcements: Varga Edit becomes vice president of the IGF (an international organization of folklore groups)

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A summer afternoon with my father - Soós János from the village of Szék in Transylvania recounts some of his father's stories of his own life.

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Kelemen László, executive director of the Hungarian Heritage House - on the last year and a half. From "Népszabadság" 2002 aug 24. Interview by Jávorszky Béla Szilárd. This report on progress, present situation and plans, tells that Mihályi Gábor was recently named director of the State Folk Ensemble, Sebo Ferenc as Professional Director of the Hungarian Heritage House. Lajtha, Martin, Pávai, Kallós archives/collections are now housed here, with more archival technology in development. Negociations continue with the Institute of Ethnomusicology regarding future cooperation. Planning continues for the institution's new location.

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Transylvanian folk dance and music camps of summer 2002: Jobbágytelke - IV. annual Marosszéki folk dance camp. Felsôsófalva - VIII. annual Székelyföld dance camp Kalotaszentkirály - organized for the 12th time - Kalotaszeg dance and music. Kommandó - IV. annual Gypsy folklore camp Vajdaszentivány - VI. annual folk dance and folk music camp. Report by Záhonyi András

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Volume 1 of the new video series "Hungarian folk costume" - features traditional costume of five regions of Hungary. Available at the Hungarian Heritage House for 4,000. HUF

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"Honti igricek" - the name of new program presented by the dance ensemble from Pozsony (Bratislava) called "Ifjú Szivek". The new show presents dance and music traditions of the area known in Hungarian as "Felvidék" - the northern reaches of the Hungarian language area, most of which lies within Slovakia. Announcment by Hégli Dusán – ensemble director

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Dunamenti Folklore Festival 2002 - was held between July 16 and 21 in three towns along the Danube in Southern Hungary. A meeting of authentic folk dance and folk music groups from 16 European countries – a CIOFF sponsored festival. Report by Héra Éva

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Map the Csángó regions - including Bukovina and Moldavian villages inhabited by the "Csángó" - a Hungarian ethnic group. A detailed map in two languages. Topográf Kft. See Announcement in Hungarian for addresses.

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CD - Kádár Ferenc (1891-1983), traditional singer and musician from Nagysárrét in Hungary's Great Plain. This traditional musician and singer was discovered by the Hungarian folk music researchers in the 1950's and 60's. On the CD are a variety of recordings made from 1961 on, and have been compiled by this musician's great grandson as a musical portrait and tribute. Announcement by Sárosi Bálint

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Fonó Band Members of the Hegedos Band (the band that accompanies one of Budapest's professional folk dance companies, the Honvéd Ensemble), upon release of their new recording (to be released by Fonó Records), have decided to adopt a new name for the group which will be used for their musical activities independent from their work with the Honvéd. This fall they will be hosting regular dance houses at the Fonó Music Hall in Budapest. Band members: Ágócs Gergely, Gombai Tamás, Herczkó Ágnes, Kürtösi Zsolt, Szabó Gábor. Interview by Jászai Julianna.

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A CD of songs from the village of Vágáshuta - in the Zemplén region recorded between 1998 and 2000. Notes from the record cover.

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Táncház folk music - 2003  Announcement for recording to be released in April 2003. Professional and amatuer musicians and singers wishing to be included on this recording may submit entries of 10 minutes of music on CD by Nov. 4, 2002. For more info, contact Agócs Gergely at Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest.

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Kettös (name of a couple dance from the Gyimes region of Transylvania) A story about teaching a young girl to dance...as told by Zerkula János. From the cover notes of a new CD to be released by Folk Europa Kft. Ábrahám Judit

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Táncház listing – an up-todate list of dance houses all over Hungary and Transylvania

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New Living Folk Music 2003. Those folk musicians, singers interested in participating in this recording should submit sample CD of music by October 31, 2002. Entries will be juried. Inquire: Havasréti Pál at the Dance House Association.

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Conversation with Berecz András – singer, story teller. Berecz' life story is here. About his family, childhood, how he came in contact with the dance house and what became his passion and livelihood: traditional village song and folk tales. Berecz has travelled far and wide, collecting as well as performing his material. He has recently published a new book entitled "Rokonok söre" an anthology of Chuvash folk literture – with his translations (into Hungarian). By Abkarovits Endre

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On August 16, 2002 Rákóczi Kovács Gusztáv was awarded the distinguished Master of Folk Arts award. He is a traditional dancer from the town of Nagyecsed in Northeastern Hungary's Szatmár County. His excellent and creative dancing is well known both locally and nationally and has been well documented by the Hungarian dance researchers, with many films of his dancing to be found in the archives. Article by Busai Norbert

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Jászság Folk Costume - Exhibition at the Jász Museum in Jászberény. This exhibit shows the development of costume of this area of Hungary from the 13th Century through the present. The opening of the exhibition on July 25, 2002 included presentation of an instructional video on costume of three towns in Hungary and the Jászság region with costume demonstration, as well as performances by local chorus and dance group. Exhibit open until June 30th 2003. Article by Dr. H. Bathó Edit – museum director.

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Kocsán Lázsló, in this issue writes on the outlaws of the Jászság region. Escape from being drafted into military service, and the consequent life of an outlaw is often referred to and romanticised in Hungarian folklore. Here Kocsán offers some information specific to his region.

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Conversation with Balogh Kálmán. Kálmán, an extraordinary cymbalom player, that has played with just about every Hungarian band of the dance house movement, along with bands and/or music from many other European cultures and styles. He has been classically trained (Liszt Academy of Music) and influenced by his generation and by every music he has come in contact with. In this interview his observations about different styles of music and comments on the role of restaurant Gypsy music in Hungarian culture, go to a deeper layer of understanding and a scope beyond the generally expressed opinions of this genre and generation. Marton László Távolodó – excerpts from his book published by Etnofon, 2001.

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Conversation with members of the Téka Ensemble This band, formed 26 years ago, named itself after the small cupboard where the valuables of the peasant household were kept – namely: family documents, money, Bible, salt and the pálinka. Band members tell about formation of the band, the early years, how the present band members came to join and current activities. What does this band do? Dance houses, concerts, tours, makes recordings, organizes camps, studies under various village musicians and teach. K. Tóth László

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