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Pesovár Ernő 1926-2008 March 2. Dance historian, folk dance researcher, musicologist, retired director of folk dance research department of the Hungarian Institute of Musicology. An  xtraordinary man whose work is well known throughout Europe and beyond. He was honored by any, many friends, colleagues, students at funeral services in Budapest on March 27th. A member of the group of world reknowned Hungarian dance researchers that brought dance archives into existence, formulated the basis for Hungarian dance research. He as a person and his work are deeply respected. His passing leaves a large hole in the profession and in many people’s hearts. Printed here are words of farewell from Mrs. Szurmai Sikló Mária (from the Ministry of Culture and Education), Felföldi László (Director of Dance Research Department of the Hungarian Institute of Musicology), Antal László (former student/dance educator - Szombathely College).

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Deadline for applications for the title of Young Master of Folk Arts is 2008 April 28. Applicants must be between 15 and 35 years of age and must apply in writing. Winners of this nationally accepted title of excellence in folk arts will be awarded on August 20th, 2008. Applicants may apply either in the performing folk artist or handcrafts categories. For contact information see announcement in Hungarian.

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Cultural TV on the internet – a new cultural medium A new Hungarian internet cultural and arts TV site has been operating since January 2008. Presently the site is financed entirely by the operating company. They have about 250 visitors to the site per day. They expect to have 1000 visitors per day by end of the summer. They report on Hungarian Cultural and Arts events and news. The site serves a broad sprectrum of Hungarian arts and culture - folk arts are also included in the programming. The site can be found at
http://www.kulturalis.tv/ K. Tóth László interviews director Márkus István.

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Book review: Vargyas Lajos: A Magyarság Népzenéje/Folk Music of the Hungarians A re-publication of Vargyás’ book from 1981. The 2002 publication includes CD of 433 music examples (Plánétás Press, Budapest) Also published on CD ROM with an English version in 2005 (by Arcanum, Budapest) By Paksa Katalin – ethnomusicologist

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Jankovics Marcell’s images of Hungarian King Matthias. Conversation with this reknowned Hungarian animation film maker, writer, graphic artist, illustrator, politician - and how his image of Hungarian King Matthias formed. By Kóka Rozália

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Interview with members of the BaHorKa Ensemble Three young singers who dance in the Jászság Ensemble have recently formed this ensemble. They began working together in mid 2007. They have one cut on the soon to be released 2008 Dance House – Hungarian Folk Music recording. They work together with the Hírős, Düvő and MaToCsáv Bands and the Jászság Ensemble. By Gál Dobos Bea

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Part I. Széki Soós János – is a writer who was born in the village of Szék in the Mezőség region of Transylvania. He and his family moved to Budapest in 1990. When he writes about Szék his stories are amazing, captivating accounts of real life there – this one is about a young girl who has her first communion. Soon after, her mother took her to the ’servants market’ in the nearest town, where people from the city came to choose country girls to work as household servants for their families in the city; then the girl’s first monthes working as a servant in Kolozsvár and her first trip home for the Christmas holidays.

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Creative tradition in visual education for children and young people Working from the basic principles of a Hungarian educational organization called the Children and Young People Arts Workshop (the so-called ’GYIK-Mühely’), Eplényi Anna is looking for new ways to inspire children to use their own creativity while learning and doing traditional folk arts and crafts.

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On the life-work of Hungarian textile artist Szekeres Erzsébet – to be exhibited in four locations in the town of Gödöllő, Hungary from May 3-June 29, 2008 Born in 1938 in Budapest, her roots and home are in the town of Gödöllő. In 1969 she was given the task of collecting the living folk arts in the region around Gödöllő. „This artist’s works not only captivate with their beauty, but her themes disclose the spirit of Hungarian Christianity, bringing the spirit of earthly man spirit closer to God...” Report by Borka Elly

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Part I : the life of Dr. Gerzanics Magdolna An extraordinary account of a Hungarian woman who was born in the 1930’s, the youngest in a family of 13 children in Ruthenia in Southewestern Ukraine. The course of events over the next 20 years took her to four countries and a dozen diff erent villages and schools, as the borders of Hungary changed and the war brought all manner of chaos during those years. This woman’s life is an example of the trials that people went through in order to keep alive, stay together with family, finish elementary school and enter adulthood. As told to Kóka Rozália

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11th Verbunk Competition – to be held on May 17, 2008 in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary and sponsored/organized by the Zala Dance Foundation and the City of Zalaegerszeg. This year’s compulsory dance material to be performed by contestants: Verbunk of Désfalva (Deaj) or Százcsávás (Ceuaş), Transylvania. First prize 70,000. HUF. Contact info – see announcment in Hungarian.

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Three dimensional movement analysis Dr. Stuber István is the director of the 3 Dimensional Morphological and Movement Analysis Laboratory at the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department of the Semmelweis Medicial University in Budapest. He and a student, Molnár Sándor, have been collaborating on use of this scientifi c method using the so-called ’stereoconverter’ to analyse movement. The method has many applications in medicine and sports, but they have already experimented using the method for documenting and analysing traditional dance and suggest that it could be invaluable in preserving Hungary’s rapidly disappearing traditional dance heritage.

Sue Foy

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