English Table of Contents 2008/4
Potta Géza Folk Music Talent Search and Competition. Date: November 29, 2008 - Révkomárom (Komarno, Slovakia). Two categories: 1) String bands, 2) Solo fiddle
Participants must select material from one of 3 categories: The Mezőség region, repertoire of Potta Géza - Abaújszina [Sena, Slovakia] or any region of Slovakia. Contact info in announcement in Hungarian.
’Accredited’ Dance Weekends at Hungarian Heritage House - 2008. October 4/5: Dances of Tirpák (Northeasten Hungary); December 6/7 Dances of Felcsík (Transylvania); Saturday 10-6/Sunday 9-1. Teaching language : Hungarian. Organized mainly for experienced Hungarian dance teachers, or other with more than 5 years of dance experience. Further info in announcement in Hungarian.
The Bukovina Székely Festival was held June 20-21, 2008 in the village of Tevel in Hungary’s Tolna County. The event, organized for the 14th time by the National Bukovina Székely Association, included photo exhibition, traditonal crafts market, ethnographic exhibition and release of a book of Bukovina Recipes. A traditional wedding was staged – with 1500 ’wedding guests’- members of some 25 folk dance and folk singing groups from communities of Bukovina Székely people from several regions of Hungary. [Bukovina is a region located today partially in Northeastern Transylvania/partially in the Ukraine. The Székely Hungarians were expelled from the region in 1941 then transported and resettled eventually in Hungary]. Report by Fehér Attila and Péter László.
Young Masters of Folk Arts. Those awarded this national title for 2008 were congratulated by State Minister Hiller István in a ceremony at the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts on August 20th. See announcement in Hungarian for names. 4 young people won in dance, 11 in the category of folk crafts.
Announcement for several series of children’s/teenagers folk arts programs (music,folk dance, Hungarian Renaissance year, folk customs) held at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest. See Hungarian announcement for contact info/dates.
Magtar – Literary column. The eternal soul. Writer and poet Juhos-Kiss János writes on the death of a friend.
45th Europeade – International Folk Dance Festival. This large scale festival of amateur dance groups was hed this year July 23-27, 2008 in the town of Martigny, Switzerland. There were more than 5000 participants (including groups from Hungary). The 5 day festival took place in 9 locations. In 2009 the festival will be held in Klaipeda, Lithuania; in 2010 in Dachau, Germany. Report by Mikulai Csaba.
I like Széki Soós János’ short stories. I save them for last, my reward, when reading through the folkMAGazin articles. Mostly tales from Soós’ own early life in Szék. This one is about the first day he was sent to preschool; he simply didn’t go to school. He and two friends instead chose the lane that led through the Romanian graveyard and into the vineyard – where they spent the morning. His mother immediately figured out he hadn’t gone to school, and instead of forcing him go - bought chickens, ducks, and so on for him to tend...
In the Wake of History. Mrs. Ludányi András (Gaál Annamária)’s personal account of her life and the saga of her family during the war and since then. She was born in 1944 and was baptized while Budapest was being bombed in WWII. Her father was taken away by the Russians when she less than a year old. They never saw him again. From then on, she lived with her mother and grandmother like others during that period, especially anyone having any connection with any part of society unpopular with the government in power. Her grandfather had been a general and her father a lawyer before WW II. The authorities moved them from one place to another where they shared houses/ rooms/ apartments with many people in many different towns. She finished school at the age of 15 and went to work immediately, knowing that she had no chance of further study under that government. Eventually she, her mother and grandmother made a contract with an elderly woman in Budapest who needed care, in exchange for which they inherited her flat. She cared for her mother and grandmother until she met her husband in 1995. She now lives in the USA. As told to Kóka Rozália.
Hungarian King Matthias in Moldavia. In Hungary this is the year of King Matthias Corvinus - a celebration of the height of the Hungarian Renaissance. Here we have a historical-ethnographical study attesting to how the memory of King Matthias lives within the ethnic Hungarian Csángó people in Moldavia today, along with historical references to King Matthias himself having actually been in Moldavia – with particular reference to the villages of Klézse (Cleja, Romania) and castle ruins in Moldvabánya (Baia, Romania). By Halász Péter. (includes bibliography)
Part IV: Ethnomusicologist Sipos János - Folk Music Research. A comparison of folk songs from two ends of the Kazakh steppe. Today western ethnomusicology deals mainly with questions and methods taken from social anthropology. Analytical and comparative folk music research, often thought of as old-fashioned, may find new strength, as for example the Hungarians work on comparing Hungarian folk music with that of its various neighbors. Here almost parenthetically Sipos János tells us first about a recent experience doing field research amongst the Huichol Indians of Mexico. He attended an Easter celebration where all filming, photography and sound recording was prohibited. Sipos then goes on to give a technical overview of melodic structure - comparing the traditional music of the western Kazakh region on the Caspian sea with the melodies of the Mongolian Kazakh people.
Growing grapes in the village of Visa ( Vişea, Romania ) - Mezőség region of Transylvania. An account of local traditional grape farming methods as told by Fodor ’Selyem’ János and his wife Erzsébet (who are also exceptional dancers in the village). By Henics Tamás, Source: Kiss Géza: Visa fényképes krónika, 2006.