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Halmos Béla (1946-2013) Béla passed away on July 18th in Budapest. Béla’s mission was to support and further the táncház movement; the Hungarian folk music and dance revival movement he was instrumental in starting some 40 years ago. He was a fiddler, folk music researcher, teacher, professor, and his activities and circles of friendships, students and colleagues spreads far and wide. Printed here is a summary from MTI, the Hungarian News Agency, of his funeral on August 9th, where Balog Zoltán - Hungarian Human Resources Minister, Fekete György of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, and Kelemen László – Director of the Hungarian Heritage House – all spoke. Also listed are the many, many musicians that played at the funeral and other important figures in Hungarian cultural life that attended. Printed also here are more personal tributes to Béla as a friend and his work: by Henics Tamás (photographer, medical researcher); and by Nagymarosy András – Béla’s long time colleague and fellow musician in the Kalamajka Ensemble.

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Hungarian Heritage was a main theme of the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival 2013, held June 26-30 and July 3-7 on the National Mall in Washington DC, USA. Hungary sent a generous contingent of folk artists, musicians and dancers to share their knowledge on everything from traditional Hungarian cuisine to teaching methods of Hungary’s dance house movement – with the 1.5 million people that attend this annual festival. Report by Diószegi László first published on July 20, 2013 in Magyar Nemzet Magazin.

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Report on Norway’s 24th Førde Folk and World Music Festival. Performances of more than a dozen groups from around the world are mentioned along with description of the festival, the surroundings and the Norwegian hardanger fiddle. Invited from Hungary were the Söndörgő and Bes o droM bands. By journalist, Fehér Anikó.

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Interview with Éri Péter, musician with the Muzsikás Ensemble, on August 6th, 2013 - the day of a concert celebrating Muzsikás’ 40 years at Budapest’s Sziget Festival. Talking about the early days of Muzsikás and making trips to Transylvania to seek out traditional musicians there, Péter said: “Our trips there were not so much to collect music and do research, we went instead to really learn how to play music – as good as possible...”. About the 40th anniversary concert, he said, “... We don’t want to celebrate ourselves; we are celebrating the 40 years...so we invited our musician friends from Hungary, and Balanescu, Jandó Jenő, Woven Hand, and village musicians, singers, and dancers – people whose level of artistry is fit for Hungary’s greatest stages.” By Kovácsy Tibor, first appeared in Magyar Narancs 2013/31. 

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On the death of Transylvanian poet Rafi Lajos. Rafi Lajos was born in 1970 into a Gypsy tinsmith family in the town of Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureş in Transylvania. He graduated from secondary school and lived in Gyergyószárhegy/Lăzarea. He was first published in 1989, then a book of his poetry was published in 2007 by L’Harmattan Press and later another volume of his poetry was published. He was the father of 6 children and supported his family as a tinsmith. The piece here, written by a friend of Rafi ’s, muses on whether suicide was a factor in Rafi ’s death - or not. By Farkas Wellmann Endre, first published on July 13th, 2013 in Magyar Nemzet Magazin.

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Excerpts from Veres Péter’s writings on a shepherd’s life: Excellent descriptions of details of a shepherd’s life, duties and profound knowledge of the animals’ personalities. From a collection of Veres Péter’s writings published by Szépirodalmi Press, 1973.

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Obituary: Ág Tibor: 1928 April 13 – 2013 August 29. Celebrated Slovak-Hungarian folk music researcher, choir master, composer, music teacher, leader of the Slovak-Hungarian folk chorus movement. Some 20,000 folk songs have been transcribed as a result of his work. Ág Tibor was born in Pozsony/Bratislava; his funeral was held on September 4th in Nagymegyer/Veľký Meder (Slovakia), where he lived since his retirement.

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The erosion of Hungary’s cultural mother tongue. This is a discussion of the importance of local culture and how it has been slowly eroded by social and economic changes of the past century. In particular, the homogenization process of Hungary’s local music culture, clothing and dress, language and dialect are examined. “Uniform, homogenized culture breeds unmotivated, unproductive and sad people”. The study concludes with an appeal for attention to this problem within national governmental planning. Part I. Agócs Gergely, PhD.

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New publication: Pávai István: Az erdélyi magyar népi tánczene [Transylvanian Hungarian folk dance music]. The volume presenting Transylvanian ethnomuscologist Pávai István’s lifework, was first published in Transylvania by the Kriza János Ethnographical Society in December of 2012. It has now also been published in Hungary by the Hungarian Heritage House. In Hungarian, with summaries in English and Romanian. It can be ordered online through the Hungarian Heritage House.

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