English Table of Contents 2002/4
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
"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.)
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.
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
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
The Forrás Folk Dance Ensemble toured in Mexico. Report by Szigetvári József
The Fonó Band: MIXTURA CULTIVALIS - a new CD.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
January 10-12, 2003, the 16th solo dance festival (a juried competition) will be held in the town of Békescsaba in eastern Hungary.
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.
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.
Announcements: Varga Edit becomes vice president of the IGF (an international organization of folklore groups)