English Table of Contents 1997/3
Conversation with Petrás Mária Here is a conversation with a Hungarian csángó woman from western Moldavia. She is a talented craftsperson and folk artist who came from the village of Diószén in Moldavia to Budapest to attend the school of arts and crafts. She now resides in Budapest. This is a great account of her path from the vineyards of Moldavia to being a celebrated folk artist in Hungary. By Kóka Rozália
Announcing publication of a book by dr. Bánszky Pál on 100 artists whose work has a folkart or naive art approach. Képzőművészet Vadvirágai (Wildflowers of the Finearts), in Hungarian and English, can be ordered through the Hungarian Museum of Naive Art in Kecskemét; see announcement in Hungarian.
Nagy Balázs critiques the exhibit and conference which was held on September 8-13, 1997 at the Almássy Square Cultural Center to celebrate 25 years since the Táncház movement began in Budapest. Among other things, he comments that though there were many heartfelt and interesting presentations, the actual current situation of "The Táncház" (movement) was sorely overlooked.
A few words about bagpipe player, Pál István's life. Pál István is the last living traditional Hungarian bagpiper. His father and grandfather were both shepherds, and played the bagpipe. He has become an icon of the Táncház movement as well as a wellspring of information for musicians and enthnomusicologists. Here is a condensed report on his family, life, profession, his playing style, how to prepare a skin (dog, sheep or goat) for a bagpipe and about making flutes. By Nagy Gábor
Pálfy Gyula and Vavrinecz András declare semantic and academic war on Szalay Zoltán's article on the music and dances of Magyarpalatka and surrounding area which appeared in the 1997/1 foIkMAGazin. The moral of the story being, always strive to choose your words with care and be clear on the goal and audience of anything you write.
The Turné Iroda (the (folkdance groud) tour office) of Szazhalombatta talks a little bit about the international organization which organizes folklore festivals, CIOFF. Here also is their annual listing of recommended Hungarian folk dance groups in three categories.
On October 11th, 1997, the second Vice Festival of Mezőség Dance and Song. Organized by the roman catholic church of Vice and the Hargita State Folk Ensemble. At this year's festival, dance ensembles and church choirs from 19 different villages and towns in the Mezőség region of Transylvania performed, with a ball held afterwards. By Füleki Sarolta, Csíkszereda
Citera Camp in Tiszakécske Every summer since 1984 there is a zither camp held in the dormitory of the Móricz Zsigmond Secondary School in Tiszakécske about 30 km east of Kecskemét along the Tisza River. Here everyone from children to senior citizens, can learn to play the zither, sing, do folk crafts and dancing. The director of the camp since 1994 is Urbán Zoltán, director of the Tisza 83 Citera Orchestra. By Takács Ibolya
A report of the Vadrózsa Ensemble's summer training camp in Diósjenö. For the first two days there was styling dance practice on dances from several villages of the Kükülló-menti area of Transylvania, then they began work on a new choreography of dances from the region. By Záhonyi András
Táncház-es, folk clubs
A listing of folk festivals and camps planned for 1998 in Hungary
International peace treaty in Szazhalombatta - through the language of dance. Tóth Péter writes about the International Folk Dance Festival in Százhalombatta. For several years now the Forrás Folkdance Ensemble has been inviting folkdance groups from all over the world to their town for a week in August. This year, groups from Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Chile, Turkey, Slovakia, Italy, Slovenia, France, Serbia and South Korea were guests.
Nagy Balázs offers his opinion about the folk music programming on Hungarian radio, as well as a listing of the frequency of mention of various folk music bands and personalities on the radio from January through November 1 1997. He argues that the Táncház movment's ideals and music (both revival and traditional artists) are not appropriately represented by current programming.
When the Forrás Dance Ensemble (Százhalombatta) was on tour in Taiwan from July 2 - 28, 1997, they were welcomed as long lost relatives; the descendants of Asian (Chinese) nomads.
Rece-Fice is five years old A bit of history, editorial comments about this (Hungarian) band that plays music from the area that was formerly known as Yugoslavia and announcement of their Birthday Concert to be held at Almássy Square Cultural Center in Budapest on December l5th. By Ifj. Vitányi Iván
A well documented and interesting article on the dance group from the town in Hungary's northeastern corner called Cigánd. There was a reunion of this traditional group last May, calling back the old dancers. Of the forty-some people that attended, 31 of them still live in the village. The dance group was started in 1931 and the tradition still exists today, though it has seen many different configurations and names throughout the years. By Kaposi Edit
The Final Hour Announcement of the Wednesday night series of performances by bands from villages in Transylvania at the Fonó Music Club in Budapest. Each week a different band from a different village performs in an informal concert/club situation. Fonó Records is planning to release recordings made by these bands on CD.