English Table of Contents 1996/3
Fehér Anikó's thoughts about family, being a mother, the Christmas season and the joy of making, giving and recieving gifts.
Halling Pesovár Ernő on his 70th birthday. For more than 40 years, Ernő Pesovar has been activly researching and writing about Hungarian dance. Dr. Dienes Gedeon's celebratory speech given on November 20th at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' department of music.
Announcement of this year's recipients of the Király Zsiga award for contribution in the folk arts: Dr. Bánszky Pál, Mr. and Mrs. Bereczky Kálmán, Galántfi András, Skrabut Éva, Vajda László and the Yurt Building group of Zalaegerszeg and Zala County.
Novák Ferenc writes about use of folklore in theatre. The ageless stories, characters or themes in folklore have served as the basis for the most famous theatre works of all time. "Any area or branch of folklore, if well used, has a place on the stage today as well."
Book review by Kaposi Edit. In 1995, a book of Zsigmond Erzsébet's memoirs, was published by the Kriza János Ethnographical Group of Kolozsvár (Cluj) Transylvania. This book, written in Hungarian, gives Zsigmond Erzsébet's personal account of the hardships, as well as the rich social structure and customs which constitute life in a Transylvanian village.
Information, news announcements
The Netherlands was the first country invited as guest at the Festival of Folk arts and Crafts on Castle Hill in Budapest in August 1996 on St. Stephens Day. Dutch craftspeople arrived to demonstrate traditional crafts from cheese making to wooden shoes. A very successful start of a new tradition of inviting a different country every year to share in this festival. Report by Gyulay Mária.
"Living Folk Art 1996" is the name of an exhibit at the Ethnographic Museum (Néprajzi Múzeum) in Budapest. The exhibit will be open until March 1, 1997. This is an exhibit of juried works by the most outstanding folk artists working in Hungary today, covering crafts from weaving to traditional honeycake making. By Beszprémy Katalin
Announcement of the formation of a three member research group on the Tancház Movement and folklorism. Seminariums have been held during this semester in the folklore department of ELTE BTK. See article for contact persons and addresses. By Juhász Katalin.
Kóka Rozália writes a description of the fifth annual dance camp in Gyimes (Gyimesközéplok, Transylvania, Romania). In 1996, almost 600 people from all over Transylvania, Hungary, Europe and even from the USA attended the camp. This article includes both personal reflections on the camp as well as quotes from interviews with participants which she conducted during the camp.
Announcement of publication of a book on the art of Erdélyi Tibor, wood carver. Erdélyi Tibor (b. 1932) is an artist. He danced in the Hungarian State Folkdance Ensemble as soloist for some 25 years, wood carver, choreographer and teacher. By Kaposi Edit.
The Ministry of Education has requested that a set of goals be written for tekerő (hurdy-gurdy) teaching instruction. Excerpts from the goals written up by Havasréti Pál, folk musician and folk music teacher. Part of the series on the hurdy-gurdy, by Szerényi Béla.
A short history of braided horse-hair jewelry by horsehair craftsman, Németh György.
In January of 1996, the "Hungaraton Classic" label released a CD of folk music collected by Bartók Béla on his last trip to Turkey in 1936. by Keresztessy Klára.
Nagy Balázs gives advice and suggestions on buying and repair of musical instruments, recommending the services of the Hungarian Musical Instrument Association (Magyar Hangszerész Szövetség).
Juhász Katalin writes about Regölés; a Hungarian custom with ancient roots in myth, orthodox, catholicism and pagan seasonal fertility rites. For a week, starting on Dec 26th, the regös goes from house to house, greeting the people for the holidays and New Year with song, verse and pagentry. In Hungary, the custom, for the most part, survives in people's memories, but it is still practiced as a custom in more remote parts of Transylvania.