English Table of Contents 1996/2
Interview with sculptor, Péterfy László, on how the Mesterségek Ünnepe started ten years ago. On August 20th 1987, the first Festival of Folk Arts was held in the Buda Castle. The tenth one will be held this year in the same place at the same time. By Ledniczky Márton.
Novák Ferenc muses on the meaning of dance and how those movements in daily life may have evolved into that movement which we have come to know as dance and why.
Review of this year's "Kaláka Festival". A two day music festival which happens in mid July every year in the castle ruins in Diósgyőr, near Miskolc. This year Hungary's best, performed along with musicians from Finland, Macedonia, Italy, Transylvania and more. By Fogarasi Lajos.
The prímás from the Mezőség village of Palatka, Kodoba Béla, talks about his life, his music and playing for the various communities in the Palatka area, with particular comments on playing in the village of Magyarkeszü. From an interview by K. Tóth László.
Review of Ratkó Lujza's book, "Nem úgy van most, mint vót régen..." about the dance traditions of the Nyírség region of northeastern Hungary. By Bankó András. Forward from the new reprinting of Martin György's book, Magyar Néptánchagyományok (Hungarian Folk Dance Traditions).
The Téka Ensemble is twenty years old. A history of this band from their christening by Sipos Mihály to their present day thoughts and activities as one of Budapest's most long standing and active táncház bands, committed to the music, their audience and their art. By K. Tóth László.
Program for this year's Mesterségek Ünnepe (Festival of Folk Arts). August 17-18-19-20, Buda Castle
Táncház-es and folk clubs
List of those awarded the Master Craftsman, Outstanding Folk Artists and the "Tree of Life" awards for excellence in folk craftmanship and folk arts, 1996.
XVI Táncház Festival Th e sixteenth annual Táncháztalálkozó, the biggest Táncház event of the year, is planned for Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, 1997, at the Budapest Sportcsarnok.
Internet and Táncház, by Berán István Under the address: Népzene, Néptánc, Kézművesség /Folk Music Dance and Handicraft in Hungary (www.datanet.hu/tanchaz): One can find information and announcements or communicate with the Táncház Egyesület in either Hungarian or English.
Interview with Szerényi Béla, musician and hurdy-gurdy maker who studied with the last traditional master craftsman and musician, Bársony Mihály until his death in 1989. Bársony's wife gave Béla the tools and contents of the workshop, he has continued the craft and the tradition.
Szerényi Béla's Hurdy-Gurdy Series - The "Pátria" recordings The Pátria recordings were the first recordings made of hurdy-gurdy music in Hungary. They were made in 1939 as a result of the combined off ort Bartucz Lajos, anthropologist of the Ethnographic museum in Budapest, Csallány Gábor, director of the Szentes Museum and Hungarian Radio in Budapest. The musicians were called together by means of an ad in the Szentes newspaper and they were invited to Budapest to do the recordings.
Lacemaking Hungary's Queen Beatrix (the Italian wife of King Mátyás) is credited with introducing the art of lacemaking to Hungary some 400 years ago. Although it is well known that the most beautiful laces come from Belgium, Holland and parts of Germany, the laces of Selmecbánya and Körmöcbánya were mentioned as exceptional in the XVII century. Today Gervai Mária (folk artist) is one of the people still practicing this craft in Hungary.
Review of an amazing Romanian brass band called Fanfara din Zece Prajini. By Bankó András. Comments on other recent recordings by Bankó András.
Bankó András comments on the Téka ensemle's new CD, "Ha te húzod..." Egyszólam's newest recording, "Fa szülte ágát" of music from Somogy (Southern Hungary) and Gyimes (Eastern Transylvania). Review by Bankó András. "Túl a Tiszán" Szerényi Béla and Friends' recent recording of hurdygurdy (tekerő) and friends. Review by Bankó András.
Review of the Duna menti Folklorfestival which took place in 1996, in last week of June. It is an international festival which was organized by the three hosting towns, Kalocsa, Szekszárd and Baja, in conjunction with the hosting county, the Folklorefestival Association, the Hungarian chapter of CIOFF, the Hungarian Institute of Culture and European Folklore Center (ECTC). By Dr. Kürti László.
Review of the Muzsikás and sebestyén Márta tour of the USA in March 96 (in English and Hungarian). By Paula White and Dan Talmo.
Juhász Katalin's thoughts about the role of history in folksong and references to historical people, events and time in folksong, an article inspired by this year's 11:00th anniversary of the arrival of Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin, the Millecentenárium.