43rd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 5–7 April 2024
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Children’s story telling competitions in Transylvania’s Gyimes Valley. A series of children’s story telling contests grew out of a trip Kóka Rozália took to Gyimes in the spring of 2014 to perform at a celebration there. She was befriended by a 10 year girl who asked if she had brought any books with her. As a result of this question Rozália returned to Hungary and collected 1500 story books which she took to Gyimes in October of the same year. The first story telling contest was held February 21st, 2015. It was organized by local schools, teachers and clergy in the Gyimes Region and supported by the Lakatos Demeter Csángó Magyar Cultural Association, the folk arts section of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, and Hungarian educators from the nearby town of Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc, Romania. Further story telling contests were held in the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016. In 2017 the event grew into a story telling and folk song contest, and was held again in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 contest was cancelled because of the COVID epidemic. Report by Kóka Rozália. First published in the journal „Művelődés –Gyimesek” 2021/1-2. Kolozsvár, Romania.