August 18th, 2017

Festival of Folks Arts opens at Buda Castle

The 31st Festival of Folk Arts, featuring over 800 craftsmen from around a dozen countries, opened in the Buda Castle. The largest folk arts event in Hungary, which runs until August 20, features craftsmen and artists from all regions of the Carpathian Basin and, among other countries, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Honduras. The guest of honour is Mongolia, the organisers said at the opening. Embroidery is in the focus of this year’s event, with workshops offering insight into the techniques of various regions, they said.

Violinist Félix Lajkó, the St Ephraim Men’s Chorus, woodwind player Balázs Szokolay Dongó and the Tükrös Ensemble will be among the performers, along with musicians and dancers from Georgia, Honduras and Bashkortostan. The festival is a stronghold of folk art for Hungarians and other ethnic groups in the region, helping artists “to uphold and pass on our heritage to the coming generations”, Mrs Miklós Pál, head of the organisers, said at the opening ceremony.

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