The 31st Festival of Folk Arts, featuring over 800 craftsmen from around a dozen countries, opened in the Buda Castle late on Thursday.
As we wrote before, one of the most prestigious events every summer in the capital is worthwhile attending for all ages. This colorful 4-day event will include stage programs, children’s programs/games and the artisan fair. You can also take part in the parade and the blessing of the bread.
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 Felix Lajkó, the St Ephraim Men’s Chorus, woodwind player Balázs Szokolai Dongo and the Tukros 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.