- Tamás Szarka and Ghymes is a platinum-selling Hungarian-Slovakian band who have been recording and playing together since the 1980s. An eight-piece, including lute, zither, sax and flute, their sound is rooted in Hungarian and Central-Eastern European folk traditions
- Harghita National Székler Folk Ensemble is a 19-strong folk dance group from the eastern Transylvanian region of Romania. Sponsored by their local town council in Miercurea Ciuc, they showcase important dance traditions beyond their own Szekerland region, including those of the minority Moldavian Csango people.
- Annamari Dancs is a celebrated singer from the Budapest Operetta Theatre
- Hungarian pop superstar Ildikó Keresztes enjoyed performing at last year’s Góbéfest so much she was the first act to be confirmed for 2018.
- Selfish Murphy is a Transylvanian Celtic punk band, with a set list that includes The Leaving of Liverpool and Wild Rover. Since 2011 they have been transporting the convivial atmosphere of the Irish pub to Transylvania.
- La Mort Subite describe their sound as Balkano Carpathian Franco Greco Russo Turco Gypsy Jazz Folk. “Think of us as conjuring up images of a smoky workers’ bar in Paris, a wild night-time gathering around a gypsy campfire, a drunken Hungarian wedding party in the small hours and a Greek taverna on a hot summer’s evening,” they say.
Góbéfest was established in 2017 to celebrate the little-known culture and traditions of the Szekler people – a group of ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania, which is part of Romania.
With its roots firmly in Transylvania, Góbéfest 2018 will also showcase the practices and folklores of other minority cultures across Europe.
“You have heard all the mysterious myths and legends, now come and experience the magic of Transylvania, right in the centre of Manchester. Góbéfest promises to be a unique celebration, offering a dazzling extravaganza of music, dance, cuisine and multicultural activities , captivating the whole family with the authentic and diverse sounds, tastes and flavours of Transylvania and the Carpathian Basin. I am really looking forward to involving more cultures in the festival this year, celebrating diversity and difference and welcoming youth leaders from around Europe.”