The Valley of Arts festival organised in the picturesque Kali basin, north of Lake Balaton, will offer more than 2,000 programmes at 36 venues between July 22 and July 31, the organisers said on Tuesday.
The festival in its 31st year will again connect the nearby villages of Kapolcs, Vigantpetend and Taliándörögd through music, theatre, film, contemporary literature, circus and folk dance, they told a press conference. The main venue of pop music will be at Kapolcs’s Panorama Stage with concerts by Budapest Bar, Blahalouisiana, hiperkarma, Vad Fruttik, 30Y, Carson Coma and László Dés.
The Harcsa Veronika Courtyard will feature jazz and crossover productions and Papageno Classic will be a venue hosting classical music concerts and an opera performance, Natália Oszkó-Jakab, the festival’s director, said.
The festival’s film programme includes the screening of 25 titles from the archives of the National Film Institute, György Ráduly, the institute’s director said. Literary programmes including workshops by writer Janos Lackfi and improvisations for music will be hosted by the Kaláka Courtyard where the Sebo Ensemble will also give a concert, musician Gryllus Daniel said. Theatre will be represented by performances by the Orlai Production, the Petofi Theatre of Veszprem and Art-Szinter.
The 50th anniversary of the Hungarian dance house movement will be celebrated at the festival with renowned musicians including Márta Sebestyén, the Vujicsics group and Mária Petrás. Evaluating the festival, Dániel Gryllus said “it provides the essence of Hungary’s entire cultural life encapsulated in ten days”.