Góbéfest is a new festival set to take place in Manchester City Centre on 13 -14 May.  The free event is open to everyone in the community and brings a fantastic line up of live music, dance, performing arts and more, celebrating the Hungarian culture of Transylvania.   Inspired by the Góbé culture, better known as the Székely Hungarians of Transylvania, the festival will offer a unique experience and a varied programme of activities for all the family.  Góbéfest will proudly welcome some incredible musicians and artists the UK for the first time, performing a myriad of genres, blending the traditional with the modern.  Góbéfest aims to become a catalyst for cultural and artistic collaborations between the UK, Hungary and Transylvania, Romania.

Music – Zene

Music will be at the heart of Góbéfest, as we welcome award-winning musicians from Transylvania and Hungary to perform everything from energising folk music right through to classical, jazz, rock electronic and world music.  Check out our the first wave of acts announced in ourLine Up.Góbéfest aims to encourage international collaborations between musicians and showcase new music commissions.

“Folk melodies are the embodiment of an artistic perfection of the highest order; in fact, they are models of the way in which a musical idea can be expressed with utmost perfection in terms of brevity of form and simplicity of means.”  Béla Bartók .

2017 is the Béla Bartók Memorial Year celebrating his birth 136 years ago. Góbéfest will marking this special occasion with plenty of live music performances and activities for all to enjoy.

Dance – Tánc

Dance will also play a major part in the festival and we will welcome several Hungarian folk dance troups from all around the UK. Come and learn the steps of the Csárdás, a traditional Hungarian folk dance which starts out slowly and end up fast, or get involved in the Góbéfest Táncház, a Dancehouse event which involves the audience in the performance. Expect to see some colourful costumes from various parts of the Carpathian Basin and you will surely learn some new melodies too.

Workshops & Activities

There will be opportunities for people to get to know the Hungarian culture, through workshops and activities for all age groups to enjoy. From community music workshops, using the popular Kodály method, an internationally known method of music education; to other exciting arts crafts activities. Look out for our open days and outreach workshops, leading up to the festival. The festival team of award winning artists and facilitators, all eager to help you discover something new, whether it’s an unusual instrument or a brand new rhythm.

“Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity” Zoltán Kodály

Góbéfest Market

Visitors to the festival will be able to taste of range of delicacies and delights, such as Lángos, Kürtőskalács and Gulyás, whilst admiring the array of arts and gifts stalls.  We are selecting some high quality market stall holders from around the UK, Hungary and Transylvania, bringing a selection of unique offerings for everyone to try. 

Kürtőskalács – A type of chimney cake originating from Székelyland but also highly popular in Hungary. 

Gulyás – A delicious Hungarian stew.  

Lángos – Delicious fried dough served with toppings such as grated cheese, creme freche and garlic

Beat Bazaar Projects

Góbéfest is being organised by Beat Bazaar Projects, a local not for profit music and cultural organisation, working in close partnership with other local community organisations in Manchester (Our Partners). The festival team are busy finalising the programme. Local community members and young people are all contributing to the Góbéfest preparations , eagerly looking forward to sharing their culture with the wider Manchester community. Festival volunteers and contributors come from diverse backgrounds, originating from around Europe, including Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, etc. Cultural sharing and joint taster sessions with the local Polish community, are also in the pipeline.

We are hoping that Góbéfest will also inspire some of the other less well known cultures in the city to also organise their own festival. Let’s explore the deeper meanings of diversity together”

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