The Hungarian Heritage House is a national cultural institution that preserves and promotes the traditional culture of the Carpathian Basin.
The Carpathian Basin has always been a multi-national and therefore a multi-cultural region. Since these traditional cultures used to live together, we can regard it as one unit: a colourful, vivid and powerful whole involving Hungarian, Rumanian, Swabian, Gipsy and Slavic traditions and folk art. The traditional folk culture of Hungary and its neighbouring countries as well as their ethnic groups has always provided a fertile ground for studying intangible cultural heritage and has always been able to fill the soul with energy.
The scope activities of the HHH covers all fields of folklore, i.e. folk music, folk dance, handicraft and storytelling. The Institute performs arts programmes through performances of the world famous Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and its orchestra, as well as many other bands and dance ensembles. It is co-partner of music festivals and operates a concert venue in a fully modernized historical building at the heart of Budapest. It organizes applied folk arts programmes and provides wide selection of courses (e.g. jewelry-making, carpet waving, basket making or embroidery, singing, zither playing, story-telling) at both professional and hobby levels, adult education and handicraft workshops as well as children programmes (e.g. complex interactive educational programmes, special stage performances, contests and táncház/dance house). Its folklore documentation centre serves scientific and educational purposes with the services of its library and archives, while the Museum of Applied Hungarian Folk Art collects and exhibits items related to folk art in thematic temporary exhibitions. Cultural management and networking activities throughout the Carpathian Basin and beyond are to transmit the values of traditional culture.
One of HHH’s exhibitors and lecturers is Éva Salamon egg painting master. Egg painting is one of the oldest traditions, in fact it’s older than Hungary. The art of decorating Easter eggs in the Carpathian Basin was originally a Pagan ritual but was carried over with the acceptance of Christianity. Eggs are decorated with simple geometric shapes or ornamented with swirls of plants and flowers. The colour red is often used as it symbolizes the blood of Christ. Éva coming from Gyergyókilyénfalva (Szeklerland) is a specialist of szekler ornaments and techniques.