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Festival

IV. “ST IVAN’S DAYS” AT THE LAKE BALATON

Application Form Price: 95 € Date: 25 - 28 June, 2021
Location: Keszthely, Hungary
Director: Aron & WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 March, 2021
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

                                          I N V I T A T I O N

Lake Balaton
The “Hungarian Sea”, is the people’s name for the 50-mile long lake with silky green-yellow water in the middle of Transdanubia. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary’s most precious treasures and most frequented resorts. It is also the largest lake in Central Europe.
The region lying west of Lake Balaton occupies a unique place on the map of Hungary. Being the part of an important region from the point of view of tourism, that of Balaton, it is a favourite destination for both Hungarian and foreign tourists. As for its climate, it is a pleasant place, it may have the most predictable climatic character, and rarely do we have unsettled weather. As for the features of the terrain – it is Hungary on a small scale as tourists can find here gentle hills, extended flat plains, rivers, lakes.
The West-Balaton region offering so many pleasant features, it is easy and fast to get to the right spots, as all the traffic routes lead to the places where the curious visitor can find everything that interests him. House with a verandah; it is interesting that all rooms open on the verandah and there is a free chimney in the kitchen. The furniture of the house shows the lifestyle of a wealthy peasant. The exhibition of the House of Regional Traditions is completed by the collection of ethnography. From the look-out tower on Kőhegy you can enjoy a wonderful view of Lake Balaton and the local vineyards. The nearly 3 km long continuous grassy free beach on the lake shore with a wonderful panorama attracts many visitors. The safety of the bathers is guaranteed by the free medical service and a rescue team. In the peak season a free playing house is available for children. Parking is free in the whole territory of the village.

Keszthely
Keszthely, a city of grand town houses perched at the very western end of Lake Balaton is hands-down one of the loveliest spots to stay, far removed from the tourist hot spots on the lake. You can dip in its small, shallow beaches by day, absorb its lively yet relaxed ambience by night and get a dose of culture by popping into its handful of museums and admiring its historical buildings. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festetics Palace, a lavish baroque home fit for royalty.

Hévíz

More than twenty thousand years ago nature presented our settlement with a unique treasure. The green heart of Hévíz is the 4 hectare lake, which is the biggest thermal lake of the earth being suitable for bathing. We share this treasure and alongside with it the experience of health with all our visitors. Therapeutical activities are based on 200-year old experience and it is no wonder that the so- called medicinal weight bath was born in Hévíz, which is used all over the world nowadays.Hévíz and its surroundings are unique in the sense of having specific atmosphere, intact natural resources, cultural values and the hospitality of people living here. The well-known healing effect and life-giving stroking of the lake, a romantic dinner in the line of the wine cellars, a walk under the alder trees in Egregy, the sight of the water-lilies and traditional hospitality mean all together the “Hévíz experience.

Participants: 

  • Folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, music bands from all over the world  
  • The number of the participants are not limited
  • No age limits
  • Number of seats are limited!

Participation fee includes:

  • Participation in the festival concerts (2 performances)
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board
  • Diplomas, gifts
  • Organization expenses
  • Free entry to the local Balaton beach (https://west-balaton.hu/keszthely/keszthely-strand/varosi-strand-keszthely)
  • Free entry St. Ivan’s night

Participation fee does not include:

  • Transport
  • Optional programs
  • Insurance
  • Tourist tax: 2 €/person/day, payment on the spot at the accommodation

Participation fee

  • 95 Euro per person in Youth Hostel
    • Youth Hostel, 4 bedded rooms, shared bathroom
    • 200m from the city center and the local beach 
    • Additional day can be booked for 28 €/person/day
  • 145 Euro per person in 3*** Hotels:
    • Hotel Abbázia: (https://clubdobogomajor.hu/hotel/english/)
    • Free wellness and spa
    • 2-4 bedded rooms, supplement for a single room is 20 €/person/day
    • Additional day can be booked for 46 €/person/day
  • 149 Euro per person in Hunguest Hotel Helios:
    • Hunguest Hotel Helios: (https://www.hunguesthotels.hu/en/hotel/heviz/hunguest_hotel_helios/)
    • Free wellness and spa
    • 2 bedded rooms, supplement for a single room is 15 €/person/day
    • Additional day can be booked for 49 €/person/day

·         Program:

25 June

Afternoon arrival at the Hotel, meeting with group leaders and festival organizers, discussing the programs of the next days.
Dinner in the Hotel.

 

26 June

After breakfast optional program, boat trip on the Lake Balaton
Afternoon pleasant time on the beach or visiting one of the main sight of Keszhely, like
gorgeous Festetics Palace, the Pethő House, Synagogue, Gothic parish church, Georgikon Grange museum, Balatoni Museum, Helikon memorial or any other fascinating place in Keszthely. Climbing the Castle or SzigligetCatle
Dinner

Performance at the main square of Keszthely
Free time, enjoying the night out at one of the open air bars of terraces of Keszthely.

 

27 June

After breakfast optional program, sunbathing and swimming in the Lake Balaton
wine-tasting, have a nice walk on the Pedestrian Street, or just enjoying the lake side area and the pier, visit the Doll Museum, Surber’s Museum of Automatic Musical Instruments and Phonographs, the Historical Panopticon, Georgikon Farm History Museum, or have a fun trip with the Sightseeing Nostalgia Train
Dinner

Performance at the Music Pavilion, gala concert, receiving the diplomas and gifts
Free time, enjoying the night out at one of the open air bars of terraces of Keszthely.

 

28 June

     Breakfast, departure of the participants

      NUMBER OF SEATS IS  LIMITED!

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                   NEWS OF THE FESTIVAL:                          Published on 26 June 2019

 

THE FESTIVAL "ST IVAN’S DAYS" WELCOMED PARTICIPANTS FROM 4 COUNTRIES

From 22 to 25 June near the Balaton Lake in the Hungarian town of Keszthelywas held the second edition of the festival "St. Ivan's Day". Five folk dance, singing and music groups from Serbia, Ukraine, Senegal and Macedonia participated in this festival, informed  director of the festival. 

"Keszthely, a city of grand town houses perched at the very western end of Lake Balaton is hands-down one of the loveliest spots to stay, far removed from the tourist hot spots on the lake. You can dip in its small, shallow beaches by day, absorb its lively yet relaxed ambience by night and get a dose of culture by popping into its handful of museums and admiring its historical buildings. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festetics Palace, a lavish baroque home fit for royalty.This beautiful environment made this festival unique, where the five participants group from Serbia, Ukraine, Senegal and Macedonia had the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant boat trip, sightseeing tours, museums during the day and show their art to the locals and tourist in the evenings. The organizers and the city definitely want to continue this festival in the next year." informed director of the festival.

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Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 7 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8,4/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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