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Festival

III. Balaton International Folk Festival at the „Hungarian Sea”

Application Form Price: 135 € Date: 25 - 28 August, 2023
Location: Hungary- Siófok, Hungary
Director: K.A. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2022
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.

Siófok

Siófok is the largest town on the southern side of Lake Balaton and is known for being the party town of the lake. Its port serves every boat route on the lake. Cruise boats also start from here. The hotels of the Golden and Silver Beaches are very much in demand. The pleasant parks are ornamented with statues. The Lutheran church has a remarkable style. The composer of the internationally renowned operettas, Imre Kálmán (1882-1953), is the famous son of this city. His piano and many personal belongings can be seen in his museum. The Water Management Museum covers the history of shipping and fishery on Lake Balaton, while a huge collection of minerals is exhibited in the

Museum of Minerals.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.

 

 

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:

* Accommodation

“Aranypart” mobile homes and holiday houses

https://aranypartcamping.hu/en/

135 euro: Holiday house https://aranypartcamping.hu/en/home-2-

2/accommodation-types-2/mobile-and-holiday-house/

The 8-person two-storey holiday houses have a semi-covered terrace (with garden furniture), 4 double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, livingroom, SAT-TV, equipped kitchenette, gas stove, 170l refrigerator and 2 shower / WC.

149 euro: Holiday house plus https://aranypartcamping.hu/en/home-2-2/accommodation-types-2/mobile-and-holiday-house/

One-storey holiday homes have a semi-covered terrace (with garden furniture), 2 double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, living room with extra bed, SAT-TV, kitchenette (coffee maker, gas stove, fridge) and shower / WC.

Number of beds, types: Bedroom: pull-out sofa set (max. 1 of people). Bedroom number of 2: 2x2 single bed (telescopic).

179 euro: Holiday house extra https://aranypartcamping.hu/en/home-2- 2/accommodation-types-2/mobile-and-holiday-house/

This fully furnished and well-equipped mobile house has two sleeping chambers, a living room with a dining corner set (that can be turned into a bed for two), a kitchen, a bathroom with shower and a toilet. There is a

roofed terrace with outdoor furniture in front of the house. The mobile house has an air conditioner.

179 euro: Mobile house https://aranypartcamping.hu/en/home-2- 2/accommodation-types-2/mobile-and-holiday-house/

This mobile house is ideal if you are on holiday with family or friends.Due to the extensive equipment of the mobile houses, visitors will have everything available for a pleasant vacation. The big terrace with a direct panorama view onto Lake Balaton is suitable for families and circles of friends. This fully furnished and well-equipped mobile house has two sleeping chambers, a living room with a corner set (that can be turned into a bed for two), a dinette, a kitchen, a bathroom with shower and a toilet. There  is a roofed terrace with outdoor furniture in front of the house.

3* Hotel Hotel Family www.familiahotel.hu

169 euro: (2-3 bedded rooms)

* Meals: half board for the whole festival (2 meals per day)

* Diplomas and gifts from the city

* Official invitation

Participation fee does not include

* Transport

* Optional programs

* Insurance

* Tourist tax: 2 euro per person per day, payment on the spot

Program:

25 August

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

Dinner in the Hotel.

26 August

After breakfast optional program, boat trip on Lake Balaton

Beach time: Siófok Beach is the main reason for visiting this town. With famous Gold and Silver beaches Siófok become one of the most visited place at the shore. The lake itself is very beautiful, but not deep witch suit for non-swimmers.

Performance on the main square of Siófok

Closing ceremony, receiving the gift and diplomas from the city and the organizers

Dinner, free time, exploring the night-life in Siófok where many bars, pubs and discos are available all night long 

27 August

After breakfast optional program, sightseeing in Siófok, Water Tower, Rose Garden, Millennium Park, Jókai Park, SiófokHarbour, Weather Observatory, Canal Locks, ImreKálmán Museum, Mineral Museum, Egg Museum.

Sightseeing in Zamárdi: Donkey Stone, Kőhegyi lookout point, Jubilee Monumentor, visiting some attractions of the neighborhood:

Tihany peninsula: The Tihany peninsula, which once was an island and only after the water level of the lake decreased joined the mainland, is one of the most beautiful regions of the lake, and it is no exaggeration to say, of the whole country, and besides the stunning landscape it has got on a few square kilometers unique geological, botanical, zoological and historical records.

Dinner, free time

28 August

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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