Location: Várpalota, Tés, Hungary
Director: K.A.H.& WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2022
I N V I T A T I O N
With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk ensembles, Choral groups, Ballroom dance teams, art schools, Music theatre, modern dance teams, orchestras and majorette teams), (children and youth groups) to participate on “History and Folklore” Castle Festiva from 07 – 10 October 2023
Halfway between Lake Balaton and Lake Velence, Várpalota is located at the foot of the Bakony Mountains. At its main square is the Palace of Várpalota, also known as Thury Castle, which has survived many bloody sieges. (Thury György was the most famous captain of the castle in the 1500s.)
Built in the 1300s, the castle is one of the oldest surviving medieval castles in Hungary.
For centuries it was the scene of fighting. Nowadays it is the home of arts.
There are several exhibitions in the castle – a collection of local history and folk art, an exhibition of military uniforms, a chemical museum and a mining history collection.
In the courtyard of the castle, among the ancient walls of the castle, music and dance programs await visitors. The Castle Festival expects adult and youth folk dance groups and folk music groups from all over the world.
Tés , a small village on the eastern side of Bakony Hill, is the other venue of the festival.
Music and dances of Hungarians and other nations appear in the festival program, enriched by many traditionalist programs.
Arriving at the accommodation
Meeting with the organizers, and guides
Discussing the next day’s programs
Free program – sightseeing, bathing, evening walks in Székesfehérvár
Free program – sightseeing in Székesfehérvár
Sights – Old Town, Orb, Town Hall, Bory Castle, Episcopal Palace, Flower Clock,
Bathing in the Turkish bath
Afternoon – Várpalota, view of the castle
Parade, performance in the courtyard of the castle
Receiving the gifts and diplomas
Folklore Day – Bakony Jollification Folklore Festival
Excursion to Bakony Hill, Tés village
All day long tradition preserving programs – horse and fighting demonstration, craft fair, craft playhouse, petting zoo, folk playground, settlement demonstration, horseback riding, carriage rides, parade, folk dance houses, concerts.
Seeing the sights of the village – Roman Bath waterfall, windmills
Performing at the Folklore Festival
Departure, optional program – boat trip on Lake Balaton (70 km), on Lake Velence (30 km), sightseeing in Budapest (65 km)
Youth and adult folklore groups, folk choirs, folk music bands from all over the world
(over 14 years)
The number of the participants are not limited
Participation fee includes
Participation at the festival concerts
Accommodation in hotel 3* (3 nights)
Half board (2 meals/day)
Participation fee does not include:
Some optional programs
Tourist tax: 2 €/person/day, payment on the spot at the accommodation
135 €/person (2 bedded rooms)3* Hotel:
Hotel Szent Gellért (free wellness and spa)
Hotel Platán - http://www.hotelplatan.eu/en/
Additional day is 42 €/person/day
NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED..
NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL Published on 18 October 2019
Unique festival "History and Folklore" will take you back to the Middle Ages and give you the opportunity to perform in the courtyard of Thury Castle (Varpalota). The rich historical value and picturesque nature of Varpalota give a unique character to the event that will be held from 07 to 10 October 2022 combining the folklore art of the participants with the past of the area.
4-day experience will provide you also the opportunity to visit most of the landmarks of the area - Székesfehérvár, Old Town, Orb, Town Hall, Bory Castle, Episcopal Palace, Flower Clock, ruins of the town, Bakony Hill and Tés village.
All the performers will enjoy the Day dedicated to the tradition preserving - horse and fighting demonstration, craft fair, craft playhouse, petting zoo, folk playground, settlement demonstration, horseback riding, carriage rides, parade, folk dance houses, concerts.
If you wish you can travel to the Balaton lake (70 km), Lake Velence (30 km) and Budapest (65 km). Organizers of the forum invite participants from all over the world who perform folklore dances and music. If you are willing to take part in the "History and Folklore" Castle Festival, you ca submit your application for participation and to show the beauty of the art.