Location: Szeged, Csongrád, Hungary
Application Deadline: 1 February, 2022
Csongrád lies in the heart of the Great Plain, by the riverside of Tisza, at the tributary of Körös.
According to legend, when prince Árpád conquered the army of Bulgarian-Slavonian prince Zalán possessing the area, the Hungarians occupied the earthwork found on the site of the present town Csongrád. The area was given by Árpád to Ond and his tribe to provide accommodation for them. To all probability, Csongrád earned its name from the earthwork rebuilt by Ete, son of Ond, using the language of Slavs taking part in the rebuilding to call Csongrád Csernigrad (black fortress). No trace of the once fortress was ever found, certainly because of the historical events in the course of centuries. On the basis of the subsisting relics, the once fortress was located on the area of the inner district of today’s Csongrád.
Due to the geographical and environmental situation of the area, Csongrád is also called the town of waters. Besides the rivers Tisza and Kőrös, a branch of stagnant water of a length of 750 m forms the boundary of the town from the South. In the Southwest, there is a world of scattered farms. In the course of centuries, the town developing and renewed continuously preserved quite a number of traditional values, among them the ancient core of the town called “inner town”, which with its thatched peasant houses of an age of 200 to 300 years is a skanzen today favored by quests and tourists.
The place where Körös flows into the Tisza is beautiful in each season of the year. In the summer in case of low water you can find a sand spit which is unique in Hungary and it is reminiscent of the seaside.
Standing in front of Körös provides a really impressive sight. Taking a kayak, canoe or a boat you can travel up both rivers starting from the beach. You can find here the largest expanse of sandy bank in the country. The long stretching bank is a beloved place for bathing in the summer. The guest houses are a few minutes’ walk to the Körös Tributary. It can be approached both by car or foot.
Conditions of participation:
- Performance of a free program and a sacred music program (20 min.)
- Concert in the concert hall and in the church
- Number and age of participants are no limited
- Number of seats are limited!
- 89 Euro per person – youth hostel (3-4-5 bedded rooms, shared bathroom)
- 119 Euro per person – 2* hotel, 2* apartment (2-3-4 bedded rooms, own bathroom)
- Additional days can be booked on demand (the price depends on the type of accommodation)
- Optional program – trip to Budapest, visit in Ópusztaszer – National Historical Memorial Park, bathing in the swimming pool.
Participation fee includes:
- Meals: half board for the whole festival (2 meals / day)
- Diplomas and gifts
- An official invitation
Participation fee does not includes:
- Optional programs
Afternoon- Arrival at Csongrád
Occupying the accommodations (after 14.00)
Meeting with the group leaders, and the festival organizers
Morning (after the breakfast) – Optional program (Ópusztaszer- National Historical Memorial Park, Szeged sightseeing tour)
Concert in the church (Szeged-Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Snow, Franciscan)
The choirs sing together:
W. A. Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
Zoltán Kodály: Horatii Carmen II.10
Deep River – spiritual
Dinner in Szeged
Sightseeing in Csongrád
Meeting in the Culture House with the choirs
Performance on the Blooming Spring Choir Festival
The choirs sing together:
Zoltán Kodály: Cohors Generosa
Lajos Bárdos: Dana-dana
Dinner – musical evening
Breakfast, departure of participants