International Worker’s Day Folk Festival
Hungary – Csongrád
29 April – 2 May 2016
1st of May
In Europe, Labor Day or International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1st. In the past this holiday was marked by parades, political rallies and speeches to celebrate workers and labor unions. Today, it means a day off and a celebration of spring with concerts, picnics and many outdoor activities.
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.
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
At every 25 participant 1 is gratis
The groups are welcome to bring their video materials for sale and showcase their cultural uniqueness by participating in the fair-sale with arts and crafts products of their native region
PARTICIPATION FEE INCLUDES:
Participate in the festival concerts (2 performances)
Accommodation in hotel or in youth hostel (3 nights)
PARTICIPATION FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Some optional programs
75 euro/person (youth hostel, apartment – 3-4-5 bedded rooms)
95 euro/person (hotel 3*** – 2-3-4 bedded rooms)
Arriving at the accommodation
Meeting with the organizers, and guides
Discussing the next day’s programs
Option for rehearsal, checking the location of performances
After breakfast, discovering the County of Csongrád, and the City Szeged (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szeged)
Optional tour in Ópusztaszer (National Historical Heritage Park) and sightseeing the third largest city in Hungary, Szeged: Szeged Zoo, Aqua park of Szeged, Anna Thermal Bath, Square Dome, Votive Church, Reök Palace, New Synagogue, Széchenyi Square
After breakfast, the whole day could be spent in the Old-Town of Csongrád
Folk Art Market and Presentations:
Fair-sale with arts and crafts products by the participants of the festival from different countries, as the local artists, craftsmen; workshop for handicrafts;
Presentation of the groups at the National Folk Festival
Receiving the gifts and diplomas
Dinner, Party for the groups
After breakfast, departure of the participants
It’s possible to prolong the stay
15 January 2015.