20th Danube Carnival … International Multicultural Festival – Hungary


Budapest –  June, 6 – 12. 2015.

At the Danube Carnival will feature 80 programs with more than two-thousand artists, appearing at a dozen of venues. The organizers each year bring new attractions  and its main goal is to foster intercultural dialogue.

The Danube Carnival is now held for the 20th occasion in Budapest. Within the Carnival a combination of special series of programs of the folk dance, folk music, contemporary dance, brass, symphonic and world music combining diverse culture based on national and international traditions.

Budapest will be welcoming the colorful culture brought by foreigner countries with dance groups, bands and artists. Also will take place the “Chain Bridge” – International Folk Dance  Competition,  where an international jury  will evaluate the performances on June, 18. 2015.  Three prize to be won … Golden Chain Bridge, Silver Chain Bridge, Bronze Chain Bridge and Special Prize voted by the audience.

Budapest’s air will be filled with festive feeling. On June, 19., at the Erkel Theater in co-operation with the European Dance Caravan will be presenting Hungarian, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Spanish, Finnish and  Transylvania artists. On June, 20., at the Margaret Island – Open-air Theater can be seen on stage the Carnival Gala with international guests and locals,  as the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the  National Dance Ensemble. As for music in the ears lovers … at the Carnival Gala Evening will be held an unusual concert with over 100 musicians both Hungarian and European at the Pesti Vigadó.

Special guest at the concert Márta Sebestyén – Kossuth and Liszt Prize-winning folks singer will entertain the audience.

At the Danube Palace where the festival was launched 20 years ago a photo exhibition opens introducing the twenty year of the Carnival’s history.

The series of these exclusive events are patron by Zoltán Balog – Minister of Human Resources and Katalin Bogyai – UN Ambassador. The directors of the Danube Carnival are the Danube Art Co.  and  János Mucsi – choreographer awarded by the Knight Cross Distinction of Hungary and the Gyula Harangozó Prize.

A peak into the invited countries dance groups: Bulgaria – Thrace State Folk Ensemble – Plovdiv, Finland – Jarkko Peltola Prcheter – Helsinki, Greece – Hellenic Center for Folklore Dance Ensemble – Athens, Georgia – Dance Gurjaani – Girjaani,   Italy –Dance Akragas, Agrigento, Philippines – Bayanihan Dance Company – Manila,  Serbia – Mladost Dance Avala – Beograde, Serbia –  Vojvodina – Talentum Dance Company – Subotica,  Slovakia – Sluka State Dance Ensemble – Bratislava, Slovakia – Treasures Dance – Zseliz,  Transylvania – Romania – Holly Dance – Cehu, Transylvania – Romania -. Three’s Dance Ensemble – Saint George, Turkey – Aegean University Dance Ensemble – Izmir, Turkey – Karagöz Folk Dance Group – Bursa.

For grabbing  to some events tickets: http://dunakarneval.hu/en/ticket-sales/

Update by Aggie Reiter

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