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“Sunlegend” – Hungarian State Folk Ensemble – Heritage House – Budapest

Hungarian Heritage House – Budapest

 District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Friday, December, 13. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December, 14.  7 p.m.

Director of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Gábor Mihályi.
Composer: Nikola Parov
Performing: Dance choir and orchester of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble


‘Sunlegend’ spectacularly features the perfect harmony of Nikola Parov’s music and Gábor Mihályi’s choreography. The show meets the requirements of the 21st century audience, being a unique and powerful combination of the ancient motives, the dynamic quality of traditional movements, mysticism and music in a fresh, modern tone. The production is firmly set in the 21st Century, and conveys a disconcerting glimpse of the future through archaic ethnic images.

It is a tale of the Sun and its various phases (day, night, eclipse, full moon) mirrored in human life and Hungarian history.

Sunlegend is a two-part performance with 17 smaller scenes, therefore it is suitable for presentation in excerpts as well. Forty dancers and two singers, computer-controlled lighting and special effects provide the audience with an unforgettable dance and music experience.

Sunlegend is a breathtaking show inspired by folklore, yet with a powerful modern message. Its fresh and dynamic conception includes the rhythmic movements of traditional Eastern European dance and new choreographic ideas alike.

The choreographer Gábor Mihályi was chosen “The Best Author of the Year” by the Association of Hungarian Dancers for making Sunlegend.

Update Aggie Reiter


Showcasing living tradition of the „Buso walks” @ Budapest

January, 12 – 5 March, 5. 2019

Hungarian Heritage House – Kallós Zoltán – exhibition hall.

District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Fifteen Mohács “Buso’s” and the Poklade band also participating.

The exhibition is showcasing the revolutionary tradition of the „Buso walks” … in other words … „Masked Monster Carnival” celebration that is taking place  each at the city of Mohács.  It is also recognized by UNESCO as an intellectual cultural heritage. The history of the “Buso walk” in Mohács has undergone various changes, but in its renewed formation it has survived to this day and has been renewed its form.

First of all … the traditional Carnival, brings back celebrating  drunkenness and revelry  the week before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Secondly, it’s the reenactment of a historic victory by the Šokci, a Croatian ethnic minority that has a large populous in Mohács.

As the story goes … „”Buso walks”is a national tradition dating back to the early Middle Ages. The townspeople fled the city to escape the Ottoman Turks who had invaded in 1526. Hiding in the forest, they were approached by an old mystic who told them to don masks, weapons, and bells, and that a night would appear to lead them into battle. Some nights later, when the masks were fashioned, the knight arrived and led them home to Mohács where the racket of bells led the Turks to believe they were plagued by demons. They deserted the town, and the locals had their homes back. Another, more ancient version tells that by the “Buso walks” are chasing away winter itself.

At the “Buso walks” are participants dressed in woolly cloaks and head coverings, wearing grotesque wooden masks, baggy trousers and leather moccasins; their identity is hidden, allowing them to engage in mischievous, good-natured pranks. They attempt to frighten away winter with a number of noisy devices: sheep’s bells, rattles during the”Buso walks” with horns and even cannons.

These masks can be viewed especially by foreigners and tourist staying in Budapest for the time being, to take some more memories back home from their stay in Budapest.

Visiting the exhibition free of charge.

Opening hours: Monday–Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or until the end of exhibition.

Photo by Répásy Zsolt

Update by Aggie Reiter