In 2016, a series of programs was organized in one of Hungary’s economically poorest regions, a region that is also one of its richest in terms of traditions. The Bőköz Festival takes place about 280 kilometers from Budapest and has proven itself to be a top-quality festival every year.
The special feature of the festival is that it is based on the uniqueness of small villages, their characteristic traditions and values, local activities, and the creativity of the artists invited to the festival.
This year’s program was announced in the spirit of national belonging. The Trianon centenary will be commemorated with, for example, the planting of fruit trees, erecting carved memorial columns, and multiple folk music and dance groups who will travel from across the border.
Those interested can see musical performances in Kemes, including Balázs Szabó and his band (Cimbaliband), the Pannon Gypsy Orchestra or the production of the Sopron Symphonies. Meanwhile, in Szaporca, the Gábor Kollmann band will play with Wolf Kati and Urbán Orsi among others.
Pál Zsolti’s Jazz and Culture Garden in Tésenfán hosts the swinging concert of Tamás Vastag and the performances of the Grappa Jazz, the Gábor Varga Jazz Trio, the Mecsek and the Sopron Dance Ensembles, and an evening of stand-up with László Váray.
There will also be a folk dance event and a violin competition, and young folk dancers from Komló, Siklós, Senna and Pécs will also await participants. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the gastronomic tradition of Ormánság.
The Bőköz Festival can be visited free of charge. Its programs guarantee the continuation of cultural experience, and the hospitality and friendship of the people living there provide a wonderful atmosphere.
During the event, free small trains, horse-drawn carriages and “party tractors” will transport festivalgoers between the settlements, but bicycles will also be available for rent.