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Folkloriada 2004 Hungary


In the year 2004,  August 12 to 22, 87 nations from all over the world gather in Hungary to take part in the third CIOFF World Folkloriada.

On this occasion, 2'500 typical village folk dancers, musicians and groups have meet in Pécs and Budapest to give their best performance in parades, concerts, presentations and festive dancing evenings – plus a great international folklore gala – for the greatest pleasure of both spectators and artists.

CIOFF’s council was very impressed not only by Hungary’s candidacy file but by the country’s efforts to preserve the multicultural diversity and cultural reciprocity of the various people living in the Carpathian area. To such an extent that this approach has since become a reference, the “Hungarian model”. CIOFF’s decision to hold the third world Folkloriada in Hungary also wants to be a recognition of Hungary’s accomplishments in matters of research on folk dance and music as well as to lay emphasis on the work of music and dance groups. It is a tribute to the practice, the teaching methods, the education and the sensitization which make Hungary a country where traditional culture flourishes.

The 2'500 guests and participants will be regrouped for the opening ceremony in Pécs and the closing ceremony in Budapest. In between, guest groups will perform in many places throughout the country.

The Folkloriada aim at having spectators and visitors live the folklore experience through interactive activities instead of just watching a show. Many interactive activities are scheduled, including traditional games, dances, listening to and learning to play an instrument and learning many traditional arts where participants and spectators will be able to experiment the heritage of the various cultures represented.

The opening ceremonies under the theme “The world salutes Hungary and the city of Pécs” was held at the heart of the city of Pécs. This imposing ceremony have illustrate the variety and the richness of the guests from 87 countries, allowing all to see a highly colored and unique assortment of traditional clothes and the different sounds belonging to each of the instruments. The show have been lavish, a feast to dance fête that will climax in a round with a true international band composed of the invited groups and in which both participants and spectators will be invited to take part.

The closing ceremonies take place in Budapest and the city take advantage of the occasion to present the Hungarian folk art movement and its accomplishments, and hold two festivals: the Festival of Folkarts and the International Traditional Felt-Makers Festival. The various activities was held in a large park in Budapest where visitors have be able to learn the most popular round dances from the world over. Here and there, sites representing the continents (Asia, Africa, etc.) will be used as gateways to the discovery and learning of folk dances, games and customs of different countries. Interested visitors will be able to contribute to the making of a giant felt rug under the supervision of experimented craftsmen. Tents was also available for listening to ethnic or traditional music. Finally, a few tents accommodate Hungarian nomads for all those wishing to learn more about this typical craftsmanship.


Participants: 72 countries
Host country: Hungary
Participating Hungarian groups: 67
Sites hosting activities: 54
Shows: 228, of which 57 in Pécs and 22 in Budapest
Total number of spectators: 392 680, of which 115 000 in Budapest and 97 680 in Pécs
Press conferences: in Budapest, 11th May and 10th August; in Pécs, 4th August
Papers published: 131
National Hungarian television (MTV): live broadcast of the opening ceremonies on 12th August
Radio Bartók of the Hungarian State: from April 2004 until the Folkloriada, a 10 minute outside broadcast, every two weeks, to introduce the groups, programmes and performance sites
Local TV channels and radio stations: about 150 spots, of varying length
Web site folkloriada.hu 10 890 visitors, between 1st July and October 2004
Number of occurrences on Internet: 11 600

General Program

Arrival Pecs: 11 August 2004.

  • Participating groups parade through the historic old town.
  • Opening performance: Spotlight on Hungary (from authentic Hungarian folklore to the oeuvre of Bartok Bela).
  • Performance venues (Pecs and region) until 17 August:
    • Central Grand Stage: Spotlight on Five Continents
    • Studio-Theater Stage (intimate, indoor theatre setting) solist dancers and musicians, music groups, costume shows, discussions, etc. Folk-pub open from early afternoon till dawn, live music, dance and an opportunity to learn folksongs (country/national programmes)
    • Regional programmes: common performances of 5-6 groups in the towns near Pecs
    • Festival Club opened 10pm – 4 am. A venue for participants to have a good time
  • Hungary welcomes Folkloriada 15 – 20 August : regional festivals through the country welcome the guest groups.
  • Closing Gala in Budapest 21 – 22 August.

Groups should be prepared to offer programs 5, 15, 30 and 40 minutes length.

Departures Budapest: 23 August 2004.


General concept

Objective in accordance with its mission statement and based on the statutes of Folkloriada, endeavours to organize a world festival in which the folklore of the world is presented with special emphasis on folk dance and folk music traditions.

As is detailed in application to organize the festival, we wish to present authentic folklore through authentic village artists and revival groups who through their work have made their goal the ever more precise artistic reproduction and presentation of traditional folklore. It needs to be emphasized that this presentation should be void of modern external influence and use of trendy technical means, such as electronic instruments.

We look forward to seeing the presentation of those folk traditions representing the most characteristic, unique and archaic endemic to the participating member states and with which they have most contributed to the colorfulness and multi-dimensional-ness of world cultural heritage.


List of participants
China Shenyang Xibo Nationality  Folklore Troupe
Chinese TaiPei Taiwan Yuan-Yuan Indigenous  Culture & Art Troupe
India Shivam  Nrutya  Cultural Academy
Japan Muse Awa
Nepal NCPAN (National Cultural Promotion Academy Nepal)
New Caledonia Faletolu Malae  Fenua
Philippines Bayanihan
South Korea Bong San Mask Dance Group
Thailand Thai Cultural Troupe from  Rajahbat  Institute
Turkey Türk  Folklor  Kurumu
Sri Lanka Sama Ranga
Canada Andicha N'De Wandat
Reel & Macadam
Haiti Ballet Bacoulou
USA Clog America
Argentina Instituto  El Cimarrón
Chile Phusiri  Marka
Colombia Creadores  Eméritos de Bolivar
Mexico Mexican  Folkdance Group Zacatecas
Puerto  Rico Areyto  Ballet  Folklorico
Venezuela Compania Juvenil de Danzas Nacionalistas “Cruz Alejandro  Quinal”
England Sheffield  City  Moris
Estonia Folkore  Society  Leigarid
Ireland Crosskeys
Finland Purpuri
Latvia Skandinieki
Norway Trolldans
Scotland Margaret  Rose Scottish Dancers and Pipers
Sweden The Swedish Viking Dancers
Austria Brauchttumsgruppe Strasswaldchen
Tanzgruppe des Landesverbandes Steiermark
Belgium Reuzegom Leuven vzw
Bosnia and Hercegoniva Izvor
Fra Mijo Cuic HKUD
Bulgaria Goushantsi
Croatia Cere
Czech Republic Ostravicka
Georgia Samepho Georgian Children  Group
Germany Trachtenkapelle  Elters
Schlitzerländer Trachten- Und Volkstanzkreis
Holland Klepperman van Elleven
Luxemburg Vallée des Sept Châteaux
Macedonia Mirce Acev
Poland Grojcowianie
Poland Piecuchy
Romania Poenita
Doina Gorjului
Serbia and Montenegro Medijana
Slovakia Zamutovcan
Slovenia Dragatus
Ukraine Children Folk Group
Algeria El  Manar
Ballet  Sitifis
Cyprus Lefkosa Folklore Association
France Korollerien  Ar  Skorv
Greece Estia Pieridon Mousson
Israel Gvanim
Italy Sbandieratori  Cavensi
Associazione  Culturale  fol  Citta di Assemini
Portugal Grupo Tipico 'O Cancioneiro de Agueda'
South Africa Vezikhono Siko Lethu
Spain Es Broll
Banda de Gaites ' Ville de Miere'
Switzerland Trachtengruppe Düdingen
Hungarian Groups
Bag Muharay Elemér Traditional Dance Group
Békéscsaba Balassi Folkdance Group
Budapest Andro Drom Gipsy Music Group
Bartók Folkdance Group
Bihari János Folkdance Group
Válaszút Folkdance Group
Hosszúhetény Traditional Dance Group
Kaposvár Somogy Folkdance Group
Nyíregyháza Nyírség Folkdance Group
Pécs Leőwey German Folklore Group
Mecsek Folkdance Group
Szarvas Tessedik Folkdance Group
Százhalombatta Forrás Folkdance Group
Szekszárd Bartina Children Folkdance Group
Székesfehérvár Alba Regia Folkdance Group
Zalaegerszeg Zalai Folkdance Group
Zengővárkony Traditional Dance Group



Detailed Program: Host Cities in Magyar Land

Incidental to the Folkloriada 2004, 12th to 22nd August, our Magyar friends had developed a programme with activites in all the regions of their magnificent country.

  • Pécs
  • Baranya County
  • Gyula
  • Gyöngyös
  • Jászberény
  • Mohács
  • Ráckeve
  • Sárvár
  • Sátoraljaújhely and nearby villages
  • Százhalombatta
  • Székesfehérvár
  • Tököl
  • Veszprém and its County
  • Budapest

> Display below the complete "Magyar Land" Program


12th to 16th August

  • Opening night: very colourful parade of the participating groups through downtown streets up to the Cathedral square.
  • Conference: Children are our future.
  • Numerous shows and galas, including Discovering Africa, Discovering America, Discovering Asia, Discovering Europe
  • Concert In Bartók’s Wake by the Pannon Philarmonic Orchestra
  • Exhibition of photographs on dance by László Jantner
  • Exhibition of the art of South African nations, in which the three main tribes were represented: Zulus, Zhosas and Ndebeles
  • Mass, followed by a dance bringing together all the groups on Cathedral square
Baranya County

13th to 15th August

  • Many companies from all continents performed on stage in different localities of the county during these three days.
  • Exhibition by craftsmen of the county associations

17th to 20th August

In collaboration with the 10th all Hungarian Dance Festival

  • Parade by the groups of the cultural centre up to the castle, concerts, galas, táncház (house of dance), commemorative speech on the 20th, Saint Stephen’s Day, patron saint of Hungary

15th to 20th August

In collaboration with the International Folklore Dance Festival “Pearl”

  • Opening parade by the groups, followed by a gala
  • Dance in the square, shows, táncház
  • Mass in the church of Saint Bertalan, followed by a closing parade and a gala bringing together all the groups

13th to 19th August

In collaboration with the XIVth Csángó Festival (a festival of the European minorities)

  • Concert, folklore gala, Dances of nations in the city square, various shows, táncház
  • Folklore mass with the participation of invited groups
  • Closing gala with all the groups in the city square

17th to 20th August

In collaboration with the 8th Mohács International Folklore Dance

  • Performances every night and closing parade with all participants along the main street up to the Cultural Centre, followed by a gala

16th to 20th August

In collaboration with the International Folklore Festival Summerfest

  • Dance Panorama evenings,one followed by a nautical fête on the edge of Danube Ecumenical service in the Catholic Church
  • Celebration of Saint Stephen’s Day in the square, followed by a closing parade, gala and fireworks

15th to 18th August

In collaboration with the 24th International Folklore Days

  • Crafstmanship Festival and traditional crafstmanship workshops
  • Opening ceremony bringing together the companies from 10 countries, followed by a táncház
  • Closing parade from the house of Sandor Petőfi, illustrious poet and revolution hero, to Nádasdy castle, followed by a gala in the castle grounds
  • Closing of the festival and fireworks
Sátoraljaújhely and nearby villages

16th to 20th August

In collaboration with the 16th International Folklore Dance Festival of Zemplén

  • Parade by the groups, opening ceremony of the Zemplén festival with speeches by the officials
  • Many shows followed by a táncház
  • Closing parade, with ceremony and ceremonial speeches, followed by an international folklore gala, fireworks and send-off

12th to 21th August

In collaboration with the International Folklore Festival Summerfest

  • Opening ceremony “hand in hand” with the participation of 21 groups
  • Hungarian Folk Dance Gala with 200 dancers from Ensemble Forrás, followed by the All Nations Ball
  • Who wants to play?”: children’s games from various countries, followed by Dance Panorama

15th to 20th August

In collaboration with the 9th International Folk Dance Festival Royal Days

  • Great fancy dress opening parade in the downtown area, then, opening ceremony on an outdoor stage
  • Outdoor performances followed by a táncház
  • Fancy dress closing parade, followed by a gala and fireworks

16th to 20th August

In collaboration with the International Folklore Festival Summerfest

  • Four consecutive evenings comprising a Dance Panorama show, followed by an international folkothèque
  • On the 20th, Saint Stephen’s Day, parade by invited groups and the hosts
  • International Folklore Gala Summerfest
  • Saint Stephen’s Day mass
  • Fireworks with music, followed by a send-off
Veszprém and its County

17th to 20th August

In collaboration with the Bakony-Balaton Gala

  • Very colourful parade by the groups from Vörösberény to City hall square
  • Opening ceremony, shows, violin festival, táncház
  • Closing parade by the groups accompanied by the Sándor Hussars,
  • Dances of the World performances, inauguration of a new cultural centre, opening of the 16th National Folk Art Exhibition, arts and crafts demonstrations, speeches and presentation of gifts
  • Closing ceremony, followed by a round dance

21th and 22th August

  • Honour to whom honour is due. During two days, the capital proposed activities galore.
  • Group performances, harvest parade, fireworks, ball, folk music concerts, Hungarian folk dance gala
  • On the slopes of the hill of the castle in Buda, round dances with teaching and public participation

Closing ceremony in Heroes square after a very colourful parade down the hill of the castle. After the usual speeches, a giant balloon bearing the flags of the festival and of Canada, host country of the World Folkloriada in 2008, was released. Then all said good-bye during a fête organised in a city park.



Artistic Council

Terms of reference of Artistic Council of the 3rd CIOFF World Folkloriada

1. Objective

The objective of the Artistic Council of the 3rd CIOFF World Folkloriada is to assist the CIOFF Hungary to formulate the cultural content and develop the artistic concept of Folkloriada and to establish the required level of performances.

> Display below the complete Terms of reference of Artistic Council

2. Tasks

Operative tasks:

  • Propose to the Folkloriada organizers the cultural content of this flagship of CIOFF activities.
  • Propose the artistic concept and program of Folkloriada events.
  • Propose the guidance for the Sectors/National Sections for the selection of  participants particularly valuable and required from the point of view of the artistic program of Folkloriada.
  • Evaluate the compliance of the character of participants proposed by Sectors/National Sections with the global artistic concept and in the case of divergence make a recommendation on how to solve the problems.

Development tasks:

  • Prepare the evaluation report on the 3rd CIOFF World Folkloriada from the point of view of fulfilling its cultural content and realization of the artistic program in accordance with the artistic concept.
  • Evaluate the artistic presentations of the performing groups and individuals.
  • Prepare a report with recommendations for future CIOFF World Folkloriadas.

General Task:

  • Carry out other tasks within its objective as decided by CIOFF Hungary or by its own initiative.

3. Members

  • The Artistic Council consists of 7 – 10 members, who have the internationally recognized practical experience in traditional culture and particularly folklore and are artistic experts in this domain and have been involved into CIOFF activities. All the CIOFF Sectors shall be represented in Artistic Council.
  • The chairman and the members are appointed by the CIOFF Hungary with the consultative approval of the Folkloriada Working Group.
  • The chairman is entitled to act on behalf of the Aristic Council in urgent or routine issues. Such actions shall be presented to the next meeting of the Artistic Council for confirmation.

4. Working Procedures

  • The Artistic Council meets on the require of the CIOFF Hungary.
  • The chairman convokes the meeting in writing one month in advance with copy to the CIOFF Hungary. The agenda and available working documents shall be attached to the convocation.
  • The agenda is prepared by the chairman, taking into account the requests by CIOFF Hungary and Folkloriada Working Group as well as proposals by the members.
  • Minutes of meetings shall be prepared in accordance with the Working Procedures of CIOFF.

5. Cooperation and communication

  • The Artistic Council of the 3rd CIOFF World Folkloriada shall cooperate, as appropriate, with the CIOFF Hungary and Folkloriada Working Group.

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