About the festival

alap01In 1973 the purpose of the festival was defined:
„To support the mutual understanding and friendship of the broadly interpreted danube''s nations.” On behalf of achiving this goal, academic and technical conferences are held to discuss the latest questions of folk-art research and their results, the comparative analysis of the folk-cultures along the Danube, in addition with the contemporary safe-guarding ot traditions. The festival creates a forum for the folklore groups, solists, folk-artists of the cultures along the danube, where they can introduce the value of their culture in a friendly rivalry. On the exhibitions the old and new works can be seen from the Culture of the nations along the Danube. The Danube Folklore Festival is one of the oldest in Hungary and the biggest in the region. It was first held in 1968. In the beggining Kalocsa and Baja controlled it, then Kecskemét and Szekszárd joined the organizers party. It was held in every three years, and it always attracted large audience. Every time there has been Hungarian and foreign participants. The folk dance programs are colored by technical symposiums and exhibitions. The building of connections beetween cultures is the essence of these programmes. The participants visit a lot of interesting exhibitions. In the fair, folk-craftsmen display their skills. Courageous volunteers could make ceramics, got acquainted with carving, and a lot''s of interesting things. However the most exciting programs were waiting for the visitors on the festival''s main stage. Every evening far into the nigh folk-dance and folk-music shows entertaining them. The Festival''s most spectacular movement is the „March Dance” held on the ornate main street of Kalocsa. In 2009 the festival was unlike the former ones. Instead of three years it''s one. Also a new part that the settlements in Tolna and Bács-Kiskun county received bigger role in organizing and actualizing. In Tolna County: Alsónyék, Madocsa, Nagymányok, Sióagárd, Bogyiszló, Szekszárd. In Bács-Kiskun County: Ordas, Uszód, Csátalja, Kalocsa. In 2011 another major change took place in the Festival''s life. With many settlements stepping back from the participation, only Kalocsa and it''s region remains. There''s another decision: after the XIX-th Danube Folklore Festival, this famaous and long lasting event, will be held in the original 3 years cycle