Twenty three artists were traveling from Hungary to help create a festive traditional market atmosphere at the Hungarian House of New York in September during the 3 day long festival with many interactive workshops based on Hungarian traditional arts and crafts. The street fair was located on 82nd street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, in front of the Hungarian House of New York. The festival focused on Hungarian traditional arts and crafts, folk music and folk dance, however there were also exhibits of folk art-inspired works by some outstanding contemporary artists.
Admission was free to all of the events.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
EXHIBITION OPENING: Hungarian Traditional Craftsmanship
The featured artist of the group exhibit is Ildiko Fekete, egg painter, who exhibited about 1000 decorated Easter eggs from 6 different regions of the Carpathian Basin.
7 :30 p.m.
MIHÁLY DRESCH/CHRIS POTTER QUARTET CONCERT
The festival opened with a unique concert by saxophonist Mihály Dresch, who has cultivated a unique mix of Hungarian folk music and jazz, along with world renowned jazz saxophone player Chris Potter, Joe Martin on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums.
Tokaji wine tasting with Furmint USA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
FESTIVAL OF FOLK ARTS
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
STREET FESTIVAL on East 82nd street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, in front of the Hungarian House of New York.
FOLK MUSIC AND FOLK DANCE TRADITIONS in the Carpathian Basin
11 a.m. – Children’s Dance
12 p.m. – Matyóland
1 p.m. – Székelyland
2 p.m. – Sárköz
3 p.m. – Küküllő River Valley
4 p.m. – Kalotaszeg
5 p.m. – Szatmár, Children’s Dance
5:30 p.m. – Mezőség
The host of the event was Norbert Cimbi Kovács.
TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS presentations and interactive workshops for children and adults, with excellent Hungarian artists during the whole day.
Ildikó Fekete: egg painting, Attila Kovács: boot and leather making, Elemér Sümegi: violin making, Levente Lehel Sütő: furniture painting, Ildikó Tóth: blue-dying, Anna Vidák: felt making, Bernadett Zelei Pap: embroidering
Tokaj wine tasting of products from Furmint USA, and traditional Hungarian food
GALA, FASHION SHOW followed by FOLK DANCE PARTY
with the Transylvanian Üsztürü Band, Marianna Nyitrai (vocal), Levente Fazakas (violin), and Mihály Dresch (flute) who are true interpreters of the authentic Hungarian folk music, featuring internationally known award-winning folk dancers Norbert Cimbi Kovács and Hortenzia Lőrincz and the dancers of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: György Ágfalvi, Andrea Lévay, Beatrix Borbély, and Balázs Szoboszlai
One of the most outstanding Hungarian designers is Melinda Meyke Madarász, who presented fashions inspired by traditional ornamentation and modern design.
FOLK DANCE PARTY
Live music and dance teaching all night with the guest artists.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Arts and crafts, folk dance, and folk music WORKSHOPS in the Hungarian House of New York thought by the guest artist of the festival:
egg painting, furniture painting, blue-dying, feltmaking, and embroidering
folk dance, folk music, and folk singing
CONCERT by pianist Éva Polgár: a selection of works by Franz Liszt and Zoltán Kodály
Pianist Éva Polgár was touring the United States with her solo program honoring Zoltán Kodály in Fall, 2017. The internationally acclaimed Hungarian composer and music pedagogue was born 135 years ago and died 50 years ago. After performing in New York City, Ms. Polgár continued her performances related to the Kodály Memorial Year in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
The repertoire included piano works by Franz Liszt and Zoltán Kodály. The program ranged from the popular Hungarian rhapsodies to famous folk dance melodies collected in the composition titled Dances of Marosszék.
Partners Organizations of the Hungarian Heritage Festival:
Association of Hungarian Folk Artists, Hungarian Heritage House, “Élő Forrás” Heritage Foundation
Main Sponsors of The Hungarian Heritage Festival
Balassi Institute, Consulate General of Hungary in New York, Gábor Bethlen Found, Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Government of Hungary, National Cultural Found, Szerencsejáték Zrt.
Further sponsors of the Hungarian Heritage Festival:
Fonó Budai Music House, Furmint USA, Philidor Institute
Photos by Klara Egei