Hungarian Heritage

Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective

Editor’s note: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage partnered with ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s digital media studio for teens, to help document the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A group of students produced three videos (embedded in the article below), and team member Alexis … Continue reading Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective

Gábor Miklós Szőke and His Puli Dog Sculpture

The Hungarian contemporary artist Gábor Miklós Szőke created a large-scale Puli dog sculpture for the Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In this interview, Szőke discusses the inspirations for making monumental installations, as well as the processes and materials … Continue reading Gábor Miklós Szőke and His Puli Dog Sculpture

Wedding Traditions from the Szék Region of Transylvania

One day during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a group of participants in the Hungarian Heritage program staged a wedding procession wearing costumes typical of the Szék region of Transylvania, Romania. The ceremony involved good-humored trickery including false brides and teasing songs. Bride: Imola Zsoldos … Continue reading Wedding Traditions from the Szék Region of Transylvania

Performance by Hungarian Zither Maker Tibor Gats

Tibor Gáts is an award-winning maker of Hungarian folk instruments, specializing in the zither and the gardon. At the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, he performed songs on a zither he crafted in his workshop in Hungary. Videography by Shawn Weber Edited by Alexander Jusdanis and … Continue reading Performance by Hungarian Zither Maker Tibor Gats

Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos

Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of dazzling visitor photographs in our Best of the Festival Gallery to help you do just that. Thank you to all of this year’s talented visitors who chose … Continue reading Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos