Summerfest 2017

Százhalombatta image film

Summerfest International Folklore Festival and Folk Art Fair


Százhalombatta – Ráckeve – Tököl

12-22nd August

Countries Invited:

Argentina, Costa Rica, Dagestan, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Mexico, North-Cyprus, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Hungary



12.  August DAY OF MEETING

This day we can meet each other first, so we have an orientation night with short dance teaching with live music at a Traditional Hungarian Fisher Restaurant in Százhalombatta.

10:30 Welcome to Hungary!
The host ensemble of Százhalombatta called Forrás  Néptáncegyüttes gives you a small but essential taste of the Hungarian Culture with a folkdance and song gala at the Cultural Centre. So only this time you will be the  audience. Get ready for the Festival! 

14:30  Dance at the Main Square: 
You can meet with the people of Százhalombatta first time and you can teach them a short dance from your culture without costumes. After this we will travel to Budapest to see the world famous and charming panorama of Budapest which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. After this we will have fun on a ship in Budapest. During the dance teaching we can watch the panorama of the city by night!

14. August DAY OF JOY

This day the festival officially begins.
17:00 Street parade and flag raising ceremony.

19:00  Welcome World! 
The official Opening Ceremony of 22nd Summerfest International Folklore Festival and Folk Art Fair at the festival stage of Szent István Square.

23:00 Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre 


This day we can make friendship with the people of Százhalombatta.
20:00 Ball of Nations. 
We can teach short dances at the Festival Tent for the visitors and people of Százhalombatta.

23:00  Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre                


17:00  International Games for Children. 

19:00  Dance Panorama. 
The long show (20-25 minutes) at the theatre of Barátság Cultural Centre.This night 4 groups dance in Százhalombatta. The other groups go to other cities by bus. During this program the band of the group has a concert outside the theatre at the World Music Tent.

23:00  Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre 


This day the festival has really precious and special guests, the theatre and the main square will be conquered by people who need special help.

10:30  Golden Heart Gala at the Festival Tent
 First we will watch the wonderful show of the disabled people, and after it we will dance a short.

17:00  International Games for Children

19:00  Dance Panorama
The long show (20-25 minutes) at the theatre of Barátság Cultural Centre. This night 4 groups dance in Százhalombatta. The other groups go to other cities by bus. During this program the band of the group has a concert outside the theatre at the World Music Tent.

23:00  Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre 

18. August DAY OF LOVE

10:30 Ecumenical mass at Szent István Church when all of us sing a sacred song in the church.

11:45 Table of Love which is filled with delicious foods made by the people of Százhalombatta. This day we will be the guest of them.

17:00  International Games for Children

19:00  Dance Panorama
The long show (20-25 minutes) at the theatre of Barátság Cultural Centre. This night 4 groups dance in Százhalombatta. The other groups go to other cities by bus. During this program the band of the group has a concert outside the theatre at the World Music Tent.

23:00  Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre


This day the Civils' Street of Százhalombatta is opened.

17:00  International Games for Children.

19:00  Dance Panorama.
The long show (20-25 minutes) at the theatre of Barátság Cultural Centre. This night 4 groups dance in Százhalombatta. The other groups go to other cities by bus. During this program the band of the group has a concert outside the theatre at the World Music Tent.

23:00  Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre      


20th August is St. Stephen's Day in Hungary and it is a public holiday. We celebrate the foundation of the Hungarian state 1000 years ago.The new bread is blessed on this day too. This day every group travels to Tököl and Ráckeve for a short parade and performance.


16:30  Tree Plantation Ceremony at Calvin Park 
 when all the groups plant the Tree of Memory in 2016.

19:00  Goodbye World! 
The Official Closing Ceremony of 22nd Summerfest International Folklore Festival and Folk Art Fair

23:00  Festival Club and Folk Pub at Barátság Cultural Centre. 
Good bye Hungary, Good bye Summerfest 2016. 

22. August  Friday  DAY OF CANDLELIGHT

20:00 This time we light a candle to remember to the festival and watch photos and films together.


Host Towns:

Százhalombatta is situated 20 km to the south of Budapest, next to the river Danube. It is known as the most important chemical and energetical centre of the country. However, due to its several thousand-year-old history, the town offers interesting and surprising places to visit.
Host dance group: Forrás Folk Ensemble
Organizing body: Hungarian Heritage Foundation
Associate organizers: Local Government, Barátság Cultural Centre, Municipal Leisure Centre


Tököl is an ancient settlement of the Csepel island, 20 km to the south of Budapest. Due to its favourable natural conditions, it was already inhabited in the Bronze Age. Its first documentary mention dates from 1280. As from the XV. Century, it was a royal residence with several handicraft inhabitants. During the Turkish rule, the settlement became totally uninhabited. Following the expulsion of the Turkish, prince Jenő Savoyai, the land owner of the island populated the area with the so called “rác” and some German settlers as well. Its first known signet with the shiled of the town on it dates from 1728. The present day shiled of the town represents the main motif of this signet.
Host dance group: Tököl Fold Ensemble
Organizing body: Municipal Cultural Centre

Ráckeve is located 40 km from Budapest on the southern part of the Csepel island. It is divided into two parts by Little-Danube. The settlement is often referred to as the “Capital of the Island” due to its historical past, monuments, natural beauty and artistic values.
Host dance group: Kéve Folk Ensemble
Organizing Body: Ács Károly Cultural Centre

Just 30 km from Budapest by car, bus or local train on the Csepel island, in Tököl or Ráckeve and in the direction of Pécs next to headway 6, in Százhalombatta the World, secrets, thousand year old cultures and wonderful new acquaintances await you during the Summerfest International Folklore Festival.


It is the great pleasure and pride of the organizing towns that during the 14 years of common work, Summerfest has came to be one of the biggest national folklore programs. A due acknowledgement is the CIOFF title awarded to the festivals of all the three towns by The International Organization of Folkdance Organizers. Százhalombatta, Tököl and Ráckeve were also host towns on the III. World Folkloriada in 2004. In the past year over a hundred countries dancers and musicians participated at the programs of Summerfest (from nearly all of the continents).
The usual favourite programs of the festival are: the Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Százhalombatta), the Hungarian Gala (Százhalombatta, Tököl, Ráckeve) Dance Panorama (all towns) the Folklore Galas on 20th August (Ráckeve and Tököl), the Nationality Gala (Tököl) and the Water Carnival (Ráckeve). Complementary events: classical music concerts, handicraft exhibitions, play houses, children programs, world music tent, open-air theatre and international dance houses.


Come and be part of the wonderful programs of the festival!

Summerfest International Folklore Festival and Handicraft Fair
Central Orginizing Office-Hungarian Heritage Foundation

Szigetvári József – director
Százhalombatta, 5. Szent István square
Telephone/Fax: 06-23/358-973; 06-23/550-000

Summerfest Tököl
Cultural Centre                           
Halász László director                       
66, Kossuth Lajos street                       

Summerfest Ráckeve
Ács Károly Cultural Centre
Budai Gábor director
51, Kossuth Lajos street

If you are interested in Hungary and would like to travel here,
for further information visit the website:
run by the Hungarian Tourism Ltd.


Welcome party in Százhalombatta on 12th August evening

Every groups hosted in Százhalombatta take part in the Welcome party in Halászcsárda. This time is a good opportunity to acquaintance with the member of the other group.

Official meeting of the directors and leaders

We are going to tell you the detailed program of the festival on the meeting at 13:00 on 13th August.

Folk Art Fair all day on 13-21st of August in Százhalombatta

During the festival there is a program called the “Street of vocation" where the different Hungarian and Transylvanian traders and the craftsmen arriving with the partaking groups practice their craft, and they trade.

You may bring some artifacts of your folk art to sell, if you want to. We recommend it to you, because people living here like to buy them as gifts or souvenirs.

Welcome to Hungary 10:30 at the theatre of Százhalombatta

At 10:30 on 13th of August before lunch there is a show of the Forrás Folkensemble from Százhalombatta on the stage of the Culture Centre. They are going to perform Hungarian dances. The main goal of this program is the foreign groups have an opportunity to get know about the country and its dances.

The interpreters, hosts, hostesses and the organisers of the festival are among the members of Forrás Folkensemble.

A 'picnic' on 13th August at 15:00

A friendly meeting for everybody. Each group will have a 10 minutes ‘introduction time’, during which one dance should be performed and certain parts of it possibly taught to the others.

We are planning this picnic to be informal and fun. You will not need costumes here. You will be able to meet the dancers of other countries and your hosts there.

After this picnic we are going to Budapest, we have a very good program for you: a short sightseeing, and the ‘Budapest by night’ program, a little trip by boat on Danube.

Trip to Budapest on 13th August in the afternoon

In the afternoon on the 13th of August there is a short trip to Budapest to the Citadella. From there you can have a beautiful view onto the city.

About the boat trip on 13th August in the evening

We travel to Budapest where we get on board of the biggest ship on the Danube. The bands of each ensemble give a 10 minutes mini concert than there is a disco during the journey. Arrival back to Budapest is around midnight.

Parade in Százhalombatta on 14th August in the afternoon

From the cultural centre to the place of the opening ceremony the groups walk playing music and possibly singing meanwhile. Make as much noise as you can!

Opening ceremony on 14th August at 19:00

In the morning there is a rehearsal for all dancers and musicians: this may last for 3 hours. (We are going to practice march in and the closing movements and dance of the ceremony.)

In the program each group has a 4-5 minutes show-time.

The opening and closing ceremonies are on an open-air stage (the size of which is 12 m × 14 m). The sounds and lights are very good.

Please choose your most spectacular and colourful dance for this one!

The order of your performance at the Opening ceremony:

The dancers are going on the stage while the announcer is telling a few sentences about your country and there is the background music of the festival going.

Your national anthem is played.

Your 4-5 minutes program.

At the end of the whole ceremony there is a common dance for all dancers on stage.

Ball of Nations on 15th August in Százhalombatta

For the groups with accomodation in Százhalombatta). One evening all groups gather together. After dinner the groups of Százhalombatta will teach dance 15 minutes performance. The audience will be the other countries and the habitants of Százhalombatta.

Performances out of town between 16-19th of August

Between 16th and 19th of August you will make 4 or 5 daily trips to Tárnok, Tököl, Ráckeve, Diósd, Budapest together with other ensembles. These towns are about 10-30 km away from Százhalombatta. You will perform a 25-30 minutes show there. Generally the performances start at 19:00. During the day you can go sightseeing or you will have free time.

Conditions of performances in other towns: there are open-air stages in these towns. At one place the stage is set up in a schoolyard, but success is guaranteed, because the audience is very enthusiastic here!

There might be a reception of the mayor and presenting gifts before the performances.

Ecumenical ceremony at church on 18th August

This program is on the 18th of August at 10:30. During your program you have to sing a religious song from your country and you have to bring a present for the priest. You should feel free to ask your musicians to play music while you sing.

This time all the participants of the festival will sing a song together, as we mentioned previously. You can find the notes of this song enclosed, please all the dancers learn it.

Dance Panorama Programs in Százhalombatta

This will be your national day in Százhalombatta. A big stage (technically well equipped) in the Culture Centre is provided for you. This day’s programs consists of the following:

„Who plays this?”

Special children program for 4-6 years old children. This program should be no longer, than 20 minutes. During the program you should teach your national games, and play with the children. You should introduce your instruments, your music. You do not need the whole group for this program, only 5-6 persons, and you do not have to wear your national costumes. This program is informal. Only a few minutes, with children.

World Music Tent

The program is outside, in a tent. It should be 20-25 minutes. The dancers teach dances for the audience with live music.

Dance Panorama on the stage

This program is on the theatre stage in the Cultural Centre. It should be no longer, than 25 minutes, and it should include only non-stop dances and not concert.

20th of August - our Constitution Day

This is going to be a hard day (but so far everybody has survived). In the afternoon and in the evening street parades and 5 minutes performances in Tököl and in Ráckeve, too.

Closing ceremony on 21st August at 19:00

Please perform maximum 4-5 minutes dance again but different from the Opening Ceremony.

Main reception of the festival

Reception with the mayor of Százhalombatta on 21st August at 17:00. Your group receives a present of our town. Please delegate group leaders and a couple dressed in costumes.

Farewell party on 21st August after closing ceremony

Farewell party of the Festival Director

The leaders, choreographers, musical leaders are invited from each group (2-3 people).

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