The carnival custom of chasing away the evil spirits of winter is preserved in Mohács, where bemasked Busós march the streets and do mischief to this day. “Poklade” means transformation, like the traditional costumes transform their bearers and the seasons change from winter to spring. Original masks, costumes, instruments and photos by Zsolt Répásy portray the ancient custom kept by the sokac people of Mohács, listed by UNESCO.
Cooperating partner: Hungarian Heritage House
The grandfather of Hungarian children’s songs, Vilmos Gryllus is the founder or legendary band Kaláka. He has composed, played and sung music for kids for over five decades, always playfully genuine and keeping his simple subtlety. On his occasion he sings poems heralding the arrival of spring.
Mischievous Busós and fairytale characters come to life at this crafts workshop tailored for various age-groups. You can even make a shadow theatre that fits in your pocket!
Storytelling where children become actors and directors of the plot. The characters of Balkan myths and Turkish shadowplay do as you tell them at one of the most popular kids’ activities of PONT festival.
The art of gingerbread making is much more than pimped-up dessert. Decorating the pastry uses elements from Russian, Byzantine and Balkan cultures, to which the spirit animals of spring; fish, chicken, rabbits and lambs are added at this workshop. UNESCO added the traditional craft practiced in Northern Croatia to its intangible heritage list in 2010.
The carnival custom of chasing away the evil spirits of winter is preserved in Mohács, where bemasked Busós march the streets and do mischief to this day. “Poklade” means transformation, like the traditional costumes transform their bearers and the seasons change from winter to spring. Photos by Zsolt Répásy portray the ancient custom kept by the sokac people of Mohács, listed by UNESCO.
Catch the fiery uneven rhythms from the Balkans, hit the darboukas, frame-drums or cajun. Interactive drum workshop and rhythmic fun with RitMosaic.
(Croatian -Bosnian documentary, 66 mins, 2009 language: Bosnian, with English subtitles)
The heart-rending beauty of Sevdah, the melancholy melodies from Bosnia guide the viewer through the story or Damir and Marina, and to the soul of a nation. A spectacular and musical journey to the heart of Bosnia.
The trademark circle dance of the Balkans, kolo exists with many names and variations across the region. A true collective dance, it is fun and simple to learn – give it a shot and enjoy dancing with dozens at the free workshop of PONT festival! Live music by Csefa Band.
Johnny decides to travel the world in a year, setting out in the spring. He encounters witches, tricksters, devils, enchanted forests and girls. An interactive concert for kids led by Julianna Paár uses rhymes, songs, instruments and dance to make children part of the story told through music.
Polyphonic singing has soared above the Balkan peninsula for centuries, and now you can witness the mesmerising vocal tradition live on the stage or PONT festival. The authentic male choir arriving to Budapest initiates you to the heritage listed by UNESCO since 2008.
The primeval power of Bulgarian folk heritage is rendered by the noted duo of Ágnes Herczku and Nikola Parov, to which the soaring voice of Szilvia Bognár, skilled musicians and rare instruments are added. A hitherto unheard show rooted in the Bulgarian tradition features heritage-listed “Bistritsa Babi” singing style, affiliated with ancient female fertility rite.
Try your hands at the ancient crafts of weaving and embroidery: the art of Chiprovts and Zmijanje – the latter heritage listed by UNESCO. Both crafts were traditionally practiced by women, and are as much about community life as the beautiful result. Photo: Jean Francois Charpentier
Egg-painting as our grandmothers did it. Learn about and try traditional ways of decorating Easter eggs. Photo: Míves Tojás Múzeum.
All programs except evening concerts are free of charge.
13 April Saturday
14 April Sunday