Director: Aron Kovats 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. Around these days the Hungarians celebrate all around the country with music, dance. Traditional programs, traditional cuisine, fireworks. This is the 19th festival when folk groups, folk dance groups arriving at our cities from all over the world. During the meeting, the groups will able to communicate through their performances, take part in various games and activities that will reinforce the message of friendship and cooperation. The festival will be broadcasted on the local TV channel. Participants: Folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from all over the world The number of the participants is not limited No age limits Program: 18 August 2024 Occupying the accommodation from 14.00 Meeting with the group leaders and the organizers during the day Reviewing the next day’s programs Dinner, free program 19 August 2024 Breakfast Recommended optional program (zoo or aquapark in Kecskemét) Departure to the location of the event, Ballószög Occupying the changing rooms, snacks and cold beverages Official ceremony of St Stephen’s Day event Performance on stage Closing ceremony, gifts from the town Dinner with all participants, live music, party for the participants and the locals Back to the accommodation 20 August 2024 Breakfast Recommended optional program (zoo or aqua park in Kecskemét) Departure to the location of the event, Tőserdő Performance on stage Closing ceremony, receiving the gift and diplomas from the city and the organizers Dinner Participating in the local events, concerts Fireshow, party 21 August 2024 After breakfast departure. Participation fee: 135 Euro per person: Students' hostel Quadruple rooms, common bathroom 195 Euro per person: 3*** Hotel Aqua Hotel https://aquahotelkecskemet.hu/en/5-star-service-at-3-star-price/ Double rooms Free entry to the local Aquapark 195 Euro per person: 4* Aranyhomok Business City Wellness Hotel - https://aranyhomok.accenthotels.com/en Triple superior rooms (Supplement for a double room is 10 euro per person per day; Supplement for a single room is 30 euro per person per day) Free use of the swimming pool, jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, infrasauna, aromatherapy steam bath, fitness room (bathrobes are provided in your room). 199 Euro per person: 4* Aranyhomok Business City Wellness Hotel - https://aranyhomok.accenthotels.com/en Double standard rooms (Supplement for a single room is 25 euro per person per day) 189 Euro per person: Hotel Három Gúnár https://www.hotelharomgunar.hu/en Double superior rooms (Supplement for a single room is 18 euro per person per day) Participation fee includes: Accommodation according to the chosen options Meals: half board for the whole festival (2 meals / day) Diplomas and gifts from the city Official invitation Participation fee does not include: Transport Insurance Tourist tax: 2 Euro/person/day, payment on the spot Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.