8 - 11 October 2020
 Várpalota, Tés      Hungary

Adults Childrens's Dances Choirs / Songs Orchestras

Director:  Aron Kovats

Halfway between Lake Balaton and Lake Velence, Várpalota is located at the foot of the Bakony Mountains. At its main square is the Palace of Várpalota, also known as Thury Castle, which has survived many bloody sieges. (Thury György was the most famous captain of the castle in the 1500s.) Built in the 1300s, the castle is one of the oldest surviving medieval castles in Hungary. For centuries it was the scene of fighting. Nowadays it is the home of arts. There are several exhibitions in the castle - a collection of local history and folk art, an exhibition of military uniforms, a chemical museum and a mining history collection. In the courtyard of the castle, among the ancient walls of the castle, music and dance programs await visitors. The Castle Festival expects adult and youth folk dance groups and folk music groups from all over the world. Tés, a small village on the eastern side of Bakony Hill, is the other venue of the festival. Music and dances of Hungarians and other nations appear in the festival program, enriched by many traditionalist programs.


  • Youth and adult folklore groups, folk choirs, folk music bands from all over the world  (over 14 years)
  • The number of the participants are not limited

Participation fee:

  • 135 Euro per person (2 bedded rooms)
    • 3* Hotel: Hotel Szent Gellért (free wellness and spa) - https://www.szentgellerthotel.hu/index.php/en/
    • Hotel Platán - http://www.hotelplatan.eu/en/
    • Additional day is 42 €/person/day

Participation fee includes:

  • Participation at the festival concerts
  • Accommodation in hotel 3* (3 nights)
  • Half board (2 meals/day)
  • Diploma, gift

Participation fee does not include:

  • Transport
  • Some optional programs
  • Tourist tax: 2 €/person/day, payment on the spot at the accommodation


14 May
Arriving at the accommodation
Meeting with the organizers, and guides
Discussing the next day’s programs
Free program - sightseeing, bathing, evening walks in Székesfehérvár
15 May
Free program - sightseeing in Székesfehérvár
Sights - Old Town, Orb, Town Hall, Bory Castle, Episcopal Palace, Flower Clock,
Bathing in the Turkish bath
Afternoon - Várpalota, view of the castle
Parade, performance in the courtyard of the castle
 Receiving the gifts and diplomas
Free program
16 May
Folklore Day - Bakony Jollification Folklore Festival
Excursion to Bakony Hill, Tés village
All day long tradition preserving programs - horse and fighting demonstration, craft fair, craft playhouse, petting zoo, folk playground, settlement demonstration, horseback riding, carriage rides, parade, folk dance houses, concerts.
Seeing the sights of the village - Roman Bath waterfall, windmills
Performing at the Folklore Festival
17 May
Departure, optional program - boat trip on Lake Balaton (70 km), on Lake Velence (30 km), sightseeing in Budapest (65 km)
Any group, willing to participate, must complete an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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News About the Festival

14 January 2020

Visit the oldest Medieval castles in Hungary participating in the festival "History and Folklore"

Unique festival "History and Folklore" will take you back to the Middle Ages and give you the opportunity to perform in the courtyard of Thury Castle (Varpalota). The rich historical value and…
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