were looking for the relation between folk music and modern music and
then we got interested in the folk revival currently going on in Eustern
Europe. So we went to Hungary. In the country of Bela Bartok and Marty
Sabastian folkmusic started it's newest revival, spreading out over eastern
Europe. Normaly in folk tradition the new summer or the new spring is
celebrated, making a revival of each year. In Hungary, close to West European
borders and standards and new member of the European Union, the influences
of Western culture is big. Therefor the revival as now appearing in Hungary
is not just a folk revival, but a modern revival related to modern questions,
using folk music.
Hungarians, as most East European nations, face a rapid detoriation of
their culture. While all people grew up in a community bordered by brothernations.
Now, with the introduction of capitalism, egoism became a major influence.
The reaction to this is the interest for folk music and culture, which
is enourmous rich in these areas of Europe. But this interest is, as mentioned,
not old fashioned. The revival gives people the opportunity to reflect
their current situation with the previous situation. Now in Hungary films
are made similar to the undergroundfilms from New York. Vagabond. They
only difference is that folk music is the key instead of Hip Hop of Punkrock.
some other insights in Hungary at the very moment: Budapest is full of
great music events. On the day we were there, Troitsa played in the third
hall of Budapest (Petofi Csarnok in the park of Budapest), while King
Crimson was playing in the first and Lou Reed in the second large hall.
Pepsi Sziget became the largest and most interesting music festival in
eastern Europe and beyond. 1 Fourteen stages will bring hundreds of artists
for a week long.
Driving Hungary is a pain in the ass. The amount you pay for the highway
is bizar. In our case, using a truck, we need a vignet for one road and
pay toll on the other, we have spend over 90 euro. All other roads are
stuffed with Hungarians who can not afford to take the highway. Hungary,
on the other hand, burocraticaly, is the best pupil in the class of the
new countries, similar maybe with Holland try to be the best member in
the class of the old EU nations. Regulations are endless, burocracy is
enourmous, costs are absurd and inflation is rising. To transfer some
instruments through the country endless papers are required. Flexibility
is unknown. The attitude is one of high self esteem and low intensity
to use the intelligence on which the self esteem is based. All together
Hungary is like its language, pretty complicated.
about Hungary is to be completed. Some places...
: Kalaka festival
Objectives : Worldmusic
related websites: biomusic
kilometer : 3505
relation with 80 questions : 80Q was special guest.
Kalaka is a music group existing over 25 years, who have set up
this festival long time ago. They also run a Kalaka related music
store in the center of Budapest (see picture)
: Miklos Grandpierre Kolozsvari
Objectives : Painting
contact : Miklos through
related websites: our painters gallery
kilometer : 3750
relation with 80 questions : Global Mobile Exhibition
: culture in Budapest
Objectives : get the picture
kilometer : 3324
relation with 80 questions :
: Guus Veldhuis
Objectives : Guide in Hungary
contact : Guus
related websites : Guus
kilometer : 3506
with 80 Questions : Guus is a highly known person in Eindhoven,
you can meet at many cultural manifestations.
Objectives : concerts at Kalaka
and Pepsi Sziget
contact : Yuri Dzmitriev
related websites : Troitsa
kilometer : 3804
with 80 Questions : Troitsa is one of the groups traveling with
80Q. They are from Minsk, another town with Eindhoven connections.
related websites : Euro 2007 report
kilometer : check this
the Hungaro-Brasilian drumband and with 40 to 75.000 other people
we have enjoyed the Sziget festival and did very much presentations.